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 18, 2003. Highlights from the last week include
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PARASITIC JAEGER, CORY'S SHEARWATER, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, SANDWICH TERN, SORA, BLACK TERN, HUDSONIAN GODWIT,
MARBLED GODWIT, and news of the songbird migration.
Tropical storms and a productive cold front have dominated Cape May Birding
this week. Remnants of tropical storm Herni stalled in the mid-Atlantic,
slowing the pace of migration through Sept. 15th. A cold front passed
pre-dawn on the 16th, triggering a flight of more than 2800 raptors on that
date and over a thousand on the 17th. The 18th has been dominated by the
outskirts of Hurricane Isabel, with clouds, rain, and strong easterly winds.
A male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was found in a residential area of Cape
May Point on Sept. 16th.
Several PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen close to shore from Cape May Point State
Park on Sept. 18th. One was also seen here on the 13th, along with two
CORY'S SHEARWATERS. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 1 juvenile and 1 second
winter, were seen at Sunset Beach on the 18th.
Two SANDWICH TERNS were seen on the beach at The Nature Conservancy's Cape
May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The Meadows") on Sept. 13th, and one was on the
State Park beach on the 14th. A SORA was at The Meadows on Sept. 14th.
Single BLACK TERNS were seen off Cape May on Sept. 15th and on the 18th.
Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at the pools atop the Higbee Dike on Sept.
15th, and 2 were there on the 16th. One HUDSONIAN GODWIT and five MARBLED
GODWITS were at Stone Harbor Point on Sept. 17th.
Migrant songbirds reported this week include PHILADELPHIA VIREO from Higbee
on the 12th and 17th; PURPLE FINCH at Higbee on the 17th; SAVANNAH SPARROW
from Higbee on the 17th and from the Rea Farm on the 13th; plus many warbler
reports, including WORM-EATING, PROTHONOTARY, BLUE-WINGED, BLACKBURNIAN, and
many others. Highlights from the Morning Flight Project this week included
10 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS on Sept. 17th, 150 BLACKPOLL WARBLERS on the 16th,
and 130 NORTHERN PARULAS on the 17th.
Note that the "free bridge" connecting Nummy's Island to south Stone Harbor
is now closed until further notice for construction.
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 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