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 15th. Highlights from the last week include HARLEQUIN
DUCK, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and news the season.
The female HARLEQUIN DUCK has continued through at least April 9th at
the St. Marys jetty in Cape May Point. A first year ICELAND GULL and a
first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen near the fish processing
plants along Ocean Drive on April 11th.
The flock of SCOTERS at the mouth of Delaware Bay continues, with huge
numbers still present, though fewer than at the seasons peak. BLACK
SCOTERS are most common 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
BONAPARTES GULLS, NORTHERN GANNETS, and FORSTERS TERNS.
A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the Concrete Ship, from Sunset Beach, on
2 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were found at the
Rea Farm on April 14th. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK visited a feeder in
Cape May Point on the same day. Also on the 14th a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 2
CASPIAN TERNS, a CHIMNEY SWIFT, and a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen
at Cape May Point State Park. Another YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was at The
Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (The Meadows) on
Other returning birds noted this week from several locations include
BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER,
BARN SWALLOW, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BANK SWALLOW,
PURPLE MARTIN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY EGRET, and GLOSSY IBIS.
Birds still present around Cape May include PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, WILSONS SNIPE, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
FOX SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Good
numbers of migrating raptors were noted on April 10th and 12th.
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
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
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212