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 May 20 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, SOOTY SHEARWATER,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, ROSEATE TERN, SEDGE WREN, other bird news, local
nature notes, and news of CMBO.
MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported this week on May 14 over Hidden Valley
Ranch; on May 15 over CMBO's Center for Research & Education; and on May
17 over Cape May Point.
Persistent east winds brought an amazing total of 30 SOOTY SHEARWATERS
into Delaware Bay , off Cape May Point on May 14 . Also an adult
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen on the 14th, along with two ROSEATE
TERNS, and a BLACK TERN.
Two SEDGE WRENS were reported this week, one at Jakes Landing and one at
Moore's Beach. Both were reported on the 15th.
Other highlights this week included: five AMERICAN PIPITS at the Beanery
on May 14, a late date; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Cape May Point on the
15th; MOURNING WARBLER at Lily Lake on the 15th; two GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSHES and a late HERMIT THRUSH at Hidden Valley Ranch on the 15th;
GREATER SCAUP off Poverty Beach on the 15th; a late WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW on Cape May Point on the 19th; WILSON'S PHALAROPE on Lily Lake
on the 20th; and a WILSON'S WARBLER on the Point at CMBO on the 20th.
Nature Notes: Coyote reports continue around Cape May and Cape May
Point. On May 19, a Mink was reported in Cape May city near the Perry
Street Inn. Butterfly sighting this week included the season's first
Common Buckeye in Cumberland County, Sachem both in Rio Grande and on
Cape May Point, and Zabulon Skipper near Norbury's Landing.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To
receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at
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