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 2nd. Highlights from the last week include RED
PHALAROPE, LARK SPARROW, ROSEATE TERN, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN,
GULL-BILLED TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT,
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, DICKCISSEL, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and news of the migration.
A RED PHALAROPE flew over the Higbee Dike on Aug. 31st.
Two LARK SPARROWS were at the Two Mile Beach Unit of the Cape May NWR on
Large flocks of gulls, terns, skimmers, and shorebirds have been lounging on
the beach at Cape May Point State Park and at The Nature Conservancy's Cape
May Migratory Bird Refuge all week. Highlights have included ROSEATE TERN
and BLACK TERN on Aug. 27th, SANDWICH TERN on Aug. 28th, GULL-BILLED TERN on
the 27th and the 28th, and BONAPARTE'S GULL on the 27th and 28th. Six BLACK
TERNS were seen from Cape May Point on the 26th.
Three GULL-BILLED TERNS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were seen on Aug. 27th
at the impoundment atop the dredge spoil at Higbee, and two WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS were here on the 28th. Two MARBLED GODWITS were at the Hereford
Inlet on Sept.1st. A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Lily Lake in Cape May Point on
Aug. 31st. BROWN PELICANS have been reported from along the Cape May coast
every day this week.
The CMBO fall program season began on September 1, and a cold front
conveniently passed through Cape May on August 31st, resulting in a great
first day at the Hawk Watch and on the first day of interpretive programming
at the Morning Flight Project. 306 raptors were counted on Sept. 1,
including 5 Bald Eagles, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 23 species of
warblers (including nearly 2000 American Redstarts) were tallied by the
Morning Flight Project. One highlight here on Sept. 2 was a DICKCISSEL.
Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen here on Aug. 31st, along with over
The statewide hotline is loaded with good birds this week. Highlights
include: 4-5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 19
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS on Aug. 29th - 30th at the Johnson Sod Farm along
the Salem/Cumberland County line (be certain to respect private property
here); an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the west pool of the Forsythe NWR
through at least Aug. 29th, an AMERICAN AVOCET and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
at Forsythe on the 29th, and 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS here on Sept 1st.
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
New Jersey Audubon Society
Cape May Bird Observatory
701 E. Lake Dr.
PO Box 3
Cape May Point, NJ 08212