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

Species Count
Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 9
Northern Shoveler 5
Gadwall 15
American Wigeon 12
Mallard 8
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 6
Green-winged Teal (American) 6
Ring-necked Duck 22
Bufflehead 8
Hooded Merganser 4
Common Merganser (North American) 1
Ruddy Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 9
Mourning Dove 17
American Coot (Red-shielded) 1
Bonaparte’s Gull 5
Herring Gull (American) 1
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3
Great Egret 14
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 8
European Starling 9
Northern Mockingbird 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 10
Cedar Waxwing 25
House Sparrow 5
American Pipit 13
House Finch 18
Purple Finch (Eastern) 2
American Goldfinch 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Common Grackle (Purple) 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Northern Cardinal 7


Hermit Thrush photo by Kathy Horn

River Otter photo by Kathy Horn

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker photo by Kathy Horn