Birding Cape May Point – March 27, 2021

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Kyle Chelius

Temp: 60° F

Winds: SW 0-5mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

Though it’s only March, signs of spring migration are everywhere at the State Park. Eastern Phoebes, Pine Warblers, Tree Swallows and Field Sparrows were all perched up and singing. Most of the ducks are gone but small numbers of Blue and Green-winged Teal, Buffleheads and Northern Shovelers still linger in the ponds while large numbers of Northern Gannets stream offshore. An American Bittern was a surprise in the marsh but it was so well camouflaged that not everyone got to see it. Even so, it’s nice to know it’s there!

44 species

Species Count
Canada Goose 16
Mute Swan 6
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 2
Gadwall 6
Mallard 12
Green-winged Teal (American) 4
Ring-necked Duck 4
Surf Scoter 13
Surf/Black Scoter 25
Bufflehead 20
Mourning Dove 3
American Coot (Red-shielded) 1
American Oystercatcher 2
Killdeer 2
Herring Gull (American) 9
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Northern Gannet 45
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 12
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Accipiter sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 11
Fish Crow 22
Carolina Chickadee 2
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 14
Barn Swallow (American) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren (Northern) 10
European Starling 2
Northern Mockingbird 4
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Field Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 1
Pine Warbler 6
Northern Cardinal 5


Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Tree Swallow photo by Kathy Horn