Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/25/1997
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 25 include sightings of WHITE IBIS, SANDWICH TERN, WESTERN KINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs and field trips.

A 1st year WHITE IBIS was seen circling over Cape May Point on September 21.

Two SANDWICH TERNS, an adult and a juvenile, where on the beach at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on September 23.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was present for several days near New England and Bayshore Roads, last reported on September 24.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to alternate between Bunker Pond and Lily Lake, it has returned to Cape May Point for a number of years.

Up to five MARBLED GODWITS are present around Hereford Inlet, seen roosting on sandbars as the tide drops. Eighteen WILLETS and 75 CASPIAN TERNS were also seen there.

Warbler highlights this week included an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Hidden Valley on September 24, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER near Lily Lake on the 24th, and a MOURNING WARBLER at Higbee Beach on the 21st. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen near Harvard and Whilden Avenues on September 24 while another was in the Cape May Point State Park on the same day. Up to 25,000 TREE SWALLOWS have collected in the SCMM.

Two COMMON EIDERS continue around the Cape May Point jetties.

A BARN OWL continues at dusk at the SCMM. First seen September 11th it is now seen nightly at the last bit of light.

Jerry Liguori is CMBO's official Hawkwatcher, spelled by Pete Dunne on Tuesdays and Vince Elia on Wednesdays. Our Education Interns are Mike Green, Peter Gustas, and James Paolino. Welcome them and take advantage of their expertise and education efforts. Over 24,000 hawks have been tallied in already, in just 24 days. BALD EAGLES are daily, with 21 seen on September 19th, and 8 on the 21st and 9 on the 22nd.

Bill Seng is CMBO's official Seawatcher at 7th Street in Avalon and the Seawatch began September 22nd. Bill is spelled by Dave Ward and Fred Mears. And the Education Interns will be rotating between the hawkwatch and the seawatch, with James Paolino covering it the most. CMBO's Monarch Monitoring Project began this fall on September 1st. Dick Walton is again overseeing it and this year's Research Intern is Elizabeth Hunter (the one with the butterfly net). Numbers are up this year with 150 monarchs/hour on the census route. Nearly 2,000 monarchs have been tagged to date. Some are color marked to tell how long individuals are staying and to determine their movements. Note your sightings at CMBO, including the tag color, the number if you can read it, and where and when you saw it, or tell Elizabeth.

CMBO's Champagne Island Cruise on September 19th enjoyed 5 Marbled Godwit, a Piping Plover, Peregrine Falcon and N. Harrier, 6 Brown Pelicans, numbers of Caspian, Royal, Common, and Forster's Terns, numbers of Black Skimmers and American Oystercatcher, and a breaching and spouting Humpbacked Whale. There are a number of other CMBO Champagne Island Cruises scheduled, all with room available. Upcoming trips include Friday, October 3; Saturday, October 4th; Saturday, October 18th -- all from 3:00-6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, November 15th from 1:30-5:00 p.m. Call CMBO to register or stop in.

Local Nature Notes follow: Single sightings of Long-tailed Skipper were enjoyed in Pavilion Circle Garden in Cape May Point on September 18 and 20 and in Cape May City's Water Conservation Garden on Madison Avenue on September 21. Ocola Skipper, another southern vagrant, has been seen this week also, including one on September 21 in Pavilion Circle Garden and one in a garden in the Villas on September 23. Cloudless Sulphurs continue to move through from the south. American Snout and Tawny Emperor can still be seen at Higbee Beach and Cape May Point, and on September 21 a Common Checkered Skipper was in SCMM. CMBO's new Center in Goshen on Route 47 has a new butterfly garden full of skippers, on September 19th Swarthy, Crossline, Aaron's, Broad-winged, Salt-marsh, Least Skippers, and Sachems were all there. There was a big bat movement on September 21, dozens were seen coming in from sea at the Seawatch. Great Horned Owls became vocal mid-month and can be heard at dawn and dusk most days. Their hooting is territorial.

The Cape May Bird Observatory now has two centers of activity. Our new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North, either 1 mile south of the traffic light at Rt. 657 or 1.7 miles north of the Gulf Station in Goshen. From either direction we are just around a bend. This center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and an wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers. The Center is open daily 10-5, and "The Loft" art gallery is open weekends (Fri, Sat, and Sun). CMBO's Northwood Center now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. It is also open daily, 10-5.

The Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Schedule offers daily bird, butterfly, or wildflower walks, hawk & seabird id mini-workshops. Also offered weekly, but requiring preregistration, are Birding By Boat trips each Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. Stop by either center to pick up the fall issue of the Kestrel Express, to learn of all our programs or call us at 609-861-0700.

Special upcoming preregistration programs include Pete Dunne's "Pishing 101" on Thursday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m.; Champagne Island Cruises for Fall Migrants" on Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, at 3:00 p.m.; a "Feed the Birds" Workshop on October 11; a "Learn How to Share Nature With your Child" program on October 11; CMBO's next Member's Night on October 15 will host Clay and Pat Sutton, presenting a slide program and book signing on "How to Spot Hawks & Eagles;" a 2-Day Seabird ID Course (including one indoor workshop & 2 field trips) taught by Dave Ward on October 18 & 19; a "Champagne Island Cruise for Fall Migrants" on October 18 at 3:00 p.m.; "a Bird Watching For Beginners 2-Day Course" October 25-26; "THE BIRD SHOW" October 31 through November 2, and MUCH MORE!

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 new Center for Research & Education at 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area do not hesitate to visit our 2 birding bookstores. The Northwood Center in Cape May Point at 701 E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point and the Center for Research & Education in Goshen, both 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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