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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/27/2009
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, March 27, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of RED-NECKED GREBE, and seasonal reports of interest including SHORT- EARED OWL BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BITTERN, PIPING PLOVERS, GREAT EGRETS, RED-THROATED LOONS, NORTHERN GANNETS, SCOTERS and HORNED LARK.

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2 RED-NECKED GREBES were found off the Convention Center beach in Cape May City on Wednesday, March 25, 2009.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are still being seen throughout the region, including two at Tuckahoe WMA on Sunday, March 22, 2009, and three at Jakes Landing Road on Tuesday March, 24 2009.

2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and AMERICAN BITTERN were at the Cape May Meadows on Friday, March 20, 2009. Up to 6 PIPING PLOVERS have been on the beach at Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows this week. RED-THROATED LOONS, NORTHERN GANNETS, and SCOTERS continue to stage at the mouth of the Delaware Bay.

24 GREAT EGRETS were seen flying past the Concrete Ship in Cape May Point on Friday, March 27, 2009.

HORNED LARKS were displaying at Bay Point Road in Cumberland County on Sunday March 22, 2009.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

******CMBO Bookstore APRIL HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open daily, 9:30am to 4:30pm. 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.******

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!

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.

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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).

Good luck and good birding!

 
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