My lifers list:
Great Black-backed Gull
Yellow-rumped Warbler (finally!)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Common Yellowthroat (finally!)
Purple Finch (finally!)
It seems like it’s been a lot longer than that, but maybe that's because I’ve been looking at birds since I was a kid. I would never have guessed I'd come so far so fast (or it seems far and fast to me, anyway).
I ate some great food, made some good friends, got a copy of Kingbird Highway (which Taryn at Houghton Mifflin was kind enough to give me), and learned a ton about raptor ID, not to mention birding fieldcraft. I also met Pete Dunne, got some neat t-shirts for Kat and Em and me, and got a nice new comfy strap for my binocs.
I’ll be thinking back to this trip for a long time, always with a certain wistfulness right along with the joy. I miss Cape May, and I miss the birds.
Here are a few shots I got on Saturday:
a mated pair of American wigeons; I love their little call:
Sanderlings on the beach:
Pectoral sandpipers (thanks, Patrick!):
My best shot yet of a great blue heron:
Birdchick gives a presentation on blogging:
There were many people there who were geniunely curious and then excited about the prospect of getting on the Web. Directly to Birdchick's right is Mike of 10,000 Birds. What a great guy; he's the one who really started the whole bird-blogging scene. I handed out my card to several people during the festival; if you're one of them, visiting my blog for the first time, hello!
Sunday was another eventful day; I had a lot of trouble, however, with my batteries. Still, I'll try to post some Sunday photos later.