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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/22/1995
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 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 field trips.

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 impoundments. This 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 HOUSE SPARROW.

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 estimated.

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 Mears will 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 Sunday 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 The Nature Conservancy's Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, meeting at 7:30 a.m. Every Wednesday 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 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 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, 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 Bird Observatory 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!

 
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