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 19. Highlights from the last week include
RAZORBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE,
ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and COMMON REDPOLL.
Sea birds are continuing to gather at the Cold Spring Inlet (the
entrance to the Cape May Harbor). 2 RAZORBILLS, 15 COMMON EIDERS, 4
KING EIDERS, 1 HARLEQUIN DUCK, and 1 RED-NECKED GREBE were seen on Feb.
13th south of the south jetty (viewed from Poverty Beach). 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; 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were
seen here most recently on Feb. 16th, along with 8 GREAT CORMORANTS, 2
RAZORBILLS were here on the 15th, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 18 COMMON
EIDERS, and 2 KING EIDERS were here on the 14th. Another COMMON EIDER
was at the Avalon Seawatch site on Feb. 14th.
Three RED-NECKED GREBES continue to be seen off Ocean Drive near Mill
Creek Marina; our most recent report is from Feb. 17th.
Two ICELAND GULLS and two GLAUCOUS GULLS are being seen sporadically
around the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive (near the clam
processing plants); observers may find none of these birds, all 4, or
more often some subset on any given visit. Both ICELANDS but only one
GLAUCOUS were reported on Feb. 17th, our most recent report.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen at a feeder along Missouri Ave. in Cape May on
Feb. 14th. 40 or more AMERICAN PIPITS were in fields at the Rea Farm on
the 14th. Three PINE SISKINS visited a feeder in Cape May Point on the
18th. 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS visited a feeder in West Cape May
through at least Feb. 18th.
Waterfowl numbers are building. Two CANVASBACKS were on Lily Lake, Cape
May Point, through at least Feb. 18th, a COMMON MERGANSER was here on
the 19th, 5 REDHEADS were at Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, on Feb. 13th,
a COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Mill Creek Marina, Ocean Drive, on the 17th,
where 2 CANVASBACKS were seen Feb. 13 15.
A WAXWING of unidentified species was glimpsed on Nummy Island on Feb.
This is the location where a BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen on Feb. 10th.
A Cape May pelagic trip on Sunday, March 7, is full. For waiting list
information or to learn of future trips, contact See Life Paulagics 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
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
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
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212