You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service
ofthe New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird
Observatory. Highlights for the week ending March 2 include
sightings of GLAUCOUS GULL, LITTLE GULL, COMMON
BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, local nature notes and
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the jetty at Saint Mary's
convent at Cape May Point on Feb. 25. What was probably the
same bird was seen off Poverty Beach the same day,
following a fishing boat. Up to 5 LITTLE GULLS were seen
from the Cape May Ferry on Feb. 24, however the only report
since then was one bird on Feb. 25 off Cape May Point.
A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL and a EURASIAN WIGEON were
present at the Coast Guard pond on Ocean Drive on Feb. 25,
as they have been for most of the winter. Two RED-NECKED
GREBES were seen in Hereford Inlet off North Wildwood on
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Feb. 28, along
Haleyville Road in Cumberland County. There have been few
reports of this species this winter.
A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen off Thompson's Beach
on the bayshore on March 2, along with over 100 GADWALL.
Waterfowl movements, particularly Gadwall, have been
noticeable this week. A flock of 22 Blue SNOW GEESE was
seen on Feb. 26 headed north over Cape May city.
Jake's Landing has been a hotspot this winter for raptors,
with any visit producing 2 or 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, lots of
NORTHERN HARRIERS and RED-TAILED HAWKS; as well as
SHORT-EARED OWLS at dusk.
A mini-pelagic trip will leave Cape May Mar. 11 at 8 AM,
lasting until noon. Call Dave Githens at 884-3712 for
An announcement: The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is
seeking volunteers to help post the refuge's properties.
Call (609) 463-0994 to sign up.
Local nature notes:
Spring has indeed sprung. American Woodcock can be heard
courting each evening now at the last bit of light, a bit
after 6 PM. Thousands of Green-winged Teal have returned to
the area, and can be heard giving their high thin whistles
at Goshen Landing. Killdeer and Gadwall are moving.
Hundreds of Pintail can be found in the Maurice River. Five
of the 9 pairs of Bald Eagles in southern New Jersey are on
eggs, according to state Endangered and Nongame Species
Program staff. Young Great Horned Owls have hatched and the
adults can be heard briefly now at dusk. Male Red-winged
Blackbirds are on territory, noticed at Jakes Landing Feb.
27. E. Meadowlarks are also calling from fields and
Fine print: 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,
phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our
headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The
Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of
Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape
May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas.
Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.