Back Bay Birding by Boat on The Osprey - Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Labor Day was surprisingly quiet in terms of boat traffic in the back bay waters of Cape May, which made for very pleasant birding. Whimbrel migration was slowed to a trickle, but plovers and yellow-legs picked up the slack. More large terns, fishing the sounds and roosting on the old oysterbed, were observed by happy wildlife watchers.
29 species

Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  75
Great Blue Heron  1     Only great blue heron seen at mouth of Spicer Creek as we returned to dock.
Great Egret  21
Snowy Egret  34
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  6
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  54
Bald Eagle  1     Seen, for second day in a row, on North side of Cold Spring Inlet.
Clapper Rail  7
Black-bellied Plover  45
Semipalmated Plover  8
American Oystercatcher  16
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Greater Yellowlegs  9
Whimbrel  4
Ruddy Turnstone  7
Semipalmated Sandpiper  210
Short-billed Dowitcher  12
Laughing Gull  210
Great Black-backed Gull  25
Caspian Tern  9
Common Tern  24
Forster's Tern  65
Royal Tern  8
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  410
Red-winged Blackbird  4

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