The famous Cape May Point State Park brush pile with attentive audience today.
Yellow-rumped Warblers are well and truly 'in town' now and can be expected to dominate warbler movements from now on. Look for them anywhere there is a branch to sit upon!
The rapid tail-flicking of Dark-eyed Juncos, revealing flashes of white, will soon be a common sight in our back yards. Small numbers have already started to arrive at the point.
Palm Warblers have been plentiful some days in the brush pile, as well as scurrying around in the dunes. This is a typically drab western birds; birds from the eastern population have extensive yellow on the underparts.
As more and more sparrows pass through Cape May Point, keep an eye out for small numbers of the attractive White-crowned Sparrow. Adults are obvious with their 'skunk-striped' heads, but first-winter birds such as this one are more subtly marked.
Today's main attraction in the brush pile - a Clay-colored Sparrow. This species continues to increase as a passage migrant on the east coast in fall.
Not a great photo as such, but it's not often that you get a chance to catch two Clay-colored Sparrows in one photograph at Cape May!
Just to ring the changes, this House Wren also mooched about in the brush pile today [all photos in this post by Mike Crewe].