Birding Cape May Point  – Saturday, December 7, 2019 

Winter is the time for ducks in Cape May since our only locally breeding ducks are mallards, black ducks, wood ducks and, recently, gadwall. We had 13 duck species on this morning’s walk, including a couple of less-common Redheads. Most ducks undergo two molts per year with the 2nd occurring in the late fall and early winter; the birds we’re seeing now are looking pretty spiffy, most with fresh body feathers. You might notice an exception though. There are quite a few Ruddy Ducks in Lighthouse and Bunker Ponds and ruddys have a delayed molt and won’t be looking their best until spring.

47 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  7
Northern Shoveler  18
Gadwall  1
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  75
American Black Duck  1
Northern Pintail  12
Green-winged Teal (American)  33
Redhead  2
Surf Scoter  2
Bufflehead  7
Hooded Merganser  16
Ruddy Duck  11
American Coot (Red-shielded)  11
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  6
Great Black-backed Gull  18
Northern Gannet  4
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  7
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tree Swallow  13
Carolina Wren (Northern)  5
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  12
American Goldfinch  3
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  100
Common Grackle  200
blackbird sp.  300
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  20
Northern Cardinal  9

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Red Head

Redhead photo by Kathy Horn

Gadwall photo by Kathy Horn