Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/17/1995
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. 17, 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. This week, the Meadows held up to 70 STILT SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, SANDWICH TERN, & SORA. UPLAND SANDPIPERS have been seen at Hidden Valley near the parking lot, and at Bayshore and New England Rd.

Passerine migration was spotty this week. Some highlights included: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, & TENNESSEE WARBLER on Aug. 13, along with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, at Higbee Beach; a HOODED WARBLER at the point on Aug. 14, and a WORM-EATING WARBLER at Hidden Valley Ranch Aug. 15. 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.

CMBO's field trip to Bombay Hook, Delaware, on Aug. 13 was very successful, with a trip list of nearly 100 species. Highlights included CURLEW SANDPIPER, WHITE-FACED IBIS, WHITE-WINGED TERN, and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER; also seen were over 45 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 20 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 6 UPLAND SANDPIPERS at Dover AFB, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES and 3 BLACK TERNS.

Local Nature Notes follow. Hummingbird activity is high now that young have fledged and migrants are moving. 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.

A recent butterfly walk at the Circle Garden in Cape May Pointincluded sightings of HACKBERRY EMPEROR, FIERY SKIPPERS & PAINTED LADIES. The white Butterfly Bushes are attracting numerous species.

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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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