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 17 include reports of FRIGATEBIRD, SP, EURASIAN WIGEON,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.
A FRIGATEBIRD was reported from the area of Poverty Beach at the east end
of Cape May late in the day on September, 24, but there were no follow up
sightings at the time of this tape.
Two male EURASIAN WIGEON are now being seen in Bunker Pond in front of the
hawk watch in the Cape May Point State Park.
Passerine migration this week included the following highlights:
CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were reported from Hidden Valley on the 18th, and from
Higbee Beach on the 19th and 20th. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was a Higbee
Beach on the 20th. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was in Town Bank on the 20th .
On the 23rd about 1,000 NORTHERN FLICKERS were seen headed north at Villas,
2 AMERICAN PIPITS were over the Hawkwatch, 2 late PURPLE MARTINS were at
Higbees, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Cape May Point. New arrivals
this week included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and JUNCO.
Highlights from the Cape May Hawkwatch included an excellent movement of
263 MERLINS on September 18, and over 1,000 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS on the
20th. The hawk watch is manned this year by counters Pete Gustas and Vince
Elia, with education interns, Cameron Cox and Jim Tietz.
The Avalon Seawatch got under way on September 22. This years counters are
Bill Seng, Fred Mears and Scott Barnes. The Seawatch interns are Jim Tietz
and Gail Dwyer.
Local nature Notes follow: An excellent influx of Monarch Butterflies
occurred on September 23, behind the cold front. Monarch show up in numbers
at Cape May on the same conditions as do birds, strong northerly or
northwesterly winds. Our monarch intern, Larissa Smith, continues hard at
work counting and tagging monarchs. Late season southern wanderers
continue to be seen around Cape May Point. Long-tailed Skipper was on Cape
May Point on September 20, while Little Yellows were seen on the Point on
the 19th and 24th. The flight of Cloudless Skippers continues. With so many
sulphurs moving through, many are laying eggs. Check patches of Partridge
Pea to find their beautiful green and yellow caterpillar.
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!