At the state park at lunch time today, I found the male Common Teal still present, at least five Purple Martins at the boxes by the parking lot and a Marsh Wren singing from thick cover by the first bench along the red trail, heading out in a clockwise direction. Vince Elia reported a fabulous Northern Gannet show this morning and Double-crested Cormorants have been trailing in lines and Vs past my office window all day. In the non-bird stakes, I was intrigued to watch a face off between a pencil-thin Ribbon Snake looking for lunch and a big and chunky Bullfrog. It ended in a peace accord!
Ospreys waste no time in getting back to domestic duties once they arrive. This pair at Ocean City are typical of Cape May's birds, which are sorting out their nests after the trials and tribulations of Hurrican Sandy [photo by E J Nistico].
Brigantine (Forsythe NWR) opened its doors for weekends only for now, but is already producing the goods, such as this typically obliging American Bittern seen there last Saturday [photo by Jim Brennan].
They might be common, but that doesn't stop them being nice subjects for photography. American Robins are busy on untreated lawns throughout the county as worms awake from their winter slumbers and venture toward the surface [photo by E J Nistico].
And talking of common birds, this photo reminds me to remind you to keep your Tree Swallow boxes cleaned out of House Sparrow nests before your swallows can get back and use them. I always think it's kindest to remove the nests before the birds have a chance to lay, then they will move off somewhere else and leave your box in peace [photo by E J Nistico].