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 16, 2002. Highlights from the last week include VERMILION
FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, CAVE SWALLOW, SHORT-EARED OWL, BROWN
PELICAN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and ALDER FLYCATCHER.
A young male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was seen Monday, May 13 and early Tuesday,
May 14 at the Wetlands Institute, along Stone Harbor Blvd. The bird was
then found again around midday on Wednesday, May 15 in the brushy area at
the base of Stone Harbor Point. If accepted this will be New Jersey's first
report of this showy species. We have not received any reports of this bird
for May 16.
A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was discovered on May 1st along Jakes Landing Rd, in an
area of woods with extensive understory of mountain laurel, just north of
the planted pine forest along the east side of the road. This bird has
continued through at least May 15th. DO NOT PLAY TAPE RECORDINGS AROUND
THIS BIRD. It is unethical and unnecessary. The bird has established a
territory and it regularly patrols this territory, singing vigorously. The
territory crosses the road. Be patient and eventually the bird will come
close to the road. Swainson's Warblers have been driven away from other
territories due to the overuse of recordings. Don't let this happen here!
A CAVE SWALLOW was seen over Nummy's Island on May 14th.
Two late SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Turkey Point on May 11th.
BROWN PELICANS have returned, with reports from the beach at Avalon on May
11th, from Poverty Beach on May 12th, from Kimble's Beach on May 14th, and
from Hereford Inlet on May 16th.
MISSISSIPPI KITES have also shown up, with one at Higbee Beach Wildlife
Management Area on May 11th, at least three over the western part of Cape
Island on May 15th (moving between the Rea Farm, Higbee, and West Cape May),
and a single bird on May 16th at the Rea Farm.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER has been seen at Higbee from May 13th through the
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was seen May 15th from the Mauricetown bypass about 1/4
mile before turnoff to Haleyville.
Virtually all of the migrant songbirds expected in Cape May have been seen
during the last week, including LINCOLN'S SPARROW, PHILADELPHIA VIREO,
DICKCISSEL, CERULEAN WARBLER, and BICKNELL'S THRUSH. A major fallout of
migrants occurred on May 10th and continued through May 11th for the World
Series of Birding. Numbers have dropped since that date, but the diversity
of migrants is still very high.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, 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 include some
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report 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