|This Yellow-breasted Chat caused the big "bird nerd" moment of the trip.|
|We saw a flock of Indigo Buntings at Higbee Beach.|
|Both male and female (pictured) Prairie Warblers were seen.|
|We saw three Yellow-billed Cuckoos.|
|I followed the song of the Carolina Wren at the Cape May Point State Park until I found it.|
|We loaded up on the best peanut butter ever at this shop on Washington Street.|
|Another great meal, this time at the Blue Pig Tavern.|
And now, the big "bird nerd" moment of the trip. We do seem to have one every big trip with Jim and Lynda. I am going to re-tell part of this story as it was told to me, as I did not witness it all.
We were leaving Higbee Beach, and had drove up this other little side road. Jim decided to pull over at a look out tower. All of us were hot and tired after a great morning of birding and decided to stay in the van, except for Jim, who got out to climb the tower to have a look. He left his camera in the van.
He gets to the top and is looking around, next thing, he's jumping up and down, yes, jumping up and down, and pointing down to the front of the van. ( I am so disappointed I missed this part) Then Rob says, "Oh my fucking god, it's a Yellow-breasted Chat!!" It had landed on a short pole directly in front of the van. Both Rob and Lynda could see it at this point.
I see the brightest flash of yellow I have ever seen fly by the van windows, and we all scramble out. The chat landed in a tree across the road and gave us all fantastic looks and Rob was able to get a few pics. It was a moment that will be talked about for years to come.
|Thanks for the memories!|