N.J. birding in Philadelphia Inquirer
Experts consider Cape May and the surrounding region the premier migratory flyway of North America - and possibly the world - by accident of geography. The Atlantic flyway funnels mind-boggling numbers of birds along New Jersey's coastline for one of their last stopovers for rest and nourishment before their thousands-of-miles journey to breeding grounds in the Canadian Maritimes and other points north.I've had the pleasure of visiting Cape May about twice a year for four years. No one at my office hears grumbles about those business trips.
And the spectacle can be amazing:
Marshes at the Cape May Meadows filled with so many egrets it looked as though snow was blanketing the reeds. Hundreds of ethereal-looking gannets roosted on a sunken ship at Sunset Beach. The woods at Higbee Beach were alight with flocks of yellow-throated warblers that never seemed to stop their sing-song trill.
Think the area appeals only to birders? Think again. As a Jersey shore vacation destination, it offers other temptations -- day spas, excellent restaurants, fun shops and, of course, the beach.
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