BIRDING HOTLINE FOR December 13, 2001
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This recording was made
on Thursday, December 13, 2001. Highlights from the last week include
SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL,
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.
A young male SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD whose plumage is strongly
suggestive of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was found in Cape May Point on
December 8 and is still present. The bird is frequenting a feeder at
404 Central Avenue. The feeder is easily seen from the street, to the
left of the house.
Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen at the same location on Central Avenue
Seven SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Bridgeton on December 7,
from near the treatment plant on the upper reaches of the Cohansey
Two SNOWY OWLS were seen on December 9 at the Forsythe National
Wildlife Refuge, better known as Brigantine. The owls are usually seen
in the east pool.
A fly-over WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was observed at Cape May Point on
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Bivalve on December 10.
Two RAZORBILLS were seen from the Avalon Seawatch on December 9th.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on December 10th near Cape Island
Creek, along the railroad tracks. This area is accessed from the end
of Wilson St., off Seashore Rd. just north of the borough of West Cape
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen along the yellow trail at Cape May
Point State Park on Dec. 12, along with three BALTIMORE ORIOLES.
Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Corson's Inlet on December
11. Five BALTIMORE ORIOLES were found at the Cape May National
Wildlife Refuge near Green Creek on December 12th, and a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen the same day on the Refuge near Dias
Creek. Another YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Cape May Point State
Park on December 8th and another BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Reed's Beach on
Three southern NJ Christmas Bird Counts are approaching, and there's
always room for more birders: (1) Cape May CBC will be held Sunday,
December 16 (contact Louise Zemaitis at 609-898-9578 to participate),
(2) Belleplain CBC will be held Sunday, December 23 (contact Paul
Kosten at 609-861-5827 to participate), (3) Cumberland County CBC will
be held Sunday, December 30 (contact Clay Sutton at 609-465-3397 to
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks that require no
pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do.
To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers,
call 609-861-0700, go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
http://www.njaudubon.org, or call our new natural history and events hotline
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 Cape May,
Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for
calling and GOOD BIRDING!