This is the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's message was prepared on Thursday, May 29, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of CURLEW SANDPIPER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, BONAPARTE'S GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER.
As many as 4 CURLEW SANDPIPERS continued to be seen at Heislerville WMA in Cumberland County this week.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE has been seen sporadically in Del Haven this week, at 14 S. Eighth Street.
A WESTERN SANDPIPER was seen at Heislerville WMA on 5/26. At least 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER continued at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 5/27.
An impressive 2-3 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were recorded at Higbee Beach WMA between 5/23 and 5/24.
1-2 MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed over Cape May Point on 5/23.
7 BLACK TERNS were seen at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on 5/23. A SANDWICH TERN was reported from Higbee Beach WMA on 5/24.
The GLAUCOUS GULL at Brig/Forsythe NWR was last reported from the north dike on 5/27. Multiple LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue to be seen in and around the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR. 2 late BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at Sunset Beach on 5/23.
A KENTUCKY WARBLER was still singing along the road to the dike at Higbee Beach WMA as of 5/26. A TENNESSEE WARBLER was recorded at Higbee Beach WMA on 5/24, and an ALDER FLYCATCHER was singing here on 5/23. CANADA WARBLERS were found in Cape May Point on 5/23, and in Belleplain S.F. on 5/25. 2 late BLUE-HEADED VIREOS were noted at Higbee Beach WMA on 5/25. 10 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were tallied within Bear Swamp (Cumberland County) on 5/25.
CMBO's Northwood Center in Cape May Point has returned to SUMMER HOURS through the end of August. The Center will be open Wednesday through Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Center is now CLOSED on Tuesdays.
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 Harper's Migration Mainline- Cape May lithograph poster, valued at $50. Call either CMBO center to ask an associate about joining today!
******CMBO Bookstore SUMMER HOURS (June - August) are as follows: Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May Point is open Wednesday through Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Tuesdays. The Center for Research and Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30am to 4:30pm; closed Mondays.******
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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!