Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/17/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 17th. Highlights from the last week include THICK-BILLED MURRE, PAINTED BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GREAT CORMORANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, and news of the season.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was reported from the 8th St. jetty in Avalon on Feb. 11th.

The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least Feb. 15th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses. Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a time.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL and about 150 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at the Ferry Terminal in North Cape May on Feb. 16th. Hundreds of BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS and a few WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS are now being seen offshore from all around Cape May. A female EIDER of undetermined species was seen off the Coast Guard Base in Cape May on Feb. 12th, an area best viewed from Poverty Beach.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Great Egg Harbor Bay from Somers Point on Feb. 16th, and a "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL was at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area the same day. GREAT CORMORANTS were found at Townsend's Inlet, Hereford Inlet, and Cold Spring Inlet on Feb. 12th.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found this week at Jakes Landing, Corbin City WMA, Forsythe NWR, and along the Mullica River. GOLDEN EAGLES were at Turkey Point, Corbin City WMA, and along the Mullica. SHORT-EARED OWLS were at Jakes Landing, Corbin City, and Newport Landing.

An EASTERN PHOEBE continues at the Beanery, most recently seen on Feb. 16th.

AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were observed in display flight above the CMBO Center for Research and Education in Goshen on Feb. 14th and from the CMBO Northwood Center in Cape May Point on Feb. 15th.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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

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