Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/11/2006
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 Saturday March 11. The roster this week includes sightings of DICKCISSEL, GREAT CORMORANT, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN BITTERN, MERLIN, LAUGHING GULL, GOLDEN EAGLE, PINE WARBLER, SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and WINTER WREN

Please excuse the lack of hotline coverage in the last week. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. This weeks hotline will cover mostly the week of 3/4-3/11 and a few highlights from the previous week.

There have been a good number of WOODCOCK peenting in Cape May this last week. They have been heard from Higbees WMA to Cape May Point, one was even heard directly behind the Northwood Center on the evening of 3/9.

The DICKCISSEL has been again, re-found, along Stevens St. in Cape May this week. The bird was reported with a flock of HOUSE SPARROWS on 3/10.

On 3/8, eight GREAT CORMORANT were reported from the jetty at Two- Mile Beach. On 3/10 four were reported along with PURPLE SANDPIPER.

Also on 3/8 a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was heard calling at Higbees WMA. On 3/6, three were seen at the Beanery. The AMERICAN BITTERN continues at the Meadows and was seen today 3/11.

The first LAUGHING GULL of the year was spotted on 3/7 with approximately 200+ BONAPARTES GULLS at the Cape May/Lewes Ferry terminal. Also the same day at the ferry terminal was a MERLIN.

GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on 3/3 and 3/5 from Brigantine and from the Garden State Parkway.

A PINE WARBLER was heard singing in the Goshen area on the morning of 3/9. Signs of spring!

A late report of SNOWY OWL from a back yard in Wildwood Crest on 2/20, no reports of this bird have come in since the (2/20) bird was reported on 3/2. Also at the end of last month a EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on 2/28 at Brigantine NWR.

In Rio Grande a flock of 12 or more EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was seen near the Social Services Building on Rte. 9. Lastly, WINTER WRENS have been being seen with some frequency from the Beanery and Higbees WMA in the last couple of weeks.

CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May Point, as promised, has returned to being open 7 days a week 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).

Good luck and Good Birding!

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