O! To be in Cape May, Now That the Wind is Right!

…Note basically birdless skies, waters and sands, yet fellowship rendered it all sublime!

back-bay-birding-cape-may-oct-2016-006

Checking for Brant Return: Cape May Back Bay Birding on “The Skimmer”

NJWILDBEAUTY readers know that the Intrepids spent a week in Cape May, in quest of their avian counterparts.  However, for birds especially (and, therefore, for us) the wind was the ‘wrongest’ it could possibly be.  Surging UP from the SOUTHEAST, it stalled most winged creatures wherever they were, unable to proceed on their critical autumnal southeast migration in the face of fierce headwinds.  At one point, the flags were flying UP!

back-bay-birding-cape-may-oct-2016-004

Great Egrets Staging, Feeding for Migration, Back Bay Cape May, from “The Skimmer”

Now, reading birding hotlines from Sandy Hook,  Cape May and Hawk Mountain, it’s clear that the wind is in the right quarter, and raptors are surging south as they’re supposed to.  However, the two-legged Intrepids are back at their desks.

back-bay-birding-cape-may-oct-2016-008

Star Bird: Whimbrel! — a Month Late — Cape May Back Bay from “The Skimmer”

intrepids-at-the-point-cape-may-2016-008

Empty Platform, Empty Skies at Cape May Point

This is a kaleidoscope of Cape May images from our “wind-grieved” sojourn, so that others may proceed on migrations, in following winds, to experience nature’s miracles.

hawk-watch-platform-oct-2016-009

Cape May Hawk Watch Platform Tally of Migrant Birds

Realize that neither the Intrepids NOR the birds would frequent these (here empty) sites, had they not been preserved by far-sighted, persistent, even heroic people.  Be among that fellowship, EVERYONE!  Support your favorite land trusts, –locally and nationally–, so that wild lands may increasingly attract wild creatures.  Vote accordingly.

intrepids-at-the-point-cape-may-2016-015

Birding Trail, Cape May Point, leading to lake full of Mute Swans

intrepids-at-the-point-cape-may-2016-014

Autumn Remnants, Cape May Point

intrepids-at-the-point-cape-may-2016-002

Where Nature Rules, Cape May Point

 

sunrise-sunset-oct-2016-001

First Light Cape May Town Beach

“Day is done…   Gone the sun…  From the lakes…  From the hills…  From the sky…

sunrise-sunset-oct-2016-006

Last Light, Town Beach, Cape May, Same Day

2 thoughts on “O! To be in Cape May, Now That the Wind is Right!

  1. Ray, thank you so much! You have no idea how much your praise means — as these pictures exist to be ‘captured’ for the blog. But they are nowhere in My Pictures on my computer! I’ve done a search for each set, to no avail. So, as I wrote to those to whom I sent a blocked and copied version, “I apologize for these pictures. I hate to admit that they are unbalanced, but they are!” At least the stark beauties, the simplicities, of Cape May shine through, even though I cannot turn them into true colors as taken. Many many thanks, Ray. c

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s