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

Species Count
Canada Goose 75
Mute Swan 8
Tundra Swan 6
Northern Shoveler 24
Gadwall 32
American Wigeon 9
Mallard 35
Green-winged Teal 1
Ring-necked Duck 14
Long-tailed Duck 14
Hooded Merganser 4
Ruddy Duck 4
Mourning Dove 1
Sanderling 15
Bonaparte’s Gull 1
Herring Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Red-throated Loon 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 16
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 6
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 7
European Starling 5
Northern Mockingbird 8
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 24
Cedar Waxwing 4
House Sparrow 8
House Finch 7
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 15
Common Grackle 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Northern Cardinal 19


Cedar Waxwing photo by Kathy Horn