This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Thursday,
January 27th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING,
RAZORBILL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, GREAT CORMORANT, and news of
An adult male PAINTED BUNTING has continued through at least Jan.
25th. It has been visiting feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just
west of Rt. 626 in Erma, and also being seen sometimes at rest in nearby
shrubs. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the street; please do
not enter private property, bird only from the street. As the road is very
narrow here, please park by the Vietnam Veterans of America building or near
Cape May Electric, both close to Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance
down the road to the houses.
RAZORBILLS continue to be a winter highlight along the southern New Jersey
coast; our most recent report is of a single bird off Avalon on Jan. 25th.
Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were found at the Cold Spring Inlet on Jan. 25th, an
area best accessed through the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National
Four COMMON EIDERS were seen in the ocean off Sea Isle City on Jan.
25th. A female COMMON EIDER was amidst the pilings off the Cape May Coast
Guard Base (visible from Poverty Beach) and a GREAT CORMORANT sat on one
of the pilings here on Jan. 21st.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS typically show up on lawns and roadsides around Cape May
when the ground freezes inside the forests where they
overwinter. This has happened recently, with eleven counted along
Sunset Blvd. between Stevens and Lighthouse on Jan. 25th, two in Cape May
Point State Park the same day, and one or two seen many days just outside
the CMBO Northwood Center.
Five SANDHILL CRANES flew over downtown Bridgeton, Cumberland County, on
Raptors are an annual winter highlight in southern New Jersey. Reports from
the last week include SHORT-EARED OWLS at Newport Landing and the Corbin
City WMA; ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Jakes Landing, Corbin City, Tuckahoe WMA,
along the Mullica River, and the Maurice River. Twenty BALD EAGLES were
counted along the Mullica River on Jan. 25th, 19 along the Maurice River
on the 24th, and 8 along the Great Egg Harbor River on the 21st. GOLDEN
EAGLES were at Tuckahoe on the 21st and the Mullica River on the 25th.
Stormy weather kept many birders at home, but backyard birding has been
productive. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK is frequenting feeders in Goshen.
Four PURPLE FINCHES were at feeders in Cape May on Jan.
22nd. An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL has settled into a backyard owl box on Cape
Island. A COMMON REDPOLL visited a feeder in Cape May Point.
Both RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH are frequenting
feeders at the CMBO Northwood Center.
ANNOUNCEMENT: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip on Sunday, March
6 out of Cape May for winter seabirds. The cost is $100. Call
215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more
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
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!