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 26, 2009. Highlights this week include sightings of REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BONAPARTE'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.
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An adult LITTLE GULL was seen among a flock of 300 BONAPARTE'S GULLS on 2/19, near the Concrete Ship at Sunset Beach. Also seen there that day was a fly-by RAZORBILL. An ICELAND GULL flew by Sunset Beach on 2/22; a RED-NECKED GREBE did likewise on 2/26.
At least 2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS were reported between St. Peter's in Cape May Point, Sunset Beach, and the Ferry Terminal in North Cape May throughout the week. FORSTER'S TERNS were also reported from Cape May Point throughout the week.
The Stone Harbor Point SNOWY OWL was seen again on 2/23.
Up to 7 COMMON EIDERS and a female KING EIDER continued to be seen in the area of the 8th Street Jetty in Avalon through 2/21.
REDHEAD, CANVASBACK and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were all reported from Villas WMA on 2/21.
As many as 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were observed in the short pines near the "main" parking lot at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 2/23.
At Jakes Landing Road, SHORT-EARED OWLS are still flying, and up to 4 have been seen.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS have been displaying throughout the area, including location such as Jakes Landing Road and Tuckahoe WMA.
A DICKCISSEL continues to be seen in West Cape May, through 2/25.
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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.
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Good luck and good birding!