You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week
ending March 18 include reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, C. BLACK-HEADED
GULL, LITTLE GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
First a note on CMBO's upcoming optics sale: A two day sale on high
quality binoculars and spotting scopes will be held on Saturday, March
27 and Sunday, March 28 from 9 am to 5 pm at CMBO's Center for Research
and Education, 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. Manufacturer's
representatives from Bausch & Lomb, Bogen, Leica, Nikon, Swarovski, and
Swift will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate their
products. A sample of what's available: Nikon 8x42 Venturer LX at $845,
Lieca 8x32 at $710, Swarovski 7 x 42 at $745, and Bausch & Lomb 8 x 42
Nature Views at $55.
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a
report this week on March 13. The road to East Point is accessed via a
turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time
feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles
beyond Main Street.
A 1st winter C. BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the toll bridge along Ocean
Drive on March 12, and a LITTLE GULL was a fly-over in West Cape May on
Some signs of spring this week included: 19 TREE SWALLOWS were over
Pickle Factory pond near Eldora on March 14th; a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was
along Ocean Drive on the 13th and another was along Bayshore Road on the
16th; 47 LAUGHING GULLS and three OSPREYS were crossing the Delaware Bay
headed north on the 17th; GLOSSY IBIS was along the Maurice River on
the 17th; FORSTER'S TERN and PIPING PLOVER were at the South Cape May
Meadows (SCMM) on the 17th; and PINE WARBLERS were singing at Timber
Beaver Swamp and at the Ponder Lodge golf course in Villas on the 18th.
Other highlights this week included: SHORT-EARED OWL at SCMM on the 13th
(also at Heislerville, Jakes Landing, and Turkey Point on the same
date); and two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (one the gambelli subspecies) and
a NASHVILLE WARBLER the Beanery on the 16th.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
The 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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court
House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity.
CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North
in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in
Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature &
book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a
wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each
Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape
May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland,
and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on
Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of
rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and