Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A nice morning with lots of terns to look at and compare. We had 2 Royals, Forsters and Common in breeding and winter type plumage, and a few Least Terns. Many were sitting on the pier railing for good views. Also had a singing Blue Grosbeak for a brief time, several yellowlegs fly over, a gathering of Killdeer in the parking lot, and finished off with a view of an Orchard Oriole nest with brief glimpses of the female. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Catherine Busch, Chris Marks, and Jesse Amesbury.
50 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  2
Mallard  20
Surf Scoter  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Glossy Ibis  20
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  3
Killdeer  8
American Oystercatcher  4
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Laughing Gull  15
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  5
Common Tern  5
Forster's Tern  20
Royal Tern  2
Black Skimmer  10
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  8
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  10
Purple Martin  100
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  5
House Wren  1     heard
Carolina Wren  2     heard
American Robin  10
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  4     heard
Yellow-breasted Chat  2     heard
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  2     one on nest
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  5

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Eastern Kingbird  [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Royal Tern  [Photo by Karl Lukens]