Long Overdue

This post is a 8 months overdue. A while back, Barry and I traveled down to Cape May to try to see some new birds. I had looked forward to this day for a while, and was slightly dismayed after seeing the heavy white-wash of clouds blanketing the sky. However, I have learned my lesson regarding weather numerous times now. So, we turned up the ISO and headed out before the rising sun to get a head start on the day (Starbucks didn’t hurt either). And while it was past the prime season for birding the area, we were able to see and add a bunch of new species to our respective life lists despite the hordes of mosquitoes and ticks that we encountered.

We both were very excited to see our first Yellow-throated Warbler in Bellplain!

We both were very excited to see our first Yellow-throated Warbler in Bellplain!

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In the background, we were able to hear Black-and-white warblers and check them off as a firsts

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Chippy!

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Eastern Wood-Pewee, called out for all to hear

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We were not sure of this bird until we saw his gorgeous eyes; his white iris’s gave him away! A White-eyed Vireo.

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It was on our way back to the car that we came across a small bird fluttering amongst the small shrubs on the side of the road. It was a warbler in which I passed over many times in my guide because of its drab olive color. The Worm-eating Warbler put on quite a show!

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Great Crested Flycatcher Nest, Belleplain State Forest

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Juvenile Prothonotary Warbler; he was being fed by one of his parents.

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The adult Prothonotary was very difficult to capture b/c it was busy; being a parent is a full-time job!!

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This American Oystercatcher chick stood up long enough for us to shoot!

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Adult American Oystercatcher. We saw our first skimmer, not long before this photo was taken as well!

_DSC0109 _DSC0111 _DSC0119Not long after our adventure in NJ, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks in Baraboo, WI. It was quite an experience and I was able to add a lot of new birds to my life list!!

I had the chance to visit the international Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI and was able to get a few shots of their display Whoopers

I had the chance to visit the international Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI and was able to get a few shots of their display Whoopers

White-naped crane at ICF

White-naped crane at ICF

Mourning Warbler. This was a new bird for me.

Mourning Warbler. This was a new bird for me.

This was my first spotting of a Black and White Warbler, and what a cool bird it was!!

This was my first spotting of a Black and White Warbler, and what a cool bird it was!!

This is a Yellow-throated Vireo that my friend Russel and I saw in WI. This was an exciting first for both of us. We had been hearing it for a few days and were able to finally spot and photograph him!

This is a Yellow-throated Vireo that my friend Russel and I saw in WI. This was an exciting first for both of us. We had been hearing it for a few days and were able to finally spot and photograph him!

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Eastern wood pewee

Eastern wood pewee

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Two-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher at sunset

Blue-grey Gnatcatcher at sunset

Common nighthawk. At dusk they flood the WI sky in search for breakfast. This was my first.

Common nighthawk. At dusk they flood the WI sky in search for breakfast. This was my first.

It was an exciting summer, with lots of new species and great memories.

B.A.L.

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