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, December 11, 2003. Highlights from the last week include ALLEN'S
HUMMINGBIRD, RAZORBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, GLAUCOUS GULL, SHORT-EARED
OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.
The young male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD has been reported most recently on
December 7th at the feeder in front of 1321-B Ohio Ave. in Cape May. The
feeder can be easily seen from the sidewalk in front of the house.
A RAZORBILL, a juvenile BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, a late LAUGHING GULL, and
130 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen offshore from Cape May Point on Dec. 11th.
A first winter GLAUCOUS GULL was seen roosting in Townsend's Inlet from the
Avalon Seawatch on Dec. 7th and 8th. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at
the ferry landing in North Cape May on Dec. 5th. A first winter
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was at the Seawatch on the 5th.
SHORT-EARED OWLS are being seen almost every evening from the end of Jakes
Landing Rd., where a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen on Dec. 7th. Both of these
marsh-loving species are also being seen at the Corbin City Wildlife
Management Area. NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were reported from Seagrove Ave. Dec.
10th and from Hidden Valley Dec. 8th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been seen at the third field at the Higbee Beach
Wildlife Management Area through at least Dec. 7th. Two ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLERS were found at Cape May Point State Park on Dec. 4th.
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 first of South Jersey's 3 Christmas Bird Counts is this Sunday. When
leaving a phone message with count organizers be sure to also leave your
e-mail address. The Cape May CBC will be held Sunday, December 14; contact
Louise Zemaitis at 609-898-9578. The Belleplain CBC happens on Sunday,
December 21; contact Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827. Cumberland County's CBC
is set for Sunday, December 28; contact Clay & Pat Sutton at 609-465-3397 or
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