Birding Cape May Point State Park - Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Signs of seasonal progression are all around at the State Park. The young Purple Martins have fledged and, instead of peering from their martin houses as they were just last week, are perched on all the bare limbs throughout the park. Male Mallards, last week mostly green-headed, are now mostly brown-headed as they go through their post-breeding molt into eclipse plumage. Many young Red-winged Blackbirds are chipping and whistling along the trails, and the small white egret that foraged along the edge of Bunker Pond turned out to be a young-of-the-year Little Blue Heron, with a two-toned bill and greenish legs. 

Leaders: Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Michael McCabe, Bernie Hodgson
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  20
Mute Swan  45
Mallard  68
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  5
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  15
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
American Oystercatcher  3
Killdeer  4
Least Sandpiper  14
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Laughing Gull  16
Herring Gull (American)  4
gull sp.  1
Least Tern  15
Common Tern  7
Forster's Tern  5
Black Skimmer  2
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  28
Tree Swallow  120
Barn Swallow (American)  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  16
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  6
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  3
Orchard Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  13
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  4

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