Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/14/1996
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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 Mar. 14, 1996 include sightings of RED CROSSBILL, EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, announcements, nature notes.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, the CMBO bookstore will be having a sale, with lots of special deals on used optics (some demos/test models), as well as birding books, T-shirts, feeders, and more. Sorry, no phone orders. The store will be open 9-5 both days.

Two RED CROSSBILLS were seen along Old Robbins Trail, which is just off Jakes Landing Road, on March 10.

The EURASIAN WIGEON is still present in the Coast Guard pond, along Ocean Drive; it was seen this week on March 11. NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen this week at the Beanery; after going unreported last week, it was seen March 9, but is much less regular than before.

Both ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were seen this week at the fish docks along Ocean Drive, at the base of the toll bridge; they were last reported on March 12. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also seen off Wilton Ave., Cape May Point, on March 13.

Four COMMON EIDERS are frequenting the Cape May Point jetties between the gingerbread church and Saint Mary's Convent. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has been frequenting the beach off the gingerbread church.

A RED-NECKED GREBE has been in Bunker Pond, in front of the Hawkwatch platform; it was last seen today, March 14. A few northbound NORTHERN GANNETS have been seen offshore in the last few days; RED-THROATED LOON numbers have been growing, and good views can be had at the Concrete Ship, where there are also hundreds of BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS. Up to 400 GREEN-WINGED TEAL were in the pond along Goshen Landing Rd. on March 11. Up to 30 HORNED GREBES were seen in Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest, on March 11.

Owls are on the move north now. A LONG-EARED OWL was present along the nature trail at the State Park today, March 14.

Local nature notes:

Woodcock are displaying nightly and at dawn in weedy fields. Good places include Higbee Beach, the South Cape May Meadows, the old Magnesite plant, and the fields on Kimble's Beach Rd. (the new Cape May NWR Headquarters).

Great Horned Owl chicks have hatched. A number of birds are singing spring songs; Field Sparrows were heard today for the first time. Killdeer and Snipe have arrived.

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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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