You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service
ofthe New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird
Observatory. Highlights for the week ending Feb. 16
include: LITTLE GULL, SEDGE WREN, RED-NECKED GREBE, local
nature notes and announcements.
An adult LITTLE GULL was seen on Feb. 15 off the South Cape
May meadows, in with a large flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Up
to 1000 Bonaparte's Gulls were seen feeding far offshore in
the rips off the State Park on Feb. 14.
A SEDGE WREN was seen on Feb. 11 on Goshen Landing Road.
The bird was on the south side of the road about 50 yards
from the end.
A RED-NECKED GREBE flew by the Avalon Seawatch on Feb. 14.
Incredibly, the bird was part of a large southward movement
of other seabirds.
Other interesting sightings this week include: REDHEAD and
WOOD DUCK on Lily Lake on Feb. 15; CHIPPING SPARROW in West
Cape May on Feg. 15; PEREGRINE FALCON around the Point on
several days during the week.
CBMO's Winter Raptor field trip along the Bayshore Feb. 11
enjoyed excellent looks at 6 to 8 BALD EAGLES, 33 BLACK
VULTURES, and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Jakes Landing and
Dennis Creek. SHORT-EARED OWLS are also here in good
numbers this winter, the best in recent memory. Jakes
Landing has been a sure bet on still evenings, as well as
Goshen Landing and Reeds Beach. Other likely marshes
include Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area, Brigantine
NWR, Corbin City WMA, and on the bayside, East Point,
Hansey Creek and Turkey Point.
A mini-pelagic trip will leave Cape May Mar. 11 at 8 AM,
lasting until noon. Call Dave Githens at 884-3712 for
Local nature notes: A number of birds are beginning
courtship. Red-winged Blackbirds are singing, and Mourning
Doves are cooing. Red-tailed Hawks are courting and their
aerial displays are quite dramatic. Bald Eagles are paired
and carrying sticks for nests. They will lay eggs during
the coming month.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.