Fall Migration in Cape May

We offer two trips to Cape May– one during spring migration and one for fall migration. Both seasons are incredibly popular with birders, and some you meet will be happy to share interesting sightings or bird reports. While many of the same species are possible on either trip, check our trip descriptions to see some of the differences. The fall trip offers the highlight of hawk migration - hundreds of raptors can be seen when conditions are right - while more warblers are expected during the spring trip.

To some birders, September and October are the best months for birding at Cape May, when migrating and resident songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, waders and seabirds add to the excitement of birding in this relatively small area. During this season, changes in the weather can bring fallouts, which mean a great number of birds can be found throughout the area. Most of these birds will be building fat reserves to help them with their continued southward migration.

More details about this trip:

This is the time of year to enjoy the spectacle of raptor migration. Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of raptors can be seen in a single day! The hawk watch site at Cape May Point State Park offers an excellent location to scan the skies to witness this mass movement of birds.

Pricing: $2,090 USD, or £1,550 for 6 Days and 5 Nights

 

Group Size: Price is based on a group size of 6 to 8 participants

 

Upcoming Dates: 

September 18 to 23, 2022

September 25 to 30, 2022

With so many great individual birding destinations scattered around southeastern New Jersey, you have plenty of choice locations to visit, with short driving distances between them. Several different habitat types can be covered in a few days, including ocean shore, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, field and forest.

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Birds

Mute Swan, Black Scoter, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Parasitic Jaeger, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Broad-winged Hawk, American Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Fish Crow, Seaside Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Bobolink, Boat-tailed Grackle, Northern Waterthrush, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler and Scarlet Tanager.

Other Wildlife

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Other Highlights

Boat trip on the coastal marshes. On some trips, we may also include a dolphin-viewing boat trip.

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

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Palm Warbler
Palm Warbler

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Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover

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American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

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