Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A flock of Cave Swallows swirling over the parking lot was a good start to this morning's walk. The trick to birding today was to find birds hunkered down, feeding out of the wind. A couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches were quite obliging, calling almost constantly as they fed. The Northern Goshawk that went down as fast as he'd come up didn't provide much of a view but the Baltimore Oriole did, allowing us to sex him as a first-year male and showing off his beautiful color.  Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, and Kyle Chelius.
46 species

Mute Swan  5
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  21
American Wigeon  5
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  6
Green-winged Teal (American)  110
Black Scoter  9
Hooded Merganser  6
Northern Gannet  6
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  7
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Northern Goshawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Herring Gull (American)  8
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Mourning Dove  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  4
Cave Swallow  20    
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  25
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  36
Cedar Waxwing  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  18
White-throated Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  30
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  12
American Goldfinch  23
House Sparrow  6

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