The highest density of birds we saw at one place during the Cape May Spring (birding) Festival was at Cook’s Beach. They are drawn to the beach by the horseshoe crab eggs – rich food to fatten them up before they continue north on their migration. I took lots of pictures and was challenged to select the ones I would include in this post. I took a sequence when something startled the birds and they took off – swirled around and landed again. The beach seemed very full even when there were a lot of birds in the air.
Sometimes it was a large group of just Laughing Gulls.
There is a back of Ruddy Turnstone on the beach in this picture….and the bird facing the camera is a Red Knot. Both birds are a little larger than the other shorebirds.
The crowd of birds in the picture below are all Red Knots. The birds with reddish color are in breeding plumage. The others are non-breeding. Note that two seem to be making eye contact.
I liked this lineup of Herring Gulls, with the mature bird in front and sitting…the immatures standing behind.
How many birds can you recognize in the picture below:
The easy ones are laughing gull, red knot, and ruddy turnstone. There are some smaller shorebirds in the mix as well.
I couldn’t resist one botanical picture as we headed back to the car – a rose growing where vegetation meets the beach.