Birding Cape May Point – January 16, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn and Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 43° F

Winds: W 5-15 mph

Weather Conditions: mostly cloudy

The variety of ducks at the State Park is always good in the winter and we got great, close looks at them on the numerous ponds. Less common in winter is seeing so many lingering Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets but there is plenty of open water so they’re having no trouble finding food so far. It’s always a pleasure to see our native Tundra Swans as wintering visitors and this morning we were especially lucky to hear them calling several times, making the whistling call for which they were previously named.


31 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 40
Mute Swan 21
Tundra Swan 8
Northern Shoveler 12
Gadwall 50
American Wigeon 35
Mallard 28
American Black Duck 13
Northern Pintail 14
Ring-necked Duck 5
Bufflehead 6
Hooded Merganser 2
Mourning Dove 3
American Coot 32
Herring Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 17
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Flicker 1
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Carolina Wren 6
American Robin 9
White-throated Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Northern Cardinal 5