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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. 21, 1996 include
sightings of RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, earliest
arrival date ever for ROYAL TERN, announcements, nature
notes, and news.
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.
A RED-NECKED GREBE continues to be seen in Bunker Pond, in
front of the hawk watch at the state park. It was seen
today, March 21.
EURASIAN WIGEON was seen in South Cape May Meadows March
18; this may or may not be the same bird that wintered at
Ocean Drive. The Meadows also had an AMERICAN BITTERN March
A ROYAL TERN was seen at East Point, Delaware Bayshore,
today, March 21; this is the earliest Spring record for New
Jersey, breaking the old record by nine days.
Other spring arrivals this week: EASTERN PHOEBE was at
Kimbles Beach on March 15. BLUE-WINGED TEAL arrived, with 4
in the Meadows March 18 and 2 at Fishing Creek March 20.
SNOWY EGRETS were seen March 20; one in the Meadows, and
one along the parkway at Beasley's Point.
OSPREY and LAUGHING GULLS are being seen daily now. GREAT
EGRETS have been seen in several places. Along the Bayshore
north of the ferry terminal, there are thousands of
SCOTERS, mostly Black and Surf, as well as hundreds of
GREATER SCAUP and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.
SHORT-EARED OWLS are still present; one was seen perched
beside the dike at Brigantine on March 16, and 3 were at
Jakes Landing March 18. RED-THROATED LOONS are staging in
Delaware bay in good numbers now.
Local nature notes:
PIED-BILLED GREBES were calling on Lily Lake March 20.
NORTHERN GANNETS are beginning to migrate north, with 100 +
counted yesterday. BLUEBIRDS are staking claims to nest
sites. BALD EAGLES are on eggs and Great Horned Owl chicks
have hatched. WOODCOCKS are displaying in weedy fields,
with starting time as late at 6:30 now. Wood frogs and
Spring Peepers are calling.
March 16-18 were warm, and triggered emergence of the first
SPRING AZURES and JUVENAL'S DUSKY-WINGS, as well as the
flight of overwintering MOURNING CLOAKS. These were seen in
Belleplain State Forest and at Beaver Swamp Wildlife
[program information deleted--LL]
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.