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. 5, 1995 include a
report of SAY'S PHOEBE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN
AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WESTERN KINGBIRD, migration news
A SAY'S PHOEBE was reported on Oct. 1 from the base of the
dike at Higbee Beach, near the back side of Cold Spring
Campground. The bird was not reported after the initial
sighting although the area was searched. The observers did
obtain photographs. [One prev. Cape May Co. record, and
fewer than ten for NJ --LL]
A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at the end of Reeds Beach
Rd., across the street from the jetty, on Oct. 4. The
AMERICAN AVOCET that has been seen several times along
Ocean Drive in the past 2 weeks was last reported Oct. 1;
it may still be in the area. HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen as a
fly-by at the Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 2; it flew
over Lighthouse Pond East but was not seen from the
Hawkwatch. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was also seen in the
impoundment east of the Cape May Canal bridge on Railroad
Ave., not the Parkway Bridge, on Sept. 30.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen on Oct. 3 from the Higbee Beach
Dike; this is the first one reported this fall. Up to four
PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen harassing a flock of gulls off
Cape May Point State Park today, Oct. 5. The birds were
seen from the picnic pavilion at the SW corner of the
SORA RAILS have been seen with some regularity in the S.
Cape May Meadows; up to 3 were seen today, Oct. 5, at the
edge of the small pond west of the observation platform.
One was also seen today from the east path.
The season's first PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the
beachfront in Cape May Oct. 5. The EURASIAN WIGEON drake
continues to be seen at various spots around the point,
including both Lighthouse Ponds, Bunker Pond, Lily Lake,
and even offshore. Many ROYAL TERNS and a smaller number of
CASPIAN TERNS are being seen this week along the beach at
the State Park.
Passerines were sparse this week. Two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS
were seen at Higbee Beach Oct. 3, and a fly-over RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER was seen there the same day. A WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW was seen in the Higbee parking lot Oct. 5.
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. Sept. 28 brought 612 AMERICAN
KESTRELS, 54 MERLINS, 103 PEREGRINES; Oct. 2-3 also brought
good falcon movements, with over 200 Kestrels each day, 37
Merlins on Oct. 3, and over 80 Peregrines each day; 184
OSPREY passed on Oct. 2; 642 SHARP-SHINS, 347 COOPER'S
HAWKS, one GOSHAWK, and 4 BALD EAGLES on Oct. 1.
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,
Oct. 29 there were COMMON EIDER, several PARASITIC JAEGERS,
SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, a BONAPARTE'S GULL and some NORTHERN
Local nature notes follow.
During the NJAS Cape May Weekend Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 29
species have been found, even though QUESTION MARK and
COMMA were missed (both possible). Some highlights
included: GULF FRITILLARY Oct. 4 on Cape May Point in a
private garden on Alexander Ave.; a SLEEPY ORANGE, also on
Alexander Ave., Oct. 3; VARIEGATED FRITILLARY Oct. 1 and 4;
lone WHITE-M HAIRSTREAKS were found at Pavilion Circle
garden and at Hidden Valley; a few AMERICAN SNOUTS on the
State Park trails and near CMBO; RED-SPOTTED PURPLE at
Hidden Valley and Cold Spring Campground; a number of
different LONG-TAILED SKIPPERS, several FIERY SKIPPERS and
OCOLA SKIPPERS at Pavilion Circle; CLOUDED SKIPPERS at
CMBO's butterfly garden; HORACE'S DUSKYWING on Lincoln
Ave., Cape May Point, Oct. 1; and a COMMON CHECKERED
SKIPPER Oct. 2 on the dunes at Crystal and Alexander Ave.
Be sure to pick up CMBO's new Birding and Butterfly Map
which shows all these locations.
Hurricane Opal's wet weather today, Oct. 5, created lots of
rain pools, and WANDERING GLIDER dragonflies were seen
laying eggs in the pools in the State Park. BLUE-FACED
MEADOWFLY, a non-migratory dragonfly, can be found now
along the State Park Trails.
[program information deleted--LL]
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.