FAREWELL TO CAPE MAY

Black-throated Blue Warbler outside the Convention Hall - a late lingerer 

CAPE MAY WAS VERY KIND TO ME, even providing a Black-throated Blue Warbler that waited all day in a tiny flowerbed in front of the Convention Hall until I was able to get out and photograph it. I love almost everything about Cape May, from the bird-filled migrant traps, raptors passing overhead, friendly birders and brightly painted quaint buildings to Seven Eleven coffee, blueberry muffins and Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. My last morning added a final warbler species, Orange-crowned, courtesy of Glen as well as another great visible migration spectacle from the Merlin grasping a Golden-crowned Kinglet atop a telegraph pole to a steady stream of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, this time from the Coral Avenue dune crossing platform, one of the nicest spots on the point. The birding festival itself was great with lots of folks serious about birding travel and a great talk by the Warbler Guide guys, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle not to mention catching up with a lot of old friends as well as some new ones. I look forward to returning! 

The Coral Avenue crew including (L-R) Tom Johnson, Warren Cairo, Roger Horn, Doug Gochfeld and Glen Davis.