Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/11/1996
Hotline Cooperative mailing list, PROVIDED THAT no changes are made, credit is given and headers are included. Queries and comments to CMBO, please, not to transcriber. 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 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 (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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