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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/2/2007
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 Friday February 2, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of SNOW BUNTING, CACKLING GOOSE, TRI-COLORED HERON, BROWN PELICAN, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, EARED GREBE, VESPER SPARROW and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW

The flock of SNOW BUNTINGS which has been frequently seen from the dunes that the Cape May Point State Park; continues as of 1/31.

Yesterday, 2/1 a CACKLING GOOSE was found in the farm fields near the intersection of Bay Shore and Steve's St. in West Cape May.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, after wondering Cape Island for some time, has returned to the community park on Madison Ave. in Cape May, as of yesterday, 2/1.

On 1/31, a TRI-COLORED HERON was near the free bridge on Nummy's Island.

Also seen on 1/31, a BROWN PELICAN was seen soaring over Jarvis Sound near Two-Mile Landing.

A CANVASBACK was found yesterday, 2/1 on lighthouse pond at the Cape May Point State Park.

The drake REDHEAD continues on Lake Lily as of 1/28.

On 1/26, a COMMON GOLDENEYE was found on Lake Champlain in the Villas. Another goldeneye was reported on Lake Lily on 1/27.

The EARED GREBE continues to be seen on Lakes Bay, near Atlantic City, as of 1/26.

The NASHVILLE WARBLER found in December at a private yard in Del Haven, continues as of 1/27.

On 1/27, Jakes landing hosted one NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW along with SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and three SHORT-EARED OWLS.

Lastly, the VESPER SPARROW continues to be seen on 1/27, in the hedge row west of Rea's Farm Market, on Steven's St. in West Cape May.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Northwood Center will be closed this Saturday, 2/3, due to staff attendance at the Cumberland County Winter Eagle Festival. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday 2/4.

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 CLOSED until further notice.

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 a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

 
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