You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, December 5, 2002. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, and news of the
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW has once again been found in the marshes behind North
Wildwood. The bird was seen from the Skimmer boat on, ironically, its last
cruise of the season, Nov. 30th. It was seen again on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3
from vantage points at the west end of 26th and 19th Streets in North
Wildwood. The best time to see this birds seems to be at low tide.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE continues to be seen in a yard on Cape Island, where it
was first found on Nov. 28th. The house is at 4068 Bayshore Road, a bit
north of "The Beanery". Park on the road shoulder and walk along the
driveway into the back yard. The bird is most often seen on the ground
beneath a bird feeder near the small pond, but it is sometimes in the trees
and it has even been on the wires right along the street. Remember that
this is private property please use all common courtesies.
The invasion of CAVE SWALLOWS seems to have subsided, but a single bird was
seen Dec. 2nd at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
("The Meadows") and one was seen from the Hawkwatch at Cape May Point State
Park on Nov. 30th.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found along the entrance road to the Two
Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 2nd.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD has seen at the Rea Farm from Nov. 28th through at least
Dec. 4th. The bird frequents the north edge of the southernmost field (one
that borders Stevens St.) at the farm, but occasionally is seen at other
A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen from the Avalon Seawatch on Dec. 3rd.
SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are establishing winter territories
over many of south Jersey's marshes. Sightings have come from Jakes
Landing, Moores Beach, McNamara WMA, and Corbin City WMA.
Autumn migrants are still trickling into Cape May, a few lingering birds
are still being reported, and winter birds are settling into
patterns. Noteworthy is the continuation of an adult male RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD that is utilizing feeders in at least two yards, one in West
Cape May and one along Seagrove Ave., just east of Cape May Point. The
bird is still present (in the snow) as of Dec. 5th. Other birds reported
more than once each this week include BONAPARTE'S GULL, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.
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://cmbo.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!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212