This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, May 19th. Highlights from the last week include CURLEW
SANDPIPER, RUFF, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE,
WHITE-FACED IBIS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, ROSEATE TERN, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.
Two CURLEW SANDPIPERS are being seen at Nummy Island, one in basic
plumage and the other molting into alternate (breeding) plumage. Our
most recent sightings are from May 18th. At low tide the birds
disperse into the vast marshes; higher tides bring the birds to Nummy,
where they frequent pools on the west side of the road.
A female RUFF (REEVE) has been seen on the beach near the end of
Reeds Beach Road May 18th and 19th.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported to have flown over Nummy Island
on May 15th but we have no details.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen over Reeds Beach on May 17th.
Two, possibly three WHITE-FACED IBIS are being seen along Reeds Beach
Road, either resting in the pool on the north side of the road or
feeding in the marshes a bit further west. One is a full adult, and
there is at least one immature bird frequenting this area. Our most
recent report is from May 15th.
A wandering PILEATED WOODPECKER made a stop along Seagrove Ave. near
Cape May Point on May 13th.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Cooks Beach on May 19th.
Several MISSISSIPPI KITES have been reported from the skies over Cape
May this week, with the maximum being 3 seen at the Rea Farm on May
At least one ROSEATE TERN was seen daily from May 13 to 17 offshore
from Cape May Point.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN has continued at Brigantine Refuge through
at least May 14th.
The wayward RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge has continued through at least May
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS have been reported from Nummy Island, Bivalve,
and Brigantine this week.
Spring migration has been at a high level throughout the last week
too many migrants to list here, but virtually every expected species of
songbird has been recorded during this period around Cape May County.
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 CMBOs Northwood Center at
609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org.
Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!