Following this the day was spent at the end of Cape May point, calling in at the main birding information centre, the Northwood centre. Here you can pick up a copy of the "Kestrel Express", a leaflet detailing all the guided excursions, and a map of all the birding sites in Cape May county.
The Cape May point state park is a good starting point for birding. You can tell you're onto a good start when you park up next to a colony of Purple Martins! Five of these colony nest boxes were full of them.
The state park also contains plenty of lagoons, which attracted Great White and Snowy Egrets, Glossy Ibis, waders such as Short-billed Dowitcher and a old wooden jetty that forms a roosting spot for Forster's Terns.
Adjacent to the state park is the Cape May migratory bird refuge, also known as "The Meadows".
One of the main reasons for travelling to Cape May was to catch up with the American warblers. One of the best in looks and name, in my opinion, is the Prothonotary Warbler. The best place to try and catch up with Prothonotary is the Rea Farm (aka The Beanery), which is only accessible on guided walks.
Good numbers of Indigo Buntings were here on the 26th May, but seeing Prothonotary Warbler didn't sound too hopeful, indeed one was singing deep into a thick damp area of willows. Other new birds here were Great Crested Flycatchers, a very snazzy male Baltimore Oriole, Tufted Titmouse, a pair of Downy Woodpeckers and a female American Redstart.
Towards the end of the walk the leaders reached a willow-fringed pond which yielded a few Black-crowned Night Herons and a Wood Duck. Then, as the Wood Duck left a small and very yellow bird flew across and landed on a branch in full view. It's a male Prothonotary Warbler, and needed no hesitation to have a look through one of the guide's scope!
Following that success, and the only chance I would get to walk round the Rea Farm, the rest of the day was spent exploring the beaches on the Delaware Bay side. Large numbers of waders gather here, en route to the arctic, to feed on the eggs of Horseshoe Crabs. There were literally thousands, upon thousands, of Semipalmated Sandpipers.