Well, yeah...we did more than just drop F Bombs all weekend. There was actually some birding going on.
My travel agent found us the sweetest lodging...a condo overlooking a marsh (complete with smell of decaying vegatation). Mornings were especially fabulous, with fallouts rummaging the phragmites right below the back deck.
Ever seen a yellow-rumped warbler from above? I hadn't.
Kathi was good enough to point out a lifer for me...a juvenile black-crowned night heron:
The Saturday morning banding demo produced a very angry male Cooper's Hawk:
...being held by a fellow blogger:
That's John from A DC Birding Blog. A very quiet but well-spoken guy. I really pay attention to banding demos and other people discussing raptors. I might pick up some new info.
On the eco-boat trip, I got more lifers:
Brant. A very cute little sea goose. They were hard to miss....like only about 100 of them floating on their own raft of goose-ness.
Fish crow...another lifer.
This one's for my father-in-law, Swami, because he seems to have no idea what a loon looks like:
A common loon. Not a lifer, but the best look I have had yet. Every time I look at this photo, I think, "...and a one...and a two..."
A sight you don't see every day....a peregrine falcon sitting on an osprey nest:
That was a highlight of the boat trip...then we got more PEFA:
Two of them sitting on a water tower.
I had been bitching and whining about "I wanna see oystercatchers!" at the bar the night before, and Beth-The-Lurker (Hi, Beth! Now you have to comment!) said I should see some on the boat trip.
We didn't see one....we saw two dozen.
A weirdly fascinating bird. A huge straight reddish-orange bill and crazy yellow/orange eyes. Click HERE for a good view of one.
All in all, I got 66 bird species at Cape May with five lifers:
Black-crowned Night Heron
American Black-bellied Plover
Not bad for only birding about 20 percent of the trip.
Tomorrow, a post about my oldest child and her seventh birthday!