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 28 include WHITE IBIS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, other bird news, Monarch news, and news of CMBO.
An adult WHITE IBIS was a fly-over at the Cape May Point State Park on
September 25. The bird headed over the bay toward Delaware.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported from Bay Point Rd. on the Delaware Bay
shore in Cumberland County on September 23.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was on Oak Street, Cape May Point (CMPt) on
A EURASIAN WIGEON has returned once again the ponds in the Cape May
Point State Park. Assuming it has been the same bird each year, this is
its 8th consecutive year.
Other highlights this week included CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Higbee Beach
on the 22nd, MOURNING WARBLER on CMPt on the 23rd, four BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS at the south end of Cape May County airport on the 23rd,
LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Higbee Beach on the 25th, JUVENILE LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Avalon Sea Watch on the 25th, and a good heron
flight on the evening of the 26th with about 200 GREAT BLUE HERONS and
50+ BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.
The Cape May Hawk Count tallied 15 BALD EAGLES on September 27. Late
September and early October is usually the peak of the falcon and
accipiter flights, along with OSPREYS. The Avalon Sea Watch began on
September 22 with good flights of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.
There has been a definite increase in Monarch activity. Monarch flights
typically peak in late September and early October.
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!
*Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St.,