You have reached the Cape May Natural History & Events Hotline, a
service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This
update was made on Wednesday, September 11. For bird news call the Cape
May Birding Hotline at 609-898-BIRD. NJ Audubon's three hotlines can be
read in full on our web site (http://www.njaudubon.org), by clicking on
CMBO's Cape May Autumn Hawkwatch is manned this year by hawk counter
Jason Guerard and our two hawkwatch interpretive naturalists Denny
Ariola and Michael Retter. Please welcome them next time you are on the
hawkwatch. Osprey, N. Harrier, Sharp-shins, Cooper's Hawks, and the 3
falcons were all steady this week. 14 Bald Eagles passed through
between Sept. 3-6. Every Friday and Saturday a "Hawk ID Mini-Workshop"
will be taught, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stone Harbor Point's Black Skimmer nesting colony is impressive. The
chicks are mostly grown. CMBO's "Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point &
Nummy's Island" walk is a great way to experience the area, every
Tuesday evening, meeting at 5 p.m. Thousands of Tree Swallows filled
the skies over Stone Harbor Point and over Cape May and Cape May Point
Begin your Cape May weekend by attending CMBO's Friday evening "Open
House" from 7-8:30 p.m. at our Center for Research & Education in Goshen
(600 Rt. 47 N.). Each open house begins by sharing the past week's
migration and predictions for the weekend, and is followed by a program
(September 13: "Cape May Favorites" by Mark Garland).
It was one of the best nesting seasons for herons and egrets, and the
rookeries in the back bay marshes are still teeming with activity.
CMBO's "Sunset Cruise for Fall Migrants" on Saturday, September 28 (3-7
p.m.) still has room and will cruise right by these rookeries. Also
expect Clapper Rails, thousands of shorebirds, good numbers and variety
of terns and gulls, Osprey & more. "Back Bay Birding By Boat" trips
(every Sunday & Monday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) also get you out into this
normally inaccessible area.
About 6 a.m. & again at 6 p.m. Great Horned Owl pairs duet softly and
briefly. They are already thinking of next winter's nesting & their
hoots are with purpose: to nudge their young to find a territory of
their own & to let other adults know that they've staked a claim to THIS
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still regulars at CMBO's Center in
Goshen, though adult males have migrated. Sit quietly under the arbor &
you're sure to see one or two or more. Stop by CMBO to see our full
selection of easy-to-maintain feeders and to get CMBO's handout on
hummingbird feeder directions and maintenance. Coupling a feeder with
habitat and gardens is the key. Stroll through the CMBO gardens to get
ideas for your own garden.
On the butterfly front: 30 species of butterflies were enjoyed in the
CMBO gardens in Goshen on September 7, including: CLOUDLESS SULPHURS (&
their caterpillars & egg laying on Partridge Pea), Painted Lady,
Red-spotted Purple, LONG-TAILED SKIPPER, COMMON CHECKERED SKIPPER, FIERY
SKIPPER, Tawny-edged Skipper, Crossline Skipper, N. Broken Dash, 100's
of SACHEMS, Zabulon Skipper, Aaron's Skipper, Dun Skipper, Saltmarsh
Skipper, & OCOLA SKIPPER. Ocola Skipper was also seen Sept. 6 in the
Villas and another on Sept. 7 at Higbee Beach on the butterfly bushes.
A PIPEVINE SWALLOWTAIL was seen at Pavilion Circle Gardens in Cape May
Point on September 5. Be on the alert too for LARGE ORANGE SULPHURS . .
. 3 different observers have seen flyby's that may have been in the past
week from Virginia north to Port Norris in Cumberland County. CLOUDLESS
SULPHUR numbers continue to grow & are being seen everywhere. MONARCHS
too. Both are on the move -- Cloudless Sulphurs coming north and
Monarchs heading south. CMBO's Monarch Intern Janine McCabe will
conduct DAILY "Monarch Tagging Demos" Thursday through Monday at 1 p.m.
To learn more about butterflies, their natural history, and ID join CMBO
experts for: (1) "Butterfly Walk in the CMBO Gardens in Goshen" every
Wednesday at 1 p.m., (2) "Butterfly Walk at Cape May Point" every
Thursday at 1 p.m., (3) "Butterfly & Dragonfly Walk" every Sunday at 10
a.m. CMBO's Center in Goshen has a terrific assortment of hummingbird
and butterfly plants FOR SALE.
Be sure to attend one of CMBO's early fall bird walks to witness
migration unfolding and the tail end of the breeding season. "Sunset
Birding at the Meadows" at 5:30 p.m. every Friday evening and "Sunset
Birding at Stone Harbor Point & Nummy's Island" at 5 p.m. every Tuesday
evening. "Birding with Pete Dunne" (every Monday), "Birding Cape May
Point," (every Wednesday), "Hidden Valley Bird Walk"(every Thursday),
and "Fall Migrants at the Rea Farm" (every Saturday) are all from
7:30-9:30 a.m. "Higbee Beach Bird Walk" (every Sunday) is from 7-9
a.m. "Enjoying Migration at Cape May" (every Wednesday) is from
10:30-11:30 a.m. Join Mark Garland for one or both of the upcoming
specially arranged outings to a variety of "Migration Hotspots"
(September 14, October 5), from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
To receive a copy of CMBO's program schedule with full details about
these walks and upcoming programs, stop by either CMBO Center, or call
609-861-0700, or visit New Jersey Audubon's web site at
http://www.njaudubon.org (click on "Calendar," then on "Cape May Bird
CMBO still has room on upcoming 2-day Bullet Workshops & 4-5 Day Classic
Workshops focused on Warblers (Sept. 7 & 8), Raptors (Oct. 12 & 13, Oct.
20-24) and Owls (Jan. 17-27). NJ Audubon's 56th Annual Cape May Autumn
Weekend / The Bird Show is October 25-27, 3 full days of workshops,
field trips, programs, boat trips, & more. Many celebrities will be
part of the event. Call, write, or stop by CMBO for brochures on each
or visit NJ Audubon's web site.
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 and natural history significance of Cape May. Your
membership supports these goals and this Cape May Natural History &
Events Hotline (updated Thursday evening).
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. Both are open DAILY, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more
information call 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and ENJOY THE NATURAL
Patricia Sutton, Program Director New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May
Bird Observatory Center for Research & Education, 600 Route 47 North,
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
609-861-0700, x-16 (phone) / 609-861-1651 (fax)