23 September 2016
Cape MayA final Higbee Meadows start was quickly interrupted by three large birding groups that encouraged me to move on from the platform. I decided to search the second field for yesterday's Connecticut Warbler, just incase it was still around. A Grey-cheeked Thrush hopped into view briefly on the island but was chased away by a Cardinal. The Scarlet Tanager was still hiding in the vines and the White-eyed Vireo was still along the woodland edge. A few Yellowthroats gave hope as the odd American Redstart, Black and White, Parula and Red-eyed Vireo flew over. There was no sign of the Connecticut but a Lincoln's Sparrow flushed from the Millet at the end of the field and showed briefly. Northern Flickers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers flew over and a Cooper's Hawk and 2 Sharpies hunted around the fields. A Merlin tried unsuccessfully to surprise a group of a dozen Northern Flicker.
I returned to the area to find nobody looking - everyone, and I mean everyone, including all three groups had seen it - except me. After standing along the edge staring into the woods I remembered a path into the wood and walked a short way in. Pishing produced a White-eyed Vireo and a Yellowthroat plus the usual House Wren and Carolina Wrens. I walked back out to find a couple, one in a bright white T shirt and the other in a flourescent-green jacket, looking at the bushes and consulting their iPhone. I was told they had been looking at something the whole time I'd been in the wood. I walked closer to discover they'd had the Connecticut warbler, in full view, and exactly where I'd been standing just minutes earlier. Double bugger.
I checked along the hedge for another 40 minutes seeing maybe 6 Yellowthroat but not the warbler. We tried later in the day again but the sun had come out reducing feeding activity and making viewing more difficult. Maybe next time.....