You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, January 8. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S
HUMMINGBIRD, ROSS'S GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON REDPOLL, and RED-HEADED
The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has continued in Cape May through at
least Jan. 7th, visiting feeders in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. and sometimes
also at 1012 Cape May Ave. in Cape May. Watch from the street or the
sidewalk at either house. A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD that had been
visiting feeders along Bayshore Rd. was last seen on Jan. 3rd.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen from Rt. 47 on the grounds of the Bayside Prison, in
Cumberland County a short distance west of the Cape May County line.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on Jan. 1 on the pond in the median of the
Garden State Parkway near Mile Marker 3.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at Stone Harbor Point on Jan. 3rd, and another was
at the ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD house on Ohio Ave. on the 3rd. A COMMON REDPOLL
was also seen in Cape May on Jan. 1st, this one near the corner of Trenton
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen Jan. 3rd through 5th at the Schellenger
Tract of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Head west from Rt. 47 at
Green Creek on Norbury's Landing Rd. Go past the Green Creek Fire House and
park on the roadside where a grassy track heads back to the right. There
are National Wildlife Refuge boundary signs here. The woodpeckers were
frequenting dead trees near the end of this path.
SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and GREAT HORNED OWL continue to be seen
at Jakes Landing.
North on the New Jersey coast, a BOHEMIAN WAXWING has been frequenting
Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Light has been loaded with interesting
birds. For details call the state hotline at (732) 872-2595.
A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of
Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more
information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com
Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone
Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for
construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive
past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge). Note
also that the deer hunting season is underway in New Jersey use caution in
areas where hunting is permitted!
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a copy of
our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline
at 609-861-0466, 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 around Cape May County, and also include
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's
Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212