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 19 include sightings of ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, local
nature notes, and information about our upcoming programs and field trips.
An ICELAND GULL was a fly-by at Cape May Point State Park on March 14.
Not reported for awhile, the EURASIAN WIGEON was seen this week at the
Coast Guard ponds, where it usually spends the winter. It was seen on March
14 & 15.
Hidden Valley Ranch produced a PALM WARBLER, 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 2 FOX
SPARROWS on March 15.
RED-THROATED LOONS have begun to stage off of Cape May Point, with good
numbers seen on March 17. Forster's Terns, a few Gannets. and some
Bonaparte's Gulls were also present.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at mile marker .5 along the Parkway on
Sixteen HARLEQUIN DUCKS highlighted CMBO's Duck Roundup at Barnegat on
March 13. Displaying Horned Larks were also evident.
The newly diked area at Bivalve, Cumberland County had a 1,000 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 90 SHOVELERS, 65 GADWALL, and 45 AMERICAN WIGEON
on March 17. Thirteen CANVASBACKS were on the saltmarsh side of the
Heislerville impoundments on the same day.
A quick note to participants registered for Saturday, March 21st's
"Wintering Eagles By Boat on the Maurice River" trip: a tough call right
now as weather forecasts are changing. We are planning to go rain or shine;
the boat does have enclosed viewing decks for protection against the rain.
If you are concerned about the weather, call Bob Carlough, the boat captain
Friday night or Saturday morning. Please do not call him before Friday
night, since he won't know what the weather at that point. His number is
609-884-3100. Or call CMBO at 609-861-0700 on Saturday morning and the boat
captain will have briefed us by then.
Local Nature Notes follow: The early taste of spring back in late February
mislead many of us into thinking it would be an early spring. Not so with
the wet and cold weather we've been having for several weeks now. Despite
bad weather, a few warm days have produced butterflies. A Mourning Cloak
was seen on March 17th. A Cabbage White was seen the same day. A pair of
Eastern Bluebirds have been inspecting the boxes at our Center in Goshen
since March 15th. Red-tailed Hawks are courting still. Great Horned Owlets
are growing, having hatched at the end of February. Flowering Quince is
blooming; hummingbirds will be next, usually arriving in mid-April.
Daffodils and crocuses are in bloom. Day lilies are up about 7".
The Cape May Bird Observatory's upcoming preregistration winter programs
include a six-week "Ornithology 101" Course that began March 3rd and runs
through April 7th every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks, CMBO's "Wintering
Eagles By Boat on the Maurice River" trips are full but additional Saturday
& Sunday "Bald Eagle Cruises" in March are being offered by The Skimmer --
tell them you learned about the trips from CMBO and a portion of the
proceeds go back to us, and a 2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course"
March 28 & 29.
And don't forget to mark your calendars for CMBO's SPRING OPTICS SALE,
March 28 & 29 to be held at CMBO's Center for Research & Education in
Goshen. Sorry, no phone orders. You need to be here in person those two
days to get great deals.
There are also two different Sunday morning bird walks, requiring no
preregistration -- one at Cape May Point 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one at
CMBO's new Center in Goshen from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Maurice River Bald
Eagle Cruises are being offered by The Skimmer every Saturday & Sunday, two
2-hour trips each day, one at 10 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. To register call
the boat directly at 609-884-3100 and let them know you learned about the
trips through CMBO; a portion of the proceeds go back to CMBO. If you are
not a member and would like a copy of the Winter or Spring Program Schedule
with all the details, stop by either center or call us at 609-861-0700.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has two centers of activity. Our new Center
for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North. The
center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature
store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor,
featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer,
and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book
store and birding information. Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the
Northwood Center in Cape May Point are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday
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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call
609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to
visit our 2 birding bookstores.
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 GOOD BIRDING!