Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/21/1995
Hotline Cooperative mailing list, PROVIDED THAT no changes are made, credit is given and headers are included. Queries 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 December 21st include sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, EARED GREBE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, KING EIDERS and COMMON EIDERS, an announcement about CMBO's Sea Watch, local nature notes, news of CMBO's upcoming programs and field trips, an announcement about "winter waterfowl cruises" with Jersey Cape Nature Excursions, and dates for South Jersey's Christmas Bird Counts.

Two adult SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen near the corn stubble along Bayshore Rd. near New England Rd. They were not reported today Dec. 21st, but were seen as recently as yesterday the 20th.

An EARED GREBE was present for part of the day on Dec. 17th at the Avalon Seawatch at 7th St. in Avalon.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the Beanery on Dec. 15th. The bird was in the northwest field that abuts Pond Creek marsh.

A KING EIDER was at the Avalon Seawatch today Dec. 21st. It was in the water right off 7th St. in Avalon.

Two COMMON EIDERS were seen this week near the jetty in front of St. Mary's convent on Cape May Point. They were most recently reported Dec. 20th.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was on Cape May Point on Harvard St. on Dec. 20th.

Some highlights from the Belleplain CBC conducted on Dec. 16th were: an incredibly late YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, three RED CROSSBILLS, four EASTERN PHOEBES, sixteen BALD EAGLES, two LONG-EARED OWLS, and a SAW-WHET OWL.

CMBO's fulltime Sea Watch at the north end of Avalon, conducted from 7th street, by Mike O'Brien, Dave Ward, and Fred Mears, with Clay Sutton visiting most mornings. The grand tally as of December 18th was 984,239 birds. Some recent highlights include: three RED-NECKED GREBES on Dec. 14th, COMMON EIDERS on the 16th and 17th with four on the 18th, LITTLE GULL on the 17th, and four unidentified ALCIDS on the 18th.

This fall Katy Duffy banded an astounding 637 SAW-WHET OWLS at Cape May Point. Katy has learned that 16 of the Saw-whets she banded at Cape May this fall were retrapped at banding stations south of here: 11 were retrapped at Kiptopeke in Virginia and 5 at Assateague in Maryland. Each of these banding stations also caught birds that Katy had banded in previous falls, including one from the fall of 1994 and 2 from the fall of 1993. Really fun information! May you all find lots and lots of Saw-whets on the upcoming Christmas Bird Counts.

Jersey Cape Nature Excursions is offering "Winter Waterfowl Cruises" through protected backbay waters every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. aboard a 37 foot catamarin with an enclosed cabin. Call 609-884-3712 to register or for more information.

Dates and organizers of the remaining South Jersey Christmas Bird Counts follow:

1. Cape May CBC -- Sunday, Dec. 31 -- call Louise Zemaitis or Vince Elia at CMBO, 609-884-2736. 2. Cumberland CBC -- Monday, Jan. 1st (New Year's Day) -- call Clay Sutton at 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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

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