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 3. The roster this week includes
sightings of DICKCISSEL, REDHEAD, SNOWY OWL, SNOW BUNTING, RED-NECKED
GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK and LONG-TAILED DUCK
Hands down the bird of the week is SNOWY OWL. There has been some
conversation on whether there are one or two individuals in south
Jersey. Indeed there are two different SNOWY OWLS; a first year bird
was photographed at Brigantine NWR on 1/31 and the somewhat resident
Stone Harbor/ Cape May bird.
The Cape May SNOWY OWL was first located on the night of 1/27 on the
beach in front of Congress Hall. On Saturday the 28th it obliged
many viewers in front of the Montreal Inn. This bird was again seen
on the beach at Grant St. on 2/2 and seen later that day at the
Meadows and flying across Sunset Blvd. around 5:40 pm. As of the
writing of this report there has been no word of a SNOWY OWL in Cape
On 2/2 the DICKCISSEL was relocated via near the Northwood Center at
the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May
Point. While you are tracking this bird down take a look over Lilly
Lake as the female REDHEAD continues to be seen.
Also on 2/2 five SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Stone Harbor Point. The
last sighting of the RED-NECKED GREBE was on 1/28 at 80th street in
The SANDHILL CRANE continues in Cape May this week, it was spotted
flying over the west canal bridge on 2/2 around 5:30 pm. Also in
Cape May this week seem to be a number of FOX SPARROWS and PURPLE
On 2/2, in Avalon, at the 8th street jetty were 5 COMMON EIDER, 2
HORNED GREBES, a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-THROATED
LOON and a flyover AMERICAN PIPIT
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center in Cape May
Point, as promised, has returned to a standard routine of being open
Thursday-Monday 9-4:30. The Center for Research and Education on
Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30.
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 an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar
in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey
coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in
search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both
trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.
Good luck and Good Birding!