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 19, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of (a *probable*) WHITE-WINGED TERN, SURF SCOTER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, COMMON LOON, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER.
A probable WHITE-WINGED TERN was reported with a BLACK TERN in the East Pool at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 6/15. No reports since.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen at the beginning of the driving loop at Brig/Forsythe NWR on 6/16. A CASPIAN TERN and the continuing GLAUCOUS GULL along the north dike were also reported there this week.
NORTHERN BOBWHITE were recorded at Brig/Forsythe NWR and in West Cape May this week.
3 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS and 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at The Meadows/CMMBR on 6/19, and a COMMON LOON was seen just off the beach here on 6/16.
4 SURF SCOTERS and a BROWN PELICAN were tallied from Cape May Point on 6/18.
2 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were noted from Sunset Beach on 6/16.
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!