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, May 1, 2003.
Highlights from the last week include LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHITE IBIS,
ANHINGA; MARBLED GODWIT, SHORT-EARED OWL, GREAT CORMORANT, HORNED GREBE,
RED-NECKED GREBE, PURPLE FINCH, PARASITIC JAEGER, and news of the spring
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW behind North Wildwood is proving elusive. Best
viewing for this bird, which has been present for more than 6 months, is
usually from the west end of 26th or 19th Avenues. Our only report since
April 19th was from the Skimmer boat trip, which tallied this bird on its
April 27th trip, and we know of many birders who have failed to find the
bird from land-based sites during the last week. If you go to look for this
bird, please contact CMBO with a report -- whether you see the bird or not.
A WHITE IBIS was reported from a farm field in Goshen along Rt. 646 on April
27th, but we have no other details.
A soaring ANHINGA was reported from Turkey Point, Cumberland County, on
Five MARBLED GODWITS were seen near the south end of Nummy's Island on May 1st.
Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen over the marsh at Jakes Landing on April 26th.
GREAT CORMORANTS are still being seen at the Concrete Ship and along the
back bays behind the Wildwoods, where 4 were seen on an April 26th boat
trip. Two HORNED GREBES and three RED-NECKED GREBES were also seen behind
the Wildwoods on this trip. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also seen from Two Mile
Landing on April 27th, and one was off Higbee Beach on the 25th.
A PURPLE FINCH was seen at the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area on
A dark morph PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from Sunset Beach on April 26th.
Many migrant birds have returned during the last week, and most of the
songbirds that nest in Cape May County have returned. Some noteworthy
returns (most from multiple locations) of the last week include WOOD THRUSH
beginning April 27th; COMMON TERN beginning April 26th; BLUE-WINGED WARBLER
in Belleplain State Forest as of April 28th; CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW beginning
April 25th; EASTERN KINGBIRD as early as April 25th; SCARLET TANAGER
beginning April 29th; YELLOW-THROATED VIREO beginning April 29th; SPOTTED
SANDPIPER beginning April 27th; BROWN PELICAN as of April 26th; LEAST TERN
on May 1st; and BOBOLINK on May 1st.
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 http://www.njaudubon.org
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