Winter Wednesday Wanderings - Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Today's walk demonstrated just what winter can be like at Cape May Point. We missed the "Blizzard of the Century" having only gotten a dusting of snow earlier in the week but we did get the wind and it continued today. When we started the walk, the 'feels like' temperature was in the single digits largely due to a steady 20 mph wind. Lake Lily was the largest fresh water open area, and it had the usual birds plus a lone Snow Goose which brought back memories of last year's Ross' Goose.  But after a close examination it remained a Snow goose. The highlight was at the parking lot at the entrance to the State Park where there was a very close (about 50') Red-shouldered Hawk perched about three feet off the ground in a nice sheltered spot. Then the Yellow-breasted Chat hopped up in the vegetation between us and the hawk, and he stayed in view until the resident Northern Mockingbird decided to chase him off. Most of the ponds in the state park were frozen over but each had a pair of Mute Swans in the very small patches of water. The third plover pond had more open water and the five Tundra Swan were still there. All in all it was a pleasant walkabout so the next time it's cold like this, dress warm and come on out and join me. Leader: Warren Cairo.
53 species

Snow Goose  1
Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  12
Tundra Swan  5
Gadwall  20
American Wigeon  8
American Black Duck  8
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  4
Ring-necked Duck  2
Surf Scoter  12
Black Scoter  6
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  8
Hooded Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  1
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Purple Sandpiper  4
Bonaparte's Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  20
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Fox Sparrow (Red)  4
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, January 24th, 2015

We saw a lot of 'every day' winter birds on this morning's walk. But one of our walkers was from Washington State and he helped us re-see the beauty of the Northern Cardinal and the Blue Jay, both of which are largely absent in the American West. We also had stunning looks at a Northern Gannet that was close enough to see its yellowish nape and pale blue bill. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn.
41 species

Canada Goose  28
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  11
American Wigeon  22
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  10
Ring-necked Duck  4
Surf Scoter  16
Hooded Merganser  2
Red-throated Loon  2
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Herring Gull (American)  2
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  15
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  30
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  40
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  21
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  12
Northern Cardinal  6
Common Grackle  3
House Finch  7
House Sparrow  16

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Winter Wednesday Wanderings - Wednesday, January 21st, 2014

This week's Winter Wednesday Wanderings walk was another successful adventure.  One of our participants had four life birds on this walk and the Black-headed Gull at the concrete ship (Sunset Beach) just prior to the walk. Today we visited three sites beginning and ending at the Northwood’s Center and traveling to the concrete ship and Two Mile beach. We missed the Black-headed Gull but more than made up for that miss at Two Mile beach. The highlights were good looks at the Harlequin Ducks, Great Cormorants and a close look at a flock of Red Knots.  Leader:  Warren Cairo.

Cape Island--Sunset Beach/Concrete Ship
19 species

Surf Scoter  20
Black Scoter  8
Long-tailed Duck  6
Bufflehead  4
Red-throated Loon  10
Horned Grebe  3
Turkey Vulture  3
Ruddy Turnstone  4
Sanderling  8
Bonaparte's Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  12
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  2
Northern Flicker  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6

Cape May NWR--Two Mile Unit
30 species

Harlequin Duck  2     both females
Surf Scoter  40
Black Scoter  20
Long-tailed Duck  20
Bufflehead  8
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  4
Red-throated Loon  12
Common Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  2
Great Cormorant  5
Turkey Vulture  2
American Oystercatcher  5
Black-bellied Plover  2
Ruddy Turnstone  6
Red Knot  40    
Sanderling  20
Dunlin  120
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  6
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Mourning Dove  2
American Crow  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1

CMBO Northwood Center
17 species

Mute Swan  2
Mallard  4
Ruddy Duck  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  6
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  6

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Bird Walk for All People - Monday, January 19th, 2015

The weather was partly sunny, a little breezy, but not too cold for our holiday family walk which included an activity for children after the first hour while adults could continue the walk. The start of the walk was slow since Bunker Pond was frozen over but we did spot Tundra Swans. From the top of the dune we saw Great Black-backed, Ring-billed, and Herring Gulls and a line of scoter. Lighthouse Pond East had more open water so we added American Wigeon, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-billed Ducks. Small birds were scarce in the state park, but we did spot Carolina Chickadees and Yellow-rumped Warblers. As we continued through the Point we added Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, and numerous Northern Cardinals. Leaders: Chuck & Mary Jane Slugg, Kathy Horn, Marc & Lynne Breslow.
40 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  35
Mute Swan  3
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  4
Ring-necked Duck  4
scoter sp.  25
Hooded Merganser  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  25
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1     heard only
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  3     heard only
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5     heard only
White-throated Sparrow  5
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  30
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  6

