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 25 include reports of SABINE'S GULL, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE,
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 Bogen, Leica, Nikon, and Swarovski will be on hand
to answer questions and demonstrate their products. A sample of what's
available: refurbished Nikon 8x42 Venturer LX at $845, and demo models
like Lieca 8x32 at $710, Swarovski 7 x 42 at $745, and Bausch & Lomb 8 x
42 Nature Views at $55.
A 1st year SABINE'S GULL was seen off Cape May Point on March 23 as it
flew out of Delaware Bay with LAUGHING GULLS and BONAPARTE'S GULLS.
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a
report this week on March 25. 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.
Two LITTLE GULLS were seen around Cape May during the week. Two were off
Cape May Point on March 21 (1st winter and a 2nd winter), presumably the
same 1st winter was off the Point on the 23rd, and two were reported
from Cape May Harbor on the 23rd.
Some signs of spring this week included: 500+ LAUGHING GULLS off Cape
May Point on March 23; 3 PURPLE MARTINS and a CLIFF SWALLOW over
Bayshore Road on March 25; COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at Cape May Point State
Park on the 24th; PIPING PLOVER on the beach at the South Cape May
Meadows (SCMM ); and RETURNING OSPREYS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, GREAT BLUE
HERONS, and TREE SWALLOWS.
Other highlights this week included: a LONG-EARED OWL continuing at the
South Cape May Meadows during the week; and SHORT-EARED OWL at Jakes
Landing, Turkey Point, and East Point on the 23rd.
Nature Notes: The season's first butterflies have been seen over the
last two weeks. Most have been those species that winter as adults like
Question Mark, Comma, Mourning Cloak, and Red Admiral. But a few Spring
Azures have been seen, along with Cabbage Whites. Early season
butterflies often nectar on Red Maple blossoms, so scanning maple trees
can be productive.3
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