You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of
the New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending July 6 1995 include
sightings of ROSEATE TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
returning shorebirds, announcements, nature notes, etc.
Two ROSEATE TERNS were seen July 1-3 on Champagne Island,
in Hereford Inlet. Also on the island then were CASPIAN
TERN, ROYAL TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN, & 8 species of
shorebirds, including WHIMBREL and RED KNOT. Jersey Cape
Nature Excursions runs boat tours to the island; call them
A first-summer LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Concrete
Ship on June 30.
Shorebirds are on their way south; a flock of over 220
WILLETS was seen migrating along the bayshore just north of
The Villas. A few SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS have been seen in the South Cape May Meadows,
and LEAST SANDPIPERS have also been seen in a variety of
WILSON'S STORM PETRELS and BROWN PELICANS have been seen
fairly far up into the bay, with reports from as far north
as Gandy's Beach, north of Fortescue.
The state of NJ has closed the parking lots at Higbee Beach
WMA again for the summer. This does not mean that Higbee
Beach is closed, just the parking lots. You can still bird
and butterfly the area, but you must be dropped off there,
ride a bike, or park in the Hidden Valley parking lot
further up New England Road and walk down. The parking lot
closures are the state's attempt to address illicit
activities that occur there during warm summer months.
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The 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, and the Observatory,
call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
info to CMBO, P.O. Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you
are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our headquarters
and growing birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Dr., Cape May
Point. We're open 9-5 every day but Monday.
The Cape May birding hotline [(609) 884-2626] 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. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.