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 19 include BELL'S VIREO, RED CROSSBILL, KING EIDER, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, highlights from the Cape May CBC, local nature notes, news of
CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips, local Christmas Bird Count dates
The BELL'S VIREO was seen this week on December 23 at Hidden Valley Ranch.
It was seen in the south end of the first field and was with eight PALM
A RED CROSSBILL was perched on a wire in Cape May Point near the Gingerbread
An immature male KING EIDER was seen on the Cape May CBC on December 22 at
off the jetty at the north end.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and the 'OREGON' JUNCO were seen along Second
Avenue in West Cape May on the Cape May CBC on the 22nd. Two CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS were there on the 23rd.
A DICKCISSEL was seen on Cape May Point on December 23 at Pearl and Knox
Streets. That one and two others were seen on the Christmas Count on the
22nd, with additional birds at Hidden Valley Ranch and Cape May Point.
Other Cape May CBC highlights included LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at both
Reed's Beach and Bunker Pond in the state park, three EURASIAN WIGEONS (two
on Lily Lake and one on Lighthouse Pond), ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on Cape May
Point, COMMON EIDER near the jetty St. Mary's and three AMERICAN BITTERNS
along Ocean Drive.
Two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS of the subspecies Gambelii were seen this week.
An Adult at
Hidden Valley Ranch and an immature at Higbee Beach.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was near mile marker 26.6 northbound near Marmora on
Local Nature Notes follow: Numbers of Oldsquaws can be enjoyed in the surf
now along the
Oceanfront. Bonaparte Gulls are quite easy to study now too as they feed
around the jetties in Cape May Point. They're very dainty and so seem more
tern-like than gull-like. Adult Bald Eagles are paired up and on territory;
they might be found near their nests, like the pair that's been seen sitting
side by side on the back edge of East Creek Lake each early morning. This
year's Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey is scheduled for January 11 and 12.
Please share your bald eagle sightings with us here
at CMBO so that we can be sure to have observers at all known eagle hot
spots for the survey!
American Holly trees are heavy with berries. Sumac fruit clusters stand out
now as most of the leaves have fallen. With the leaves fallen it's time to
search for large stick nests that Great Horned Owls might use for their
nests in less than a month, they being our earliest nesting bird - on eggs
Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: Saturday, December 28, Tom Parsons
a "Birding Cape May Point" walk at 7:30 a.m., meeting in the raised picnic
pavilion at Cape May Point State Park. The Cape May Bird Observatory's
winter program schedule is now in print and being sent to members.
Non-members should give us a call if they'd like to receive a copy. Weekly
"Owl & Hawk Watches at Jakes Landing" will be held every Friday January 3
through March 14th at 4:00 p.m. Weekly "Winter Bird Walks" will be held
every Sunday January through March at 8:30 a.m., meeting in the raised
picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State Park. A Weeklong Birding
Workshop for Hawks, Owls, and Winter Waterfowl will be led and taught
January 6-10th by Pat and Clay Sutton and Pete Dunne. There's still room;
call for the week long workshop flyer and
registration form. A special Members' Night will be held January 15th at
the NEW CMBO in Goshen, with "a Birthday Party for New Jersey Audubon
Society in its 100th Year!" scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. "Owl Workshops" are
scheduled: January 18, 25, February 1, 5, and 15. The "Bird Watching For
Beginners Course" will be taught January 25-26, February 22-23, and March
29-30. A "Winter Raptors of Bear Swamp and the Delaware Bayshore" is
scheduled for February 8, AND MUCH MORE!
Two more local Christmas Bird Counts will all be held on Sunday this year;
dates and contacts follow: Belleplain CBC on December 29, call Paul Kosten
at 609-861-5827; Cumberland CBC on January 5, call Clay Sutton at 609-465-3397.
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New
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 our office at
609-884-2736 or send a request for information to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our
headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open DAILY, 9-5.
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!