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