Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 5/14/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This is an update for Sunday, May 14, 1995, to bring you news of the results of the World Series of Birding and birding highlights.

The 12th annual World Series of Birding, hosted by New Jersey Audubon Society, was held May 13 midnight to midnight. Fifty-four teams competed from the US, Canada and Great Britain. This year's winning team came from Canada, sponsored by Kowa Optical, with 225 species, a new record for a 24-hour period in New Jersey. Last year's winning team came in second this year with 221, up from 218 the previous year (which was the current record).

The Cape May Bird Observatory Team, sponsored by Wheelabrator, saw 180 species in Cape May County only, in 24 hours, coming in 18th overall. The winner of the Limited Geographic Area was Swarovski's team, nicknamed the "Cardinals;" placing 14th overall, they saw 185 species also in Cape May County only. From Great Britain, the Philips Petroleum team was in sixth place with 204 species.

A rundown of the teams and totals:

1- Kowa, 225; 2- Birder's World, 221; 3- Minolta/ NJ Conservation Foundation, 214; 4- Karl Zeiss, 213; 5- Bausch & Lomb, 212; 6- Philips Petroleum, 204; 7- Adept [?] Builders/Great Swamp Watershed Assoc., 201;

8- Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 199; 9- Nikon/DVOC, 198; 10- Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, tied with Wild Bird Magazine, both 195. 11- Leica Camera, 191. 12- Linnean Society of NY, 189. 13- Questar Corporation/Bucks Co. Audubon Society, tied with Allegheny Plateau Audubon Soc. (AKA Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club), both 188. 14- Swarovski Optics #1 "Cardinals", 185. 15- Pentax Corp./ABA, tied with Optolyth/Philipsburg Riverview Assoc., both 184. 16- Wakefern/ShopRite Corp., 183.

17- Rancocas Nature Center NJAS, 182. 18- Wheelabrator Corp/CMBO, in a tie with Audubon Society of New Hampshire, both 180. 19- Lyric Wild Bird Foods/Conn. Audubon/Conn. Ornithological Society, 179. 20- Wetlands Institute (Stone Harbor, NJ), 173. 21- Upper Raritan Watershed Assoc., 169. 22- Owl Haven Nature Center/NJAS, 165. 23- Church & Dwight/NJAS Board of Directors, 160.

24- Four way tie at 159 species each, between: Bucks Co. Audubon Society; Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences; Swift Instruments/Lorrimer Nature Center; and Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries NJAS/Cape May County only. 25- Elizabethtown Gas Co., 158. 26- Essex Co. Field Naturalist Club tied with Nature Conservancy, both 157. 27- Friends of Atlantic County Parks, 155. 28- Celestron/OpTek/Brooklyn Bird Club, 154. 29- Friends of Salem Woods, 152. 30- Greenkill Environmental Education Center, 150;

31- Braddock Bay Raptor Research, tied with Ciba, both 149; 32- Audubon Wildlife Society, 148; 33- Perky Pet Products/ CMBO Century Run, 144 (13 hours in Cape May County). 34- Hudson River Wildlife Festival, 140; 35- Zoological Society of Buffalo, 138; 36- PSE&G Team #1, 136; 37- Poricy Park Citizens Committee, 124; 38- Ducks Unlimited, 121; 39- Sandy Hook Bird Club, 120; 40- Atlantic Electric/Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 116; 41- Swarovski #2, 115; 42- PSE&G #2, 114; 43- AirCast[?]/Raptor Trust, 112; 44- Harvard-Radcliffe Ornithological Team, 104; 45- ANJEC, 90.

The Cumulative Total for all teams this year was 264.

Bird highlights of the World Series: 4 ROSEATE TERNS were seen at Cape May Point at the jetty by St. Peter's-by-the-sea Church. Two more ROSEATE TERNS were in Bunker Pond at the Cape May Point State Park. A CERULEAN WARBLER was singing in the parking lot at Higbee Beach. A WARBLING VIREO was at Hidden Valley.

An immature SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at Brigantine, in the field near the Barn Owl tower. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was in North Flatbrookville, Sussex Co. AMERICAN BITTERN was at Timber Beaver Swamp in Cape May County near S. Dennis. A COMMON EIDER was on the shoreline at Nummy's Island. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen from Ocean Drive just north of Cape May. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were in Hidden Valley. A YELLOW RAIL was found at Great Swamp. MOURNING WARBLER was at Egg Harbor City. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was at Makepeace Wildlife Management Area. PACIFIC LOON was found at Spruce Run Reservoir, Hunterdon Co. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at Wantage Township, Sussex Co. Two first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Higbee Beach at the dredge spoil impoundments. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were at Brigantine on the dikes. Also at Brig, a male EURASIAN WIGEON.

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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