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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. 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 (email@example.com).] Please report
sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at (609)
884-2736. Thank you for calling; good birding.