Thursday, January 22, 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

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 21, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of EARED GREBE, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, PINE-SISKIN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, CACKLING GOOSE, PALM WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CHIPPING SPARROW, REDHEAD.

An EARED GREBE was found at Cape May Harbor on Saturday January 17 2009. Another was seen in Stone Harbor near the free bridge to Nummy’s Island on Sunday January 18 2009.

One RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was still being seen as of Saturday January 17, 2009 at 711 New England Road in Cape May.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON, perhaps the same bird seen January 14 on Lily Lake in Cape May Point, was seen on Monday January 19, 2009 at the Villas WMA. Other notable sightings at Villas WMA included a PALM WARBLER, a male REDHEAD, and a flock of 35 CHIPPING SPARROWS. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Villas WMA on Sunday January 18 2009. A PINE SISKIN was there the same day.

A CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Lily Lake on Saturday January 17 2009.

The darker, probably female SNOWY OWL was seen at the Stone Harbor Point parking lot on Thursday January 15 2009.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Cape May Point State Park on Monday January 19 2009. Another was seen at Cape Island Preserve on Wednesday January 21, 2009.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported this week at Jake’s Landing, Tuckahoe, Turkey Point and Newport Landing.

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 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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