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. 3, 1995 include
AMERICAN AVOCET, SANDWICH TERN, ROSEATE TERN, early
migration reports, nature notes, etc.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was found on Aug. 2 on Ocean Drive, at
mile marker 1 (one), on the mudflats across from the Breezy
Lee Marina. The bird was still present today, Aug. 3.
A SANDWICH TERN was seen at the Avalon Sea Watch on July
30; this sighting corresponds with an influx of ROYAL TERNS
to the area from the south. A ROSEATE TERN was at the Sea
Watch Aug. 1; this is the fourth sighting in the last ten
days, and could involve the same individual.
The South Cape May Meadows site has been excellent for
migrating shorebirds. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was there on
July 31, and up to 81 STILT SANDPIPERS were there on Aug.
1. Other shorebirds this week include WESTERN SANDPIPERS,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, & PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
A few early migrant warblers were seen this week; two
BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were at
Higbee Beach on July 29, and an AMERICAN REDSTART and two
BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS were there on Aug. 2. Hummingbird
activity is high now that young have fledged and are
beginning to move. Trumpet creeper is in bloom, a favorite
of hungry hummers.
The parking lots at Higbee Beach WMA are still closed for
the summer. This does not mean that Higbee Beach is closed,
just the parking lots. You can still bird and butterfly the
area, but you must be dropped off there, ride a bike, or
park in the Hidden Valley parking lot further up New
England Road and walk down. The parking lot closures are
the state of NJ's attempt to address illicit activities
that occur there during warm summer months. The lots will
remain closed THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
Local Nature Notes follow.
DRAGONFLIES are on the move early, this fall. The morning
of July 30, 30 SWAMP DARNERS and one COMMON GREEN DARNER were
seen. That same evening, Jim Dowdell witnessed a major
dragonfly migration between 5 PM and 7 PM, near his home in
the Villas along the Delaware Bayshore. He had just
returned home when he realized that thousands of
dragonflies were on the move, heading north/northeast
following the coastline. Who knows when this movement
actually began. Jim counted 200 to 250 dragonflies per
minute for two hours, or 24,000 to 30,000 dragonflies. The
flight was made up of about 60 per cent WANDERING GLIDERS
and forty per cent SPOT-WINGED GLIDERS; these are rain-pool
dragonflies that respond to storms and associated temporary
water pools. Other species in small numbers included
BLACK-MANTLED GLIDERS, VIOLET-MASKED GLIDERS, GREEN
DARNERS, TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMERS, PAINTED SKIMMER, BLUE DASHER,
SLATY SKIMMER. They were moving in a 1/4 mile wide band,
from the tide line to about half a block inland. They were
only inches over the beach to about waist level.
Butterfly enthusiasts are spending time in the "Circle
Gardens" at Cape May Point. There are lots of skippers,
including SACHEMS, BROADWINGED SKIPPERS, NORTHERN
BROKEN-DASH, FIERY SKIPPERS, AMERICAN LADY, RED ADMIRAL,
VICEROY, SUMMER AZURE, MONARCH, and SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL.
[Program Information Omitted]
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.