This is a somewhat extemporaneous rendition of the Cape May Birding Hotline for Friday, Feb. 26. It's snowing, and there are just 3 more shopping days in February for you month-listers. This week's hotline includes a whole bunch of neat stuff, as codified by the sightings sheet here at CMBO headquarters. It reads like this.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Davy's Lake on Feb. 18.
A SNOWY OWL, imm. male, was at the South Cape May Meadows on the 19th; this is not one of the same two birds that were here in January. Later in the day, the bird went from South Cape May to the Bunker and headed south.
CHAT and WHITE-EYED VIREO continue to be seen at Higbee Beach near the sawed-off posts; CHAT is also being seen at Cape May Point State Park.
COMMON CRANE, presumably an escape, is at Mannington Marsh in Salem County, on Compromise Rd., in the field across from Snow's mail box.
Adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen also on the 20th at S. Featherbed Lane in Salem County.
At Turkey Point, there is a good assortment of raptors, including SHORT-EARED OWL, ad. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, PEREGRINE, & ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
Two LEAST BITTERNS, six VIRGINIA RAIL, one COMMON MOORHEN were seen at the east walk at the South Cape May meadows; also at S. Cape May, AM. BITTERN, and AM. TREE SPARROW.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the Salem County Landfill on the 22d. of February.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen at Dix Wildlife Management Area on Back Neck Rd., Cumberland Co.; go all the way to the end of the road and look at the hedgerows on either side.
The Cape May birding hotline is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. For information on our programs and field trips, write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ, 08212. Thanks for calling; good birding.