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 30 include SANDHILL CRANE, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND
GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, other bird news,
and news of CMBO.
A SANDHILL CRANE, was seen on March 30 flying to the northeast over
the old magnesite plant, but there have been no further reports.
An adult LITTLE GULL has been frequenting the Sunset Beach area with
Bonaparte's, seen most recently on March 29.
An ICELAND GULL was at the fish docks along Ocean Drive on March 28 and 29.
A EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the impoundments at Bivalve, last
reported on March 25. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also present
at Bivalve on the 25th, while two were on the Maurice River on the
An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from the beach at
Higbee Beach on March 30, while an immature bird was at Sunset Beach
on March 27.
Other highlights this week included: the season's first TRICOLORED
HERON on Thorofare Island on March 24, the first YELLOW THROATED
WARBLERS on the 26th at Jake's Landing and at Sunset bridge in
Belleplain, the first LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Sunset bridge on the
26th, 38 COMMON SNIPE in the South Cape May Meadows on the 29th, and
the first CHIMNEY SWIFTS at Cape May Point State Park on the 29th.
EASTERN PHOEBES are on the move-- 15 were seen on Cape Island on
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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for
Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's
Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both
centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and
birding information. The Goshen Center also has a wildlife art
gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual
birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!