Cape May 7/27 and 7/28

It was hot and humid, but Cape May still produced! I had a nice morning walk with Chuck and Mary Jane (volunteers with CMBO). There was a great Purple Martin spectacle in the parking lot:

Cape May, July 27 and 28, 2011.  Purple Martins at Cape May Point State Park

A Black Tern flew over and landed briefly in Bunker Pond. I managed to get one photo of the bird, although it is very cropped:

OK, here's the Black Tern - all the way on the rightAnd solo cropped Black Tern

Tern show:

VIP Tern convention

I went on a whale and dolphin watching trip, and had awesome looks at a pod of about 75 Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins and also 1 Minke Whale:

We saw about 75 Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins (and also a Minke Whale that I couldn't get a photo of)Close-up of the lead dolphin's face - so cool to see its eye

I lifed Wilson’s Storm-Petrel – saw 6 individuals and got very distant shots of one of the cute, dainty birds:

One of my 6 lifer WILSON'S STORM PETRELS!!!  Very cropped photo but just for the record

I waited until the rain passed and went over to Higbees Beach for an hour, where I became breakfast for mosquitoes. But I managed to see a female (or young?) Blue Grosbeak, 3 or 4 Indigo Buntings, a Yellow-breasted Chat, a Black-and-White Warbler, a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Great-crested Flycatchers, 2 RT Hummingbirds, and a very cooperative Yellow-billed Cuckoo – the bird was right over my head and very curious about the beeping sound my camera was making:

This very curious Yellow-billed Cuckoo was directly above me. Liked the sound of the beep my camera made

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