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 7, 2008. Highlights this week include sightings of HOODED MERGANSER, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and GLAUCOUS GULL continued to be seen at Brig/Forsythe NWR this week. 83 STILT SANDPIPERS and 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were recorded there on 8/5. BLACK TERN was also seen there this week.
A BLACK TERN was in the South Cape May Meadows/CMMBR on 8/7. Other reports from the Meadows this week included NORTHERN BOBWHITE on 8/7, 2 flyover UPLAND SANDPIPERS on 8/4, and the continuing HOODED MERGANSER. Numerous LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continued to be found on the beachfront between the Meadows and Cape May Point State Park.
UPLAND SANDPIPERS have been seen regularly at Johnson Sod Farm, near Pole Tavern in northern Cumberland County, this week. A high count of 9 was obtained on 8/7. 1 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER has also been seen here since 8/3.
Migrants at Higbee Beach WMA this week were highlighted by an extremely early YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on 8/7. Other highlights included CERULEAN WARBLER on 8/1, "BREWSTER'S" WARBLER and TENNESSEE WARBLER on 8/3, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH on 8/5. The season's first LEAST FLYCATCHER was tallied on 8/5.
3 BROWN PELICANS were noted in Hereford Inlet on 8/7.
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!