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:  $1,990 USD, or £1,450 for 6 Days and 5 Nights


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


Upcoming Dates: 

September 27 to October 2, 2020

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.


Brant, Mute Swan, Black Scoter, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Parasitic Jaeger, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Least Bittern, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, 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.

Contact in the USA: Charles:

Forms and payments should be mailed to:

Charles Thornton-Kolbe (in Denver, Colorado)

Toll Free: (from USA or Canada): 


Telephone: 720-320-1974

Email: charles@pibird.com


2443 South University

Suit 199

Denver, CO 80210


Partnership For International Birding


PO Box 219

Olyphant, PA 18447

Contact in the UK: Jennifer De Souza:

Jennifer De Souza (in Suffolk, England) 

Telephone: +44 755 214 2976


The Roost, Leiston Road




IP17 3NS