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 12, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings
of BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL,
CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, TUNDRA SWAN, GOLDEN EAGLE,
ROUGH LEGGED HAWK, HARLEQUIN, COMMON EIDER, PURPLE SANDPIPER,
?WESTERN? WILLET, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and an announcement about
CMBO?s Optics Sale March 14 and 15.
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An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL has been frequenting Cape May Point, mostly
at the Concrete Ship at the end of Sunset but ranging well north
towards the ferry terminal. It was last reported today, Thursday,
February 12, 2009.
The hen EURASIAN WIGEON was still at the Villas WMA as of Monday
February 9, 2009. Also continuing there as of Monday were a male
REDHEAD, one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and one WHITE WINGED CROSSBILL. A
CANVASBACK was there as of Sunday, February 8, 2009.
4 TUNDRA SWANS were seen at the Maple Ave. impoundments near Divding
Creek on Sunday, February 8, 2009. The large flock of 25+ was seen at
Tuckahoe WMA on Monday, February, 9, 2009.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Tuckahoe WMA on Monday, February 9, 2009.
The dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen again at Jakes Landing Road
on Sunday, February 8, 2009, and the light and dark morphs continue at
Tuckahoe WMA as of Monday February 9, 2009.
The duck collection continues at the 8th street Jetty in Avalon,
including a drake HARLEQUIN, 12 COMMON EIDER, and a WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, all through at least Sunday, February 8, 2009. PURPLE
SANDPIPERS are also on the jetty there.
Great Channel, north of the free bridge to Nummy Island south of Stone
Harbor, held 3 ?WESTERN? WILLETS and 16 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS on
Monday, February 9.
We received no reports of the RUFOUS-TYPE HUMMINGBIRD or the Stone
Harbor Point SNOWY OWL this week, though they may still be present.
Please continue to report these birds if seen.
CMBO?S FOURTEENTH ANNUAL OPTICS SALE will be Saturday and Sunday,
March 14 and 15
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CMBO Center for Research and
Education in Goshen. The sale offers a large selection of closeout,
demo, factory-refurbished, new, and used optics priced to move.
Binoculars and spotting scopes from all major brands will be
available. There are no advance or phone orders: first come, first
served. Shoppers must belong to NJAS or CMBO to take advantage of
these great deals, so join today if you?re not already a member.
CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals.
Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to
The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May
lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an
associate about joining today!
******CMBO Bookstore WINTER HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center
on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Wednesday through Monday,
9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Tuesdays. The Center for Research and
Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am
to 4:30pm; closed Mondays. ******
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).