Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/12/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 12. Highlights from the last week include BOHEMIAN WAXWING, RAZORBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, and COMMON REDPOLL.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING on Nummy Island delighted many birders on Feb. 10th, but it has not been seen after that date. Several other BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are being seen in other parts of New Jersey; details are on the Voice of New Jersey Audubon hotline, (732) 872-2595.

Sea ducks are continuing to gather at the Cold Spring Inlet (the entrance to the Cape May Harbor), with reports Feb. 12th of a RAZORBILL, 15 COMMON EIDERS, and 4 KING EIDERS south of the south jetty (seen from Poverty Beach). A high count of 25 COMMON EIDERS around the inlet was made on Feb. 8th. The inlet and both jetties may also be viewed from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on the north; 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were here on Feb. 9th. An estimated 10,000 SCOTERS were seen offshore from Cape May Point on the 12th; numbers of other oceanic birds are also increasing, including RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, and BONAPARTE'S GULL. Waterfowl numbers are also increasing dramatically on the Maurice River and along the Delaware Bayshore marshes in Cumberland County.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen off Ocean Drive near Mill Creek Marina on Feb. 10th.

Single ICELAND GULLS were found at Poverty Beach and along Ocean Drive near the clam processing plants, both on Feb. 10th.

Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen along Shunpike Rd., south of the Cape May Canal, on Feb. 10th, and two COMMON REDPOLLS came to a feeder in the same area on Feb. 11th.

SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue to be seen most evenings at Jakes Landing. Other ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen at Bivalve on the 11th, at Tuckahoe on the 11th, and 3 at Newport Landing on the 7th. Six AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were seen displaying along Berrytown Rd. in Cumberland County on Feb. 10th. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over the Maurice River on Feb. 11th. A GOLDEN EAGLE joined nine BALD EAGLES at a roosting area in Bear Swamp, Cumberland County, on Feb. 7th.

A pelagic voyage targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212

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