Cape May, June 1997 and October 2000

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Justin Jansen, Blitterswijckseweg 3, 5871 CD Broekhuizenvorst, the Netherlands Justinjansen@hotmail.com


I visited twice, once from 14 - 21 June 1997 and between 29 September - October 2000. I stayed mainly around Cape May with few excursions outside this spot. Cape May is situated on the most southern tip of New Jersey, 100 km from Philadelphia and 200 km from New York. I noted species I recorded and where. I undertook three trips outside Cape May County; to Seeley for cranes, Forsythe for ducks and to Chedar Ville for Loggerhead Shrike.

Marked with a * where new species for me!

1. Great Northern Diver - A summer plumaged bird at Stone Harbour at 19/6, Few birds migrating at the Hawk Watch at 29/9, also here at 3/10

2. Pied-billed Grebe podiceps - At both visits daily at the Southern Cape May Meadows, few at other spots.

3. *Great Shearwater - Two birds recorded on migrating along the Southern Cape May meadows at 17/6 and a bird behind the ferry Lewis/Cape May at 18/6

4. *Wilson's Storm-petrel - A single bird past the Southern Cape May meadows at 19/6

5. Northern Gannet - A single bird past the Southern Cape May meadows at 19/6

6. *Brown Pelican carolinensis - Few birds past the Hawk Watch at 29/9, at Stone Harbour recorded at 1/10 and 6/10

7. *Double-crested Cormorant auritus - At both visits common, and found at any suitable habitat

8. Great Cormorant carbo - Recorded at 6/10 around Stone Harbour

9. *American Bittern - Several bird at the Southern Cape May meadows and the Hawk Watch at 1/10

10. *Least Bittern exilis - At Southern Cape May Meadows at 15/6

11. *Great Blue Heron fannini - At 19/6 a bird at the Southern Cape May Meadows, second time several birds seen most at Wildwood and Stone Harbour. *W├╝rdemann's Heron - a bird at Stone Harbour on 30/9

12. Great Egret egretta - Both visits daily sightings, mostly at Stone Harbour and Southern Cape May Meadows

13. *Snowy Egret brewsteri - Bot visits almost daily found

14. *Little Blue Heron - Both visits almost daily found

15. *Tricolered Heron ruficollis - Few dates both times seen

16. Cattle Egret ibis - Few birds recorded

17. *Green Heron - At the Southern Cape May meadows recorded at 16/6, 17/6 and 30/9

18. Black-crowned Night-heron hoactli - Regularly seen, together with Ycr N Heron breeding at Stone Harbour, daily small numbers at Southern Cape May Meadows

19. *Yellow-crowned Night Heron violacea - Only seen at Stone Harbour at 19/6 and 6/10

20. Glossy Ibis - Only recorded at 29/9 the last visit, the first visit produced this species daily at the Southern Cape May Meadows.

21. *Black Vulture atratus - First visit one some dates recorded mostly at the Beanery, second visit one bird at 7/10 from the Hawk Watch

22. *Turkey Vulture
septentrionalis - Daily recorded both visits

23. Greater Snow Goose atlanticus -
Two birds at Stone Harbour at 29/9 and 3/10, thousands around Forsythe at 2/10

24. *Canada Goose
canadensis - Both visits regularly recorded

25. White-bellied Brent - A single bird at Stone Harbour at 19/6 at 29/9 a small flock at Stone Harbour

26. Mute Swan - Daily seen both visits, mainly Southern Cape May Meadows

27. *Wood Duck - At Hidden Valley 4 males, 2 females and young at 17/6 and at the sewage pools near the canal a male at 20/6

28. Gadwall - Recorded at the Hawk Watch at 7/10

29. American Wigeon - Low numbers on various dates near the Hawk watch during the last visit

30. *American Black Duck - Daily at Southern Cape May Meadows both times

31. Mallard - Daily recorded, mostly at Southern Cape May Meadows

32. Blue-winged Teal - At both visits seen, not on every date, mostly at Southern Cape May Meadows

33. Northern Shoveler - Recorded at the Hawk Watch at 29/9, 1/10, 2/10, 5/10 and 6/10 mostly small flocks, also at Forsythe at 2/10

