Birding Cape May Point - Saturday, December 8th, 2018

Despite the cold, the birding was HOT at the State Park this morning! Not one but two American Bitterns were sitting along the plover ponds in good view, seemingly enjoying the sunny edges. The duck variety is excellent at the Park now and most were concentrated in the limited areas of open water; the Hooded Mergansers were particularly stunning in the morning light. A Blue-headed Vireo was a late surprise and Tundra Swans were close enough to see the yellow spots at the base of their bills.

46 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  85
Mute Swan  20
Tundra Swan  9
Northern Shoveler  15
Gadwall  80
American Wigeon  35
Mallard  35
Northern Pintail  18
Green-winged Teal (American)  24
Redhead  1
Surf Scoter  30
Black Scoter  10
Surf/Black Scoter  80
Bufflehead  14
Hooded Merganser  17
Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  4
American Coot  10
Herring Gull (American)  3
Red-throated Loon  1
American Bittern  2     Dark malar, thick neck streaks, unspotted brown wing coverts; mostly still with bill skyward. Photos to be posted.
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  3
American Goldfinch  2
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  40
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
Northern Cardinal  8
House Sparrow  6

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American Bittern photo by Roger Horn

American Bittern photo by Roger Horn

Blue-headed Vireo photo by Roger Horn

Cooper's Hawk photo by Roger Horn

Northern Mockingbird photo by Roger Horn