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 17 included EURASIAN WHIMBREL, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUFF,
MARBLED GODWIT, MISSISSIPPI KITE, other bird news, and news of CMBO.
A EURASIAN WHIMBREL was found at Stone Harbor Point on August 14, with
80+ regular Whimbrels. The Point is not normally known for Whimbrel
gatherings, but a high tide had pushed the birds off the marsh.
Consequently, there have been no repeat sightings, as the tides haven't
Forsythe NWR (or Brig) had three AMERICAN AVOCETS and a RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE on August 12, and a Ruff on August 11.
MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on August 11, and flying
past the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 17th.
One or two MISSISSIPPI KITES are still being seen over the fields near
Shunpike and Tabernacle Roads, near Bennett Bog.
An excellent song bird flight occurred on August 17. Here are some
highlights from Higbee Beach: 800 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 80
BLACK-AND-WHITES, 40 NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, 20 BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS,
15+ CANADA WARBLERS, and 10 WORM-EATING WARBLERS. other highlights
included an early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, two
HOODED WARBLERS, a MOURNING WARBLER, two LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES,
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and VEERY. A GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER was on Cape May Point.
Other highlights for the week were a SORA at the SCMM on the 11th,
CERULEAN WARBLER at Wildwood Crest on the 13th, and a variety of
shorebirds at Stone Harbor Point on the 14th including 18 WESTERN
WILLETS, 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 200 RED KNOTS.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
pre-registration, 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. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research &
Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at
701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.
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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to
CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!