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Bayshore Birding at it’s Best
November 6, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join CMBO Naturalists Chris Marks and Mary Watkins for a day exploring some of the lesser-known corners of wonderful Cumberland County! This day out in the field will take you away from the ‘traditional’ birding spots of greater Cape May to some of the lesser-known corners of wonderful Cumberland County. In November, the Bayshore marshes, sheltered wood lots, fields and roadsides of the lower Delaware Bay region can be a great place to see a wealth of birds. Ducks and geese will be gathering on the bay and saltmarshes and it’s a great time of year to be looking for the raptors that this mass of birds attracts. Conversational flocks of Snow Geese and busy parties of Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Buffleheads and much more will vie for our attention as we hope for views of hunting Northern Harriers, Peregrines, Bald Eagles – maybe even a Golden Eagle. Wild Turkeys will be in peak numbers right now and the fields sometimes abound with masses of blackbirds, grackles and cowbirds, while wooded areas attract busy flocks of sparrows (of many species), juncos, towhees and more.
We do not set a firm daily schedule in advance, leaving us flexible to maximize birding opportunities, taking advantage of weather conditions, tides, and recent bird sightings. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties.
COST: $28 members, $35 nonmembers.
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We bird in all weather. Be sure to check the forecast in advance and dress in layers appropriate for prevailing weather conditions. The weather in Cape May can differ considerably from nearby inland areas and may be warmer, colder, or windier so it’s best to be over prepared. We may have to bird in the rain, so please bring your rain gear.
TRANSPORTATION: Please arrive at the appointed time with a full tank of gas, as transportation to field sites is by private vehicles. We may walk up to 1.5 miles, over generally level, sometimes muddy or sandy terrain. Some trips involve walks over jetties.
NEW JERSEY AUDUBON’S PROGRAM GUIDELINES: New Jersey counties are varied in their COVID-19 community transmission rates. New Jersey Audubon highly recommends that anyone who is not fully vaccinated or who wants additional protection should consider wearing a mask and social distancing, especially indoors. Please do not come to a program if you are sick, have a sick family member or have reason to believe you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
CANCELLATION: CMBO programs require a minimum number of registrants to run, five days in advance of the start of the tour but are seldom cancelled. If we do cancel, due to lack of participation, severe weather, or unforeseen circumstances, we notify all participants in advance, and all are eligible for a full credit or refund. Participants may cancel without penalty if greater than 30 days in advance. Cancellations 10 to 30 days in advance may be subject to a 25% service charge. No refunds or credits for cancellations less than ten days in advance unless due to health emergencies