You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey
Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending August 22
includes sightings of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE,
DICKCISSEL, ROSEATE TERN, an announcement regarding a special CMBO sponsored
boat tour to CHAMPAGNE ISLAND aboard the SKIMMER, news of a summer pelagic
birding trip, local nature notes, and news of CMBO's upcoming programs and
Two brief announcements: (1) The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory
Bird Refuge will be closed Monday through Thursday (August 26-29) during
their phragmites control program. CMBO walks scheduled for this site will
still meet there, but carpool to another nearby birding spot.(2) Pete
Dunne's August 31st workshop on "Binoculars and Spotting Scopes for Birders"
has been cancelled due to a lack of registrants!
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen on August 22nd at the West Cape May
is the area east of the Seashore Road canal bridge on the south side of the
canal. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was also there on the 22nd.
A DICKCISSEL was seen along New England Road on August 20th, with a flock of
A ROSEATE TERN was seen feeding with about 500 COMMON TERNS in the rips off
of Cape may Point. Also present were seven BLACK TERNS.
Higbee Beach was good for warblers and other landbirds this week. Some
highlights include GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on August 18th, KENTUCKY WARBLER on
August 20th, two or three WORM-EATING and CANADA WARBLERS each day, ACADIAN
FLYCATCHER on the 20th, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on the 19th. An UPLAND
SANDPIPER circled Higbee Beach on the 19th.
Thousands of Swallows were seen migrating by the Cape May Point State Park
on August 18th, the bulk of which were BARN SWALLOWS. Over 10,000 were
An early season hawk flight occured on August 18th, including six BALD
EAGLES, two COOPER'S
HAWKS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.
Champagne Island is a favorite roost site for migrant terns and migrant
shorebirds. Most sightings of Roseate, Sandwich, Black, Caspian, and Royal
Terns in the summer occur here! THE SKIMMER,a very stable 37 foot catamaran
with open and enclosed viewing decks, runs three daily birding by boat trips
and each week the Friday evening, Sunday afternoon, and Monday morning trips
aresponsored by CMBO and benefit CMBO. Details follow and are found at the
end of this tape in program information. The special CMBO sponsored boat
trip Every Friday evening from 5:30-8:30p.m. will visit Champagne Island.
To register for these CMBO sponsored boat trips, call The Skimmer directly
at 609-884-3100 and say you learned of the trips through CMBO!
Avalon's Boro Park at 72nd Street is harboring a sizeable heronry this
summer, including numbersof nesting Black and Yellow-crowned Night Herons,
Glossy Ibis, and Egrets. This is excellent newsnow that the Stone Harbor
Heronry is still unoccupied!
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are constant now at CMBO's feeders and gardens.
Each year at this time activity peaks due to migrants coming through and the
fact that young from local nests have fledged and are feeding along with Mom
and Pop. If you have hummingbird feeders in your yard, be sure to clean
them out thoroughly each week and refill with fresh solution. Otherwise the
solution ferments and can be dangerous to the hummers.
A late summer pelagic birding trip off the coast of NJ out of Brielle will
leave Sunday, August 25, at 5 a.m. and return that same day at about 8 p.m.
Cost of the trip is $65/person. Contact "Focus on Nature Tours" for more
details and to register at 302-529-1876.
Local Nature Notes follow: Butterflies are booming! The new garden CMBO
put in at the Cape May Point State Park has constant Monarch, Black
Swallowtail and Question Mark activity -- all ofthem laying eggs on their
various host plants. The Question Marks are using the hops vine growing up
the pole. Butterfly bushes are in full bloom at the Pavilion Circle Gardens
in Cape May Point and are alive with butterflies. This week dozens of
Question Marks, Monarchs, and Silver-spotted Skippers entertained observers.
Also seen this week were several White-M Hairstreaks, Crossline Skipper, and
several Hayhurst's Skippers. The wild hibuscus known as Crimson-eyed
Rose-Mallow is in full bloom. Wild Cherry trees are full of ripe fruit and
supplying food to hungry migrant songbirds. Virgin's Bower or Clematis is
beginning to bloom, a vine with delicate white flowers.
Some of CMBO's upcoming preregistration programs follow: August 24-25 Fred
teach a 2-day "Bird Watching For Beginners Course." This same course will
be taught again
September 21-22. On September 14 a "Tour of Private Butterfly Gardens in
Cape May Point" is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Pat Sutton and Jim Dowdell will
lead a "Weeklong Workshop for Butterflies & Warblers" September 16-20 and
there is still room in this workshop. Our next MEMBERS NIGHT is Wednesday,
September 20 at 7:30 p.m., with Kevin Karlson's slide program on
"Alaska:Birds and Wildlife of the Arctic Tundra." Call CMBO (at
609-884-2736) for the Summer Program Schedule, which includes details and
information on registration for these special programs.
CMBO sponsored "Birding By Boat trips" aboard THE SKIMMER are offered Every
from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Every Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., and Every Friday
from 5:30-8:30 p.m.. The Friday trip runs to Champagne Island. To register
for these CMBO sponsored boat trips, call The Skimmer directly at
609-884-3100 and say you learned of the trips through CMBO!
Our daily bird and butterfly walks are underway and require no
preregistration -- JUST
COME! Every Tuesday Pete Dunne leads a "Birds of the Seashore" walk through
Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at 7:30 a.m. Every
Parsons, Fred Mears, or Bill Glaser leads a "Birding Cape May Point" walk,
meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point
State Park. Every Wednesday Pat Sutton offers a "Butterfly Walk" at 10:00
a.m., meeting in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point StatePark.
Every Thursday Keith Seager leads a "Wildflower Walk" through The Nature
Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at 10 a.m. Every
Thursday Vince Elia leads a "Hidden Valley Bird Walk" at 7:30 a.m., meeting
at the small clam shell parking lot on the south side of New England Road
0.3 miles past the intersection with Bayshore Road. Every Friday Bill
Glaser leads a "Sunset Bird Walk" through The Nature Conservancy's Cape May
Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at 5:30 p.m. Every Saturday Tom Parsons,
Fred Mears, or Bill Glaser leads a "Birding Cape May
Point" walk, meeting at 7:30 a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape
May Point State Park.
Every Sunday Louise Zemaitis leads a "Birding By Bike" tour, meeting at 7:30
a.m. in the Cape May Point State Park's outer parking lot. Also Every
Sunday Louise Zemaitis offers a "Bookstore Safari" through CMBO's bookstore
at 1:30 p.m. CMBO's Summer Program Schedule details all our programs
through September. Stop by our office and pick it up or give us a call at
609-884-2736 and we'll mail it to you.
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New
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 send a request for information to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May
Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the areado not hesitate to visit our
headquarters and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., CapeMay
Point. We're open DAILY, 9-5.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May
and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and
near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if
warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!