Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 3/7/1996
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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. 7, 1996 include sightings of GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, DICKCISSEL, LARK SPARROW, local nature notes and announcements.

Special announcement: On Sat. and Sun., March 24 & 25 [sic], come down to the CMBO Bookstore. We are cleaning house, and will have special deals on optics, including some demos and test models, bird books, accessories, T-shirts, feeders, and more. Sorry, no phone orders. Open 9-5 both days.

Both GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL were seen this week at the fish docks along Ocean Drive. One of each was seen March 1; a GLAUCOUS was seen March 6. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also seen at Cape May Point State Park March 4.

Three to four COMMON EIDERS were seen off Cape May Point jetties this week; 3 on March 1 and 4 on March 3. A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the creek at the end of Jakes Landing Road on March 2. A LARK SPARROW, along with 2 DICKCISSELS, continues to frequent a feeder in West Cape May in the 400 block of Third Ave.

Over 90 HORNED GREBES were near Poverty Beach on March 1. Poverty Beach is the easternmost point along Ocean Drive in Cape May. South Cape May Meadows held 3 COMMON SNIPE and 6 GREATER YELLOWLEGS today, March 7.

SHORT-EARED OWLS are still present; six were at Jakes Landing as recently as March 2. Best times are dusk, dawn, and overcast days. Any salt marsh access may have owls.

One more road-killed SAW-WHET OWL was found this week, bringing the total to 87 this winter; there must be hundreds wintering in the state this year.

Local nature notes:

AMERICAN WOODCOCK are displaying every night, at areas with weedy fields; they have been spotted at Higbee Beach and the South Cape May Meadows. Spring Peepers are now chorusing most evenings. Snow and cold suppressed butterfly activity this week, but the next warm stretch will trigger a flurry of Mourning Cloaks. Bats have been seen hunting on warm evenings.

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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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