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