You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights of the week ending Sept. 9, 1993 include news of some terrific landbird flights; LARK SPARROW, GREAT CORMORANT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS, BLACK TERNS, BALD EAGLE, PEREGRINE, HUMPBACK WHALE, WILSON'S STORM PETREL, SANDWICH TERN, BROWN PELICAN, and news of upcoming programs.
A LARK SPARROW was seen in the grassy field in the Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 4. A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at Higbee Beach on Sept. 5. The largest landbird flight so far this fall occurred on Sept. 5, when 27 species of warblers were tallied, including: 4 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, 2 BLACKPOLLS, 1 MOURNING, and 1 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER. Other highlights Sept. 5 at Higbee were 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 1 DICKCISSEL, over 1000 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, over 50 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, numbers of N. ORIOLES, CEDAR WAXWINGS, BOBOLINKS, and SCARLET TANAGERS. Sept. 6 proved to be quite good too, with reports of PURPLE FINCH, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, VEERY, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CERULEAN, WORM-EATING, AND CANADA WARBLERS, 2 DICKCISSEL, and 2 ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS.
On Sept. 7 at Higbee, WILSON'S WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, N. WATERTHRUSH, BLACKPOLL, TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were all reported.
The South Cape May Meadows this week has also been excellent. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen off and on there all week, reported as recently as Sept. 7. Two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were there from Sept. 5 to 8. Other sightings at the Meadows this week include VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS, WESTERN SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, COMMON MOORHEN, and BLACK TERN.
The cold front on Sept 5 also produced a good raptor flight, with 3 BLACK VULTURES, 49 OSPREY, an immature BALD EAGLE, 39 N. HARRIER, 215 AM. KESTREL, a MERLIN and 2 PEREGRINES. 360 raptors were counted on Sept. 5. Sept. 7 was another 300+ day, mostly made up of AM. KESTREL and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS.
The Cape May whale watch boat has had some good trips recently. On Sept. 1 through 7 a Humpback Whale was regularly seen. BLACK TERNS, WILSON'S STORM PETRELS, and COM. LOON have also been reported. For more info, (609) 898 0055 or 898 1122. Jersey Cape Nature Excursions runs boat trips to Champagne Island, the sand bar between Hereford Inlet and N. Wildwood. This past week they have reported 1 to 2 SANDWICH TERNS, BLACK TERNS, 1500+ COMMON TERNS, 100+ ROYAL TERNS, 6 TO 10 CASPIAN TERNS, 1 RED KNOT, 30 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 11 TO 15 PIPING PLOVERS, 3 BROWN PELICANS and A BRANT. For more info, (609) 898 9631.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still coming to CMBO's feeders and gardens, Leaming's Run Botanical Gardens, and local backyards; although numbers are diminishing as local birds migrate.
Upcoming programs daily through mid-October: Each Sunday through September, a birdwalk at Higbee Beach begins at 7:30 AM in the parking lot. On Mondays, a birdwalk leaves from the State Park Picnic Pavilion at 7:30 AM. Every Tuesday evening a "sunset bird walk" meets at 6:30 PM at the Meadows, until Sept. 7 when the walks meet at 5:30 PM due to daylight savings. Every Wednesday, a birdwalk for beginners meets at 7:30 AM at the Nature Conservancy's property at the Cape May Meadows. Every Thursday at 7:30 AM a walk leaves the parking lot on New England Rd. for Hidden Valley. On Friday, a birdwalk meets at the Concrete Ship at 7:30 AM. Hawk ID workshops take place at the State Park's education building every Friday at 9:30 AM and every Saturday at 1 PM. Birdwatching for Beginners two-day workshop is scheduled for Sept. 26, Oct. 23, and each month thereafter. Other special programs as well; call for details and registration.
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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.