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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 Feb. 15, 1996 include
sightings of BROWN PELICAN, ICELAND GULL, COMMON REDPOLL,
and wintering EURASIAN WIGEON, LARK SPARROW, RED-NECKED
GREBE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, news and announcements.
A BROWN PELICAN, extremely rare in Winter, was seen in
flight near Cape May Canal bridge on Feb. 12, and was later
found feeding near the docks at the Lobster House
A first winter ICELAND GULL was seen Feb. 13 on Ocean Drive
near the base of the toll bridge. There were 2 adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS there at the same time.
A COMMON REDPOLL was seen briefly in the Villas today,
Feb.15. A EURASIAN WIGEON is still present at the Coast
Guard Ponds on Ocean Drive; it was last reported on Feb.
10. A LARK SPARROW continues to frequent a feeder in the
400 block of 3d Street in West Cape May.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES can still be found in Mill Creek
Marina along Ocean Drive just east of the Parkway bridge
over the Canal. A second-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was also there Feb. 10. A NORTHERN SHRIKE is still being
seen, although inconsistently, at the Beanery, right along
Bayshore Rd. Other interesting sightings include a NORTHERN
GOSHAWK at the Meadows Feb. 9; COMMON EIDERS at Stone
Harbor Point on Feb. 11; up to 20 TREE SPARROWS at the
Ferry Terminal on Feb. 14; a flight of 3000 SNOW GEESE on
Feb. 11, including 45 "Blue Geese".
Road-killed SAW-WHET OWLS are still being found; the tally
as of Feb. 10 was up to 82 birds, mostly found along the
Parkway in the southern part of the state. If that many
have been hit by cars there must be large numbers wintering
in the state, especially after the major fall migration.
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, and actually any road that
takes you out onto the salt marshes.
Nature Notes: BALD EAGLES and RED-TAILED HAWKS have paired
up and can be seen sitting close together, often in the
vicinity of their nests.
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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. [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.