You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending June 22 include sightings of
WHITE PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
announcements, nature notes, etc.
A WHITE PELICAN was seen this week on the Delaware
Bayshore, along the road out to Thompson's Beach, in a pool
on the right-hand side of the road. It was last reported on
A ROSEATE TERN was seen on June 21 by the "Jersey Cape
Nature Excursions" tourboat, on Champagne Island in
A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the end
of Norbury's Landing Rd., just north of the Villas, on June
Other interesting mid-June sightings are as follows: 7
BLACK SCOTERS, one SURF SCOTER, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and
a RUDDY DUCK were seen near the Concrete Ship on June 17. A
BLACK TERN was at Thompson's Beach on June 19. A ROYAL TERN
was off Cape May Point on June 21. Finally, a VERY late
BLACKPOLL WARBLER was at Cape May Point on June 22.
Young are hatching in coastal colonies of BLACK SKIMMERS,
TERNS, & GULLS. The Nature Excursions boat reported young
chicks of these as well as AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, OSPREY,
and others. The Nature Conservency's preserve on Sunset
Boulevard again has breeding PIPING PLOVER and LEAST TERNS.
These nests are on the open beach, so very vulnerable to
disturbance. VIRGINIA RAIL and LEAST BITTERN also breed in
the freshwater marsh on this property.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are again breeding in the Cape May
County Park on Route 9, just north of Cape May Court House.
Drive straight into the Park, continue to the zoo (which is
on your left), and the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are in the
oak woods to your right.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are regular at CMBO's feeders
and in people's yards where hummingbird and butterfly
gardens have been planted.
The state of NJ has closed the parking lots at Higbee Beach
WMA again for the summer. This does not mean that Higbee
Beach is closed, just the parking lots. You can still bird
and butterfly the area, but you must be dropped off there,
ride a bike, or park in the Hidden Valley parking lot
further up New England Road and walk down. The parking lot
closures are the state's attempt to address illicit
activities that occur there during warm summer months.
Nature Notes: A very late PINE ELFIN butterfly was seen on
June 17 on the Dennisville railroad tracks. Finally the
summer butterflies are emerging; reports came in of
RED-BANDED HAIRSTREAK, CORAL HAIRSTREAK, STRIPED
HAIRSTREAK, MOURNING CLOAK, COMMON BUCKEYE, APPALACHIAN
BROWN, CROSSLINE SKIPPER and TAWNY-EDGED SKIPPER.
Cranberry bogs are full of BOG COPPERS flying now. A field
at Peaslee Wildlife Area in northern Cape May county had
hundred of AMERICAN COPPERS and EASTERN TAILED BLUES. CMBO
Butterfly counts are upcoming on June 24, June 30, and July
Flowers that are now attracting butterflies include Queen
Anne's Lace, Yarrow, Common Milkweed, Butterfly Weed,
Everlasting Pea, Cow Vetch, Sweet White Clover and Sweet
Yellow Clover, Knapweed, and Dogbane. The wild viburnum
known as Arrow-wood is now in bloom, with umbels of white
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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
birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory,
call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters
and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.