Sunday, August 5, 2007

And suddenly there are juveniles, plus White-rumped S.P. at CM Pt. State Park

Yesterday at Bunker Pond there were about 10 fledged juvenile Common Terns, easily distinguished from juv. Forster's by the dark carpal bar and half-cap, among other points. About the same number were there this morning. Just two days ago, on Thursday morning, there were none.

Along the same lines, Thursday's Bunker Pond shorebird herd lacked juvenile Least Sandpipers - today there were about a dozen.

This morning I ran into Tom Parsons who clued me in on a White-rumped Sandpiper on Bunker Pond just a few minutes before - which I then failed to find. There is a LOT of turnover of birds throughout the day at Cape May Point State Park, an interesting experiment would be to spend several hours parked there watching.

Cedar Waxwings were building a nest over the boardwalk trail to Lighthouse Pond, and over the pond itself was a wonderful fairy pageant of Least and Forster's Terns, plus one Gull-billed.

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