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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/6/2004
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Friday, February 6. Highlights from the last week include COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and news of wintering birds.

Sea ducks are gathering at the Cold Spring Inlet (the entrance to the Cape May Harbor), with reports Feb. 5th of 25 COMMON EIDERS, 3 KING EIDERS, and a male HARLEQUIN DUCK. Viewing opportunities are from Poverty Beach on the south and from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on the north. Up to 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS have been frequently the Longport Jetty at the north end of the bridge from Ocean City.

The RED-NECKED GREBE in the Cape May harbor has continued through at least Feb. 5th.

An ICELAND GULL was seen by the St. Marys jetty in Cape May Point on Jan. 31st.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to be found at the Schellenger Tract of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Head west from Rt. 47 at Green Creek on Norburys Landing Rd. Go past the Green Creek Fire House and park on the roadside where a grassy track heads back to the right. There are National Wildlife Refuge boundary signs here. The woodpecker has been frequenting dead trees near the end of this path. Our most recent report is from Feb. 3rd.

5 SHORT-EARED OWLS and two dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at Jakes Landing on Feb. 5th. A GOLDEN EAGLE flew over Cape May on Feb. 5th, and one was above Glade Road (off Rt. 47) on Jan. 31st. PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Stone Harbor on Feb. 5th, and over Sunset Blvd. on the 2nd. A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Reeds Beach on Feb. 1st.

A VIRGINIA RAIL and an AMERICAN BITTERN were seen Feb. 1 through 3 at The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows).

A COMMON REDPOLL was reported feeding with a flock of American Goldfinches on Jan. 31st at feeders at 1221A Missouri Ave. in Cape May. A SNOW BUNTING was found at Harborside Park, Cape May, on Feb. 2nd.

2 RICHARDSONS CANADA GEESE are part of a large flock frequenting Lily Lake and nearby fields in Cape May Point and surrounding areas.

A pelagic voyage targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

Please note that the free bridge connecting Nummy Island to south Stone Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive past the road closed local traffic only sign and over the bridge).

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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
mark@njaudubon.org

 
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