You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was
prepared on Saturday August 26. The roster this week includes
sightings of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, SEDGE WREN and LESSER BLACK-
Please excuse the lack of hotline coverage in the last weeks. We
apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. This
weeks hotline will cover mostly the week of 8/18-8/25.
Remember that songbird migration is well underway; as of 8/15 the
Cape May Morning Flight Project is in full swing with good numbers of
birds being seen almost daily. To reach the Morning Flight Project
platform, head to the west end of New England Road. Just before the
parking lot at the end of the road turn right onto an unpaved road.
The Morning Flight Project is based at a small observation tower on
the left side of the road.
In the last week good numbers of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES, AMERICAN
REDSTARTS, BLACK and WHITE, CANADA and various other warbler species
as well as, Empidonax Flycatchers have been seen in the Cape May area.
Also with the lack of rain in the last month areas such as Bunker
Pond and the Meadows are becoming excellent shorebird habitat. Both
Dowitchers, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS along with many of the
expected species are being seen.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found at the second Plover Pond (the
small ponds north of Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point State Park)
and last reported on 8/25.
On 8/25 21 BROWN PELICANS were seen from the Morning Flight Project.
First found on 8/23 an AMERICAN AVOCET has been frequently seen in
the Meadows and was spotted as of mid-afternoon yesterday 8/25.
Also yesterday 8/25, a first year male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD made a
very brief appearance at a feeder in a yard on Sea Grove Ave. As of
this morning, there has yet to be a report of this birds return to
The SANDHILL CRANE is still frequenting the Beaver Swamp WMA at
Beaver Dam Rd. The last sighting of this bird was on 8/18.
A SEDGE WREN was seen at Jakes Landing Road around 6:15 a.m. on 8/21.
Lastly, on 8/19 a first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the
beach at the Cape May Point State Park.
CMBOs bookstore hours are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point is open Thursday through Tuesday, 9-4:30.
The Northwood Center will be closed on Wednesdays through the
remainder of August and will resume a seven day a week schedule in
September. The Center for Research and Education on Route 47 in
Goshen is open 7 days a week, 9-4:30. The Center for Research and
Education will be closed Wednesday 8/30 and Thursday 8/31 for inventory.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Societys Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and youll receive a FREE copy of
BIRDS OF NEW JERSEY (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good luck and Good Birding!