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
August 12 include AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSONS PHALAROPE,
SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, and GULL-BILLED TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER, news of passerine &
raptor migrants, other bird news, local Nature Notes, and news of CMBO.
Note: The parking lots for Hidden Valley and Higbee Beach are closed for
the summer. At this time it appears that the lots will re-open on September 9.
Brigantine NWR on August 7th held 6 AMERICAN AVOCET, 2 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER, 1,000s of dowitchers, 2-3 GULL-BILLED TERN, 1 MARBLED GODWIT, 2
WILSONS PHALAROPE, and 2 WHIMBREL.
SANDWICH TERN reports this week include 6 on the sand spit at the Cape May
Point State Parks Bunker Pond on August 11 and 1 at Wildwood Crest on
August 12. BLACK TERNS are also being seen at Bunker Pond, Stone Harbor
Point, and Forsythe NWR. A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen August 6 at Stone
A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen off Cape May Point on August 7.
The Nature Conservancys Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, known to many of
us as "The South Cape May Meadows (SCMM)," with the drought now has
extensive mudflats and is offering excellent looks at shorebirds, including
the following: WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS,
and both dowitchers. 9 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen there on August 8.
A N. PINTAIL was in the SCMM on August 8.
Passerines are on the move with recent cool evenings. August 9th & 10th
observers noted a flight of E. KINGBIRDS, BOBOLINKS, Many BLACKBIRDS and
YELLOW WARBLERS. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: FLYOVER DICKCISSEL on august 9,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE on the 10th, 9 species of warblers on august 9
(WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOW-THROAT, AMERICAN
REDSTART, BLACK-AND-WHITE, N. WATERTHRUSH, and PRAIRIE WARBLER), and another
fun flight of passerines on august 10th (2 CHESTNUT-SIDED, 4 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, 8
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, 2 N. WATERTHRUSH, 50 YELLOW WARBLERS, A "TRAILL'S
FLYCATCHER", and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.
The same winds triggered some early raptor migrants. N. HARRIER,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COOPERS HAWK, and BLACK VULTURE were all seen over Cape
May Point on August 9, and an immature BALD EAGLE migrated over SCMM on the
The SKIMMER back-bay boat is seeing good numbers of CLAPPER RAILS and their
chicks now, OYSTERCATCHERS, WHIMBREL, DOWITCHERS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, WILLET,
and lots of heron, egret, and ibis activity at several rookeries out on the
marsh. The Skimmers Sunday & Monday morning trips are sponsored by CMBO.
Nature Notes: Ruby-throated Hummingbird activity at CMBOs Center for
Research & Education in Goshen is "off the charts" and the daily
hummingbird walks there each morning at 9 a.m. have been very popular.
Butterfly highlights this week include: Hackberry Emperors in a Goshen
garden, newly emerged Zabulon Skippers, and a good variety of butterflies
at the gardens at CMBOs center in Goshen including: Common Checkered
Skipper on August 11 & 12; Hayhursts Scallopwing, 2 Olive Hairstreaks, and
1 Red-banded Hairstreak on August 8; and 2 Delaware Skippers on the 6th. A
2nd wave of Monarchs heading south was seen on August 6th as they migrated
over the marshes behind the barrier islands. about 50 were counted by Bob
Carlough aboard The SKIMMER. OF NOTE is that a GRAY COMMA has been
confirmed as Cape May Countys 108th species it was seen and photographed
in a garden in Goshen on July 15th.
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 by 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!