This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, May 5th. More than the usual level of detail is included
this week for the benefit of teams preparing for the World Series of
Birding, May 14th. Highlights from the last week include PARASITIC
JAEGER, SHEARWATER SP., MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, UPLAND SANDPIPER,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and lots of migration news.
Birders scanning the sea from Cape May Point on May 1 found 2 PARASITIC
JAEGERS, a SHEARWATER sp., 8 BONAPARTES GULLS, and one each COMMON
TERN and LEAST TERN. All of the expected swallows were also seen near
the coast that day. On May 2nd one PARASITIC JAEGER, 3 LEAST TERNS, 3
WHIMBREL, and a CATTLE EGRET were seen at the South Cape May Meadows.
A RING-NECKED DUCK and two BLUE-WINGED TEAL were here on the 1st.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen on April 28th and again on May 3rd from the
Skimmer boat at Two Mile Island.
Birds found at the Coast Guard Ponds along Ocean Dr. on May 3rd include
2 BELTED KINGFISHERS, 2 LESSER SCAUP, 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 8
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
Highlights from a trip to Nummy Island on May 4th include 10 or more
RED KNOTS, many DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS,
and WHIMBRELS, several LITTLE BLUE HERONS, TRICOLORED HERONS, and 3
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and one each BLACK SKIMMER, MERLIN, and
Sunset Lake harbored two BUFFLEHEAD and at least 10 COMMON LOONS on May
Thirteen PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at the Brainard Ave. jetty in Cape May
Point on May 5th. Five PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at the St. Peters
jetty in Cape May Point on May 2nd and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was by
St. Marys on the same day.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER were in a field at the
corner of Fourth and Bayshore in West Cape May on May 1st. Five
SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were at Cape May Point State Park on the 1st and
three were at the Rea Farm on the 2nd.
BLACK SKIMMERS were at Bivalve, Cumberland County, on May 1st. A
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Dividing Creek along Rt. 555 on May 1st,
and many other migrant and returning songbirds were found at other
Cumberland County sites on May 1st and again on the 4th.
Two GULL-BILLED TERNS and the nesting BALD EAGLES were seen at Beaver
Swamp on April 29th, where 2 WILD TURKEYS and a BANK SWALLOW were seen
on May 1.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen May 3rd and again on the 5th at the
Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. A
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was also present on the 3rd.
A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was at the CMBO Northwood Center May 5th.
Three CATTLE EGRETS were in the lawn of the Eastern Shore Nursing Home
along Rt. 9 just north of Cape May Court House on May 4th. A single
CATTLE EGRET was next to the parking lot at Cape May Point State Park
on May 1st.
A long list of birds was noted at Belleplain State Forest this week,
including VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, SCARLET TANAGER, SUMMER TANAGER, PINE
SISKIN, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN
WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, HOODED
WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and many others.
Three SUMMER TANAGERS, a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and many OVENBIRDS were
along Tick Neck Rd. on May 4th.
SUMMER TANAGERS were also at the Stocker Tract of the Cape May National
Wildlife Refuge on May 4th, along with ORCHARD ORIOLE, BLACK-THROATED
BLUE WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, and several GREAT
The wet woods off Fulling Mill Rd. harbored KENTUCKY WARBLER,
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and
RED-EYED VIREO on May 3rd.
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and abundant YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLERS were at the CMBO Northwood Center on May 4th. A female
PURPLE FINCH visited the feeders here on April 29th.
BOBOLINKS are being seen at Hidden Valley, Higbee, and along the West
Cape May railroad track fields.
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are still displaying at the South Cape May Meadows
and at Higbee.
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!