Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/11/2010
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, February,11 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, KING EIDER, RAZORBILL, GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, REDHEAD, AMERICAN WOODCOCK and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

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Relatively few reports, other than feeder observations, have been received since last Friday as Cape May digs out from recent snow events.

2 SANDHILL CRANES have been noted along Seashore Road/Broadway on Cape Island, last seen on Friday February 5, 2010.

The Immature Male KING EIDER continues at the Coast Guard Jetty, (private beach but viewable at long distance by looking north from Poverty Beach), last reported on Friday, February 5, 2010.

2 RAZORBILLS were seen in New Jersey waters from the Cape May Lewes Ferry on Friday, February 5, 2010.

An adult GOLDEN EAGLE has been seen in the area between Turkey Point?s Bald Eagle Trail and Beaver Dam Boat Rentals, last reporteed on Friday, February 5, 2010.

A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Turkey Point in Cumberland County from the observation tower at the end of the road on Thursday, February 4, 2010.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen at the Beanery on Cape Island on Friday, February 5 2010. Look near the old railroad track crossing on Bayshore Road.

The male REDHEAD continues on Lily Lake in Cape May Point. No reports of the Eurasian Wigeon there have been received, but they likely are still present.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK were forced to roadsides and other unusual locations due to the recent snow, e.g. at Cape May Point State Park on Sunday, February 7 2010.

Recent snow caused multiple AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, scarce in Cape May County, to appear at feeders on Thursday, February 11, 2010. This species should also be watched for along plowed roadsides.


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The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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