You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared on
Thursday, August 7, 2003. Highlights from the last week include WHITE IBIS,
ROSEATE TERN, SANDWICH TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, CASPIAN TERN,
"WESTERN" WILLET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and other
A flyover WHITE IBIS was reported from the South Cape May Meadows on July
31st, but there have been no subsequent reports.
A SANDWICH TERN was at Stone Harbor Point on August 6th, when thousands of
shorebirds were seen at high tide, including an estimated 300 WESTERN
SANDPIPERS. On the 4th, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and about 30 "WESTERN" WILLETS
were noted here. The Phalarope was seen again on the 5th. Two BLACK TERNS
and a ROSEATE TERN were reported from Stone Harbor Point on the 2nd.
Sightings from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
include 350 STILT SANDPIPERS, 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 1 CASPIAN TERN
on August 6th.
The Bivalve impoundments in Cumberland County hosted 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, a
CASPIAN TERN, and a PEREGRINE FALCON on August 2nd.
The songbird migration is continuing to pick up. We have scattered reports
of birds on the move all around Cape May last week, including NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW WARBLER, "TRAILL'S" FLYCATCHER,
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and others.
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 copy of
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 hotline
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 Observatory,
which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey
Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the ornithological
significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this
hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also include
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically made on
Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO's
Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING
Mark S. Garland, Senior Naturalist
Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center
701 E. Lake Dr., PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212