Small yellow warbler with spots and a white rump perched on a small branch between two trees.
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birding bits: a Cape May in April

birding bits will feature various species of birds and fun birding stories, as they happen or as I remember them. Here’s the first story!

In April, spring migration was getting underway, and birds were popping up all around us!

Warblers were starting to stream past us in the trees, moving faster than we could get our binoculars on them.

One day in late April, I was in the parking lot at work when I spotted movement in the trees. I happened to have my camera on me, and I quickly found the bird, snapping more than twenty blurry shots of it.

My camera wouldn’t focus on the bird, only the twigs around it!

I quickly dug out my binoculars and found the bird, which I tentatively ID’d as a Cape May warbler.

Luckily, a few more birders were walking past and asked what I was seeing. After getting them on the bird, they confirmed the ID.

I took probably 30 photos and couldn’t get a clear shot, until…

Small yellow warbler with spots and a white rump perched on a small branch between two trees.

The bird perched in a perfect spot!

I managed to get seven clear shots of it before it flitted away, as warblers tend to do.

Up until that point, I hadn’t seen a Cape May clearly. I’d only seen them on two prior occasions, and none of them were ones I’d ID’d on my own.

For me, the best birding moments are the ones I share with others, so I was grateful for the birders who stopped to get a quick look at the warbler before it flitted away.

Quite a little bit of birding, indeed.

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