Thursday, April 15, 2010

More Lunchtime Walk Spoils + a Couple Cool Boat Trips

[A fabulous fresh Eastern Pine Elfin, along Beaver Swamp Road at 1:00 p.m. today. Click to enlarge - the real thing is only 3/4"].

The phone isn't exactly ringing off the hook with bird reports, but there is plenty of stuff to look at, as always - see the hotline for the week below. And also check CMBO's Field Trip Reports, for updates on places like Heislerville and Belleplain.

Small flocks of Northern Gannets paralled me during my morning cycle beside Delaware Bay, and the Red-throated Loon concentration continues at the concrete ship. Two Yellow-throated Warblers sang at the end of Beaver Swamp Road at lunchtime, a Bald Eagle flew over, and butterflies (one Pine Elfin and the rest blues) and Blue Corporal dragonflies were active in the sunny sections of the road.

CMBO has a couple really neat boat trips coming up, this weekend and next. I mean, all our boat trips are great (they are listed by date on the preceding link, or see our calendar), but check out in particular our exploration of the Great Egg Harbor and Tuckahoe River aboard the Duke O' Fluke this Saturday, April 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and also our annual Loon and Shorebird Cruise aboard the Osprey next Saturday, April 24 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

[Second calendar year Bald Eagle over Beaver Swamp today. Note the synchronous molt of P1-2. The feathers that grow in will be shorter than the juvenal primaries the bird currently wears, creating a jagged trailing edge to the wing from the mixed generations of feathers by fall.]

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