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 Friday, February 6, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, RUFOUS-Type HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN
WIGEON, REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, SNOW BUNTING, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, COMMON EIDER, TUNDRA SWAN, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
and announcements about the Cumberland County Eagle Festival and
CMBO's Wintering Hawks, Eagles and Owls birding workshop.
- For more up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information and
downloadable birding map of Cape May, visit http://www.BirdCapeMay.org -
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue to be seen throughout the region. A
flock of 13-14 was seen at the end of Whildin Ave, Cape May point on
Saturday, January 31, 2009. A single was at Villas WMA on Sunday,
February 1, 2009 and a flock of 20+ was reported there on Monday
February 2, 2009.
The RUFOUS-TYPE HUMMINGBIRD somehow continues to survive at 711 New
England Avenue in Cape May as of Wednesday, February 4, 2009.
One of the Stone Harbor Point SNOWY OWLS was seen on Monday, February
The female EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Villas WMA, through
Thursday, February 5, 2009. Other waterfowl sightings from Villas WMA
include the male REDHEAD, a male WOOD DUCK through at least February
1, and a female CANVASBACK.
3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at the 8th street Jetty in Avalon. Also
present were 10 COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and a continuing
hen KING EIDER, all through at least Tuesday, February 3, 2009.
EASTERN PHOEBE continues at Cape May Point State Park through Monday,
February 2, and a flock of 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS has been frequenting the
dunes off the State Park and the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge,
through at least February 2. Other Cape May Point State Park birds
included HOUSE WREN and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, both on Sunday,
February 1, 2009.
26 TUNDRA SWANS and 2 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen at
Tuckahoe WMA on Sunday February 1st 2009.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Turkey Point on Sunday February 1st 2009.
A great opportunity to see eagles and other raptors is coming this
Saturday, February 7th, 2009, the date for the Ninth Annual Cumberland
County Winter Eagle Festival centered at the Mauricetown Fire Hall on
Noble Street in Mauricetown, NJ. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and
admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under twelve. For more
info visit http://www.co.cumberland.nj.us
A few spaces are still available on CMBO's Wintering Hawks, Eagles and
Owls Workshop Feburary 13-15, 2009. Visit http://www.birdcapemay.org and
click on School of Birding Workshops for more info.
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. The Center for Research and
Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am
to 4:30pm; closed Mondays. ******
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.
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and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially
invite you to join. Individual membership is $39 per year; $49 for
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Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition
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