Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Meadows in the evening

If you're down at Cape May Point and have an hour to kill in the evening, The Nature Conservancy's Migratory Bird Refuge, south of Sunset Boulevard is always nice in the evening sun. I just took a quick stroll there and found a Glossy Ibis, Great Egret, two displaying pairs of Killdeer, two pairs of Forster's Terns, a few Laughing Gulls, a scattering of both Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, fishing Ospreys and plenty of displaying Red-winged Blackbirds. A single Common Yellowthroat sang a couple of times from just west of the west path, at the dune end - and of course there were Piping Plovers on the beach. Now that's not a bad way to walk up an appetite for dinner!

A lone Glossy Ibis at The Meadows (aka The Migratory Bird Refuge) this evening [photo by Mike Crewe]

A male Blue-winged Teal in flight reveals the lovely powder-blue forewing patch that gives the species its name. [Photo by Mike Crewe]

A quick beer on the garden bench at home this evening gave me an opportunity for close studies of our local Downy Woodpeckers - remember, even when drinking a beer, it always pays to keep the camera handy! [Photo by Mike Crewe]

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