Sunday, January 20, 2013
Warblers, Raptors and Duckage: Piecing Together a Birding Weekend
My kind-of, sort-of resolution for this year is to bird more. It started with the chase for the lapwings and rare geese - what will make my year better, working more, whether at the job or around the house, or revelling in birds? Duh, right?
Yesterday I was planning to write a little about how in winter we're left with ducks and raptors, but some good landbirds and a gull interfered with that theorem, as you can see from the pictures. With a high of 32 and low of 19 forecast down here in Cape May for mid-week, I don't how long some of these warblers are going to last - I had the Towsend's, Orange-crowned, and a Palm Warbler, and of course Yellow-rumped Warbler today, and there's been a Nashville around that keeps eluding me. Persistent icy cold isn't good for these guys. Not to mention for the multiple Great Egrets wintering around Cape May, they're not much good at ice fishing.
The other thing I've resolved this year is to bird a little harder. What I mean is, you can wander around hoping something sings in your ear or flies up to your face, but you'll see WAY less that way than if you really dig, stay sharp for soft calls, scan and scope a lot. . .bird. So bird, then when you find something, switch to birdwatching. That's what I'm going to try to do. Keep the knife sharp.
Anyhow, here's what I've found so far this weekend.
Posted by Don Freiday at 4:54 PM