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 3 include reports of BLACK-TAILED GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LITTLE
GULL, ICELAND GULL, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
An adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen for about ten Minutes on the morning of
Friday December 3 at 2nd Avenue jetty in Cape May. The bird was feeding
close to shore in a flock of gulls that quickly moved off to the east. It
was not relocated that day.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was present all week between the Brainard and Stites
Avenue jetties on Cape May Point and was seen on December 3.
A LITTLE GULL was seen feeding with a large flock of gulls off 2nd Avenue
jetty on December 2.
A first year ICELAND GULL was on the beach at Wildwood Crest on December 3.
The Beanery continued to hold a good list of lingering birds. Still present
at week's end were BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, two
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. In addition, BALTIMORE
ORIOLE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen as late as November 29,
and NORTHERN PARULA on December 28.
Other passerine highlights this week included: a PINE WARBLER in the Cape
May Point State Park on November 28, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in West Cape May
on November 30, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW over Cape May Point on
December 1, and BARN SWALLOW and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the State Park
on December 2.
On November 28, three MARBLED GODWITS were still present at Stone Harbor
Point. BLACK SKIMMERS continue to linger on the beach in Cape May city (19
on December 2). On December 2 a ROYAL TERN, 200 LAUGHING GULLS, and about
2,000 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were feeding off 2nd Avenue (this was the flock
that had the aforementioned LITTLE GULL).
Nature Notes: CMBO's monarch tagging project tagged over 7,500 monarchs in
1998. Several returns have come back. Here is a recap. Five were found near
Kiptopeke, VA in mid-October. On October 26, one was found in Charleston,
SC (originally tagged on October 15), and one on October 29, one was found
in Panama City, FL that had been tagged a month before. The most recent
find was one tagged here on October 13 and found in Sullivan's Island, SC
on November 9.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House,
NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's
Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen.
CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book
stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife
art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is
OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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!