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, January 17th, 2015

It was a beautiful, sunny, and cold morning. The ponds were mostly frozen but the open water held seasonal waterfowl. The ocean, jetties, and streets of the Point, including several feeders, yielded many species. The highlights were a flock of 25 Common Redpolls at the dunes near Whildin Ave., a brief look at a Yellow-breasted Chat, and both kinglets showing their colors. A large kettle formed with Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, and three Bald Eagles (two adults and one immature). The hot coffee at the warm Northwood Center helped all thaw out while reviewing the list. Come on out and enjoy the winter fun next Saturday! Leaders: Warren Cairo, Steve Weis, Chris Marks, Michael McCabe, Catherine Busch, and Barb Bassett.
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  2
Ring-necked Duck  5
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  20
Surf/Black Scoter  200
Ruddy Duck  2
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  12
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Purple Sandpiper  3
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  14
Downy Woodpecker  1     male
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  30
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     seen briefly near state park entrance
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  10
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  40
House Finch  10
Common Redpoll  25
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  20

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Winter Wednesday Wanderings - Wednesday, January 14th, 2014

Today's Winter Wednesday's Wanderings really looked wintery with a fresh coating of snow.  Most of the ponds were frozen but a number of feeders gave us plenty of birds to study. The highlights were back at the Northwood Center with the Common Redpoll at the feeders and a great cup of hot coffee to go with it!  Come on out and enjoy the winter fun next week.
47 species

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  2
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  6
Ring-necked Duck  8
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  6
Ruddy Duck  3
Red-throated Loon  3
Horned Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Sanderling  7
Bonaparte's Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Field Sparrow  7
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  16
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Common Grackle  20
House Finch  10
Purple Finch  8
Common Redpoll  1
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  12

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Today’s walk was a little on the brisk side, nonetheless, those of us who braved the wind and cold were rewarded with some nice birds. Most of the ponds were frozen over to the point there were people playing hockey on Lighthouse Pond. We had a Brown Thrasher feeding near us and it seems that because of the cold, his focus was more on food than us. We had good looks at an Orange-crowned Warbler near the entrance to the State Park.  All in all, a good morning of birding. Leaders: Warren Cairo, Steve Weis, and Michael McCabe.
40 species

Canada Goose  45
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  2
Mallard  6
Ring-necked Duck  12
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
American Woodcock  1
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1     Perched
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  5
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  20
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Fox Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  15
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Common Grackle  200
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  5
House Sparrow  14

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Winter Wednesday Wanderings - Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Today was the initial Wednesday’s Winter Wanderings which begins at CMBO’s Northwood Center! We were greeted warmly by the CMBO staff members, Mike, Jessica and Brian, very good hot coffee and very much appreciated on this blustery day. When we started it was 27 degrees with about 20 mph winds. When we finished the wind was still blowing, but the temperature had dropped to 24 degrees. But our band of hardy souls ventured out into the wilds of Cape May Point and were rewarded with 50 species of birds. The highlight was an American Pipit that was walking down the middle of Harvard Avenue and continued to move down the road in front of us for probably five minutes.  All in all it was a fun morning!  Come out next week and join in the fun!
50 species

Snow Goose  25
Brant  1
Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  20
American Wigeon  10
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  6
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  6
Ring-necked Duck  4
Black Scoter  1
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Turkey Vulture  1
American Coot  12
Purple Sandpiper  2
American Woodcock  1
Ring-billed Gull  6
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  8
American Pipit  1
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  10

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, January 4th, 2015

Now’s the time of year to look at seaducks and the Point is a great place to do it. A Common Eider has been working the waters off St. Mary’s and it’s long, sloping bill makes it easy to distinguish from nearby scoters. The scoters, too - Black and Surf - can be distinguished from each other by their bill shapes, with the relatively small bill of the Black Scoter and the heavy triangular bill of the Surf Scoter. A small flock of Purple Sandpipers flew in as we we're watching the sea ducks, too...always a nice winter treat. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, Steve Weis, and Chris Marks.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  22
American Wigeon  15
Mallard  15
Northern Shoveler  2
Ring-necked Duck  8
Common Eider  1
Surf Scoter  8
Black Scoter  20
Surf/Black Scoter  20
Long-tailed Duck  3
Bufflehead  9
Ruddy Duck  9
Red-throated Loon  2
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Northern Gannet  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey (American)  1     Lingering late bird
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  30
Purple Sandpiper  2
Herring Gull (American)  36
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  25
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  15
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  26
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  9
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  7
House Finch  5
House Sparrow  5

