Spring 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.
Many birders descend upon the Cape May area every spring to witness the spectacle of migration. To some, May is the best month for birding at Cape May, when migrating and resident songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, waders, seabirds all add to the excitement of birding in this relatively small area. It's no accident that the World Series of Birding is held this month!
More details about this trip:
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. Migrants pour through all month and many interesting nesting species are present.
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
May 6 to 11, 2021
In addition to the great birding, in May you can witness the Horseshoe Crab spectacle. On someevenings, these "crabs" come to shore to deposit their eggs–the following day thousands of shorebirds, especially Red Knots, can be seen feasting on the eggs.
Brant, Mute Swan, Black Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Least Bittern, Glossy Ibis, Broad-winged Hawk, Clapper Rail, Common Gallinule, American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Whimbrel, Red Knot, Purple Sandpiper, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Acadian Flycatcher, Fish Crow, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Prothonotary Warbler,
Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Seaside Sparrow, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Meadowlark
Horseshoe Crab, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin
Boat trip on the coastal marshes. On some trips, we will also include a dophin-viewing boat trip.
Spring Migration in Cape May with David Trently: May 6 to 11