This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, December 16th. Highlights from the last week include
RAZORBILL, PARASITIC JAEGER, LARK SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CAVE SWALLOW, EARED GREBE, COMMON
EIDER, DICKCISSEL, and news of lingering birds.
RAZORBILLS have been a major highlight at the Avalon Sea Watch this
week, with 33 counted in the five-day period Dec. 9 through 13 (and
others seen heading north and thus not added to this official tally).
The high count was of 13 RAZORBILLS tallied on Dec. 12th. Single
PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen here on the 10th and on the 13th.
A LARK SPARROW was found at the Rea Farm (near the beehives) on Dec.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER has continued in Cape May through at least
Dec. 14th, when it was seen in the Rea Farm fields closest to Stevens
St. in West Cape May.
A first winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Poverty Beach on Dec. 12th,
and a young GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Two Mile Beach near the Cold
Spring Inlet on Dec. 14th.
A single CAVE SWALLOW was found at the Rea Farm on Dec. 12th.
An EARED GREBE continued at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City through at
least Dec. 12th, a site where two had been seen previously. From Rt.
40/322, take Cordoba south to its end at the bay.
A COMMON EIDER was by the 106th St. jetty in Stone Harbor on Dec.
A DICKCISSEL was along Fourth Ave. in West Cape May on Dec. 16th. An
INDIGO BUNTING was in the first field at the Higbee Beach Wildlife
Management Area on the 13th, and in the second field on the 15th. Two
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were at Hidden Valley on Dec. 12th, and one was
at Dias Creek on the 14th. A VESPER SPARROW and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK
were seen at the Rea Farm on Dec. 9th.
A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Moores Beach Rd. in
Cumberland County on Dec. 14th. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAKWS and two GOLDEN
EAGLES were reported from the Corbin City Wildlife Management Area on
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 CMBOs Northwood Center at
609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org.
Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas
Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help
their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst
oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected
include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of
rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can
help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper
towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure
(plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be
dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website for
more details: http://www.njaudubon.org