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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.