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 6 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of
SNOWY OWL, PEREGRINE FALCON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BONAPARTE'
GULL, NORTHERN GANNET, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, PINE SISKIN,
GREAT EGRET, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, HORNED LARK, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, OSPREY, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and announcements about CMBO's
Optics Sale March 14 and 15 and a change in hours at CMBO-CRE in Goshen.
- For more up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information and
downloadable birding map of Cape May, visit http://www.BirdCapeMay.org -
The Stone Harbor Point SNOWY OWL was seen Thursday March 5 2009,
perched on a dune southeast of the viewing platform at 5:50 p.m. A
PEREGRINE FALCON was also seen there March 5.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Saint Mary's Jetty in Cape May
Point on Sunday March 1 2009. On Friday March 6, several hundred
BONAPARTE'S GULLS were there and a significant movement of NORTHERN
GANNETS was flying out of Delaware Bay. Several thousand dark-winged
SCOTERS continue there as well.
17 REDHEADS were seen at Forsythe NWR on Saturday February 28 2009.
The hen KING EIDER continues at the 8th Street Jetty, Avalon as of
Thursday March 5 2009. A COMMON EIDER was also seen there on Saturday
February 28 2009. The eiders move around and are sometimes far
offshore; it may be necessary to walk out on the jetty to see them.
PINE SISKIN was reported at Cape May Point on Sunday March 1 2009.
A GREAT EGRET is still hanging on at the "Ibis Pond" on the north side
of Reeds Beach Road as of Saturday February 28 2009. An AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER was also present at the opening of Bidwell's Creek at
the north end of Reed's Beach on February 28 2009.
9 HORNED LARKS were at the Beanery Monday, March 2 2009. WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS were reported along New England Road and at the TNC Cape May
Migratory Bird Refuge this week.
A returning OSPREY was reported over Cape May Court House Thursday,
With recent snow AMERICAN WOODCOCK have been quite visible in southern
NJ. On Wednesday, March 4 2009, 18 to 20 American Woodcock were seen
shoulder of Sunset Boulevard in Cape May. They have also been reported
in scattered yards throughout Cape May County, and displaying along
Reed's Beach Road and at Turkey Point, Cumberland County, both on
Friday March 6, 2009.
CMBO'S FOURTEENTH ANNUAL OPTICS SALE will be held on Saturday and
Sunday, March 14 and 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CMBO Center
for Research and Education in Goshen. The sale offers a large
selection of closeout, demo, factory-refurbished, new, and used optics
priced to move. Binoculars and spotting scopes from all major brands
will be available. There are no advance or phone orders: first come,
first served. Shoppers must belong to NJAS or CMBO to take advantage
of these great deals, so join today if you're not already a member.
******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. 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 ******
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!