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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 Dec. 14, 1995 include
sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-NECKED
GREBE, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, Seawatch
summary, announcements and local nature notes.
Two adult SANDHILL CRANES, first seen Dec. 8 flying over
Higbee Beach, were seen again Dec. 10 over the Beanery.
Later that day they settled into a cornfield on Bayshore
Rd. just south of New England Rd., and have been there
daily since, including today, Dec. 14.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Thompson's Beach, on the
Delaware Bay shore, on Dec. 12. Three RED-NECKED GREBES
were seen from the Cape May/Lewes Ferry on Dec. 7.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was a fly by at the Cape May Meadows
beachfront on Dec. 11; the Seawatch had a fly by ICELAND
GULL on Dec. 8, and two flyby LITTLE GULLS Dec. 9.
A belated report was received of a probable FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER in West Cape May on Dec. 2.
Two EVENING GROSBEAKS made a brief visit to a feeder in The
Villas on Dec. 10.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. The
grand total as of Dec. 11 was 961,765 birds - one million
is not impossible. Some highlights this week: four LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS on Dec. 10; two KING EIDERS on Dec. 5;
COMMON EIDERS Dec. 7 and 9, including an adult male and two
female-types on Dec. 9; two RAZORBILLS and 5 unidentified
Alcids Dec. 6, and another unidentified Alcid Dec. 9.
Movements of Double-crested Cormorants have dropped way
off. The freeze-up triggered a major movement of SNOW GEESE
out of the area on Dec. 10-11. Seven CANVASBACKS were
flyby's on Dec. 11.
This fall, Katy Duffy banded an amazing 637 SAW-WHET OWLS
at Cape May Point. Since then, observers have found 31
road-killed Saw-whets in South Jersey, four with Katy's
bands. This week, we can report that 16 of the owls banded
this year in Cape May have been recaptured further south.
Eleven were re-trapped at Kiptopeke in Virginia; five were
at Assateague in Maryland. Each of these stations also
caught owls banded here in earlier years, including one
from 1994 and 2 from 1993 at Kiptopeke.
Local nature notes: By Dec. 10, the sea watch documented
the movement of waterfowl due to the freeze, with 2500 SNOW
GEESE that day, and 6000 Dec. 11. Lily Lake and the Park
ponds were frozen, and Delaware Bay had floating ice. A
Harbor Seal was seen off Cape May Point on Dec. 13, and
there have been fresh Otter droppings on the State Park
boardwalks. CMBO's feeders are pulling in both RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
South Jersey Christmas Bird Counts:
Oceanville, Dec. 16, call Ed Bristow, (609) 641-4671.
Belleplain, Dec. 17, call Paul Kosten at (609) 861-5827.
Marmora, Sunday Dec. 17, Ed Bristow, (609) 641-4671.
Cape May, Dec. 31, call Louise Zemaitis or Vince Elia at
(609) 884-2736 (CMBO).
Cumberland County, Jan. 1, Clay Sutton, (609) 465-3397.
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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.