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 30 include reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, POMARINE
JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, returning spring migrants, local nature notes, and
news of CMBO.
Two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS were present at the 7th Street jetty in Avalon
on April 30.
A SANDHILL CRANE was a fly-over heading north just north of the Cape May
canal on April 26.
A POMARINE JAEGER was seen from the Concrete Ship on April 26.
An early ROSEATE TERN was present off of 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May on
EVENING GROSBEAKS were encountered at two locations this week. One was
coming to a feeder with a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on April 29 in Seaville,
while two flew over Goshen on April 30.
New arrivals this week included: YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO near Goshen on April
25, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on the CMBO walk at Hidden Valley Ranch on the
26th, two GULL-BILLED TERNS and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER on the CMBO walk
at Timber Beaver Swamp on the 29th, SUMMER TANAGER was at Higbee Beach on
the 29th, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Goshen on the 30th.
Shorebird migration is well under way. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was at
Stipson Island Rd. on April 29. Five RED KNOTS were at Reed's Beach on
April 30. Over 120 WHIMBREL were at Brig on the 29th (with over 70 at
Shell Bay Landing in Cape May County on the same day). Earlier in the week
a flight of WILLET produced 120+ on April 26 over Higbee Beach.
Elsewhere, 30 ROYAL TERNS were off 2nd Ave. jetty in Cape May on April 24,
several GREEN HERONS were seen, and a 1st year BALD EAGLE was over North
Cape May on the 29th.
Local nature Notes follow: The first reports of Horseshoe Crabs on
Delaware Bay beaches was reported for April 24. In addition to the
aforementioned Red Knots at Reed's beach, about 500 SANDERLING were present
there also. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are back in force, so if you don't
have your hummingbird feeders up, it's time. Remember to change the
solution at least once a week, regardless of how much remains, as it can
ferment, causing harm to the hummingbirds. The first Black Swallowtail was
seen on April 25. Eastern Tailed Blues are out in force. Pear Crescents are
also being seen now. Juvenal's Duskywings and elfins (Henry's, Brown, and
Pine) are all still flying. Hundreds of Brown Elfins were seen on Old
Robbins Trail Rd. off Jakes Landing Rd. on April 29. The first Monarchs
were seen on April 21. Snakes are moving now, unfortunately noticeable by
the numbers of road kills on the highways.
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 GOOD BIRDING!