You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Jan. 21 include: ROCK WREN, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RAZORBILL, and THICK-BILLED MURRE.
A SNOWY OWL was seen on Jan. 20 at Poverty Beach in Cape May City. The bird was seen by many observers but was not seen on Jan. 21. However, it may turn up again during the weekend. Check Poverty Beach and the roofs of the nearby houses. Poverty Beach is at the north end of Beach Drive in Cape May, right where the road bends to the left. While you're there, you'll want to scan the flocks of gulls coming in to the dredge spoils. Lots of KITTIWAKES were seen from shore this week. Also in the same neighborhood, at the Coast Guard Jetties, were a RAZORBILL, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, all seen on the 19th. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Bunker Pond in the State Park on the 18th, and also at the Cape May Meadows the same day.
The ROCK WREN is still being seen almost daily in the same location, 405 Lincoln Ave., in Cape May Point. Be sure to check the beach and dunes behind the construction site if the bird is not hopping around the construction area.
On Jan. 21 we received a report of a THICK-BILLED MURRE in Barnegat Inlet; however, no other details were included. Other birds of interest were TREE SPARROW on the 21st at the southwest corner of the old Magnesite plant at the end of Sunset Blvd. in Cape May Point; PEREGRINE and 2 BALD EAGLES were seen at Brigantine on the 19th; and a WINTER WREN was seen on the 18th at Hidden Valley.
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Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and conservation unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.