14 Hours at the Point (Part 4)

While shopping at the Cape May Bird Observatory store a thud at the window got our attention and the stunned bird was none other than a Black-throated Blue Warbler, a dismal way to get a life bird.

This one had a lot of green mixed in. Thankfully, held in hand in the warm sun, it quickly recovered and flew off. Most of the hundreds of birds flitting in the bushes were Yellow-rumped Warblers and I never did take the time to get a good photo of them.

Palm Warbler was also a new bird for me. This one was most cooperative as it bobbed its tail and looked for insects. It moved on when a hawk buzzed us both.

This Flicker was running from, guess what, a Cooper’s Hawk. It can be rough neighborhood depending on your position in the food chain.

A surprise bird was a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker flushed from the dunes near the beach. For your viewing pleasure… a poor quality but definitive documentation shot. I wouldn’t have been able to ID it without the photo since it was yet another lifer.

Easier to identify but still hard to photograph, a Merlin above the platform eats a dragonfly on the wing.

The Merlin’s big brother, a young Peregrine arrives and everyone takes notice… It had its eye on us too.

7 responses

  1. This was a lovely selection of photographs, including the Bird in the Hand! c

    October 22, 2011 at 5:13 am

  2. Thank you for the wonderful posts on Cape May, Walter! We hope you can come back for a longer stay next time, although it seems you didn’t do too badly for the time you had…

    Enjoying the entire blog, actually. A pleasure to meet you!

    ~ Wren (aka the Hand Under the Bird).

    October 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

  3. thank you (and Wren’s hand) – needed this blue warbler happy ending story today.

    October 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

  4. kw

    The flicker photo is great. I think we have those here – don’t we? I think I’ve seen one with more red in the pine trees off our deck.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

    • Yes: yellow-shafted form of the Northern Flicker in the East, red-shafted in the West!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

  5. Did you notice a band on the young peregrine? BTW, welcome to right coast, LOL. Cape May is fabulous as all of us know. I watch the birds north of Cape May on the Hudson and I know the thrill.

    October 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  6. So glad I found these, expecially the yellow-shafted flicker. We just had a yellow-rumped warbler hit the window, poor guy.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:15 am

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