Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/8/1996
Hotline Cooperative mailing list, PROVIDED THAT no changes are made, credit is given and headers are included. Queries 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. 8, 1996 include sightings of NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, news and announcements.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues to be seen occasionally at the Beanery, right along Bayshore Road. It was last reported Feb. 3.

An adult ICELAND GULL was seen at The Villas, at a small pond, today Feb. 8. Two DICKCISSELS and a LARK SPARROW continue to be seen in the 400 block of Third Ave., in West Cape May; the most recent report was on Feb. 4.

Last weekend's 15 inch snowfall, the largest in years here, has made feeder watching productive. The CMBO feeders have had a dozen or so FOX SPARROWS, two BROWN THRASHERS, an occasional PURPLE FINCH, an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. The feeders have also attracted at least two wintering RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, one of which has acquired a taste for HOUSE FINCHES.

SNOW GEESE were seen leaving the local area in large numbers on Feb. 5; around 5400 headed out over Delaware Bay by an observer at the Concrete Ship on that date.

Stone Harbor Point has amassed a large concentration of SCOTER, with around 10,000 seen there Feb. 1.

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.

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. Call (609) 884-3712 for info.

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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 (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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