Sunday, August 20, 2006
During our final 12 mile run before our half marathon in 2 weeks, Kim and I saw at least 4 Great Blue Herons at Gring's Mill today. Even better, we saw a Green Heron as we crossed the Mill bridge. He was a beautiful specimen in the morning sunlight.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Jen and I drove down to Ron and Yvonne’s place on Friday afternoon. We ordered dinner from “The Depot” and sat around drinking Cavet’s Pinot Grigot until almost 10 which is late for some of us :-)
In the morning we started out at Higbee’s Beach which was very productive and yielded several species of birds including:
Gray Catbird (Ralph, the Obligatory Catbird)
Jen was a great help with ID’ing by ear.
After Higbee’s, we headed to Sunset Beach, the Meadows, and the point where we saw shorebirds and more:
Greater Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Belted Kingfisher (at the pond by the CMBO)
Great Blue Heron
After lunch at my favorite place in Cape May (Cape Orient for Curry Roma Tofu, of course), we headed up to Brigantine. Lots of egrets, gulls and ibises, as well as…
American Bittern (Jen spotted this one! What a great find!)
Add to these the House Sparrows at Yvonne’s house and the total species count is 52. We ended the day with dinner at my second favorite restaurant at Exit 0, Gecko's!
Sadly, this will probably be my last trip to Cape May for a while. I must here pay tribute to my good friend Yvonne who has been my host, my birding companion, and my friend these last 7 years. Although we won’t be close enough for a short jaunt together on weekends any more, I know there are many good birding adventures in store for us, i.e. lots of Western birds for our life lists :-)