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 3 include sightings of Common Raven,
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Mississippi Kite, Sandwich Tern, news
of a conservation emergency that demands your immediate action,
local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs and field
A note that the Higbee Beach parking lots have been closed for
the summer again, but this does not mean Higbee Beach is closed
-- you just need to get here by bike or by walking.
The CONSERVATION EMERGENCY that demands your immediate action
follows. On May 29, New Jersey's Governor Christine Whitman,
instituted a 60 day moratorium on the commercial harvest of
horseshoe crabs. This emergency measurewas taken to stem the
rapid and catastrophic decline in the horseshoe crabpopulation
-- a decline that has undermined the food base used by one and
a half million migrating shorebirds that use Delaware Bay as
their last refueling stop enroute to the Arctic. While the
moratorium is in the long term interest of Delaware Bay's
environment and those whose lives are dependent upon it, some
commercial fishermen have orchestrated a campaign to reverse
the Governor's ban. So, we are asking you to please call the New
Jersey Governor's Office TODAY at 609-292-6000 and tell them
that "you support theGovernor's Moratorium on the harvest of
Horseshoe Crabs." Then call your family, friends, and
co-workers and ask them to do the same. Otherwise oneof the
planet's greatest and most celebrated natural spectacles may
A COMMON RAVEN was seen on July 2 at the Cape May Point State
Park. It was observed heading toward the Beanery, and then
back toward the Point before it was lost from view. At one
point it was being harassed by a crow.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was present at a feeder in Goshen on
June 27 and 28.
Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen around Cape May Point on June 27.
A SANDWICH TERN was seen on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet on
July 3, while a ROSEATE TERN was a fly-by at the South Cape
May Meadows on July 1, a Royal Tern was also in the Meadows on
the 1st, with a Gull-billed Tern there on the 29th of June.
Two summering COMMON EIDERS and the OLDSQUAW were seen at the
jetty south of Alexander Avenue on July 3.
A BROWN PELICAN was seen this week off the Sunset Beach, Cape May
Point on June 29.
A few shorebirds have begun moving south this week. Most notable
was an extremely early BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER seen at SCMM on
June 27. Also notable was a STILT SANDPIPER seen at SCMM also
on the 27th.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are very regular now that they are
back on territories. A female is regular coming to the feeders
at CMBO's new center in Goshen and numbers are regular at
CMBO's Cape May Point center. If you have feeders, be sure to
clean them out thoroughly each week and refill with fresh
solution. Otherwise the solution ferments and can be hazardous
CMBO's new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is now open
every day,9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We're at 600 Route 47 North
in Goshen, either 1 mile south of the traffic light at Rt. 657
or 1.7 miles north of the Gulf Station in Goshen. From either
direction we are just around a bend. Look forthe split rail
fence, brand new sign, large parking lot, and big new building
CMBO's Program Schedule for July includes morning bird walks
every Tuesday,Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; a
Sunset Bird Walk on Friday, Birding By Boat trips on Sunday
afternoon and Monday morning, and a Kayak Nature Tour on
Tuesday afternoons. Stop by either center to pick up the progra
m schedule with full details.
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 birding hotline. For
more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and
field trips, and the Observatory, call our new Center for Rese
arch & Education at 609-861-0700 or send a request for
information to CMBO,600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House,
NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our
2 birding bookstores. The Northwood Centerin Cape May Point at
701 E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open DAILY, 10-5. The
Center for Research & Education in Goshen is open Daily, 9-5.
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 birdsto CMBO at
609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!