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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

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose30
Mute Swan99
Mallard57
Mourning Dove13
Chimney Swift1
American Oystercatcher8
Killdeer1
Laughing Gull11
Ring-billed Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull20
Least Tern49
Forster’s Tern5
Brown Pelican7
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)1
Great Egret1
Green Heron1
Glossy Ibis13
Turkey Vulture1
Osprey (carolinensis)5
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)1
Willow Flycatcher1
Great Crested Flycatcher3
Eastern Kingbird1
Red-eyed Vireo1
American Crow2
Fish Crow2
Carolina Chickadee3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow1
Purple Martin60
Tree Swallow4
Barn Swallow (American)4
House Wren (Northern)1
Carolina Wren (Northern)6
European Starling20
Gray Catbird2
Northern Mockingbird2
American Robin7
Cedar Waxwing2
House Sparrow5
American Goldfinch3
Chipping Sparrow1
Field Sparrow5
Song Sparrow1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)18
Brown-headed Cowbird2
Common Grackle2
Common Yellowthroat8
Northern Cardinal6
Indigo Bunting4

 

Field Sparrow photo by Kathy Horn

 

Indigo Bunting photo by Kathy Horn

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