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 2nd. Highlights from the last week include BLACK
GUILLEMOT, RAZORBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
PARASITIC JAEGER, LITTLE GULL, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW,
SNOWY OWL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, ROSS' GOOSE, and news of
A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen at the Avalon Sea Watch on Nov. 23rd and
one seen again on Nov. 29th. In neither instance did the bird stay in
view for more than a few minutes. Four RAZORBILLS were seen here on
the 27th, and one each on Nov. 29th and the 23rd. A BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE, two HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and four PARASITIC JAEGERS were at the
Sea Watch on Nov. 23rd. A first winter LITTLE GULL was here on Dec.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen in the back field at the Rea Farm
on Dec. 2nd and along Stevens St. on Nov. 29th. CAVE SWALLOWS
continue to be seen around Cape May, with one above the Hawk Watch on
Dec. 2nd, 6 here on Nov. 29th, and 2 on the 27th. Four CAVE SWALLOWS
were seen on Nov. 26th in Cumberland County in a vicinity of Berrytown
and Robbinstown Rds.
A SNOWY OWL was reported from the north end of Brigantine on Nov.
30th. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at Two Mile Landing on Nov. 25th. A
COMMON REDPOLL visited a feeder near Reeds Beach on Nov. 26th.
A ROSS' GOOSE and an AMERICAN AVOCET were at the Brigantine Unit of
the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 26th, with the AVOCET
and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS seen on the 28th. SHORT-EARED OWLS were also
seen this week at Jakes Landing, at Corbin City WMA, and at Tuckahoe
Four HARLEQUIN DUCKS, one COMMON EIDER, and three GREAT CORMORANTS
were at Poverty Beach on Dec. 2nd, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS were
lounging on the Concrete Ship, Sunset Beach, on Nov. 28th.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 2 CAVE SWALLOWS were highlights at the
Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on Nov. 27th; the warbler was
also seen Nov. 25th and 26th. One, maybe two NASHVILLE WARBLERS were
at the Rea Farm Nov. 26th and 27th. Three BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen
along Seagrove Ave. on Nov. 27th, and an estimate of 10 was noted here
on the 25th.
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!
Donations are requested this week in response to the terrible oil
spill in the Delaware River. People can help with the oil spill by
donating materials to Tri State Bird Rescue in Newark, Delaware
(http://www.tristatebird.org). They can always use monetary
donations and right now they can use paper towels, Q-Tips, flat
sheets, bath towels, Ensure (Vanilla only) and Pediolite (plain only).
If people would like to drop off any of these items at the Cape May
Bird Observatory Northwood Center, we will take it to Tri State.