You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
on Thursday, March 13, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE,
and HARLEQUIN DUCK.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best
viewing for this bird is at lower tides from the west end of 26th,
19th, 17th, and 14th Streets. It was last reported on Mar. 11.
Up to six LITTLE GULLS (three adults and three immatures) have been
seen this past week feeding with Bonapartes Gulls around the Cape May
Point jetties. A BLACK-HEADED GULL also continues to be seen in the
area of Cape May Point, seen on Mar. 11 at the ferry terminal jetties.
The RED-NECKED GREBE invasion continues along the New Jersey coast. In
the southern part of the state sightings have come from both salt and
fresh water. Among a number of reports from several locations are nine
that continue on the little pond on Champlain Avenue in Villas and two
on Lily Lake.
The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were last reported off Cape May Point near St.
Peters Church on Mar. 10.
A pair of REDHEADS were on Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest on Mar. 10.
A very early PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on a rain pool pond along Stevens
Street in West Cape May on Mar. 9, and six were at Bivalve on the 10th.
Other returning birds included two TREE SWALLOWS over a field near
Fortescue on Mar. 13 and a Great Egret along the Parkway on Mar. 13.
The GREAT HORNED OWL nest on an old Osprey nest in Avalon, that had
been visible at Morans Marina (14th and Ocean Drive) has been
abandoned. A BARRED OWL was perched near the canal along New England
Road on Mar. 7.
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://cmbo.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