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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 2/9/1995
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. 9 include: SANDHILL CRANE, continuing COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and local nature notes.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen as a flyover near the Maurice River at Millville on Feb. 8.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL, up to 3 EURASIAN WIGEON, and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continue to be seen at the Coast Guard ponds along Ocean Drive.

In this icy cold, over 20 TREE SWALLOWS can still be found; they were at Lily Lake in Cape May Point on Feb. 8. Tree Swallows eat Bayberries and Wax Myrtle berries, so they're able to survive in winter when the other swallows, dependent on insects, cannot.

We've been spoiled this winter with unseasonably warm temperatures to date; the recent blast of winter has triggered flock after flock of SNOW GEESE heading south over Delaware Bay to unfrozen marshes.

CMBO'S Seawatch at the north end of Avalon officially ended Jan. 31, with an incredible grand total for the season of 641,035 birds. That's 27,000 more birds than last year. Congratulations to Dave Ward, Fred Mears, Clay Sutton, Dave Sibley, Joan Walsh, Vince Elia for a job well done and for making a season-long count possible. Of course, a southbound flight did occur this past week making Fred and Dave wonder if they should have wrapped it up just yet.

Local nature notes:. Despite the icy cold, Red-winged Blackbirds are continuing to give their spring songs, and Red-tailed hawks were courting over hidden valley this week.

A mini-pelagic trip has been scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 8 AM to noon. For more information, contact Dave Githens (609) 884-3712 for more details.

Our next Member's Night is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 15 and will feature Paul Lehman, editor of the ABA's publication, _Birding_. Paul will give a slide program on "Migrant and Vagrant Traps in North America."

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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