Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/18/2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Sunday February 18, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, TUNDRA SWAN, LITTLE GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW

Found yesterday the BARNACLE GOOSE continues in Cape May this morning, 2/18. It was not seen at the fields along Steven's St. but instead was roosting on Lake Lily with many CANADA GEESE. It is suggested that you check both the fields along Steven's St. and Lake Lily if you look for this bird.

A CACKLING GOOSE was also present in the flock yesterday feeding in the fields on the west side of Stevens St. in West Cape May.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues and was seen yesterday 2/17, at the community park on Madison Ave. in Cape May.

In Cumberland County, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on 2/11, near Greenwich.

Up to five REDHEADS (three drakes and two hens) have been seen on Lake Lily. At least three were seen yesterday 2/17.

On 2/11, five REDHEADS were in Avalon along with several thousand Scaup.

Up to two hen CANVASBACKS continue to be seen on Lake Lily, yesterday 2/17.

Near Bayside in Cumberland County, 1500 CANVASBACKS were noted on 2/11.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues to be seen at the "ibis pond" on Reeds Beach Rd. as of yesterday, 2/17.

Also, at the end of Reeds Beach Rd., were 29 COMMON GOLDENEYE on 2/17.

Up to eleven TUNDRA SWANS have been seen in a field at Le Gates Farm on Bayshore Rd. in North Cape May.

On the morning of 2/13 an adult LITTLE GULL was seen with a flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS at the Concrete Ship at the end of Sunset Blvd. This bird has not been seen since the initial sighting on 2/13.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to put on a show at the end of Jake's Landing Rd. Five were seen on the evening of 2/17.

Lastly, an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at the end of Reed's Beach Rd. in the goldenrod next to the jetty, yesterday evening 2/17.


See Life Paulagics will be running a winter pelagic out of Cape May on Sunday, March 18. For more details, see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com or call them @ 215-234-6805

CMBO's 12th Annual OPTICS SALE will be held at the Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen on 3/17 and 3/18. Get there early as quantities are limited.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen, will be re- opening on Thursday March 1. The days of operation for the Center for Research and Education will be Tuesday- Saturday, 9:00- 4:30. At least one CMBO store will be open to serve members everyday of the week.

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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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