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Birding Cape May Point – August 7, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn

Temp: 75° F

Winds: SE 7 mph

Weather Conditions:  cloudy

The calls of Forster, Common and Least Terns are frequent and familiar sounds throughout the summer at the State Park. But today, as we approached the lookout on Al’s Pond, we heard a different tern. Wheeling and calling over the pond were two Gull-billed Terns. With their gull-like bills and smooth gray backs, they are an uncommon sight in the park. Monotypic in their genus, Gelochelidon, Gull-billed are less dependent on fish in their diet, eating insects, crabs, and other terrestrial and aquatic prey.

Green Herons were also putting on a show, both in-flight and as they foraged on pond edges. We also had multiple Solitary Sandpipers on our walk, more evidence of the accelerating migration.

56 species

SpeciesCount
Mute Swan94
Gadwall6
Mallard80
American Black Duck3
Wild Turkey4
Mourning Dove5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird5
American Oystercatcher2
Semipalmated Plover1
Killdeer2
Sanderling12
Least Sandpiper7
Semipalmated Sandpiper3
Solitary Sandpiper4
Lesser Yellowlegs3
Laughing Gull15
Herring Gull (American)2
Great Black-backed Gull22
Least Tern52
Gull-billed Tern2
Common Tern4
Forster’s Tern11
Royal Tern2
Black Skimmer1
Brown Pelican (Atlantic)3
Great Egret9
Snowy Egret2
Green Heron3
Glossy Ibis1
Black Vulture2
Osprey (carolinensis)2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)1
Great Crested Flycatcher1
White-eyed Vireo1
American Crow1
Carolina Chickadee2
Tufted Titmouse2
Purple Martin20
Tree Swallow6
Barn Swallow (American)1
Carolina Wren (Northern)7
Gray Catbird2
Brown Thrasher1
Northern Mockingbird2
American Robin2
Cedar Waxwing2
House Finch7
American Goldfinch4
Field Sparrow5
Orchard Oriole2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)9
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)5
Northern Cardinal8
Blue Grosbeak2
Indigo Bunting4
New Jersey Audubon