This morning a friend and I went birding at the Cox Hall Creek WMA in North Cape May. This one was just purchased in 2006 ; it was formerly Ponderlodge Golf Course! The folks at New Jersey Audubon have planted many native species there, and have let the whole place turn back to nature.
It was a wonderful three hours - we must have walked the entire former 18 holes!
Here's the aerial view:
Here's a bird walk advertized on the CMBO site - we went ourselves on this walk:
It looks like this, but greener and more flourishing since this photo was taken:
We saw at least 33 species of birds this morning, including what my friend calls "the Blues Brothers"
By that, she means the:
Indigo Bunting ( photo by Kari Lukens)
Eastern Bluebird ( photo by Don Freiday)
Blue Grosbeak ( photo from the NJAS blog)
The Blue Grosbeak we saw was perched on a wildflower about six feet away from us, just magnificent in the sunshine!