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
28 include sightings of SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, news of CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch and our
Avalon Seawatch, local nature notes, an announcement about an upcoming
Pelagic Trip, news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips, local
Christmas Bird Count dates and contacts.
An immature female SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD (either Rufous or Allen's) was
present at a hummingbird feeder in Wildwood Crest on November 23rd and 24th.
Three SNOWY OWLS were in seen in Delaware before the first one showed up in
South Jersey. On November 24th a male SNOWY OWL was seen one day only in
Margate. It was perched on a telephone pole about 1/2 mile past Campbell's
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen in West Cape May. It was seen
this week on the 27th on the 600 block of West Ave.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen twice this week in the Cape May Point State
Park. On November 24th one was seen on the Red trail and on the 26th one was
near the raised picnic pavilion.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was near the fish docks along Ocean Drive on November 27th.
In Delaware, the ROSS' GULL continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet. The
most recent report was on November 27th.
On November 25th, Brigantine had ROSS' GOOSE and EURASIAN WIGEON. Two
EURASIAN WIGEON continue on the ponds along the Red trail in the State Park.
CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch has tallied in 69,217 raptors so far, as of
November 27th ... and there's still a few days to go! An excellent flight
on November 23 produced a real late OSPREY, 5 BALD EAGLES, 101 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS, 13 COOPER'S HAWKS, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 7 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 178
RED-TAILED HAWK, and 1 GOLDEN EAGLE. A few PEREGRINE FALCONS are still
coming through, with the grand tally to date an astounding 1,500 Peregrines.
Bald and Golden Eagle grand totals to date are also records: 279 Bald Eagles
and 38 Golden Eagles.
The Avalon Seawatch, being conducted at 7th Street and the Beach at the
North end of Avalon, is in the middle of the Seabird Migration and will
continue into December. Highlights from the past week include amazing
numbers of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES: 55 on the 18th, 57 on the 19th, 9 on the
21st, and 40 on the 26th. 6 COMMON EIDERS migrated by on both the 20th and
the 24th. PARASITIC JAEGERS seen this week include 3 on the 19th, 4 on the
21st, 1 on the 22nd, and 4 on the 26th. RED-NECKED GREBES passed: 1 on the
20th and 2 on the 24th. 2 LITTLE GULLS and a BLACK-HEADED GULL passed on
A COMMON EIDER was in Cape May Point off the Cape Avenue jetty on November
24. An immature male King Eider and 3 COMMON EIDERS were seen at Stone
Harbor Point around the southernmost jetty on November 19th and 23rd. On
November 22 and 23 3-4 Jaegers, 100's of BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and dozens of
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were seen from boat by an observer in the Cape May
Rips, just off Cape May Point. And on the 26th observers at The Nature
Conservancy's Cape May
Migratory Bird Refuge looking offshore saw 10 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 500
BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a "2nd winter" LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
A winter Pelagic Birding Trip out of Brielle, NJ, will be offered Saturday,
December 7th, leaving at 5 a.m. and returning that evening at 8 p.m. For
more information and to register, call Focus on Nature Tours at 302-529-1876.
Two half-day Mini Pelagic trips are scheduled out of Cape May aboard the
Cape May Whale Watcher on December 8th and December 14th. Trips leave at 8
a.m., cost is $35. Call 1-800-786-5445 for more details and to register.
Local Nature Notes follow: Would you believe that a few Monarchs are still
being seen! It was an amazing fall for Monarchs and, YES, a few stragglers
are still migrating through -- which means they survived some pretty severe
frosts already. Most recently, 3 were seen on the 24th and 1 on the 25th.
Adult Bald Eagles are paired up and on territory; they might be found near
their nests, like the pair that's been seen sitting side by side on the back
edge of East Creek Lake each early morning.Most of the leaves have been
blown from the trees and it's a good time to search for large stick nests
that Great Horned Owls might use for their nests in a little over one month,
they being our earliest
nesting bird - one eggs by January.
Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: On Wednesday, December 11th, at
7:30 p.m. Paul Kerlinger will present a program on the same topic as his
latest book, "How Birds Migrate." This is one of our Members' Nights, ALL
OUR WELCOME! Every Saturday (through December) Tom Parsons will lead a
"Birding Cape May Point" walk at 7:30 a.m., meeting in the raised picnic
pavilion at Cape May Point State Park. The Cape May Bird Observatory's
winter program schedule is now in print and being sent to members.
Non-members should give us a call if they'd like to receive a copy. Weekly
"Owl & Hawk Watches at Jakes Landing" will be held every Friday January>3
through March 14th at 4:00 p.m. Weekly "Winter Bird Walks" will be held
every Sunday January through March at 8:30 a.m., meeting in the raised
picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State Park.
A Week long Birding Workshop for Hawks, Owls, and Winter Waterfowl will be
led and taught January 6-10th by Pat and Clay Sutton and Pete Dunne.
There's still room; call for the wee long workshop flyer and registration
form. 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
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
The three local Christmas Bird Counts will all be held on Sunday this year;
dates and contacts follow: Cape May CBC on December 22, call Vince Elia or
Louise Zemaitis at 609-884-2736; Belleplain CBC on December 29, call Paul
Kosten at 609-861-5827; Cumberland CBC on January 5, call Clay Sutton at
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, 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 DAILY, 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!