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 19 include sightings of LARK SPARROW, GOLDEN EAGLE, news of CMBO's
Cape May Hawkwatch and our Avalon Seawatch, local nature notes, and news of
CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips.
Three LARK SPARROWS were seen this week. One was at the end of Alexander Ave.
on Cape May Point on September 14th, one was at the impoundments east of
the Seashore Rd. canal bridge onSeptember 18th, and a third was at Bayside,
Cumberland County, also on the 18th.
One of the earliest GOLDEN EAGLES ever seen in southern New Jersey was
reported from Bayside,Cumberland County on September 18th.
DICKCISSELS were seen at Hidden Valley Ranch and at Higbee Beach on
Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were over the Hawkwatch at the Cape May Point
State Park on September 17th and one at the same location on the 18th.
Warbler and other passerine migration has been steady all week. A sampling
would include MOURNING WARBLER, CONNECTICUT, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS on September
14th; WILSON'S WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY, and the hybrid BREWSTER'S WARBLER on the
15th; DICKCISSEL, PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS and YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER on the 16th; and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and MOURNING WARBLER & CONNECTICUT
WARBLERS on the 17th.
This fall we welcome Jerry Liguori as our Official Hawkwatcher at the Cape
May Hawkwatch, and we'd also like you to welcome CMBO's two Hawkwatch
Education Interns, Mike Green and Sue Hopkins. This week's flight was
highlighted by 11 BALD EAGLES on September 19th.
CMBO's Avalon Seawatch began fulltime this week and we'd like to welcome
this year's Seawatcher, Bill Seng!
THE SKIMMER, a very stable 37 foot catamaran with open and enclosed viewing
decks, runs daily birding by boat trips and each week the Sunday afternoon
and the Monday morning trips are sponsored by CMBO and benefit CMBO. One or
both of these trips visit Champagne Island, a favorite roost site for
migrant terns and migrant shorebirds. Most sightings of Roseate, Sandwich,
Black, and Gull-billed Terns occur here! The CMBO sponsored boat trips run
Every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and Every Monday morning from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register for these CMBO sponsored boat trips,
call The Skimmer directly at 609-884-3100 and say you learned of the trips
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD numbers have plummeted, but a few are still being
seen daily at Higbee Beach and local butterfly and hummingbird gardens,
including CMBO headquarters at 707 E. Lake Drive.
Local Nature Notes follow: CMBO's monarch project intern, Gayle Steffe,
had a busy day finally on September 18th, when 100's of MONARCHS came
through Cape May. CMBO's Weeklong Butterfly and Warbler Workshop this week
has enjoyed 100's of SACHEMS, numbers of LEAST SKIPPERS and COMMON BUCKEYES,
a SWARTHY SKIPPER, an AMERICAN SNOUT, AMERICAN COPPERS, GRAY HAIRSTREAKS,
several RED-SPOTTED PURPLES, VICEROYS, and the first PAINTED LADY of the
fall, yes Painted Ladies have been non-existent this fall -- and those
butterflies were all seen on the windy, rainy days. Dragonflies are putting
on a show with many of the migrant dragonflies here in numbers now,
including: GREEN DARNERS, BLACK-MANTLED, VIOLET-MASKED, WANDERING GLIDERS, and
SPOT-WINGED GLIDERS! Virginia Creeper fruits are ripe and pulling in hungry
migrant vireos, warblers, and thrushes. Winged Sumac fruits are developing.
Groundsel-tree, the bush covered with white fluffy flowers, is in bloom now
and some days attracting numbers of butterflies.
Some of CMBO's upcoming preregistration programs follow: Pat and Clay
Sutton will lead a"Weeklong Workshop for Raptors" October 14-18 and there is
still room in this workshop. Our next MEMBERS NIGHT is Wednesday, October
16 at 7:30 p.m., with Pat Sutton's slide program on owlsand owl listen!
September 21-22 and again October 26-27, Fred Mears will teach a 2-day "Bird
Watching For Beginners Course." NJ Audubon's Cape May Autumn Weekend will
be heldSeptember 27-29, 3 days packed with workshops, field trips, boat
trips, and great company! On Saturday, October 5th Pat Sutton will teach a
"Backyard Habitat for Wildlife Workshop," to be followed by a plant sale.
October 12th, Dr. George Uetz, an authority on spiders will share an
indoor>program and then
take us on a spider outing to see and learn more about the spiders around
us. October 19-20 Dave Ward will teach a 2-day Seabird ID Workshop, to
include one morning in the field and one afternoon indoors. And November
1-3 is THE BIRD SHOW, a 3-day birding festival here in Cape May! Every day
CMBO offers one or several bird, butterfly, or botany walks that require no
preregistration --JUST COME! Call CMBO (at 609-884-2736) for the Fall
Program Schedule, which
includes details and information on registration for the special programs
and meeting placeand times for our daily walks.
CMBO sponsored "Birding By Boat trips" aboard THE SKIMMER are offered Every
Sunday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and Every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. One or both
of these trips may run to Champagne Island. To register for these CMBO
sponsored boat trips, call The Skimmer directly at 609-884-3100 and say you
learned of the trips through CMBO!
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 send a request for information to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape
May Point, NJ 08212. If
you are in thearea do not hesitate to visit our headquarters and growing
birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open DAILY, 9-5.
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!