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, September 12, 2002. Highlights from the last week include RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, WHITE IBIS, Migrant Songbirds, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, and a raptor migration update.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been frequenting a backyard feeder in Elsinboro
Township, Salem County since Sept. 9. From Rt. 49 in the town of Salem,
take Chestnut Street southwest. Chestnut becomes Fort Elfsborg Rd., Rt.
625. Continue to South Locust Ave. and turn right. The bird frequents the
back yard of #97 South Locust Ave. The homeowners have graciously granted
birders permission to park in the driveway and walk into the back yard and
onto the deck. Please be respectful of the private property, do not enter
any neighboring yards, and do not block mailboxes if you park on the street.
A young WHITE IBIS was seen from the Cape May Hawkwatch on Sept. 9th, and
also seen briefly at The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge
The first major cold front of autumn brought an excellent fallout of
migratory songbirds into Cape May this morning, Sept. 12, with hundreds and
hundreds of warblers sighted. Species recorded by birders at various sites
around Cape May included CONNECTICUT WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER,
NASHVILLE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER,
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and many
others. Songbirds have been trickling through all week, with PHILADELPHIA
VIREO reported every day. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen in front of
the hawkwatch on Sept. 6th. An early SWAMP SPARROW was seen at the Meadows
on Sept. 6th.
On Sept. 10th, 50 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 1
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were tallied at the Johnson's Sod Farm, east of Rt. 77
southwest of Elmer.
Four SANDWICH TERNS were seen at Stone Harbor Point on Sept. 6th. At least
8 were seen here on Sept. 5th, along with a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and an
immature JAEGER reported as a probable LONG-TAILED JAEGER.
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach at the Meadows on Sept.
Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen from the north end of Nummy Island on Sept. 9th.
1352 raptors were counted during the first 11 days of the autumn hawkwatch,
with peak flights of 449 birds on Sept. 5th and 424 on Sept. 11th.
The bullet workshop on Raptors October 12 & 13 has filled, but a second
section is possible. Call for details. Spaces are still available for the
full 5-day workshop on Raptor Migration, October 20 24. Spaces are also
open on new half-day Migration Hotspot programs are scheduled for Sept. 14,
Oct. 5, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2. Contact CMBO at (609) 861-0700 for more
information about these and other upcoming programs for the busy and
exciting fall migration season.
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 our natural history
and events hotline at 609-861-0466, call the office during business hours at
609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org
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