"Don, hurry, rare bird!" Louise Zemaitis was calling me from the hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park. Rare indeed - Louise and Alec Humann had detected the third state record of Whiskered Tern! Images of the bird are below, more to follow.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
East winds Saturday night and morning made for not much in the migration department, but there were plenty of shorebirds and other things to look and wonder at in the South Cape May Meadows Saturday morning. A Tricolored Heron was a highlighted, as were hunting terns and a mix of sandpipers including a few Pectorals and Solitaries.
rose mallow bee covered in pollen, which it is bringing to its nesting hole in the path at the South Cape May Meadows for its larvae to feed on when it hatches. Each hole is occupied by a single bee, though the holes are often found in clusters. The link given is worth a read, they have a fascinating life history.]
[This jewelweed flower photo was supposed to have a hummingbird nectaring on it, but the hummer didn't cooperate.]
Posted by Don Freiday at 10:09 PM
Sunday, August 3, 2014
"What happened to the Freiday Bird Blog?" Enough people have asked me that question since I took most of June and all of July off from posting to the blog that I'm finally inspired, on this rainy Sunday morning without much else to do, to put pen to paper again, so to speak.
I was about to say something like I haven't been getting out much, haven't been getting many good photos, haven't seen anything outstanding to write about since June until just yesterday, August 2, when an American Avocet flew by me, Mark Garland, my wife Beth, son Tim and his companion Allison as we birded at Cape May Point State Park in a light drizzle. The avocet was high and headed south and no decent photo was possible, but it looped around the point and may still be in the area. Perhaps the pools at the Higbee Beach WMA dike would be a good place to check for it?
Anyhow, I was about to write something like I haven't seen or done much worth writing about, but when I finally downloaded the last month + of photos off the camera I find that not to be true. I'll let the photos tell the story below. Let's just say the blog took a little summer vacation, maybe because I've been busy with work and life, maybe because I've had a bit of the summer blues which now that southbound migration has begun and we can look forward to new birds every day, well hopefully those blues will move on.
To begin the "summer vacation" story, in late June I had time for an amble around Cape May Point State Park, which at that time had mainly the usual locals, bird wise, plus, much less usual for June, singing Yellow-throated Warbler and Northern Parula.
In mid-July, Beth and I took our annual camping trip up in north Jersey at High Point State Park with Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitis. This is one of my favorite places on earth. Despite the July time frame, when many birds are too busy feeding young to sing much, we had 57 bird species just from our campsite!
Later in July, Beth and I had occasion to travel to the Tampa, Florida area, mainly to see family, but we did get a little birding in:
Finally, on July 25 we joined the Cape May Bird Observatory Friday evening walk at the Cape May Meadows to see old friends, both human and bird. The highlight for me was a Bobolink flying over, a sure sign of more southbound birds to come.
So there you have it, that's where the Freiday Bird Blog has been while on summer vacation. I'm hoping to write more regularly - and more importantly, to get out and bird and enjoy life more regularly again now, so stay tuned.
Posted by Don Freiday at 9:09 AM
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Summer is here, it seems, and while Song Sparrows sing in the dunes in the company of House Finches, only a few Sanderlings linger on the beaches, the rest now well off to the Arctic. I spent the evening watching a Piping Plover being a plover, while I was being me, and the sun set behind us both.
Posted by Don Freiday at 9:31 PM