Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May is one of the best fall birding hotspots in the country. Birds that migrate south along
the coast and others that are pushed to the coast by the prevailing winds are funneled onto this narrow point at the
north end of Delaware Bay. The crossing at this point is 14 miles over open water, so many birds linger before
attempting the crossing. Falcon enthusiasts are rewarded in late September and early October with huge numbers of
Kestrels, merlins, and Peregrine Falcons. Throughout the season, species that are scarce elsewhere, such as Red-shouldered Hawks,
Bald Eagles, and Northern Harriers, are recorded almost daily. And if you tire of watching hawks by the hundreds, you can take
a break and concentrate on warblers and other songbirds that linger here to fuel up before crossing the bay.
For more information, visit the Cape May Hawk Watch Web site.
American Kestrel, male
© Tom Vezo