Highlights from the last week include PAINTED BUNTING, GLAUCOUS GULL,
KING EIDER, GOLDEN EAGLE, and news of the season.
The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least
Mar. 5th. It visits feeders at 693 and 688 Weeks Landing Rd., just
west of Rt. 626. The feeders at both houses may be seen from the
street; please do not enter private property, bird only from the
street. The road is very narrow here; please park by the Vietnam
Veterans of America building or near Cape May Electric, both close to
Rt. 626, and walk the very short distance down the road to the houses.
Patience is often necessary, as the bird can be absent for hours at a
Two GLAUCOUS GULLS continue near the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean
Drive, around the commercial seafood docks were found, last seen on
An immature male KING EIDER was at the Avalon Seawatch on the 10th.
Birders visiting Cumberland County on the 5th and 6th had a GOLDEN
EAGLE at Maple Ave.
With the cold, blustery weather this week, it's difficult to imagine
that spring is not really that far off. There were some signs of spring
this week, at least bird-wise. The first LAUGHING GULLS were seen on
the 7th, several OSPREYS were reported during the week, and up to 18
TREE SWALLOWS were over Lily Lake on the 9th.
The See Life Paulagics trip on Ma. 6 was quite successful. Highlights
included 48 RAZORBILLS, 5 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, 2 MURRE species, 6 NORTHERN
FULMARS, 4 ICELAND GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, and 1000s of NORTHERN
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 at http://www.njaudubon.org
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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and