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 4 include sightings of SANDWICH TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER,
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, local nature notes, news of our
upcoming programs and field trips, and a call for your help with the
HORSESHOE CRAB crisis.
HORSESHOE CRAB ALERT -- WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP
On August 18th new proposed horseshoe crab regulations were published in
the New Jersey Register. On that date (August 18th) a 30-day public
comment period opened.
The proposed new regulations: (1) will establish a limited entry system
whereby individuals must meet certain criteria to qualify for a horseshoe
crab harvester's permit, (2) will restrict the harvest to hand collection
only (prohibiting all other gear types, (3) sets a possession limit of 100
horseshoe crabs per day, and (4) will limit the open season for harvesting
horseshoe crabs to Tuesdays and Thursdays during the period of May 1
through June 30.
We need all of you to send in a letter expressing your support of these new
proposed horseshoe crab regulations. (Fishermen are extremely outspoken
against these new proposed regs.) The NJ Marine Fisheries Council must
know that the conservation world is still watching. Your written comments
must be received by September 17, 1997 and can be sent to Janis E.
Hoagland, Esq, DEP Docket No. 19-97-07/634, DEP Office of Legal Affairs,
P.O. Box 402, Trenton, NJ 08625-0402.
If you'd like to receive a copy of the new proposed horseshoe crab
regulations send a check or money order of $2.25 (copying fee) to the
Office of Administrative Law, 9 Quakerbridge Plaza, P.O. Box 049, Trenton,
NJ 08625-0049 and ask for a copy of the "Horseshoe Crab Proposal adopted
as an emergency amendment to N.J.A.C. 7:25-18.16."
Thanks for your continued help with this environmental crisis!
Two SANDWICH TERNS (an adult and a juvenile) were on the beach at the South
Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on August 29.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was present at Higbee Beach on August 31, with
two present there on September 4.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was in the SCMM on the morning of September 4,
with two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS there in the afternoon. Shorebirds are still
moving in good numbers, with both SCMM and Bunker Pond in the State Park
holding birds. Two or three western Willets have been on the beach at the
Park. Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS flew by the hawkwatch on the 3rd of
One or two early BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been seen in the vicinity of SCMM
and the State Park, most recently reported on the 4th. A 1st year LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach at the Meadows on August 29.
Songbird migration was good this past week. A few highlights included 3
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS on August 29 along New England Rd., 4 WORM-EATING
WARBLERS on the 30th and a very big BALTIMORE ORIOLE flight on the 31st,
with up to 250 noted at the Higbee dike, WARBLING VIREO and YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER at Higbee on the 31st, and a good flight on September 4 with
GOLDEN-WINGED and MOURNING WARBLERS.
Jerry Liguori is again CMBO's Official Hawkwatcher, the season starting on
September 1st. Numbers of AMERICAN KESTRELS, OSPREYS, N. HARRIERS, and
even good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWKS have been moving
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD activity is still high, bulking up in order to
migrate. If you have hummingbird feeders, continue to clean them out
thoroughly each week and refill with fresh solution right on through
October. Activity will die down as most of them migrate, but you are very
likely to draw in a rare hummingbird in the fall. Trumpet Creeper is in
full bloom now and drawing in hungry hummingbirds.
Local Nature Notes follow: Wild Cherries are ripe and being eaten by the
waves of migrants coming through. CMBO's Sunday and Wednesday butterfly
walks have been good with all the monarchs migrating through. Each of our
centers has a display with live Monarch eggs, caterpillars, and
chrysalises. Stop by and check it out. CMBO's Monarch Monitoring Intern,
Elizabeth Hunter, began tagging Monarchs this past week and in 3 days
tagged 113, of which all but 15 were males. Please welcome Elizabeth ...
she's the one with the butterfly net! Other butterfly news this week
includes a continuance of Cloudless Sulphurs working their way north, with
sightings coming in from Goshen, Villas, and Cape May Point. Painted
Ladies have been absent but one was seen September 3 in West Cape May -- an
elementary school release or a southern wanderer. Other butterfly goodies
being seen include Sachems, Aaron's Skippers, Zabulons, Silver-spotted
Skippers, Banded Hairstreaks, Viceroy, and all the usuals!
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. Look for the split rail fence, brand new sign, large parking lot,
and big new building beyond. And the Northwood Center now has more space
than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding
information. Both centers are open daily, 10-5.
The Cape May Bird Observatory's Program Schedule offers daily bird,
butterfly, or wildflower walks. Also offered weekly, but requiring
preregistration, are Birding By Boat trips each Sunday afternoon and Monday
morning, and a Kayak Nature Tour each Tuesday afternoons. Stop by either
center to pick up the summer Kestrel Express, which covers through
September, and the orange fall Kestrel Express (which covers October
through December, with a few additional September programs too) or call us
Special upcoming preregistration programs include a "Champagne Island
Cruise for Fall Migrants" on Saturday, September 6, at 4:00 p.m.; Pete
Dunne's "Pishing 101" on Thursday, September 11, at 7:00 p.m.; an evening
program by Rick Dutko on "Bats" on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m.;
a "4-day Butterfly & Warbler Workshop" with Pat Sutton & Jim Dowdell
beginning Thursday, September 18; a "Champagne Island Cruise for Fall
Migrants" on Friday, September 19, at 4:00 p.m.; a "Bird Watching For
Beginners 2-Day Course" September 20-21; our upcoming Cape May Autumn
Weekend, September 26-28; 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,
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!