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 13 include reports of WHISKERED TERN, MARBLED GODWIT, other bird
news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.
A WHISKERED TERN was found at Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park
on August 8. The bird was seen again on the 9th, did not reappear on the
10th or 11th, but showed up again on Wednesday the 12th. As of this tape on
the 13th, it had not been seen. Observers on the 12th located the bird in
the flocks of terns and gulls feeding offshore at Cape May Point, and
eventually it came to roost on Bunker Pond. It most often roosts at the
back end of the pond when viewed from the hawk watch platform. It has
generally been seen in the middle part of the day, staying no later than
Three MARBLED GODWITS, along with 13 WESTERN WILLETS, were seen on the sand
spit in Bunker Pond by observers looking for the Whiskered Tern on August 11.
A total of 15 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen in flight at Higbee Beach on
August 12. Other shorebird highlights included up to three WILSON'S
PHALAROPES in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) during the week (which
dropped to one by the 13th), and two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were still
present at SCMM on the 13th.
Single BLACK TERNS were seen around Cape May Point on the 9th and the 12th.
Songbird migration has been relatively slow, although a fair movement of
birds were moving behind the front on August 12. Highlights included: two
CERULEAN WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, and several LEAST FLYCATCHERS and
BROWN PELICANS have been around in fairly good numbers. Seventeen were off
Cape May Point on August 10, with seven on the 13th.
A BONAPARTE'S GULL was a fly-by off Cape May Point on August 12, while a
SURF SCOTER was at the Concrete Ship on the 13th. A RUDDY DUCK continues to
summer in the area, often found on Lily Lake.
Local nature Notes follow: The five hummingbird feeders at CMBO's Research
& Education Center in Goshen are being emptied every two days by persistent
and numerous Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Local birds are being joined by
migrants to put on an impressive show. Remember to continue to clean your
hummingbird feeders once a week and refill with fresh solution. Cold fronts
that bring birds also bring influxes of dragonflies, and later will bring
influxes of Monarch butterflies. Spot-winged & Wandering Gliders, Swamp and
Green Darners, and Black & Carolina Saddlebags are the five most numerous
migrants. Butterfly news included the uncommon southern immigrant,
CLOUDLESS SULPHUR on August 8 at SCMM. The CMBO butterfly walk on 12th had
2 JUNIPER HAIRSTREAKS, SUMMER AZURE and COMMON WOOD NYMPH, among other
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!