Birding Cape May Point – August 6, 2022

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 74°F

Winds: SSW 7 mph

Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy

Even the parking lot at the State Park changes with the season. Today the flock of Laughing Gulls there included two birds-of-the-year, sporting the brown, white and gray plumage of the recently fledged; the Purple Martin houses were empty with only a few martins calling overhead. Tern flock numbers are increasing with lots of Least, Forster and Common Terns and growing numbers of Royal Terns. Shorebirds are on the move, and we had Semi-palmated, Solitary and Least Sandpipers, plus Lesser yellowlegs, and Killdeer, foraging around the pond edges. We saw small flocks of American Goldfinch; goldfinch are among the latest of our passerine breeders and are just showing up again after completing their nesting season.

46 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 80
Mallard 78
American Black Duck 1
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
American Oystercatcher 2
Killdeer 5
Least Sandpiper 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
shorebird sp. 6
Laughing Gull 86
Herring Gull (American) 14
Great Black-backed Gull 17
Least Tern 90
Common Tern 25
Forster’s Tern 30
Common/Forster’s Tern 40
Royal Tern 2
Black Skimmer 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Great Egret 1
Glossy Ibis 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 5
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
Carolina Chickadee 5
Purple Martin 14
Tree Swallow 11
Barn Swallow (American) 10
Carolina Wren 12
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 4
House Sparrow 4
American Goldfinch 9
Field Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird 33
Common Grackle 3
Common Yellowthroat 5
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 4