You have reached the Cape May birding hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. This hotline is being updated at 4 PM on July 15, and will be updated with each sighting of our highlight bird, the WHISKERED TERN, a first North American record.
The WHISKERED TERN, first identified on July 12, was seen again today, July 15, at approx. 6:15 AM, over Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park. The bird was in view for only about 20 seconds as it flew across in front of the hawk watch platform. The WHISKERED TERN was first identified at the South Cape May Meadows, on July 12 at 8:45 AM, at which time it was in view for about ten minutes. It was seen again the following day, July 13, at Bunker Pond, in the Cape May Point State Park between 6 AM and 8:30 AM. It then reappeared briefly as a flyby at about 9:20 AM. It was not seen at all on July 14. Again, the bird was seen this morning, July 15, at about 6:15 AM; it was in view for about 20 seconds at Bunker Pond in Cape May Point State Park.
Other highlights this week include a PACIFIC LOON seen today off the South Cape May Meadows; it was followed as it drifted with the tide well into Cape May city. An adult FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen as a flyby through the South Cape May Meadows on July 12. It has not been seen since. A SANDWICH TERN was seen on July 13 in front of the hawk watch platform as it flew over Bunker Pond.
If you're calling the hotline for information about our nature programs, please call our regular number 884-2736, as we need to keep this tape as brief as possible due to the hundreds of calls generated by the appearance of the Whiskered Tern.
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 regarding Cape May birding, our programs and field trips, phone our office at 609-884-2736 or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. The Cape May birding hotline 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736.