Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thurs. 1/17: Canvasback, Redhead, Common Eider @ Cape May Pt.

A cold rain, occasionally mixed with sleet, overtook the Cape this afternoon and made birding a rather uncomfortable thing to do. However, an early evening visit to Cape May Point produced a few nice birds, highlighted by the continuing Redhead (male) and Canvasback (female) on Lily Lake, as well as a single female Common Eider just offshore from the dune crossover at the end of Coral Avenue (a little bit south of St. Peter's Church). I also checked a few fields on Cape Island for the Barnacle Goose, but came up empty-handed this time around.

According to the National Weather Service, winds are supposed to continue out of the east and northeast overnight at 15-25mph before gradually shifting to the north and northwest by tomorrow. If you're in town and looking for birding ideas, seawatching from Cape May Point first thing tomorrow morning could be rather productive. The rain should stop tomorrow morning as well. If you're out, let us know what you find.

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