A Brief Trip to Visit Family – No New Birds

We just returned from a short trip to visit our sons, Michael’s father and brother, and Renee’s brother along the east coast. We did some “recreational birding” but there was nothing around to chase for the Eight Years project.

Birding was good. There were lots of birds in the thick of breeding and still fairly large numbers of shorebirds making a late migration push up to the Arctic. We took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel but there was nothing of note along the shore. We also took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. We didn’t see any new birds but the captain of the ferry made a special effort to show us a humpback whale in Delaware Bay! One sour note: lots of ticks in the woods of NJ.

We are debating our next trip. We had planned to do a Florida chase but there isn’t anything left down there to chase. We’ll be visiting Renee’s mom around the 4th of July, so we’ll probably do at least a few days in FL.

It sure would be nice to have a rarity or two, though.