This is 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 21, 2011. Highlights this week include sightings of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, SANDWICH TERN, ROYAL TERN, ?WESTERN? WILLET, SANDERLING, WESTERN SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, ROSEATE TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE
A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was photographed on the Osprey in Jarvis Sound on 7/18. Unfortunately, thorough searches the next day did not turn up the bird. To register for trips aboard the Osprey please call (609) 898-3500.
Four SANDWICH TERNS were noted among the 90 ROYAL TERNS at Stone Harbor Point on 7/18. Two SANDWICH TERNS remained the next day, 7/19. Shorebirds are on the steady increase at Stone Harbor Point with ?WESTERN? WILLETS, SANDERLINGS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS reported.
ROSEATE TERNS continue to be seen around Cape May Point, the last report of an adult at the Cape May Point State Park resting on the railings of bunker pond on 7/21.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the Route 83 powerline cut by Clermont on 7/16.
Forsythe/Brigantine continues to have great birds with WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, reported this week.
A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a juvenile EASTERN PHOEBE were seen at Forsythe/Brigantine on 7/15.
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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 $39 per year; $49 for families. You can call either center to become a member or visit. Become a member in person and you'll receive a FREE gift (in addition to member discounts in the stores).
Good Luck and Good Birding!