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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. 30, 1995 include sightings of CAVE SWALLOW,
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, N. SHRIKE, SANDHILL
CRANE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, announcements, nature notes, and
Christmas Count dates.
A CAVE SWALLOW was seen today, Nov. 30, as a fly-by at the
Hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found near the South Cape May
Meadows (SCCM) parking lot on Nov. 28. It flew off to the north
and was not seen again.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was present at a feeder near Heislerville on
Nov. 28 and 29.
Four NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen this past week in south Jersey.
An adult was near the same feeder that had the dove on Nov. 29.
Immatures Heislerville impoundments on Nov. 26, also at Cape May
Point on Nov. 25-26, an also at Avalon Nov. 29.
A SANDHILL CRANE flew by the Hawkwatch platform Nov. 26.
Two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS stopped briefly in a treetop in the
Villas Nov. 25.
Other highlights this past week included a continuing LARK
SPARROW at Morrison and 2d Ave. in West Cape May, seen today
Nov. 30; also, a COMMON REDPOLL along Sunset Blvd. in West
Cape May on Nov. 30; a DICKCISSEL and two TREE SPARROWS at the
Hawkwatch Nov. 27; and two BALTIMORE ORIOLES at CMBO Nov. 28.
Owls continue to migrate past Cape May Meadows, best seen at dusk
against the western sky on nights of gentle northwest wind. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen hunting at dusk there Nov. 24; and 2
other large owls were seen Nov. 25, as well as 3 AMERICAN
BITTERNS. On Nov. 27, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen over the
A record number of SAW-WHET OWLS was banded this fall by Katy
Duffy at Cape May Point: 637 SAW-WHETS, 3 BARN OWLS, 27
LONG-EARED OWLS, & 1 EASTERN SCREECH OWL. Already quite a few
road-killed Saw-whets have been found. If you spot one while
driving, stop and check its leg for a metal band; it may be
hidden in the feathers. Please note exactly where you found it,
band number, the date, your name and full address, and report it
to Pat Sutton at CMBO. We will send the report to the Bird
Banding Lab and also let Katy know if it is one of her birds.
Just such a bird was found Nov. 25 about 4 miles north of Cape
May. It was banded by Katy Oct. 26, and apparently had found a
good place to winter, until it was hit by a car.
Another good site for owls is Jakes Landing Road on the Bayshore.
Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Nov. 24, and 5 on Nov. 26,
along with 25 NORTHERN HARRIERS and a GREAT HORNED OWL which was
being harrassed by 3 of the SHORT-EARS.
We are at the end of the CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed this year by
Andre Robinson. Highlights this week included a BALD EAGLE,
GOLDEN EAGLE, & NORTHERN GOSHAWK seen on Nov. 24; a flight of
400+ birds on Nov. 26, with a late OSPREY, 143 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS, 19 COOPERS HAWKS, 5 N. GOSHAWKS, 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a
late BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and 108 RED-TAILED HAWKS. Another big
flight was Nov. 30, with 5 BLACK VULTURES, 2 OSPREY, 4 BALD
EAGLES, 134 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 25 COOPER'S HAWKS, 3 GOSHAWKS,
29 RED-SHOULDERS, 1 MERLIN, 1 PEREGRINE, and 139 RED-TAILED
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 are nearing 900,000 birds tallied, and there's still a
month to go; one MILLION is not impossible. An ATLANTIC PUFFIN
was a flyby at the Seawatch on Nov. 27. Other highlights were:
2 PARASITIC JAEGERS Nov. 26 and 2 more Nov. 27; 1000 to 4000
RED-THROATED LOONS daily; over 1000 N. GANNETS daily; 15 COMMON
EIDERS between Nov. 25 and Nov. 27; a KING EIDER Nov. 27;
and many SCOTERS, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
Local nature notes:
PURPLE FINCHES, PINE SISKINS, & FOX SPARROWS have been regular at
feeders throughout the Cape. BUTTERFLY and DRAGONFLY sightings are
real slim now, yet Nov. 28 had a number of reports in the warm
temperatures, including ORANGE SULPHUR, CABBAGE WHITE, GREEN DARNER,
as well as a number of BATS. The last cold front blew most of the
leaves off the trees, and now we can look throught the woods for
stick nests that might be used later by GREAT HORNED OWLS.
South Jersey Christmas Bird Counts:
Oceanville, Sat., Dec. 16: call Ed Bristow at (609) 641-4671.
Belleplain, Sun., Dec. 17: call Paul Kosten at (609) 861-5827.
Marmora, also Sun., Dec. 17: call Ed Bristow at (609) 641-4671.
Cape May, Sun., Dec. 31: call Louise Zemaitis or Vince Elia at
(609) 884-2736 (at CMBO).
Cumberland County, Mon., 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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.