You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This message was prepared
Wednesday, September 8th. Highlights from the last week include ROSEATE
TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, BLACK TERN, OLIVE-SIDED
LARK SPARROW, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, PHILADELPHIA
COMMON EIDER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN
AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
Three ROSEATE TERNS were on the beach at Cape May Point on Sept. 4th,
single one was seen there on Sept. 7th. BONAPARTE'S GULL sightings come
from the same beach on Sept. 3rd and from the Cape May Hawk Watch on
7th. An early immature GREAT CORMORANT was also seen from the Hawk
A young BLACK TERN spent much of the afternoon of Sept. 4th resting on
pipe at Bunker Pond, Cape May Point State Park. An AMERICAN AVOCET was
reported from Two Mile Landing on Sept. 5th.
The Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area and the adjacent CMBO Morning
Flight Project at the Higbee Dike continue to yield noteworthy birds.
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was here on Sept. 4th, the 3rd yielded LARK
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and a
The COMMON EIDER that has spent the summer around Cape May with varying
numbers of Scoters is still around, reported from Sunset Beach on Sept.
when a single BLACK SCOTER was also present.
The Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland County line (be certain
respect private property here), is often a good birding spot at this
Our most recent report is from Sept. 5th, when 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 8 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen.
Highlights from the Brigantine Unit of the Forsythe NWR on Sept. 4th
LARK SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN
AVOCET, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS. A RUFF and a
SANDPIPER were here on Sept. 2nd.
Note that The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge ("The
Meadows") will soon be closed for habitat management work - a closure
could continue for a week or more. Cape May Point State Park is also
scheduled to be closed for one day - date uncertain, but no earlier than
Sept. 10th. On the day of the State Park closure, the Cape May Hawk
will move to The Beanery. Contact CMBO for the latest information about
closure and the plans for any programs that are disrupted by these
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
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
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
which is a research, conservation, and education unit of the New Jersey
Audubon Society. Our aim is to preserve and perpetuate the
significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this
hotline. We detail sightings from around Cape May County, and also
reports from Cumberland and Atlantic Counties. Updates are typically
Thursdays. Please report your sightings of rare or unusual birds to
Northwood Center at 609-884-2736, or e-mail reports to
CapeMayReports@njaudubon.org. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!