|You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending July 14, 1994, include: BLACK-NECKED STILT, ROSEATE TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, early land bird and shorebird migrants, local nature notes and announcements.
Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at the Cape May Meadows on July 13, while a single bird flew over Bunker Pond at the State Park the same day. These sightings may involve the same bird that was seen on July 7. Bunker Pond also continues to attract one or two ROSEATE TERNS, with 2 reported there July 12.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen from the Jersey Cape Nature Excursions boat trip on July 12 behind West Wildwood. A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen briefly on the beach at South Cape May Meadows before it flew off to the west. This bird seemed to be a part of a large movement of gulls into the area, with numbers of Ring-billed Gulls.
A few BROWN PELICANS are still being seen in the area; four were off South Cape May Meadows on July 9. Also seen there that day was a SURF SCOTER, and a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL has been present in the Meadows all week.
Shorebird migration was much in evidence this past week. The Nature Conservancy preserve on Sunset Blvd., usually known as the Meadows, has a high water level, although dropping. Good numbers of birds have been seen there as "flybys", however, and a few of the longer-legged species such as both YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, etc., have been making stops.
A good shorebird spot is a small pool behind the dune, a short walk west of the Second Ave. Jetty in the town of Cape May. It is best viewed from the official dune crossover. This spot is the western edge of the Nature Conservancy property. Shorebirds seen this past week around the Point include: both YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SANDERLING, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and WHIMBREL.
Early land-bird migration was also evident this week, though you had to look closely to see it. A few YELLOW WARBLERS, ORCHARD ORIOLES, & BOBOLINKS were seen at various locations and a movement of BANK SWALLOWS took place this week.
Local Nature notes, summary:
A large influx of Dragonflies was noted after the cold front. SPOT-WINGED GLIDER was the most numerous arrival, along with large numbers of SWAMP DARNERS. The Spot-winged Glider is one of three species usually referred to as rain-pool Gliders; these move with weather fronts then drop down to lay eggs in the rain puddles left by the storms. From larvae to adults their progress is much more accelerated than most Dragonflies due to the short life of the rain pools.
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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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. 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. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.