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
June 11 include reports of ARCTIC TERN, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, other bird news, local nature
notes, and news of CMBO.
A sub-adult ARCTIC TERN was seen on June 10, flying in from the rips off
Cape May Pt. to the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM), and then back to the
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen early on the morning of June 6 at
Hidden Valley Ranch, but not thereafter.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD, much more rare in spring than in fall, was seen along
Sea Grove Ave. in Cape May Pt. on May 8.
One or two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen this week around Cape May Pt., the
most recent on June 8.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again this week, on June 6 over Cape May Pt.
A BROWN PELICAN was at Stone Harbor Point on June 9.
A BALD EAGLE was in the area of Cape May Pt. on June 7.
A few late passerine migrants were around this week. A CANADA WARBLER was
in the Cape May Pt. SP on June 6, WILSON'S WARBLERS and MOURNING WARBLERS, along
with COMMON NIGHTHAWK, were there on June 7. Two ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were
at Hidden Valley Ranch on June 6. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO flew across the
SCMM on the same day. A very late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was along Sea
Grove Ave. on June 6.
Lingering waterfowl included two RED-THROATED LOONS at Poverty Beach on
June 10 and one at The Concrete Ship. An OLDSQUAW continues to be seen
around the Point, and GREATER SCAUP was in SCMM on June 7.
Local nature Notes follow: The Center for Research & Education in Goshen
has some interesting breeders on the property. CHAT, BLUE GROSBEAK, and
ORCHARD ORIOLE have all taken up residence, and Indigo Bunting and
White-eyed Vireo were singing here on June 11. There are two SORA families
in SCMM. One family with four large chicks and one with two small chicks.
This is the first documented record ever of breeding Soras in Cape May
County. Remember to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week
and refill with fresh solution.
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 http://www.njaudubon.org
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