Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/12/1996
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.

This hotline is being updated on Sunday, May 12, to bring you the results of the 13th Annual NJ Audubon World Series of Birding, held May 11, with 53 teams from the US, Canada, and Britain. This year's WSB set two new records, for the total number of species (229); and the cumulative total for the 24 hour period (270 species).

Team results follow; after that will be some of the birding highlights of the day.

Birders World Magazine 229
Kowa-Optimed 208
Zeiss Optical/NJAS 206
Phillips Petroleum 204
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 203
Wild Bird Magazine 200
Minolta/New Jersey Conservation Fnd. 198
Nikon/DVOC 196
Sierra Antifreeze 190
Phillipsburg Review Org. 187
Celestron/Rancocas Nature Ctr NJAS 187
Leica Optical 180
Wheelabrator/CMBO 179 (Limited Geographic Area Award, Cape
May Cty only)
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center 178
Linnean Society of NY 175
Wetlands Institute 173
Swarovski Optical #1 "Cardinals" 172
Brookline Bird Club 171
Questar/Bucks County Audubon #1 171
Owl Haven Sanctuary NJAS 170
Thayer Software 167
Weiss Ecology Center of NJAS 167
Swift Instruments 163
Friends of Salem Woods 163
Nature Company 161
Academy of Natural Sciences 161
National Reformulated Gasoline Hotline 160
Audubon Wildlife Society 158
South Branch Watershed Assoc. 157
Pentax/ABA Tropicbirds 156
Friends of the Parks Inc 156
Public Service Electric, "Power Birders" 151
CIBA 147
Greencare Environmental Education Ctr. 147
Upper Raritan Watershed Assn. 145
Questar/Bucks Cty. Audubon #2 143
Scherman-Hoffman Dollarbirds NJAS 142 * Cape May Cty. only
CMBO/Perky Pet 142 * Cape May Cty. only
Sandy Hook Bird Club 141
Harriers/NJAS 140
Nature Conservancy 137
Wild Bird Centers 133
Bills & Feathers Junior Birders 131
Pinelands Preservation Alliance 125
Elizabethtown Gas Company 123
Zoological Society of Buffalo 122
Swarovski #2 "Acolytes" 120
Public Service Electric #1 "Wannabees" 115
Ducks Unlimited 114
Poricy Park Citizens Committee 113
Cape May National Golf Course limited area 80

Highlights follow, from north to south:

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge held a LONG-EARED OWL. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at New Gretna, near the Parkway. Brigantine had [inaudible] BITTERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, SEDGE WREN, & WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Belleplain State Forest was good for WILD TURKEY and EVENING GROSBEAK. Marshes near Greenwich held a SEDGE WREN. A CORY'S SHEARWATER was seen from Norbury's Landing. Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were at Goshen Landing. GREATER SHEARWATER was seen from Stone Harbor Point. A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen near the Poverty Beach Pilings from a group which got permission to bird on the Cape May Coast Guard Base. Nearby, Poverty Beach held four AM. GOLDEN PLOVER.

A DICKCISSEL was at the Concrete Ship (AKA Sunset Beach). Higbee's Beach held a MERLIN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Hidden Valley, Higbee Beach, Beanery, and the State Park. COMMON MOORHEN was at Hidden Valley, as well as LEAST BITTERN. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen from Bayshore Road soaring over the Beanery.

[News of programs and field trips omitted -LL]

The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and includes sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L. Larson (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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