Where to See Migration Right Now!

Where To See Migration Right Now!

Fall is here and that means songbirds are on the move. Heading south for their annual fall migration, millions of songbirds follow ancient routes called migratory black_and_white_fall_warbler flyways.  There are four flyways across the United States: the Atlantic, Central, Mississippi and Pacific.  No matter where you are in the country, you will be able to see migration happening from one of these routes!

Each of these flyways hosts birding festivals and fall fun for  your family to enjoy!  On the Atlantic Coast, birds can best be seen during migration in historic Cape May, New JerseyNew Jersey Audubon is famous for hosting their annual migration counts that thousands of spectators check out every year.  The Morning Flight Count takes place at Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area and is the best place for viewing songbirds moving through the area.  Samplings of the birds you may see here in high numbers are Bobolinks, Myrtle’s Yellow-rumped Warblers, Cedar Waxwings and American Robins.  After the Morning Flight, make sure to check out the famous Hawk Watch Platform at Cape May Point State Park and view the thousands of hawks that pass through the area while taking a peek at the beautiful lighthouse!

Along the Pacific flyway, the best place to visit is Monterey Bay, California.The annual migration of birds through that area is the best to be seen on the Pacific Coast. The diversity of habitats in the area provides excellent views of Bushtits, Townsend’s Warblers, Pygmy Nuthatches, Red-winged Blackbirds and Hairy Woodpeckers.The Monterey Bay Birding Festival offers guided trips that are fun for the whole family! Visit the Watsonville Sloughs where you will see shorebirds, raptors, gulls, ducks and songbirds.On your big trip out west it would be worth your while to visit Big Sur and view the effortlessly gliding California Condors. If you and your family have big adventures in mind, take a pelagic trip with the world famous Shearwater Journeys and experience the best in offshore seabirding!

What an exciting time to get out there and see some birds making their annual fall migration!

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