Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/16/1995
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service ofthe New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending Feb. 16 include: LITTLE GULL, SEDGE WREN, RED-NECKED GREBE, local nature notes and announcements.

An adult LITTLE GULL was seen on Feb. 15 off the South Cape May meadows, in with a large flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Up to 1000 Bonaparte's Gulls were seen feeding far offshore in the rips off the State Park on Feb. 14.

A SEDGE WREN was seen on Feb. 11 on Goshen Landing Road. The bird was on the south side of the road about 50 yards from the end.

A RED-NECKED GREBE flew by the Avalon Seawatch on Feb. 14. Incredibly, the bird was part of a large southward movement of other seabirds.

Other interesting sightings this week include: REDHEAD and WOOD DUCK on Lily Lake on Feb. 15; CHIPPING SPARROW in West Cape May on Feg. 15; PEREGRINE FALCON around the Point on several days during the week.

CBMO's Winter Raptor field trip along the Bayshore Feb. 11 enjoyed excellent looks at 6 to 8 BALD EAGLES, 33 BLACK VULTURES, and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Jakes Landing and Dennis Creek. SHORT-EARED OWLS are also here in good numbers this winter, the best in recent memory. Jakes Landing has been a sure bet on still evenings, as well as Goshen Landing and Reeds Beach. Other likely marshes include Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area, Brigantine NWR, Corbin City WMA, and on the bayside, East Point, Hansey Creek and Turkey Point.

A mini-pelagic trip will leave Cape May Mar. 11 at 8 AM, lasting until noon. Call Dave Githens at 884-3712 for details.

Local nature notes: A number of birds are beginning courtship. Red-winged Blackbirds are singing, and Mourning Doves are cooing. Red-tailed Hawks are courting and their aerial displays are quite dramatic. Bald Eagles are paired and carrying sticks for nests. They will lay eggs during the coming month.

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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