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 20th, 2014

It’s not every day, even in Cape May, that you can see Tree Swallows and Purple Sandpipers in the same morning. While most of the Tree Swallows have left already, there are still quite a few flying over open ponds and resting occasionally on the beach. It’s always good to sort through them and look for wandering western swallow species, though we couldn’t find any this morning. Purple Sandpipers are one of our winter-only sandpipers, seen occasionally on rock jetties and distinctive in their purplish-hued plumage and yellow-orange legs. Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, and Steve Weis.
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  28
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  65
American Wigeon  65
American Black Duck  12
Mallard  132
Northern Shoveler  18
Northern Pintail  22
Green-winged Teal (American)  18
Ring-necked Duck  12
Surf Scoter  30
Black Scoter  45
Surf/Black Scoter  50
Bufflehead  10
Hooded Merganser  10
Ruddy Duck  23
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  6
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  1     Continues near Lighthouse Pond
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  26
Purple Sandpiper  7
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  14
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  14
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  23     Resting on beach  and flying low over partially ice - covered Bunker Pond
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  8
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  14
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  180
Cedar Waxwing  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Fox Sparrow (Red)  2
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  11
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Brown-headed Cowbird  75
House Finch  8
Purple Finch  7
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  30

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 13th, 2014

The Osprey that showed up about a week ago is still hanging around Lighthouse Pond. It’s been several weeks since most of our Osprey left, heading for points much further south - like México and South America, for instance. But all the ponds are still open so there’s still easy access to Osprey food.  The real highlight of the morning though was the four Red-shouldered Hawks that wheeled overhead, showing off their bright chests, pale primary crescents and broad white tailbands.   Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn, and Steve Weis.
51 species

Snow Goose  23
Mute Swan  3
Gadwall  8
Mallard  12
Ring-necked Duck  1
Common Eider  1
Surf Scoter  8
Black Scoter  25
Bufflehead  4
Ruddy Duck  10
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  14
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
American Coot  15
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull (American)  5
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  40
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  50
Cedar Waxwing  6
Fox Sparrow (Red)  4
Song Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  16
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  15
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Common Grackle  100
Brown-headed Cowbird  60
House Finch  6
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  120
House Sparrow  25

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Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Feeders, dunes, the bay and Lily Lake provide great potential variety for winter birding. Today's walk at the Point was the first of the season and the first to start (and end) at CMBO’s Northwood Center, having always launched previously from the State Park. A very late Osprey, first seen earlier in the week, was still present over Bunker Pond and there is a good variety of ducks on the pond. Two of this year’s irruptive species, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch, were hanging out around feeders. We also had three Yellow-bellied Sapsucker one of which kept giving it's soft, nasal call. Leaders: Kathy and Roger Horn.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  15
Gadwall  20
American Wigeon  28
Mallard  36
Northern Shoveler  11
Ring-necked Duck  6
Surf Scoter  5
Black Scoter  10
Surf/Black Scoter  10
Bufflehead  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  20
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull (American)  6
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  7
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  28
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Fox Sparrow (Red)  2
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  23
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  4
American Goldfinch  11
House Sparrow  1

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Walking off the Turkey - Friday, November 28th, 2014

A chilly wind blew us around the South Cape May Meadows, but a warm glow provided by some good birding won out on the day. Ducks dominated the ponds, amongst their number we found busy Hooded Mergansers, an eventually showy male Redhead and a rather funky-looking Black Duck x Mallard hybrid. At least two Bald Eagles were intent of having duck for breakfast and kept the birds on the move. American Goldfinches, Eastern Bluebirds and American Pipits were moving west along the dune line, while we had exceptionally good views of one of the pipits as it wandered through the dune vegetation and fed within just a few yards of us at times.  Leaders: Mike Crewe, Kathy & Roger Horn, Mary Watkins, and Chris Marks.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  20
Canada Goose  185
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  120
American Wigeon  20
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  100
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Northern Shoveler  12
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal  30
Redhead  3
Surf Scoter  6
Black Scoter  200
Bufflehead  8
Hooded Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  10
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  14
Turkey Vulture  33
Northern Harrier  3
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  22
Wilson's Snipe  1
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  25
American Robin  100
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
American Pipit  6
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Red-winged Blackbird  150
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Common Grackle  2400
American Goldfinch  80
House Sparrow  1

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American Pipit [Photo by Mary Watkins]