Prepping for the World Series of Birding

Tomorrow is the World Series of Birding, and I’ll be participating again this year as part of the Cape May Bird Observatory Century Run team. We’ve been getting hammered wtih heavy rain, and more is on the way, so I’m VERY glad the event isn’t today! There is supposed to be some rain tomorrow, but not nearly as much. I did some scouting Thursday morning in Belleplain State Forest, and tried again this morning, but the rain made it impossible. The weather means migrating birds won’t be moving much, so whatever’s out there now is what we will look for. I’m guessing our total species seen (or heard) will be less than last year’s 134, but we’ll do our best.

This evening after dinner I will do all my prep work: making sandwiches and trail mix, getting all my food and gear together. I’ll be up at 3 AM in order to leave the house at 4:15 and be at the team meeting place in Cape May by 4:45. We will bird from 5 AM until about 9 PM, a very long day, but one I usually enjoy. As long as it’s not horizontal rain and strong winds all day, as happened one year! I’ll report on our big birding day on Sunday. By the way, this is a fund-raiser supporting nature and the environment through the work of the Cape May Bird Observatory, so if you would like to pledge or donate toward our effort, I’d be delighted. Thanks to those of you who have already done so!

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