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