I took three bird walks with the Cape May Bird Observatory and took a couple days on my own. Of course I was up early and down in Cape May before the walks even occurred, so I got at least an hour of solo birding even on those days of the walks. One morning I followed the directions and location that the helpful birders of the Observatory gave me and saw and heard the Eurasian Collared Dove. Yeah, Paul saw a million of them in Oregon and I'll probably be sick of them in a few years, but it was a nice find because it was exactly where people said it would be.
Now, I'll talk more about the bird walks and all later, but I will say that I really like them. They have a good variety of places (different each day) and the people are damn good. Ignoring any binocular issues, I haven't had any bad interactions there (and I am a...well...I will say that not everyone appreciates my humor and personality). Birding with top-notch birders? Highly recommended!
Note that got new birds every day for six days in a row, including the day after I came back from vacation, and nothing since. I know I won't catch Paul, but I forced him to work hard to keep the distance between us. Looking at the year and what winter birds I haven't seen, it seems I have 200 automatically, 225 very likely, and 250 if I try really, really hard. Anything more will take a trip outside the Mid-Atlantic states.
|Paul could add probably 20 new birds just from this photo|
169; Ruddy Turnstone; 8/5/13; near Cape May Meadow; Cape May, NJ
170; Sanderling; 8/5/13; near Cape May Meadow; Cape May, NJ
171; Semi-palmated Plover; 8/5/13; near Cape May Meadow; Cape May, NJ
172; White-rumped Sandpiper; 8/5/13; near Cape May Meadow; Cape May, NJ
173; Sandwich Tern; 8/5/13; Cape May Point; Cape May, NJ
174; Whimbrel; 8/6/13; Nummy Island; Stone Harbor, NJ
175; Black-crowned Night Heron; 8/6/13; Nummy Island; Stone Harbor, NJ
176; Tri-colored Heron; 8/6/13; Nummy Island; Stone Harbor, NJ
177; Black-bellied Plover; 8/6/13; Nummy Island; Stone Harbor, NJ
178; Roseate Tern; 8/7/13; Cape May Point; Cape May, NJ
179; Eurasian Collared Dove; 8/8/13; Lincoln and Whildon; Cape May Point, NJ
180; White-eyed Vireo; 8/8/13; Higbee Beach; Cape May, NJ
181; Black Tern; 8/9/13; John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge; Philadelphia, PA