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You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New
Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This week's
message was prepared on Thursday July 12, 2007. Highlights this week
include sightings of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, CORY'S SHEARWATER, SANDWICH
TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, STILT SANDPIPER, LARK
SPARROW and SWAMP SPARROW.
We are please to announce that on Friday, July 13th, CMBO will be
launching it's new, dynamic website; http://www.BirdCapeMay.org This site
promises to be a virtual Cape May if you will. With daily to semi-
daily sightings reports you can log on to see what is happening in
Cape May in real time. Now, you can bird Cape May every day.
Now for the hotline;
An immature ROSEATE SPOONBILL was discovered at Brigantine NWR today,
7/12. The bird was viewed from the end of the gull pond tower road in
the freshwater marsh to the east. Additional viewing points to try
and look for the bird include the north dike before it leaves the
wetland section and the bridge just before the iron tire spikes. NWR
staff has opened a small portion of the dike road that extends east
from the gull pond tower for viewing, as of the time of compilation
of this report. This is a second state record of this species in New
A CORY'S SHEARWATER was observed from Alexander Ave. in Cape May
Point on 7/11.
On 7/8 two adult SANDWICH TERNS were on Champagne Island in and
amongst the nesting ROYAL TERNS.
Three GULL-BILLED TERNS were on Bunker Pond at the Cape May point
State Park on 7/11.
As of 7/8 one RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continued at a private feeder in
A STILT SANDPIPER was seen on the CMBO walk this morning, 7/12, at
the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge (CMMBR.)
An unusual find was a LARK SPARROW at Brigantine NWR on 7/6. There
has been no further report of this bird since its initial sighting.
On 7/7 a SWAMP SPARROW was also observed at the CMMBR. CMBO Bookstore
hours are as follows; Northwood Center on East Lake Drive in Cape May
Point; summer hours, Wednesday- Monday 9:30-4:30. The Northwood
Center will be closed on Tuesdays. The Center for Research and
Education on Rt. 47 in Goshen is open Tuesday- Sunday 9:30- 4:30. At
least one CMBO center will be open everyday to serve our members needs.
The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of the New Jersey Audubon
Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape
May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. Updates are made weekly.
Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at
609-884-2736. Sponsorship for this hotline comes from the support of
CMBO members and business members, and should you not be a member, we
cordially invite you to join. Individual membership is $35 per year;
$45 for families. You can call either center to become a member or
visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive your choice of a
FREE gift (in addition to member discount in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!