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
December 10 include reports of BLACK-TAILED GULL, FRANKLIN'S GULL,
RAZORBILL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
The BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen again on Thursday December 10. It was seen
first on the beach at 2nd Avenue jetty, again on the beach further east in
Cape May city, and eventually feeding off Poverty Beach at the east end of
A FRANKLIN'S GULL was off the Cape May Point State Park near the Bunker on
A RAZORBILL was off 2nd Avenue jetty for a short time on December 8.
There has been an enormous concentration of gulls feeding off of Cape May
and Cape May Point all week, with the largest concentration seen on
December 10. Thousands of large gulls, several thousand BONAPARTE'S GULLS,
and about 3,000 LAUGHING GULLS make up the bulk of the flock. However, at
times this week, between Wildwood Crest and Cape May Point, there have
been 10+ PARASITIC JAEGERS, three BLACK-HEADED GULLS, two LITTLE GULLS,
five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and an ICELAND GULL.
Other highlights included: SEMIPALMATED PLOVER on Bunker Pond on December
4, five LITTLE BLUE HERONS along Ocean Drive on the 5th, BALTIMORE ORIOLE
in the State Park on the 6th, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER in the State
Park on the 6th, NASHVILLE WARBLER at the State Park and another at the
Beanery on the 7th, 250 TREE SWALLOWS over South Cape May on the 9th, and
78 SNOW BUNTINGS were first at Poverty Beach and then seen flying along the
dunes at South Cape May.
A number of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS have set up winter residence on the
cape. Up to four are in the State Park, one at South Cape May, and one at
Nature Notes: CMBO's monarch tagging project tagged over 7,500 monarchs in
1998. Several returns have come back. Here is a recap. Five were found near
Kiptopeke, VA in mid-October. On October 26, one was found in Charleston,
SC (originally tagged on October 15), and one on October 29, one was found
in Panama City, FL that had been tagged a month before. The most recent
find was one tagged here on October 13 and found in Sullivan's Island, SC
on November 9. The warm weather continues to result in late butterfly
sightings. Seen this week were over 15 Cloudless sulphurs, 10+ Buckeyes,
several Sachems, American Lady, Monarch, and Clouded and Orange Sulphurs.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House,
NJ 08210. 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 & book
stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife
art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, 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. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!