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 10 am on July 21.
The WHISKERED TERN, first identified on July 12, was reported on July 18, 19 and 20 at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area in Delaware. The bird has been positively identified over there, has been photographed and seen by many people. The most recent report we have is from Tuesday, when the bird was seen from about 8:30 to 8:45 AM; it was last seen flying southwest. The bird is also in the company of WHITE-WINGED TERN(S) - there may be two individuals.
Directions to the Wildlife Management Area are: from the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 113 near the Dover Air Force Base, take the road to Kitt's Hummock and look for a brown sign for Ted Harvey on your right and a dirt road leading in to the impoundments. This is the same place that a WHITE-WINGED TERN was seen in 1990. Please be very considerate of this place, it is not used to large numbers of birders. Park in an orderly manner at the end of the road, and try to carpool as much as possible.
Other highlights this week include a possible ARCTIC TERN on July 19 at South Cape May Meadows, and a possible but argued-about PACIFIC LOON seen off the Meadows and the State Park on July 17, 18, and 19. There is also an immature SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER 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.