This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on Tuesday,
December 28th. Highlights from the last week include HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED
KNOT, EARED GREBE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, VIRGINIA RAIL, PINE WARBLER,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and RAZORBILL.
The preliminary tally from the Belleplain Christmas Bird Count, which
was held on Dec. 26th, stands at 117. Otherwise we have received just
a few reports as many local birders are traveling for the holidays.
A female HARLEQUIN DUCK and a RED KNOT were found at East Point, Cumberland
County, on Dec. 26th.
Two EARED GREBES have continued through at least Dec. 24th at Lakes Bay near
Atlantic City, in Atlantic County. From Rt. 40/322, take Cordoba south to
its end at the bay.
A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has visited feeders at two different houses in
Goshen during the last week, with sightings reported from Dec. 24th through
A VIRGINIA RAIL was found at Jakes Landing on Dec. 26th, and another was at
the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on Dec. 27th.
A PINE WARBLER was found in Belleplain State Forest on Dec. 26th, a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on Berrytown Rd., Cumberland Co., the same day, and a
SEASIDE SPARROW at Jakes Landing also on the 26th.
At least one COMMON MERGANSER continues to linger around Cape May, being
seen in Bunker Pond on Dec. 23rd and again on the 27th, when a TUNDRA SWAN
was also present. A CHIPPING SPARROW was in a West Cape May yard on Dec.
Christmas Day finds at Reeds Beach included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3
PEREGRINE FALCONS, with a WESTERN SANDPIPER at nearby Kimbles Beach.
There were also 5 TREE SWALLOWS at The Meadows on the 25th and a RAZORBILL
flew past Sunset Beach on the same day.
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
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!
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).