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 6th. Highlights from the last week include PURPLE GALLINULE,
RUFF, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BLACK-NECKED STILT, PILEATED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, and news the season.
The PURPLE GALLINULE continues at the Wetlands Institute, along Stone Harbor
Blvd., reported most recently May 5th. The bird frequents the small patch
of mixed habitat (primarily lawn, brush, and phragmites) between the parking
lot and Stone Harbor Blvd. When resting in the middle of the brushy area,
the bird is not visible, but it has not been seen leaving this small,
unlikely area. It was first discovered here on April 15th.
A chestnut-and-black colored RUFF was seen on May 5th at the Bivalve
Impoundments in Cumberland County, from the viewing area at the end of
Strawberry Lane, along with an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and three WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS. A first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen here on the
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen May 5th and 6th in a yard at Coral &
Cambridge in Cape May Point.
Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were observed May 2nd through the 4th in wetlands
along Cooks Beach Road.
A PILEATED WOODPECKER, always scarce in Cape May County, flew over the
intersection of Broadway and Canning House Lane in West Cape May on May 6th.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK entertained a birder on May 6th at the corner of Seashore
& Townbank in Lower Township.
A late SNOW BUNTING has been at the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National
Wildlife Refuge through at least May 3rd.
At least two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue through May 6th in the back
part of the Schellinger Tract, Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. This area
is accessed off Bayshore Rd. just west of its junction with Rt. 47. Walk in
along the grassy road near the National Wildlife Refuge signs beyond the
firehouse. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen in a residential area in
West Cape May on May 5thh.
The songbird migration is off to a slow start in Cape May this year, but a
noticeable influx of birds was discovered on the morning of May 6th, with at
least 18 species of warblers in Belleplain State Forest and 13 at the
Schellinger Tract of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge this morning.
Please note that the free bridge connecting Nummy Island to south Stone
Harbor is now closed until further notice for construction estimated date
for reopening is late May. Nummy can still be accessed from North Wildwood
Blvd.; drive past the road closed local traffic only sign and over 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 CMBOs
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