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 16 include reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROWN PELICAN, GULL-BILLED
TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from the Lily Lake area on July 11.
A flock of 7 Brown Pelicans were seen off the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM)
on July 10, with 3 the following day off Cape May Point.
Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were in the SCMM on July 11.
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at the SCMM on the evening of July 12. Mid-
summer sightings of nighthawk are quite uncommon at Cape May.
A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was on Cape May Point on July 16.
Northwest winds on July 11 brought an excellent early season flight of
birds to the SCMM including 500 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 90 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, 45 LESSER YELLOWLEGS (along with smaller numbers of other
shorebirds). Also noted were 80 BOBOLINKS, 15 BANK SWALLOWS, 5 INDIGO
BUNTINGS, 4 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE.
VIRGINIA RAIL sightings have been regular in the SCMM. One or two can
usually be seen at the edge of the last pool on the west side of the center
path near the dune. LEAST BITTERNS have been more active recently with
birds seen in flight at SCMM. There are still at least five adult
BLUE-WINGED TEAL and nine young teal. An AMERICAN COOT also continue to
Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are very active at feeders, with
young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your
hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Butterfly
news includes results from the Cape May butterfly count. A total of 47
species were tallied with an additional 2 count week. Highlights included:
3 Fiery Skippers, 6 Rare Skippers, 11 Olive Hairstreaks, Bronze Copper, and
Viceroy. Good numbers of Monarchs were seen (108). Common Buckeye, a
southern emigrant, have just recently returned to New Jersey, as id
evidenced by the 40 from the Cape May count. Four-spotted Pennant, a
southern dragonfly, appears to have colonized the southern tip of the Cape
May peninsula, after being seen here for the first time only two or three
years ago. Up to 22 were present around SCMM on July 11. Horseshoe Crabs
continue to lay eggs along the Delaware Bay beaches through the summer, and
the tide line is still full of eggs.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, 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 http://www.njaudubon.org
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. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's
Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen.
CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book
stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife
art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is
OPEN DAILY 10-5.
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, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or
unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!