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Stop 5 - New Jersey : CAPE MAY SP, HIGBEE BEACH WMA, BELLEPLAIN SF

The following page is devoted to my roadtrip photos of birds from a few locations around Cape May, New Jersey. Clearly, I did not photograph every kind of bird that can be found at Cape May, but I have provided a selection of some of my favorite photos of the birds I did happen to see as I passed through.

Birds I saw at Cape May Area, New Jersey

May 9-14, 2008

From the warm beach and Painted Buntings of South Carolina, I headed north for Cape May, a well-known migration site on the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Cape May is especially famous for the volume and variety of birds that pass through during fall migration, usually stopping to refuel and rest before continuing southward over the Atlantic Ocean. Cape May can also be filled with birds during spring migration, especially when the conditions are right (southwesterly winds that trigger a migration over the region are ideal). In the Spring, birds that began their flight the evening before reach Cape May in the early morning and stop to refuel before continuing their northward migration.

I arrived at Cape May in a severe wind and rainstorm that lasted a couple of days. I enjoyed the nicer weather that followed the storm, but unfortunately there was a north wind over the East Coast that continued to put bird migration at a near standstill. Even so, I still managed to find a number of resident birds and migrating stragglers at the popular Cape May State Park and Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area as well as at Belleplain State Forest (which hosts more nesting birds) about an hour to the north of Cape May. I eagerly stalked some robins, starlings, and house finches around the parking lots, as these familiar and common birds had been relatively scarce in the southern states (and it was also my goal to get a decent photo of every kind of bird I saw at each location I went to on my travels). My camera seemed drawn to the yellow birds, as my favorite photos included a Yellow-breasted Chat, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, and White-eyed Vireo. I also saw some waterbirds and shorebirds in the Cape May area that, although all of them are common, I did not see anywhere else during my travels, such as a Glossy Ibis, Domestic Muscovy, Least and Solitary Sandpipers, and Surf Scoter.

After Cape May, I headed west to Warblerville at Magee Marsh on Lake Erie, as well as several other birding hotspots around the Great Lakes.

BLACKBIRD:
    Red-winged
BUNTING:
    Indigo
CARDINAL:
    Northern
CATBIRD:
    Gray
CHAT:
    Yellow-breasted
CHICKADEE:
    Carolina
COWBIRD:
    Brown-Headed
CROW:
    American of Fish
CUCKOO:
    Yellow-billed
DOVE:
    Mourning
    Rock (brown adult)
EGRET:
    Great
FLYCATCHER:
    Acadian
GNATCATCHER:
    Blue-Gray
GOOSE:
    Canada

GRACKLE:
    Boat-tailed
GROSBEAK:
    Blue
    Rose-breasted
GULL:
    Laughing
    Ring-billed ?
IBIS:
    Glossy
KILLDEER
KINGBIRD:
    Eastern
MALLARD
MARTIN:
    Purple
MOCKINGBIRD:
    Northern
MUSCOVY:
    Domestic
ORIOLE:
    Baltimore
    Orchard
OSPREY
OVENBIRD
PARULA:
    Northern
ROBIN:
    American

SANDERLING
SANDPIPER:
    Least
    Solitary
    Spotted
SCOTER:
    Surf
SPARROW:
    Chipping
    Field
    House
    Song or Lincoln's ?
STARLING:
    European
SWALLOW:
    Barn
SWAN:
    Mute
SWIFT:
    Chimney
TERN:
    Forster's
    Least
THRASHER:
    Brown
THRUSH:
    Wood
TITMOUSE:
    Northern Tufted

TOWHEE:
    Eastern
VEERY
VIREO:
    Red-Eyed
    White-Eyed
VULTURE:
    Turkey
WARBLER:
    Black-and-White
    Black-Throated Green
    Blue-Winged
    Magnolia
    Pine
    Prairie
    Wilson's
    Yellow
WAXWING:
    Cedar
WOODPECKER:
    Downy
WREN:
    Carolina
YELLOWTHROAT:
    Common

(My favorite photos are highlighted.)


Red-Winged Blackbird (male), Cape May area.

Red-Winged Blackbird (female), Cape May area.

Indigo Bunting, Cape May area.

Northern Cardinal, Cape May area.

Gray Catbird, Belleplain State Forest.

Yellow-Breasted Chat, Cape May area.

Carolina Chickadee, Cape May area.

Brown-Headed Cowbird (male and female), Cape May area.

American or Fish Crow, Cape May area.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belleplain State Forest.

Mourning Dove, Cape May area.

Rock Dove (brown adult), Cape May area.

Great Egret, Cape May area.

Acadian (?) Flycatcher, Belleplain State Forest.

Canada Goose, Cape May area.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Belleplain State Forest.

Boat-Tailed Grackle, Cape May area.

Blue Grosbeak (1st summer male), Cape May area.

Blue Grosbeak (female), Cape May area.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female), Cape May area.

Laughing Gull, Cape May area.

Ring-billed Gull, Cape May area.

Glossy Ibis, Cape May area.

Killdeer, Cape May area.

Eastern Kingbird, Cape May area.

Mallard (male), Cape May area.

Mallard (female), Cape May area.

Purple Martin (male and female), Cape May area.

Northern Mockingbird, Cape May area.

Domestic Muscovy, Belleplain State Forest.

Baltimore Oriole (female), Cape May area.

Orchard Oriole, Belleplain State Forest.

Osprey, Cape May area.

Ovenbird, Belleplain State Forest.

Northern Parula, Cape May area.

American Robin, Cape May area.

Sanderling, Cape May area.

Least Sandpiper, Cape May area (note the yellow-greenish legs, unique among peeps).

Solitary Sandpiper, Cape May area.

Spotted Sandpiper, Belleplain State Forest.

Surf Scoter, Cape May area.

Chipping Sparrow, Belleplain State Forest.

Field Sparrow, Cape May area.

House Sparrow, Cape May area.

Song or Lincoln's (?) Sparrow, Cape May area.

European Starling, Belleplain State Forest.

Barn Swallow, Cape May area.

Mute Swan, Cape May area.

Chimney Swift, Cape May area.

Forster's Tern (note the tail projecting beyond wingtips, black on orange bill, white belly compared to gray belly of Common Tern), Cape May area.

Least Tern, Cape May area.

Brown Thrasher, Belleplain State Forest.

Wood Thrush hiding in woods, Cape May area.

Northern Tufted Titmouse, Cape May area.

Eastern Towhee, Belleplain State Forest.

Veery, Cape May area.

Red-Eyed Vireo, Cape May area.

White-Eyed Vireo, Cape May area.

Turkey Vulture, Belleplain State Forest.

Black-and-White Warbler, Belleplain State Forest.

Black-Throated Green Warbler, Belleplain State Forest.

Blue-Winged Warbler, Belleplain State Forest.

Magnolia Warbler, Cape May area.

Pine Warbler, Belleplain State Forest.

Prairie Warbler, Cape May area.

Wilson's Warbler, Cape May area.

Yellow Warbler, Cape May area.

Cedar Waxwing, Belleplain State Forest.

Downy Woodpecker, Cape May area.

Carolina Wren, Cape May area.

Common Yellowthroat, Cape May area.
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