[Big Sitters 2012 face the rise of sun and crescent moon. All photos Cape May Point, NJ this morning. Click to enlarge.]
When in the blue dawn of October friends gather, a crescent moon rises above the sun, sparrows murmur their good mornings, and trees swallows send their smoke signals, it is good to be alive. And a birder.
By 10:00 a.m., 120 species were recorded, along with many jokes and many cups of coffee. By day's end, 133 species. A fine day indeed.
[Tree Swallow tornado rises and sends a smoke signal to the dawn.]
["There are 5 Bald Eagles in the air right now," said Vince. "Well, probably a lot more than that are in the air right now, but those are the ones we can see." This one, with dark belly and pefect new feathers, is a hatch year on its first journey south.]