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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

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose16
Mute Swan6
Blue-winged Teal3
Northern Shoveler2
Gadwall6
Mallard12
Green-winged Teal (American)4
Ring-necked Duck4
Surf Scoter13
Surf/Black Scoter25
Bufflehead20
Mourning Dove3
American Coot (Red-shielded)1
American Oystercatcher2
Killdeer2
Herring Gull (American)9
Great Black-backed Gull1
Northern Gannet45
American Bittern1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)12
Great Egret1
Black Vulture1
Turkey Vulture2
Accipiter sp.1
Eastern Phoebe11
Fish Crow22
Carolina Chickadee2
Purple Martin1
Tree Swallow14
Barn Swallow (American)1
Golden-crowned Kinglet4
Red-breasted Nuthatch2
Carolina Wren (Northern)10
European Starling2
Northern Mockingbird4
Hermit Thrush1
American Robin3
Field Sparrow6
White-throated Sparrow1
Song Sparrow1
Eastern Towhee1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)14
Brown-headed Cowbird3
Common Grackle1
Pine Warbler6
Northern Cardinal5

 

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Pine Warbler photo by Kathy Horn

Tree Swallow photo by Kathy Horn

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