Saturday, May 14, 2016
50 Shades of Green and 1 of Black
Everybody knows I love Cape May, but from early May through early June there is place that eclipses the Cape May birding mecca. That place is Sussex County, NJ, and I feel blessed to have spent a few days in this place recently, visiting my daughter, spending time with a dear friend, and just absorbing the best spring has to offer. Some time ago I wrote that every May is precious, because none of us know how many more Mays we will have. Get out in it, now.
God, there are a lot of birds in Sussex County in spring. I loafed my way through a morning, and eBird tells me I encountered 91 species. The volume of song is intense, courtship and nest building is everywhere.
[Chestnut-sided Warbler, Stokes State Forest. A few more shades of green . . .]
[Black. This dude came off the Kittatinny to get between me and my truck, 20 yards away, along the Old Mine Road. It was an interesting conversation: "Dude, I'm having such a nice few days off and now I have to fight a bear with a pair of Zeiss binoculars?" It ended well for both of us. Go in peace.]
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, meaning Cape May, migration has been excellent. Duh, it's May.
[Least Sandpiper doing its best to keep its feet dry in the flooded impoundmdents, Heislerville, NJ.]
Posted by Don Freiday at 12:16 PM