Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Morning started with dense fog but we were able to see the terns on the beach and pier railing in Bunker Pond. There were many Forster's, a good number of Common, and 5 Royal Terns all in varying plumage. Waders included Glossy Ibis, Great Egrets, and a fly-by Black-crowned Night-Heron. A few shorebirds were seen including American Oystercatchers, one Semipalmated Sandpiper, and a couple of Least and Spotted Sandpipers. Highlights were great looks at two Yellow-breasted Chats, and a first summer Orchard Oriole bringing food to its nest. Also a very good dragonfly day. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Kathy & Roger Horn.
50 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  2
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  33
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3
American Oystercatcher  5
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  15
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  5
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  75
Royal Tern  5
Black Skimmer  1
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  75
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  1
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  2     1st summer male feeding young at nest
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  5

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Forster's and Common Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Eastern Kingbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Four-spotted Pennant [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Rambur's Forktail [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Swamp Darner [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Yellow-breasted Chat [Photo by Karl Lukens]