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, April 1. Highlights from the last week include ICELAND
GULL, LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and news of spring arrivals.
The female HARLEQUIN DUCK that has been regular at the St. Marys
jetty in Cape May Point was seen on March 28th.
An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Ocean Drive fish processing plants on
March 28. LITTLE GULL sightings have been sporadic, with one seen on
March 29th off Cape May Point.
The flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, although
numbers have declined a bit. BLACK SCOTERS have been more regular near
shore, SURF SCOTERS further offshore. These birds may be observed 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 BONAPARTES GULLS and
Very early was a BROWN PELICAN near the ferry terminal on March 26th.
New spring arrivals this week included YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS at
Jakes Landing and in Belleplain on March 26th, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
in Belleplain on March 28th, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in Eldora on
Thirty-five LESSER YELLOWLEGS were at Bivalve on March 29th, along with
six GREATER YELLOWLEGS.
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 bridge).
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://www.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 CMBOs Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and