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 3 PM on July 19.
The WHISKERED TERN, first identified on July 12, was reported to have been seen July 18 and 19 at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area in Delaware. The bird has not been positively identified at Cape May since July 15 when it was seen at about 6:15 AM over Bunker Pond in the Cape May Point State Park. The bird was in view that day for about 30 seconds.
Our report from Little Creek says the bird is at Logan Lane Tract of Little Creek WMA. The Logan Lane Tract is south of the main Little Creek unit. You need to find the road to Kitt's Hummock and watch for a wooden sign for the Logan Lane Tract. Go straight down the road at the sign past a stone house and follow the road as it bears left, and ends up at a wetland on the left hand side of the road. The WHISKERED TERN was reported to have been there on Sunday July 18 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM, and again on Monday 1:15 - 2:00. There is also a WHITE-WINGED TERN there and some BLACK TERNS.
As with any rare bird reports are difficult to verify without seeing the bird onesself. We have received several reports of the WHISKERED TERN from other places but this report seems very genuine. Due to the significance of this sighting we are updating this hotline with this information and hope that if the bird is verified at Little Creek, observers will notify us.
Other highlights this week include a possible ARCTIC TERN on July 19 at South Cape May Meadows, a possible but argued-about PACIFIC LOON seen today off the Meadows and the State Park; it was also seen on July 16, 17, and 18. There is also an immature SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER up in Woodbine.
If you are calling for information on our nature programs please call our regular number, (609) 884-2736; 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.