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Birding Cape May Point – March 20, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Kyle Chelius, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 38° F

Winds: N 0-5mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

It was a good day to be out birding in Cape May, chilly but sunny and still, AND the First Day of Spring! A gorgeous male Wood Duck was hanging out with some Mallards in the 2nd Plover Pond, perhaps the same one that was hanging out there last fall. Waterbird numbers are down as many ducks have already migrated out but the Blue-winged Teal are still on Al’s Pond at the back of the park. One challenging surprise were the two Wilson’s Snipe in the marsh off the Blue Trail. So well camouflaged among the marsh grasses, they were very difficult to find and impossible to photograph!

40 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose11
Mute Swan4
Wood Duck1
Blue-winged Teal4
Northern Shoveler14
Gadwall26
Mallard13
Green-winged Teal (American)32
Surf Scoter2
Black Scoter1
Bufflehead12
Ruddy Duck4
Mourning Dove3
American Coot (Red-shielded)7
Wilson’s Snipe2
Ring-billed Gull1
Herring Gull (American)3
Northern Gannet28
Double-crested Cormorant1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)1
Great Egret2
Black Vulture3
Turkey Vulture2
Northern Harrier1
Belted Kingfisher1
Tree Swallow1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet1
Carolina Wren (Northern)8
European Starling5
Northern Mockingbird2
Hermit Thrush1
American Robin6
Field Sparrow4
Song Sparrow3
Eastern Towhee1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)13
Common Grackle2
Pine Warbler1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)6
Northern Cardinal4

 

Blue-winged Teal photo by Kathy Horn

Wood Duck photo by Kathy Horn

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