Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/17/2006
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Friday February 17. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, AMERICAN BITTERN, COMMON MERGANSER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, ICELAND GULL, REDHEAD

Starting in Cape May this week, the DICKCISSEL has not been seen from the Northwood Center since 2/11 and since 2/12 when it was observed at a near by feeder.

On 2/11 an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen from the Meadows. An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found on 2/15 behind the Northwood Center but has not been seen since. Today 2/17 a first year ICELAND GULL was spotted along Second Ave in Cape May. Also in Cape May today, the female REDHEAD was re-found on Lilly Lake.

Moving off of the island a COMMON MERGANSER was found on 2/13 in Cape May Beach along Champlain Road. The DICKCISSEL that was previously at a feeder in the Villas has returned as of 2/12 but not reported after 2/14.

Farther up the Bayshore in Cumberland County, a GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted in the Dividing Creek area on 2/13. Also on 2/13 were 2 LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 17 SNOW BUNTINGS on Baypoint Road. At Husted Landing were 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both centers will be closed on Monday Feb 27th and Tuesday Feb 28th for inventory. The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Societys 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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics is running a trip on March 5 from Cape May in search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on this trip contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.

Good luck and Good Birding!

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