Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/10/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending September 10 include reports of SWAINSON'S HAWK, EURASIAN WIGEON, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, other bird news, local nature notes, and news of CMBO.

A brief note: Brigantine NWR will be closed every Wednesday in September and October; in September to allow hunting of local Canada Geese, and in October to hunt Snow Geese.

Three SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen at Cape May Point on September 10, with two of them present all day. They were often seen in the vicinity of the old magnesite plant.

A EURASIAN WIGEON has returned to Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park for the sixth consecutive year. It is most often seen in the northeastern section of the pond.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was a one day visitor to the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on September 6. BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at SCMM on the 7th and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper was there on the 9th.

Passerine migration was excellent this week. September 5 brought a fine fallout of birds highlighted by OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and good movement of PHILADELPHIA VIREOS. This flight was overshadowed by one on September 9, when a massive fallout put birds almost everywhere. Higbee Beach was active nearly all day. Warbler species tallied of 27 for the day, with GOLDEN-WINGED, HOODED WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT and MOURNING WARBLERS all included. A huge swallow flight was also evident with over 200 CLIFF SWALLOWS seen at the hawkwatch platform in the State Park.

The fall Hawk Watch started on September 1. The hawk counters this year are Pete Gustas and Vince Elia. Good flights were noted on the 8th, 9th, and 10th with AMERICAN KESTRELS and NORTHERN HARRIERS both making good showings. The first good push of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS was noted on the 10th, and a good BROAD-WINGED HAWK flight was evident also.

Local nature Notes follow: An incredible flight of Cloudless Sulphurs, a southern butterfly, has been noted in 1998. A count of over 1,400 northbound sulphurs was made in three hours along Delaware Bay in Villas on September 6 and across the bay in Delaware at Indian River Inlet, 440 were tallied in just five minutes. Late season variety of butterflies has been excellent. In just three days this week one yard in Goshen tallied 32 species. Several White-M Hairstreaks have been noted this week. Other highlights included Pipevine Swallowtail, Little Yellow, Long-tailed Skipper, Ocola Skipper, and Fiery Skipper.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no preregistration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Don't hesitate to visit our two centers of activity. CMBO's Center for Research & Education is located at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen. CMBO's Northwood Center is located at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point. Both centers feature gardens, feeding stations, nature & book stores, and birding information. The Center in Goshen also has a wildlife art gallery, featuring artists, photographer, and carvers. Each Center is OPEN DAILY 10-5.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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