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 17, 2003.
Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, GREAT
CORMORANT, UPLAND SANDPIPER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and news of the spring
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW is still present behind North Wildwood. Best viewing
for this bird is from the west end of 26th, 19th, 17th, and 14th Avenues.
Our most recent report this week is from 26th Ave. on April 15th. Dozens of
WHIMBRELS and many other shorebirds are present in this area now.
A LITTLE GULL was at the Concrete Ship, Sunset Beach, on April 10th. A
GREAT CORMORANT was loafing on the Concrete Ship on the 17th.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in a wet field along Rt. 47 in Goshen on April
The Hidden Valley GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on April 13th and again on
Many migrant birds have returned during the last week. A HOODED WARBLER was
found at the Meadows on April 12th and one was at Higbee on the 16th; two
BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were reported from Higbee on the 12th, a SUMMER TANAGER
was at Stone Harbor on the 13th, a CHIMNEY SWIFT was over West Cape May on
the 15th, a GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER was at Belleplain on the 16th, an
OVENBIRD was at Moore's Beach on the 16th, and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was
at the CMBO Northwood Center on the 17th.
We have multiple reports of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD,
BANK SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
PRAIRIE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, INDIGO BUNTING, BLUE GROSBEAK, and
SEASIDE SPARROW. PALM WARBLERS have been seen all over the place they're
at their migratory peak in Cape May right now.
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
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 GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212