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 25th. Highlights from the last week include EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED (or COMMON) TEAL, ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK,
RED-NECKED GREBE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SCOTERS, and news of spring
Two reports were received this week of EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL. One was
at the Bivalve impoundment at Robbinstown Road on March 23rd, while another
was reported from the Tuckahoe impoundment on March 21st.
The female HARLEQUIN DUCK at the St. Mary's jetty in Cape May Point was
joined by a male on March 21st. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen March 23rd near
the Maurice River.
An ICELAND GULL has been seen with some regularity around the Cape, most
recently at 2nd Avenue in Cape May on March 25th. LITTLE GULL sightings have
been sporadic, with one seen on March 21st off Cape May Point.
The astounding flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues,
although numbers should begin to decline soon if they already haven't.
BLACK SCOTERS are especially abundant near shore, SURF SCOTERS further
offshore, and many fewer (but still many) WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS also
generally found further offshore. These birds may be observed, and the
nearby BLACK SCOTERS heard calling, from anywhere along the shore of Cape
May Point, from Sunset Beach, and from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry.
Lots of Red-throated Loons can be seen in the same locations along with
passing flocks of BONAPARTE'S GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS.
There's a great mix of spring and winter birds around Cape May right now.
Recently returned birds include SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON and many more
TREE SWALLOWS. A few PINE SISKINS have been encountered as they head back
Please note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy Island to south Stone
Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction - estimated date
for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood
Blvd. drive past the "road closed - local traffic only" sign and over the
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 at
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 GOOD