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 17 include reports of ICELAND GULL, SOOTY SHEARWATER,
PARASITIC JAEGER, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are
closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will
re-open after Labor Day.
An ICELAND GULL was seen near the Fishing Creek out-fall at Miami Avenue
in Villas on June 12. This may be the same bird that was reported
several times earlier in the spring.
A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen from Cape May Point on the evening of June
Up to four PARASITIC JAEGERS were off Cape May Point on June 12.
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS have been seen with regularity from Cape May
Point, as have a number of immature NORTHERN GANNETS. A few BROWN
PELICANS are also being seen.
One or two BLACK SCOTERS continue to linger off Cape May Point and a
RUDDY DUCK was in Lily Lake on June 13. A female BLUE-WINGED TEAL with
12 chicks was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on June 15.
A lingering or late migrating BALTIMORE ORIOLE was in the Cape May Point
State Park on June 15.
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