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 27 included AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN KINGBIRD,
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was at Forsythe NWR on July 27. Also present was a
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was reported from Forsythe NWR on July 27, but we
have no further details.
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continue in Delaware Bay, although most are
being seen from the ferry. There were 43 counted on July 25.
Other highlights included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at the State Park on
July 21, BLACK TERN and two "Western" WILLETS at the South Cape May
Meadows (SCMM) on the 21st, three GULL-BILLED TERNS at SCMM on the
22nd, a dozen PIPING PLOVERS on the beach at the SCMM on the 23rd,
and two AMERICAN REDSTARTS at the State Park on the 25th.
Shorebird migration is well under way. The SCMM has very high water
levels and is not attracting many shorebirds. The best spots are
Stone Harbor Point and, with all the rain, the pools behind the
Higbee Beach dike. Some highlights included 10+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS
and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at Stone Harbor Point, and five STILT
SANDPIPERS at the Higbee dike. Seven WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS reported
from Nummy Island is early for that many.
Nature Notes: Butterflies haven't had much nectar time, given the
rain and clouds of the last week. When any peak of sunshine appears,
the CMBO gardens come alive. A new brood of NORTHERN BROKEN DASH has
appeared. OLIVE HAIRSTREAKS continue in good numbers. A few AMERICAN
SNOUTS have been regular, also. At least 20 SNOWBERRY CLEARWINGS have
been frequenting the garden, too.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
pre-registration, 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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for
Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's
Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual
birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!