Birding Cape May Point – July 31, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 65° F

Winds: NE 5 mph

Weather Conditions:  cloudy

What a difference a day makes, especially in late July! The north winds overnight cooled us down and cleared the air, and also brought in some birds. We watched an American Redstart chasing a Yellow Warbler, while two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers chased each other near the back bridge on the Blue trail. Tree Swallow numbers are building as begin their staging period here. Least Tern chicks in their enclosures on the beach are in various stages of development now, with some tiny fuzzy ones still visible but also many that are already a little bigger and more adult–like but showing some barring and a dark carpal bar. A really strange site was a tailless Orchard Oriole that looked as if it had narrowly escaped with its life!


57 species

Canada Goose5
Mute Swan98
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)2
Mourning Dove6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird4
American Oystercatcher2
Least Sandpiper6
Semipalmated Sandpiper12
Short-billed Dowitcher3
Greater Yellowlegs1
Lesser Yellowlegs2
Laughing Gull18
Herring Gull (American)3
Lesser Black-backed Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull4
Least Tern63
Common Tern4
Forster’s Tern11
Royal Tern1
Black Skimmer4
Double-crested Cormorant2
Great Egret2
Green Heron2
Black-crowned Night-Heron1
Glossy Ibis11
Turkey Vulture1
Osprey (carolinensis)5
Belted Kingfisher1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)1
Empidonax sp.1
Great Crested Flycatcher1
White-eyed Vireo2
Blue Jay1
American Crow4
Fish Crow3
Carolina Chickadee2
Purple Martin50
Tree Swallow350
Barn Swallow (American)7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher2
Carolina Wren (Northern)5
European Starling5
Gray Catbird2
Northern Mockingbird3
American Robin2
American Goldfinch1
Field Sparrow4
Yellow-breasted Chat1
Orchard Oriole2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)82
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group)7
American Redstart1
Yellow Warbler (Northern)2
Northern Cardinal8
Blue Grosbeak1
Indigo Bunting3


Common Yellowthroat photo by Kathy Horn

Orchard Oriole missing tail photo by Kathy Horn

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