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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/1/1995
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 Feb. 2 include: FRANKLIN'S GULL, SNOWY OWL, continuing RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, MARBLED GODWIT, and SPOTTED TOWHEE, and local nature notes.

A first-winter FRANKLIN'S GULL continues to be seen at the MacDonald's parking lot at the end of the Expressway in Atlantic City. There is also a LAUGHING GULL at the same location.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at the South Cape May Meadows on Jan. 28; it was present [inaudible] but as is typical in Cape May it was gone the following day.

The Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive continue to have COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, & EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL; there are 3 Eurasian Wigeon, two males and a female. The Black-headed Gull has become much less regular but was seen today, Feb. 2. One or two MARBLED GODWITS are still present on the mud flats near Nummy Island toll bridge. The area also holds a WILLET and a WHIMBREL. A RED-NECKED GREBE is also being seen in the vicinity.

THE SPOTTED TOWHEE continues on Sea Grove Ave., near the intersection with Lighthouse, in Cape May Point. Other highlights this week included a female REDHEAD at Lily Lake as recently as today, Feb. 2; and a flock of about 30 TREE SWALLOWS around Cape May on a regular basis. AMERICAN BITTERN was in S. Cape May Meadows [inaudible]. A fly-by [inaudible] was at the Meadows on [inaudible.].

[remainder of tape almost entirely inaudible. I will try alternate means to get the text tomorrow -LL]

A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.

[Program notes omitted -LL]

Fine print: 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, phone our office or write to CMBO, PO Box 3, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. If you're in the area please stop by our headquarters at 707 East Lake Drive, Cape May Point. 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 (llarson@pucc.princeton.edu).] Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609) 884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.

 
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