Wednesday 3 October 2012

Drastic slowdown at Cape May

Tuesday 2nd October: Today has seen a complete reversal of fortunes.  How the weather changes everything.  The wind has turned South to South-east, meaning very few new arrivals.  All but a handful of "leftovers" remain from the massive recent fall.  In the vast Higbee Woods, just a small flock of twenty roving vireo's and warblers could be found.  That said, among them was an adult male Blue-winged Warbler, a fine tick for me.  The only serious big shout today was a Rufous Hummingbird in a garden near Cape May Meadows.  Even the raptor numbers were way down and the Siberian Elm tree, so full of warblers yesterday, was empty.  The next change of weather is Thursday when the wind moves North-west.  The local birders inform me this is the best wind direction as it pushes everything southwards and towards the coast...ideal...

Below are a few images from the last couple days:

First year Magnolia Warbler
Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

First year male Cape May Warbler

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