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SPRING IN CAPE MAY

Migrant Red Knots, stopping over at Cape May to feast on Horseshoe Crab eggs, are a tour highlight. (Photo by participant Bill Fraser)
Spring migration at one of the country's famed birding hotspots.

Note: We'll also offer a popular fall Cape May tour if you wish to visit at a different season.

Cape May is probably best known for its fall migration, but springtime on the peninsula beckons with its own fine birding and migration spectacles. Among the highlights is the mass spawning of Horseshoe Crabs, living fossils which breed in their thousands on the beaches of Delaware Bay, their tiny eggs providing vital sustenance to thousands of shorebirds on their long journeys north. The county's woods echo with the songs of more than 20 species of wood-warblers, with local breeders including Pine, Yellow, Black-and-white, Blue-winged, Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Hooded, and Yellow-throated warblers, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Louisiana Waterthrush, and American Redstart. Yellow-breasted Chats, Eastern Kingbirds, Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, and Prairie Warblers shout challenges from overgrown fields, and we'll compare Scarlet and Summer tanagers, Baltimore and Orchard orioles, Forster's, Common, and Least terns, and a variety of flycatchers.

Along the bay and ocean, Marsh Wrens and Seaside and Saltmarsh sparrows chortle from reed stems, while Clapper Rails lurk below, and more than two dozen species of shorebirds--including a small but regular number of vagrant Curlew Sandpipers, a few remaining Purple Sandpipers, and the endangered and declining Piping Plover--patter on the shores. And spring "overshoots," perhaps including Mississippi Kites and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, are always possible. From our base in a comfortable beachfront hotel, we should be able to see upwards of 160 species during our week of explorations. Join us and see what we turn up.

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2018 Departures
May 13-19

2019 Departures
May 12-18

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Doug Gochfeld
Tom Johnson

What to Expect
Good accommodations, one site, easy terrain, cool to warm climate.

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