Cape May's Birder Migration

Posted 09/26/05

CAPE MAY, NJ - A group from the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory was front and center Sunday morning, scanning the waters off Cape May Point, looking for for terns and other interesting birds.

They were just some of the many birders from all over the region and the world starting their fall migration to Cape May Point..

International Birders

Thanks to spring and fall hawk, songbird and seabird migrations, the Cape May area's become known as an international birding mecca.

It wasn't hard to find foreign visitors Sunday morning along Cape May Point State Park's beach.

Two distinguished avian scientists from Australia carefully studied the waters from high atop one of the Point's new dunes.

Meanwhile, a group of birders from Sweden made the rounds of the Cape May Point State Park beach and hawk watch platform.

Another group of about eight British birders set up their scopes on another of the park's dunes. They made the trip across the pond to watch Cape May's fabled fall migration.

They longed for a cold front, to get the birds moving.

Not all the birders traveled such great distances.

Dave Ward, a long time Avalon resident who's been birding Cape May Point for over 30 years, was at it again Sunday.

So was a couple from Anapolis, Maryland, who carefully studied the tally board by the hawk watch platform.

And another couple, from Kutztown, Pennsylvania, did their birding from beach chairs.

They are among the fall's early birders.

By the time the migration season is over in November, birders will make an amazing 50,000 visits to the Cape May area.

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