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 2 include sightings of MARBLED GODWIT,
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, EURASIAN WIGEON, RUFF at Pedricktown,
local nature notes, and information about our upcoming programs
and field trips.
Registrants for CMBO's April 4th 10:00 a.m. Maurice River Bald
Eagle Cruise, the weather looks fine. There is still room on
this trip. Call 609-861-0700 Friday to register.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen all week near Two Mile Landing along
An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at Stipson Island Rd. on
April 2. Also present there were WESTERN SANDPIPER on March 31, 3
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and 6 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS on April 2nd, and
several LEAST SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be present at the Coast Guard
ponds along Ocean Drive.
A RUFF was at Pedricktown on March 29.
Many birds are returning now: BARN SWALLOW, GLOSSY IBIS, CHIMNEY
SWIFT, SOLITARY VIREO and SNOWY EGRET were all seen this week.20
CMBO's Bald Eagle Cruise on March 28 enjoyed 6+ BALD EAGLES along
with OSPREYS back at their nests. CMBO's Thursday morning
Belleplain Walk had LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH & YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLERS. CMBO's Wednesday morning Beaver Swamp WMA walk had
WOOD DUCK, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and singing HERMIT THRUSH.
Local Nature Notes follow: Temperatures have been in the high
80's and butterflies, moths and dragonflies have emerged. A
still-wet LUNA MOTH was discovered March 29. GREEN DARNERS have
been seen since March 29 at various locations, and FRAGILE &
EASTERN Forktails were both seen in Cumberland County on the same
day. The first record for NJ of SMALL TORTOISESHELL, a European
butterfly, was discovered on March 28 at the Berrytown Rd.,
Cumberland County. Other sightings included early AMERICAN SNOUT
on March 28, with others since. JUVENAL'S DUSKYWING was seen on
March 30. Belleplain State Forest has produced numbers of SPRING
AZURES and some HENRY'S ELFINS, MOURNING CLOAKS, QUESTION MARKS,
COMMAS, CLOUDED SULPHURS. CABBAGE WHITES and ORANGE SULPHURS are
Many frogs are calling and snakes and turtles are sunning.
FOWLER'S TOADS began calling March 29. CARPENTER FROGS were
calling at Beaver Swamp WMA. Shadbush began blooming on April 1.
Trees really budded out this week with the warmth. Barred Owls
are vocalizing now. GREAT HORNED OWLets are growing, having
hatched at the end of February. SCREECH OWLS & BARN OWLS are on
eggs now. BALD EAGLES have chicks or newly hatched young.
CMBO's next Open House will be Wednesday evening, April 15th, at
6:00 p.m., featuring a program by Peter Dunne on the "World
Series of Birding, a Strategy Session." All are welcome! The
Cape May Bird Observatory's upcoming preregistration winter
programs include a "Cruising For Loons" trip on April 18, a
workshop on "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes for Birders" also on
April 18, a Workshop to learn "The Art of Taking Field Notes &
Making Field Sketches" on April 19, a "Rail Watch" on April 25, a
"Bird Watching for Beginners Course" on April 25-26, a "Workshop
for Business Owners to Learn How to Reach the Birding Market" on
April 29, a "Prothonotary Warbler Outing" May 2, our first
"Champagne Island Cruise for Spring Shorebirds" on May 2 and
another on the 30th, and much more. Too, CMBO's 5-Day Spring
Migration Workshop IS FULL, so we've added another, the new one
is 4 days, runs from May 11-14, will be with Clay Sutton and
Louise Zemaitis, and precedes our Cape May Spring Weekend.
CMBO also has 2-hour long DAILY bird, butterfly and dragonfly
walks scheduled every morning except Monday, requiring no
preregistration. The Friday morning "Higbee Beach Bird Walk"
meets at 7:30 a.m.; the Saturday morning "Cape May Point Walk"
meets at 7:30 a.m.; the Sunday morning "Hidden Valley for Birds
& Butterflies" meets at 7:00 a.m.; the Tuesday morning "Birds of
the Seashore" walk with Pete Dunne meets at 7:30 a.m. in The
Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge; Tuesday
evening a "Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point & the Avalon
Rookery" walk begins at 5:00 p.m.; the Wednesday morning Beaver
Swamp WMA Bird Walk meets at 7:30 a.m. at followed by a
Butterfly & Dragonfly Walk at the same location at 10:00 a.m.;
and the Thursday morning "Spring Birding in Belleplain" walk
begins at 7:30 a.m. and is a 3 hour walk.
Mark your calendars now to set Saturday, April 25th, aside when
NJ Audubon will be hosting an all day, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"Backyard Habitat Day Festival" at the CMBO Center for Research &
Education in Goshen (600 Route 47 North). This is NJ Audubon's
way of celebrating Arbor Day & Earth Day -- A festival
celebrating habitat for wildlife. There will be learning
opportunities for families, teachers, and general nature
enthusiasts through mini-workshops and programs all day long,
crafts and games for kids and families, a plant swap, exhibitors,
and good company! And it's FREE. Rain date is Sunday, April 26.
Members received the Spring Schedule inside our newsletter, the
Peregrine Observer. If you are a member and did not get the
newsletter give Kathy Iozzo a call; the mailing labels came off
some of them. If you are not a member and would like our Spring
Program Schedule with all the details about the dozens of
programs, walks, and workshops we offer, stop by either center or
call us at 609-861-0700.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has two centers of activity. Our
new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600
Route 47 North. The center features gardens and a meadow for
wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and a wildlife art
gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor, featuring the work of
some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers.
CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point
now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book
store and birding information. The CMBO Center in Goshen is open
10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday. The Northwood Center
in Cape May Point is now open DAILY, 10-5.
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 birding hotline. For
more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and
field trips, and the Observatory, call 609-861-0700 or send a
request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May
Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to
visit our 2 birding bookstores.
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 GOOD BIRDING!