My Cape May trip list:
Double-crested cormorants (hundreds and hundreds)
Great blue herons
Broad-winged hawks (I've only seen them at RAPTOR...I even held one once. Can't count 'em if they are restrained)
Peregrine falcons (same things as above...I work with Lucy all the time, and this is the first WILD peregrine I ever saw!)
Pectoral sandpipers (Thank you, stranger-birder, who stopped us later at dinner and corrected himself)
Turkey vultures (We thought of you every time we saw a kettle, Lynne!)
American black ducks
Greater black-backed gulls (Laura couldn't believe I was getting excited about them. Seems that they are a bit common in NJ. I showed her the range map...they really don't even know where Ohio is!)
Lesser black-backed gulls
Black and white warblers
Dickcissel (hanging out with a bunch of house sparrows at the Hawk Watch. Hooligans.)
Clay-colored sparrow (We stared at that darn bird for 30 minutes. It was a bit of a big deal, seeing that one.)
Rusty blackbirds (I do believe that was Laura's ONLY lifer that weekend.)
I know it's very early to be thinking about it, but I wonder if anyone is interested in birding THE site for spring migration in Ohio, Magee Marsh/Ottawa NWR/Black Swamp. I always go on International Migratory Bird Day, the second Saturday in May.
It's been said that some people never even get out of the parking lot at the entrance of the board walk. The birding is THAT good. Birdchick said she could do northern Ohio. We have seven months to plan it if anyone is ready for another Flock migration! I could be the "local" this time.
Kathi, you could do that trip, right? I am already smoozing the powers that be in Ottawa to maybe give us a deal like Cape May. The great thing about Magee Marsh is that you don't need to do a "bird walk". The birds are falling out of the trees...I promise. Even if no one joins me, I will be there regardless. It's my favorite part of Ohio.
If all that doesn't get you, how about this: Kenn Kaufman lives there!