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, July 10, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of WHITE IBIS, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SURF SCOTER, HOODED MERGANSER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, NORTHERN GANNET, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SANDWICH TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and SUMMER TANAGER.
An immature WHITE IBIS was seen this week at Brig/Forsythe NWR through 7/9. Also at Brig on 7/9 were AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET and the continuing GLAUCOUS GULL.
A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen along the west end of New England Road on 7/9, between Bay Springs Alpaca Farm and the Higbee Beach parking lots. Be advised that you cannot park along this road.
The HOODED MERGANSER in the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR continued through 7/10. Also at the Meadows this week were NORTHERN GANNET and SURF SCOTER on 7/7, 2 SANDWICH TERNS on 7/8, and numerous LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS throughout the week.
2 SANDWICH TERNS were on Champagne Island on 7/10.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and SUMMER TANAGER were recorded at Belleplain State Forest on 7/9. Another SUMMER TANAGER was heard at Beaver Swamp WMA the same day.
2 NORTHERN BOBWHITES were seen again at Beaver Swamp WMA on 7/9.
CMBO's Northwood Center will be closed TUESDAY, JULY 29 through THURSDAY, JULY 31 for inventory. The Northwood Center will also be closed during the following dates this month: Mon. July 14, Wed. July 23 and Thurs. July 24. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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!