Autumn migration at Cape May NJ

 

Hi

 

I have returned after  10 days at CM and will post some reports and photos over the next few days.

CM is just south of NY city and is basicallya funnel for migrants heading south. After a NW front they actually migrate back north along the west edge of the cape. At dawn on such days birders gather at Higbee beach car park as hundreds of flickers, warblers, jays and waxwings pass through until mid-morning. Later a search of the nearby fields and migrant hot spots will turn up new birds.

 The CM observatory is close to the tip near the famous lighthouse, there are various habitats in several reserves so birding the area involves little travelling on a daily basis ( I like single location trips ).  As well as passerine migrants there are local breeders  and waders can be found at coastal sites. Brigantine state park reserve is an hour north up the coast. Raptors are highly visible and on good days stream overhead easily visible from the hawkwatch platform by the lighthouse . CM  is a safe middle class resort with old houses and no high rise blocks, good guide books and friendly local birders.

We saw about 160 spp including over 20 spp of american warblers.

 

S

Green Heron at Brigantine

 

 

Black skimmers and Forsters Terns 10 yards from sunbathers

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  • In reply to bob's_retired_now:

    Fabulous photo there, Seymour. No prizes for saying it's a green heron - as that is what it says on the file label. I look forward to the rest.

    Cheers, Linda.

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  • In reply to Sparrow:

    Welcome back Seymour,I'm another one looking forward to your photos.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Here are a few more photos-  all Lumix 150 .

    Brown Thrasher

     

     

    American Redstart- prob 1st W

     

     

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

     

    Here are some more migrants - Blue Grey Gnatcatcher

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    Yellowthroat- looks like 1w male to me

     

    S

     

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    And now some waders

     

     

    Western sandpiper

    Piping plover

     

    S

     

     

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  • In reply to doggie:

    Some great photos there, S. Nice to see something a bit different. I'd heard that Cape May is a good place and often looked at it on the birding companies brochures.

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    Regards,Tony

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  • In reply to TeeJay:

    Great photos Seymour and I agree it's nice to see something a bit different. I love the Gnatcatcher.

    Cheers, Linda.

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  • In reply to Sparrow:

    Now for some fun birds for people with phobias!

     

    S

     

    and those with blackheads

     

    Cape May- where the first rule of birding HAS to be followed- ALWAYS  bird the car park!

    S

     

     

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    And the legendary Traffic warden Gull !

    Not enough toes!

     

     

     

     

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  • In reply to seymouraves:

    Fantastic report and photos Seymour, I love seeing photos of birds I've never seen or heard of! Thanks for sharing

    Jayne

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