34. Northern Pintail - On 2/10 at Forsythe and 6/10 at the Southern Cape May Meadows

35. Green-winged Teal - Recorded at the Southern Cape May Meadows during the last visit on most dates small flocks

36. Common Eider borealis - At Cape May Point a bird at 15/6 and a bird at Stone Harbour at 4/10

37. *Surf Scoter - First visit seen at Southern Cape May meadows on 19/6 and during the second visit recorded past Higbee Beach, Stone Harbour, Hawk Watch and Concrete Ship on 6/10 (100-s)

38. *Black Scoter - A small flock past Stone Harbour on 30/9 and 6/10

39. *Ruddy Duck
jamaicensis - At Forstythe 4 birds at 2/10

40. Osprey carolinensis - Common, most seen around Wildwood and Stone Harbour

41. *Bald Eagle leucocephalus - At the second visit daily recorded up to 5 a day, mainly migrating at the Hawk Watch

42. Northern harrier hudsonius - Second visit almost daily, during the first visit few birds

43. *Sharp-chinned Hawk velox - Second visit daily recorded

44. *Cooper's Hawk - Second visit almost daily recorded

45. Northern Goshawk atricapillus - Recorded at the Hawk Watch at 29/9 and 2/10

46. *Red-shouldered Hawk lineatus - A single bird migrating at the Hawk Watch at 7/10

47. *Broad-winged Hawk platypterus - Second visit in variable numbers on various days from the Hawk watch

48. *Red-tailed Hawk borealis - One bird at the Hawk watch at 29/9 and at Hidden Valley at 17/6

49. *American Kestrel sparverius - Second visit daily in variable numbers, mainly from the hawk watch

50. Merlin suckleyi - At various dates in various numbers during the last visit at the Hawk watch

51. Peregrine Falcon anatum - Almost daily seen at the Hawk Watch during the last visit, in various numbers

52. *Northern Bobwhite marilandicus - Only recorded 2 males and 1 female at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

53. *Clapper Rail crepitans - Some where around Wildwood at 18/6, I found even a nest

54. *Virginia Rail limicola - At 16/6, 1/10 and 5/10 at the Southern Cape May Meadows, calling and seen

55. *American Coot americana - Two birds near the Hawk Watch but very elusive at 4 and 7/10

56. *Lesser Sandhill Crane rowani - At Seeley 5 birds on a ploughed field

57. Common Crane - At Seeley together with the Sandhill Cranes

58. Black-bellied Plover - Almost daily recorded during both visits, most at Stone Harbour

59. *Semipalmated Plover - Almost daily recorded during both visits, mostly Stone Harbour and the Sewage Works near the canal

60. *Piping Plover - Daily at my first visit at Southern Cape May Meadows up to 10 birds with young, at my second visit 3 birds at 1/10 at Stone Harbour

61. *Kildeer vociferus - First visit common, for example at Southern Cape May Meadows, second visit at a few dates at Stone Harbour

62. *American Oystercatcher palliatus - At the first visit once been at Stone Harbour (19/6), second time every time recorded up to 50 birds there

63. *Greater Yellowlegs - Common, mainly around Stone Harbour and Wildwood at both visits

64. *Lesser Yellowlegs - Both visits recorded, in variable numbers

65. *Solitary Sandpiper - Two birds at the Beanery at 5 and 6/10

66. *Eastern Willet - During the first visit daily seen at Southern Cape May Meadows.
*Western Willet - At 1/10, 3/10, 4/10 and 6/10 recorded at Stone Harbour

67. Spotted Sandpiper - During my first visit daily at some sewage works just out Cape May left of the bridge past the channel

68. *Hudsonian Whimbrel hudsonicus - A single bird at Forsythe at 2/10

69. *Hudsonian Godwitt - About 25 birds at Stone Harbour at 29/9, one bird at 4/10

70. *Marbled Godwitt beringiae - At 3/10 two birds at Stone Harbour, 4 birds there at 6/10

71. Ruddy Turnstone morinella - On few dates at Stone Harbour the second visit

72. Red Knot rufa - On a few dates the second visit at Stone Harbour

73. Sanderling - Both visits almost daily seen

74. Semipalmated Sandpiper - Both visits recorded, but biggest numbers second visit mainly at Stone Harbour

75. *Western Sandpiper - Recorded at Stone Harbour at several dates, few birds (1,2 and 4/10)

