Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cape May Countdown: 2 days!

Really it's just ONE day, though, because we're leaving tomorrow around 12:30! AB got out of her meeting, so we're on our way early. Susan will already be there, and I think she'll be hanging with our new ABA President Jeff Gordon and his wife (my friend from high school) Liz, so I'm TOTALLY pumped! There's also a gathering on Friday night at the C-View, so I'll see everyone! Beth, the other Beth I don't know, and maybe even BOTB! Sooooooooooooo excited!

We're already packed, which was easy because I've been prepping for days now. I have my to-do list for the morning (drop off AB at school, get oil change, pack car, fix everything up for Nib and the kitties, buy some booze, and then get AB and GO!).

As usual, I've already made my Wish List for lifers that are hanging around in Cape May, according to eBird:
Lesser Scaup
Eurasian Widgeon
Black Scoter
Northern Gannet
Hudsonian Godwit
Wilson's Snipe
Royal Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Nashville Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Rough-legged Hawk
Western Kingbird
Cave Swalllow
Rough-legged Hawk
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Swainson's Thrush
Lapland Longspur
Seaside Sparrow
Ruddy Turnstone
Short-billed Dowitcher

There are countless other birds on their latest sightings list that I need pictures of too, so my battery's all charged up and my memory card is blank and waiting for photos! I think I've gathered all the photos I've ever taken (though I didn't count some blurs), and I have 180 photos of my 279 lifers--that's a lot of photos still to get! The worrisome part is that I don't have photos of some lifers I saw in CA and TX--TX I'll visit again, but CA? I don't know when I'll be back out there.

I'll be studying my Sibley and my Shorebird Guide tonight, focusing on things like Seaside Sparrows and Whimbrels and stuff, just to make sure I am familiar with the field marks.

Can you tell I'm totally geeking out?


John B. said...

Black Scoter, Northern Gannet, Royal Tern, Brant, Ruddy Turnstone, and Short-billed Dowitcher should be pretty easy pick-ups. The others will might be tougher. Good luck finding life birds!

If you're missing shorebirds, a turn around Brig or Heislerville on the way home might fill in some gaps.

Beth said...

Can't wait to see you. Safe travels!


dguzman said...

John--cool! I was wondering about going up to the Avalon Sea Watch.

Beth--me too!

RG said...

Excited? Uh - NOOooo - didn't pick up on that. I hope you don't forget to go!

But Jeeze .. remember the camera and binocs and guide books ....

Sounds like His Nibs will be just fine!