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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 July 11 include news of RUFF, LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, news of shorebirds on the move,
BROWN PELICAN. LEAST BITTERN, some amazing birds seen at Bombay
Hook in DE including NORTHERN LAPWING, a LITTLE STINT, 3 RUFFS,
A CURLEW SANDPIPER, and 2 WHITE-FACED IBIS, an announcement
regarding a special CMBO sponsored boat tour to CHAMPAGNE ISLAND
aboard the SKIMMER, news of a summer pelagic birding trip, local
nature notes, and news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field
A RUFF was reported July 7 in impoundments in West Cape May, and
on July 9th a black Ruff was seen in The Nature Conservancy's
Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, also known as "The Meadows."
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, in 2nd summer plumage, was seen in
the Meadows on July 5.
A GULL-BILLED TERN was in the Meadows on July 10.
Shorebirds are beginning to move. 90 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2
WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 3 LEAST SANDPIPERS were seen July 7 near
BROWN PELICANS have been seen this week off The Meadows and from
There are at least 3 LEAST BITTERNS at The Meadows, 1 at
Lighthouse Pond and 2 at Bunker Pond in the State Park.
Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware was HOT bird-wise on July 7th.
Shearness Pool held a NORTHERN LAPWING, a LITTLE STINT, 3 RUFFS,
a CURLEW SANDPIPER, and 2 WHITE-FACED IBIS. Unfortunately we do
not have a more recent update for you.
Bob Carlough, of THE SKIMMER birding by boat tours, reports that
all the marsh nesters have young now that are growing in leaps
and bounds -- including lots of Laughing Gull chicks, Forster's
and Common Tern chicks, sizable chicks in all the Osprey nests,
and American Oystercatcher chicks!
Champagne Island, the sand island in Hereferd Inlet between Stone
Harbor and Nor th Wildwood, is the site of the largest nesting
colony of Black Skimmers in the state, with about 500 pairs, as
well as about 500 pairs of nesting Common Terns, and several
pairs of nesting Gull-billed Terns. Brown Pelicans are
regularly found roosting there from summer through late fall.
Also, by July it's a favorite roost site for other terns and
migrant shorebirds. Most sightings of Roseate, Sandwich, Black,
Caspian, and Royal Terns in the summer occur here! THE SKIMMER,
a very stable 37 foot catamaran with open and enclosed viewing
decks, runs three daily birding by boat trips and each week the
Friday evening, Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning trips are
sponsored by CMBO and benefit CMBO. Details are found
at the end of this tape in program information.
The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge has a
healthy colony of nesting Least Terns and a number of Piping
Plover nests with chicks. TNC's refuge also has nesting Least
Bitterns, listen for their "woo woo woo" calls to give their
presence away. Now through the end of August, TNC staff and
interns are offering the following walks: Every Friday at 8 a.m.
Clay Sutton, TNC's Naturalist/Ecologist, will lead a three-hour
walk. The fee is $8. Every Wednesday and Every Saturday evening
at 6 p.m. TNC interns will lead one-hour walks for FREE.
Avalon's Boro Park at 72nd Street is harboring a sizeable heronry
this summer, including numbers of nesting Black and
Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Glossy Ibis, and Egrets. This is
excellent news now that the Stone Harbor Heronry is still
CMBO's garden and feeders are quite active with Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds. If you have hummingbird feeders in your yard, be
sure to clean them out thoroughly each week and refill with
fresh solution. Otherwise the solution ferments and can be
dangerous to the hummers.
A late summer pelagic birding trip off the coast of NJ out of
Brielle will leave Sunday, August 25, at 5 a.m. and return that
same day at about 8 p.m. Cost of the trip is $65/person.
Contact "Focus on Nature Tours" for more details and to register
Local Nature Notes follow: In the butterfly world Pipevine
Swallowtails seem to be on the move. July 9th the first one was
discovered in a yard in Cape May County in Seaville. On July
10th 9 were found in Cumberland County, including 1 near Beaver
Dam on the Natural Lands Trust property and 8 near Bayside.
Also on the 10th 9 were found by an observer in Delaware at Cape
Henlopen State Park. On July 11th 2 were in a garden in
Heislerville in Cumberland County and 5 were in a garden in the
Villas in Cape May County. A number of Monarchs were observed
egg laying on Common Milkweed on July 10th at Bayside in
Cumberland County, and the butterfly garden CMBO put in at the
Cape May Point State Park attracted an egg laying Monarch on July
11. Snouts are out and being seen now wherever Hackberry trees
occur. On July 11 one was in a garden in Goshen, one was
frequenting CMBO's Hackberry trees right out the front door, and
one was seen on Lighthouse Avenue ... all were flitting about
from one newly emerged tender leaf at a branch tip to the next,
laying eggs! 2 Variegated Fritillaries were in the South Cape
May Meadows on July 10. Trumpet Creeper is in full bloom, a favorite
with hummingbirds. Common Milkweed, Dogbane, and Butterfly Weed
are in full bloom and covered with butterflies! Everlasting Pea
is in bloom, great for skippers.
NEWS OF CMBO PROGRAMS FOLLOW: July 27-28 Fred Mears will teach a
2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course." Call CMBO for details
or to register at 609-884-2736. CMBO sponsored "Birding By Boat
trips" aboard THE SKIMMER are offered Every Sunday from
1:30-3:30 p.m. and Every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Every
Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Friday trip runs to Champagne
Island. To register for these CMBO sponsored boat trips, call
The Skimmer directly at 609-884-3100 and say you learned of the
trips through CMBO! Our daily bird walks are underway and
require no preregistration -- JUST COME! Every Tuesday Pete
Dunne leads a "Birds of the Seashore" walk through The Nature
Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at 7:30
a.m. Every Wednesday Tom Parsons, Fred Mears, or Bill Glaser
leads a "Birding Cape May Point" walk, meeting at 7:30 a.m. in
the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State Park.
Every Friday Bill Glaser leads a "Sunset Bird Walk" through The
Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at
6:30 p.m. And Every Saturday Tom Parsons, Fred Mears, or Bill
Glaser leads a "Birding Cape May Point" walk, meeting at 7:30
a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State
Park. Stop by our office and pick up the program schedule for
more details or give us a call at 609-884-2736 and we'll mail it
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
birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May
birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory,
call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters
and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service
of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from
Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent
areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if
warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds
to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.