Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Red-breasted Nuthatches have been scarce this winter - it hasn't been an irruptive year for them - so we were quite happy to see two, and possibly three, birds feeding in a cedar tree on the Point. Killdeer haven't been around much lately either but there were two in the State Park parking lot, first-of-year birds for some in our group. We also saw a perhaps overly ambitious Cooper's Hawk dive on a Bufflehead; the bufflehead may have been startled but it was quick, successfully evading the hawk as it disappeared under the water.

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Kyle Chelius, Michael McCabe
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  12
Mute Swan  8
Tundra Swan  3
Gadwall  6
Mallard  10
American Black Duck  2
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal (American)  1
Surf/Black Scoter  60
Bufflehead  5
Hooded Merganser  12
Ruddy Duck  2
Common Loon  1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  12
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull (American)  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  7
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  30
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  3
Common Grackle  4
House Finch  4
House Sparrow  7

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Red-breasted Nuthatch photo by Kyle Chelius

Turkey Vulture photo by Kyle Chelius

American Robin photo by Kyle Chelius