Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 6/24/1994
You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending June 24, 1994, include: BLACK-TAILED GODWIT [in Delaware], ROSEATE TERN, BALD EAGLE, BROWN PELICAN, an announcement about Higbee Beach, local nature notes, and program notes. The Delaware BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, first reported to CMBO June 11, was seen again on June 23 at 11 AM at Broadkill Beach. The bird is ten miles north of the ferry terminal at Lewes, Delaware, near Prime Hook NWR. To reach the site from Lewes, follow Rt. 1 north; turn right onto the road to Broadkill Beach and Prime Hook NWR. Continue past the road into Prime Hook refuge; after a curve, and once the road straightens, look for a pond on the right. An adult ROSEATE TERN continues to be seen at Cape May Point State Park in Bunker Pond. It was seen this week on June 19, 22, and 23. BALD EAGLES were seen at several locations this week; a bird believed to be from this year's hatch has been seen around the Fishing Creek impoundment at the north end of The Villas. Another eagle was at Cape May Point State Park June 20, while another or the same bird was seen on June 21 off Sunset Blvd. [West Cape May]. BROWN PELICAN sightings have been increasing recently. On June 20 15 were roosting on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet, while 2 were near the Concrete Ship on the same day. June 21 six Pelicans flew by the Cape May meadows, headed east. And on June 20 and 21 six were also seen off The Villas. Other interesting sightings this week include twelve Wood Ducks in the Cape May Meadows on June 17; a flyover DICKCISSEL over Seagrove Ave. June 19; two pairs of Gull-billed Terns on Champagne Island on June 20; and a southbound Lesser Yellowlegs in the Meadows June 22. A Cliff Swallow was also present June 22 at South Cape May. An Announcement about Higbee Beach. All parking lots at Higbee Beach are now closed until Labor Day. This does not mean that Higbee Beach WMA is closed to birders, but it is a problem if you are driving to get there. The Hidden Valley parking lot on New England Road will remain open. Local nature notes: Common Milkweed and Butterfly-weed are all blooming and are an excellent butterfly nectar source. Several species of Hairstreaks can be found on them now, including Banded, Gray, and Coral. Monarch Butterflies from local hatches have become more evident, and a check of the leaves of Common Milkweed could yield a Monarch caterpillar. Also in bloom now is Everlasting Pea, with large pinkish purple flowers, another good butterfly plant attractive to Skippers. On the dragonfly front, Spotted-winged Gliders have appeared recently in fairly good numbers. These insects are long-distance travellers that are associated with storm fronts; they lay their eggs in temporary rain pools after storms. A recent CMBO dragonfly workshop found 26 species of dragonflies and damselflies, including Amber-winged [?], COMMON DARNER, and TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMER. [program notes omitted -LL] 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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. 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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