Friday, May 29, 2009

Roseate Tern, Whistling Duck pic

This Roseate Tern was sitting on the island at the SE corner of the Meadows yesterday evening. Roseate Terns generally show paler mantles then Forster's and Common Terns which tend to make it stand out in a flock.
Above is a picture of the four Black-bellied Whislting-ducks that turned up on a pond adjacent to Cape May Point State Park on May 26. The birds were called into the Observatory by the Landowners. I believe this is the third state record for Black-bellied Whistling-duck: one bird was at Brigantine May 27, 2000 and 9 birds flew by the Meadows on May 25, 2004.

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