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 8 included SANDWICH TERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
ROSEATE TERN, GLAUCOUS GULL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
A 1st summer SANDWICH TERN was on the beach at the South Cape May
Meadows on June 4.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was present at Hidden Valley Ranch on both June 2 and 3.
A ROSEATE TERN was seen at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State
Park on June 3, 4, and 5. Look for it roosting on the outflow pipe.
A 1st year GLAUCOUS GULL continues to be seen in the vicinity of the
outflow pipe at Fishing Creek marsh, viewed from Miami Avenue in
Villas. It was last reported on June 4.
Still at Fortescue, Cumberland County on the June 8 were 650
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and 80 RED KNOTS. Both 2nd and 3rd year
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also at Fortescue on the 8th.
Exceptional was a sighting of a basic plumaged WESTERN SANDPIPER at
Stone Harbor Point on June 5. WESTERN SANDPIPERS are quite rare in spring, and
there are few documented records in the state. Exceptionally late was
an AMERICAN PIPIT at the Beanery on June 3.
Other highlights this week included: two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS at
Hereford Inlet on June 2, HOODED MERGANSER at the SCMM on June 3,
four CLIFF SWALLOWS over the Beanery on the 3rd, four PURPLE
SANDPIPERS at the Concrete Ship on the 3rd, two SOOTY SHEARWATERS off
Cape May Point on the 3rd, BLACKPOLL WARBLER in West Cape May on the
4th, three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, Three SOOTY SHEARWATERS, and eight
NORTHERN GANNETS off the SCMM on the 5th, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS
at Moore's Beach on the 2nd and at the West Cape impoundment on the
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
pre-registration, 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
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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for
Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's
Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual
birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!