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.
[program information deleted--LL]
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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.