Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

A cloudy day with rain threatening which finally occurred. Before the rain, we had great views of terns and gulls on the beach. There were many Common and Forster's Terns in various plumages, and in the mix were at least 3 Roseate Terns, one that was banded on both legs. While studying these birds, we had several Sanderlings and a Ruddy Turnstone walk through the group, and a calling Sandwich Tern fly right over our heads. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, and Chris Marks.
30 species

Canada Goose  15
Mute Swan  10
Gadwall  7
Mallard  4
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Osprey  3
American Oystercatcher  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  10
Laughing Gull  40
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  20
Least Tern  1
Roseate Tern  3
Common Tern  200
Forster's Tern  50
Royal Tern  30
Sandwich Tern  1     fly-over calling
Black Skimmer  25
Mourning Dove  5
Fish Crow  1
Purple Martin  20
Tree Swallow  40
Barn Swallow  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  10
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Juvenile Little Blue Heron showing its blue wing tips [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Roseate (top) and Common Terns [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Roseate Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Royal Terns and Ruddy Turnstone [Photo by Karl Lukens]