Cape May Point - Wednesday, April 21 2010

A sunny start later turned to cloud, but not before we had enjoyed a pleasant two-hour walk and a nice range of birds. The last of the wintering ducks had packed up and moved out, leaving some very empty-looking ponds, but this was more than made up for with the singing male Common Yellowthroats, one of which gave superb scope views for us all. A couple of American Coots and some busy Forster's Terns, plus two Great Egrets and a Snowy Egret at least meant we had birds to enjoy out on the water. Double-crested Cormorant migration was well under way and at least eight Willets passed high overhead in ones and twos.

Offshore, Northern Gannets were attracted in close to feed around a large school of Bottle-nosed Dolphins and a scattering of Red-throated Loons and fly-by Black and Surf Scoters gave us plenty to look at.

Common Yellowthroat singing at Cape May Point State Park this morning [photo by Karl Lukens]

The full bird list follows:

Location: Cape Island--Cape May Pt.
Observation date: 4/21/10
Number of species: 53

Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 7
Gadwall 2
Mallard 8
Surf Scoter 20
Black Scoter 25
Red-throated Loon 10
Common Loon 1
Northern Gannet 100
Double-crested Cormorant 120
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Merlin 1
American Coot 2
Piping Plover 1
Killdeer 2
American Oystercatcher 2
Willet 8
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Laughing Gull 20
Herring Gull 15
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Forster's Tern 4
Rock Pigeon 12
Mourning Dove 4
Great Horned Owl 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 8
Purple Martin 12
Tree Swallow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Carolina Wren 6
American Robin 10
Northern Mockingbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 4
Pine Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Common Grackle 40
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 1
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