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 20, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE,
ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, 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 most recently reported on March 19th.
LITTLE GULLS are still being seen regularly around Cape May Point. One
was at the Concrete Ship on March 20, 2 were at the Ferry Terminal on
March 19th, 1 at St. Mary's (Cape May Point) on the 17th, and 6 at the
Ferry Terminal on March 15th. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was also seen at the
Ferry Terminal on March 15th.
A RED-NECKED GREBE lingered at Lily Lake, Cape May Point, through at
least March 19th, nine have continued on the little pond on Champlain
Avenue in Villas through the 17th, and one was at Kimble's Beach on the
A second winter ICELAND GULL was seen at the Second Ave. jetty in Cape
May Point on March 20th.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe
National Wildlife Refuge on March 18th.
The two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were last reported off Cape May Point near St.
Peter's Church on March 15th.
Other returning birds included EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, GLOSSY
IBIS, GREAT EGRETS, and good numbers of OSPREY.
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
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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212