You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, February 12. Highlights from the last week include BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, RAZORBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED
GREBE, ICELAND GULL, and COMMON REDPOLL.
A BOHEMIAN WAXWING on Nummy Island delighted many birders on Feb. 10th, but
it has not been seen after that date. Several other BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are
being seen in other parts of New Jersey; details are on the Voice of New
Jersey Audubon hotline, (732) 872-2595.
Sea ducks are continuing to gather at the Cold Spring Inlet (the entrance to
the Cape May Harbor), with reports Feb. 12th of a RAZORBILL, 15 COMMON
EIDERS, and 4 KING EIDERS south of the south jetty (seen from Poverty
Beach). A high count of 25 COMMON EIDERS around the inlet was made on Feb.
8th. The inlet and both jetties may also be viewed from the Two Mile Beach
Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge on the north; 3 HARLEQUIN
DUCKS were here on Feb. 9th. An estimated 10,000 SCOTERS were seen offshore
from Cape May Point on the 12th; numbers of other oceanic birds are also
increasing, including RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, and
BONAPARTE'S GULL. Waterfowl numbers are also increasing dramatically on the
Maurice River and along the Delaware Bayshore marshes in Cumberland County.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen off Ocean Drive near Mill Creek Marina on
Single ICELAND GULLS were found at Poverty Beach and along Ocean Drive near
the clam processing plants, both on Feb. 10th.
Two COMMON REDPOLLS were seen along Shunpike Rd., south of the Cape May
Canal, on Feb. 10th, and two COMMON REDPOLLS came to a feeder in the same
area on Feb. 11th.
SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue to be seen most evenings at
Jakes Landing. Other ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen at Bivalve on the 11th,
at Tuckahoe on the 11th, and 3 at Newport Landing on the 7th. Six AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS were seen displaying along Berrytown Rd. in Cumberland County on
Feb. 10th. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over the Maurice River on Feb. 11th. A
GOLDEN EAGLE joined nine BALD EAGLES at a roosting area in Bear Swamp,
Cumberland County, on Feb. 7th.
A pelagic voyage targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7
out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more
information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com
Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone
Harbor is now closed until further notice at least until spring 2004 for
construction. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood Blvd. drive
past the "road closed local traffic only" sign and over the bridge).
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 CMBO's
Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212