Birding Cape May Point – July 24, 2021

Leaders:  Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 74 °F

Winds:  W 5-10 mph

Weather Conditions: partly cloudy

With lower humidity and cooler temperatures, it was a really pleasant morning for birding at the State Park. Aside from that, it was birdy! Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, now rare but regular in our area, were tucked into the 2nd plover pond amidst all the Mallards but hard to miss with their bright pink bills and big white eyerings. Least Tern chicks are getting a little easier to find in their sandy nesting area since they’re just a bit bigger and moving around more; they’re still awfully cute and fluffy. We saw four Green Herons putting on a show, some in flight, some hunting the edge of the ponds. And at this time of year, you are always within earshot of Indigo Buntings and Purple Martins.

50 species

Species Count
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
Canada Goose 9
Mute Swan 95
Mallard 98
Wild Turkey 1
Mourning Dove 11
Chimney Swift 1
American Oystercatcher 5
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 11
Semipalmated Sandpiper 15
Short-billed Dowitcher 11
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Laughing Gull 12
Herring Gull (American) 5
Great Black-backed Gull 34
Least Tern 44
Common Tern 2
Forster’s Tern 15
Royal Tern 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Purple Martin 60
Tree Swallow 16
Barn Swallow (American) 8
Carolina Wren (Northern) 8
European Starling 5
Northern Mockingbird 3
American Robin 3
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
Field Sparrow 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 18
Common Grackle 2
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 3


Black-bellied Whistling-Duck photo by Kathy Horn

Great Crested Flycatcher photo by Kathy Horn

Green Heron photo by Kathy Horn