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 April 13 include EURASIAN WIGEON, a number of new
arrivals, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
The EURASIAN WIGEON that has been at the impoundments at Bivalve was
last reported on April 8.
There were a number of new arrivals this past week. The list
included: two WHITE-EYED VIREO at Higbee Beach on April 8, PRAIRIE
WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at the
Beanery on the 8th, WILLET at Turkey Point on the 8th, BLUE-HEADED
VIREO at Belleplain State Forest on the 8th, GREEN HERON at the South
Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 10th, a very early BLACK-THROATED
GREEN WARBLER on Seagrove Avenue on the 10th, a ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW
over Lily Lake on the 11th, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Goshen
on the 12th.
Other highlights this week included: NORTHERN PARULA at Cold Spring
Campground on the 8th, SORA in the SCMM on the 10th, AMERICAN
BITTERN, 50 BARN SWALLOWS, and 200 TREE SWALLOWS at the SCMM on the
10th, three CLIFF SWALLOWS and a BANK SWALLOW over Bunker Pond on the
12th, and a rather late FOX SPARROW at Lily Lake on the 12th.
Nature Notes: Butterfly activity is definitely on the increase.
SPRING AZURES and JUVENAL'S DUSKYWINGS were all over Belleplain State
Forest on the 8th, PINE ELFINS and HENRY'S ELFINS are plentiful. TIGER
SWALLOWTAILS have emerged, and AMERICAN LADIES are out. The prize was
a very early MONARCH at Cape May on the 6th. FOWLER'S TOADS have been
chorusing in earnest. The pond at our Research & Education Center is
full of long strands of Fowler's Toad egg cases.
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!