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Young Birder's How-to Guides:
(Autumn in Cape May & Spring in Cape May)


A Young Birder's How-to Guide: Autumn in Cape May


Pictured here is the Merlin, a common fall migrant and notorious bully of other birds.
About 2,000 of these fast, aggressive falcons pass through Cape May each fall.

Part 1: Introduction 
« What’s all the Hoopla? Autumn in Cape May
« Cape May Fall Migration Principles
« What to Expect / How to Prepare
« Insider’s Tips

Part 2: Seasonal Highlights 
« Morning Flight
« Hawk Watch
« Seawatch
« Monarch Migration

Part 3: Species Profiles 
« Early-Autumn: Short-billed Dowitcher
« Mid-Autumn: Northern Flicker
« Late-Autumn: Red Knot

Part 4: Sample Autumn Itinerary 
Our sample itinerary requires Adobe Reader to be opened, which is a free download.


A Young Birder's How-to Guide: Spring in Cape May


Pictured here is the Snowy Egret, a common warm-weather inhabitant of Cape May’s marshes.
This species normally returns to Cape May in mid-March.

Part 1: Introduction 

« Spring in Cape May: A Whole Different Kind of Migration
« Principles of Spring Migration
« What to Expect / How to Prepare
« Additional Cape May Pointers

Part 2: Species Profiles
« Early-Spring: Red-throated Loon
« Mid-Spring: Prothonotary Warbler
« Late-Spring: Red Knot

Part 3: Sample Spring Itinerary & Spring Hotspot Maps
Our sample itinerary requires Adobe Reader to be opened, which is a free download.

Tom Reed, Take A Kid Birding Mentor