Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/7/1995
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. 7, 1995 include NORTHERN WHEATEAR, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, EURASIAN WIGEON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, migration news and announcements.

NOTICE: The 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 information.

A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was reported from Brigantine on Sept. 5. We have no specific location nor have we received any more recent reports.

Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were behind the dike at Higbee Beach, in the northeast corner, on Sept. 7. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen in the South Cape May Meadows on Sept. 6-7 along the center path. Six MARBLED GODWITS were at Thompson's Beach on Sept. 5, in the impoundment on the north side of the road near the beach. They were seen at low tide, which was 1 PM on Sept. 5; add 45 minutes per day for time of low tide.

An eclipse plumage male EURASIAN WIGEON has been present for some time in Bunker Pond in front of the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point State Park. A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has also been seen on the sand spit in Bunker Pond off and on.

The stagnant weather patterns have held up any major passerine movements at the Cape; however, PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and WARBLING VIREOS were seen this week at Higbee Beach along with CAPE MAY WARBLERS, CERULEAN WARBLERS, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLERS & WORM-EATING WARBLERS. Other highlights included SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and numbers of VEERIES.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen from the Hawkwatch platform on Sept. 6, as was a GREAT CORMORANT. The official Hawkwatch began Sept. 1. CMBO's official Hawkwatcher this fall will be Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Paul Koenig will serve as Education Interns on the Hawkwatch this fall. This past week saw a fair push of AMERICAN KESTREL, 5 BALD EAGLES, & 4 PEREGRINE FALCONS.

BUTTERFLY NOTES follow. CLOUDED SKIPPER was seen at the Cape May Water Conservation Garden on Aug. 31. PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL was seen at Nummy Island on Sept. 2. OCOLA SKIPPER was at the Circle Garden, Cape May Point, Sept. 3. The fall's first LONG-TAILED SKIPPER appeared Sept. 6 also at the Circle Garden, and quite a few others have been seen since. Sept. 7, one at North Cape May; Sept. 8, one in Cumberland Co, and one Sept. 9 at the Water Conservation Garden on Madison Ave. CLOUDLESS SULPHURS are pouring through, as are MONARCHS, with hundreds in the area. FIERY SKIPPERS are being seen at both the Circle and Conservation gardens.

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 (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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