This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, March 17th. Highlights from the last week include PAINTED
BUNTING, GLAUCOUS GULL, KING EIDER, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and
news of the season.
The adult male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma has continued through at least
March 13th. 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
At least one of the two previously seen GLAUCOUS GULLS continue near
the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive, around the commercial
seafood docks were found, last seen on March 12th.
An immature male KING EIDER found last week at the Avalon Sea Watch
was still present on the 12th.
Three EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen at the Corbin City/Tuckahoe
WMA impoundment complex on the 16th.
Chilly, un-spring-like weather persisted this week, but a few signs of
spring continue. The first PIPING PLOVER were seen at Stone Harbor
Point and at Brigantine Island. LAUGHING GULLS, OSPREYS, TREE SWALLOWS,
and GREAT EGRETS were also seen this week.
Not surprisingly given the weather, there are very few songbird
highlights. Both SNOW BUNTINGS and IPSWICH SPARROWS, a few of each,
have been seen regularly at Stone Harbor Point. And a very hardy
EASTERN PHOEBE continues at the Beanery.
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