Cape May is 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 the 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,'" birds like Mississippi Kites and Swainson's Warbler, are always possible. From our base in a comfortable beachfront hotel, we'll aim to survey this magical peninsula's birdlife in one fun-filled week. Join us and see what we turn up.
Note: We also offer a popular FALL FOR CAPE MAY tour if you wish to visit at a different season.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"An excellent experience in all aspects. Tom Johnson was a superb leader. I'd travel with him again in a heartbeat. Tour Manager Christine Boilard was excellent in providing information from our initial sign up, dealing with scheduled flight changes, and providing final documents about the tour. Field Guides is a 'Top of the line' birding tour company. The guides are not just excellent birders and patient teachers, but have good people skills." N.H., SPRING IN CAPE MAY 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2023 sample (PDF)
- 2025 (PDF expected Aug 2024)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2025, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
May 11-17, 2025
Tour Manager: Christine Boilard
Tour Limit: 7
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 7 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!