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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 Nov. 16, 1995 include
sightings of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON
REDPOLL, migration news, Hawkwatch and Seawatch news,
announcements and nature notes.
CMBO has recieved word that Brigantine National Wildlife
Refuge is CLOSED until further notice due to the federal
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Villas, today,
Nov. 16, at the intersection of Wildwood Ave. and Bay
Six RED CROSSBILLS and a COMMON REDPOLL were seen very
briefly in a Villas neighborhood, feeding on Pinecones,
this past week.
Some lingering migrants this past week included: CAPE MAY
WARBLER on Cape May Point, at the intersection of Ocean and
Holly drives, today Nov. 16, present since Nov. 13; also, a
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at the Seawatch Nov. 15;
BALTIMORE (Northern) ORIOLES at Cape May Point on Nov. 14
and 16; and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Cape May Point Nov. 16.
VESPER SPARROWS are present at both Hidden Valley Ranch and
at the Beanery the past week.
We are in the third month of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed
this year by Andre Robinson; Jerry Ligouri and Ulf Koenig
are our education interns. Raptor flights this week were
fairly slow, but a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen there today,
Nov. 16, as well as an AMERICAN BITTERN.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. Passing
now in numbers are GANNETS, LOONS, and SCOTERS. Recent
highlights include: major RED-THROATED LOON flights Nov.
10, with 1700, Nov. 11 with 2300; two RED-NECKED GREBES
Nov. 6; 845 GREEN-WINGED TEAL Nov. 10; 4 COMMON EIDER Nov.
10 and 9 Nov. 11; one KING EIDER Nov. 12; the first
CANVASBACK Nov. 12; 16 PARASITIC JAEGERS Nov. 8; and single
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES Nov. 10 and 11.
Migrating Owls have also been seen at the Seawatch; to
date, 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS. Short-ears have also been seen at
Higbee Beach Nov. 11 and Hidden Valley Ranch Nov. 16. Nov.
9 was excellent for observing owl migration with 18 to 20
large owls and 2 Saw-whet Owls just at dusk at the Cape May
Meadows. That same evening the CMBO Owl banding project
banded 108 SAW-WHETS and 4 LONG-EARED OWLS. Observers on
the Cape also witnessed a major movement of AMERICAN
WOODCOCK at the Villas, 120 birds counted in the half-hour
The Owl banding project has banded nearly 500 owls so far
this fall. Nov. 10, 21 SAW-WHETS & 1 LONG-EAR; Nov. 12, 51
Saw-whets and one Long-eared; Nov. 19, 29 Saw-whets and 3
Long-eared. Owl bander Katy Duffy has contacted other owl
banding stations, and learned that they too are having
best-ever years. Here are some totals [please forgive
transcription errors]: Cape May: 442 Saw-whets as of Nov.
14; Kiptopeke, VA: 383; Assateague, 158; Turkey Point, near
Assateague: 150; Castleman[?] River, MD: 274; Little
Swamico[?], WI: 875; Duluth: 1432. A high percentage of
birds at all sites are immature, telling us breeding
success was very high.
Jersey Cape Nature Excursions offers winter waterfowl
cruises through protected back bay waters, every Sat. &
Sun. 10 AM to 1 PM, aboard a 37 foot catamaran with
enclosed cabin; call (609) 884-3712 for reservations or
A Cape May mini-pelagic is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 2, 8 AM
to noon aboard the Cape May whale-watcher; the destination
near-shore waters. In 1994 this trip saw several MANX
SHEARWATERS, RAZORBILLS and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. Call
(609) 884-5445 or (800) 786-5445 for reservations or
South Jersey Christmas Bird Counts:
Belleplain, Dec. 17, call Paul Kosten at (609) 861-5827
Cape May, Dec. 31, call Louise Zemaitis or Vince Elia at
(609) 884-2736 (CMBO);
Cumberland County, Jan. 1, Clay Sutton, (609) 465-3397
Local nature notes: The last butterflies noted were Nov.
10, Monarchs, Admirals, and Ladies. The last big push of
Monarchs past the seawatch was Nov. 3, with 38.
[program information deleted--LL] 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.