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 4 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, SANDHILL CRANE, SOOTY
SHEARWATER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, other bird news,
local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
MISSISSIPPI KITES were very much in evidence around Cape May Point this
week. Six were reported on May 31, with five still present on June 1. Three
were seen around the Point on June 4.
A SOOTY SHEARWATER was seen from 7th Street in Avalon, the site of the
Avalon Sea Watch. On June 4, ten WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen there.
Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at the Higbee Beach impoundment on May
30. Also present at that time were a Stilt Sandpiper and five WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS. A check of the impoundment on June 2 found 100+ SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS and 18 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, but not the stilts.
A SANDHILL CRANE was at Forsythe NWR on June 3 and a Red-necked Phalarope
was in the impoundment there May 31.
A few late migrating passerines were seen this week. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO,
rare in spring, was at Higbee Beach on May 31. WARBLING VIREO was in west
Cape May on the same day. On June 2, Higbee Beach had three ACADIAN
FLYCATCHERS, two Pewees, two AMERICAN REDSTARTS, CANADA WARBLERS, CHESTNUT-SIDED
WARBLERS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. A MOURNING WARBLER was on Cape May Point
on June 4.
Lingering waterfowl included a RUDDY DUCK in Lily Lake on May 30 and
OLDSQUAW off Sunset Beach on the 31st. A few NORTHERN GANNETS were off the
Point this week and one or two late migrant COMMON LOONS were seen.
Shorebird numbers on the Delaware Bayshore have declined, but some birds
are still being seen. Reed's Beach is an excellent vantage point to view
the tail-end of this phenomenon. If you visit Reed's beach, please park in
the specially arranged lot at the marina at the end of the road near the
jetty. The cost is only a dollar and goes a long way toward good will and
the promotion of ecotourism.
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 Scarlet
Tanager were singing here on June 4. An truly exciting find was a Sora with
two chicks in the South Cape May Meadows this past week. This is the first
documented record ever of breeding Soras in Cape May County. Up to three
Sora were heard late into May and more than one pair may have bred there.
Observers on May 29 got to compare the Sora chicks with young Virginia
Rails which also breed there. Japanese Honeysuckle is in full bloom, and
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds find it irresistible. Although hummers prefer
the wild-blooming honeysuckle, they'll return to feeders shortly. Remember
to continue to clean your hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with
fresh solution. A River Otter was in the Cape May Point State Park on May
24. River Otters were seen with some frequency at the State Park and at
SCMM only a few years ago, but sighting have been much more scarce since.
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. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!