Fall in Cape May

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Dawn Flight

Most of the considerable number of birds that migrate through Cape May in the fall go by like this Palm Warbler. Most go by high, fast, non-stop, unidentified and uncounted. Digital photography has added another dimension. When in doubt, shoot, and identify later. Like our gun-toting birding ancestors.

A few other highlights

There were some nice things from the weekend. The best bird was one that we missed, a Cassin's Kingbird that flew by the hawkwatch platform, was mis-identified as the more common (but still rare) Western Kingbird, but identified correctly later from photos. We were on the Point that day, so it was near us somewhere. I wonder what else we missed without knowing?

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Clay-colored Sparrow

Del Haven

This was with other sparrows along the street on Saturday morning.

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Sedge Wren

Villas

We heard about this one found by dawn-flight watchers in Villas. We arrived shortly thereafter, and it was still about.

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Dickcissel

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Better views went un-photographed.

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