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 31, 2002. Highlights from the last week include LITTLE
GULL, SNOWY OWL, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SANDHILL CRANE,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACK SKIMMER, and
LITTLE GULLS continue to frequent the waters around Cape May Point, with as
many as 4 birds (3 adult, 1 first winter) present. One or more are
sometimes seen near the ferry landing, often when a ferry is at the dock
with its engines running and large numbers of gulls are drawn to the
churning water. At other times they are seen offshore with hundreds of
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Current ferry departures are 8:40 and 10:20 a.m., 12
noon, 1:40, 3:20, and 5:00 p.m. The ferry is usually idling at the dock
for 20 30 minutes prior to departure.
A SNOWY OWL is present today, Jan. 31st, in Cape May City, sitting on
buildings near Beach and Reading. Another SNOWY OWL report comes from
Corson's Inlet on Jan. 29th. The SNOWY OWL at Forsythe National Wildlife
Refuge (better known as Brigantine) is becoming harder to see, though it
was found on Jan. 28th
A LARK SPARROW first seen Dec. 16th, has seen through at least Jan. 28th
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 to a brushy area; on the far side of the brush is an
area with piles of garden debris this is where the LARK SPARROW is usually
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW is being regularly seen in Cape May Point. The bird
feeds on seed spilled from feeders in a yard at the corner of Coral and
Eight CRANES were seen Jan. 26th and 29th at Bostwick Lake, near the
Cumberland/Salem County line; some were identified as SANDHILL CRANES and
others appeared to be SANDHILL CRANE x COMMON CRANE hybrids.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Cape May Point State Park on Jan. 26th,
2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS on Jan. 26th, also at Cape May Point State
Park. PALM WARBLER reports come from the Rea Farm on Jan. 26th and from
Cape May Point on Jan. 28th. Bunker Pond at Cape May Point State Park is
harboring a good variety of birds, including a CANVASBACK and 2 TUNDRA SWANS.
Two immature BLACK SKIMMERS were found at Absecon Inlet on Jan. 26th, along
with a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Other ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK reports come
from Turkey Point on Jan. 25th and from Jakes Landing on Jan. 28th.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK visited a residential neighborhood in West Cape May on
Jan. 29th. The bird actually flew into the garage of the dwelling of two
CMBO volunteers; just another of the many benefits that our volunteers enjoy.
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
our new natural history and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office
during business hours at 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB
SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
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 CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane,