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Birding Cape May Point – April 3, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Kyle Chelius, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 38°F

Winds:  W 15-20 mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

Though it felt like winter, it looked like spring at the State Park this morning. Northern Gannets were in feeding close, diving between pods of dolphin. Osprey called overhead, Field Sparrows were sitting up singing, Pine Warblers were active, and a Glossy Ibis flew into the nearby marsh. What was unusual were the mammal sightings. A Red Fox came trotting through the dunes, crossing the path in front of us and a Raccoon dozed in the sun alongside a muskrat mound at the edge of Lighthouse Pond.

 

43 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose8
Mute Swan6
Blue-winged Teal2
Northern Shoveler2
Gadwall7
Mallard14
Green-winged Teal (American)16
Bufflehead10
Mourning Dove2
American Coot (Red-shielded)20
American Oystercatcher1
Killdeer1
Herring Gull (American)7
Great Black-backed Gull2
Forster’s Tern3
Northern Gannet25
Great Egret1
Glossy Ibis1
Black Vulture1
Turkey Vulture12
Osprey (carolinensis)4
Northern Harrier1
Cooper’s Hawk1
Red-tailed Hawk1
Eastern Phoebe1
American Crow1
Fish Crow3
Carolina Chickadee3
Tufted Titmouse1
Purple Martin4
Tree Swallow7
Carolina Wren (Northern)8
Northern Mockingbird3
American Robin4
Field Sparrow4
Song Sparrow1
Eastern Towhee1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)12
Brown-headed Cowbird2
Common Grackle3
Pine Warbler2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)5
Northern Cardinal3

 

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

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