|You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Aug. 13, 1992, include: WARBLER movements, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, SWALLOW movements, CLIFF SWALLOW, GULL-BILLED & CASPIAN TERN, SURF SCOTER, local nature news, and news of CMBO's upcoming programs.
A string of cool evenings recently has triggered warbler migration. On Aug. 13 both TENNESSEE WARBLERS & LAWRENCE'S WARBLERS were seen at Higbee Beach. A CMBO field trip to Leaming's Run Botanical Gardens for hummingbirds was highlighted by numbers of WATERTHRUSHES in the wet woods. On Aug. 11, WORM-EATING WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, AM. REDSTART, & LA. WATERTHRUSH were at Higbee Beach. Each dawn at Higbee shouldn't be missed if you can manage it, especially after a cool evening. The peak for warbler diversity will come at the end of this month. CMBO has two dawn warbler walks scheduled then; call now for a space.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was in the South Cape May Meadows on Aug. 13. There's been a major push of SWALLOWS, CHIMNEY SWIFTS & PURPLE MARTINS this week, with over 1000 swallows seen the morning of Aug. 12, and over 6000 PURPLE MARTINS counted along the Maurice River Aug. 13. There may have been as many as several hundred thousand swallows in the area. Among all the swallows moving over the Meadows on Aug. 13, one CLIFF SWALLOW was seen.
A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Goshen Landing on Aug. 9. Goshen Landing can be reached from Rt. 47 just north of Reed's Beach. It's a wonderful place to witness the changing of the guard at dusk. Also on Aug. 9, a CASPIAN TERN was seen at the South Cape May Meadows. A male SURF SCOTER was seen from Reed's Beach on Aug. 7.
Hawk migration has begun. On Aug. 12, 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS & 1 OSPREY were seen passing over Cape May. Also on Aug. 12, a male KESTREL and two OSPREY hunted the Cape May Meadows. Immature shorebirds are beginning to be seen. Up until now, they were nearly all adults, freshly arrived from the arctic tundra.
CEDAR WAXWINGS seem to be everywhere around Cape May Point, West Cape May, and Cape May City proper. Their high-pitched call gives their presence away. One flock favors the trees over CMBO headquarters. Several RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still regular at CMBO's feeders. Our field trips to Leaming's Run Botanical Gardens for Hummingbirds are enjoying good numbers and good looks at them. Remember to wash and refill your feeders at least once a week.
Local nature notes follow. Sweet Pepperbush is in bloom now, and very fragrant all through places like Belleplain State Forest. These flowers attract good numbers of butterflies. Mimosa trees are also in full bloom and attracting hummingbirds, hummingbird moths, and butterflies. Trumpet-creeper, the vine with the large red flowers, is in full bloom and also attracts hummers.
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Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and conservation unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. For more information regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 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 (email@example.com).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.