Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/11/1994
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 Aug. 11, 1994, include: CERULEAN WARBLER, BLACK TERN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and the real kick-off of the passerine migration, as well as local nature notes and announcements. A weak cold front on Aug. 6 brought a fall warbler fallout to the Cape. The highlight was a CERULEAN WARBLER seen that day at Hidden Valley Ranch. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at Bunker Pond Aug. 6 and 7; these were brief sightings, with the birds disappearing soon after. A juvenile BLACK TERN was present at Bunker Pond on Aug. 6. Two cold fronts reached the area this week. The Aug. 6 front was followed by winds that turned north then northeast, which prevented a large fallout. Another front "sagged" down to the Cape Aug. 11, which brought more migrants. Thirteen species of warblers were seen this week, with these highlights: LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was at Higbee Beach AAug. 6, and another was at Cape May Point State Park Aug. 11. Two or three CANADA WARBLERS were at the State Park on both Aug. 6 and 11. WORM-EATING WARBLERS were at both the State Park and Hidden Valley Ranch Aug. 11, with 3 at the latter site. The Ranch also had 4 LEAST FLYCATCHERS Aug. 11. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was a flyover Aug. 8 at the Point, while two STILT SANDPIPERS did the same Aug. 7. An immature SURF SCOTER is being seen at various sites between the Second Ave. jetty and the concrete ship. BROWN PELICANS made appearances at Avalon, with 3 Aug. 8, and the South Cape May Meadows, one Aug. 9. Nature notes: This week's fronts brought more than just birds. A fine early flight of Monarch Butterflies took place as well. Some 20+ were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry (crossing the Delaware Bay), in addition to those milling around the point. [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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