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 6 include reports of SANDWICH TERN, POMARINE JAEGER,
PARASITIC JAEGER, ROSEATE TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, ICELAND GULL, other bird
news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
A SANDWICH TERN was a fly-over in Villas along the Delaware Bay shore on
Several PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen off of Cape May Point this week, and
on May 4 both POMARINE JAEGER and ROSEATE TERN were off St. Mary's
convent on the Point.
A MARBLED GODWIT was on Thorofare Island behind Two Mile Landing on May
An ICELAND GULL was reported from Moore's Beach on May 5.
An excellent passerine fallout occurred on May 5. The following
highlights were recorded from spots around Cape Island: GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER (a rare migrant at the cape in spring), two CERULEAN WARBLERS,
five HOODED WARBLERS, three KENTUCKY WARBLERS, two WORM-EATING WARBLERS,
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GOOD NUMBERS OF HERMIT THRUSHES, BALTIMORE
ORIOLES, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, several VEERIES, and, in total,
about 22 species of warblers.
Some shorebirds and Horseshoe Crabs are on the beaches at Reed's Beach.
On May 4 there were about 450 SANDERLING, 350 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 15
A PEREGRINE FALCON was reported from Higbee Beach and a MERLIN was at
West Cape May on May 5.
An UPLAND SANDPIPER was feeding in a field near West Cape May on May 2.
Nature Notes: Coyote reports continue. One was seen at Higbee Beach on
May 2 and another was near West Cape May on the same day. Last fall, the
Monarch tagging project in Cape May tagged about 7,500 Monarchs. In past
years, Monarchs tagged in Cape May have shown up along the Gulf coast,
but none had been found at the huge wintering roosts in Mexico. This
past winter, six Monarchs tagged in Cape May were found at El Rosario,
Mexico, a major wintering area about 80 miles west of Mexico City. Until
these finds, there was no proof that the Monarchs that passed through
Cape May actually made it to Mexico.
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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity.
CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North
in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in
Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature &
book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a
wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each
Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of
rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and