CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE August 18, 2007
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Societys Cape May Bird Observatory. This weeks message was prepared on Saturday August 18, 2007. Highlights this week include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, ARCTIC TERN, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, GRATER SHEARWATER, BAIRD SANDPIPER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues to be seen at Brigantine NWR in the gull pond area. The latest sighting of this bird was on 8/16 around 7:00 p.m.
An immature WHITE IBIS found at Brigantine NWR on 8/13 has not been reported again in this area. Though, an imm. ibis was spotted form the Skimmer boat on Sunset Lake in Wildwood on 8/15. Also, an imm. White Ibis was seen flying over the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge on 8/17.
Continuing the Brigantine NWR thread, an AMERICN WHITE PELICAN was spotted over the NWR on 8/11.
A report came in today, 8/18, of an ARCTIC TERN on the beach at the Cape May Point State Park. This sighting has yet to be verified. Keep this bird in mind if you are birding the state park in the next few days.
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE reports continue to come in from Cape May and Brigantine NWR. A juvenile bird flew by the Cape May Point State Park on 8/12. The most recent report of this species from the Brigantine NWR was on 8/11.
A GRETER SHEARWATER was spotted off Cape May Point on 8/10.
An adult BAIRD SANDPIPER was seen on Lighthouse pond on 8/16. There have been no further reports of this bird since the initial sighting.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH sightings continue to increase. Three were heard at Higbee Beach this morning, 8/18, and one at CMBO’s Northwood Center.
CMBO is offering a special to new and upgraded membership renewals. Join CMBO for the first time or upgrade from Individual or Family to The Hundred and receive Charley Harpers Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!
CMBO Bookstore hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood Center will be closed on Tuesdays. Starting September 1, the Northwood Center returns to a seven day a week schedule. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At least one CMBO center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year; $45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and youll receive your choice of a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!