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 29 include RUFF (at Brig), WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, on the other bird news, local 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.
A RUFF was discovered at Forsythe NWR (otherwise known as Brig) on July
27. The bird was near the south dike of the west pool.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE that had 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, was last seen at the Higbee Beach
impoundment on July 28.
Up to five LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were present in the SCMM for most of
An early season songbird flight occurred on July 26. Most of the flight
consisted of YELLOW WARBLERS (an estimated 100 were around the Cape May
area). Also seen were three LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, three NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSHES, two AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.
Other highlights this week included: four BROWN PELICANS off Cape May
Point on July 23rd; summering BLACK SCOTERS and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off Town
Bank on the 24th; PEREGRINE FALCON on the water tower at Sunset Beach on
the 27th; UPLAND SANDPIPER at New England and Bayshore Roads on the
27th; and AMERICAN WIGEON at the SCMM on the 28th.
Nature Notes: The first significant southbound push of Monarchs was
noted on July 27. This was triggered by two days of northwesterly winds
behind a front. These individuals probably represent the final fall
generation of Monarchs from Canada and New England that are migrating
instead of mating. Monarchs from the local New Jersey population are
still mating, egg-laying, and dying and will not produce the migratory
generation until later this fall. Up to four Juniper Hairstreaks have
been seen in the gardens here at the Research Center. The gardens also
have lots of Broad-winged Skippers, some Sachems, Silver-spotted
Skippers, and, on July 29, a Variegated Fritillary.
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