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 7th include reports
of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East
Point. It was reported on January 6th. 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
Street. Also seen there this week were PINE WARBLERS and
On January 6th, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on the north side
of the Cape May Canal by observers standing on the south
side of the canal at the end of Bayshore Road near the SPCA.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Cape May City on January
A female EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on Lily Lake on January
3rd, although the Lake is now almost completely ice-covered.
Other highlights included: ICELAND GULL and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL along Ocean Drive on January 1st,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in the Cape May Point State Park on the
1st and 2nd, LAUGHING GULL on the beach in Cape May on
January 2nd, two BLUE-WINGED TEAL on Lily Lake on the 3rd,
and 100 TREE SWALLOWS over the South Cape May Meadows on the
On January 5th the Beanery held three NASHVILLE WARBLERS,
two EASTERN PHOEBES, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Earlier
in the week two Orange-crowneds and a CHAT were seen.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks requiring no
pre-registration and many special field trips and programs
that do. You can see a complete listing of our events and
activities on our Calendar page.
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 and book stores, and
birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a
wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographers, 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, or E-mail your
report to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax your report to (609)
884-6052. Thanks for visiting and GOOD BIRDING!
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
birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory
see the links below, or call our office at (609) 884-2736,
or send a request for information to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape
May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area, do not hesitate
to visit the birding bookstore and information center at 701
E. Lake Drive, Cape May Point. We're open daily, 10-5. Or
visit the new Center for Research and Education, which also
houses a complete store with books, optics, feeders, houses,
and more, at 600 Route 47, Cape May Court House, New Jersey,
(609) 861-0700, open daily, 10-5.