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 29, 2003. Highlights from the last week include WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL, ROSEATE TERN, SOOTY SHEARWATER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, and news of the migration.
Seawatching has been productive during the last week. Three WILSON'S
STORM-PETRELS were seen from Cape May Point on May 29th, at least four on
the 28th, and single birds on the 22nd and 23rd. One ROSEATE TERN was seen
off the Point on May 28th, three on the 24th, and 8 on the 23rd. A SOOTY
SHEARWATER was seen on May 24th, and two were seen on the 22nd, these birds
also seen from Cape May Point. The best viewing points are from Cape May
Point State Park or from any of the dune crossovers in the town.
Noteworthy birds at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife
Refuge include a WHITE-FACED IBIS, lingering at the southwest corner of the
west pool through May 29th, and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE seen on the north
side of the west pool on the 29th.
A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has been seen in the Higbee
Impoundment May 25th to 29th, and a second summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was seen at Reed's Beach on May 28th.
Songbirds are still on the move through Cape May, with a small, late push
beginning on May 27th. Birds reported several times during the last week
include WILLOW FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CANADA
WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.
A very late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen at the Rea Farm on May 25th.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in West Cape May on May 26th.
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Rea Farm on May 27th.
A STILT SANDPIPER was found along Ocean Drive on May 28th, and WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS have been reported from several areas around Cape May during the
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