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Birding Cape May Point – January 30, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 17° F

Winds: NW 5-8 mph

Weather Conditions: Sunny

With subfreezing temperatures overnight, the lakes and ponds are mostly ice-covered, so ducks and swans are all huddled together in small areas of still-open water. Sixteen Great Egrets lined a sunny edge at Lily Lake before flying off to the east, no doubt in search of a more hospitable feeding area, leaving a single Great Blue Heron behind. A Belted Kingfisher, a 2nd year Bald Eagle and a small flock of Cedar Waxwings gave us decent looks. A Red-shouldered Hawk showed no interest in leaving the Point Circle, moving from one tree to another to bask in the winter sun.

 

50 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose75
Mute Swan8
Tundra Swan6
Northern Shoveler24
Gadwall32
American Wigeon9
Mallard35
Green-winged Teal1
Ring-necked Duck14
Long-tailed Duck14
Hooded Merganser4
Ruddy Duck4
Mourning Dove1
Sanderling15
Bonaparte’s Gull1
Herring Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull1
Red-throated Loon2
Double-crested Cormorant1
Great Blue Heron1
Great Egret16
Black Vulture2
Turkey Vulture6
Cooper’s Hawk1
Bald Eagle1
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Red-tailed Hawk1
Belted Kingfisher1
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Downy Woodpecker1
Northern Flicker2
Blue Jay1
Carolina Chickadee3
Tufted Titmouse2
Red-breasted Nuthatch6
Carolina Wren7
European Starling5
Northern Mockingbird8
Hermit Thrush1
American Robin24
Cedar Waxwing4
House Sparrow8
House Finch7
Dark-eyed Junco1
White-throated Sparrow20
Song Sparrow1
Brown-headed Cowbird15
Common Grackle1
Yellow-rumped Warbler6
Northern Cardinal19

 

Cedar Waxwing photo by Kathy Horn

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