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 30 include reports of WOOD STORK, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, UPLAND
SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
A WOOD STORK was reported from the Tuckahoe area on July 24, but with no
details and no further information.
A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was in the South Cape May Meadows on July 28.
UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen at New England and Bayshore Roads on July 26,
and over Lily Lake on the 30th.
A BLACK TERN was also at Lily Lake on July 30.
A BALD EAGLE was over Cape May Point State Park on July 24 and what was
probably the same bird was over Lily Lake on the 25th.
A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was hunting over Cape May Point on July 25.
Shorebird migration continues, with a good movement at the SCMM on July 25
highlighted by 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 7 WHIMBREL, 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, and a
Songbird migration was represented by a dozen YELLOW WARBLERS that passed
through the SCMM on July 25. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES were in the SCMM and
the State Park on the 28th. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at Cape May
Beach on the 26th, and a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was on Cape May Point on
the 28th. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (probably local breeders) were in the State
Park on the 26th and the 28th.
Local nature Notes follow: Hummingbirds are very active at feeders, with
young and adults vying for feeder space. Remember to continue to clean your
hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. The recent
colonization of the southern tip of New Jersey by Four-Spotted Pennant, a
dragonfly not seen in the state before 1995, continues to expand. Forty-two
were tallied recently at the SCMM and others have been seen in the State
Park. Butterfly activity has suddenly increased after a relatively slow
summer thus far. Part of this is due to the influx of southern emigrants
like Sachem, Buckeye, and Red Admiral.
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 http://www.njaudubon.org
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 GOOD BIRDING