|You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Aug. 4, 1994, include: PAINTED BUNTING, RUFF, MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED GREBE, news of early migrants, local nature notes, and announcements.
A PAINTED BUNTING was reported this week from Higbee's Beach on both July 31 and Aug. 1. It has not been reported since. Be advised that there is still no parking at Higbee's Beach, and the mosquito population seems to be at an all time high.
A RUFF was reported today, Aug. 4, as it flew over the Cape May Point State Park hawk watch platform. The bird was said to be headed for Delaware.
Also today, Aug. 4, a MARBLED GODWIT was seen from the Jersey Cape Nature Excursions tour boat. For more information about these back bay tours contact them at (609) 898 9631. A RED-NECKED GREBE continues to be seen in the Cape May Harbor. It was seen again this week on Aug. 1.
Landbird migration is still in its early stages; however a few birds have showed up. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen at Higbee's Beach on Aug. 1, while NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHES have been seen at several places this week. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was outside CMBO on July 29, and also that day a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was at Higbee Beach.
On the "non-landbird" front, eleven RED KNOTS were seen on July 29 on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows, while a GULL-BILLED TERN was a fly-by at Higbee Beach on Aug. 1.
Local Nature notes: Both Fiery Skipper and Sachem were seen this week around the Cape. Both of these "fold-wing" Skippers are southern immigrants -- butterflies which do not overwinter here, but repopulate this area from broods farther south. Some of our fairly common butterflies are immigrants. American Snout arrives fairly early in the season, as does Common Buckeye, although in 1992 very few Buckeyes were seen. Variegated Fritillary is also an immigrant. Others to look for soon include Common Checkered Skipper and Painted Lady. Painted Lady is very similar in appearance to American Lady, but has four eyespots on the underside of the hindwing whereas American Lady has only two. Later in the season, the lemon-lime colored Giant Cloudless Sulphur should arrive, as will the Little Yellow.
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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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. 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.