Birding Cape May Point – July 29, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 76°F

Winds:  WSW 12 mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

Hundreds of Purple Martins were swooping and calling over the parking lot at the State Park this morning. Soon they’ll be heading off to more southerly staging areas as they begin their trip to wintering grounds in South America. The molting Wood Duck that’s been hiding along the edges of East Lighthouse Pond came swimming out to give us good scope views. Beach birds included several Sanderlings as well as American Oystercatchers, and many Least Terns that were feeding close to shore.

43 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 50
Mute Swan 24
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 39
Mourning Dove 16
Chimney Swift 3
American Oystercatcher 6
Sanderling 4
Least Sandpiper 9
Laughing Gull 9
Herring Gull (American) 13
Great Black-backed Gull 14
Least Tern 27
Forster’s Tern 6
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Great Egret 2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 5
Purple Martin 80
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow (American) 6
Carolina Wren (Northern) 9
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
American Robin 1
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 9
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 13
Common Grackle 3
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern Cardinal 11
Indigo Bunting 4