This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, December 9th. Highlights from the last week include
PACIFIC/ARCTIC LOON, KING EIDER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE, RAZORBILL, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, HARLEQUIN
DUCK, GREAT CORMORANT, SNOWY OWL, and news of the migration.
A PACIFIC/ARCTIC LOON was seen flying by the Avalon Sea Watch on Dec.
6th. Three BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and two RAZORBILLS were here the
same day. RAZORBILLS have been seen more days than not from the Sea
Watch this month.
An immature male KING EIDER was seen on Dec. 9th at the Cold Spring
Inlet, accessed from the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National
Wildlife Refuge. Roughly 2000 shorebirds were on the beach here,
including 4 RED KNOTS and 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flew above birders at Heislerville,
Cumberland County, on Dec. 8th, and another was reported from Hereford
Inlet on Dec. 5th.
CAVE SWALLOW sightings are finally declining, yet one was at The Nature
Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on Dec.
5th, one at the State Park on the 3rd and the 4th, two near the Cape
May City waterfront on Dec. 3rd, and one at the Avalon Sea Watch on
One, possibly two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were seen in Cape May
through at least Dec. 4th. Sightings come from two different areas,
leading to questions about the number of individuals present. Some
sightings have been from the Rea Farm and Stevens St., others from
Cape May Point State Park and Sea Grove Ave.
Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 4 GREAT CORMORANTS were amidst the pilings
off Poverty Beach on Dec. 5th.
A SNOWY OWL has continued at the north end of Brigantine Island; by
Dec. 7th a second bird had arrived.
Other sightings from around Cape May this week include numerous FOX
SPARROWS; BALTIMORE ORIOLES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES at several locations; a DICKCISSEL at Hidden
Valley on Dec. 4th; 3 PINE WARBLERS near Rio Grande on Dec. 3rd; A
NORTHERN GOSHAWK along Stevens St. on Dec. 3rd and another at Cape May
Point State Park on the 5th; a BARN SWALLOW and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
at the State Park on Dec. 8th; and 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS at Higbee
on the 6th.
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://www.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 CMBOs 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 and Rancocas
Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help
their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst
oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected
include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of
rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can
help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper
towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure
(plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be
dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website
for more details: http://www.njaudubon.o