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. 9 include:
SANDHILL CRANE, continuing COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL,
EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and local
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen as a flyover near the Maurice
River at Millville on Feb. 8.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL, up to 3 EURASIAN WIGEON, and a
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continue to be seen at the Coast
Guard ponds along Ocean Drive.
In this icy cold, over 20 TREE SWALLOWS can still be found;
they were at Lily Lake in Cape May Point on Feb. 8. Tree
Swallows eat Bayberries and Wax Myrtle berries, so they're
able to survive in winter when the other swallows,
dependent on insects, cannot.
We've been spoiled this winter with unseasonably warm
temperatures to date; the recent blast of winter has
triggered flock after flock of SNOW GEESE heading south
over Delaware Bay to unfrozen marshes.
CMBO'S Seawatch at the north end of Avalon officially ended
Jan. 31, with an incredible grand total for the season of
641,035 birds. That's 27,000 more birds than last year.
Congratulations to Dave Ward, Fred Mears, Clay Sutton, Dave
Sibley, Joan Walsh, Vince Elia for a job well done and for
making a season-long count possible. Of course, a
southbound flight did occur this past week making Fred and
Dave wonder if they should have wrapped it up just yet.
Local nature notes:. Despite the icy cold, Red-winged
Blackbirds are continuing to give their spring songs, and
Red-tailed hawks were courting over hidden valley this
A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March
11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave
Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.
Our next Member's Night is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 15 and
will feature Paul Lehman, editor of the ABA's publication,
_Birding_. Paul will give a slide program on "Migrant and
Vagrant Traps in North America."
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.