Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | September 26, 2011

Sometimes you get the bird, sometimes you don’t

fu·til·i·ty    noun \fyü-ˈti-lə-tē\
1: the quality or state of being futile : uselessness
2: a useless act or gesture

Well, it had to happen….. our chase streak is over. 😦

RF and I were at Brig looking for Hudsonian Godwit and Yellow Headed Blackbirds when a text came in about a Wilson’s Plover at Stone Harbor. That bird is a nemesis for RF – a state bird… and a lifer for me, and a plover (awww)….   no brainer!!!

We were on the first leg of Wildlife Drive and decided to go for it… so we did. There were texts and tweets and KeeKeeKerrs … the bird is here, no it flew off…. yadda yadda…   we decided “Stay the course!” so we did.

We arrived at Stone Harbor to find some of the seasoned Cape Mayers leaving the beach, only to find out they had no luck either…We decided… we’re here.. let’s do this so we did.

A walk up and down the beach produced over a dozen Piping Plover, a Lesser Black-Back Gull, flyover Caspian Tern, a hungry Merlin and a gazillion sanderling.

We decided to stay in Cape May for the night, and birded some other hotspots, and returned to Stone Harbor again, early the next morning. Same results…. Piping Plover (with equal amounts of Semipalmated Plover), Great looks at Caspian Terns, the same gang of gulls… and no .. no Wilson’s Plover.

We continued our birding adventures, and hit the State Park as well, and racked up the day birds. Great looks at a Bald Eagle, a perched Kestrel and a kettle of Hawks flying over the Hawkwatch. Of course, there were tweets and texts from Brig, just as we neared the exit, touting 2 Hudsonian Godwit and 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds. We got off with the express purpose of finding JUST those birds… NO LUCK.  Just one of those weekends, I guess…… the kind that keep you coming back for more.

My father used to say “That’s why they call it FISHING and not CATCHING.”  Guess its the same principle in birding   🙂

I wouldn’t change one minute of the weekend…. I saw amazing birds along the way, and spent an awesome weekend with the best birding partner-in-crime ever.   😉

If you ask me, the weekend was just PERFECT!  Which just proves, even in birding: it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.



  1. Wonderful post by a wonderful person…

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