Birding cape May Point – January 21, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 40°F

Winds: NW 14 mph

Weather Conditions: partly sunny

Northern Gannets were plunge-diving in the rips off the State Park beach this morning, displaying one of the many unique aspects of their life and physiology. In addition to a large flock of Great Black-backed Gulls, a small flock of Tree Swallows were hunkered down keeping a low profile on the beach. We had a good variety of ducks in the ponds and two Tundra Swans seem to be spending their winter here with us.

44 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 14
Mute Swan 14
Tundra Swan 2
Tundra Swan - Kathleen Horn

Tundra Swan photo by Kathy Horn

Tundra Swan - Kathleen Horn

Tundra Swan photo by Kathy Horn

Northern Shoveler 35
Gadwall 27
American Wigeon 10
Mallard 42
American Black Duck 30
Green-winged Teal (American) 40
Ring-necked Duck 1
Black Scoter 28
scoter sp. 70
Long-tailed Duck 1
Bufflehead 9
Hooded Merganser 14
Ruddy Duck 2
Mourning Dove 2
Sanderling 4
American Woodcock 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 48
Forster’s Tern 5
Red-throated Loon 14
Common Loon 1
Northern Gannet 50
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tree Swallow 11
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 5
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 5
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Common Grackle 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 18
Northern Cardinal 7