Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 12th, 2016

There was quite a cacophony in the State Park this morning, though not at all an unpleasant one. Following two days in the mid-70s, it was 46 degrees when we started out and felt much more like a March morning. But the birds 'know' the days are getting longer and they're busy singing, chasing and displaying. Ducks are on the move with 13 species seen today, including a lingering female Canvasback and some Blue-winged Teal. Red-winged Blackbirds are everywhere throughout the park, most visibly males sitting atop grasses, calling and displaying their brilliant wing patches, or epaulets. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, and Karl Lukens
46 species

Canada Goose  8
Mute Swan  16
Tundra Swan  1
Gadwall  16
American Wigeon  9
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  17
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  13
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal (American)  13
Canvasback  1
Ring-necked Duck  5
Black Scoter  8
Bufflehead  8
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  9
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  20
Turkey Vulture  15
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  4
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull (American)  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  60
Common Grackle  4

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Red-winged Blackbird [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Tundra Swan [Photo by Karl Lukens]