Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/12/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending February 12 include sightings of NORTHERN FULMAR, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, LITTLE GULL, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming field trips.

A couple of brief announcements: a pelagic trip on the Miss Chris out of Cape May will be run on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 5 am to 5 pm the cost is $50. Call Capt. Fred Ascoli at 609-884-3939. Also, the Forsythe NWR, known to many as "Brig," will be closed each Thursday through February 12th. It's not to early to start thinking about and planning your World Series of Birding strategy. If you want more information on planning your own "big day', making a personal pledge, or becoming a Corporate Sponsor, call Sheila Lego at 609-884-2736.

A NORTHERN FULMAR was a close fly-by at the Concrete Ship at Cape May Point on February 12.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at Cape May National golf course, reported this week on February 9.

Two adult LITTLE GULLS were fly-bys at Alexander Ave. on February 12, while two Black-legged Kittiwakes passed the Concrete Ship on the same day.

Other highlights this week included: SHORT-EARED OWL at Jake's Landing on February 6, 2 COMMON EIDERS and a MARBLED GODWIT at Stone Harbor Point on the 7th, 4 RED CROSSBILLS in West Cape May on the 9th, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 3 PALM WARBLERS at the Beanery on the 10th, EASTERN PHOEBE along New England Road on the 10th, and AMERICAN BITTERN at both Lily Lake and SCMM on the 12th, and an OSPREY at Heislerville on the 12th.

Local Nature Notes follow: Great Horned Owls should be on eggs now. They are vocal now. On still, cool mornings woodcock have been heard "peenting." Bald Eagles are also early nesters and will be on eggs by mid to late February. Keep your eyes open and be sure to report any nesting behavior. Each year one or two new pairs of eagles are discovered!

The Cape May Bird Observatory's winter program has a number of special preregistration Winter programs offered: Our Member's Night on February 18 will feature a program by Pat & Clay Sutton on their incredible summer vacation with Pete & Linda Dunne to "Alaska's Arctic NWR." And an "Ornithology 101" Course will begin March 3rd, every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. Two different Sunday morning bird walks, requiring no preregistration, are occurring now: one at Cape May Point 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one at CMBO's new Center in Goshen from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. If you are not a member and would like a copy of the Winter Program Schedule with all the details, stop by either center or call us at 609-861-0700.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has two centers of activity. Our new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North. The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the Northwood Center in Cape May Point are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday.

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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