Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/5/1993
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. 5, 1993 include: a note about the WHISKERED TERNS and WHITE-WINGED TERNS in Delaware; SANDWICH and GULL-BILLED TERNS, shorebirds, early passerine migration including CERULEAN WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, HUMPBACK and FINBACK WHALES, announcements and news of upcoming programs.

The last report of the WHISKERED TERN received here was of a sighting on July 30 at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area in Delaware from the Pickering Beach side. Two WHITE-WINGED TERNS were seen there as well. CMBO will be visiting this site on its Aug. 7 field trip to the Delaware refuges. There are still some openings.

The South Cape May Meadows held 2 SANDWICH TERNS on the evening of July 31 and the morning of Aug. 1; also, 3 GULL-BILLED TERNS on Aug. 3. An excellent early passerine fallout occurred on Aug. 5 at Higbee Beach. Up to 4 CERULEAN WARBLERS were present, along with a HOODED WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, several WORM-EATING, CANADA WARBLERS, and large numbers of Yellow Warblers, Am. Redstarts, Black-and-white Warblers, and Blue-winged Warblers. Also seen were a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, an ALDER FLYCATCHER (identified by song and call) and several LEAST FLYCATCHERS.

Shorebirds continue to please observers at the South Cape May Meadows. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was present near Sea Grove Ave. in Cape May Point on Aug. 4. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen briefly at the Meadows on Aug. 1, while up to 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen during the week. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER is being seen daily along with several STILT SANDPIPERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and a large assortment of other shorebirds in the Meadows. The morning of Aug. 4 saw a huge concentration of wading birds there, up to 400 Snowy Egrets were joined by 50 Glossy Ibis, 50 Great Egrets, 10 Tricolored Herons, and 2 Little Blue Herons.

HUMMINGBIRD activity is terrific right now. CMBO's first scheduled Hummingbird field trip today, Aug. 5, enjoyed at least a dozen. There are still openings on trips on Aug. 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. Call for details and registration.

Last summer brought Whale sightings right off Cape May, and we wondered if it would happen again this summer. The whales have arrived! Several Humpback Whales and a Finback Whale were seen off Cape May on July 29, and another Humpback was seen off Wildwood Aug. 4 from the Cape May whale watch boat. Trips run daily; for information, 898-0055.

You are invited to join us for the next Higbee Beach workday on Thursday, Aug. 12, to help make the trails at the new Hidden Valley section more "birder-friendly." The State Non-game Program will provide some of the tools and you and I will provide the manpower. Meet us at 10 AM in the small clamshell parking lot on the south side of New England Rd. about 1/2 mile before Higbee Beach's main parking lot. Wear work clothes and sturdy shoes; bring lunch. Please call CMBO to let us know you're coming.

CMBO has a full schedule of activities coming up. Birdwatching for Beginners 2-day courses will be offered once each month, and are scheduled Aug. 28-29, and each month thereafter. Each Sunday a bird walk at Higbee Beach will begin at 7:30 AM at the Higbee Beach parking lot. Every Wednesday a bird walk for beginners will start at 7:30 AM at the South Cape May Meadows on Sunset Blvd. Hummingbird walks are scheduled Aug. 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21. All require pre-registration. A shorebird trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is scheduled for Aug. 7; and a nature photography workshop focusing on nature up close is also scheduled for Aug. 7.

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 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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