Cape May World Series of Birding
Cape May, May 2003 - While other World Series of Birding teams started birding at midnight Friday night, Pat Sutton's Century Run Team took a more civilized approach to this annual fundraiser.
We got started at 5 AM Saturday in the Cape May Point State park parking lot. The team concentrates its efforts south of the Cape May Canal.
First stop - the misty woods of Hidden Valley - named for a good reason - no casual visitor would ever find these dark, swampy woods.
We heard lots of birds in the heavy early morning fog...and hearing is as good as seeing, in the World Series of Birding rule book.
(The whole point of the World Series of Birding is to see/hear as many birds as possible, in order to raise money for environmental causes. The more you see, the more you pay.)
Back to the state park to pick up the rest of the crew at 7AM.
Then onto the Beanery - one of birders' favorite spots in Cape May. It's named for an old lima bean processing facility that still stands at the entrance. The binoculars started swinging wildly now, as newly arrived migrating warblers filled the trees.
We saw brilliant yellow Prothonotary Warblers, and soft grey Tennesse warblers flitting between the trees.
We tramped through more woods at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area, picking out even more migrants.
Then, on the edge of the Delaware Bay, we saw an absolutely beautiful white and black Gannet soaring against what was now a blue sky.
We saw a piping plover on a nest at the Cape May Meadows..we stood on the refuge's Atlantic Ocean beach looking for loons...a merlin soared by. What a day.
At the end of the day, the hardier types continued on, north of the canal, for more. We headed home.
But we'll be back next year.
Contact Pat Sutton at (609) 861-0700 if you want to sign up for her World Series of Birding Century Run team for May 2004!