Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 1/30/1997
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 30 include an announcement about an upcoming Pelagic Trip, local nature notes, and news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips.

You've reached our new CAPE MAY BIRDING HOTLINE phone number, 609-861-0466. Make a note of it and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this change may have caused you.

No word has come in to CMBO regarding the SNOWY OWL that has been a regular at Brigantine NWR for the last month. Please give us a call at either 884-2736 or 861-0700 if you have seen it in the last week or so.

CMBO's Friday evening "Hawk & Owl Watches" and Saturday "All About Owls Workshops" continue to enjoy GREAT HORNED OWLS at dusk at Jakes Landing, when up to three have been seen coming out to perch on dead trees in the marsh. On January 26 a Great Horned Owl was discovered on its nest in Salem County. Any large stick nest is a likely site to attract nesting Great Horneds, they being our earliest nesting bird.

A brief announcement follows: The boat, the Miss Chris, out of Cape May is running a Pelagic Trip on Sunday, February 16th, from 5 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $50/person. The boat will be going 30-40 miles offshore and will be chumming to lure in seabirds. In the past this trip has enjoyed great looks at alcids, Razorbills, Great Skua 2 years, Puffin, and Common Murre 3 times. To register or for more information, call Captain Fred Ascoli at 609-884-3939.

Local Nature Notes follow: Red-tailed Hawks are courting now. Pairs are being seen sitting side by side and males are doing their roller coaster flight display for nearby females. American Holly trees are heavy with berries. Sumac fruit clusters stand out now. Bald Eagles may be on nests soon too, in fact one adult eagle was discovered nestled down in its nest in Salem County on January 26.

Some of CMBO's upcoming programs follow: The Cape May Bird Observatory's winter program schedule includes weekly "Owl & Hawk Watches at Jakes Landing" every Friday, now through March 14th at 4:00 p.m. Weekly "Winter Bird Walks" meet every Sunday, now through March at 8:30 a.m. in the raised picnic pavilion at the Cape May Point State Park. Our next Members' Night is scheduled for February 19th at the NEW CMBO in Goshen from 7:30-9 p.m., where Vince Elia will present a slide program on "Winter Gulls." Upcoming "All About Owls Workshops" will be offered: February 1, 5, and 15. The "Bird Watching For Beginners Course" will be taught February 22-23 and again March 29-30. Other upcoming programs include an "Oldsquaws In Love" Field Trip on February 22, a "Woodcock Dance" outing on March 8, a "Poor Man's Pelagic" trip on March 29, AND MUCH MORE! Call CMBO at 609-861-0700 to learn more about the programs and to register.

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 new Center for Research & Education at 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 birding bookstore at 707 E. Lake Drive in Cape May Point, open every day except Tues. & Wednesday, 9-5. Our new Research and Education Center will not be open fulltime for visitors until April, but many of the indoor winter programs will be held there.

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 or on Tuesday and Wednesday to 609-861-0700. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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