You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Friday, January 27. The roster this week includes
sightings of DICKCISSEL, FORESTERS TERN, REDHEAD, SNOWY OWL, RED-
NECKED GREBE, CANVASBACK, SHORT-EARED OWL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, TUNDRA
SWAN, SEDGE WREN, OSPREY, SANDHILL CRANE, HARLEQUIN DUCK and LONG-
In Cape May this week, the hen REDHEAD continues on Lilly Lake. Also
in the area a DICKCISSEL was found on 1/24 at the north end of East
Lake Drive. The bird was seen in the company of HOUSE SPARROWS in
the Phragmities. As well, the SANDHILL CRANE was spotted again on
1/26, this time the bird was seen in the cemetery on Shunpike. One
FORESTERS TERN was spotted on 1/22 from Second Ave. in Cape May.
2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen in Erma Park (just south of Rio Grande)
at the corner of Carol Ave. and Oak Ln. on a fruit feeder.
The RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on 1/22 and 1/27 from 80th St. in Stone
Harbor/Avalon on the bay side. It was suggested that one might have
better views from around 83rd St.
In Avalon, at the 8th St. jetty a female HARLEQUIN DUCK, many LONG-
TAILED DUCKS and PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on 1/22.
A SNOWY OWL was reported in Atlantic City on 1/23 in the Venice Park
Section at the intersection of Missouri and Riverside. This is
possibly the same owl that has been frequenting Stone Harbor and
Wildwood Crest. There have been no reports of the owl from the Stone
Harbor area since 1/19.
Moving across the peninsula, 27 TUNDRA SWANS were reported on 1/24
from Tuckahoe WMA. Also in Tuckahoe a calling SEDGE WREN was heard.
SHORT-EARED OWLS are still being reported from Jakes Landing Rd.
this week. On 1/21 3 OSPREY were seen at Jakes Landing. In the
Heislerville area was 5 CNAVASBACK also 12 COMMON GOLDENEYE at Rt.
553 and 555 in Dividing Creek.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May
Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open
Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on
Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys 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. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invited to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45
for families. You can call either center to become a member or
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BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good luck and Good Birding!