You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Saturday April 29. The roster this week includes
sightings of CATTLE EGRET, SWAINSONS WARBLER, COMMON TERN, PARASITIC
JAEGER, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH and GULL-BILLED TERN.
We apologize for the lack of hotline coverage in the last week and
hope that this not caused anyone any inconvenience.
As you know by now spring migration is nearing its peak in southern
New Jersey. More and more migrants are being reported every day.
Being seen this week were various Warblers, Vireos, Tanagers, both
Grosbeaks, both Orioles and other species.
At Stone Harbor Point and Nummys Island many shorebirds have begun
to arrive. On 4/25 thirteen shorebird species were present including
PIPING PLOVER and a few RED KNOTS. Most impressive were flocks of
WHIMBREL totaling over 200 individuals.
Also at Stone Harbor on 4/25 and at Nummys Island on 4/26 were two
The WILSONS PLOVER that was found on 4/19 has not been reported
since the day it was found at Norburrys Landing.
A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was reported from Galloway Township on 4/21.
Possibly the same bird was seen from a feeder on Seagrove Ave. West
Cape May in the afternoon on 4/21. This bird was also seen briefly
at a feeder in North Cape May on 4/22.
The CATTLE EGRET that has been seen at various locations in Cape May
was spotted again on 4/23 in a field off of Bayshore Ave.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was reported from the Beanery on 4/20.
A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen this morning 4/29 from Cape May Point
along with a handful of COMMON TERNS.
A SWAINSONS WARBLER was heard singing from the Northeast corner of
the second field at Higbees Beach on 4/27. The bird was heard until
about 9:00 am and has not been relocated.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point is open 7 days a week 9-4:30. The Center for
Research and Education on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week,
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good luck and Good Birding!