Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/24/2007
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 Saturday February 24, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, TUNDRA SWAN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, and AMERICAN BITTERN

The BARNACLE GOOSE continues in Cape May this week. Being that the flocks of geese are constantly on the move over the last week, it is suggested that you check all of the locations where the bird has been seen. For information on the various locations the goose has been seen check in at the Northwood Center. There has been no report of the BARNACLE GOOSE since 2/22.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE also continues to be seen in Cape May this week. Like the Barnacle Goose, this bird also has been seen in various locations. The last report of this bird was on 2/22.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen with some CANADA GEESE on 2/22 in the small field between Sunset Blvd. and Sea Grove Ave.

Lake Lily continues to hold at least eight drakes and one hen REDHEAD as of 2/22.

Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest hosted nine CANVASBACKS on 2/21. On 2/22 four hen CANVASBACKS continue to bee seen on Lake Lily.

Continuing this week, on 2/21 were the fourteen TUNDRA SWAN that have been frequenting the Le Gate?s farm field in North Cape May.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was found in the jetty area of Higbee?s Beach WMA on 2/22. The bird was relocated at the Concrete Ship on the morning of 2/23.

On 2/21 a RED-NECKED GREBE was observed in Townsend?s Inlet.

Lastly, an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the area of the Meadows on 2/20.


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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