Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/3/2005
This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday, February 3rd. Highlights from the last week include THICK-BILLED MURRE, RAZORBILL, PAINTED BUNTING, KING EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, COMMON EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL, DICKCISSEL, and news of wintering birds.

Two, possibly three THICK-BILLED MURRES were seen from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry on Feb. 3rd - others were seen earlier in the week in northern New Jersey, check the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for details. A RAZORBILL was also seen from the ferry on the 3rd, and another was seen at Cold Spring Inlet Jan. 28 through 30.

An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through Feb. 3rd. It is visiting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just west of Rt. 626 in Erma. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.

An immature male KING EIDER was seen by the Coast Guard pilings from Poverty Beach on Jan. 31st. Five GREAT CORMORANTS and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the Cold Spring Inlet on Feb. 1st. Three COMMON EIDERS were along JFK Boulevard at Sea Isle City on Jan. 31st, and one was at the 8th St. jetty in Avalon on Jan. 29th. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Stone Harbor Point on Jan. 29th.

A DICKCISSEL has continued to visit a feeder at 507 Fourth Ave. in West Cape May through at least Jan. 31st. The feeder area can be seen from the road - please do not enter this private property.

AMERICAN WOODCOCKS typically show up on lawns and roadsides around Cape May when the ground freezes inside the forests where they overwinter. This has happened recently, with eighteen counted along Sunset Blvd. between Stevens and Lighthouse on Jan. 31st and 15 at the Pavilion Circle in Cape May Point State Park on the same day.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW visited a feeder in Cape May on Jan. 30th, and 5 were at feeders in Eldora the same day, along with 19 PINE SISKINS. A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has continued to visit a feeder in Goshen through at least Jan. 31. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were at Jakes Landing on Jan. 31st, and six SHORT-EARED OWLS were counted here on February 2nd. Three CANVASBACKS were in the Cape May Harbor on Feb. 1st, and on CANVASBACK and one REDHEAD were in the pond at mile 3.5 along the Garden State Parkway on Jan. 31st.

ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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