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 15 include reports of
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, a BLACK-TAILED
GULL report, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues along the road to East Point, with a
report this week on April 14. The road to East Point is accessed via a
turn onto Glade Road from Route 47. The bird has been spending its time
feeding on juniper berries along a stretch of road about 1.1 miles
beyond Main Street.
There was a report of BLACK-TAILED GULL on April 12 on the beach at the
South Cape May Meadows (SCMM). Although searched for, there were no
Spring migrants have been returning. Some reports include: SPOTTED
SANDPIPER at Lily Lake on April 10; BROAD-WINGED HAWK over Cape May
Point on the 10th; six BARN SWALLOWS and a ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Cape
May Point State Park on the 10th; ROYAL TERN at the State Park on the
11th; two WHIP-POOR-WILLS at Jakes Landing on the 14th; OVENBIRD at
Hidden Valley Ranch an the 14th; BALD EAGLE over Cape May Point on the
14th; BLACK SKIMMER and WHIMBREL in the back bays on the 15th; and
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER in the SCMM on the 15th.
SHORT-EARED OWL continues to be seen at Jakes Landing, reported this
week on the 15th
Breeders that have arrived in good numbers at places like Belleplain
State Forest and Jakes Landing Road include: YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER,
WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and PINE WARBLER.
Nature Notes: Last fall, the Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged
about 7,500 Monarchs. In past years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have
shown up along the Gulf coast, but none had been found at the huge
wintering roosts in Mexico. This past winter, six Monarchs tagged in
Cape May were found at El Rosario, Mexico, a major wintering area about
80 miles west of Mexico City. Until these finds, there was no proof that
the Monarchs that passed through Cape May actually made it to Mexico.
Local butterfly sightings this week included: numbers of Brown and
Henry's Elfins, Spring Azures, Falcate Orangetips, and Juvenal's
Duskywings. Seen in smaller numbers were Gray Hairstreak and Pearl
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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity.
CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North
in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in
Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature &
book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a
wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each
Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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. Thanks for calling and