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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. 7, 1995 include
sightings of LITTLE GULL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ICELAND GULL,
Hawkwatch and Seawatch summaries, announcements and local
A LITTLE GULL was a fly-by at the Seawatch on Dec. 4. Other
highlights there this week included a HARLEQUIN DUCK Dec. 2
and an ICELAND GULL Dec. 3.
A BLACK RAIL was heard calling in the South Cape May
Meadows on the evening of Dec. 5.
Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen flying to roost in the
Meadows on Dec. 2, and another was there Dec. 6. Other
highlights this week included a DICKCISSEL in the Villas on
Dec. 5, and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on the Yellow Trail in
the State park on Dec. 6.
Nov. 30 marked the end of the 1995 CMBO Hawkwatch, staffed
this year by Andre Robinson. The total was 60,128 hawks and
eagles. The following counts were new record highs: 195
BLACK VULTURES, 3242 TURKEY VULTURES, 5010 COOPER'S HAWKS,
26 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1101 PEREGRINE FALCONS. Other highlights
of the fall raptor migration included: 135 BALD EAGLES,
over 2600 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 54 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 3
SWAINSON'S HAWKS. On Dec. 2, after the official end of the
watch, another good cold front brought one more raptor
flight, including an imm. BALD EAGLE, 4 BLACK VULTURES and
squadrons of REDTAILS & TURKEY VULTURES.
The CMBO Seawatch at the north end of Avalon is staffed by
Dave Ward, Clay Sutton, Mike O'Brien, Fred Mears. A tally
at the end of November showed that 880,829 seabirds have
been counted, with another month still to go.
Some recent highlights at the Seawatch include: 6800
RED-THROATED LOONS on Nov. 20; & 3000 on Dec. 4; 9 GREAT
CORMORANTS on Dec. 4; 13 COMMON EIDERS on Dec. 4; 648
OLDSQUAW on Nov. 24; 961 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Nov. 23;
410 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS on Nov. 25; 2 large Alcids
(unidentified) on Dec. 3.
This fall, Katy Duffy banded an amazing 637 SAW-WHET OWLS
at Cape May Point. Since then, observers have found 28
road-killed Saw-whets in South Jersey; four of those were
wearing Katy's bands. The first, on Nov 25, was found about
3 mi. north of cape May; banded Oct. 26. Second, on Nov.
26, found 1.6 mi north of Cape May on the Garden State
Parkway, banded Nov. 17. Third, also Nov. 26, found 16.6 mi
north of Cape May on the Parkway, banded Oct. 26; fourth,
found Dec. 3 on the Parkway, 55 mi north of Cape May at New
Gretna, NJ, banded Oct. 26.
Local nature notes:
Dozens of BATS were seen Dec. 1-2. Two SILVER-HAIRED BATS
were found; one was dead, found inside CMBO; the other was
roosting in a wood-pile in Cape May Point. Dec. 2, Three
QUESTION MARK butterflies were seen from the Avalon Sea
Watch, and on Dec. 4, sea watchers also saw a MONARCH and a
QUESTION MARK. The only other butterfly this week was an
ORANGE SULPHUR on Dec. 3 north of Cape May on Seashore Rd.
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.
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
[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. [Compiled by CMBO staff; transcribed by L.
Larson (firstname.lastname@example.org).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.