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reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of the New
Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Jan. 11, 1996 include
sightings of WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, COMMON
BLACK-HEADED GULL, DICKCISSEL, news and announcements.
A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found on Jan. 10, among a large
flock of Canada Geese in corn stubble on Bayshore Rd.,
just south of New England Rd. It was seen again this
morning, Jan. 11. This is the same location where two
SANDHILL CRANES have been seen for some time; they were
reported today, but with snow cover and more bad weather
predicted they may not be here much longer.
A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Cape May Point State
Park on Jan. 10. Two DICKCISSELS were at a feeder on West
Cape May on Jan. 8, along with an EVENING GROSBEAK.
Feeders were attracting lots of birds on the Point; two
AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were at a feeder on Jan. 8-9, along
with 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a CHIPPING SPARROW. An IPSWICH
SPARROW was there on Jan. 10-11.
Feeders here at CMBO have had up to 15 FOX SPARROWS, a
PURPLE FINCH and a BROWN THRASHER.
SHORT-EARED OWLS are "thick" this winter, being seen in all
their usual haunts in good numbers. CMBO's first Owl Watch,
at Jake's Landing on Jan. 5, spotted several at dusk, as
well as a GREAT HORNED OWL. Short-ears have also been seen
at Nummy's Island.
AMERICAN WOODCOCK are being seen on road shoulders now, as
snow cover forces them from usual feeding areas.
CMBO's Avalon Seawatch has officially ended now but Dave
Ward and Fread Mears continue to watch as weather permits.
Their one millionth seabird passed on Jan. 1, a BRANT. On
Jan. 10, good numbers of HORNED GREBES and 2 RED-NECKED
GREBES were seen.
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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.