Friday, January 2, 2009


Hotline: Cape May Birding Hotline
To Report: call (609) 884-2736, or email sightings at
Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties , NJ
Compiler: David Lord, Cape May Bird Observatory with additions by Don Freiday
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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 Friday, January 2, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, COMMON EIDER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SEDGE WREN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PALM WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, EASTERN PHOEBE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS are still being seen at 711 New England Road in Cape May, with the most recent sighting being on Thursday January 1, 2009.

A GLAUCOUS GULL appeared on Bunker Pond at Cape May Point State Park Friday, January 2.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on Tuesday December 30. One of the Stone Harbor birds was last seen on Thursday, January 1st 2009, from 111th street and also at the Stone Harbor Point parking lot at dark. Another SNOWY OWL was seen near the Bayshore Discovery Project in Bivalve, Cumberland County on Friday, December 26 2008.

3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at Two Mile Beach on Tuesday December 30, 2008.

A female COMMON EIDER was seen from Stone Harbor Point on Monday December 29, 2008.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and SEDGE WREN were found on the Cumberland CBC at Turkey Point, near Dividing Creek, Sunday December 28, 2008.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Villas WMA on Thursday December, 25, 2008.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER and two PALM WARBLERS were seen at Cape May Point State Park, along the Red Trail, on Thursday January 1, 2009. Also there was an EASTERN PHOEBE.

Northwest winds precipitated a New Year’s Day hawk flight at Cape May Point that included upwards of 15 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, as well as NORTHERN HARRIERS, BALD EAGLES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and many RED-TAILED HAWKS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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 FALL HOURS are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week, 9:30am to 4:30pm 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 discount in the stores).

Good Luck and Good Birding!

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