Sighting for September 28, 2019

David L. Amadio

Cape May Point State Park
Cape May County, NJ

Obs. made from 1:45 to 3:50. Sunny topping out around 81 degrees with 15-20 mph S winds. Found two Clouded Skippers showing wear but still identifiable. Far fewer butterflies than a week ago. South winds preventing any noticeable Monarch migration.

[Dave's is our 5th report of clouded skippers in CMY St Park in ten days (since Teresa K's 9-18-17 report). Looks like a situation where those who want to add this rarity to their life lists or state lists should be gathering their bins and cameras for a quick trip down to the Lighthouse area today or tomorrow! And let's hear from any others who succeed! jc]

[Dave's Update: "I have found that the best spot for the Clouded Skippers at the state park is at the far (eastern) end of the park following the Blue (Plover) Trail. After leaving the dune system & plover ponds, turn into the woods on the Blue Trail and look for a small dead end sign. Follow this path which eventually leads to private property. Anywhere along this path before the private property is a good place to look. Be wary: this is a good spot for Zabulons so be careful in identification as a worn female Zab can be mistaken for a Clouded."

  • Cabbage White 1
  • Cloudless Sulphur 18
  • Gray Hairstreak 1
  • Eastern Tailed-Blue 1
  • Pearl Crescent 5
  • American Lady 2
  • Painted Lady 6
  • Red Admiral 2
  • Common Buckeye 28
  • Red-spotted Purple 1
  • Viceroy 2
  • Monarch 7
  • Horace's Duskywing 2
  • Clouded Skipper 2
  • Fiery Skipper 10
  • Sachem 8

Clouded Skipper

Clouded Skipper

Fiery Skipper