Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/10/1995
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 Aug. 10, 1995 include a variety of interesting birds at the South Cape May Meadows, some early warbler migrants, nature notes and announcements.

The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on Sunset Blvd., otherwise known as the Meadows, attracted a wide variety of shorebirds and terns this week. As of Aug. 10, the Meadows held up to 70 STILT SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and a first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. There have also been a few WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, GULL-BILLED TERNS, and BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Out on the beach, the LEAST TERN and PIPING PLOVER nesting colony is still going strong. Bunker Pond, at the Cape May Point state Park, also has a mudflat that has attracted terns and shorebirds. [Three BROWN PELICANS and 2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were offshore at the State Park Aug. 5. --tr.]

Warblers and other land birds have begun to migrate; on Aug. 7, Higbee Beach held a LEAST FLYCATCHER, CANADA WARBLER, a handful of BLACK-AND-WHITE and YELLOW WARBLERS, and a few AMERICAN REDSTARTS. On Aug. 9, a CERULEAN WARBLER was at Higbee Beach (rare in Cape May). On Aug. 10, a KENTUCKY WARBLER was at Hidden Valley Ranch. The woods at Higbee Beach, Hidden Valley, the State Park, and along the streets in Cape May Point can all be good places to look for migrants at dawn.

Note that the parking lot at Higbee Beach is still closed, until after Labor Day. You can park at Hidden Valley and walk but remember that Hidden Valley can be just as good as Higbee.

Local Nature Notes follow.

Wild Cherries are ripening just in time for migrant fruit-eaters. Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow is in full bloom, the huge white Wild Hibiscus with a red center. The Cape enjoyed recent rains that dumped up to five inches in some areas; it was great for gardens and shorebirds, but butterfly diversity is down and we are probably waiting for the nest generation. However, a walk along New England Road to Higbee produced AMERICAN SNOUT and QUESTION MARK near a stand of Hackberry Trees.

Butterfly enthusiasts are spending their free time at the Circle Garden in Cape May Point, a public park in the center of town. The white Butterfly Bushes are attracting numerous species. Large Cecropia Moth caterpillars were discovered on Bayberry shrubs at the Wetland Institute in Stone Harbor this week.

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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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