This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Friday, May 27th. Highlights from the last week include CURLEW
SANDPIPER, RUFF, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, PARASITIC
JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, DICKCISSEL, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.
At least one of the two CURLEW SANDPIPERS reported last week from Nummy
Island was present through at least May 21st. The female RUFF
(REEVE) reported last week from the beach near the end of Reeds
Beach Road continued through at least May 21st.
A SOOTY SHEARWATER and two WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were seen off Cape
May Point on May 27th, along with a late RED-THROATED LOON. Another
WILSONS STORM-PETREL was seen here on the 25th. Another SOOTY
SHEARWATER was off the Point on May 21st, when 4 ROSEATE TERNS were
also seen. On May 20th a PARASITIC JAEGER, a ROSEATE TERN, and a BLACK
TERN were seen off Cape May Point.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen flying over Cape May Point State
Park on May 21st.
Four AMERICAN AVOCETS flew over the parking lot at Higbee on May 21st.
A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen at Nummy Island on May 25th.
A DICKCISSEL was at Hidden Valley on May 22nd, and a RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER at Higbee on the 21st and the 22nd.
An AMERICAN BITTERN and a CANADA WARBLER were highlights at Higbee on
A LEAST BITTERN was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on May 26th.
Spring migration is winding down, though many migrant shorebirds are
still around Cape May and a considerable push of songbirds was noted on
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!