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 9 include reports of FEA'S PETREL,
MANX SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, CORY'S SHEARWATERS, GREATER SHEARWATERS,
SOOTY TERN, ARCTIC TERN, LARK SPARROW, other bird news, local Nature Notes,
info on a local pelagic trip, and news of CMBO.
Note: The parking lots for Hidden Valley and Higbee Beach are
open. Forsythe NWR (or Brigantine) will be closed on Thursdays
until October 28 for goose management.
Persistent easterly winds brought an array of pelagic species to
the mouth of the Delaware Bay on September 5 and 6, within view
of observers in the Cape May Point State Park. The most
outstanding report was that of a FEA'S PETREL on September 5 by
an observer familiar with the species. Other sightings included a
juvenile SOOTY TERN, 2 MANX SHEARWATERS, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER,
SEVERAL CORY'S SHEARWATERS, GREATER SHEARWATER, a number of
PARASITIC JAEGERS, and up to 10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS. On the
7TH, 2 CORY'S SHEARWATERS and 2 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS washed up
dead on Cape May beaches.
An ARCTIC TERN was present in Cape May Point State Park on
September 7. The bird spent time both on the beach and on the
island in Bunker Pond.
A LARK SPARROW was present at the Hawk Watch platform in the Cape
May Point State Park on September 8.
SANDWICH TERNS continue to be an every day occurrence at the Cape
May Point State Park and elsewhere.
Shorebirds were also effected by the easterly winds. On September
6, the Johnson's Sod Farms in northern Cumberland County held 92
GOLDEN PLOVERS, 14 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 3 BAIRD'S
SANDPIPERS. There were 4 MARBLED GODWITS at Thompson's Beach on
the 9th, and 2 continue to be reported from Hereford Inlet.
HUDSONIAN GODWITS also made an appearance this week with 8 at the
South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 6th. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was
on the beach at the SCMM on the 5th. Five PIPING PLOVER were
still at Hereford Inlet on the 6th.
Song birds were in relatively short supply this week, with a
small flight on September 9. A DICKCISSEL was with House Sparrows
below the Hawk Watch on September 4, and another was at Stone
Harbor Point on the 6th. A MOURNING WARBLER was in the Cape May
Point State Park on the 5th, and 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were at
Higbee Beach on the 8th.
The Cape May Hawk Watch began its 24th year on September 1 on the
newly constructed hawk watch. This years primary counter is Dave
Hedeen from Cincinnati, OH. Vince Elia will be spelling Dave on
his days off. The count has suffered a bit from the persistent
east winds, but that should change this weekend with the expected
Nature Notes: CMBO's Wednesday butterfly walk at the Pavilion
Circle Gardens at Cape May Point on September 8 was highlighted
by 5 FIERY SKIPPERS. CLOUDLESS SULPHURS, a southern emigrant, are
being noted in increasing numbers and we're poised for a large
influx. We are awaiting the next good push of MONARCHS, which
should come this weekend with the expected cold front.
The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no
preregistration, 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.
Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's
Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North
in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake
Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding
stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The
Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring
artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY
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, more often if warranted. Please
report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!