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. 23
include: LITTLE GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SNOWY OWL,
local nature notes and announcements.
Up to 3 LITTLE GULLS were seen off Cape May Point State
Park today, Feb. 23. Two were adults and one a first-winter
bird. A second-winter bird has also been seen this week.
A second-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Second
Ave. Jetty on Feb. 21.
A SNOWY OWL was seen at Jake's Landing on Feb. 19.
Apparently it was last seen floating down the creek on an
ice chunk, heading towards the Delaware Bay. On Feb. 18, a
SNOWY OWL was seen on a rooftop in Ocean City NJ, at 27th
st. and Wesley Ave. No reports since.
An OSPREY was reported on Feb. 23 at a nest site just west
of the Parkway near the Marine Sciences Consortium building
north of Avalon. This is a good three weeks earlier than
the first Osprey is usually seen.
A Feb. 19 pelagic trip aboard the Miss Chris was a huge
success. Highlights included a GREAT SKUA, 3 COMMON MURRES,
over 730 DOVEKIES, a NORTHERN FULMAR, a dozen RAZORBILLS,
and 5 KITTIWAKES.
Jake's Landing has been a hotspot this winter for winter
raptors; almost any visit produces two or three
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. SHORT-EARED OWLS are also here in good
numbers, better than any in recent memory. Reeds Beach,
Manahawkin, Brigantine, Corbin City WMA, East Point, Hansey
Creek, and Turkey Point are other good sites.
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:
Spring has indeed sprung. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was courting
at 6 PM Feb. 15 at Goshen, and by Feb. 20 there were 4.
Five pairs of BALD EAGLES are on their nests in Southern
New Jersey, reported by the state non-game division. GREAT
HORNED OWLS are starting to vocalize a bit now; this
probably means their young have hatched. Hundreds of
NORTHERN PINTAILS have arrived in local marshes to stage,
and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have begun to sing.
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.