Now that we are into August, check out those Willets on the beaches. The vast majority of our local breeding population of Eastern Willets ships out of town in July and this Western Willet was already at Stone Harbor this week. Westerns are more 'rangy' than our eastern birds, with relatively longer legs and longer, thinner bill [photo by Beth Polvino].
Semipalmated Plovers are often pretty boisterous with each other and offer good photo opportunities if you are prepared to sit and wait [photo by Beth Polvino].
Have you tried our Birding by Kayak tours yet? If not, here's what you are missing! Beth Polvino sent me this photo, taken from a kayak, telling me that this bird could be watched from just three feet away!
Bob Lubberman from The Osprey sent me this photo some while ago and it ended up in a post that I didn't get time to post. However, it's still not too late to book in for a back bay boat trip and see Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons like these, up close and personal.
A sunset boat trip is surely the best way to get those Osprey shots that are just that little bit different from everyone elses! [Photo by Bub Lubberman].
Another photo that almost dropped through the net but which I wanted to share was this great shot of a Northern Bobwhite, taken near Green Creek by Debbie Hudson in her back yard. This species seems to have become very rare in Cape May County, as abandoned farm fields and grassy meadows all get turned into housing. However, a few linger on and even occasionally show up south of the Cape May Canal.