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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/3/2006
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 3. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, REDHEAD, SNOWY OWL, SNOW BUNTING, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK and LONG-TAILED DUCK

Hands down the bird of the week is SNOWY OWL. There has been some conversation on whether there are one or two individuals in south Jersey. Indeed there are two different SNOWY OWLS; a first year bird was photographed at Brigantine NWR on 1/31 and the somewhat resident Stone Harbor/ Cape May bird.

The Cape May SNOWY OWL was first located on the night of 1/27 on the beach in front of Congress Hall. On Saturday the 28th it obliged many viewers in front of the Montreal Inn. This bird was again seen on the beach at Grant St. on 2/2 and seen later that day at the Meadows and flying across Sunset Blvd. around 5:40 pm. As of the writing of this report there has been no word of a SNOWY OWL in Cape May.

On 2/2 the DICKCISSEL was relocated via near the Northwood Center at the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May Point. While you are tracking this bird down take a look over Lilly Lake as the female REDHEAD continues to be seen.

Also on 2/2 five SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Stone Harbor Point. The last sighting of the RED-NECKED GREBE was on 1/28 at 80th street in Avalon.

The SANDHILL CRANE continues in Cape May this week, it was spotted flying over the west canal bridge on 2/2 around 5:30 pm. Also in Cape May this week seem to be a number of FOX SPARROWS and PURPLE FINCHES.

On 2/2, in Avalon, at the 8th street jetty were 5 COMMON EIDER, 2 HORNED GREBES, a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-THROATED LOON and a flyover AMERICAN PIPIT

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. 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 an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.

Good luck and Good Birding!

 
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