Category Archives: Cape May

Cape May (May 2015)

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 Three great days birding in Cape May. I particularly loved the Laughing gulls; they don’t call them “laughing” for nothing. They were everywhere and in breeding plumage.

Laughing Gulls 90a Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

More Laughing Gulls

Herring Gull Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

A serious fellow, this Herring Gull

Red Winged Blackbird Cape 100a May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Red-winged blackbird landing

Semipalmated sandpipers at Heislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Semipalmated sandpipers

SkimmersHeislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Black Skimmers being observed by a pair of Sandpipers

Mother lode rookery aa at Heislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

The mother lode rookery at Heislerville; it is so large that it will not fit in one frame. The Herons appear to occupy the bottom, the Cormorants the top, and the Egrets the middle.

Black crowned nigh heron rookeryHeislerville Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Black-crowned night heron in bottom corner of rookery

Seaside sparrow Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Seaside Sparrow in the nearby marsh

Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Semipalmated sandpipers and Dowitchers

Huge immature Black backed gull Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

The large bird is an immature Great black backed gull

Yellow Crowned Night Heron Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Yellow-crowned night heron

  Royal Terns Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Royal Terns

Double Crested Cormorants Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Double-Crested Cormorants

   Glossy Ibis Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Glossy Ibis at the Cape May National Golf Course

Laughing Gull Flag Cape May May 2015 jamiesbirds

Laughing Gull

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Cumberland County Eagle Festival 2-7-15

Bald Eagle on wilg CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

The Cumberland Country Winter Eagle Festival was held this weekend in Mauricetown, NJ (near Cape May). The Glades Wildlife Refuge (shown below) is home to literally dozens of Bald eagles. Over the past two days, I personally saw at least a dozen Bald eagles as well as many Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, and Turkey vultures.

Bald Eagle CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

There were beautiful eagles almost everywhere around Cumberland County. Apparently, the habitat is almost ideal for nesting. In the sequence (four photos below), that mating pair put on quite a show. (Note: The male is on the left and the female on the right.)

Bald Eagle Couple NOT now CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

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  Bald Eagle Couple post coital pic CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

Peace restored

Linda and Pete Dunne and Jamie Koufman 2-8-15

The real highlight of this trip for me was meeting Pete and Linda Dunne. Pete’s is the retired director of the Cape May Bird Observatory.  Pete (and Linda) are giants in the birding world, and Pete is a great writer. I think I have most all of his books, three favorites are Golden Wings, Hawks in Flight, and The Feather Quest.

Talon Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

Red-tailed hawk Al CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirdsAldora of Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge 2-7-15 CC Eagle Fest jamiesbirds

This Red-tailed’s name is Aldora (“Winged Gift”); she is an “educational bird,” and she was on display as a terrific hawk ambassador at the show from the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.

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There were Turkey vultures everywhere, too.

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Turkey Point and Maple Rd jamiesbirds 2-8-15

Turkey Point Cumberland County Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

This is Turkey Point in the Glades Wildlife Refuge.

Pete Dunne  2-7-15 jamiesbirds

Pete Dunne

Glades Wildlife Refuge jamiesbirds 2-8-15

The marshland

Red-tailed hawk Turkey Point CC Eagle Festival 2-7-15 jamiesbirds

Red-tailed hawk