You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
Wednesday, August 18th. Highlights from the last week include WHITE
CURLEW SANDPIPER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BLACK TERN, PARASITIC JAEGER,
NORTHERN GANNET, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and news
An immature WHITE IBIS was seen at site of the old Magnesite Plant along
Sunset Blvd. on Aug. 15th, and the same bird (or another) was seen
past the Higbee Dike on Aug. 17th.
A CURLEW SANDPIPER was at Stone Harbor Point on Aug. 12th.
Fifteen WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were counted over the ocean from Cape May
Point State Park on Aug. 16th, and 9 were seen from Sunset Beach on the
15th. One BLACK TERN, one PARASITIC JAEGER, and one NORTHERN GANNET
seen from Cape May Point State Park on the 15th. A young NORTHERN
was found resting on the beach at Stone Harbor Point on Aug. 14th.
A first summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach at Cape May
State Park on Aug. 15th, and an adult was seen there on the 12th.
The shorebird migration is well underway. The pool atop the Higbee Dike
harbored a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and several PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, WESTERN
SANDPIPERS, and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS on Aug. 15th. A WHITE-RUMPED
and ten STILT SANDPIPERS were seen at Bivalve on August 14th.
One COMMON EIDER continues to linger off Cape May Point this summer, our
most recent report being from Sunset Beach on Aug. 15th. Two BLACK
were seen here as well.
Southbound songbirds are clearly on the move right now, with birds
and departing every evening. We have received many reports this week,
mostly from the Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, but also from
Cape May areas with songbird habitat. The CMBO Morning Flight Project,
which tallies migrant songbirds seen each morning from the Higbee Dike,
began on August 15th. Here are just a few of the species noted from
since Aug. 15th: CERULEAN WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER,
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and
The Cape May Bird Observatory offers an extensive series of regular bird
walks that require no pre-registration and many special field trips and
programs for which advanced registration is required. To receive a
our Program Schedule, stop at one of our centers, call the office during
business hours at 609-861-0700, call our natural history and events
at 609-861-0466, or go to New Jersey Audubon's web site at
This Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey
Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this
hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically
Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to
Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!
Mark S. Garland
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212