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