You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
Thursday, August 26th. Highlights from the last week include AMERICAN
PELICAN, LARK SPARROW, MOURNING WARBLER, PARASITIC JAEGER, DICKCISSEL,
TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WHITE IBIS, MARBLED GODWIT,
EIDER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and news of the
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen soaring above Cape May on Aug. 21st
again on the 22nd.
A LARK SPARROW, a MOURNING WARBLER, and 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen
the Higbee Dike on Aug. 23rd. Another LARK SPARROW was at Turkey Point
the 21st, and still another at Higbee on the 18th. A DICKCISSEL flew
the Higbee Dike on Aug. 22nd.
Six BLACK TERNS, a GULL-BILLED TERN, and a BROWN PELICAN were seen from
May Point on Aug. 26th, with the GULL-BILLED TERN also seen on the
SANDWICH TERN and 12 PIPING PLOVERS were on the State Park beach on the
An adult WHITE IBIS was seen flying above the Higbee Beach Wildlife
Management Area on Aug. 22nd.
A MARBLED GODWIT was near the toll bridge to Nummy Island on Aug. 25th.
A COMMON EIDER continues at Sunset Beach, most recently reported on Aug.
The Johnson Sod Farm, which straddles the Cumberland/Salem County line,
harbored one UPLAND SANDPIPER on August 22nd through the 24th, and 5 on
26th, when an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was also seen. A BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER was here on the 23rd and 24th.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN remained at the Brigantine Unit of the
National Wildlife Refuge through at least Aug 23. Other sightings from
include AMERICAN AVOCET, WHITE-FACED IBIS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and LARK
SPARROW; check the statewide hotline for details.
Fall movement of migratory songbirds is in full swing. Passage of a
front on the night of August 21st brought a major flight through Cape
the 22nd. Species diversity is very high right now - some of the birds
reported from around Cape May during the last week: BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CANADA
WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER. Migrants that are especially abundant
now include BALTIMORE ORIOLE, EASTERN KINGBIRD, PURPLE MARTIN, AMERICAN
REDSTART, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD.
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!