Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/25/1996
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. 25, 1996 include sightings of LITTLE GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDNECKED GREBE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and nature notes and announcements.

An adult LITTLE GULL was seen flying south at Townsend's Inlet on Jan. 20.

The EURASIAN WIGEON is still present at the Coast Guard Ponds along Ocean Dr.; it was seen this week on Jan. 21. Other waterfowl around the pond include GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD & PIED-BILLED GREBE.

A RED-NECKED GREBE is still present in Cape May Harbor, near Mill Creek Marina. RUDDY DUCKS, HORNED GREBE, and OLDSQUAW have also been seen in this area.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was present at Brigantine [Forsythe] National Wildlife Refuge, on Jan. 20.

A good variety of ducks can be found on Cape May Point this week; these include CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, and RING-NECKED DUCK at Lighthouse Pond on Jan. 23. There are several LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS in the area; an adult is seen occasionally around Cape May POint, especially at Bunker Pond, and two are further up the Bayshore near the Ferry Terminal. An immature was seen at Bunker Pond on Jan. 21.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are plentiful this year; a trip to a bayshore location, like Jakes Landing Road, will produce a couple of Short-ears on a calm evening. Jakes also has ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in residence, and BALD EAGLES have been fairly regular; there's also been a PEREGRINE FALCON there from time to time.

BALD EAGLES are in good numbers this winter too; at least 20 are wintering along the Maurice River in Cumberland Co., and observers in Atlantic Co. had 30 EAGLES coming into roost at Wading River, near the Route 542 bridge. There are also 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and 9 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in that area.

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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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