76. *Least Sandpiper - Seen at Stone Harbour a few birds at 29/9

77. White-rumped Sandpiper - A single bird at the Southern Cape May meadows at 15/6

78. Pectoral Sandpiper - Records at 29/9, 2/10 and 7/10

79. Dunlin hudsonia - At 6/10 few birds at Stone Harbour

80. *Short-billed Dowitcher griseus & hendersoni - At both visits regularly recorded, best spots Wildwood and Stone Harbour

81. Long-billed Dowitcher - At Wildwood a single bird at 6/10

82. *Wilson's Snipe delicata - At the Southern Cape May Meadows a bird at 30/9

83. *American Woodcock - A bird at dusk at Higbee Beach at 4/10

84. Parasitic Jaeger - A single bird past the Southern Cape May Meadows at 19/6 and the day before probably the same bird from the ferry Lewis/Cape May. Two birds at 6/10 past Higbee Beach

85. *Laughing Gull - Common at both visits

86. *Ring-billed Gull - Common at both visits

87. *American herring Gull smithsonianus - Common at both visits, mainly Stone Harbour

88. Lesser Black-backed Gull - At the Concrete Ship an adult bird 6/10

89. Great Black-backed Gull - At the concrete Ship an leucistic bird at 6/10, Found common on shores during the last visit

90. Gull-billed Tern arenea - Two birds at the Southern Cape May meadows at 20/6

91. Caspian Tern - Recorded at 4 and 6/10 at Southern Cape May Meadows

92. *Royal Tern maxima - Recorded at both visits nearly daily, most at the Southern Cape May Meadows

93. Roseate Tern dougalii - One bird at the start of the ferry to Lewis at Cape May Point on 18/6

94. Common Tern hirundo - At both visits regularly seen most near Stone Harbour

95. *Forster's Tern - At both visits in good numbers

96. *Least Tern athalassos - Daily at my first visit, some birds with nest at Southern Cape May Meadows

97. Black Tern surinamensis - A single bird from the Lewis/Cape May ferry at 18/6

98. *Black Skimmer niger - At the first visit daily up to several hundredths at Southern Cape May Meadows, Hawk watch, Stone Harbour and Wildwood. Second visit one bird at 29/9 at Stone Harbour

99. Feral Pigeon - Common

100. *Mourning Dove carolinensis - At both visits common

101. *Yellow-billed Cuckoo - At Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 (20+)

102. *Eastern Screech-owl naevius - At the Beanery at 20/6

103. *Great Horned Owl lagophonus - At 18/6 4 birds at Cape May Point and at Higbee Beach a bird at 4/10

104. *Chimney Swift - At the first visit daily in good numbers, the second visit produced birds at 6/10 migrating above Higo Beach

105. *Ruby-throated Hummingbird - A single bird at Bellplain State forest at 20/6

106. *Belted Kingfisher alcyon - A male and female at Hidden Valley at 17/6 and during the second visit various birds at Higbee Beach

107. *Red-bellied Woodpecker - At Southern Cape May meadows a single bird at 15/6

108. *Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Recorded at Higbee Beach at 29/9 and 2/10

109. *Downy Woodpecker pubescens - Recorded at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 and on few dates during the second visit, these birds where at Higbee Beach and Bellplain State Forest

110. *Hairy Woodpecker villosus - Only recorded at Bellplain State Forest few birds at 20/6

111. *Northern Flicker auratus - First visit at some dates around Cape May, Last visit daily in sometimes huge numbers at Higbee Beach

112. *Eastern Kingbird - Few birds recorded at my first visit at Cape Henelopen at 18/6 and around the bird shop at 19/6

113. *Great Crested Flycatcher - At the birdwatching centre a single bird at 16/6

114. *Eastern Wood-Pewee - First visit only recorded at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6, second visit at Higbee Beach at 1/10 and 4/10

115. *Eastern Phoebe - Between 3 and 7/10 daily recorded in variable numbers at Higbee Beach

116. *Least Flycatcher - Recorded twice at Higbee Beach at 30/9 and 3/10 just single birds

117. *Acadian Flycatcher - During the first visit recorded at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6, second time only recorded at Higbee Beach a single bird on29/9

118. *Willow Flycatcher traillii - Recorded at the Southern Cape May Meadows at 18/6 2
males

119. *Tree Swallow - First visit few birds seen, second visit daily hunderds of birds at Hawk Watch

