This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared
on Thursday, February 26, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings
of REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE,
LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BONAPARTE'S GULL, ICELAND GULL,
FORSTER'S TERN, RAZORBILL, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED
OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.
--For more up-to-the-minute sightings information and a downloadable
birding map of Cape May, check out http://www.BirdCapeMay.org--
An adult LITTLE GULL was seen among a flock of 300 BONAPARTE?S GULLS
on 2/19, near the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach. Also seen there that
day was a fly-by RAZORBILL. An ICELAND GULL flew by Sunset Beach on
2/22; a RED-NECKED GREBE did likewise on 2/26.
At least 2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS were reported between St. Peter's in
Cape May Point, Sunset Beach, and the Ferry Terminal in North Cape May
throughout the week. FORSTER'S TERNS were also reported from Cape May
Point throughout the week.
The Stone Harbor Point SNOWY OWL was seen again on 2/23.
Up to 7 COMMON EIDERS and a female KING EIDER continued to be seen in
the area of the 8th Street Jetty in Avalon through 2/21.
REDHEAD, CANVASBACK and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were all reported from
Villas WMA on 2/21.
As many as 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were observed in the short pines
near the "main" parking lot at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 2/23.
At Jakes Landing Road, SHORT-EARED OWLS are still flying, and up to 4
have been seen.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS have been displaying throughout the area, including
location such as Jakes Landing Road and Tuckahoe WMA.
A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen in West Cape May, through 2/25.
CMBO?S FOURTEENTH ANNUAL OPTICS SALE will be held on Saturday and
Sunday, March 14 and 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CMBO Center
for Research and Education in Goshen. The sale offers a large
selection of closeout, demo, factory-refurbished, new, and used optics
priced to move. Binoculars and spotting scopes from all major brands
will be available. There are no advance or phone orders: first come,
first served. Shoppers must belong to NJAS or CMBO to take advantage
of these great deals, so join today if you?re not already a member.
CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals.
Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to
The Hundred and receive Charley Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May
lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an
associate about joining today!
******CMBO Bookstore WINTER HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center
on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Wednesday through Monday,
9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Tuesdays. NOTE: CRE Days of operation have
changed, The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is
open Tuesday through SATURDAY, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed SUNDAYs and
Mondays thru the month of March ******
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 $39 per year; $49 for
families. You can call either center to become a member or visit.
Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition
to member discounts in the stores).
Good luck and good birding!