Swainson’s WarblerGolden-winged Warbler Scarlet Tanager Kentucky Warbler Lizard The Gauley River Blue-winged Warbler Praire Warbler Indigo Bunting Yellow-breasted Chat Box Turtle Turkey VultureHouse WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherNew River Gorge
Yellow Warbler Green Heron Northern Parula Black-throated Blue Magnolia WarblerBlue-gray Gnatcatcher Common Yellowthroat Bald Eagles Red-headed Woodpecker Nighthawk Bay-breasted Warbler Nashville Warbler Warbling VireoTrumpeter SwanDunlinWhite-crowned SparrowHouse WrenBlack and White WarblerChestnut-sided Warbler Canada Warbler White Pelicans Least SandpiperDowitcher
Forster TernsPiping Plovers
The most special part of our trip was meeting up with our friend Mark Garland. Mark is a Naturalist who leads lots of field trips and tours. He took us to a couple great birding spots. At the beach, we saw Horseshoe Crabs and thousands of shorebirds including Gulls, Terns, Sandpipers, Plovers, Killdeer, Ruddy Turnstones and then some! Every year in the spring, the Horseshoe Crabs come to shore to lay their eggs. For two weeks, thousands of shorebirds come to eat the eggs to refuel before heading north.
Mark is looking through some seaweed to show us a Horseshoe Crab egg.
Ferd and I went to Cape May, New Jersey for the Cape Maygration Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival. We didn’t realize until the last minute that we needed to take a Ferry over to Cape May. We were very lucky to catch the last Ferry over! Our first day, we birded the trails, fields and forest edges of Higbee Beach and Cape May point State Park. Here is our group starting out.
Here is an Oystercatcher on her nest.Ruddy Ducks
Rat SnakeThe Cape May Lighthouse
Mute SwanPainted Turtle
What a great trip! I saw 70 species and it’s only the first day!
Each morning at we drove through the fog over the New River Gorge Bridge to breakfast at 6 am. After breakfast, we loaded onto our bus for our birding trip. Total birds seen by the whole group for the week was 148 different species. Ferd and I saw 60 different kinds alone. Here are few birds that we saw.