Southern Sweden September 2018


Falsterbo and Öland Migration Spectacle

September 26 to October 8, 2018      

Note: A valid passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond travel dates is required for this tour

Peninsular configuration, small coastal resort town, lighthouse and gardens, nearby seawatch, songbird migration, raptor migration, all the while backed up by quality marshes, meadows, mudflats, pastoral farmlands and forests.  Scenic beaches and seacoast.  Add to all of this great accommodations and wonderful food, excellent ornithologists and bird guides.  Sound familiar?  The similarities between Cape May and Falsterbo and Öland cannot be understated -- only the birds are different -- ALL the birds! 


This tour has been given an activity level of Moderate. It is considered a more active tour with daily intermediate to long-distance walking, usually on flat, smooth terrain.  Those with physical limitations should take these factors into consideration, or contact the tour leader for details.

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, accommodations, lists of things to bring, a reading list, further information about weather, dress, and so forth, will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

TOUR SIZE: This tour is limited to 10 - 12 participants.

PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS: If you love watching the migration unfold here on the Jersey Cape, you will absolutely love the migration of Eurasian birds in Southern Sweden, especially when we're there at peak migration.

Join CMBO Director David La Puma and long-time Cape May native son and raptor aficionado Clay Sutton for two weeks enjoying one of the great migrations in Europe at Falsterbo and Öland, Sweden.  David has twice been to Falsterbo, and Clay has led two bird tours there.  We will be joined by staff from both Falsterbo and Ottenby bird observatories during our tour, as well.

We have chosen these dates to coincide with the peak of raptor migration, the peak of waterfowl migration, and the late season peak of finch and tit movements (not to mention many thousands of Wood Pigeons).  But also like Cape May, even if the weather is not conducive to migration, there are always plenty of places to go and plenty of birds to see.   In typical migration-mode, we will spend our days birding the best locations given the conditions, but will be sure to spend plenty of time at the "tip" at Nabben, visiting the bird observatory banding operations to see many species in-the-hand, at The Heath, the famous raptor migration watch point, and scouring the meadows and estuaries for both the expected and unexpected.  The theme of the trip will be a celebration of migration, and of the shared focus and interests of our sister bird observatories.

Tour begins and ends in Copenhagen.

DATES: Wednesday, September 26 to Monday, October 8

PRICE: $5,100/person based on double occupancy; $450 single supplement (payable if you request single occupancy or if we can not find you a suitable roommate). A deposit of $500 will hold your place until June 1, 2018 when full payment becomes due.

PRICE INCLUDES: Transportation from your arrival in Copenhagen up to your departure from Copenhagen at the end of the tour; lodging; meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) beginning with dinner on arrival date and including breakfast on departure day; and all gratuities.

NOT INCLUDED: International flights to/from Copenhagen, trip insurance.  Price does not include alcoholic beverages, laundry, items of a personal nature, and anything not specifically mentioned as included.


NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852
Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon


by email to travel@njaudubon.org



David La Puma is the director of New Jersey Audubon’s Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New Jersey.  David began birding while attending Ithaca College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies in 1997. In 1998 David traveled to Costa Rica with A. Carl Leopold, son of Aldo Leopold, and his wife Lynn, to work on a tropical forestry reforestation project. Those late-night conversations with Carl and Lynn on the back porch of the remote cabin they lived in provided the foundation for what would become David’s life-long pursuit of conservation-based research. In 2010 David received his Doctorate from Rutgers University where he studied the conservation and management of the Federally Endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow in Everglades National Park. Since then David has held two postdoctoral positions with New Jersey Audubon and the University of Delaware, respectively, during which he used weather radar to map stopover habitat used by nocturnally migrating songbirds across the US. During that time David spent two years as a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he fell in love with the Upper Midwest and especially enjoyed walking in the footsteps of John Muir and Aldo Leopold as well as the many current leaders in conservation and wildlife management. Prior to joining the Cape May Bird Observatory David worked for Leica Sport Optics where he traveled the country giving presentations and leading field trips for thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts.

Clay Sutton
is a life-long resident of Cape May, where he has worked as an environmental planner, environmental program administrator, vice-president of an environmental consulting firm specializing in threatened and endangered species, and for the past two decades as a self-employed consultant, naturalist and field biologist.  Clay is a writer, lecturer, and has led numerous birding tours, not only to Ecuador, Venezuela and Mexico, but also to Spain and Falsterbo, Sweden (twice!).

Clay is a co-author, with Pete Dunne and David Sibley, of the classic Hawks in Flight (Houghton Mifflin, 1988), and Clay and his wife Pat have co-authored How to Spot Butterflies (1999), How to Spot Hawks & Eagles (1996), and How to Spot an Owl (1994), all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Their landmark book, Birds and Birding at Cape May (Stackpole Books, 2006, 568 pages), is the in-depth result of their efforts over many years documenting and protecting the migration and the area that they so love.  It is a complete guide to birds and birding for the Cape May region, covering what to see, when, where, and how to go, as well as the storied ornithological history of the Cape.




~~ Photo of Common Buzzard courtesy Michael Lanzone

For tour itineraries, to register, or for more information contact:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel at: (609)-400-3852
c/o NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
or email