You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Friday, January 20. The roster this week includes
sightings of SNOWY OWL, IPSWICH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTINGS, PALM
WARBLERS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, WILSONS SNIPE, DICKCISSEL, ORANGE-
CROWNED WARBLER, REDHEAD, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN KESTREL, OVENBIRD AND RED-NECKED GREBE .
The SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Stone Harbor Point as of 1/12,
along with SNOW BUNTINGS and IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
PALM WARBLERS are consistently being reported in Cape May this week.
These birds are being seen from locations as various as 2nd Ave. and
Higbees Beach. Also an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported from
Higbees on 1/17.
On 1/12 3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS (2 male and 1 female) were seen from a
yard on Bayshore Rd in West Cape May. A WILSONS SNIPE was flushed
on 1/19 along a trail in The Beanery. The DICKCISSEL continues to be
seen at a private feeder in the Villas. As well, the female
REDHEAD continues to be seen on Lilly Lake and the SANDHILL CRANE
also continues to be at Batts Lane in West Cape May. On 1/16 a
LESSER BLACK-BACK GULL was spotted along the toll bridge on Ocean Drive.
SHORT-EARED OWLS have been frequently reported from Jakes Landing
and one report from Brigantine. Also up the Bayshore, an AMERICAN
KESTREL is being seen in the vicinity of CMBOs Center for Research
Also along Jakes Landing Rd. an OVENBIRD was reported on 1/15,
apparently photographs were taken. The bird was seen at
approximately 9:50 am, about 100 yards from Rte. 47 feeding along the
On 1/19 a report of SURF and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-
THROATED LOON (calling), PURPLE SANDPIPER from the 8th street jetty
in Avalon and a RED-NECKED GREBE seen from the 80th street jetty/
municipal parking lot in Avalon/Stone Harbor.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May
Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open
9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen
is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May,
Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
evenings. 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 invited to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45
for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit.
Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW
JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores). Good luck and