There is always something to savor at Cape May... any day, in any weather, at any season... something is always making its way through the skies overhead.
The time that holds the greatest interest for me is from late August until the middle of November: the fabled fall migration period. The variety of habitats: ocean and bay, salt marsh, freshwater ponds, dark swamps, woodlands and upland fields all attract a diverse array of migrants... hordes of butterflies and dragonflies, hawks and falcons, shorebirds, songbirds, bats, seabirds, owls - you name it!
Conveniently, the New Jersey Audubon Society throws out the welcome mat at one of the best times to experience migration at Cape May for its Autumn Weekend this year on October 24, 25, and 26.
Some of The Flock are getting restless and making preliminary plans to attend. Susan and KatDoc are driving from Ohio (and will hopefully avoid a stop in Camden), Lynne, I think, will cash in the ticket she bought last year and fly all the way from Minnesota (Yay!).
Other Flock members are saving their pennies for New River in April, but maybe they can be convinced otherwise. Mary, Delia, Susan, Nina, Ruthie, Jayne (can that be? Really, you're gonna come?) - why not join us in Cape May, too? That farmhouse in W. Va. is gonna be pretty crowded and loud I think!
I'm also thinking maybe we should harass Larry into making the trip or Dave (hey - Alaska's not that far and we could all get to meet Ghost!). Maybe Bobbie could join us for lunch and what about Heather in Pa.? The more the merrier!
I'll sneak away there at least once before October - for the Monarchs that breeze past the lighthouse or the falcons that scream down along the dunes. I just can't resist... there's something in the air.
a return Visit
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