The Cape May autumn migration – specifically the Hawk watch – runs from September 1 through Nov. 30th. October, however, is the peak period. In fact the 58th Annual N.J. Audubon Weekend/The Bird Show is October 28-30.
Audubon Migration Workshops
Experts are on hand at the Hawk Watch Observation Platform at Cape May Point State Park to help beginners identify the many species of raptors and birds which fly by on their way south. Their real job though, is to count the numbers of raptors. Cape May Point is a world famous migration capital. No place in North America offers more spectacles more consistently than Cape May, NJ and nowhere else will so many birds and so much birding talent be assembled in one place – at one time.
As an example, on Saturday October 4 alone, there’s a session on Fall Migrants at Rea’s Farm, a Photo walk, and fifteen other activities!! Go to their website to see the incredible variety of classes, workshops, and walks. You can ask for a packaged Early Birder Breakfast at Leith Hall to take with you, or you can return for our later breakfast seating.
This Saturday, May 11th, the thirtieth annual World Series of Birding will begin right here in Cape May. There will be youth and senior teams as well as the cutthroat competition among the thousands of participants, who raise over six hundred thousand dollars for conservation each year. The event is organized by NJ Audubon Society and will begin at midnight on May 11th and end at midnight May 14th
The World Series of Birding really is worldwide
You may know that Cape May is one of the ten top birding sites in the world. We’ve had guests at Leith Hall from as far as China, Kenya, and Germany for birding both spring and fall. Guided walks and classes start at either the Northwood Center on Lily Lake in Cape May Point, or at the Research and Education center on Route 47 in Cape May Court House.
Give us a call or go online to make reservations for this spring, either to be here for the World Series of Birding, or to take a beautiful and calm guided walk and learn the basics of birding.
Pat Sutton will also offer a session about ruby-throated Hummingbirds that same afternoon starting at 1:00 P.M.. Learn how to create a hummingbird garden.
April 20 is Earth Day
If you bring your garden tools, you can help deadhead, weed and prune the Nature Center’s gardens and participate in Clean Ocean Action’s annual Beach Sweeps. This will be just the beginning of the season’s offerings at the Nature Center and heralds the start of Salt Marsh Safari – beginning April 27 – the Nature Center’s ever-popular exploration of the shore.
Of course, as always, please come stay with us at Leith Hall bed and breakfast.
Kick off Cape May’s spring offerings of birding and other wetlands activities at the Green Festival– Saturday April 13 – in our new Convention Hall. Lots of environmental groups will be there with information and beautiful photography. Michael Hogan will sell his large-format book Natural Wonders of the Jersey Pines and Shores. (catchy title, no?) Susan Puder will hawk her book, New Jersey Birds and Beyond.
A really fascinating film about participants in the world series of birding will be shown and there will be a wide variety of exhibits from Cape May’s nature organizations. You can contact the Green Festival at email@example.com or get information at the city’s website www.capemaycity.org Of course, you should stay with us at Leith Hall while you’re here. If you are a current member of the Cape May Bird Observatory, you get a 10% discount!
March 23 and 24, the Cape May Bird Observatory will hold its 18th annual optics sale.. It will be held at the Goshen research and education center, on route 47, starting at 9 A.M. You have to be a member of the CMBO, or NJ Audubon, but it’s easy to join to take advantage of the birder bargains.
They sell Zeiss, Leica, and other famous names in optics and greatly reduced prices. It’s also a great time to do some spring birding, and you won’t have to pretend that you can see what the other guys are seeing.
While you’re here for the birder bargains, you can also consider staying with us at Leith Hall.
You may already know that Cape May is one of the top birding sites in the world. But, what if you’re not a knowledgeable birder? Those other people will know everything about every detail and you will be stuck like an ignorant lummox. Wrong!
The Cape May Bird Observatory has lots of informal walks and talks where the new birder will feel welcome and comfortable. For example, Tuesday June 26 at 10 am, there will be a relaxed photo walk around Cape May Point with Scott Whittle. He is a professional photographer and an instructor for bird photography workshops.
On Wednesday, June 27, at 9:30 am, Mike Crewe and a team of naturalists will lead a group around Cape May Point and the hawk watching platform to see both breeding birds and the visitors just passing through.
June 28, the program is called A Bird Walk for All People at 9:30 am, and they’ll guarantee that you’ll see at least twenty species – and they’ll lend you the binoculars. Contact us for reservations for any of these dates.