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 31 included EURASIAN WHIMBREL, other bird news, MONARCH news, and news of CMBO.
A EURASIAN WHIMBREL was seen again on August 29 and 30 at Stone Harbor Point. The bird had not been reported since August 14.
A good variety of WARBLERS was present at Higbee Beach on August 25, including MOURNING, BLACKBURNIAN, and WORM-EATING WARBLERS. Also seen were WARBLING VIREO and DICKCISSEL. An early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen outside CMBO's Northwood Center on the 25th.
Other highlights for the week included: SORA at the South Cape May Meadows on the 26th, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Higbee Beach on the 26th. A few CASPIAN TERNS have been showing up - two were at Wildwood Crest on the 30th.
The weather has not been conducive to MONARCH migration, so consequently there were no movements or concentrations noted. The next cold front should bring a push of MONARCHS. Flights typically peak in late September and early October. We will endeavor to keep track of Monarch movements each week.
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 http://www.njaudubon.org
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! --