Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Tundra Swans and ducks were birds of the day, largely because they sit low and you can get close enough to see them through the fog. The Red-shouldered Hawk made himself evident by repeated calling but we couldn't see him across the foggy pond. One of our participants asked about the derivation of the name "wigeon". A quick search shows the word has been in use since the early 1500s but there's no clear provenance. It does make for a handy link though to help remember that wigeon is the duck with the white head stripe, whatever the word's origin. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lukens, and Kyle Chelius.
28 species

Canada Goose  19"
Gadwall  12
American Wigeon  7
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  22
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  13
Ring-necked Duck  15
Bufflehead  11
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group)  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  9
American Robin  14
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  30
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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