Saturday, October 6, 2007

juv. RUFF @ Cape May Point State Park and Calliope still kicking....

There is currently a juv. RUFF (found by Tim Lenz from Cornell University) being viewed on a little "island" near the dirt road between the dune and Bunker pond. We went to view the bird (finally one more nemesis bird down!) and it is easily seen with a small group of Lesser yellow-legs and a Pectoral sandpiper. The bird actually obliged us with flight views as we were walking away. Don't worry, the birds landed back in the same spot on the "island." We are working on getting some photos up on the site. If you need further help to find the bird once you get to the state park, head up to the CMBO hawk watch platform and ask one of the Interpretive Naturalists. They can point you in the right direction.

Also, the Calliope humming bird is still being seen today. Karen Johnson called to report that the bird was seen at about 11:15 a.m. this morning.

UPDATE: Evidently the Calliope is being seen also at the back feeder behind the Johnson residence. The home owners have graciously opened up visitation the back part of the yard for viewing. So, make sure you are checking the back feeder and not spending all your time looking at the front feeders.

Good luck to all who try for these birds!

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