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 RUFF, CAVE SWALLOW, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED
GODWITS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, some new arrivals, other bird news, and
news of CMBO.
A RUFF was found in the pool behind 2nd avenue cove on Friday morning
A CAVE SWALLOW was at the Cape May Point State Park on April 30 with
about 30 CLIFF SWALLOWS, but there have been no further reports.
A male EURASIAN WIGEON was reported from the South Cape May Meadows
(SCMM) on May 1, but there have been no follow-up reports.
A MARBLED GODWIT continues on Thoroughfare Island behind Two Mile
Landing, seen this week on May 1.
A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, quite rare in spring, was at the Wetlands
Institute on May 1.
Some new arrivals this week were: YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at the Beanery
on April 29, LEAST TERN at Nummy Island on the 30th, NASHVILLE WARBLER
at Belleplain on May 3, BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Villas on the 3rd, and
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Bellplain on the 4th.
Other highlights this week included: AMERICAN BITTERNS and LEAST BITTERNS at
Davey's Lake on April 29, SORA at the SCMM on the 29th, three PINE
SISKINS at Jakes Landing on the 29th, five ROYAL TERNS at the SCMM beach
on May 2, a latish HERMIT THRUSH at Belleplain on the 2nd, 75 BANK
SWALLOWS at the State Park on the 2nd, and a late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at
Goshen Landing on the 3rd.
Shorebird migration is in full swing. On May 4 the Bivalve impoundment
was loaded with shorebirds with 1,200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 7,500
DUNLIN, 235 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and smaller numbers of GREATER YELLOWLEGS
and LEAST SANDPIPERS. Other highlights at Bivalve included STILT
SANDPIPER and PIPING PLOVER on April 28, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER on May
4. On May 4 Thompson's Beach had 1,200 DUNLIN, 700 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 300
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 300 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 300 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, and 10 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was
early there on April 28. There were five white-rumpeds at Brig on May 4.
There were 75 WHIMBREL along Avalon Blvd on April 28.
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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research &
Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at
East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens,
feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The
Goshen Center also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists,
photographer, and carvers.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to
CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!