Monday, May 19, 2014

CAPE MAY - DAY 2 - DOLPHIN DAY

Three of the many Bottlenose Dolphins we saw on our tour.
On our first full day in Cape May we woke up to the sounds of Laughing Gulls and summer like temperatures. 

Our day started at "Uncle Bill's Pancake House" for breakfast, where Jim was adventurous and tried the Reese's Peanut Buttercup pancakes. After breakfast we went on a 2 hour Dolphin tour, where we saw approximately 30 Bottlenose Dolphins, many of them young, as we were told it was a "nursery pod". We also saw many shorebirds from the boat.

After the tour, we lunched at "Lucky Bones", which I would highly recommend, and then toured the coast looking at more shorebirds and even a few warblers.

The day ended with a fantastic meal at "The Lobster House" which was recommended to me.

Remember to click on the pics to enlarge them for a better look.

Two thumbs up from Jim!
I enjoyed watching, and especially listening to the Laughing Gulls before our tour.
Time for the tour! (too early in the season for Whales)
Our Boat.
Views like this were common on the tour. (photo from tour website)
Brants, a lifer for all of us.
A couple of Oystercatchers.
A couple more Brants.
Laughing Gulls along the shore.
Our hotel from the boat! Our rooms are the first 2 on the left above the glass dome.
Huge Victorian style homes are everywhere in Cape May.
The Cape May Lighthouse, 199 steps to the top! (no, we didn't climb it, next time)
Laughing Gulls flew right beside us most of the tour.

Now off to do some coastal birding.

A Black-throated Green Warbler was one of a few species of warbler we saw along the coast in the afternoon.
More Oystercatchers at this stop.
Jim and Lynda making use of their scope, which I am learning comes in very handy!
This Green Heron found an interesting spot to spend the afternoon, in an apple tree.
Dinner time!

I started with "Cape May Salts", the perfect blend of sweet and salty.
A seafood feast for me! Rob had chicken.
Chocolate Mousse was the perfect dessert choice.
Amber took great care of us.
This lobster was caught off of George's Bank on July 3rd, 1985 and weighed in at 37.25lbs!

It was a great first full day in Cape May!

Lifers Day Two;
Brants
Willets
Boat-tailed Grackles
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