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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. 23, 1995 include
sightings of RED CROSSBILL, LITTLE GULL, LARK SPARROW,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, announcements and local nature
A male RED CROSSBILL was seen briefly on Nov. 19 on Cape
May Point near the Gingerbread Church. Also on the 19th, a
LITTLE GULL and a COMMON EIDER were seen near the Coast
Guard jetty. A LARK SPARROW was present in West Cape May on
Second Ave., on Nov. 21-22; this is the same spot that
hosted last year's December Fork-tailed Flycatcher.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen near Ferry Rd. and Old
Shore Rd. just north of the canal, on Nov. 21.
Some interesting late migrants were seen this past week. A
SCARLET TANAGER was seen in The Villas on Nov. 20. An
INDIGO BUNTING was at Cape May Point feeder on Nov. 20, in
the company of a DICKCISSEL. Both NASHVILLE WARBLER and
BLACKPOLL WARBLER were seen on Sea Grove Ave., on Nov. 21;
the two warblers were seen while birders were searching
for an Empidonax flycatcher that had been seen there
earlier in the day (it was not relocated). Somewhat more
seasonal, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Higbee Beach
Nov. 18, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at the Beanery also
on Nov. 18.
Katy Duffy headed home, ending another Owl banding season
at the Point. This season, she banded an amazing 668 Owls,
of which 637 were SAW-WHET OWLS, 27 LONG-EARED OWLS, 3 BARN
OWLS; some falls she barely breaks 100. The night of Nov.
17, 93 Owls were banded, all Saw-whets except for one
Long-eared; the same evening, observers scanning from the
platform at the Cape May Meadows saw 10 large owls, either
Long-eared or Short-eared, migrating over; also there were
two resident Great Horned Owls and a Barn Owl. Any clear
night with gentle north or north-west wind can still be
good for migrating owls; the platform at the Meadows is a
perfect area, since it gives a view over the vegetation and
faces into the sunset.
We are in the final week of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed
this year by Andre Robinson. Raptor highlights this week
included a dark morph RED-TAILED HAWK on Nov. 17 and an
OSPREY on Nov. 20.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. To date,
the watchers have recorded over 800,000 seabirds. Recent
highlights included: a flyby DOVEKIE Nov. 17 and another
Nov. 18; two SHORT-EARED OWLS on Nov. 18; 6700 RED-THROATED
LOONS, 2800 GANNETS, and a mostly albino DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT on Nov. 20. Also, a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov. 21,
several COMMON EIDERS Nov. 22; thousands of scoters daily.
Local nature notes:
After a week-long absence, a few butterflies appeared
between Nov. 17 and 21, including MONARCH, ORANGE SULPHUR,
RED ADMIRAL and BUCKEYE. On Nov. 21, a GREEN DARNER
dragonfly was seen at the Avalon Seawatch.
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
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
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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.