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 11. Highlights from the last week include RAZORBILL,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, and
news of spring arrivals.
Sea birds continue to gather around Cape May. RAZORBILL sightings
include 4 by the St. Mary s jetty off Cape May Point on March 7th, 1 at
Poverty Beach on the 7th, and 1 at Sunset Beach on the 7th. A female
HARLEQUIN DUCK has been seen through at least March 10th by the St.
Mary s jetty in Cape May Point.. Single RED-NECKED GREBES were found at
Sunset Beach, March 7th, at Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest on March 6th
and 7th, on the bayside of 80th St. in Avalon on March 5th, and at the
Little Egg Harbor Inlet on March 5th.
The huge flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay is now
estimated to number roughly 200,000 birds. BLACK SCOTERS are especially
abundant near shore, SURF SCOTERS further offshore, and many fewer
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.
We have received a report of an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN spotted at
Thompson's Beach, Cumberland County, on March 7th.
An immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and an ICELAND GULL were seen off
Cape May Point from the Brainerd Ave. crossover on March 9th. A
first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach here on March
10th and 11th. Two LITTLE GULLS were found near the Concrete Ship off
Sunset Beach on March 11th.
ICELAND GULLS and GLAUCOUS GULLS continue to be seen sporadically
around the southernmost toll bridge on Ocean Drive (near the clam
processing plants); our most recent report is of 2 ICELAND GULLS on
March 6th. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was here on March 7th.
There have been many spring arrivals during the last week, including
the season's first LAUGHING GULL, TREE SWALLOW, OSPREY, GLOSSY IBIS,
PIPING PLOVER, and PINE WARBLER. HERRING GULLS are molting into
breeding plumage, GREAT HORNED OWLS are raising young, AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS are displaying, and many non-migratory birds are courting.
Waterfowl are staging on all Cape May bodies of water, with a small
flock of CANVASBACK still residing at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State
Park. Dozens of RED-THROATED LOONS may be observed daily at Sunset
Beach. PURPLE FINCHES have been seen at several feeders in the Cape May
area during the last week.
Due to bad offshore weather, the March 7 Cape May pelagic has been
re-scheduled for March 14. If you are interested, contact See Life
Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
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 CMBO's Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or
e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212