Friday, October 29, 2010

Cape May quickie

one of about a million Yellow-rumps

UNBELIEVABLE.

MAGNIFICENT.

AWE-INSPIRING.

That just might cover our first night and morning's birding here in Cape May. I'd need way more words to describe today.

They're having one of the biggest migration fall-outs in ten years, according to the local experts. We've seen at least 5,000 Yellow-rumped Warblers, another probably 10,000 American Robins, probably a 500-count mixed swallow flock (Northern Rough-winged, Tree (!), and a couple of Cave! LIFER!), and more. It's truly been a day unlike any other for me.

Some quick photo uploads:I think this is a juvenile Bald Eagle, but Susan was hoping it might be the Golden Eagle that was banded later (after we saw him) this afternoon.

We saw a couple of Northern Rough-wings:

We birded with Bill Thompson III this morning at the Beanery:
LIFER!

presidential birding

More later!

4 comments:

John said...

This must be an amazing day to be in Cape May!

The Bunns said...

For gosh sakes, calm down. Those are just birds doing what birds do!

:<)

(Any bird look down and holler "Lifer"!! ???) -- uuuhhh idea for New Yorjer cartoon!

Cape May Wren said...

Oh, was I supposed to holler "Lifer" when I saw you?

LIFER!!!

There. Great to have met you! Sorry to have missed catching up with you all Sat. night. It was quite late by the time I was able to kidnap BOTB and JB; we tried! (The boys had to change into something more comfortable, then BOTB drove the get away car and JB got us to the secret hideout, but no one was there. :o( )

By the by: Imm. golds have white wing patches (and tail band), balds have blotches all over...

dguzman said...

John, we missed you!

The Bunns--no, every bird has already seen me.

Cape May Wren--I never made it to the bar on Saturday; we were too pooped! Laura and Susan were there for a little while then came back to the hotel. But I'm so glad to have met you! See you soon, I hope!