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. 24, 1995 include
EURASIAN WIGEON, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER, some migration news, hawkwatch, nature notes
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON has been present at Bunker Pond in
the Cape May Point state park this week. It was last
reported on Aug. 23. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen
today, Aug. 24, in the South Cape May Meadows, the Nature
Conservancy property along Sunset Blvd. The bird was along
the east trail.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Higbee Beach on Aug.
23. That same day brought a number of interesting migrants
to Higbee on a weak cold front, including 10+ RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES, lots of "BALTIMORE" ORIOLES, PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY
WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER.
Some highlights from earlier in the week included
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and NASHVILLE WARBLER on Aug. 18 at
Higbee, a CERULEAN WARBLER the same day at Sunset Blvd.,
and a DICKCISSEL Aug. 21 at Higbee.
Some raptors have been moving in small numbers. At the Hawk
Watch, a PEREGRINE FALCON and 13 BLACK VULTURES were see
Aug. 18. On Aug. 22 a first-year BALD EAGLE was seen. The
official hawk watch will begin Sept. 1; CMBO's Hawk-watcher
this fall will be Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Paul
Koenig(?) will serve as Education Interns this fall.
Up to 4 SANDWICH TERNS were present at Champagne Island in
Hereford Inlet this week, along with 6 BLACK TERNS, 5
CASPIAN TERNS, and numbers of ROYAL TERNS. There have also
been up to 4 MARBLED GODWITS at Grassy Sound. These areas
are visited by a boat operated by Jersey Cape Nature
Excursions; information (609)884-3712.
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
Local Nature Notes follow.
This week was exciting for butterfly and dragonfly
enthusiasts. Several species were added to the Cape May
County check-list. On Aug. 20, a COMPTON'S TORTOISE-SHELL
was discovered in a yard in Whitesboro, a few miles north
of Rio Grande. This is species number 105 for the County. A
dragonfly never before seen in NJ was discovered on Aug. 19
at Lily Lake in Cape May Point. A FOUR-SPOTTED PENNANT,
fairly common in Florida and Dry Tortugas, also is known
from the coastal plain in Delaware. It was seen as recently
as Aug. 22, and may still be present; its favorite perch is
in Lily Lake, near the south end of the lake, on a twig
sticking out of the water. It likes to perch here and dart
out after prey.
Also on Aug. 18, two VARIEGATED MEADOW-FLIES were seen at
Lily Lake. This dragonfly was first found here in 1992.
Higbee Beach right now has lots of butterfly action;
numbers of RED-BANDED HAIRSTREAKS, RED-SPOTTED PURPLES,
HACKBERRY EMPERORS and TAWNY EMPERORS have been reported.
The Villas reported a first CLOUDLESS SULPHUR on Aug. 22,
along with VARIEGATED FRITILLARY, 17 SACHEMS, & 6
MONARCHS. On Aug. 23, the Circle Gardens in Cape May Point
enjoyed dozens of MONARCHS, as well as SACHEMS, TIGER
SWALLOWTAILS, PAINTED LADIES & AMERICAN LADIES, SILVER-SPOTTED
SKIPPERS, CABBAGE WHITE, and SULPHURS. These gardens are
active all day and anything is possible.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.