Birding Cape May Point – February 26, 2022

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn

Temp: 30° F

Winds:  N 9 mph

Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy

We were interrupted in our duck-watching this morning by an American Bittern flying in and landing along the far edge of the pond. Even knowing the bird was right there, it was still difficult to see it as it blended into the grasses as only a bittern can. See if you can find the bittern in the first picture below; it’s right between the Hooded Mergansers.

40 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 2
Mute Swan 10
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 14
American Wigeon 4
Mallard 19
American Black Duck 10
Northern Pintail 9
Green-winged Teal (American) 49
scoter sp. 4
Bufflehead 9
Hooded Merganser 12
Ruddy Duck 2
Mourning Dove 3
American Coot (Red-shielded) 1
Killdeer 2
Herring Gull (American) 4
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Red-throated Loon 4
Northern Gannet 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 2
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 8
European Starling 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 10
Common Grackle 19
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20
Northern Cardinal 8


American Bittern photo by Kathy Horn

American Bittern with Hooded Mergansers photo by Kathy Horn