Birding Cape May Point – March 23, 2024

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon

Temp: 54°F

Winds: NE 12mph

Weather Conditions: rain

Needless to say, it was a wet morning for a bird walk. But the recently returned Osprey didn’t care, with three hovering over Bunker Pond until they’d caught their fish breakfasts. Later, when we got to the 3rd dune crossing, there sat an Osprey, perched on a pole on the beach, eating its fish. Duck numbers are really low in the park now, but the dune overlooks still provide reliable views of Northern Gannets (close to shore in this weather!), scoters and a variety of gull species. Probable spring migrants included an Eastern Phoebe and a Great Catbird.

29 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 4
Mute Swan 14
Mallard 4
Ring-necked Duck 1
Black Scoter 8
Bufflehead 1
Mourning Dove 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull (American) 18
Great Black-backed Gull 25
Red-throated Loon 1
Northern Gannet 10
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron (Great Blue) 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 4
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 5
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Northern Cardinal 3