Birding Cape May Point – December 2, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon, Barry Hershfeld

Temp: 54°F

Winds: SSW 8mph

Weather Conditions: foggy

Despite the low-hanging fog, there were a good variety of birds visible on this morning’s walk. The thirteen species of ducks seen included the Eurasian Wigeon that seems to have settled onto East Lighthouse Pond. We startled a late-lingering Gray Catbird awake from its perch low in the marsh grasses, a couple of Hermit Thrush were heard giving their distinctive chips in the understory and Yellow-rumped Warblers were busy feeding everywhere.

37 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 48
Mute Swan 45
Northern Shoveler 24
Gadwall 57
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 41
Mallard 61
Northern Pintail 35
Green-winged Teal (American) 5
Ring-necked Duck 26
Bufflehead 13
Hooded Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 20
Pied-billed Grebe 1
American Coot 2
Black-bellied Plover 1
Ring-billed Gull 16
Herring Gull (American) 19
Great Black-backed Gull 22
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 8
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 26
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1
White-throated Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 28