You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
This hotline is being updated on Jan. 27 to include a
FRANKLIN'S GULL sighting. Other highlights for the week
ending Jan. 26 include: EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BROWN
PELICAN, continuing RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, and SPOTTED TOWHEE,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and local nature notes.
A first-winter FRANKLIN'S GULL and an unseasonal LAUGHING
GULL were seen Jan. 27 in Atlantic City, at the MacDonald's
eatery on the Atlantic City Expressway. It came to bread
crumbs, along with dozens of Ring-billed Gulls, so it has
probably been there most of the winter.
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A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen this week at the
Coast Guard ponds on Ocean Drive (across from Two-Mile
Landing). This location also has EURASIAN WIGEONS, now
totalling three, two males and a female. A first-winter
COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL is also being seen here.
A BROWN PELICAN was seen circling over the Beanery on Jan.
22. Not only was it out of season, but also out of place,
rarely seen over land. A RED-NECKED GREBE is still being
seen at Nummy Island, as are two MARBLED GODWITS. A SPOTTED
TOWHEE is also still being seen near the intersection of
Sea Grove and Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May Point.
Other interesting sightings included a first-year BALD
EAGLE seen over the point on both Jan. 25 and 26; nine
BLACK VULTURES at New England and Bayshore Road, on Jan.
25; a REDHEAD on Lily Lake on Jan. 25; and a female WOOD
DUCK on Bunker Pond on Jan. 21.
CMBO's Sea Watch at Seventh Street in Avalon has finally
wound down though Fred Mears and Dave Ward continue to
check it at dawn and dusk. This week they were rewarded on
Jan. 21 with six RAZORBILLS and two unidentified Alcids;
and on Jan. 25, with three RAZORBILLS, one unidentified
Alcid, 21 KITTIWAKES, and 230 RED-THROATED LOONS.
In Ocean County, the jetty at Barnegat Light has once again
attracted HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Ten were seen there on Jan. 24.
Also in Ocean Co., a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK has been
visiting a feeder at Cattus Island Park, just north of
A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March
11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave
Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.
Local nature notes:
Great horned owls are quiet now, but they're not gone.
They've gotten real quiet since they are on eggs. The young
will hatch over the next month. Bald Eagles, another early
nester, are in courtship mode now and may be seen sitting
side by side.
[Program notes omitted -LL]
Fine print: Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and
education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim
is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological
significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these
goals and this birding hotline. For more information
regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips,
phone our office 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.