120. *Purple Martin - Few birds at Cape May village at 15/6

121. Sand Martin - Few birds seen during the first visit, at the sewage pools near the canal

122. *Northern Rough-winged Martin >serripennis - First visit few seen mainly near the canal, second visit at 7/10 thousands from the Hawk Watch

123. *Cliff Swallow pyrrhonata - A bird between many other swallows at 7/10 at the Hawk Watch

124. Barn Swallow erythrogaster - Common during the first visit.

125. *Blue Jay cristata - Both visits daily seen at Higbee Beach and the Birdwatching centre

126. *Fish Crow - Rarer and recorded few times at both visits, mostly at the Beanery

127. *American Crow paulus - Both visits daily seen

128. *Tufted Titmouse bicolor - First time only recorded at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6, second visit daily at Higbee Beach

129. *Carolina Chickadee extimus - First visit few times seen, second visit daily at Higbee Beach

130. *White-breasted Nuthatch caolinensis - Two birds at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

131. *Red-breasted Nuthatch - Recorded at Higbee Beach at 30/9 and 5/10 a few birds

132. *Brown-headed Nuthatch pusilla - At Cape Henelopen (Delaware) two birds at 18/6

133. *House Wren aedon - Both visits on most days recorded

134. *Carolina Wren ludovicianus - First visit recorded on a few dates, at Bellplain State Forest and the Birdwatching centre, second visit daily seen and heard at Higbee Beach

135. *Marsh wren palustris - First visit recorded on several dates at the Southern Cape May meadows and second time here twice at 1/10 and 5/10

136. *Golden-crowned Kinglet satrapa - At the second visit daily in variable numbers, mainly at Higbee Beach

137. *Ruby-crowned Kinglet calendula - Second visit almost daily in variable numbers, mainly around Higbee Beach and the Bird Shop

138. *Blue-gray Gnatcatcher caerula - Recorded at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 and at 1/10 at Higbee Beach

139. *Eastern Bluebird sialis - On my way to the Cranes to Seeley I recorded few birds at 5/10
140. *Wood Trush - At Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 (20+) and a single bird at Higbee Beach at 2/10

141. *American Robin nigrideus - First visit good numbers daily, second visit few dates few birds

142. *Loggerhead Shrike migrans - A bird at Chedar Ville

143. *Gray Catbird - At both visits daily recorded

144. *Northern Mockingbird polyglottos - Common at both visits

145. *Brown Thrasher rufum - Few birds at Cape Henelopen (Delaware) at 18/6, second visit daily in variable numbers at Higbee Beach

146. Eurasian Starling principallis - At both visits daily recorded in sometimes huge number

147. *White-eyed Vireo noveboracensis - Recorded at Stone Harbour at 19/6 and 2/10

148. *Solitary Vireo solitarius - A bird at Higbee Beach at 7/10

149. Red-eyed Vireo olivaceus - First visit 2 birds singing at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 and the last visit daily found in variable numbers at Higbee Beach

150. *Warbling Vireo gilvus - At Cape May Point at 18/6

151. *Philadelphia Vireo - At Higbee Beach single birds at 30/9 and 6/10

152. *American Pipit rubescens - A migrating bird at Higbee Beach at 29/9

153. *Cedar Waxwing - At both visits almost daily seen

154. *Blue-winged Warbler - Two males and a female at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

155. *Tennessee Warbler - At 4/10 and 7/10 few birds at Higbee Beach

156. *Nashville Warbler ruficapilla - Last visit every day few birds at Higbee Beach

157. *Northern Parula - At 3/10, 4/10, 5/10 and 7/10 in variable numbers at Higbee Beach

158. *Yellow Warbler rubiginosa - At the Southern Cape May Meadows few birds during the first visit, second visit at Higbee Beach at 30/9, 4/10 and 7/10

159. *Chestnut-sided Warbler - At 3/10 a single bird at Higbee Beach

160. *Magnolia Warbler - At 1/10, 3/10, 4/10, 6/10 and 7/10 in low numbers at Higbee Beach

161. *Cape May Warbler - A bird at the Hawk Watch at 7/10

162. *Black-throated Blue Warbler caerulescens - At 1/10, 3/10, 4/10, 5/10 and 7/10 in sometimes good numbers at Higbee Beach

163. Yellow-rumped Warbler coronata - Very common in the last visit.

164. *Black-throated Green Warbler - At 4/10, 5/10 and 7/10 in low numbers at Higbee Beach

165. *Yellow-throated Warbler dominica - Two males singing at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 and at Higbee Beach single birds at 3/10 and 7/10

166. *Pine Warbler pinus - Recorded at Cape Henelopen at 18/6 and 50+ at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6. During the second visit twice recorded at Higbee Beach at 29/9 and 4/10

167. *Prairie Warbler discolor - Twice a bird at Cape May Point at 15/6 and 18/6

168. *Eastern Palm Warbler hypochrysea - Very common at Higbee Beach, but also at other spots, only at the last visit. * >Western Palm Warbler palmarum - At 3/10 few birds at Higbee Beach

169. *Bay-breasted Warbler - At 3/10 a single bird at Higbee Beach

170. *Blackpoll Warbler - At 4/10, 5/10 and 7/10 recorded at Higbee Beach in low numbers

171. *Black-and-white Warbler - Two males and a female at Bellplain at 20/6, my last visit produced almost daily several birds at Higbee Beach.

172. *American Redstart - Last visit daily several birds at Higbee Beach

173. *Protonotory Warbler - Two males at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

174. *Ovenbird cinereus - At Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 (50+)

175. *Northern Watertrush - A single bird at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

176. *Connecticut Warbler - A single bird at Higbee Beach at 2/10

177. *Common Yellowthroat trichas - At the first visit daily at Southern Cape May meadows and some other spots, last visit daily birds at Higbee Beach

178. *Hooded Warbler - Four singing males at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

179. *Wilson's Warbler pusilla - At 3/10 and 7/10 single birds at Higbee Beach

180. *Yellow-breasted Chat virens - At Higbee Beach at 16/6 2 birds

181. *Summer Tanager rubra - Three singing males at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6

182. *Scarlet Tanager - At 3/10, 5/10 and 7/10 at Higbee Beach few birds seen

183. *Eastern Towhee erythrophthalmus - During the first visit only recorded at Cape Henelopen (Delaware) on 18/6, during the second visit single birds at Higbee Beach
at 4/10, 5/10 and 7/10

184. *Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow caudacutus & diversus - At Wildwood few birds at 18/6 and 2/10

185. *Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow - A bird at Higbee Beach at 2/10

186. *Seaside Sparrow maritimus - At Wildwood 4 birds at 18/6, and a bird there at 29/9 and 6/10

187. *Savannah Sparrow mediogriseus - Recorded during the second visit daily, mostly at Higbee Beach but good numbers also at Forsythe

188. *Song Sparrow atlantica - First visit good numbers, second visit few birds at Higbee Beach at 2/10 at 3/10

189. *Field Sparrow - At Higbee Beach and Hidden Valley in good numbers during the first visit

190. *Chipping Sparrow passerina - At 5/10 a single bird at Higbee Beach

191. *White-throated Sparrow - Recorded almost daily at the second visits on various places

192. *Lincoln's Sparrow lincolnii - At 6/10 at Higbee Beach at 6/10

193. *Swamp Sparrow ericrypta - Recorded almost daily at Higbee Beach in good numbers

194. *Northern Cardinal cardinalis - Both visits daily

195. *Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Recorded at 3 and 6/10 at Higbee Beach few birds

196. *Blue Grosbeak caerulea - Only seen at Higbee Beach at 16/6 two birds

197. *Indigo Bunting - First visit more common than second but daily seen, mainly around Higbee Beach and the Beanery

198. *Bobolink - At Higbee Beach few birds at 3/10, 5/10 and 7/10

199. *Red-winged Blackbird phoeniceus - Daily seen at both visits

200. *Rusty Blackbird carolinus - Second visit daily recorded

201. *Brown-headed Cowbird ater - Second visit daily recorded, most at Higbee Beach

202. *Common Grackle stonei - Both visits regularly seen

203. *Boat-tailed Crackle torreyi - Both visits around in various numbers

204. *Orchard Oriole spurius - Recorded singing at Cape May point at 18/6

205. *Baltimore Oriole - A male at Bellplain State Forest at 20/6 and a other bird at Higo Beach at 6/10

206. *American Goldfinch tristis - Seen regularly during both visits, easiest at the most northerly bird centre

207. *House Finch (escape) - At Cape May village at both visits recorded.

208. House Sparrow - Daily seen both visits