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 8. Highlights include CURLEW SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, PAINTED BUNTING.
The past week saw several good morning flights at the Higbee Dike (and
elsewhere along the Delaware Bayshore). Good numbers of CEDAR WAXWING
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH are reported. Less common birds there, and in
include: YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED,
MOURNING and CONNECTICUT WARBLER. The PAINTED BUNTING, 1st year female, was reported in the first field at Higbee on September 8.
For Morning Flight, plan to get to the north end of Higbee Beach by sunrise.
Flights last until about 9:00 a. m. but are better before 8:00.
The Cape May Hawkwatch is usually best after 9:00 a.m. and the year is off
to a good start. Totals in excess of 200 individual birds were tallied on
three of the first four days of the count. Exceptional numbers of OSPREY and
BALD EAGLES are being recorded - of the former on September 1, 20 of the
latter on September 3.
For perspectives sake, in 1979 a total of 6 Bald Eagles were tallied all
Shorebirds continue to be seen in numbers and variety at Stone Harbor Point,
Brigantine NWR and the Johnson's Sod Farm. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER,
BUFF-BREASTED and UPLAND SANDPIPERS were all at the Johnson Sod Farm during
the week (remember, private property--don't trespass; don't park so as to
inconvenience workers or local drivers). At Brigantine on September 7 there
were 5 BAIRD'S, 1 BUFF-BREASTED and 1 HUDSONIAN GODWIT. The CURLEW SANDPIPER
was at Stone Harbor on September 4 (along with 4 MARBLED GODWIT) and BROWN
PELICAN. A single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was in the =93plover pond=94 in Cape May
Point State Park during the week.
Advice for visiting birders trying to work out an itinerary. Bird Higbee
Beach early in the day. Go to the Hawkwatch Platform around mid-morning to
catch the news and the flight. Do afternoon trips to Stone Harbor or the
Delaware Bayshore or Brigantine. The water levels in the South Cape May
Meadows are finally dropping. Shorebirds should oblige by dropping in.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory.
For more current information and details relating to these sightings and
others stop by the Northwood Center in Cape May Point or the Center for
Research and Education in Goshen and check the bird sighting sheets. You can
also pick up a birding map, checklists, and information relating to our
programs and events (daily walks and workshops), as well as registration
information for the annual Cape May Autumn Weekend / THE Bird Show (slated
for October 27-29). For additional information call 609-884-2736 or
609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!