Monday, February 27, 2012
Another sunny day to get out of the house and visit a favored spot in CMP. There are a number of nice paths in the park. This year there are not as many ducks around which I found surprising. I wondered if our warmer than normal winter has caused the ducks to move back North sooner than in past years. I asked someone who knows birds why there were less ducks but they had no answers.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I haven't been able to get out to photograph any birds as I've been busy working. Today on my way home from work I stopped at Lake Champlain in the Villas. I didn't find the Hooded Mergansers I had seen before but was rewarded with some close up views of male and female Northern Shovelers. Also seen were the male and female Mallards and variety of gulls.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
During winter I try to get out birding and doing photography as much as possible. Today's trip was up again to Avalon Jetty. It was a cold and windy day so the birds were roosting against the rocks. I was surprised to see these 3 species of birds there - Semi-palmated Plovers, Red Knots and Dunlins along with some Sanderlings playing at the edge of the water along with the usual Purple Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones. I wasn't sure of the ID of the Dunlin and Red Knot so turned to my friends at the Cape May Bird Observatory for verification.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I have been wanting to get to Barnegat Light to walk along the jetty again this winter. The Harlequin Ducks are always so beautiful. Maybe I will find some Snow Buntings (NOT)! There are always Common and Red-throated Loons, Brant, Purple Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones and a variety of other birds. I did get good looks at a new life bird, an Ipswich Sparrow!