World Series of Birding Tomorrow!

Turkeys

I’ve been out birding as much as possible this week, getting ready for the WSB. Tomorrow our team the “Cape May Bird Observatory Century Run,” will assemble at 5 am and bird non-stop until around 9 pm. Every species we see or hear will raise money for CMBO, and their mission of nature education, land preservation, and research. Thanks to some very generous pledgers to Ellen and myself, each species we tally will raise $6, which is wonderful!

The last two weeks, the weather has been lousy for bird migration along the eastern US coast: east winds, lots of clouds, fog and rain. Thursday the skies finally cleared and the wind shifted to the southwest. This morning there were songbirds everywhere! I spent two glorious hours at Higbee Beach WMA enjoying dozens of warblers, tanagers, vireos, woodpeckers, and more. We hope this will hold true tomorrow, though we are expecting more stormy weather, so we’ll see what happens. We can always hope for luck, like the turkeys crossing the road in Belleplain above.

EasternTailedBlues

I was too busy looking to take pictures today, but Wednesday I was scanning across a field for distant birds, then looked down at my feet to see these tiny Eastern Tailed Blue butterflies getting some minerals from a muddy spot.

Turtles

At Beaver Swamp, there were lots of turtles out enjoying the sunshine, just like me. These are probably Painted Turtles.

Wish us luck tomorrow, we’ll be working hard but having a good time birding all around Cape May County, tallying species one by one in all kinds of places and habitats. If you’d like to pledge a donation toward our efforts, there’s still time if you act today. Our usual total is around 140 species. A pledge of 10 cents per species would be a donation of about $14. If you’re willing to donate 50 cents per species, a donation of about $70, I’ll send you any one of my signed prints. Or any two for $1 per species. Email me HERE if you’d like to help raise money for this worthy environmental organization and our team effort, and thanks for considering it!

Needless to say, I won’t be blogging tomorrow, but should have a report on our day up by Sunday afternoon. And, if I have time, I might post brief reports on our progress on Facebook tomorrow.

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