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The Best of Winter Birding – Eagles, Owls, Ducks and More!

DAY 1 – 01/16/21

Leaders: Brett Ewald

Temp: 45° F

Winds: WSW Moderate

Weather Conditions: mostly sunny

 

North Wildwood – Hereford Inlet/Seawall – 8:48 AM

16 species

SpeciesCount
Brant28
Surf Scoter15
Black Scoter11
Long-tailed Duck5
Red-breasted Merganser1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)6
American Oystercatcher45
Black-bellied Plover1
Marbled Godwit6
Dunlin75
Herring Gull50
Great Black-backed Gull30
Red-throated Loon3
Common Loon4
Cooper’s Hawk1
Bald Eagle1

 

North Wildwood – 2nd Ave Seawall – 9:26 AM

10 species

SpeciesCount
Snow Goose27
Common Eider1
Surf Scoter2
Black Scoter9
Long-tailed Duck10
Sanderling17
Herring Gull28
Great Black-backed Gull15
Red-throated Loon8
Common Loon1

 

Stone Harbor Point – 10:05 AM

18 species

SpeciesCount
Snow Goose43
Brant17
Common Eider2
Surf Scoter7
Black Scoter15
Long-tailed Duck7
Red-breasted Merganser3
Horned Grebe2
Sanderling2
Purple Sandpiper17
Herring Gull12
Great Black-backed Gull3
Red-throated Loon6
Northern Gannet1
Great Egret1
Northern Harrier1
Savannah Sparrow3
Song Sparrow1

 

Avalon – Avalon Seawatch – 8th Street Jetty – 11:35 AM

7 species

SpeciesCount
Common Eider1
Long-tailed Duck10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)5
Herring Gull35
Great Black-backed Gull10
Red-throated Loon1
Common Loon1

 

Stone Harbor (general area) – 12:16 PM

4 species

SpeciesCount
Long-tailed Duck3
Sanderling7
Red-throated Loon2
Snowy Owl1

 

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR – Wildlife Drive (8-mile auto tour loop only) – 2:10 PM

28 species

SpeciesCount
Snow Goose750
Brant135
Canada Goose100
Northern Shoveler100
Gadwall85
Mallard46
American Black Duck150
Northern Pintail40
Green-winged Teal100
Bufflehead11
Hooded Merganser7
Red-breasted Merganser1
Ruddy Duck5
Horned Grebe7
Dunlin7
Greater Yellowlegs9
Ring-billed Gull45
Herring Gull135
Great Black-backed Gull5
Great Blue Heron7
Turkey Vulture2
Northern Harrier3
Red-tailed Hawk1
Merlin1
Peregrine Falcon2
American Robin1
Song Sparrow1
Red-winged Blackbird5

 

Edwin B. Forsythe NWR – Mott’s Creek – 4:20 PM

12 species

SpeciesCount
American Black Duck4
Hooded Merganser2
Herring Gull4
Great Black-backed Gull1
Great Blue Heron4
Great Egret1
Turkey Vulture13
Northern Harrier8
Bald Eagle3
Short-eared Owl4
Belted Kingfisher1
European Starling4

 

DAY 2 – 01/17/21

Leaders: Brett Ewald

Temp: 45° F

Winds: WSW moderate to strong

Weather Conditions: mostly sunny

 

Cape Island – Cape May Point State Park – 8:00 AM

34 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose2
Mute Swan17
Tundra Swan5
Northern Shoveler7
Gadwall75
American Wigeon48
Mallard21
American Black Duck2
Northern Pintail16
Green-winged Teal70
Ring-necked Duck11
Bufflehead11
Pied-billed Grebe2
American Coot23
Herring Gull10
Great Black-backed Gull3
Red-throated Loon2
Double-crested Cormorant2
Great Blue Heron1
Great Egret1
Turkey Vulture2
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
American Crow2
Carolina Chickadee1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet1
Carolina Wren1
European Starling2
Northern Mockingbird1
American Robin1
Field Sparrow2
Song Sparrow2
Yellow-rumped Warbler9
Northern Cardinal2

 

Cape Island – Cape May Point – Coral Ave Dune Crossing – 9:45 AM

10 species

SpeciesCount
Surf Scoter4
Black Scoter11
Long-tailed Duck2
Red-breasted Merganser3
Sanderling5
Herring Gull24
Glaucous Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull9
Red-throated Loon5
Northern Gannet1

 

Cape Island – Cape May Point – Lily Lake – 10:14 AM

11 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose9
Mute Swan2
Gadwall10
Mallard13
Ring-necked Duck6
Bufflehead9
Ruddy Duck6
Double-crested Cormorant2
Great Egret2
European Starling2
Red-winged Blackbird1

 

Cape Island – Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship – 10:22 AM

8 species

SpeciesCount
Surf Scoter1
Black Scoter5
Sanderling3
Bonaparte’s Gull1
Ring-billed Gull5
Herring Gull11
Great Black-backed Gull5
Red-throated Loon1

 

West Cape May – Stevens Street – 10:45 AM

17 species

SpeciesCount
Mourning Dove4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird1
Black Vulture11
Turkey Vulture12
Carolina Chickadee2
Tufted Titmouse1
European Starling5
American Robin25
Cedar Waxwing1
House Sparrow12
Evening Grosbeak9
House Finch6
American Goldfinch1
White-throated Sparrow1
Brown-headed Cowbird75
Common Grackle5
Northern Cardinal2

 

Cape Island – The Beanery/Rea Farm – 11:27 AM

18 species

SpeciesCount
Mallard8
Mourning Dove1
Herring Gull1
Black Vulture17
Turkey Vulture8
Bald Eagle1
Red-bellied Woodpecker2
Hairy Woodpecker1
American Crow1
Carolina Chickadee2
Carolina Wren2
European Starling5
Northern Mockingbird2
American Robin6
Song Sparrow5
Swamp Sparrow1
Common Grackle2
Yellow-rumped Warbler2

 

Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal – 1:15 PM

8 species

SpeciesCount
Brant45
Black-bellied Plover8
Dunlin80
Bonaparte’s Gull6
Ring-billed Gull29
Herring Gull25
Great Black-backed Gull7
House Sparrow3

 

Villas – Miami Ave Beach – 1:50 PM

10 species

SpeciesCount
Black Scoter3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)5
Sanderling21
Dunlin1
Bonaparte’s Gull14
Ring-billed Gull15
Herring Gull19
Lesser Black-backed Gull1
Great Black-backed Gull10
Red-throated Loon2

 

Norbury’s Landing – 2:21 PM

10 species

SpeciesCount
Surf Scoter6
Black Scoter3
Black-bellied Plover9
Sanderling3
Dunlin45
Ring-billed Gull8
Herring Gull13
Great Black-backed Gull16
Forster’s Tern1
Bald Eagle1

 

Reed’s Beach and Road – 2:45 PM

11 species

SpeciesCount
Snow Goose400
Canada Goose8
American Black Duck26
Mourning Dove1
Black-bellied Plover3
Sanderling5
Dunlin650
Ring-billed Gull5
Herring Gull18
Northern Harrier1
Bald Eagle1

 

Jake’s Landing – 3:48 PM

13 species

SpeciesCount
Canada Goose1
American Black Duck7
Herring Gull8
Great Blue Heron1
Northern Harrier7
Bald Eagle6
Red-shouldered Hawk1
Red-tailed Hawk1
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Peregrine Falcon1
Sedge Wren1
American Robin1
Song Sparrow2
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