Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 10/15/1998
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 October 15 include reports of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A brief note: Brigantine NWR will be closed every Wednesday in October to allow hunting of Snow Geese.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in the Cape May Point State Park on October 10.

Up to three MARBLED GODWITS have been seen this week at Hereford Inlet from Stone Harbor Point.

Two EURASIAN WIGEON continue to be seen on Bunker Pond in front of the hawk watch.

Passerine migration this week included the following highlights: about 15 species of warblers were seen on October 11 including NASHVILLE, MAGNOLIA, and PINE WARBLERS; two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen at Higbee Beach the same day, along with three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. The Beanery on the 11th had two BLUE GROSBEAKS. Twenty late season ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were at the State Park on the 11th , while a dozen or so BARN SWALLOWS were there on the 14th . Thousands of TREE SWALLOWS continue to swarm around Cape May Point. YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was in the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on October 12, along with a LINCOLNS SPARROW at Higbee Beach.

Twenty-four PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a single WESTERN SANDPIPER were in SCMM on October 12, as were two SORAS.

Highlights from the Cape May Hawk Watch included over 4,400 birds on the 11th including 2,700 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 875 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 311 COOPERS HAWKS. The hawk watch is manned this year by counters Pete Gustas and Vince Elia, with education interns Cameron Cox and Jim Tietz.

The Avalon Seawatch got under way on September 22. This years counters are Bill Seng, Fred Mears, and Scott Barnes. The Seawatch interns are Jim Tietz and Gail Dwyer. Good flights are just beginning at the Sea Watch, but with most of the fireworks yet to come.

Local nature Notes follow: The monarch tagging project tagged an astounding five thousand monarchs this season. This week two of the tagged monarchs were seen at Kiptopeke at the tip of the Virginia peninsula. With the relatively mild fall, butterfly diversity continues to be good. Late season southern wanderers continue to be seen around Cape May Point like Clouded Sulphurs, Long-tailed Skippers, Clouded Skippers, Ocola Skippers and Fiery Skippers. Common Checkered Skippers, American and Painted Ladies, American Coppers, Gray Hairstreaks and more are all being seen around Cape May Point. A very late Olive Hairstreak was on Cape May Point on the 14th.

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 http://www.njaudubon.org

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 10-5.

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!

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