Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/3/2007

You have reached 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 3, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, PIPING PLOVER, LAUGHING GULL and SNOW BUNTING.


The first LAUGHING GULL of the season arrived on 3/1 and of all places, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal.

Another spring arrival was a PIPING PLOVER found at Two Mile Beach on 3/2.

With many duck species beginning to depart, REDHEAD are still being found in Cape May. On 2/25, eleven were seen on Lake Lily.

On 3/2 a hen CANVASBACK continued on Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point State Park.

Nine COMMON EIDERS and two hen HARLEQUIN DUCKS were in the vicinity of the Cold Spring Jetty on 2/25.

Ninety COMMON GOLDENEYE were spied from the Reed's Beach Jetty on 3/1.

Also at the Cold Spring Jetty, on 2/25, was a first year ICELAND GULL.

Lastly, the flock of SNOW BUNTINGS continues to be seen in and around the dunes at the Cape May Point State Park as of yesterday, 3/2.


See Life Paulagics will be running a winter pelagic out of Cape May on Sunday, March 18. For more details, see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com or call them @ 215-234-6805 . CMBO's 12th Annual OPTICS SALE will be held at the Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen on 3/17 and 3/18. Get there early as quantities are limited.

CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30. There has been an unforeseeable delay in the re-opening of The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen. It is estimated that the center will be re-opening on Tuesday 3/6. The days of operation for the Center for Research and Education will be Tuesday- Saturday, 9:00- 4:30. At least one CMBO store will be open to serve members everyday of the week.

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 $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

Jason Guerard
Sales Manager
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
Northwood Center
701 East Lake Drive, P.O. Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ USA 08212-0003
Ph: 609-884-2736 / Fx: 609-884-6052
http://www.njaudubon.org / http://cmbo.njaudubon.org

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