Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Beanery 11/15--Cave Swallow
The Beanery is an old farm, portions of which are still in operation, though the main crop for which is was named--lima beans--are no longer grown. It has lots of opens space ringed by woods with some ponds scattered around and even a section with some ancient railroad tracks still extant. Looking through the alerts, Mike saw that even without the flycatcher, there were a couple of rarities to be sought there.
We weren't sure where on the big expanse to look, but a local birder directed us and soon we were with 10 or so other birders, a few of whom we knew. The first cool bird we found was an Orange-crowned Warbler, one of the last warblers to migrate and one that always seems to be a rarity. A Baltimore Oriole flew in and there were Rusty Blackbirds, as well as Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Cooper's, and Sharp-shinned Hawks, along with both vulture species.
Actually, the one species I really wanted while we were down at Cape May was a swallow. A Franklin's Gull would be nice, but I had plenty out west. Same with the OC Warbler. We walked around with Barb, a local birder, who knew the place far better than we did, and after a while we saw two birds fly over our heads--one was a swallow, the other, very yellow underneath, was the Western Kingbird everyone was looking for.