Birding Cape May Point - Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

There were lots of ducks to observe and study with a few notable ones like three drake Eurasian Wigeon, and one Greater Scaup. Offshore, there were numerous scoters, mostly Black but with some Surf Scoters mixed in. Additionally, there was a nice jaeger show in the feeding flock of gulls and terns, with up to six Parasitic Jaegers seen chasing them. Other birds of interest were Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, and a Peregrine sitting on the beach as well as one in a tree. Leaders: Mike Crewe, Karl Lukens, Chris Marks, Steve Weis, Mary Watkins, and Mike Hannisian.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Mute Swan  20
Gadwall  2
Eurasian Wigeon  3
American Wigeon  15
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  12
Northern Shoveler  15
Northern Pintail  18
Green-winged Teal (American)  6
Greater Scaup  1
Surf Scoter  10
Black Scoter  50
scoter sp.  150
Ruddy Duck  11
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  400
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  6
Cooper's Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Parasitic Jaeger  6
Laughing Gull  150
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  20
Great Black-backed Gull  75
Forster's Tern  30
Royal Tern  20
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Merlin  1
Peregrine Falcon  3
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  20
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  25
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
House Sparrow  5

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Eurasian Wigeon (top) and American Wigeon [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Peregrine Falcon [Photo by Karl Lukens]