Shorebird migration is in full swing, and even though we get some peeps around here and even an occasional larger shorebird, the real fun is happening in New Jersey. So when I went down to Cape May and went on a couple birding walks with the Cape May Bird Observatory I made sure to ask about where good places to go to find stuff on my own. I was directed to go birding on Nummy Island.
Nummy Island is a little island between Stone Harbor and the Wildwoods. If you take the bridge from the south it will cost you $1.50, but it is free if you drive through Stone Harbor from the north.
I took the toll road at first, but when I went back a couple days later (it was too awesome and beautiful not to come back) I drove through Stone Harbor and saved a dollar fifty. I also went to go birding down the Stone Harbor beach to the point, but they had heavy tractors doing stuff to the beach there. I assumed the birds wouldn't like that, so I skipped it and just spent more time at Nummy Island.
|Nummy Island in the early morning|
|Whimbrel at Nummy Island|
|The sinister secret of the Nummy Island salt marsh|
|Nummy Island, as seen by most people|
|Semi-palmated Plover near a dead horseshoe crab|
I stopped by the roosting site of the Black-crowned Night herons on the northern end to see if I could see any Yellow-crowned. Alas, I did not, but I saw a whole bunch of Black-crowned and, oddly, a Green Heron there.
|Nummy Island is inspiring|
Overall I got five new species there, but a whole bunch of birds overall. Here is my list of birds I saw (combined for both day) in order that I saw them:
-Whimbrel (new for the year!)
-Little Blue Heron (I actually saw an adult plumage one!)
-Snowy Egret (the most common heron/egret there)
-Black-crowned Night Heron (new for the year!)
-Great Black-backed Gull
-Tri-colored Heron (new for the year!)
-Black-bellied Plover (new for the year!)
-Forster's Tern (probably others, but didn't watch them too much)
-Clapper Rail (new for the year, and I saw it rather than heard it)