You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Friday February 24. The roster this week includes
sightings of DICKCISSEL, RED-NECKED GREBE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, VESPER
SPARROW, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, COMMON MERGANSER,
TRI-COLORED-HERON, TREE SWALLOW, HORNED LARK, and SHORT-EARED OWL.
In Cape May this week, the first winter BALTIMORE ORIOLE that has
been frequenting a feeder on Seagrove Ave. continues and was seen
this morning on 2/24. On 2/21 a TRI-COLORED HERON was spotted at Two
Mile Landing. On the same day a TREE SWALLOW was seen at Two Mile
The DICKCISSEL was re-located at a feeder at the Northwood Center on
2/18 but has not been reported since. On Lilly Lake on 2/23 a female
COMMON MERGANSER joined the rest of the ducks. Also on 2/18 a
female HARLEQUIN DUCK was found by a jetty off of Whildin Ave. in
Cape May Point. At the Beanery on 2/18 was a VESPER SPARROW in a
flock of SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
Also in Cape May this week, the SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen
(2/18) from Batts Lane. A SORA was seen briefly in flight on 2/19
from the boardwalk in the Cape May Point State Park.
As of 2/19 the RED-NECKED GREBE continued at 80th St. in Avalon/Stone
Harbor. HORNED LARKS were found at the Cape May County Airport on 2/23.
2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES were reported feeding on oranges in a private
yard in Erma on 2/17.
On the bayshore 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were observed hunting at the end
of Leeds Point Rd. from 5-6 pm. on 2/19.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May
Point has returned to a standard routine of being open Thursday-
Monday 9-4:30. Starting the week of March 6 we will again be open
seven days a week 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on
Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Both centers will
be closed on Monday Feb 27th and Tuesday Feb 28th for inventory.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
See Life Paulagics is running a trip on March 5 from Cape May in
search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on this
trip contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.
Good luck and Good Birding!