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Checklist S36268598

 
Location
Cape Island--CMPSP (Cape May Point SP), Cape May County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:55 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
1.2 mile(s)
Observers:
Buzz Devine
Comments:
Overcast, hazy, and 51 degrees with a strong NE wind. When I arrived at the hawk watch station I initially intended to walk the boardwalk trails. However, as I was putting on my hiking boots I noticed a few gannets above the dunes that appeared to be fairly close to shore. So I opted to check the shoreline first and was surprised by the number of gannets and other waterbirds moving north.
Species
31 species (+1 other taxa) total
20
Brant (Atlantic)
3
Mute Swan
4
Mallard
26
Black Scoter
30
Surf/Black Scoter
18
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
5
Mourning Dove
2
American Oystercatcher
2
Razorbill

At least two razorbills together and a third lone alcid flew by interspersed with the gannet groups. The razorbills were identified by their fast, whirling flight, larger size, black upperparts, white underparts and wing lining and large heads with thick bills; one appeared to have an all dark head while the second individual seem to have some white behind the eye and on the throat/neck.

9
Laughing Gull
2
Ring-billed Gull
10
Herring Gull (American)
12
Great Black-backed Gull
11
Red-throated Loon
1125
Northern Gannet

Gannets were streaming north in long lines of 15-30 birds fairly close to shore due to the strong NE wind. The gannet tally was taken in approximately 45 minutes before I needed to leave.

1
Double-crested Cormorant
1
Black Vulture
5
Turkey Vulture
2
Osprey
2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
6
Purple Martin
4
Carolina Wren (Northern)
9
American Robin
2
Northern Mockingbird
1
European Starling
2
House Finch
1
Field Sparrow
2
Song Sparrow
4
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
21
Common Grackle
1
Northern Cardinal
2
House Sparrow
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes