Friday, May 6, 2011
Fwd: Scouting Highlight from Day-1
Today I spent most of the day checking every back bay and lagoon from Sea Isle City to Cape May in search of ligering waterfowl. It's probably about as boring a day scouting as I could devise, but very necessary. You check EVERY spot you can access, get out, scan, see nothing, go to next spot, and so on and so on. I didn't find too much ( Horned Grebe, Red-throated Loon, Bufflehead, and some RB Mergs), but I now have something to watch for over the next week. One thing I did find today was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nest visible from the road. Now that's something we can use. I still decided to check another spot for them even though I had a "gimme" on the WSB since they were on eggs. What I found was a female YCNH being courted by 2 different males! It was really intense as these 2 males displayed to her (she ignored them) and tried for her attention. One of the males finally broke off a branch and handed it to her and she promptly flew away with it! Here are a couple of pics I took, but it was inside the trees and lighting was terrible, so excuse the photos. I've only rarely seen this display and they only do it a few days every Spring.
Enjoy (I did)...