Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2006
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 24. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, RED-NECKED GREBE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, VESPER SPARROW, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON MERGANSER, TRI-COLORED-HERON, TREE SWALLOW, HORNED LARK, and SHORT-EARED OWL.

In Cape May this week, the first winter BALTIMORE ORIOLE that has been frequenting a feeder on Seagrove Ave. continues and was seen this morning on 2/24. On 2/21 a TRI-COLORED HERON was spotted at Two Mile Landing. On the same day a TREE SWALLOW was seen at Two Mile Beach.

The DICKCISSEL was re-located at a feeder at the Northwood Center on 2/18 but has not been reported since. On Lilly Lake on 2/23 a female COMMON MERGANSER joined the rest of the ducks. Also on 2/18 a female HARLEQUIN DUCK was found by a jetty off of Whildin Ave. in Cape May Point. At the Beanery on 2/18 was a VESPER SPARROW in a flock of SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

Also in Cape May this week, the SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen (2/18) from Batts Lane. A SORA was seen briefly in flight on 2/19 from the boardwalk in the Cape May Point State Park.

As of 2/19 the RED-NECKED GREBE continued at 80th St. in Avalon/Stone Harbor. HORNED LARKS were found at the Cape May County Airport on 2/23.

2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES were reported feeding on oranges in a private yard in Erma on 2/17.

On the bayshore 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were observed hunting at the end of Leeds Point Rd. from 5-6 pm. on 2/19.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday- Monday 9-4:30. Starting the week of March 6 we will again be open seven days a week 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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