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, June 12, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of SURF SCOTER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, MISSISSIPPI KITE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CASPIAN TERN, BARN OWL, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and VEERY.
A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen over Cape May Point on 6/8.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE continued at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 6/7. Other sightings from Brig this week included NORTHERN BOBWHITE, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and the continuing GLAUCOUS GULL along the north dike.
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were reported from Cape May Point throughout the week. A SURF SCOTER was seen from Cape May Point on 6/7.
An ALDER FLYCATCHER was singing along the Red Trail at Cape May Point State Park on 6/7.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue to be found on the beach between the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR and Cape May Point State Park. A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was heard in The Meadows this week. AMERICAN WOODCOCK were still displaying in The Meadows as of 6/7.
A BARN OWL and a late VEERY were heard over Reed's Beach during the evening of 6/7.
CMBO's Northwood Center in Cape May Point will open at 12:00pm on SATURDAY, JUNE 21, due to a foot-race taking place that morning.
Both CMBO Centers will be CLOSED on FRIDAY, JULY 4 for Independence Day.
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!