Thursday, January 8, 2009


Hotline: Cape May Birding Hotline
To Report: (609) 884-2736, sightings at
Coverage: Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties, NJ
Compilers: Tom Reed, David Lord; Cape May Bird Observatory
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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 8, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, TRICOLORED HERON, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, 'IPSWICH' SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, and DICKCISSEL.

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2 RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRDS continue at 711 New England Road, with reports this week through 1/5.

1-2 SNOWY OWLS continue at Stone Harbor Point and surrounding environs through 1/7. A SNOWY OWL continued at the High Street access area of the Bivalve impoundments, in Cumberland County, through at least 1/3. A belated report of the same or another SNOWY OWL came in from Fortescue, Cumberland County on 12/31.

A CACKLING GOOSE was again noted on Lily Lake on 1/3. A GLAUCOUS GULL has been seen at St. Mary's and Cape May Point State Park this week, with the last sighting on 1/5 near Lighthouse Pond.

A TRICOLORED HERON was noted at Nummy Island through at least 1/5. 5 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on 1/2.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen from 34th Street, and 2 COMMON EIDERS were seen from 2nd Street, Sea Isle City, on 1/5.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and EASTERN PHOEBE were notable finds at Cape May Point State Park on 1/3. 2-3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Villas WMA/Ponderlodge. A DICKCISSEL was seen at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on 1/5.

SNOW BUNTINGS and 'IPSWICH' SAVANNAH SPARROWS were noted on the beaches of Cape May Point and Stone Harbor Point this week.

As many as 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Jake's Landing throughout the week.

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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