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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 Feb. 1, 1996 include
sightings of DOVEKIE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL,
RED-NECKED GREBE, HORSESHOE CRAB hearing announcement,
EAGLE observation cruises, and nature notes.
An important news item: Amended regulations to protect
HORSESHOE CRABS will be open to public comment at a public
hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 7 PM, in Dennisville NJ. The
hearing is at the Dennisville Municipal Building, 571
Petersburg Rd. (that's County Road 610).
The proposed regulation changes include: (1) No harvest of
Horseshoe Crabs on Delaware Bay waterfront beaches. (2) No
landings of Crabs by net or any other means in Delaware Bay
or Atlantic coastal waters during the period May 1 to May
31; and (3) an allowed harvest in back bays and tidal
creeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by hand only, commencing
one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise.
These proposed regulation changes will provide adequate
protection for spawning Horseshoe Crabs, and reduce
disturbance of the migratory shorebirds feeding on the
Delaware Bayfront beaches. Please come out if you can and
show support for these measures.
Now on with the bird sightings. Three DOVEKIES were seen
this week, all on Jan. 27. One was a fly-by at the Avalon
Seawatch; one was off the Concrete Ship; and the third was
found alive in the middle of Goshen-Courthouse Road. This
bird was taken to the Avalon Seawatch and released.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Jan. 30 and 31 at the
Beanery; the bird was right along the road near the bean
machines. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Jan 31 across
the street from the Mill Creek Marina.
Other highlights include: COMMON EIDER off the State Park
on Feb. 1; an AMERICAN BITTERN at the South Cape May
Meadows on Jan. 28; GREAT CORMORANT on the Concrete Ship
Jan.29; REDHEADS on Lighthouse pond Jan. 29; and an adult
ICELAND GULL at Port Norris in Cumberland County.
The feeders around CMBO have attracted an AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, a couple of FOX SPARROWS, PURPLE FINCH and both
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
SHORT-EARED OWLS are still being seen in good numbers at
their usual haunts. Places to look include Jakes Landing
Road, Manahawkin, Mott's Creek Road, Leeds Point Road,
Corbin City WMA, Goshen Landing, Reeds Beach, Hansey Creek
and Turkey Point, Fortescue, actually any road that takes
you out onto the salt marshes.]
A belated Christmas count note from the Cumberland County
CBC, held on Jan. 1; it recorded 124 species, with 12
species seen in record numbers; 146 N. HARRIERS, 22 COOPERS
HAWKS, 10 RED-SHOULDERS, 141 RED-TAILS, 28 SHORT-EARS, 111
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, 6 PHOEBES, 83 WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES, 179 HERMIT THRUSHES. However, GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLETS were at their lowest since 1981 and CEDAR WAXWINGS
at the lowest since 1976.
Every Saturday and Sunday in March, the Jersey Cape Nature
Excursion boat will be offering BALD EAGLE observation
cruises on the Maurice (say "Morris") River, in Cumberland
County, at 10 AM, returning at noon. Cost is $25/adult,
$12/child. Call (609) 884-3712 to register or for info.
Local nature notes: Several hibernating BATS have been
discovered in Cape May: a SILVER-HAIRED BAT on house
siding, and a HOARY BAT on a tree trunk, both discovered in
Late December, and both seem to have survived the deep
[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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.