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 Thursday, February 14, 2008. Highlights this week include BARNACLE GOOSE, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, GREAT EGRET, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, FORSTER'S TERN, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, LONG-EARED OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, SEASIDE SPARROW, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continues on Cape Island, with the latest report coming from Lily Lake on 2/11.
A DOVEKIE was seen from Sunset Beach on 2/10. A total of 14 RAZORBILLS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on 2/8, with 3 in Cape May County waters. A LARGE ALCID, SP. and 2 FORSTER'S TERNS were seen from the Coral Avenue beach-access in Cape May Point on 2/10.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Cold Spring Inlet, at the south end of the Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, on 2/8.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen again at Higbee Beach WMA on 2/8. 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen along the trails at Cape May Point State Park on 2/8; NASHVILLE WARBLER and PALM WARBLER were there on 2/9.
A CANVASBACK and a REDHEAD were seen at Ponderlodge/Villas WMA on 2/8. 5 COMMON EIDERS continue to be seen from Cape May Point, with recent sightings coming from the St. Peter's, St. Mary's and Coral Avenue beach-access points. A female COMMON EIDER was seen offshore of Stone Harbor Point on 2/9.
Roughly 9000 DUNLIN, 500 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 60 RED KNOTS and 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were reported in Hereford Inlet from North Wildwood on 2/9. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at Stipson Island along the Delaware Bayshore on 2/8.
2-3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen at Tuckahoe/MacNamara WMA on 2/9. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Turkey Point, Cumberland County on 2/10; A SHORT-EARED OWL and a LONG-EARED OWL were seen flying here at dusk on 2/8. 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported from Stipson Island on 2/8. Up to 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS continued at Jake's Landing throughout the week; 5 SEASIDE SPARROWS and 2 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were here on 2/9. 3 GREAT EGRETS continue this week in the "ibis pond" along Reeds Beach Road.
A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported from a private residence in the city of Brigantine, Atlantic County on 2/9.
CMBO's Northwood Center will be CLOSED (in addition to its regular Tues. closing) from WEDESDAY 2/27 through FRIDAY 2/29 for inventory. CMBO's Center for Research & Education will be CLOSED on THURSDAY 2/28 and FRIDAY 2/29 for inventory. Both centers will re-open at 9:30AM on SATURDAY, MARCH 1.
CMBO will be hosting its 13TH ANNUAL OPTICS SALE on Saturday, MARCH 15 and Sunday, MARCH 16 at the Center for Research & Education in Goshen. The sale runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm both days. You must be a member of CMBO or NJAS to purchase at the sale.
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!
******CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point, starting December 1, will be closed on Tuesdays. The center will be open Wednesday-Monday for the winter. 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 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 discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!