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
February 13 include an announcement about an upcoming Pelagic Trip, local
nature notes, news that Pete Dunne will offer an additional "Barnegat to
Brigantine Duck Round-up" field trip on Sunday, March 16, since
the Saturday trip is full, and news of CMBO's other upcoming programs and
You've reached our new CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE phone
number, 609-861-0466. Make a note of it and please accept our
apologies for any inconvenience this change may have caused you.
The SNOWY OWL continues to be seen at Forsythe NWR, also known as
Brigantine. There since about mid-December, it was most recently reported
to us on February 8 & 9. On the 9th it was seen within the impoundments
from the east dike . . . in other words a bit north of the southeast corner
of the east pool where it's been found most of the winter. Give yourself
plenty of time looking for it since it can stay quite hidden in a nook out
of the wind and with the recent snow it has lots of camouflage. Thank you
for continuing to keep us posted here at CMBO of your SNOWY OWL sightings by
calling either 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700. The Forsythe NWR also offers
excellent opportunities to study waterfowl up close. On February 9th N.
PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSERS, N.SHOVELERS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were all enjoyed.
CMBO's Friday evening "Hawk & Owl Watches" and Saturday "All About Owls
Workshops" continue to enjoy GREAT HORNED OWLS at dusk at Jakes Landing.
Just after 5:30 p.m. has been the magic time when Great Horneds fly out to
perch on the marsh edge.
On February 13, from 7th Street in Avalon, looking into Townsend's Inlet,
lots of waterfowl was enjoyed, including: SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, BRANT, and
OLDSQUAW. Good numbers of AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were also found on
A brief announcement follows: The boat, the Miss Chris, out of Cape May is
running a Pelagic Trip on Sunday, February 16th, from 5 AM to 5 PM. The
cost is $50/person. The boat will be going 30-40 miles offshore and will be
chumming to lure in seabirds. In the past this trip has enjoyed great
looks at alcids, Razorbills, Great Skua 2 years, Puffin, and Common Murre 3
times. To register or for more information, call Captain Fred Ascoli at
Local Nature Notes follow: Daffodils are popping through the ground.
Red-winged Blackbirds are giving their "konk-er-eee" spring song and
Mourning Doves are cooing, in fact many non-birders mistake their spring
song for an owl's hooting. Red-tailed Hawks are paired up and might be seen
sitting side by side. Female Great Horned Owls are on eggs now and any
large stick nest is a likely nest site. Great Horneds are our earliest
nesting bird -- being predators they have an easy time in winter finding
food, especially when many other creatures are struggling to survive the
winter hardships and become more vulnerable. Silent for the last month,
we're beginning to hear Great
Horneds again give a few brief low hoots just at dark. Screech Owls have
been calling in Goshen recently at odd hours of the night. Bald Eagles will
be on eggs soon.
Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: Due to its popularity Pete Dunne
will be offering another "Barnegat to Brigantine DUCK ROUND-UP" field trip
on Sunday, March 16, since the Saturday trip is full. The trip runs from
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., beginning at Barnegat and ending at Brigantine.
Cost: $15 members, $25 nonmembers. Call CMBO at 609-861-0700 to register.
Payment holds your place. Send payment to CMBO, Center for Research &
Education, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Other
upcoming winter programs include includes weekly "Owl & Hawk Watches at
Jakes Landing" every Friday, now through March 14th at 4:00 p.m.; weekly
"Winter Bird Walks" every Sunday, now through March, meeting at 8:30 a.m. in
the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State Park. Our next
Members' Night is scheduled for February 19th at the NEW CMBO in Goshen from
7:30-9 p.m., where Vince Elia will present a slide program on "Winter
Gulls." Our final "All About Owls Workshops" will be offered: February 15.
The "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" will be taught February 22-23 and
again March 29-30.
Other upcoming programs include an "Oldsquaws In Love" Field Trip on
February 22, a "Woodcock Dance" outing on March 8, a "Poor Man's Pelagic"
trip on March 29, AND MUCH MORE! Call CMBO at 609-861-0700 to learn more
about the programs and to register.
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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape
May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our new
Center for Research & Education at 609-861-0700 or send a request for
information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210.
If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our birding bookstore at 707
E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point, open every day except Tues. & Wednesday,
9-5. Our new Research and Education Center will not be open fulltime for
visitors until April, but many of the indoor winter programs will be held there.
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 or on Tuesday and Wednesday to
609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!