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 8, 1999, include reports of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE, WHITE-FACED
IBIS, ICELAND GULL, A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER report, other bird news,
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.
On July 7 a EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was seen sporadically in the vicinity
of the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) along Sunset Boulevard. It was
perching on wires and poles and was also seen on Sea Grove Ave. and on
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen on several days this week at Forsythe NWR
(otherwise knows as Brig). It was reported as recently as July 8 and has
been seen in the northwest corner of the west pool, mainly in the
morning around 8 or 9 a.m.
An ICELAND GULL continues to be seen at the out fall of Fishing Creek at
the end of Miami Ave. in Villas.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported by observers in a car headed
south on the Garden State Parkway at Mile marker 25.4. The bird was said
to be flying east.
Other highlights this week included: two GULL-BILLED TERNS, four
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and eight BLUE-WINGED TEAL at SCMM on July 5; and
STILT SANDPIPER and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at SCMM on the July 7.
A few BROWN PELICANS are being seen offshore around Cape May Point, as
are several immature NORTHERN GANNETS.
Nature Notes: The excessive heat has made butterfly searching a
difficult proposition this week. Butterfly activity decreases as the
heat builds. The big highlight this week was a sighting of GREAT
SPANGLED FRITILLARY at Heislerville in Cumberland County on July 6.
COMMON WOOD NYMPHS are out in good numbers. This is the dark brown
butterfly with the pale patch on the fore-wing.
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