Spring migration finishes up on the first few days of June, and by then the nesting season is in full swing. Cape May features nesting birds in the woods, fields, wetlands, and beaches. By month's end we're enjoying the antics of baby birds and seeing the very first southbound migrants, adult shorebirds already coming south from nesting areas in the far north. Here we share just a few of the highlights from June 2021.
Least Terns courting on the South Cape May beach.
Cape May is more than birds! Above left: Box Turtle. Below left: Eastern Cottontail. Below right: Viceroy. Above right: Seventeen-year Periodical Cicada - sadly these amazing insects don't occur in Cape May, so we went to Princeton to see them.
Above, left to right: Laughing Gull, Tufted Titmouse, Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker.
Below, left to right: Indigo Bunting, Gray Catbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
Above, left to right: Prairie Warbler, Barn Swallow, Orchard Oriole, Summer Tanager