Thanks for the Cape Island *smoke signal* Tom !!! Much appreciated.
I made my first 2019 fall Pilgrimage to Cape Island Friday. As an outsider visiting birder's perspective, birds observed at Higbee WMA on Friday was over the top especially with local Cape Island birders pointing out birds for me to see. I had the another *top domestic clearance* from Mary to head down again to Cape Island today. But I refused. Reason ? Simple.
I wanted to bird around the home yard and the hood instead. As expected, home birding will never rival cape island birding. For this and next week, I am going to get the Sharpie out and include my homewoods boundary to become part of the Cape Island.
As a consolation prize birding at Brig today, Marc and I found an interesting plover at dogleg. All common sense tells me it was nothing more than an American Golden Plover, if at that at best. But it was fun trying to think out side of the *bird* box.
Yong Kong Winslow Township, Camden County
-----Original Message----- From: Tom Reed Sent: Friday, September 6, 2019 10:19 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Cape May notes, 6 Sep - Dorian, songbirds
Hurricane Dorian departed the Carolinas this morning and accelerated to the northeast during the rest of the day, bringing fringe impacts to the Cape May area. Dorian’s outer rain bands reached the Cape around sunrise, with occasional downpours occurring through the late AM. Winds were generally from the northeast and in the 20-25mph range during daylight hours, but have shifted this evening to the north with highest gusts near 40mph along the immediate coast. Since the storm’s center remained well east of the area, we didn’t expect to find any “true” hurricane birds and that has held true so far. However, there were a few weather-related goodies:
Roseate Tern: at least 6 found, with most during the afternoon (3 at 2nd Ave, Cape May City + 3 at Coral Ave, Cape May Pt). All were adults.
American Golden-Plover: grounded singles at the South Cape May Meadows and South Seaville, plus another flying past the Higbee dike during the mid-AM.
Baird’s Sandpiper: one flew past the Higbee dike during the mid-AM.
Red-necked Phalarope: a juv. along the east path of the South Cape May Meadows, present through the day.
Also in the mix and indicative of the conditions were 5+ Black Terns, several White-rumped Sandpipers, and an influx of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.
A bit surprising was the surge of American Redstarts at Cape Island this morning. About 500 flew north past the Higbee dike between rain squalls, and many others were found in mixed feeding flocks between Higbee and Cape May Pt. The morning flight count also recorded 1000+ Bobolinks, a Yellow-headed Blackbird, and a Connecticut Warbler. A Lark Sparrow was found near the South Cape May Meadows parking lot during the AM.
As Dorian departs, we’ll be left with a period of westerlies that should produce some migrants throughout the weekend.