Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | December 3, 2011

4 Rarity Day & Welcome to the 300 Club

In a lucky “right place at the right time” kinda way, Rob and I were in Cape May for a Holiday event on Saturday evening. So of course, we decided to bird in the morning.

A quick stop at Brig to visit the Tundra Swans at the Gull Pond Tower also produced a flyover group of dozens of calling Tundras!

Then on to Cape May where our first stop was to visit the Beautiful Male Painted Bunting at Sheila and Marleen’s feeders on Bayshore. What a beautiful bird! (Not a lifer for me, but still always thrilling to see.) And we are all grateful for their hospitality and opening their yard up to us.

Everyone say "cheeeeezzzeee"

As we were visiting with the bunting, word came that Sam Galick discovered a Bell’s Vireo at the Beanery… LOVE THE BEANERY.. and as always, Sam rocks!!  🙂

We did manage to take two visits to the Bell’s, and it gave some pretty good looks, but still, it stayed in cover for the most part. There have been no reports, to my knowledge, of the bird since Saturday. This was lifer #322, NJ Lifebird #303 and NJ Year bird #299.

After the Bell’s it was onto my nemesis Ash-Throated Flycatcher. Back to Wilson St and the railroad tracks, where the bird has been for a month or so and FINALLY! SUCCESS!!! We were there a while when Rob spotted the bird in a side hedgerow, doing what else? Flycatching 😉 What a beautiful bird. The rufous wing feathers really popped for me on this bird, and its crest was classic! We really got some great looks on this bird! This was lifer #323, NJ Lifebird #304 and NJ Year bird #300. What a 300!!!

After some more birding around the Cape, we decided to try for 4 review birds (“rarities”) in one day. The Eurasian Collared-Doves are pretty reliable roosting in the trees on the corner of Lincoln and Whildin Avenues. So sure enough we did get to see these beautiful birds up close.

On a personal note: I am so proud to have joined the “300 club.” The combination of great rarities, storm birds, very useful ways to communicate the rarities has created the “Perfect Storm” of record-breaking numbers of sightings, and this has been a year where many New Jersey Birders have gotten to enjoy the 300 Club. Of course, many people had a hand in my personal success in reaching this milestone – but one stands out. Thank you so much to the greatest “partner in birding,” RF!!



  1. Great post DE Junco–and welcome to the 300 club! Very proud of you!

  2. Lisa, Great post and what an awesome day! Congrats! But wait a minute, there are still plenty of days left in the year….. good luck and on to number 301!

  3. Thank you both so much, gentlemen! It has been so much fun, every step of the way! I honestly didn’t think I could make 300 – but luckily I have the support and encouragement of an amazing person 🙂

    What a year this has been! John, congrats to you for tearing up the Bergen charts!!!

    It’s easier for people like me who are surrounded by some of the best birding talent in the state!!

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