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
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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.