Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Purple Finches have been few and far between this winter but a pair of females showed up on this morning's walk. Though easily overlooked, female Purple Finches have a broad light eyestripe that contrasts strongly with their solid ear-patch; they're a bit bulkier than our more common House Finch, too. Purple Finches are an irruptive species so we only see them in winters when their northern conifer cones are in short supply. Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Karl Lykens, Kyle Chelius, and Michael McCabe.
44 species

Canada Goose  21
Mute Swan  4
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  10
Ring-necked Duck  10
Black Scoter  6
Bufflehead  1
Northern Gannet  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Killdeer  18
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull (American)  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren (Northern)  8
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  26
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Cedar Waxwing  30
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  6
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  22
Common Grackle  36
House Finch  12
Purple Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  8

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