Birding Cape May Point – January 14, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn

Temp: 35°F

Winds: NW 25 mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy

Rather than deter the birds, today’s blustery cold seemed to concentrate them in feeding flocks along the paths at the State Park. In addition to relatively small numbers of lingering Yellow-rumped Warblers, we had good views of Fox Sparrows and Hermit Thrush. A Gray Catbird was busily feeding in a holly tree and many sparrows and robins were gorging themselves on sumac berries. An Eastern Towhee was spotted in a dense thicket and there were a good number of Northern Gannets and a few Red-throated Loons feeding out in the bay.

42 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 74
Mute Swan 12
Tundra Swan 2
Northern Shoveler 30
Gadwall 18
American Wigeon 6
Mallard 20
American Black Duck 38
Green-winged Teal (American) 45
Ring-necked Duck 1
Black Scoter 10
scoter sp. 16
Bufflehead 10
Hooded Merganser 24
Ruddy Duck 1
Mourning Dove 6
American Coot 8
Ring-billed Gull 5
Herring Gull 66
Great Black-backed Gull 55
Red-throated Loon 4
Northern Gannet 24
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 4
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 7
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 16
American Goldfinch 1
Fox Sparrow (Red) 3
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 17
Northern Cardinal 6


Fox Sparrow photo by Kathy Horn