Thursday, January 15, 2009


Hotline: Cape May Birding Hotline
To Report: call (609) 884-2736, or email
Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties , NJ
Compiler: David Lord, Cape May Bird Observatory. Additions by Tom Reed.
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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 January 15, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, 'IPSWICH' SAVANNAH SPARROW, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, CACKLING GOOSE, RUFOUS-TYPE HUMMINGBIRD, SHORT-EARED OWL, SNOWY OWL, TREE SWALLOW, CEDAR WAXWINGS, WINTER WREN, EASTERN PHOEBE, PALM WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, EURASIAN WIGEON.

-For more up-to-the-minute Cape May sightings information, check out the "View from the Cape" section of

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was heard flying over Reeds Beach on Saturday, January 10, 2009. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was on the jetty the same day.

Lily Lake continued to hold a CACKLING GOOSE as of Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

1-2 RUFOUS-TYPE HUMMINGBIRDS were still being seen at 711 New England Road as of Wednesday, January 14, 2009.

At least 1 SNOWY OWL continues this week in the Stone Harbor area, seen atop the gatehouse on the "free bridge" at Nummy Island on Sunday, January 11. Up to 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS have been seen at Jakes Landing Road throughout the week.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was detected at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on Sunday, January 11.

Notable sightings from the Cape May Point State Park on Saturday January 10, 2009 included a flock of 50 TREE SWALLOWS, 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS, WINTER WREN, EASTERN PHOEBE, and a PALM WARBLER.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Cape May Point State Park at the second plover pond on Wednesday January 14, 2009. 2 'IPSWICH' SAVANNAH SPARROWS were found along the beachfront here the same day.

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 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. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Mondays. ******

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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