You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was
prepared on Friday January 26, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings
of SNOW BUNTING, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WESTERN TANAGER, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, GREAT CORMORANT, GREAT EGRET, COMMON
EIDER, REDHEAD, PURPLE SANDPIPER, IPSWICH SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE and INDIGO
Continuing this week, on 1/22, the flock of SNOW BUNTINGS frequenting the
dunes that the Cape May Point State Park was relocated.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at the community park on Madison
Ave. in Cape May, as of yesterday 1/25.
A WESTERN TANAGER discovered on 1/23, continues to be seen on 1/25 near the
Mullica River Bridge on the Garden State Parkway in Atlantic
County. Take exit 48 on the Garden State Parkway which is Rt. 9.
Turn left at the Chestnut Neck Boatyard on to Old New York Road and go in
toward the GSP for 0.6 miles, at which point the pavement ends and the road
turns north. Park here at the pullout and continue walking up the rutted
gravel road to the north, checking the grassy cedar covered hillside on your
left (the marsh is on your right) to as far as the bridge.
Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen from Leed's Point in
Atlantic County on 1/23.
SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to put on a show at Jake's Landing. On
1/25 4-6 bird were seen hunting the marsh.
Thirteen GREAT CORMORANTS were seen from the Cold Spring Jetty on 1/24.
GREAT EGRETS have been rather plentiful this winter. On 1/24 two birds
were on Lake Lilly and one at Nummy's Island. Also yesterday, 1/25, one
lone bird was spotted heading in a southerly direction at sunset from Cape
On 1/24 seven COMMON EIDER were seen on the Two Mile Beach side of the Cold
Also at the Cold Spring Jetty on 1/24, were 10 PURPLE SANDPIPER.
The drake REDHEAD continues as of 1/24 on Lake Lilly in Cape May Point.
One IPSWICH SPARROW was found on the railing of the first walk at Two Mile
Beach, on 1/25.
At the Villa's WMA, two EASTERN PHOEBES were found on 1/24.
Lastly, on 1/21, an INDIGO BUNTING was observed at a private feeder in
Eldora, Cumberland County.
CMBO's bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point, winter hours are Thursday-Monday 9:00-4:30.
The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 is Goshen, will be CLOSED
until further notice.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736.
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business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you 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 you'll receive a FREE copy of BIRDS OF NEW
JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!