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. 28, 1995 include
AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, migration
news and announcements.
New Jersey Audubon's 49th annual 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
An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen along Ocean Drive at the Coast
Guard ponds Sept. 22; it has not been reported since. Ocean
Drive is reached by bearing left at the end of the Parkway,
instead of crossing over the bridge into Cape May. Two
AVOCETS were also in the northeast corner of the East Pool
at Brigantine on Sept. 23.
Up to five MARBLED GODWITS continue to be seen at
Thompson's Beach on the Delaware Bay shore; they were last
reported on Sept. 23. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON is still
being seen in the Bunker Pond, in front of the CMBO
Hawkwatch platform at the State Park. Earlier in the week,
both BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and AMERICAN BITTERN were present at
Lighthouse Pond at the State Park, and a SORA rail was in
the South Cape May Meadows. These have not been reported
Some passerine highlights this weekend included a
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Higbee Beach on Sept. 23; the
arrival of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS on Sept. 24;
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on Sept. 26 near the Hawkwatch
platform; and LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Higbee on Sept. 27.
Today, Sept. 28, a good fallout of birds at Higbee produced
a late MOURNING WARBLER and a late KENTUCKY WARBLER; three
PINE WARBLERS; and a SOLITARY VIREO. Also today, *OVER 500
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES* were seen in the dunes around Cape
May Point. Other warblers seen today included BAY-BREASTED,
BLACKPOLL, PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, & BLACK-THROATED GREEN
at Hidden Valley Ranch.
We are nearly a month into the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed this
year by Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Paul Koenig are
our education interns. Already today, Sept. 28, a major
flight is underway. By 1:30 PM, 9 BALD EAGLES and over 60
PEREGRINE FALCONS had come through. On Sept. 23, over 1500
birds were counted, highlighted by over 950 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS. On Sept. 24, over 2200 total, with over 1700
SHARPSHINS; on Sept. 27, 970 SHARPSHINS, 500+ AM. KESTRELS,
65 MERLINS & 53 PEREGRINE FALCONS. There have also been 3
NORTHERN GOSHAWKS this week.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. It began
Sept. 22, and already there is good movement and variety,
including a few NORTHERN GANNET, a few SCOTERS, thousands
of CORMORANTS, several PARASITIC JAEGERS, one POMARINE
JAEGER on Sept. 24, and BROWN PELICANS daily.
If you are in Cape May and looking for nearby birding
attractions, the SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER that spent the
summer at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware was still there on
Local nature notes follow.
Sept 28 a huge DRAGONFLY migration took place; from 10 AM
on, the sky was so full of them it was hard to pick out
migrating hawks. They were mostly GREEN DARNERS, with
BLACK-MANTLED GLIDERS and others mixed in. The same day
marked this season's largest movement of MONARCHS to date,
nectaring on the dunes on Goldenrod and filling the sky
The Cape has had lots of southern vagrant butterflies this
fall. A garden on Lincoln Ave. in Cape May Point this week
had ten LONG-TAILED SKIPPERS in one day. Other sites
include the Water Conservation Garden in Cape May city, and
the Pavilion Circle Garden in Cape May Point. CMBO's Sept.
27 butterfly walk at the Pavilion Circle had two
LONG-TAILED SKIPPERS, two OCOLA SKIPPERS, eight FIERY
SKIPPERS, constant CLOUDLESS SULPHURS, lots of PAINTED
LADIES and AMERICAN LADIES, over 100 SACHEMS and over 100
MONARCHS. A few non-migrant species there were ORANGE
SULPHUR and SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPER. RED ADMIRALS and COMMON
BUCKEYES are also migrating through and have been seen
along the dune lines. CLOUDLESS SULPHURS are laying eggs on
Partridge Pea, and COMMON BUCKEYE caterpillars can be seen
now on Seaside Gerardia along the central path at the South
Cape May Meadows.
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.