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 Saturday, March 14, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of
SNOWY OWLS, EURASIAN WIGEON, CACKLING GOOSE, seasonal arrivals of
OSPREY, PIPING PLOVER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and LAUGHING GULL, and an
announcement about CMBO's Optics Sale March 14 and 15.
- For more up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information and
downloadable birding map of Cape May, visit http://www.BirdCapeMay.org -
A male SNOWY OWL was seen at Stone Harbor Point, not far from the
observation platform, on Thursday March 12, 2009. Another SNOWY OWL,
or potentially two, appeared farther south in Cape May, with sightings
Friday March 13 at 10:30 a.m. of a bird flying from the Cape May
Migratory Bird Refuge towards Cape May City, and perhaps the same bird
discovered late on Friday on the beach near the Cape May Convention
Center in Cape May City.
The female EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Villas WMA on Thursday
March 12, 2009.
A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge a.k.a.
the South Cape May Meadows on Thursday March 12, 2009.
The vanguard OSPREY was reported over Cape May Court House March 5,
and another OSPREY arrived at Jakes Landing Sunday March 8, 2009.
PIPING PLOVERS arrived at Cape May Point State Park and Stone Harbor
Point on Sunday March 8, 2009.
Seven returning LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at the South Cape May
Meadows on Sunday March 8, 2009.
Returning LAUGHING GULLS were seen last weekend at Cape May Point, the
Cape May Ferry Terminal, and over Belleplain State Forest, with the
first reports coming Friday, March 6.
CMBO Bookstore MARCH 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. NOTE: CRE Days of operation have changed,
The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open
Tuesday through SATURDAY, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed SUNDAYs and Mondays
thru the month of March.
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.
Good luck and good birding!