You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, updated May 16 1993, with results of the Tenth Annual World Series of Birding, sponsored by the New Jersey Audubon Society on May 15. Forty-nine teams competed, and the cumulative total for all 49 teams was 260 birds seen throughout New Jersey in the 24-hour period.
Kowa Optimed team came in first, with 215 species. 2-Bausch & Lomb, 210; 3-Minolta, 204; 4-Braddock Bay, 203; 5-Birder's World, 202; 6-Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 200; 7-Swift Instruments/NJAS Lorrimer Sanctuary, 199; 8-Philips Petroleum, 190; 9-Nikon/DVOC, 188; 10-Questar/Bucks County Audubon, 187; 11-NJ Conservation Foundation, 186; 12-Wild Bird Magazine/Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center, 184; 13-Wakefern Foods (ShopRite)/Urner Club, 183; 14-NYC Audubon, 181; 15-Ecological Sciences, Inc., 178; 16-NJAS Rancocas Nature Center, 174; 17-American Birding Association, 171; 18-Whelabrator - Gloucester Co./CMBO, 170; 19-Ralph T. Waterman/Allegheny Plateau Audubon, 166; 20-Conn. Audubon & Conn. Ornithological Assn., 165; Wetlands Institute, 165; 21-Montclair Bird Club, 163; 22-Swarovski Optics, 162; 23-Upper Raritan Watershed Assn., 161; 24-Karl Zeiss Optics, 160; 25-Lehigh Valley Audubon, 159; 26-Essex Co. Field Naturalists, 158; 27-Leica, 151; Leupold Optical, 151; Op-Tech USA, 151; 28-Elizabeth Gas Co. 150; 29-NJ Audubon Sanctuaries, 145; 30-Latopa? Audubon Soc., 143; 31-Nature Conservancy, 142; 32-Owl Haven Nature Center, 141; 33-Vineland Nature Club, 138; 34-Perky Pet Products Co./ CMBO Century Run, 134; 35-Church & Dwight/NJAS Board of Directors, 132; Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries, 132; 36-Greenkill Environmental Education Center/ YMCA, 131; 37-Zoological Society of Buffalo, 120; 38-Atlantic County Parks, 118; 39-American Littoral Society, 117; 40-Fyke Nature Assn. 116; Pleasant View School Nature Club, 116; 41-Passiac River Coalition, 110; 42-Poricy Park Citizens Committee, 106; 43-Ducks Unlimited, 103; 44-Public Service Electric & Gas Team #2, 86; 45-PSE&G #1, 78. (Some teams followed routes limited to single counties or regions of the state, and totals are not directly comparable.)
Highlights of the May 15 WSB included: Mississippi Kites, seen over the Beanery and Cape May Point; Dickcissel at Higbee's Beach; Wilson's Warbler, at Higbee's Beach; Golden Plover, at Brigantine and at Bayshore Rd.; Olive-sided Flycatcher, at High Point State Park; Saw-Whet Owl, in Pequannock; Black-headed Gull, in South Amboy; White-winged Scoter, in Cape May Point; American Bittern, near the Wetlands Institute at Stone Harbor; and from the Cape May Coast Guard Jetties, some seabirds, including Greater Shearwater, Wilson's Storm Petrel (3 of them), 2 Parasitic Jaegers, and, from the Concrete Ship, a Pomarine Jaeger. An observer NOT part of the World Series of Birding found a Lark Sparrow on Bayshore Rd. south of the Beanery on May 15.
The Cape May birding hotline is a service of Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Atlantic, and Cumberland counties and adjacent areas. Updates are made on Thursday evening, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thanks for calling; good birding.