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Cape May, New Jersey
A boardwalk trail at Cape May Point State Park allows visitors a view of the plants and wildlife found in freshwater coastal marsh habitat.
The adult Mute Swan has an orange bill and a black face. Immature birds are "Dirty gray or white. Legs gray or pinkish. Bill gray or tan, turning pinkish. Bill knob lacking or small. Lores white and feathered, turning black." The presence of this species is a cause for concern and controversy in communities along the Great Lakes and the east coast. "A native of northern and central Eurasia... introduced into North America to grace the ponds of parks and estates. Escaped individuals have established breeding populations in several areas, where their aggressive behavior threatens native waterfowl."
A proposal to eliminate Mute Swans from the state of New York is also being considered in New Jersey.
Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.
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