Birding Cape May Point – March 4, 2023

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Bernie Hodgdon, Barry Hershfeld

Temp: 48°F

Winds: WNW 28 mph

Weather Conditions: sunny

Windy but warm would describe the weather for our walk this morning. Unaffected by the wind were a variety of ducks in the State Park ponds and a lone Tundra Swan that fed there as well. Two Killdeer huddled against the railroad ties at the edges of the parking lot and, no doubt, many songbirds were hunkered down out of sight. But a flock of beautiful Cedar Waxwings fed for a few minutes in a close cedar, Field Sparrows fed on the ground out of the wind and a Red-breasted Nuthatch was busy working the trunk of a deciduous tree back in the protected woods area. Last week’s bittern was nowhere in sight. Maybe next week….

39 species

Species Count
Mute Swan 4
Tundra Swan 1
Northern Shoveler 14
Gadwall 18
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 14
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal (American) 10
Black Scoter 2
Surf/Black Scoter 4
Long-tailed Duck 30
Bufflehead 9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Killdeer 2
Dunlin 29
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull (American) 43
Great Black-backed Gull 13
Red-throated Loon 6
Northern Gannet 14
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch - Roger Horn

Red-breasted Nuthatch photo by Roger Horn

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Kathleen Horn

Red-breasted Nuthatch photo by Kathy Horn

Carolina Wren (Northern) 5
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 20
House Finch 1
Field Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Common Grackle 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 13
Northern Cardinal 3