You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights the week ending January 9 include news
NORTHERN LAPWING, BELL'S VIREO, SANDHILL CRANE, KING EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL,
LITTLE GULL, SNOWY OWL, local nature notes, and news of CMBO's upcoming
programs and field trips.
The NORTHERN LAPWING has not been reported since the early morning of
Saturday, January 4.
The BELL'S VIREO was seen this week on January 5 at Hidden Valley Ranch. It
is not seen often, but sometimes with a small flock of Palm Warblers and is
often seen in the center, not the edges of the first field.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen this week on January 3 in the marshes behind Cape
May city and on the 6th over the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM).
The KING EIDER continues to be seen at the jetty at the north end of Reed's
Beach. It was seen on January 4 and 6th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was on Nummy Island on January 4.
An adult LITTLE GULL was seen this week at Norbury's Landing on two dates,
January 4 and 6. Presumably the same bird was seen off Higbee Beach on the 5th.
At least one SNOWY OWL was seen at Brigantine NWR this week, on January 6.
The bird had
been perching within the impoundment in the southeast corner of the East Pool.
An OSPREY was reported from Lake Nummy in Belleplain State Park on January 6.
The two CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and an "OREGON" JUNCO on 2nd Ave in West Cape May
continue, seen this week on the 5th.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues to be seen near the parking lot at SCMM,
seen this week
on the 5th and 6th. REDHEAD and EURASIAN WIGEON continue on Lily Lake.
Other highlights included AMERICAN BITTERN at SCMM on the 3rd, RED CROSSBILL
in Rio Grande on the 3rd, DICKCISSEL at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 4th,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Cape May Point on the 5th, COMMON MOORHEN on
Lighthouse Pond on the 6th, and FORSTER'S TERN at 2nd Ave Jetty in Cape May
on the 9th.
Highlights from the Cumberland County Christmas Count held January 5th
GOOSE near Fortescue, Sedge Wren at both Fortescue and Turkey Point,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW near Beaver Dam, and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on
Local Nature Notes follow: Short-eared Owls were absent on both the Cape
May and the
Belleplain Christmas Bird Counts, counts which normally have good numbers.
We're wondering if Short-ears are common anywhere this winter. Anyone care
to enlighten us? Numbers of Oldsquaws can be enjoyed in the surf now along
the Oceanfront. Bonaparte Gulls are quite easy to study now too as they
feed around the jetties in Cape May Point. They're very dainty and so seem
more tern-like than gull-like. Fox Sparrows are in. Adult Bald Eagles are
paired up and on territory; they might be found near their nests.
This year's Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is scheduled for January 11 and 12.
Please share your bald eagle sightings with us here at CMBO so that we can
be sure to have observers at all known eagle hotspots for the survey!
American Holly trees are heavy with berries. Sumac fruit clusters stand out
now as most of the leaves have
fallen. With the leaves fallen it's time to search for large stick nests
that Great Horned Owls might use for their nests in less than a month, they
being our earliest nesting bird - on eggs soon.
Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: The Cape May Bird Observatory's winter
program schedule includes weekly "Owl & Hawk Watches at Jakes Landing" every
through March 14th at 4:00 p.m. Weekly "Winter Bird Walks" meet every
Sunday, now through March at 8:30 a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the
Cape May Point State Park. A special Members' Night will be held January
15th at the NEW CMBO in Goshen, with "a Birthday Party for New Jersey
Audubon Society in its 100th Year!" scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. Six "Owl
Workshops" are scheduled: January 18, 25, February 1, 5, and 15. The "Bird
Watching For Beginners Course" will be taught January 25-26, February 22-23,
and March 29-30. A "Winter Raptors of Bear Swamp and the Delaware Bayshore"
is scheduled for February 8, AND MUCH MORE!
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New
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, call our office at
609-884-2736 or send a request for information to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our
headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open every day except Tues. & Wednesday, 9-5.
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. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!