You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Friday February 10. The roster this week includes
sightings of DICKCISSEL, SNOW BUNTING, FORSTERS TERN, RED-NECKED
GREBE, COMMON EIDER, and KING EIDER.
The DICKCISSEL that was found on 1/24 at the north end of E. Lake
Drive was re-found on 2/5 behind CMBOs Northwood Center. This
bright male is easily distinguished from the House Sparrows with
which it keeps company. The DICKCISSEL was being seen only when
there were numerous House Sparrows in the vicinity. Look for the
large tangle of vines near the back feeder and wait, the DICKCISSEL
seems to be using the House Sparrows as an indicator of how safe it
is to venture out. Once there a lot of sparrows he will pop up and
occasionally forage under the feeder. If you do not find him at the
Northwood Center it is advised to check back up at the end of E. Lake
Drive where the bird was originally found. The last sighting of the
DICKCISSEL was on 2/7.
On 2/5 four COMMON EIDER and one hen KING EIDER were reported at the
8th St. jetty in Avalon. The KING EIDER was not seen later that day
and there have been no further reports of this bird.
Also on 2/5, there were two FORSTER'S TERNS and a SNOW BUNTING seen
in the vicinity of the 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May.
There have been a number of PURPLE FINCHES seen and heard in Cape May
this week. At least three female type and one adult male are being
seen at the Northwood feeders.
Today, 2/10, the RED-NECKED GREBE was relocated. The bird is in the
same area as before, 80th St., on the bay side of Avalon/Stone Harbor.
There have been no further reports of the SNOWY OWL since 2/2.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May
Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open
Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on
Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both centers will
be closed on Monday Feb 27th and Tuesday Feb 28th for inventory.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
See Life Paulagics is running an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar
in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey
coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in
search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both
trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.
Good luck and Good Birding!