You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made on
Thursday, January 03, 2002. Highlights from the last week include BELL'S
VIREO, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, LARK SPARROW, SNOWY OWL,
WILSON'S WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED CROSSBILL, SNOWY EGRET, and
A BELL'S VIREO first seen Dec. 16 has been seen as recently as Jan. 3 on
Cape Island just north of West Cape May. From the north, take Seashore
Road over the canal. Continue about 0.6 miles and turn right (west) on
Taylor Lane. After a short distance, Taylor Lane becomes a loop; head for
the extreme southwest corner of the loop, to #23 Taylor
Lane. Unfortunately, there is no number on the mailbox or on the house,
but it is a beige house with green shutters, and the next door neighbor --
#21 does have their number on their mailbox. Number 23 has the only
native thick brush remaining in the housing development. The bird is
sometimes seen along the right side of the driveway in the brush, and
sometimes in open areas to the east of the house, left of the house as
viewed from the street. The owners have graciously given permission for
birders to walk up and down the driveway, but please do not walk onto their
newly planted yard, enter the brushy area, or enter the property of any
neighbors. This is a sensitive issue in this neighborhood; please be careful.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW is also being seen at 23 Taylor Lane, our most
recent report being from Dec. 31. Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen in
Cape May Point, on Coral Ave., on Dec. 30.
A young male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was found in Cape May Point on December 8
and was still present as of Jan. 2. The bird has been frequenting feeders
at 404 and 407 Central Avenue. Both feeders are easily seen from the street.
A LARK SPARROW first seen Dec. 16, continues through Jan. 2nd near Cape May
Court House. From Garden State Parkway exit 10, go west on Stone Harbor
Blvd., which crosses Rt. 9 and becomes Court House South Dennis Road. Go
0.6 miles beyond the traffic light at Winding Way (Ames and Super Fresh on
the right here) and look for a small "Firewood for Sale" sign on the
left. Park opposite that sign on the right, and cross the 100-foot wide
lawn area to the right, to a brushy area where there are piles of garden
debris. The LARK SPARROW has been seen here along with other sparrows.
A SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, most
recently reported Jan. 2. The owl is most frequently seen near the center
of the east pool.
A WILSON'S WARBLER has been frequenting Cape May Point State Park, in the
brushy area along the Yellow Trail just beyond its junction with the red
trail. Our most recent report is from Jan. 1.
Highlights from the Cumberland Christmas Bird Count, held on Dec. 23,
include an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the west end of Sheppard Davis Road,
northwest of Cedarville, three RED CROSSBILLS along Ackley Rd. in the Bevan
Wildlife Management Area, and a lingering SNOWY EGRET at Turkey Point.
SHORT-EARED OWLS seem to have finally arrived in south Jersey. Two were
reported from Hansey Creek in Cumberland County on Jan. 1, one was seen
from Jakes Landing Rd. on Jan. 1, and one was found over the Fortescue
Glades on Dec. 30.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no
pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call
609-861-0700, go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org, or
call our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466.
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 Cape May, Cumberland, and
Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on Thursdays. Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736, or e-mail
reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane,