Sunday, October 19, 2008

KING EIDER off Pearl Ave. jetty in Cape May Point

(Photo courtesy of Bob Fogg,
EDIT: Image added @4:25 p.m.

At about 1:40 p.m. I received a message from Bob Fogg that he'd found a male KING EIDER loosely associated with a flock of scoter off of St. Peter's jetty in Cape May Point. By the time I was able to get away from the Center at about 2:00 p.m. briefly to go look for the bird it had moved west a bit and was being seen in and amongst a larger group (350+) of scoter off the end of a jetty on Pearl Ave. in Cape May Point.

While KING EIDER is almost annual in Cape May (at least in recent years and most being seen from the seawatch), one hanging around Cape May Point is a bit on the rarer side. In fact, Sean Fitzgerald counted one King Eider at the Avalon Seawatch just yesterday. I'd be interested to hear what the bird he had yesterday looked like, assuming of course this is the same bird.

See below for a map marking the two jetty locations in Cape May Point. The red "X" is the location of St. Peter's jetty and the green "X" marks the location of the Pearl Ave. jetty.

Location: Pearl Ave. Jetty
Observation date: 10/19/08
Number of species: 16

Brant (Atlantic) 6
King Eider 1
Surf Scoter 190
Black Scoter 200
dark-winged scoter sp. 300
Northern Gannet 2
Double-crested Cormorant X
Osprey X
Sharp-shinned Hawk X
Cooper's Hawk X
American Kestrel X
Laughing Gull X
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Great Black-backed Gull X
Royal Tern 6

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

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