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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 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
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
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
Dates and organizers of the remaining South Jersey Christmas Bird
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.
[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. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds
to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.