You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New
Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks
message was prepared on Friday December 1, 2006. Highlights this
week include sightings of COMMON EIDER, AMERICAN TREE-SPARROW,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, CHIMNEY
SWIFT, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, CAVE SWALLOW, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and EARED GREBE.
We apologize for the unavoidable the lapse in hotline coverage the
last few weeks and hope that this has not caused anyone any
inconvenience. This hotline will cover sightings starting with
11/20/06 to present.
A more routine hotline schedule begins now. This ones for you Barbra!
Two EARED GREBES continued this week at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City,
seen as recently as 11/27. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rte
40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn
right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the
birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).
Four COMMON EIDER continue to be seen from Cape May Point, today
12/1. Six is the maximum seen from Cape May Point from 11/22-11/28.
There have been three sightings of AMERICAN TREE-SPARROWS in the Cape
May vicinity. One bird was found on 11/20 in West Cape May. Another
bird was seen at Hidden Valley on 11/26. Also a sighting of one bird
in the Cape Island Creek Preserve area on 11/30.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES have been found in Cape May City on 11/20 and again
one in West Cape May on 11/25.
As of 11/29 a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER continues to be seen, along with
LEAST SANDPIPERS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the West Cape May
A VESPER SPARROW was seen in the Green Creek area on 11/29.
On 11/20, a CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen flying over Cape May City.
One BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found in North Cape May on 11/25.
The last dates for CAVE SWALLOW sightings was 11/21 and 11/23 with 6
and 2 being seen respectively.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported from the Cape May Point area on
11/23 and 11/24. A bird was seen from Seagrove Ave on the 23rd and
one from the Cape May Point State Park on the 24th.
Lastly, on 11/20, 10 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over the Cape May
Point State Park.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point will be open Friday- Tuesday, 9-4:30. The
Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7
days a week 9-4:30.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!