Cape May, Hawk Mountain & Bombay Hook: Sep 28—Oct 05, 2008

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Departs: Philadelphia, PA
Tour Limit: 12
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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Tour Leaders


Louise Zemaitis

Louise Zemaitis is an artist and naturalist living in Cape May, New Jersey where she is a po...


Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is a freelance artist, author, and environmental consultant living in Cape M...

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Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier— Photo: Michael O’Brien

Visit two of the country’s most famous venues for witnessing bird migration, where abundant raptors and landbirds provide great learning opportunities during the peak of the season. Migration is weather dependent, but always interesting and potentially amazing.

Autumn on the East Coast features great weather and terrific birding. This trip visits some of North America’s most famous birding hot spots during the peak of fall migration.

At Cape May, southbound hawks find themselves in a quandary. They have been moving along the coastline, but here the land ends, and they are surrounded by water on three sides. This causes an avian traffic jam, and birders are its greatest beneficiaries. Songbirds, also heading south, are forced to stop in Cape May. The morning sky is often filled with warblers, kinglets, flickers, buntings, and other species as they seek a place to rest and refuel after their nocturnal flight. As the day heats up, Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, and Red-tailed hawks, along with Northern Harriers, Ospreys, American Kestrels, and Merlins are on the move. Even Peregrine Falcons may number in the dozens. It is also the best time of year to witness insect migration, particularly the often-spectacular movements of Monarchs.

Bombay Hook, with its expansive salt marshes, will allow us to nicely round out our trip with everything from a near blizzard of waterfowl to the highly localized Saltmarsh Sparrow.

There is no better classroom in the United States to learn about raptors and migration, and this tour will focus on witnessing and understanding the spectacle of bird migration.

Good to very good accommodations and food; multiple-day stays at two locations; easy to moderate terrain; warm to cool climate, potentially rainy.