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, August 14, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of SURF SCOTER, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, and DICKCISSEL.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and GLAUCOUS GULL continued at Brig/Forsythe NWR through at least 8/9.
A LARK SPARROW was found at the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on 8/13, and seen again on 8/14.
A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen at Cape May Point State Park and the South Cape May Meadows through 8/13.
A DICKCISSEL and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were noted at the Woodcock Trail tract of Cape May NWR on 8/12. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was seen and heard at Cape May Point State Park on 8/13.
Highlights from Higbee Beach WMA this week included UPLAND SANDPIPER and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on 8/10, 2 CERULEAN WARBLERS on 8/12, MOURNING WARBLER on 8/14, and "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER on 8/14.
A GULL-BILLED TERN and the summering HOODED MERGANSER were observed at the South Cape May Meadows on 8/11. A BLACK TERN was seen at Cape May Point State Park on 8/12. Numerous LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continued to be found this week along the beachfront between the South Cape May Meadows and Cape May Point State Park.
A SURF SCOTER was noted off of Stone Harbor Point on 8/9.
Inventory Closures- CMBO's Northwood Center in Cape May Point will be closed on Monday, 8/25 and Tuesday, 8/26 for inventory. CMBO's Center for Research & Education in Goshen will be closed on Thursday, 8/28 and Friday, 8/29 for inventory. 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!