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
Friday, July 18, 2003. Highlights from the last week include LITTLE STINT,
ARCTIC TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL, WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, MARBLED
GODWIT, and WHITE-FACED IBIS.
Shorebird numbers are building rapidly throughout southern New Jersey,
though the adult LITTLE STINT that was found at Stone Harbor Point on July
9 has not been seen since the 10th. Twenty WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a single
STILT SANDPIPER were seen on July 16th at the "Higbee Impoundment," the
pools atop the dredge spoil pile across the canal from the Cape May Ferry
landing, along with many other shorebirds. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was here
on the 18th.
Stone Harbor Point is harboring ever-increasing numbers of southbound
shorebirds (including many WESTERN SANDPIPERS) along with a tremendous
variety of terns. Individual birds come and go, but recent high counts of
unusual species include 3 ARCTIC TERNS, 7 ROSEATE TERNS, 9 BLACK TERNS, and
1 SANDWICH TERN, these reports all from July 12th. A first summer LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was here on the 10th. No ARCTIC TERNS have been found
since the 12th, but the others continue. Best times to see these birds
resting on the flats are after noon and at times of higher tides.
A MARBLED GODWIT has been seen several times at Stone Harbor Point and at
nearby Nummy Island. Our most recent report is from the 14th. A
WHITE-FACED IBIS was found on July 12th at the Brigantine Unit of the
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
A few notable lingering birds continue to be found around Cape May,
including a COMMON MOORHEN at the South Cape May Meadows on July 15th, a
PIED-BILLED GREBE at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park, on the 15th,
and a RED-THROATED LOON from the end of Shellbay Ave. on July 13th.
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 the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events hotline
at 609-861-0466, 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 also include reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are
typically made on Thursdays. Please report your 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