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 19 include sightings of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, LITTLE
GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs
and field trips.
An announcement to folks who've registered for the "Oldsquaws In Love"
field trips, Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 -- they are a
GO! See you there! Chance of showers Friday, so be sure to bring rain
gear. We won't melt and waterfowl is quite at home in rain.
The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at Cape May National golf course,
reported this week on February 15.
An immature LITTLE GULL was seen with BONAPARTE'S GULLS at the Concrete
Ship on February 18. The upcoming 3 or 4 weeks is prime time to see Little
Gulls around Cape May Point.
Up to 6 MARBLED GODWITS have been seen at Hereford Inlet. Good vantage
points are the free bridge on Nummy Island along Ocean Dr., best at lower
tides, and Stone Harbor Point, best at higher tides. Up to 4 WILLETS are
also being seen.
Other highlights this week included PALM WARBLER and HOUSE WREN at Hidden
Valley Ranch on February 13, EASTERN PHOEBE at Hidden Valley Ranch on the
14th, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Cape May C. H. on the 15th. A few
LITTLE BLUE HERONS and TRICOLORED HERONS continue in the saltmarshes along
Ocean Drive near Two Mile Landing, and around Nummy Island. And a lone TREE
SWALLOW continues to be seen at SCMM.
Local Nature Notes follow: It has been one of the warmest winters on
record. Daffodils are all budding, crocuses are in full bloom, flowering
quince is in bud, and local lawns are full of blooming Pennsylvania
bittercress, dandelions, Speedwell, and purple dead nettle. Many songbirds
are singing already, including: Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrows, House
Sparrows, Mourning Doves, and Cardinals. Young Great Horned Owls should be
hatching soon or already have. [gap in transcript]
Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the Northwood Center in Cape May Point
are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday.
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
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 2 birding bookstores.
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. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!