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 6, 2003. Highlights from the last week include RED-NECKED
GREBE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, KING EIDER, LITTLE GULL, and BLACK-HEADED GULL.
A major RED-NECKED GREBE invasion is under way all along the New Jersey
coast. In the southern part of the state sightings have come from a variety
of locales, from both salt and fresh water. Union Lake near in Milleville
held an astounding 45 on Mar. 3. There have been nine on the little pond on
Champlain Ave. in Villas.
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen off Cape May Point near St. Peter's Church on
Mar. 5. These are almost certainly the same two birds seen at the Cold
Spring jetties on the 2nd.
An immature male KING EIDER was off the South Cape May Meadows on Mar. 6.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen in the area of Cape May Point, seen
on Mar. 5 at the ferry terminal jetties. A LITTLE GULL was reported from the
same locale on Mar. 1.
Twelve COMMON MERGANSERS were at mile marker 3.3 on the Garden State Parkway
on Mar. 6.
Although we have no reports, we assume the North Wildwood LONG-BILLED CURLEW
is likely still present. Best viewing for this bird is at lower tides from
the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Streets in North Wildwood.
New arrivals include PIPING PLOVER at the South Cape May Meadows on Mar. 1,
and BLUE-WINGED TEAL and FORSTER'S TERN at the Meadows on the 6th.
An easily observed GREAT HORNED OWL nest is on an old Osprey nest in Avalon,
visible from shore at Moran's Marina (14th and Ocean Drive).
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 http://cmbo.njaudubon.org
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 BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212