Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mid-Summer Birding at the Shore

Quick post to remind you that summer is pretty dull for birders however I did manage to get a few new photos of Skimmers which are one of my favorite birds in the world. Here are 4 of them skimming the shallow water at "The Meadows" in Cape May in the early morning.

Black Skimmers at Cape May Meadows
They would occasionally come closer. This one skimmed the same route a few times and gave me a few opportunities to capture a nice photo. This one looks like a mirror image. The tip of the bill is just about touching the water.

Black Skimmer
Cormorants are not unusual at the shore. In fact, there are many of them. This sighting was unusual because this bird flew in and landed right on the beach at the Villas. I have never seen a Cormorant sitting on the beach with people and dogs all around. This guy didn't seem to mind.

Double-crested Cormorant
I was on the Villas beach looking for banded shorebirds. I found a few and also got to point them out to a few people on the beach. Here is Sanderling LM5. Originally banded in Delaware in May, he/she has been seen in Avalon on 7/23 by someone else and in Villas by me twice after that.

Sanderling LM5
This one is interesting. It has a dark green flag with white lettering rather than the typical light green with black lettering. This is Sanderling AEV. Not sure why the color is different but I will try to find out.

Sanderling AEV
Looking forward to getting out in Delaware next week.

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