Friday, October 5, 2007



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 Friday October 5, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, LARK SPARROW, EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, COMMON EIDER and AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE.

We are sorry for the lack of hotline coverage in the last weeks. This was an unavoidable lapse and hope that this has not caused our readers any inconvenience.

The long staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues to be seen at the Brigantine NWR, in the gull pond area as of 10/4.

On 10/1 a report of an AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE seen soaring low over the fields Higbee Beach WMA came into the Northwood Center late in the day. There has been no further sighting of this species since the initial sighting at 9:00 a.m.

Found at a feeder on 10/2 at 1695 Rt. 47 in Eldora, an adult male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD has been teasing birders with brief views. This bird is not visiting on a regular basis. It seems that morning is the best time, between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The home owner asks that you park along Rt. 47 and walk down the drive way. There is a sign pointing visiting birders to the approved viewing area. Since the hummingbird is visiting the salvia near the residence, please to not approach to closely so that all may be able to catch a glimpse of this sporadic visitor. The last reported sighting was at 10:10 a.m., today, 10/5.

A COMMON EIDER was seen from Poverty Beach in the first row of pilings on the Coast Guard Base, on 10/3.

A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was reported to be seen sitting on the wires on Cambridge Ave. in Cape May Point on 10/2.

Lastly, a LARK SPARROW was photographed at Stone Harbor Point on 10/3.


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 Harpers Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!

CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point has returned to a seven day a week schedule. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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