CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE August 26, 2005
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New
Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was
prepared on Friday, August 26th. This weeks sightings include...
... lots and lots of migrants at all the usual good places.
The dike at Higbee Beach enjoyed two sizable passerine flights this
week--Thursday, August 25 and Friday Aug. 26. Birders hoping to catch
the northbound morning flight should arrive at or shortly after
sunrise. Flights of warblers, vireos, tanagers, etc. heading north
will continue until about 9 or 10 a.m. Bring forgiving binoculars;
leave your field guides at home.
At Higbee, this week, over a 15 warbler species including Canada,
Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Worm-eating, Mourning, Blackpoll,
Blackburnian. Black-billed Cuckoos and Least Flycatchers are being
reported in good numbers. An adult male Rufous Hummingbird was seen
from the Hibee Dike on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
Also on the passerine front, Golden-winged Warbler was at CMBOs
Center for Research and Education on Friday, Aug. 26. Yellow-headed
Blackbirds were seen at Cape May Point State Park Aug. 24 and at
Brigantine NWR Aug. 25.
Cape May Point, Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR, and
Brigantine NWR have all been good for Black Terns this past week with
14 seen in the Cape May area on Aug. 22. Sandwich Terns are being
seen regularly in Cape May (up to 5) and at Stone Harbor Point (up to
7). High tides are best.
Shorebirds hold center stage at many of the regions hotspots
including Stone Harbor Point, Brigantine NWR and the Johnson Sod
farms on the Cumberland / Salem County borders. At Stone Harbor Point
30+ Piping Plover were reported along with several hundred Red Knot
and up to 11 Marbled Godwit. Brigantine NWR hosted 6+ Buff-breasted
Sandpiper (along with thousands of other shorebird species). Johnson
Sod farms held a dozen Buff-breasteds, 10 Upland Sandpipers, as well
as American Golden Plover and other species.
In addition, a Red-necked Phalarope was at the Higbee Beach
impoundment pools during the week, Hudsonian Godwit at Bivalve, near
Port Norris, Great Cormorant is being seen at Stone Harbor/Nummy
Island and South Cape May, and a King Eider was found at the
Alexander Avenue jetty in Cape May Point . . .
In the things to watch for category, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches have
already turned up south of the Cape May Canal (a bird that often
heralds a good finch year). Monarch butterflies are being seen in
large numbers, also suggesting that this years migration will be
impressive. The Cape May Hawk Watch will begin September 1 at the
platform in Cape May Point State Park. Bobolink flights will peak the
next several days. Be on the lookout for Loggerhead Shrike (its now
or never). Dont bother to look for Purple Martins north of the
Mauricetown causeway in Cumberland Co. The birds pulled out Aug. 25.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird
Observatory. For more current information and details relating to
these sightings and others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May
Point or the Center for Research and Education in Goshen and check
the bird sighting sheets. You can also pick up a birding map,
checklists, and information relating to our programs and events
(daily walks and workshops), as well as registration information for
the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated for
October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or
609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!