A spectacle of migration

By woodcreeper April 26, 2015
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Red Knots in flight © Mike Crewe

Due to both prime geography and prevailing weather patterns, Cape May, New Jersey, boasts some of the best birding in the country, and the world. Best known for the spectacular fall migration concentrations of raptors, waterfowl and landbirds (not to mention monarch butterflies!) birders sometimes forget the spectacle of spring migration at this year-round birding destination. This despite the 32 years of the World Series of Birding – a 24-hour Big Day competition where top teams routinely break the 200 species mark each year. That’s over 200 species in 24 hours! The 2015 World Series of Birding will be held on May 9th, with the new Photo Big Day category running from 6pm on Friday May 8th to 6pm on Saturday the 9th. Traditional team competition will begin at 12am on May 9th and continue until midnight of the same day. The awards banquet will then be held at 9am on Sunday May 10th at the Grand Hotel in beautiful Cape May. More information on the World Series of Birding can be found on the dedicated website: worldseriesofbirding.org.

 

Piping Plover © Tom Reed

But the real purpose for this post is to bring your attention to what’s happening the week following the World Series of Birding. On May 14th the Cape May Bird Observatory will kick off it’s CAPE MAYgration Spring Birding Festival, chockfull of great birding experiences catering to every type of birder across all skill levels. Are you a beginning birder who really wants to build your skills at shorebirds? Look no further! on Sunday May 17th Kevin Karlson and Dale Rosselet will be leading a small van of participants to some of the best shorebird spots in the world, during peak shorebird migration! Their familiar style and easy to learn techniques will have you calling out least from western from semipalmated sandpiper in no time!

Want to learn the warblers by sight and sound? Take one of several small van tours to Belleplain State Forest being offered during the weekend with warbler experts Don Freiday and Tom Reed.

Canada Warbler © Mike Crewe

Canada Warbler © Mike Crewe

Want to learn bird photography tips from the pros? several new indoor programs by top local photographers have been added this year! So come check out the new CAPE MAYgration Spring Birding Festival and find out for yourself why Cape May IS one of the greatest birding destinations in the world, at all times of the year.

Links:
Online Schedule of Events
Online Registration

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