You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week
ending January 28 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, LITTLE GULL,
GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, news of an upcoming pelagic
trip, and news of CMBO.
This week's report of the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE along the road to East
point was on January 27. The road to East Point is accessed via a turn
onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time feeding
on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles beyond Main
Two adult LITTLE GULLS were seen from Pierce's Point Road along the
Delaware bay shore on January 27.
Both GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL have been present along Ocean Drive near
the toll bridge. Both were seen on January 25. Also present there this
week was a GLAUCOUS GULL x HERRING GULL hybrid.
Other highlights this week included: HOUSE WREN at the Beanery on January
21; DICKCISSEL on Cape May Point on the 21st; two BLACK SKIMMERS on the
beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 21st; two CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS continuing in West Cape May on the 22nd; a FORSTER'S TERN at 2nd
Avenue jetty on the 23rd; YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Hidden Valley Ranch on
the 23rd; NASHVILLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at the Beanery on the
23rd; 12 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in the SCMM on the 26th; 2 BLUE-WINGED
TEAL in Lily Lake on the 26th; EASTERN PHOEBE on Cape May Point on the
26th; and A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on Cape May Point on the 26th and two
at the Beanery also on the 26th.
A hybrid RING-NECKED DUCK x SCAUP sp. was found this week at 105th Street
and the bay in Stone Harbor. Two REDHEADS were also there.
Observers at Fortescue tallied an amazing 34 NORTHERN HARRIERS in one scan
on January 25.
Nature Notes: The warm weather triggered some butterfly sightings this
week: a Cabbage White was on Woodcock Lane on the 23rd and an Orange
Sulphur was at Kimble's Beach on the 27th. There have been two recent
Coyote sightings in Cape May County. One last week in Stone Harbor and
another on January 27 near the Cape May County Airport.
A pelagic trip has been scheduled for February 21 aboard the Miss Chris
out of Cape May. The trip leaves at 5 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. The cost
is $55.00 Call Capt. Fred Ascoli at 884-3939 to register. For more
information E-mail Paul Guris at email@example.com.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
The 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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House,
NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's
Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in
Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape
May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book
stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife
art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is
OPEN DAILY 10-5.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May
Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and
Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday
evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or
unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD