I spent three days last week (Thu-Sat) in southern New Jersey, primarily Cape May. Timing could not have been better. A strong cold front came through Thu-Fri, producing a fall out which Cape May birders are describing with terms such as "epic." More on this when my weekly column is posted Saturday.
On Friday afternoon, I was walking the yellow trail in Cape May Point State Park when a birder (Blake Mathys) waved me over to see a Common Ground Dove. I loaned him my cell phone, and he called in his sighting. The word spread quickly. In less than half an hour, some thirty people had made the 10-15 minute walk to the area where the dove was seen. It was only the 3rd New Jersey record for this dove. Its North American range is Florida and southern Texas.