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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 11/14/1996
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon S ociety's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending November 14 include Ash-th roated Flycatcher, White-winged Dove, Swainson's Hawk, Western Kingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, news of CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch and our Avalon Seawatch, local nature notes, an announcement about an upcoming Pelagic Trip, news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips, local Christmas Bird Count dates and contacts.

An Ash-throated Flycatcher was found at the Beanery on November 11th. It was see n each of the following two days, but not today November 14th.

A White-winged Dove was found along Sea Grove Ave. on November 13th and was seen there again today, the 14th.

Two Swainson's Hawks were seen this week at the Cape May Hawkwatch, and one cont inues in the area, being seen from the hawkwatch today, November 14th.

Two Western Kingbirds continue to be seen n the vicinity of Shunpike and Hanah D r. near West Cape May. One was seen as recently as November 13th. A Western Kingbird was also seen near the Hidden Valley Ranch parking lot on the 13th.

Two Orange-crowned Warblers were seen this week. One was at Higbee Beach on Nove mber 10th and another at SCMM on November 12th.

The two White Pelicans that had spent a couple of weeks on Lily Lake departed on November 12th.

Other highlights this week included Grasshopper Sparrow at Higbee Beach on Novem ber 11th along with three late warblers: Northern Waterthrush, Blackpoll Warbler, and Black-thr oated Green Warbler; Magnolia Warbler at Jake's Landing Rd. on November 10th; five Common Re dpolls over the hawkwatch on November 12th; six Baltimore Orioles at various locations on th e 13th; and a Northern Parula in Goshen on the 14th. Good numbers of Purple Finches continue w ith 150 estimated at Higbee Beach on the 12th.

The season total for CMBO's Cape May Hawkwatch was 65,866 as of November 13th. Good flights continue. Nine Goldens migrated through this week, 3 each on November 10, 12, a nd 13. And 12 Bald Eagles passed this week, with 4 on November 9 and 11, singles on November 1 0 and 12, and 2 on the 13th. Goshawk and Rough-legged Hawk were both seen Nov. 11 and 13.

CMBO's Avalon Seawatch at 7th street and the beach had a record Red-throated Loo n flight on November 14th, as well as 5 Common Eiders.

Katy Duffy, Director of the Cape May Owl Banding Project, captured, banded and r eleased 48 owls this fall, between October 24 and November 6, including: 35 Saw-whet Owls, 2 Bar n Owls, 9 Long- eareds, and 2 Screech Owls. Katy is back to work in Wyoming, but the project is continuing through the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program, so we should learn some late fall info. The morning of November 12th a Saw-whet Owl was found dead in Sea Isle City under th e Police Station's window. This migrant was following the barrier beaches south; one can 't help but wonder how many owls and other migrants fall prey to windows, wires, and cars! Last ye ar we kept track and had 93 road killed Saw-whets reported to CMBO.

A winter Pelagic Birding Trip out of Brielle, NJ, will be offered Saturday, Dece mber 7th, leaving at 5 a.m. and returning that evening at 8 p.m. For more information and to regi ster, call Focus on Nature Tours at 302-529-1876.

Two half-day Mini Pelagic trips are scheduled out of Cape May aboard the Cape Ma y Whale Watcher on December 8th and December 14th. Trips leave at 8 a.m., cost is $35. Call 1-800-786- 5445 for more details and to register.

Local Nature Notes follow: Thousands of ROBINS are here now, feeding voraciously on Red Cedar berries, holly berries, and Autumn Olive berries. CMBO's Great Cedar Swamp trip on November 9 enjoyed several YELLOW-LEGGED MEADOWFLIES, GREEN DARNERS, and 2 FENCE LIZARDS. MONARCHS were still being seen into early November at the Avalon Seawatch, including a tagged Monarch November 6th. NJ Audubon's 1st ever BIRD SHOW, November 1-3, was a terrific success and lots of fun. The LONG-EARED OWL that sat all day on the State Park trails and entertained over 50 0 people, and the 8 GOLDEN EAGLES amidst an incredible hawk flight on Sunday were just some of the many highlights! The Cape May Convention Center housed 60 displays from an assortment of vendors, artists, and conservation groups. Vendors outdid themselves with incredible displays that WOW'd attendants. Indoor programs were excellent and varied. If you couldn't come this year, don' t miss it next year: October 31-November 2, 1997!

Some of CMBO's upcoming preregistration programs follow: November 16th Vince El ia will teach a "Gull ID Workshop & Walk." November 23rd Louise Zemaitis will teach a w orkshop on "Binoculars & Spotting Scopes For Birders." November 30th Pat Sutton and a numb er of other CMBO naturalists will lead a "Waterfowl Cruise" aboard THE SKIMMER! January 6-1 0th, 1997, Pat and Clay Sutton and Pete Dunne will lead a Weeklong Birding Workshop for Haw ks, Owls, and Winter Waterfowl. There's still room; call for the weekong workshop flyer and r egistration form. CMBO's weekly bird walks have wound down, but are still being offered every Tues day and Saturday morning, and every Friday evening, and the CMBO sponsored "Birding By B oat trips" aboard THE SKIMMER are offered every Sunday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 p.m.! Call CMBO (at 609-884-2736) for the Fall Program Schedule, which includes details and informat ion on registration for the special programs and meeting place and times for our daily walks.

The three local Christmas Bird Counts will all be held on Sunday this year; date s and contacts follow: Cape May CBC on December 22, call Vince Elia or Louise Zemaitis at 609-8 84-2736; Belleplain CBC on December 29, call Paul Kosten at 609-861-5827; Cumberland CBC on January 5, call Clay Sutton at 609-465-3397.

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 send a request for information 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 DAILY, 9-5.

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 s ightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

 
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