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 9, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SWAINSONS
WARBLER, EURASIAN WHIMBREL, RED CROSSBILL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, DICKCISSEL, PARASITIC JAEGER, and BONAPARTES GULL.
A SWAINSONS WARBLER was discovered on May 1st along Jakes Landing Rd, in an
area of woods with extensive understory of mountain laurel, just north of
the planted pine forest along the east side of the road. DO NOT PLAY TAPE
RECORDINGS AROUND THIS BIRD. It is unethical and unnecessary. The bird has
established a territory and it regularly patrols this territory, singing
vigorously. The territory crosses the road. Be patient and eventually the
bird will come close to the road. Swainsons Warblers have been driven away
from other territories due to the overuse of recordings. Dont let this
A WHIMBREL of the Eurasian subspecies has been seen May 2 through at least
May 7 at the Brigantine unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge,
usually in the south section of the west pool or in the marsh south of the
south dike. Eighteen WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were counted here on the 7th.
Four RED CROSSBILLS were found on the Peaslee Wildlife Management Area in
southern Cumberland County on May 6th. From Rt. 49 take Union Rd. north
about 3 miles to Bennettsville Rd., a gravel road going off to the right.
Go about mile and search in the pines.
Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on May 9th.
Shorebird numbers are building rapidly here, at Reeds Beach, at Thompsons
Beach, and at other shorebird spots in southern New Jersey.
A BLACK-NECKED STILT was found on May 6th at the Bivalve Impoundments,
Cumberland County, from the Strawberry Ave. access point.
Three DICKCISSELS were heard at the South Cape May Meadows on May 8th.
PARASITIC JAEGERS have been seen in the rips off Cape May Point at least
three different days during the last week.
A BONAPARTES GULL was seen on May 8th at Miami Ave. and the Bayshore in
Villas. Another was seen in the Cape May Harbor on May 9th.
Songbirds continue to arrive in Cape May County, though there have been no
major fallouts around Cape May proper. Twenty-six species of warblers were
found on May 7th at the McNamara area of the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management
Area in northeastern Cape May County. We have now received reports of
almost all of the regularly occurring songbird migrants.
Cape Mays WHITE-WINGED DOVE has not been seen since May 1st.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, 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 include some
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report 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