(Happy Winter Solstice). Highlights from the last week include
RAZORBILL, PARASITIC JAEGER, LARK SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
WESTERN KINGBIRD, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CAVE SWALLOW, KING
EIDER, COMMON EIDER, DICKCISSEL, and news of lingering birds.
The preliminary tally from the Cape May Christmas Bird Count, which was
held on Dec. 19th, stands at 158 species with 7 additional species
noted for Count week.
RAZORBILLS have been a major highlight at the Avalon Sea Watch
recently, with 19 tallied on Dec. 17th and 33 counted in the five-day
period Dec. 9 through 13 (and others seen heading north and thus not
added to this official tally). 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.
16th and seen again on Dec. 17th, but not subsequently.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER has continued in Cape May through at least
Dec. 19th, when it was seen at the Rea Farm.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was discovered on Dec. 19th at the Woodcock Lane
section of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
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.
A young male KING EIDER has continued at the Cold Spring Inlet through
at least Dec. 19th. Access the inlet from the Two Mile Beach Unit of
the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge walk down the beach to the
inlet. A COMMON EIDER was by the 106th St. jetty in Stone Harbor on
Dec. 14th. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at Poverty Beach on Dec. 19th,
and a BLACK SKIMMER was here on the 17th.
Two MARBLED GODWITS, four WESTERN WILLETS, 67 RED KNOTS, three
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 28 SNOW BUNTINGS, and six IPSWICH SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were at Stone Harbor Point on Dec. 19th.
A DICKCISSEL was along Fourth Ave. in West Cape May on Dec. 16th. An
INDIGO BUNTING was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area through
at least Dec. 19th. A WILSONS WARBLER and a WHITE-EYED VIREO were at
the Cape May NWR on Dec. 19th. Two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, two
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, and two PALM
WARBLERS were found in or immediately adjacent to Cape May Point
State Park on Dec. 19th. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was at Higbee on the
17th. Two BALTIMORE ORIOLES were behind the Cape Island Garden
Center on Broadway in West Cape May on Dec. 19th. A SEDGE WREN was at
Goshen Landing on the 19th.
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's Northwood
Center in Cape May Point and Rancocas Nature Center in Mount Holly
continue to accept in-kind donations for Tri State Bird Rescue. There
is need for newspapers, flat bed sheets, bath towels, and "soft sided"
(not wooden slatted) playpens. Currently, they have an ample supply of
paper towels, Ensure and Pedialyte. Donated items can be dropped off
at either center during regular hours. Please note that the Cape May
Bird Observatory's Northwood Center will be closed for the holidays on
December 24 through January 1. The Center will reopen on Sunday,
January 2. Donations will be accepted until further notice. You can
also make donations of money or materials directly to Tri State Bird
Rescue, 110 Possum Hollow Road, Newark DE 19711 (302-737-9543).
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