CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE June 3, 2004
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 3rd. Highlights from the last week include
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, FRANKLIN'S GULL,
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and news of the season.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen on May 29th at the Higbee Beach
Wildlife Management Area in the second and third fields.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found soaring through the skies above
Bivalve, Cumberland County, on June 3rd.
A second summer FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen at Fortescue, Cumberland
County, on May 31st. A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was also discovered
here on the same day and seen again on June 1st. Both birds were seen
around the bridge at the end of New Jersey Avenue. Take Rt. 637 into
Fortescue. It dead ends at New Jersey Avenue. Turn left to reach the
bridge over the tidal creek. On June 1st a female YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD was seen nearby, along Rt. 637.
A few late northbound migrants have still been seen around Cape May
during the last few days, but most other reports are of breeding
species. Of note is the nesting colony at Stone Harbor Point, where
counts last week included over 400 BLACK SKIMMERS, 1000 COMMON TERNS, 9
nesting pair of PIPING PLOVERS, 6 nesting pair of AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER, and 2 nesting pair of GULL-BILLED TERN.
Note that the bridge connecting Nummy Island to Stone Harbor Point has
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