Birding Cape May Point – July 10, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 76° F

Winds: NW 5-10 mph

Weather Conditions:  Sunny

Right from the start, there was a lot of birdsong at the State Park. Purple Martins are everywhere, with their unique “urt, urt” calls. A Belted Kingfisher “rattled” its way across the pond. Chats were calling but we never saw one, only the Northern Mockingbird that was doing a pretty good chat imitation of its own. We heard more Indigo Buntings singing than we saw but the one cooperative bunting more than made up for the ones we did not see as he posed, singing, in the bright morning light.

48 species

Canada Goose20
Mute Swan96
Mourning Dove23
Yellow-billed Cuckoo1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird2
American Oystercatcher6
Spotted Sandpiper1
Laughing Gull33
Herring Gull (American)8
Great Black-backed Gull18
Least Tern50
Common Tern1
Forster’s Tern8
Double-crested Cormorant2
Great Egret2
Green Heron1
Glossy Ibis11
Turkey Vulture4
Osprey (carolinensis)5
Belted Kingfisher1
Great Crested Flycatcher2
Eastern Kingbird2
Red-eyed Vireo1
Blue Jay1
Fish Crow3
Purple Martin40
Tree Swallow16
Barn Swallow (American)3
Carolina Wren (Northern)10
European Starling20
Gray Catbird1
Northern Mockingbird2
American Robin2
House Sparrow2
House Finch4
American Goldfinch1
Field Sparrow5
Yellow-breasted Chat2
Orchard Oriole1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)23
Brown-headed Cowbird2
Common Grackle7
Common Yellowthroat9
Yellow Warbler (Northern)1
Northern Cardinal5
Indigo Bunting4


Indigo Bunting photo by Kathy Horn

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