You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, January 23, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, VIRGINIA RAIL, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and
Severe cold weather this week has caused most fresh water around Cape May to
freeze, and large ice flows are also developing on Delaware Bay. Patterns
of some wintering water birds are thus being disrupted.
The North Wildwood LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen again on Jan. 18th, from the
end of 19th Street. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the
west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood. An
unspecified number of REDHEADS were also reported here on the 18th.
A first winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Ferry Terminal in North
Cape May on Jan. 19th.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen near Dividing Creek, Cumberland County, on Jan. 18th.
SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen regularly in areas of open marsh. 2
were at Jakes Landing on Jan. 22nd, 2 at the Corbin City impoundments on the
19th, and one at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
("The Meadows") on the 16th.
Four AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management
Area on Jan. 19th, and two were at Turkey Point the same day. AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS are being commonly seen around Cape Island, frequenting roadsides
and trail sides where the sun has melted the snow and thawed sections of the
frozen ground. VIRGINIA RAILS are similarly frequenting trail edges at Cape
May Point State Park. NORTHERN GOSHAWKS are being seen regularly this
winter around Cape Island. A few lingering birds are still around, too,
including BALTIMORE ORIOLE on Foster Lane through at least the 22nd, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT at the State Park on the 19th and at The Meadows on the 18th,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the State Park on the 21st, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
at the State Park on the 19th and 2 at The Meadows on the 18th.
There is a pelagic trip scheduled out of Cape May on March 2nd with a
weather date of March 9th. The trip will be targeting winter seabirds such
as alcids, Fulmar, Kittiwakes, etc. It is aboard the Miss Chris and the cost
is $90. Another trip is scheduled for March 15 leaving out of Lewes, DE. A
February 1 pelagic trip from Belmar, NJ, is full. For information, contact
See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6850 or check the web site at
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 http://cmbo.njaudubon.org
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 BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212