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. 31, 1995 include
NORTHERN WHEATEAR, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, SANDWICH TERN,
MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER,
some migration news, hawkwatch, nature notes and
A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was discovered near Mauricetown,
Cumberland County, on Aug. 28. It was seen perching on
wires near a field along Haleyville Road. It was seen only
on Aug. 28; there have been no further sightings.
A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER has been present at Higbee's Beach for
the last three days. It is usually seen in the woods near
the parking lot.
On Aug. 27, SANDWICH TERNS were reported from the sand spit
in Bunker Pond near the Hawkwatch platform at Cape May
Point State Park, along with many COMMON TERNS and ROYAL TERNS.
Three MARBLED GODWITS were present at Thompson's Beach on
Aug. 30, in the marsh on the north side of the road.
Thompson's Beach is along Old Route 47.
An eclipse plumage drake EURASIAN WIGEON has been present
all week in Bunker Pond.
On August 30, a fair fall of passerines was noted at
Higbee's Beach, including CAPE MAY WARBLER, CERULEAN
WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, &
WORM-EATING WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, & OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER. The ponds along the east walk of the Cape May
Meadows have completely dried up and shorebirds have not
been there in numbers, although a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
was there Aug. 30. GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen on the beach
east of the meadows, and also on the Higbee dredge spoil
behind the dike, on Aug. 30; and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was on
the spit at Bunker Pond the same day.
Observers scanning the ocean from the State Park on Aug. 28
were rewarded with 3 CORY'S SHEARWATER and a GREATER
SHEARWATER. Both species are very rarely seen from land.
Each fall thousands of PURPLE MARTINS stage on the Maurice
(say "Morris") River in Cumberland Co., before moving on.
This fall the magic dates were Aug. 28-29; 36000 were
estimated. This late-evening phenomenon is best viewed from
the Maurice River Park in Mauricetown.
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
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.
Butterflies are being enjoyed in abundance here now; our
Wednesday morning butterfly walk on Aug. 30 at the Circle
Gardens in Cape May Point discovered: MONARCH BUTTERFLY
eggs and caterpillars; Monarchs and Sachems, the most
common species; two Fiery Skippers; one HACKBERRY
BUTTERFLY; numbers of SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPERS, a VICEROY,
two RED ADMIRALS, six PAINTED LADIES, two AMERICAN LADIES,
TIGER SWALLOWTAIL, and two BLACK SWALLOWTAILS. At least 3
CLOUDLESS SULPHUR were also seen, another southern wanderer
which first appeared last week and is now becoming common.
Other southern wanderers this week included OCOLA SKIPPER
Aug. 24 at the Water Conservation Gardens on Madison Ave.;
and several CLOUDED SKIPPERS on Aug. 27 at Higbee Beach.
Two reports of GIANT SWALLOWTAILS have come in; one was
from northern Cape May County on Aug. 29, and one from
Lebanon, Pennsylvania the same day. Both were seen by
beginning butterfly watchers; but each observer was
adamant. GIANT SWALLOWTAILS are known to wander. A
BRAZILIAN SKIPPER was also reported on Aug. 29 from
Heislerville in Cumberland County.
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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.