You have reached the Cape May birding hotline for Thursday, Aug. 20, 1992. This week's tape includes sightings of lots and lots of migrants, beginning with 6000 PURPLE MARTINS counted at Mauricetown on Aug. 13, attesting both to the healthy insect population found on the bayshore, and the area's importance to staging swallows and martins.
Higbee Beach has offered very good birding during the period; good fallouts occurred on Aug. 14 and 20; 20 species of warblers were tallied on the 14th, along with 3 empidonax species. Twenty-three warbler species were tallied during the week. Warblers seen include: BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, N. PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, PRAIRIE, BAY-BREASTED, CERULEAN, BLACK-AND-WHITE, AM. REDSTART, WORM-EATING, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, KENTUCKY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, COMMON YELLOW-THROAT, AND YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Also seen today, Aug. 20, was a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from the Beanery sometime during the week.
Birds at Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet on Aug. 13 included numbers of REDKNOT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and WESTERN SANDPIPER. There were 125 ROYAL TERNS present, 25 BROWN PELICANS, and, still, 2 PIPING PLOVERS.
Water levels in the South Cape May Meadows might be conservatively be described as high. Nevertheless, good numbers of YELLOWLEGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS could be found there; a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was present on Aug. 13; WILSON'S PHALAROPE & RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were there on Aug. 14. BLACK TERN was present today, Aug. 20. On the 15th, a BLACK TERN, an AM. BITTERN, and one WILSON'S STORM PETREL were seen flying past the concrete ship. The Cape May whale-watching boat, "Holiday", reports good numbers of petrels, along with "possible flocks of godwits". Farther afield, an ARCTIC TERN and a PARASITIC JAEGER were at Barnegat Inlet on Aug. 17th. Brigantine NWR was loaded with shorebirds on the 15th; birds reported there include NORTHERN PHALAROPE and HUDSONIAN GODWIT.
The Cape May Point hawkwatch is now in progress; this year's official counter is Jorge Montero Diaz, from Mexico. His totals on Aug. 18th after the rain stopped were 5 OSPREY and 3 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS; on Aug. 19 on northwest winds, he tallied 6 OSPREY, 2 BALD EAGLES, 1 SHARPSHINNED HAWK, & 5 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS; and today, with 55 hawks tallied by midafternoon, PEREGRINE, MERLIN, and another BALD EAGLE were added to the season's list.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.