Birding Cape May Point – March 11, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn,

Temp: 40°F

Winds: NW 17 mph

Weather Conditions: cloudy, some drizzle

Two Eastern Phoebes graced our windy walk this morning, hawking for insects in a protected path at the back side of the park. Two Blue-winged Teal were present in the 3rd plover pond, American Oystercatchers are starting to get noisy out on the beach and a few Tree Swallows wheeled overhead in the gusts. The waves were pretty rough, and the bay was full of white caps, but scoters, loons, gannets, and mergansers flew by, undeterred.

42 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 1
Mute Swan 22
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 13
Gadwall 8
Mallard 6
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal (American) 2
Ring-necked Duck 4
Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 4
Bufflehead 8
Hooded Merganser 4
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Mourning Dove 2
American Coot (Red-shielded) 1
American Oystercatcher 5
Ring-billed Gull 4
Herring Gull (American) 8
Great Black-backed Gull 105
Red-throated Loon 3
Northern Gannet 5
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Phoebe - Kathleen Horn

Eastern Phoebe photo by Kathleen Horn

Carolina Chickadee 1
Tree Swallow 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren (Northern) 5
European Starling 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 18
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 13
Northern Cardinal 13
passerine sp. 3