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 9 include reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN AVOCET,
KING EIDER, GLAUCOUS GULL, and news of CMBO.
An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE continued to be seen at Hidden Valley Ranch
through at least December 5.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen on the 7th at the impoundment at Bivalve in
A first year male KING EIDER was off Poverty Beach at the east end of
Cape May on the 6th.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was a fly-by at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 5th. Also
seen that day were POMARINE JAEGER, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, two and
COMMON EIDERS. A COMMON EIDER continues to be seen near the jetty in
front of the Sea Watch.
Other highlights this week included: a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, four PURPLE
FINCHES, and two RED CROSSBILLS at Cape May Point State Park (CMPt SP)
on December 3, BARRED OWL at the Higbees Beach parking lot on the 5th,
WESTERN KINGBIRD at Higbees Beach on the 5th, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at
Hidden Valley Ranch on the 5th, two BALD EAGLES over CMPt SP on the 7th,
AMERICAN BITTERN at the South Cape May Meadows on the 9th, 60 RED KNOTS
behind Two Mile Landing on the 9th, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
near the fish docks along Ocean Drive on the 9th, and at Stone Harbor
Point on the 9th, six MARBLED GODWITS, 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 300
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
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