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Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory.
Highlights for the week ending Jan. 4 1996 include
sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE,
EURASIAN WIGEON, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER the one-millionth bird at the Avalon
Seawatch local nature notes and news of upcoming programs
and field trips.
Two SANDHILL CRANES are still being seen in the cornfields on
Bayshore Rd. a short distance south of New England Rd. They are also
sometimes seen in the field across from the Hidden Valley parking lot.
The remaining highlights come from preliminary information from
the Cape May Christmas Bird Count held Dec. 31. Three COMMON
BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen: one at the outfall of Fishing Creek
Marsh north of the Villas and two in the area of the Coast Guard
ponds along Ocean Drive east of the Parkway.
Two NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen on the count. One was at West Wildwood
but we have no further details; while one was seen flying north over
Delaware Basy coming to land in the vicinity of Norbury's Landing.
A EURASIAN WIGEON probably the same bird that spent the fall on Cape
May Point was seen at the Coast Guard Ponds.
The north/east Coast Guard Jetty reached from the Wildwood Crest
beach had a RED-NECKED GREBE and 4 COMMON EIDERS on count day while the
southern/western jetty had a KING EIDER.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in the dunes at Cape May Point at
Lily Lake has a nice assortment of diving ducks including five
REDHEADS a CANVASBACK a LESSER SCAUP and a RING-NECKED DUCK.
The official Avalon Seawatch has ended; but birds continue to
move south. Nine RAZORBILLS were seen on Jan. 1. More importantly
the _one millionth_ bird was counted at the Seawatch on Jan. 1 1996;
it was a BRANT.
This fall an astounding number of SAW-WHET OWLS were banded at Cape
May Point and elsewhere. Through December 60 that chose to winter
here had been found road-killed many along the Garden State Parkway.
If you should find a road-killed owl check for a band on its legs
possibly hidden by feathers. Record the number and send it to
the Bird Banding Laboratory*. Please also note the date location
(use the Parkway mileage posts if possible) and your name and
send to Pat Sutton at CMBO so it can be logged in to the big
picture we're piecing together.
*National Biological Service
Bird Banding Laboratory
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel MD 20708-4037
The heavy snow-fall to the north may be triggering a late push of
owls. A LONG-EARED OWL was in a Cape May Point backyard Dec. 29. On Dec.
30 a road-killed Long-ear was found on the Canal bridge. And on Dec. 31
one was found on the Cape May count; it was present one day only near
Higbee Beach. Keep your eyes open.
It is also a good year for SHORT-EARED OWLS in S. NJ; all the regular
spots have lots of them. Seven were at Reed's Beach last week and
Jakes Landing Turkey Point Hansey Creek and Manahawkin have all
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
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call our office at 609-884-2736 or a send a request for
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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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds
to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.