Monday, October 31, 2011

Dripping Palms and both Kinglets

A week and a half ago I posted "Palms and Rubies." A Palm Warbler and a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets were in the remaining trees around my yard and teased me with a few mediocre photo opportunities. 

Last Friday at 8am, I stood along a field edge at the Higbee Beach WMA in Cape May and watched Palm Warblers dripping out of the trees. In the early morning light they were  gold nuggets with wings ...

Palm Warbler - Higbee Beach WMA, Cape May, NJ
An older woman stood nearby.Her cane rested against her leg as she held her binoculars to her eyes, watching the warblers. I said to her, "Isn't it great to stand in one place and have so many come to you." She replied, "I had six Palms in one glass. How good is that!!"

Palm Warbler - Higbee Beach WMA, Cape May, NJ
True to late October expectations, kinglets were active in many locations. On a trail through the state park in Cape May Point, Ruby-crowned Kinglets worked through the low shrubs and reeds, close enough that the red crown could often be seen without binoculars ...

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Cape May Point State Park

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
In the cedars and pines of the state park, Golden-crowned Kinglets, demonstrated their acrobatic feeding, occasionally pausing briefly ...

Golden-crowned Kinglet - Cape May Point State Park
There were even flashes of the orange highlight in the golden crown ...

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Good Birding!!


Laurence Butler said...

Fun times, great photos!

Julie G. said...

Oh, these are glorious images of beautiful birds! Sounds like a wonderful experience.

Jen Sanford said...

I love that comment from the woman with "six palms in one glass"!!


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