This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights from the last week include
PAINTED BUNTING, RAZORBILL, and EURASIAN WIGEON.
An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through at least Jan.
16th. It has been visiting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just
west of Rt. 626 in Erma, and also being seen sometimes at rest in nearby
shrubs. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do
not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very
narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near
Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance
down the road to the houses.
RAZORBILLS continue to be a winter highlight along the south Jersey coast.
They were seen this week from 2nd Avenue jetty and Poverty Beach in Cape
May, from Higbee Beach and at Hereford Inlet.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in the east pool at Forsythe NWR on the 16th.
A FORSTER'S TERN was still present on the 16th at Sunset Beach as were two
TREE SWALLOWS at the South Cape May Meadows.
The ice cover must have contributed to the sighting of five VIRGINIA RAILS
at the South Cape May Meadows on the 16th.
An EASTERN PHOEBE was at the Beanery on the 20th.
ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday,
March 6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call
215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of
our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline
at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at
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 around Cape May County,
and also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties.
Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report your sightings of
rare or unusual birds to CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail
reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD