Thursday, February 4, 2010


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 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 Thursday, February 4, 2010. Highlights this week include sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, KING EIDER, HOUSE WREN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, EASTERN PHOEBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and an announcement about the cancelled Cumberland County Eagle Festival.

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A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the Tuckahoe WMA impoundments in Northern Cape May County on Thursday, January 28th, 2010. It has not been relocated since the initial sighting.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen on a roadside pond near 4065 Bayshore Road on Cape Island on Tuesday February 2nd, 2010

A HOUSE WREN was seen along Sunset Boulevard in Cape May on Sunday, January 30, 2010.

The immature male KING EIDER continues at the Coast Guard Jetty in Cape May (private beach but viewable from a great distance by looking north from Poverty Beach) last reported Monday, February 1st, 2010

Two drake EURASIAN WIGEON and a drake REDHEAD continue on Lily Lake in Cape May Point through Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Corbin City WMA from the tower on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

A VIRGINIA RAIL has been seen several times this week in the pool of open water west of Bayshore Road near the railroad tracks at the Beanery. A flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS is also there. Be sure to eBIRD all your Rusty Blackbird sightings this month for the Rusty Blackbird Blitz.


The Cumberland County Eagle festival scheduled for Saturday, February 6 has been cancelled due to expected severe weather. Next year's festival will be Saturday, February 5, 2011.

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 Saturday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. ******

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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