You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Thursday, January 17, 2002. Highlights from the last week include BELL'S
VIREO, LARK SPARROW, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, LITTLE GULL, BROWN
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, INDIGO BUNTING, and the
apparent departure of a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.
A BELL'S VIREO first seen Dec. 16th has been seen as recently as Jan. 12th
on Cape Island just north of West Cape May. The bird has been subsequently
missed by some birders, but there have been previous intervals as long as 6
days without the bird being seen; it's too early to conclude that the bird
is gone. From the north, take Seashore Road (Rt. 626) over the Cape May
Canal. Continue about 0.6 miles and turn right (west) on Taylor
Lane. After a short distance, Taylor Lane becomes a loop; head for the
extreme southwest corner of the loop, to #23 Taylor Lane. Unfortunately,
there is no number on the mailbox or on the house, but it is a beige house
with green shutters, and the next door neighbor -- #21 does have their
number on their mailbox. Number 23 has the only native thick brush
remaining in the housing development. The bird is sometimes seen along the
right side of the driveway in the brush, and sometimes in open areas to the
east of the house, left of the house as viewed from the street. The owners
have graciously given permission for birders to walk up and down the
driveway, but please do not walk onto their newly planted yard, enter the
brushy area, or enter the property of any neighbors. This is a sensitive
issue in this neighborhood; please be careful.
A LARK SPARROW first seen Dec. 16th, was seen again Jan. 16th near Cape
May Court House. From Garden State Parkway exit 10, go west on Stone
Harbor Blvd., which crosses Rt. 9 and becomes Court House South Dennis
Road. Go 0.6 miles beyond the traffic light at Winding Way (Ames and Super
Fresh on the right here) and look for a small "Firewood for Sale" sign on
the left. Park opposite that sign on the right, and cross the 100-foot
wide lawn to a brushy area; on the far side of the brush is an area with
piles of garden debris this is where the LARK SPARROW is usually
found. Many other birds have been found at this site, including AMERICAN
A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Coast Guard Ponds, along Ocean Drive in
Wildwood Crest, on Jan. 15.
A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, with
reports through today, Jan. 17th. The owl is most frequently seen in the
A flock of 15 to 20 RED CROSSBILLS was seen on Jan. 12th along the
Manumuskin River in Cumberland County. A single COMMON REDPOLL was seen
the same day along Robbinstown Rd., near Port Norris in Cumberland County.
Two LITTLE GULLS and a single BROWN PELICAN were seen offshore from Cape
May Point on Jan. 13th.
An AMERICAN BITTERN continues to frequent Bunker Pond in Cape May Point
State Park, our most recent report being Jan. 12th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
was also seen in Cape May Point State Park on the 12th. Other reports of
lingering birds include an INDIGO BUNTING seen at Hidden Valley on Jan. 15th.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, light morph, was seen at Jakes Landing on Jan. 14th.
The young male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD seen in Cape May Point from December 8
through January 12th seems to be gone, the last reported sighting was early
Saturday morning the 12th.
Preliminary results from the statewide Bald Eagle survey, held last
weekend, show 118 Bald Eagles found across New Jersey. Check our natural
history and events hotline for more details.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no
pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call
our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call
609-861-0700 during business hours, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory, which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the
New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these
goals and this hotline. We detail sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and
Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail
reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane,