Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/12/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending Oct. 12, 1995 include NORTHERN WHEATEAR, FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN KINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, migration news, Hawkwatch and Seawatch news, etc.

The NORTHERN WHEATEAR first discovered on North Wildwood Blvd. on Oct. 6 continued to be seen until Oct. 8, but has not been seen since. A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen on the evening of Oct. 8, along the east dike at Brigantine, between 5 and 5:30 PM; there were no repeat sightings.

An adult WHITE IBIS was seen from the Hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 8; although searched for, it was not re-found. Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were in a tidal pool on the north side of Goshen Landing Rd. on Oct. 8; no further reports.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen near the parking lot at Stone Harbor Point on Oct. 11. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Higbee Beach on Oct. 9, part of a fine fallout there that day. The EURASIAN WIGEON is still present at Cape May Point and might be found at Lily Lake or the Lighthouse Pond at the State Park.

Passerine highlights this week: a fine fallout took place Oct. 9, as mentioned; it brought CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW; SWAINSON'S THRUSH; numbers of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES; WILSON'S WARBLER; NASHVILLE WARBLER; several fly-over DICKCISSELS, all seen at Higbee Beach.

We are in the second month of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed this year by Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Paul Koenig are our education interns. An excellent flight on Oct. 8 produced 275 OSPREY, 1375 AM. KESTREL, and 235 MERLINS. The following day, Oct. 9, nine BALD EAGLES were seen. The seasonal PEREGRINE FALCON record has already been broken this year, with 874 PEREGRINES seen so far this year.

The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. It began Sept. 22, and already there is good movement and variety.

Local nature notes follow. Up to 20 species of BUTTERFLIES were seen this past week. Oct. 11 a SLEEPY ORANGE, rare stray, was seen nectaring on Seaside Goldenrod in Town Bank, north of Cox Hall Creek, near the Delaware Bay shoreline. At the same time and location another rare stray, PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL, was also seen.

WHITE-M HAIRSTREAKS are at the end of their last brood, were seen at Hidden Valley Ranch on Oct. 6 nectaring on Aster, and on Haleyville Rd., Cumberland Co., Oct. 9 -- also nectaring on Aster.

Hidden Valley Ranch on Oct. 9 had COMMON CHECKERED SKIPPER, CLOUDED SKIPPER, VARIEGATED FRITILLARY, and 2 VICEROYS. A late RED-SPOTTED PURPLE was at Higbee Beach Oct. 11. Also that day, Pavilion Circle garden still had 3 LONG-TAILED SKIPPERS, 4 FIERY SKIPPERS, one OCOLA SKIPPER, many CLOUDLESS SULPHURS, and 25 MONARCHS.

Be sure to pick up CMBO's new Birding and Butterfly Map which shows all these locations.

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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 birding hotline. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.

The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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