Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 12/28/1995
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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 28st include sightings of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL, COMMON EIDERS 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 BirdCounts.

A BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was seen with a flock of 800 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS at Stimpson's Lane and Bayshore Rd. Large flocks of blackbirds have been roaming aroung Cape May Point all week.

Two adult SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen near the cornstubble along Bayshore Rd. near New England Rd. or in the fields across from the entrance to Hidden Valley Ranch along New England Rd. They were seen along New England Rd. today, Dec. 28th.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along New England Rd. near Higbee Beach today Dec. 28th. It was last seen behind the third from the last house on the north side of the road.

A 1st winter ICELAND GULL was present along the beach north of Alexander Ave. for most of the day on Christmas Eve. It has not been reported since.

A COMMON EIDER was seen this week near the jetty off Whilden Ave. on Cape May Point on Christmas Eve.

Other interesting sightings this week included a flock of over 100 HORNED LARKS seen in the field north of Sunset Blvd. and east of Bayshore Rd. on 27th, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on a jetty off Cape May Point on the 28th, four BALD EAGLES (two adults and two immatures) on Dec. 27th at East Creek Lake, and two REDHEAD ducks on Lighthouse Pond West on the 28th.

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 BirdCounts 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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