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 22 include: a report on the LITTLE STINT, reports of
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE and MARBLED GODWIT, other
bird news, Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.
Note: The parking lots at Hidden Valley Ranch and Higbee Beach are
closed for the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will
re-open on September 9.
There have been no reports of the LITTLE STINT since Sunday morning July
18. The bird appears to have departed for parts unknown.
A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen along the Garden State Parkway at mile
marker 5.2 on July 20.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE has been trading back and forth between Bunker Pond
in the Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM)
for most of the week. It was seen as recently as July 22.
A MARBLED GODWIT was a fly-by at the Cape May Point State Park on July
Other highlights this week included: UPLAND SANDPIPER and two WESTERN
SANDPIPERS at SCMM on July 17; SOLITARY SANDPIPER at Bunker Pond on the
19th; and six BROWN PELICANS off Cape May Point on the 20th.
LEAST BITTERNS and VIRGINIA RAILS are being seen with some amount of
regularity at SCMM.
Nature Notes: A fresh brood of Juniper Hairstreaks has emerged and
reports have come in from a number of locations. Fiery Skippers,
southern emigrants, have been showing up in fair numbers. A few
Cloudless Sulphurs, another southern visitor, have begun to show up.
There numbers will probably build throughout the summer given the
relative warmth of the last couple of winters. Pipevine Swallowtail
reports have declined somewhat, after an unprecedented incursion in
early July, although the decline may be related to less observer
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
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