Birding Cape May Point – February 3, 2024

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 37°F

Winds: N 10mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy

The Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers were incredible today at the State Park. It seems likely that a new wave of migrants has come down from further north, perhaps related to snow cover and diminishing food supplies. They lined the field edges back by the hawk banding area and waves of them flitted across the field. Duck numbers are down within the park, but we had close looks at Blue-winged Teal and Lesser Scaup, among the 13 species of ducks seen.

46 species

Species Count
Mute Swan 17
Tundra Swan 13
Tundra Swan - Roger Horn

Tundra Swan photo by Roger Horn

Tundra Swan - Roger Horn

Tundra Swan photo by Roger Horn

Tundra Swan - Roger Horn

Tundra Swan photo by Roger Horn

Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 14
Gadwall 16
American Wigeon 24
Mallard 11
American Black Duck 13
Green-winged Teal (American) 8
Ring-necked Duck 4
Lesser Scaup 1
Surf Scoter 3
Surf/Black Scoter 8
Bufflehead 10
Ruddy Duck 9
American Coot (Red-shielded) 17
Herring Gull (American) 9
Great Black-backed Gull 3
gull sp. 30
Common Loon 2
Northern Gannet 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - Roger Horn

Sharp-shinned Hawk photo by Roger Horn

Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 6
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 5
American Goldfinch 3
Fox Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 155
Northern Cardinal 1