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 5 include SWAINSON'S WARBLER, ARCTIC TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED GREBE, spring migrants and arrivals, local nature notes, etc.
The SWAINSON'S WARBLER that had taken up residence along Lighthouse Ave. has moved to another location. It has been heard and seen in the woods across from the new Higbee Beach parking lot. A SWAINSON'S WARBLER has also been seen and heard in the wet woods in the second field up from the old parking lot at Higbee's. While the same bird MAY be singing in both locations, it is possible that a second bird is present.
An ARCTIC TERN was reported from Bunker Pond in the State Park on April 30. It was seen around 7 PM; no further sightings have been reported. RED-NECKED GREBES have been seen at a few locations around the point this week. One was present off the South Cape May Meadows on April 30, while another was present off Cook's Beach Rd. on May 1. This is the dirt road off Rt. 47 next to the County Mosquito Commission offices.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen from the Jersey Cape Nature Excursions backbay boating tour, on both April 30 and May 2. It is possible that this bird is not visible from land.
Spring migration continues in earnest. An excellent early fallout occurred on April 30. Some highlights from Higbee Beach include: BLACK-THROATED BLUE, CAPE MAY, & KENTUCKY WARBLERS, LEAST FLYCATCHER, & BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. The State Park held ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and KENTUCKY WARBLER. BLACKBURNIAN and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS were seen on May 1 and 3 respectively, also at Higbee Beach, while a VEERY was present there on May 3.
On the ocean front, COMMON TERNS arrived in good numbers on April 29, with 25 at the Second Ave. Jetty in Cape May. LEAST TERNS were finally reported this week, with 2 seen May 5 also at Second Ave. Jetty.
[Local nature notes include many butterflies: Cobweb Skipper, Spicebush Swallowtail, Henry's Elfin, Red-banded Hairstreak, Pearl Crescent, Am. Copper, & Gray Hairstreak. Program notes omitted. -LL]
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 birding hotline. For more information about Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area visit our headquarters at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the 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 GOOD BIRDING!