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
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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.