Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 9/8/2000
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 7 included SWAINSON'S WARBLER, SANDWICH TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, other bird news, MONARCH news, and news of CMBO.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was found on September 5 at Higbee Beach in the wet woods just beyond the path connecting to the east fields, and before the bend in the road known as catbird corner. The bird was reported again on September 7, but most of the searching has produced no results.

A few SANDWICH TERNS have been reported. Up to four were present at Hereford Inlet last week, and one was on the beach between the State Park and the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) on the 6th.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Higbee Beach on September 6, and that one or another was seen on the 8th.

Higbee Beach has produced a good variety of warblers most of the week. For instance, on the 8th were: PROTHONOTARY, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, NASHVILLE WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER. Also seen were one or two WARBLING VIREOS. Earlier in the week there was KENTUCKY WARBLER on the 5th, MOURNING, CONNECTICUT, AND HOODED WARBLERS on the 6th, and a BREWSTER'S WARBLER on the 7th.

Other highlights for the week included: a SORA at SCMM on the 3rd, and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER over the Higbee dike on the 7th. A tally of 200-300 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS at Bivalve on September 4 is a stunning number for south Jersey.

The weather has not been conducive to MONARCH migration, so consequently there were no movements or concentrations noted. Monarch flights typically peak in late September and early October. We will endeavor to keep track of Monarch movements each week. Otherwise, there have been two or three LITTLE YELLOWS near Bunker Pond in the State Park. A late report of a LONG-TAILED SKIPPER was received from Villas for August 28. A CLOUDED SKIPPER was at CMBO Goshen on the 7th of September. A few CLOUDLESS SULPHURS have been showing up. Variety has been good, with 25 species in one Goshen back yard on the 4th.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

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 hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

Vincent J. Elia
Research Associate
Cape May Bird Observatory
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, N. J., 08210

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