You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Feb. 2 include: FRANKLIN'S
GULL, SNOWY OWL, continuing RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED
GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MARBLED
GODWIT, and SPOTTED TOWHEE, and local nature notes.
A first-winter FRANKLIN'S GULL continues to be seen at the
MacDonald's parking lot at the end of the Expressway in
Atlantic City. There is also a LAUGHING GULL at the same
A SNOWY OWL was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on Jan.
28; it was present [inaudible] but as is typical in Cape
May it was gone the following day.
The Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive continue to have
COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, & EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL; there are 3 Eurasian Wigeon, two males
and a female. The Black-headed Gull has become much less
regular but was seen today, Feb. 2. One or two MARBLED
GODWITS are still present on the mud flats near Nummy
Island toll bridge. The area also holds a WILLET and a
WHIMBREL. A RED-NECKED GREBE is also being seen in the
THE SPOTTED TOWHEE continues on Sea Grove Ave., near the
intersection with Lighthouse, in Cape May Point. Other
highlights this week included a female REDHEAD at Lily Lake
as recently as today, Feb. 2; and a flock of about 30 TREE
SWALLOWS around Cape May on a regular basis. AMERICAN
BITTERN was in S. Cape May Meadows [inaudible]. A fly-by
[inaudible] was at the Meadows on [inaudible.].
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alternate means to get the text tomorrow -LL]
A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March
11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave
Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.
[Program notes omitted -LL]
Fine print: 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 birding hotline. For more information
regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips,
phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our
headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The
Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of
Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape
May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas.
Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.