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
Thursday, July 18, 2002. Highlights from the last week include WHITE-FACED
IBIS, MANX SHEARWATER, and news of returning shorebirds.
A MANX SHEARWATER was off Cape May Point on July 17 feeding with gulls and
terns. A small shearwater reported off Higbee Beach on the 16th was most
likely this bird.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS continues at Forsythe NWR, last reported on July 17.
Shorebird numbers are continuing to build in southern New Jersey. Two
"WESTERN WILLETS" were at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird
Refuge (otherwise known as the South Cape May Meadows). Also at the Meadows
were WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on the 12th and STILT SANDPIPER on the 18th. Up
to 200 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS have also been present. Twenty "WESTERN
WILLETS" were at Stone Harbor Point on July 15, along with 50 AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS. Stone Harbor Point also has about 200 nesting COMMON TERNS
and 400 nesting BLACK SKIMMERS. Also nesting are a few pairs of PIPING
PLOVERS and a pair of GULL-BILLED TERNS.
A few WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS are still being seen off Cape May Point.
A RUDDY DUCK hen was seen July 15th at the South Cape May Meadows. BROWN
PELICAN numbers remain high all along the south Jersey coast. Numbers of
HERONS, EGRETS, and GLOSSY IBIS have begun to increase dramatically all
around Cape May.
On the songbird front, three migrant BANK SWALLOWS were at the South Cape
May Meadows on July 17. Numbers of swallows and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS
are building around Cape May as post-breeding wandering and early migration
Spaces are still available for Pete Dunne's "Shorebird Roundup at Forsythe
(Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge" on Friday, July 26th. Spaces are
also open for Mark Garland's "Summer Birding at the Delaware Refuges" on
Wednesday, August 7. Contact the CMBO Center for Research & Education in
Goshen at (609) 861-0700 to register for either or both.
A full-day pelagic trip from Cape May has been planned for Friday, August
23. Contact Mary Gustafson for more details & to register (302-559-5640).
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, 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