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

Species Count
Canada Goose 20
Mute Swan 96
Mallard 43
Mourning Dove 23
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
American Oystercatcher 6
Killdeer 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Laughing Gull 33
Herring Gull (American) 8
Great Black-backed Gull 18
Least Tern 50
Common Tern 1
Forster’s Tern 8
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 11
Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey (carolinensis) 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
Fish Crow 3
Purple Martin 40
Tree Swallow 16
Barn Swallow (American) 3
Carolina Wren (Northern) 10
European Starling 20
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
American Robin 2
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 1
Field Sparrow 5
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Orchard Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 23
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 7
Common Yellowthroat 9
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 4


Indigo Bunting photo by Kathy Horn