Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/29/1998
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending January 22 include sightings of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, local nature notes, and news of our upcoming programs and field trips.

Two brief announcements: 1) the Forsythe NWR, known to many as "Brig," will be closed each Thursday through February 12. 2) A Cape May pelagic trip will be run on Sunday February 15 aboard the Miss Chris. Contact Capt., Fred Ascoli at 609-884-3939.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen on January 29 at Cape May National golf course along the tree line near the parking lot. It did not remain as subsequent efforts to locate it failed.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW continues at Cape May National, seen this week on January 25.

An excellent find was a GREEN HERON seen at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive on January 22, one of the very few mid-winter records in the state.

The MARBLED GODWIT count at Hereford Inlet is up to seven, tallied this week on January 27. Five WILLETS were also there. The birds were seen from the free bridge.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive.

Other interesting sightings included: DICKCISSEL at a feeder in the Villas on January 25, Y. B. CHAT at the South Cape May Meadows (SCMM) parking lot on the 26th, and six FORSTER'S TERNS at the Ferry terminal on the 26th.

Local Nature Notes follow: Though it continues to be a mild winter, this week's coastal storm was anything but mild. The saltmarshes were completely flooded, as were many roads, and the dunes were breached at both the State Park and the SCMM. Great Horned Owls should soon be on eggs, - our earliest nesting bird. The last few weeks observers have reported adult bald eagles sitting side by side near nest sites. Bald Eagles are also early nesters and will be on eggs by mid- to late February.

The Cape May Bird Observatory's winter program schedule should have reached members by now; interested nonmembers should stop by or call for a copy. Some of our special preregistration Winter programs follow. Three more one-day courses, titled "All About Owls: Workshop & Field Trip," are scheduled for the following dates: Saturday, January 31; and Wednesday, February 4. A Family Program on Owls is scheduled for January 31. The next Bird Watching for Beginners Course is scheduled for February 21 & 22. Two "Winter Raptors of the Delaware Bayshore" field trips will be offered: February 6 & 7. A program on "Backyard Terrorists at the Feeder" and how to cope with them will be offered by Chris Baker on February 7. A "5-Day Birding Workshop for Hawks, Owls, and Waterfowl" with Clay & Pat Sutton, and Pete Dunne, February 11-15, still has space. Our Member's Night on February 18 will feature a program by Pat & Clay Sutton on their incredible summer vacation with Pete & Linda Dunne to "Alaska's Arctic NWR." And an "Ornithology 101" Course will begin March 3, every Tuesday evening for 6 weeks. Two different Sunday morning bird walks begin in January, one at Cape May Point from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one at CMBO's new Center in Goshen from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. If you are not a member and would like a copy of the Winter Program Schedule with all the details, stop by either center or call us at 609-861-0700.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has two centers of activity. Our new Center for Research & Education in Goshen is located at 600 Route 47 North. The center features gardens and a meadow for wildlife, feeding stations, nature store, and a wildlife art gallery in "The Loft"on our second floor, featuring the work of some of the Bayshore's finest artists, photographer, and carvers. CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point now has more space than ever devoted to our growing birding book store and birding information. Both the CMBO Center in Goshen and the Northwood Center in Cape May Point are open 10-5, every day except Tuesday & Wednesday.

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 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to visit our two birding bookstores.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings, more often if warranted. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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