A Mini Fall Fallout at Cape May

A meteorological collision between the remnants of tropical storm Karen and a cold front from the north produced some fallout weather in southern New Jersey.

We spent the day on Tuesday checking out the birding hotspots around Cape May Point. We started at Higbee Beach WMA, visited Sunset Beach and the lighthouse park, and ended up at the Second Avenue Jetty.

Higbee Beach had a fair number of warblers and sparrows. Palm Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler dominated along with White-throated and Swamp Sparrows. There was also a fair number of kinglets, catbirds, and others.

At the beach, there were many gulls and terns and several flocks of scoters moving along the coast at the mouth of Delaware Bay. All species were those to be expected.

The area around the lighthouse park proved to be the best of the day. Here we saw Black-throated Blue, Magnolia, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Palm Warblers and Northern Parula. There were also goldfinches, catbirds, thrashers, crows, sparrows and several other passerines. Ducks included all the usual suspects and a Eurasian Wigeon. Raptors included Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned, and Broad-winged Hawks, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Bald Eagle, and a single Northern Goshawk.

At the jetty we saw a single Northern Gannet and a couple of Pomarine Jaegers among the gulls, cormorants, and scoters moving along the coast.

It was not a spectacular day, but it was certainly worth the trip to explore the iconic birding location of Cape May, New Jersey.