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 September 14 included GREAT WHITE HERON, LARK SPARROW, SANDWICH
TERN, EURASIAN WIGEON, AN ANHINGA report, other bird news, Monarch news,
and news of CMBO.
A GREAT WHITE HERON has taken up temporary residence on Nummy Island
along Ocean Drive. The bird has been moving around some, but is usually
A LARK SPARROW was a fly-by at Sunset Beach on September 8, but there
have been no repeat sightings.
One or two SANDWICH TERNS have been roosting with ROYAL TERNS on the
beach between the State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM).
A EURASIAN WIGEON has returned once again to Bunker Pond in the Cape May
Point State Park. Assuming it has been the same bird each year, this is
the 8th consecutive year for this bird.
An ANHINGA was reported soaring over Pleasantville on September 11, but
there were no follow-up sightings. The observer was "99%" sure.
Higbee Beach has produced a good variety of warblers early in the week,
and late in the week. On September 10, a good flight produced
GOLDEN-WINGED, WORM-EATING and CAPE MAY WARBLERS, among others. On
September 14 there was another good flight highlighted by Connecticut
Warbler. Hidden Valley Ranch had two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and a good mix
The Cape May Hawk Count had it's first big count with about 1,800 birds
on September 13, mostly AMERICAN KESTRELS. As of about 1 p.m. on the
14th, there were seven Bald Eagles counted. The Avalon Sea Watch begins
on September 22.
Other highlights for the week included: an excellent count of 21
HUDSONIAN GODWITS over Cape May Point on September 8, OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER at Higbee Beach on the 10th, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the
State Park on the 10th, two AMERICAN BITTERNS and a SORA at the SCMM on
the 11th, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the SCMM on the 13th.
There has still not been an initial Monarch push, as northwest winds
have been scarce. Monarch flights typically peak in late September and
early October. We will endeavor to keep track of Monarch movements each
week. Otherwise, there have been two or three Little Yellows near Bunker
Pond in the State Park. There has been a pretty good movement of
Cloudless Sulphurs. Several Clouded Skippers have been seen.
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
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!