Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/14/1995
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 Sept. 14, 1995 include RED PHALAROPE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, migration news and announcements.

NOTICE: The Cape May Autumn Weekend will be held Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1 --- a non-stop weekend of programs, workshops and field trips with hundreds of birders attending. Call CMBO for information.

A RED PHALAROPE made a brief appearance at Bunker Pond, in front of the Hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 9. On Sept. 10, three BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were in the South Cape May Meadows along the center path, and one was also seen intermittently on the sand spit in Bunker Pond during the week.

Two or three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were present at Higbee Beach on both Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were in the first field on the left at Higbee Beach today, Sept. 14.

The passerine migration is in full swing at the Cape; some highlights follow. GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was at Higbee Beach Sept. 10, and at the Cold Spring Campground Sept. 13. Several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS have been seen this week at various locations. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Higbee Beach on Sept. 10; MOURNING WARBLER there the same day; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Higbee on Sept. 11, along with CERULEAN WARBLER; and HOODED WARBLER was at Hidden Valley on Sept. 11.

A BARRED OWL was found in the State Park on Sept. 11; this was probably a young bird wandering as there are few records south of the Cape May Canal. Both the EURASIAN WIGEON and the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on and off in front of the Hawkwatch this week.

CMBO'S Hawkwatch this week had good flights triggered by cold fronts. Highlights: almost 900 AMERICAN KESTRELS on Sept. 10; two PEREGRINE FALCONS Sept. 14; BALD EAGLES on Sept. 8, 9, 10, and 11.

BUTTERFLY NOTES follow. Southern vagrant butterflies are showing up now at butterfly hot spots. The fall's first OCOLA SKIPPER was seen Aug. 24 at the Cape May Water Conservation Garden on Madison Ave. and one was seen Sept. 3 in Cape May Point at the Pavilion Circle Gardens. CLOUDED SKIPPER reports began coming in Aug. 27 and have been regular since then, from Higbee Beach, the Beanery, the Water Conservation Garden, Circle Garden and CMBO's butterfly garden. The fall's first LONG-TAILED SKIPPER appeared Sept. 6 in the Pavilion Circle garden and they have been seen daily in different locations since. CLOUDLESS SULPHURS appeared Aug. 22, daily since; hundreds of SACHEMS are found in all the gardens, along with a few FIERY SKIPPERS. Each of these butterflies are southern vagrants which wander north in the fall.

MONARCH tagging began Sept. 1. If you see any tagged MONARCHS locally, please record the tag number, date, and location; and send the information to CMBO, attention Louise Zemaitis or Dick Walton. If you see a tagged MONARCH in another state, report it to the address on the tag. Thanks.

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

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