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Cape May, March 2008

2008.03.30
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1. American Oystercatcher: Avalon, NJ
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2. . . . and he has caught something!
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3. Dunlin, not yet in breeding plumage: Avalon, NJ
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4. Dunlin against the wind
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5. . . . and a Ruddy Turnstone strides by
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6. The Dunlin are up!
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7. Osprey flying over Lily Pond, Cape May Point
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8. This Turkey Vulture was flying low and casting a looming shadow over me as I walked along the beach at Cape May Point. I reminded him that I was alive, and he moved on.
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9. Mute Swan: Cape May Point, NJ
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10. Cattails in the marsh: Cape May Point, NJ
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11. Two friends, Cape May Point
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12. Carolina Wren in full song: Cape May Point, NJ
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13. An obliging Phoebe: The Villas WMA
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14. LIFE BIRD: Red-breasted Nuthatch! (Yes, he is supposed to be upside down): The Villas WMA
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15. Red-tailed Hawk, The Villas WMA
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16. Red-tail in flight
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17. Note the Mallard/Black Duck hybrid with the only partially green head! (The Villas WMA). LIFE BIRD (if hybrids count)
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18. Not a great photo, but I just wanted you to see this sweet little Pied-billed Grebe swimming among the ducks. Another LIFE BIRD for me.
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19. Striking Ring-necked drakes and their ladies
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20. Pine Warbler (The Villas WMA): Dozens of these little guys were hopping around in the grass
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21. LOTS of American Robins on the ground, along with the Northern Flickers (of which I did not get any good shots): The Villas WMA
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22. Trees are budding
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23. Cherry blossoms
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24. Some kind of rose? Botanists, feel free to identify!
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25. And the remains of last year's squirrel harvest is still on the ground.
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26. On Route 55, I had to pull over!!! This little band of Wild Turkeys was having a roadside picnic in the grasses.
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27. This is a female
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29. The sky was so dramatic on the ride home.
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30. Until next time . . .
(Me, bundled in my parka and gloves, en silhouette)
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I just got back from two days of birding in the Cape May region of New Jersey. Despite reports of Red-headed Woodpeckers at The Villas Wildlife Management Area, none crossed my path, despite my several stake-outs in groves I felt sure they'd be drawn to. Alas. There were many other cool surprises though. Here are some highlights from my trip.
4 Comments
camilleauteuil very beautiful birds ! thank you !
(sorry, I don't know where is Agnès...)
camilleauteuil · 2008-03-31: 00:59
japarker Wow - beautiful wildlife shots again! Love the first few for the reflections in the water and the cat-tails are look gorgeously fluffy. Great capture of the upside-down nuthatch :)
japarker · 2008-04-01: 19:53
astrobrojler Oystercatcher is just perfect! Congratulations.
astrobrojler · 2008-04-09: 11:12
mjsonline I like the squirrel remains - great tones.
mjsonline · 2008-04-09: 15:23
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