Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/18/1996
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. 18, 1996 include sightings of NORTHERN SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, news and announcements.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen Jan. 13 along Bayshore Rd. near the B&A farm. It has not been seen since. This is probably the same bird that has been reported previously this winter in the same general area. It can show up almost anywhere.

A LARK SPARROW is still present in West Cape May; it is being seen in the vicinity of Third and Morrison. This is probably the same bird found there in late fall.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at a small pond in The Villas on Jan. 12; it was seen only briefly. Also present there were two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

AN ICELAND GULL was found Jan. 14 on Poverty Beach, in the city of Cape May, and again on Jan. 15; this is the stretch of beach at the east end of the Cape May boardwalks, looking toward Cold Spring Inlet. On the Wildwood Crest side of Cold Spring Inlet, there were five COMMON EIDERS, found on Jan. 15 and seen again Jan. 18.

RED-NECKED GREBES were found in two different places, one in Cape May Harbor Jan. 16 and another at Mill Creek Marina, along Ocean Drive, Jan. 17.

A good variety of ducks can be found on Lighthouse Pond at the State Park, and on Lily Lake; these include CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, and RING-NECKED DUCK. A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE first reported Jan. 10 was last seen Jan. 14, and the SANDHILL CRANES were not reported this week.

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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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