You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. We're updating the hotline today, May 15, to give you the results of the NJ Audubon Society's 11th Annual World Series of Birding which was held yesterday, May 14.
The winning team was Birder's World, with 218 species. Next was Karl Zeiss Optical tied with Kowa for 210 species. Bausch & Lomb, 3d, with 206. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Philips Petroleum, tied with 200 species. Nikon and DVOC teams 194, tie; Pentax Sports Optics, and ABA, tie, 193; Wild Bird Magazine sponsoring Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center, 190; Minolta/Nature Company, 188; NJ Conservation Foundation, 186; Questar/Bucks County Audubon, 184; Lyric/Connecticut Audubon Society, tied with NJ Audubon Lorrimer Sanctuary/Swift, 182; Smithsonian, 181; Allegheny Plateau Audubon, 180; Swarovski Optik, 179; Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 178; Cape May Bird Observatory, 173; Audubon Society of New Hampshire, 171; Leupold Optics, 170; New York City Audubon, and Leica Camera & Optics, tied, 169; Wetlands Institute, 168; Upper Raritan Watershed, tied with Common Ground, 167; NJ Audubon Rancocas Nature Center/Wakefern ShopRite, 166. Cape May Bird Observatory/ Perky Pet Century Run, 143 species, tied with Rich Kane's Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary (both in Cape May County only).
There were 51 teams, call CMBO for information about any not mentioned here.
Birds found on May 14 included: the SWAINSON'S WARBLER, which was still singing at Higbee Beach, seen by a number of teams, and also seen today, May 15. A WARBLING VIREO [unusual in south Jersey] was singing at Higbee Beach; two RED-NECKED GREBES were present in Hereford Inlet at the south end of Nummy's Island near the toll bridge. A beautiful adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at Jake's Landing Road Friday and Saturday, in a field half-way down Jake's Landing Road.
A MARBLED GODWIT was on Ocean Drive May 14. Five ANHINGAS were soaring together over Assunpink Refuge, Monmouth County. A DICKCISSEL was seen near the Cape May Bird Observatory. HARLEQUIN DUCK was still present at Sandy Hook. A singing CERULEAN WARBLER [also rare in S. Jersey] was singing in the third field at Higbee Beach. BLACK-NECKED STILT was at Goshen Landing off Rt. 47, Cape May Co. An adult BALD EAGLE was over the Hawk Watch platform at Cape May Point State Park. PINE SISKINS were seen by a number of teams, at Hidden Valley and other places in Cape May County. A YELLOW RAIL was reported at Jake's Landing Rd., Cape May County.
[summary of the hotline from May 12 also included; omitted by transcriber]
The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this birding hotline. For more information about Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, and the Observatory, call our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you are in the area visit our headquarters at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!