You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Saturday July 22. The roster this week includes
sightings of BROWN PELICAN, ROSEATE TERN, WILSONS STORM-PETREL, SURF
SCOTER and SANDHILL CRANE.
Fall migration is beginning to pick up as more migrant species are
being found in the Cape May area this week. The first migrant
BOBOLINK were reported flying over while more shorebird species seem
to be easily found in the proper habitats. Swallows are becoming
more numerous in Cape May air space with no less than five species
being reported. Now is the time to get out if you want to catch one
last glimpse of those early fall migrants before they head off for
There have been a few sightings of BROWN PELICAN this week. Five
were spotted on 7/16 from St. Peters beach in Cape May Point. Three
more were reported on 7/20, again from Cape May Point.
At least two ROSEATE TERNS were seen in Cape May this week, on 7/20
from Cape May Point. Two more terns were spotted in Cumberland
County in the Bivalve area, again on 7/20.
A few WILSONS STORM-PETRELS were spotted this week. Six petrels
were seen in the Bivalve area of Cumberland County and four were
spotted form Cape May Point on 7/20. On 7/19 10+ (all singletons)
were counted from the Cape May- Lewes ferry.
On 7/18 an immature drake SURF SCOTER was seen from Sunset Beach.
The SANDHILL CRANE continues at the Beaver Swamp WMA at the end of
Beaver Dam Road.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30.
The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the months
of July and August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in
September. Northwood Center will be closed on this Tuesday 7/25 and
Wednesday 7/26 for inventory. The Center for Research and Education
on Route 47 in Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. Due to the
upcoming store inventory at the Northwood Center, there may be lack
of hotline coverage in the next couple of weeks. We will do our best
to insure that there is uninterrupted coverage during this time.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
The New Jersey Audubon Societys Center for Research and Education in
Goshen is hosting a free shorebird photography exhibit Art of the
Shorebird Guide, now through August 20th. Featured photographers
include Kevin Karlson (co-author of the new Shorebird Guide), Greg
Downing, Scott Elowitz and Heather Forcier.
The pelagic trip scheduled for August 20 out of Belmar NJ is now
full. Names are being taken for a waiting list. For more information,
contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or email them at
Good luck and Good Birding!