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 18 include sightings of MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS, RED CROSSBILLS, KING EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, local nature notes, news of
our upcoming programs and field trips, and news of a Pelagic Christmas Bird
Quick note: Alan Brady is trying to get enough people to run a PELAGIC
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT on Friday, December 19th, out of Brielle, NJ, on the
boat "The Atlantis." The trip will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost
would be $50. If interested, call Alan Brady at 215-598-7856.
The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER continues to be present at the entrance to the
it was last reported on December 17.
Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 10 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on Cape May
Point on December 18.
A young male KING EIDER was off Stone Harbor Point on December 17, while both
KING EIDER and COMMON EIDER were off Cape May Point on the 17th.
A EURASIAN WIGEON, likely the one that disappeared from Cape May Point was
Coast Guard ponds on December 17.
Other interesting sightings include 5 GLOSSY IBIS and a SEDGE WREN at
Turkey point, Cumberland County on December 14, 8 SNOW BUNTINGS & a
LAPLAND LONGSPUR over Cape May Point on the 15th, 2 different
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, one at the State Park and one at the eastern edge of
the SCMM on the 16th, VESPER SPARROW at the Beanery on the 16th, and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Beanery on the 17th, and 8 WILLETS, a MARBLED
GODWIT, & a TRICOLORED HERON around Nummy Island on the 17th.
CMBO's fulltime Seawatch at the north end of Avalon, 7th Street and the
beach, will officially end on December 22. It has been manned by Bill Seng,
Fred Mears, Dave Ward, and on occasion Clay Sutton, and on weekends Gail
Dwyer. There have been no recent migrant highlights that we know of, but
the Seawatch has been a good spot to see and study OLDSQUAWS. On December
16th over 225 OLDSQUAWS were feeding in the inlet along with numbers of
both SURF SCOTERS & BLACK SCOTERS.
Local Nature Notes follow: Our sadness at the absence of butterflies last
week was premature, because with this week's warmth a number of scattered
On December 16 3 RED ADMIRALS, 2 QUESTION MARKS, 2 ORANGE SULPHURS, a GREEN
DARNER, and a garter snake were all seen along the trails at the Cape May
Point State Park. At the CMBO Center for Research & Education in Goshen, an
ORANGE SULPHUR was seen. The last PAINTED LADY sighting was December 13th
at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge. Leaves have all fallen and winter
has set in. But it is much easier to search for large stick nests built
this past spring by Red-tails. It's these sturdy stick nests will be or
probably already have been selected by courting Great Horned Owls. Keep
track of stick nests you find and monitor them over the next few months,
and you may be treated to an intimate encounter with a family of Great
Horned Owls. It's an especially good winter for northern finches. Keep an
eye out if you have pine trees for crossbills, they'll quietly collect in
your pines and feed on the cones with their specially adapted crossed
bills. Watch your feeders for Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, Redpolls
and Pine Siskins. Be sure to call your sightings in to CMBO.
The Cape May Bird Observatory hosts Saturday morning bird walks through
December 27th. Otherwise we're busy preparing for 1998 and filling the
calendar with fun programs, workshops, and activities. CMBO's winter
program schedule should have reached members by now; interested nonmembers
should stop by or call for a copy. Some of our special preregistration
Winter programs follow. CMBO will again host a "Kick-off: Start Your Year
List" at the new center on January 1st. 6 one-day courses, titled "All
About Owls: Workshop & Field Trip," are scheduled for the following dates:
Saturday, January 3; Friday, January 16; Saturday, January 17; Friday,
January 30; Saturday, January 31; and Wednesday, February 4. A Family
Program on Owls will be held January 17th. Our Member's Night on January
21st will feature a program on "Monarchs in Winter, a slide program visit
to Mexico" with Pat Sutton. The next Bird Watching for Beginners Course is
scheduled for January 24 & 25. Two "Winter Raptors of the Delaware
Bayshore" field trips will be offered: February 6 & 7. A program on
"Backyard Terrorists at the Feeder" and how to cope with them will be
offered by Chris Baker on February 7. And an "Ornithology 101" Course will
begin March 3rd, every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. Two different Sunday
morning bird walks will begin in January, one at Cape May Point from 8:30
to 10:30 a.m. and one at CMBO's new Center in Goshen from 10:00 to 11:00
a.m. If you are not a member and would like a copy of the Winter Program
Schedule with all the details, stop by either
center or call us at 609-861-0700.
The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new
Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North.
The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations,
nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor,
featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer,
and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book
store and birding information. The CMBO Center in Goshen will be closed
December 23 through January 1. The CMBO Northwood Center in Cape May Point
will be open DAILY 10-5, except for December 24, 25, and January 1.
Starting in January the CMBO Northwood Center will be open every day except
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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call
609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to
visit our 2 birding bookstores.
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!