Cape May Natural History Hotline - 7/21/2005
You have reached the Cape May Natural History and Events Hotline for Thursday, July 21, brought to you by Pete Dunne. If you have sightings relating to the natural world in Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland, and Salem Counties, please report them to us at 609-861-0700. This weeks hotline includes continued sightings of Shearwaters--lots and lots of shearwaters. More notes on southbound migrants and other sightings of note.

But first, be aware that on Saturday July 23, CMBOs Center for Research and Education, 1.7 miles north of Goshen on Rt. 47, will host the annual Hummingbird Celebration. The cost is FREE, the public is invited. Come prepared to marvel at creatures that sneer at gravity, defy physics, and drew skepticism from European Monarchs (kings, not butterflies) when early naturalists described the emerald-throated birds in open court. Interpretive tours and programs begin at 10 a.m. and run till 4 p.m. Bring binoculars, anticipation and marvel. Also present in the CMBO Goshen Gardens are assorted dragonflies (TWELVE-SPOTTED SKIMMERS, CAROLINA and BLACK SADDLEBAGS, mating COMMON GREEN DARNERS, SEASIDE DRAGONLETS, NEEDHAMS SKIMMERS, BLUE DASHER, and E. PONDHAWK) and butterflies (COMMON WOOD NYMPH; MONARCHS daily, including several laying eggs on Common Milkweed and Swamp Milkweed, AMERICAN LADIES, PAINTED LADIES, BROAD-WINGED SKIPPERS, and many RARE SKIPPERS), and SNOWBERRY CLEARWINGS (one of the Hummingbird Moths), and

Numbers of GREATER and CORYS SHEARWATERS continue to be seen from shore vantage points in Cape May Point and vicinity. On July 21, 12 GREATER, 1 CORYS, 3 WILSONS STORM PETRELS (and 2 KING EIDERS) were seen from the St. Peters Jetty. During the week as many as 25 GREATER SHEARWATERS were reported. Ten WILSONS STORM PETREL were tallied on one ferry crossing. A ROSEATE TERN was seen July 20. An adult male MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was seen flying west past Cape May Point on July 19. Also sighted, a smaller, subadult sulid that remains inconclusively identified. With so many birds out there and so many days of S. And SE winds--who know.

At Stone Harbor Point 50 WHIMBREL, 200 DOWITCHER, 250 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 40 RED KNOT were reported. Southbound passerines this week include multiple reports of YELLOW WARBLER, BOBOLINK, BANK SWALLOW.

A large and very impressive movement of SWAMP DARNERS occurred at Cape May following the passage of the luke-cool cold front on July 20-21.

In addition to CMBOs regularly scheduled walks on Monday (South Cape May), Tuesday (Stone Harbor Point), Wednesday (Cape May Point), Friday (South Cape May), and Saturday (Cape May Point), this weeks events include Backbay Boat Trips on Sunday and Monday (for boat trips call: 609-884-3100 for information), a kayak trip to the East Creek Lake and the Pickle Factory Pond on July 26; Shorebirds at Brigantine field trip on July 28. Call 609-861-0700 to register for these events or stop by either CMBO Center for a copy of the events schedule--Northwoood Center at 701, East Lake Drive, Cape May Point; Center for Research and Education at 600 Rt. 47 North, Goshen. NOTE: Both CMBO Centers will be closed July 27 and 28 for inventory.

Spaces are still available on all summer and autumn 1-, 2- and 3-Day Workshops treating butterflies, shorebirds, fall warblers, raptors and identifying birds on the wing. For more information about workshops and all programs and events, go to our website at: http://www.njaudubon.org and hit calendar and/or Cape May Birding Workshops.

This hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubons Cape May Bird Observatory. Our mission is to perpetuate the 200 year old ornithological tradition of Cape May through research, education and conservation. Your membership supports these goals, this hotline, and brings you year-round opportunities to discover the wonders of Cape May and the Bayshore region. Membership is $35 for individuals, $45 for families, or $50 for joint CMBO / NJ Audubon.

Thanks for calling. Well look forward to seeing you in the field and on one or more field trips or event.

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