Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/25/1995
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. 26 include: EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BROWN PELICAN, continuing RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, and SPOTTED TOWHEE, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, and local nature notes.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen this week at the Coast Guard ponds on Ocean Drive (across from Two-Mile Landing). This location also has EURASIAN WIGEONS, now totalling three, two males and a female. A first-winter COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL is also being seen here.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen circling over the Beanery on Jan. 22. Not only was it out of season, but also out of place, rarely seen over land. A RED-NECKED GREBE is still being seen at Nummy Island, as are two MARBLED GODWITS. A SPOTTED TOWHEE is also still being seen near the intersection of Sea Grove and Lighthouse Ave. in Cape May Point.

Other interesting sightings included a first-year BALD EAGLE seen over the point on both Jan. 25 and 26; nine BLACK VULTURES at New England and Bayshore Road, on Jan. 25; a REDHEAD on Lily Lake on Jan. 25; and a female WOOD DUCK on Bunker Pond on Jan. 21.

CMBO's Sea Watch at Seventh Street in Avalon has finally wound down though Fred Mears and Dave Ward continue to check it at dawn and dusk. This week they were rewarded on Jan. 21 with six RAZORBILLS and two unidentified Alcids; and on Jan. 25, with three RAZORBILLS, one unidentified Alcid, 21 KITTIWAKES, and 230 RED-THROATED LOONS.

In Ocean County, the jetty at Barnegat Light has once again attracted HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Ten were seen there on Jan. 24. Also in Ocean Co., a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK has been visiting a feeder at Cattus Island Park, just north of Tom's River.

A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.

Local nature notes: Great horned owls are quiet now, but they're not gone. They've gotten real quiet since they are on eggs. The young will hatch over the next month. Bald Eagles, another early nester, are in courtship mode now and may be seen sitting side by side.

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Fine print: 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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. 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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