Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | June 20, 2011

PUGA (and more) at Cape May

Lifebird #289 is a great one!! The Purple Gallinule which showed up at the Plover Pond at Cape May State Park a week ago managed to stick around, much to the delight of many birders including RF and me.

In true new birder’s fashion, I managed to “life” the more difficult bird first.. I lifed Purple Gallinule and still don’t have Common Gallinule (formerly Common Moorhen.)  GO FIGURE!

In addition to the Purple Gallinule, we “got”  yet another great bird by 8:30 AM – the Eurasian-collared Dove, which is becoming more and more popular up north.

I hope you enjoy these photos (special thanks to amazing, Cape May based photographer Mike Hannisian who allowed me to shoot through his incredible lens.)

Hungry Purple Gallinule

Check out those funky toes!

On the way out of the State Park, we also managed great looks at a crow (sp?) eating a bug


Black Rat Snake at the Meadows

Baby toads were everywhere at the Meadows

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