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 7 include ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL, PAINTED
BUNTING, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
The Selasphourus hummingbird that that had been at a feeder near Hidden
Valley Ranch was captured, identified as an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, and
released. It continues at the site and was seen on December 7. The
feeder is in the back yard of the residence immediately south of the
entrance to the ranch along Bayshore Road (NOT the WMA entrance, but the
entrance to the ranch itself).
A SNOWY OWL was on the beach at 64th St, in Avalon on December 5. We
have no later reports.
The PAINTED BUNTING at Higbee Beach was seen on December 1, but has not
been reported since. It was seen at a variety of places in the first and
second fields behind the parking lot.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Avalon Seawatch on December 5.
Other highlights this week included: CAPE MAY WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and
BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Higbee Beach on the 2nd, Baltimore Oriole at the
Beanery on the 3rd, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER continuing on Coral Ave., Cape
May Point on the 4th, BOBOLINK at Higbee Beach on the 4th,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the State Park on the 4th,
NASHVILLE WARBLER at Cape May National on the 5th, COMMON EIDER on Cape May
Point at the Stites Ave, jetty on the 6th, SHORT-EARED OWL
circling over the bay near off Cape May Point on the 6th, and VESPER
SPARROW at the Beanery on the 6th.
A note about upcoming Christmas counts - here are the dates, compilers,
and their phone numbers: Cape May, Sunday Dec.17, Louise Zemaitis
(898-9578); Belleplain, Thursday Dec. 28, Paul Kosten (861-5827); and
Cumberland County, Sunday Dec. 31, Clay Sutton (465-3397).
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
pre-registration, 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
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. 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. Please report sightings of rare
or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St.,