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 6 include sightings of
LITTLE GULL, SNOWY OWL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
DICKCISSEL, an announcement about CMBO's ANNUAL
SPRING OPTICS SALE, local nature notes, and news of
CMBO's other upcoming programs and field trips.
LITTLE GULLS were seen this week. Two were at Alexander Ave.
on February 28 and one was at Reed s Beach on March 6. Look
for large concentrations of Bonaparte' s Gulls
The SNOWY OWL continues at Forsythe NWR, first discovered in
late December it was most recently seen today, March 6. Please
give CMBO a call at either 609-884-2736 or 609-861-0700 if
you are still enjoying this marvelous bird. It is apparently still
being seen within the impoundments from the east dike, a bit
north of the southeast corner of the east pool. Check the Refuge
sighting sheets before driving
around the dike to see where it's most recently been seen and
give yourself plenty of time looking for it since it can stay quite
hidden in a nook out of the wind.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on Cape May Point on
March 2. It was seen near Yale and Coral.
A DICKCISSEL was seen in West Cape May on February 28.
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen this week. An adult
was at Reed s Beach on March 6 while a 2nd winter bird was in
the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on March 2.
Signs of spring this week included: the fist LAUGHING GULL seen
on March 2 at Cox Hall Creek outfall near Townbank, Pine
Warblers heard singing at Jake s Landing Road, and two
PIPING PLOVERS on the beach at SCMM.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were on the move this week with 10
seen off the State Park on March 2.
NORTHERN GANNET numbers are building with 27 seen on March
2 off the State Park.
SHORT-EARED OWLS must be on the move, since sightings are
coming in from sites where they ve been absent this winter. 2
were seen hunting the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, also
known as The Meadows, on February 28. 2 were seen tangling
our over the marshes at Jakes Landing on February 28 and also
on March 4th at 2:00 p.m. 2 other Short-eareds were seen at
Fortescue on March 4th at 4:30 p.m. chasing each other and
giving their bark-like call.
Mark your calendars! CMBO's Annual Spring Optics Sale will
be held Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23 at the Cape May
Bird Observatory's Northwood Center in Cape May Point. This
clearance sale will include stuff the optics companies have
passed our way along with the plea "so what do you think of
these babies?" -- plus all the stuff the
Director found when he cleaned out his desk and moved to the
new center. Some highlighted optics that will be for sale
include the following:
1 new Leica 10x42 roof for $999 (regular member's price is
2 Leica 10x42 demos (with warranty) for $880 each
1 Leica 8x42 demo (with warranty) for $845 (retail market
value is $1,050)
10 Nikon Field Scopes ED 78mm for $750 each (retail
market value is $1,100)
30 Nikon Spotting Scopes with 15-45 zoom x 60mm for
$275 each (retail market value is $447)
100 Nikon 8x21 Sprint binoculars for $45 each (retail market
value is $95)
1 NEW Bausch & Lomb Elite 7x36 for $775
1 used Bausch & Lomb Elite 78mm spotting scope with 20x
wide angle eyepiece for $400 (with an extra zoom
eyepiece for $100)
2 Velbon Tripods for $40 each
Nikon 10x50 Kestrel (field test model) for $100 ($290 is the
Nikon 7x35 Lemur (field test model) for $75 ($237 is the list
AND ABOUT A HUNDRED OR SO MORE!
The rules for this ANNUAL SPRING OPTICS SALE follow:
No phone orders! -- No down payments or holds! -- FIRST
COME, FIRST SERVED. March 22 & 23, doors open each
morning at 9:00 a.m. and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. See
Local Nature Notes follow: The warm temperatures have
triggered many spring sightings! A Spring Azure was seen in
Goshen near CMBO s new Center for Research & Education on
February 27th; NOT SURPRISING since the temperatures that
day were in the 60 s. Spring Peepers, Chorus Frogs, and
Leopard Frogs have all been heard calling this week. Each
warm dawn or dusk male American Woodcock are displaying
for potential mates going through an elaborate sky dance and
twittering song. Numbers of Clapper Rails can be heard at dusk
at places like Jakes Landing. Crocuses
are in bloom. Daffodils began blooming March 2. Red-winged
Blackbirds are giving their "konk-er-eee" spring song, Mourning
Doves are cooing, Cardinals are singing their spring song too:
"cheer cheer cheer," and Pigeons are already building nests in
the Bunker! Great Horned Owls are vocal once more and
should have young now, having laid their eggs in late January.
Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: Winter programs
include weekly "Owl & Hawk Watches at Jakes Landing" every
Friday, now through March 14th at 4:00 p.m.; weekly "Winter
Bird Walks" every Sunday, now through March, meeting at 8:30
a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State
Park. The "Bird Watching For
Beginners Course" will be next March 29-30. Other upcoming
programs include a "Woodcock Dance" outing on March 8, a
"Poor Man's Pelagic" trip on March 29 and on April 5th a
"Shower for the Birth of our new Model Backyard Habitat" here
at the New Center in Goshen and a "Binoculars & Spotting
Scopes For Birders" workshop at Cape May Point with CMBO's
bookstore manager, Louise Zemaitis. CMBO's spring program
schedule will be reaching members shortly. Any interested
nonmembers should give us a call to receive it. Call CMBO at
609-861-0700 to learn more about the winter or spring programs
and to register.
CMBO sponsored "Maurice River Bald Eagle Cruises" will be
offered every Saturday and Sunday, March through early April
(weather dependent), twice daily (a morning trip from 10 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. and an afternoon trip from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.) The
boat leaves from a dock in Millville. To register for these
CMBO sponsored trips and learn further details, call
609-884-3100. Be sure to say you learned of the trips through
CMBO or NJ Audubon, since then a portion of the proceeds will
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 birding
hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our
programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our new
Center for Research & Education at 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape
May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not
hesitate to visit our birding bookstore at 707
E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point, open every day except Tues.
& Wednesday, 9-5. Our new Research and Education Center
will not be open fulltime for visitors until April, but many of the
indoor winter programs will be held there.
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 or on Tuesday and Wednesday
to 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!