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 6, 2002. Highlights from the last week include SOOTY
SHEARWATER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, MANX SHEARWATER,
PARASITIC JAEGER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACKPOLL
WARBLER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, MOURNING WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, and
Pelagic birding continues to be the highlight around Cape May. Birds seen
from shore and from nearshore whale-watching trips this week include SOOTY SHEARWATERS,
CORY'S SHEARWATERS, GREATER SHEARWATERS, MANX SHEARWATERS, PARASITIC JAEGER, and WILSON'S
STORM-PETREL. Sightings have been from shore at Stone Harbor Point, the
Avalon Seawatch locale (east end of 7th St.), and from various locations
around Cape May Point. The best offshore location for these birds has been
Five Fathom Bank, about 11 miles from shore. The area's 3-hour whale
watching boat tours have often been heading to this area, as there have been
finback whales active here. Check at the dock to see if the boats are
heading this way if you're interested in seeing some of these birds.
MISSISSIPPI KITES continue to be seen on and off around Cape May, with
reports of 4 birds on June 2nd above Lily Lake, a single bird at Bennett's
Bog the same day, and one over the Stockton College campus, also on the 2nd.
Two were seen over the Rea Farm (Beanery) on June 1st.
Songbird migration is almost over, though a few migrants were reported this
week. A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found at Cape May Point State Park on June
5th, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at the Higbee Beach Wildlife
Management Area on June 3rd. A MOURNING WARBLER was reported from Higbee on
June 2nd, and both BANK SWALLOW and CLIFF SWALLOW were seen over the Cape
May Migratory Bird Refuge (the Meadows) on June 2nd. A DICKCISSEL was seen
and heard in the fields at the junction of New England and Bayshore Roads on
Cape Island; observers wonder if a nesting attempt may occur.
Migrant shorebirds are also clearing out, though smaller numbers of the
horseshoe crab-feeding guild (RED KNOT, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SANDERLING,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN) continue to be seen. Noteworthy was a single
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER seen at the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on June 2nd.
The SWAINSON'S WARBLER that had been seen along Jakes Landing Rd. has not
been reported since May 26.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, 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 include some
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report 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