We are based in Cape May, the southernmost point in New Jersey and a spot with a well-deserved reputation as a migratory hotspot.  When I'm not traveling, I've got the good fortune to have interesting natural history to explore right outside my door.  Since 2006 I've been leading Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) birding programs here, and I always have a few field trips for the Audubon Naturalist Society that I lead here.  I also help with NJ Audubon events in Cape May and work with monarch butterfly studies.  Here are a few photo highlights from Cape May and nearby locales in 2019.

CAPE MAY, 2019

Northern Cardinal

Waterfowl and a winter sky.

Wintering Canada Geese

Iceland Gull

Winter Sunset, South Cape May Meadows

Snow on the beach

This female Painted Bunting came to our bird feeders in January.

Golden-crowned Kinglet in the snow.

Successful Osprey

Looks like a Striped Bass

White-eyed Vireo

Tufted Titmouse

Snowy Egret in high breeding condition (red lores)

Prothonotary Warbler

Horseshoe crabs mating on Delaware Bay beach

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, unusual for Cape May

Little Wood Satyr

American Oystercatcher

Brandt's Cormorants

Glossy Ibis

Common Tern

Common Buckeye

Rose Mallow

Maryland Meadow-beauty

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Eastern Painted Turtle

Red-winged Blackbird

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Halloween Pennant

American Oystercatcher

Trumpet Creeper

Prairie Warbler

Common Wood Nymph

Marsh Mallow

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

A few butterflies of early autumn, left to right: Red-spotted Purple, Cloudless Sulphur, Long-tailed Skipper.

White-eyed Vireo

Eurasian Wigeon

Numbers of migrating monarch butterflies in Cape May were below average in 2019, but even in a low year there are plenty to see and enjoy.  Our team tagged more than 2500 in 2019.

Blue-headed Vireo

Great Blue Heron

Tree Swallows gather in migration

Two of the regionally rare birds found in Cape May during November 2019: Pacific-slope Flycatcher (l) and Mountain Bluebird.

Grasshopper Sparrow

Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler