Birding Cape May Point – July 3, 2021

Leaders:  Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, B. Hodgdon

Temp: 72 °F

Winds:  NW 5-10 mph

Weather Conditions: Sunny

With the humidity broken by yesterday’s storm, it was a beautiful morning for a walk at the State Park. Indigo Bunting and Field Sparrow were the cooperative birds of the day, with both sitting up, singing. Ducks are molting into their drab basic, or eclipse, plumage and no longer have that clean-cut spring look. Cedar Waxwings and Great-crested Flycatchers are hanging around in the wooded area at the back of the park, probably with nearby nests while a Willow Flycatcher sang repeatedly in the dunes. A squadron of seven Brown Pelicans flew back and forth along the beach, seemingly at a loss for a destination.

50 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 30
Mute Swan 99
Mallard 57
Mourning Dove 13
Chimney Swift 1
American Oystercatcher 8
Killdeer 1
Laughing Gull 11
Ring-billed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 20
Least Tern 49
Forster’s Tern 5
Brown Pelican 7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 13
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 60
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow (American) 4
House Wren (Northern) 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 6
European Starling 20
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 7
Cedar Waxwing 2
House Sparrow 5
American Goldfinch 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 18
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 2
Common Yellowthroat 8
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 4


Field Sparrow photo by Kathy Horn


Indigo Bunting photo by Kathy Horn