You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week endind Jan 5 include: RED-NECKED
GREBE, RAZORBILL, KING EIDER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, MARBLED
GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, highlights of the
Cumberland County Christmas Bird Count, local nature notes.
All at CMBO also want to wish you a very happy new year.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were found this week on Jan. 3, both
off Nummy Island. One was at the toll bridge and one at the
"free" bridge. Also at the "free" bridge on Jan. 4 was a
RAZORBILL. Two MARBLED GODWITS are also being seen on the
mud flats near the toll bridge.
The drake KING EIDER continues to be seen near the Bunker
at Cape May Point State Park; it was seen as recently as
Jan. 4. Also still being seen are the COMMON BLACK-HEADED
GULL and the EURASIAN WIGEON along Ocean Drive in the Coast
Guard Pond. Both were seen on Jan. 2. Two SNOWY OWLS were
seen at Holgate on Jan. 2.
Other interesting sightings in the area include up to 12
TREE SWALLOWS and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Higbee Beach
on Jan. 5. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was along Ocean Drive,
also on Jan. 5, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the
State Park the same day.
The Cumberland County CBC tallied 125 species as of this
tape. Highlights included SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, lots of
SHORT-EARED OWLS and the count's first IPSWICH (SAVANNAH)
CMBO's Sea Watch, from the end of Seventh street in Avalon,
is still being manned, but only if there is a push of
birds, which is still happening some days. Jan. 4 was one
of those days: 2 RAZORBILLS, an unidentified ALCID, and 2
KITTIWAKES flew by the watch between 7 and 9 AM.
SHORT-EARED OWLS can be seen hunting their usual salt-marsh
haunts; good spots to watch include Jakes Landing in Cape
May County; Hansey Creek, Fortescue and Turkey Point in
Cumberland County; Leed's Point Road, Brigantine NWR, and
Corbin City State Wildlife Mgmt. Area in Atlantic County.
The back bay waters inland from Stone Harbor and Avalon are
full of wintering waterfowl; BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON
LOONS are all there in numbers. Numbers of OLDSQUAW can now
be found on the ocean, and several can be viewed in the
Cape May Harbor from the Lobster House parking lot.
Local nature notes: Bald Eagles have begun courtship and in
at least one case have already consummated that courtship;
on Jan. 1, Christmas Bird Counters witnessed the Cohansey
River pair copulating. Some of us think it's winter; to the
Bald Eagles, it's spring. It's a good time to look in bare
trees for used nests, roost holes and insect cocoons.
[Program notes omitted -LL]
Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information
regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips,
phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our
headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The
Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of
Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape
May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas.
Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.