E-Z Birding at Northwood – April 30, 2024

Leaders: Bert Hixon, Alan Crawford



Weather Conditions:

Glorious, warm morning in the beautiful backyard habitat at Cape May Bird Observatory’s Northwood Center. Participants were treated to looks at fresh breeding plumage on Northern Parula, Blackpoll and quite appropriately, Cape May Warblers. For the second week in a row, Grey Catbirds were seen feeding on the seeds of Winged Sumac; this food source has remained un-eaten all winter. Overflying birds included Red-headed Woodpecker and noisy Green Herons.

46 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  3
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  8
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)  3
Double-crested Cormorant (Nannopterum auritum)  26
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  3

Three individuals observed in territorial dispute by entire group including CMBO Associate Naturalists

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)  2
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  6
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  3
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  3
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  6
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  5
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  9
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  5
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  9
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  2
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  4