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, June 24th. Highlights from the last week include AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, COMMON EIDER, and
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe NWR
from June 20th through at least the 23rd, seen in the east pool east of the
north dike dogleg. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also reported from this spot on
Stone Harbor Point continues to be the June hotspot in Cape May County. One
ROSEATE TERN, one SANDWICH TERN, and one CASPIAN TERN were sorted out from
among many other, more common tern species here on June 22nd. COMMON TERNS,
LEAST TERNS, and BLACK SKIMMERS are nesting at the Point, along with 2 pairs
of GULL-BILLED TERN, and FORSTER'S TERNS are nesting in the nearby marshes.
The high count for ROYAL TERNS in the last week was 18 on June 19th.
Lingering shorebirds noted here include 25 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 12
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS on June 19th, and 3 RED
KNOTS, 2 DUNLIN, and a WHIMBREL on June 22nd.
A first-summer male COMMON EIDER continues to frequent the area between
Sunset Beach and the Alexander Avenue jetty in Cape May Point, with our most
recent report from June 24th. Three BLACK SCOTERS also continue here. Our
last report of the SURF SCOTER that was associating with these birds is from
A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach at South Cape May
(near the boundary between Cape May Point State Park and The Nature
Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge) on June 18th.
BROWN PELICANS are being seen daily from coastal areas all around Cape May
and Cape May Point.
Noteworthy June birds include a WORM-EATING WARBLER far from breeding
habitat in West Cape May on June 22nd and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, even
farther from breeding habitat, at Cape May Point State Park on June 19th.
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 CMBO's
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