Birding Cape May Point – February 20, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 28° F

Winds: NW 25mph

Weather Conditions: clear/windy

Today’s walk reminded me once again why we get up early on a cold winter’s morning and go birding. Any of a number of things would have made it worthwhile: the flock of pipits that landed on the lawn before we’d even left the park; the sight of 14 Great Egrets, shining bright white in the morning sun; the Hermit thrush feeding on a lawn just a few feet away; the chance to study differences between female mergansers side-by-side on Lily Lake, one a hooded merganser, the other a Common. And then there was the River Otter that surfaced on Lighthouse Pond, feeding for a few minutes on its catch of the day.

53 species

Canada Goose6
Mute Swan9
Northern Shoveler5
American Wigeon12
American Black Duck2
Northern Pintail6
Green-winged Teal (American)6
Ring-necked Duck22
Hooded Merganser4
Common Merganser (North American)1
Ruddy Duck2
Pied-billed Grebe1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)9
Mourning Dove17
American Coot (Red-shielded)1
Bonaparte’s Gull5
Herring Gull (American)1
Double-crested Cormorant5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)3
Great Egret14
Black Vulture2
Turkey Vulture3
Bald Eagle1
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker1
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Blue Jay2
American Crow2
Carolina Chickadee4
Tufted Titmouse1
Red-breasted Nuthatch6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)1
Carolina Wren (Northern)8
European Starling9
Northern Mockingbird2
Hermit Thrush1
American Robin10
Cedar Waxwing25
House Sparrow5
American Pipit13
House Finch18
Purple Finch (Eastern)2
American Goldfinch2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)10
White-throated Sparrow5
Song Sparrow8
Brown-headed Cowbird5
Common Grackle (Purple)4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)8
Northern Cardinal7


Hermit Thrush photo by Kathy Horn

River Otter photo by Kathy Horn

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo by Kathy Horn

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