Overview

In the fall, thousands of migrating raptors, representing as many as 18 different species, stream along the ridges of the Appalachian Mountains or down the Atlantic coast on their way south. Straddling eastern Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge is Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, a 2,380-acre preserve established in 1934 as the world’s first refuge devoted to birds of prey. The sanctuary’s North Lookout, a 1,521-foot high rocky promontory, provides a spectacular panorama of the Appalachian ridges and valleys, and, depending on wind patterns, often affords close-up views of raptors gliding along Hawk Mountain’s unique ridge topography.

Cape May, New Jersey, at the tip of a peninsula between Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is another premier raptor viewing site and is famous for its songbirds as well. While traveling between these two birding “hot spots,” we will visit Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Delaware Bay, to see waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds, and take the ferry across the bay from Lewes, Delaware to Cape May. Late September and early October brings the greatest variety of raptor species, not to mention a very good passerine migration, and the bonus of crisp, cool fall weather and colorful autumn leaves.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours, and will almost certaintly have participants from both Rockjumper and Ventures Birding.
Available spaces may be differ to those advertised on our website.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Raptors: Sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, Broad-winged, Red-tailed & Red-shouldered Hawks; Peregrine Falcon; Merlin; American Kestrel; Western Osprey; Northern Harrier; Bald Eagle. A large number of resident and migrating passerines; 15+ species of warbler; several vireos; waterfowl; waders and shorebirds.
Habitats Covered
mature forest, pelagic, salt marsh, bog, grasslands
Expected Climate
comfortable autumn weather, average temperature ranging between 58.3°F (14.6°C) and max 64.9°F (18.3°C). Some rain may be expected.
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Ventures Leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
mostly easy
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

I am always very pleased and comfortable with the Rockjumper and High Lonesome tours that I have been on. Stephan and Claudia are a wonderful couple! They make everything run so smoothly and are so pleasant to be around. I know it is their job, but they always take any issues or complications in stride and do their utmost to make everything run smoothly. And Stephan is as good as it gets as a birding guide... so well prepared and knowledgeable about everything. This is my third tour with him (in the US) and am always amazed (even though I shouldn't be by now) how quickly he picks up on birds in the area. Tremendous trip, even having logged 5000 miles in the vans, and am looking forward to the next one this summer.

I would just like to say how much I enjoyed both the tours - I saw lots of new birds, and our guide Stephan Lorenz was fantastic - extremely knowledgeable, and very patient, and made sure we all saw the birds. His wife Claudia was also extremely helpful in so many ways. I certainly hope I will do another tour with them in the not too distant future. The groups on both tours were friendly and easy to get on with. It was cold in Colorado, but it is a beautiful part of the world!

I just wanted you to know that the trip to Texas with Stefan and Claudia went fantastic. The birding was unbelievable and the logistics to pull that all off in such a large state as Texas were near flawless. Stefan is an amazing birder and his persistence and patience made certain everyone got on the birds; the views were amazing. Claudia was a great help for him and was fantastic at quickly getting the scope on the birds as well. It was all wonderful Rockjumper birding until you drop at its finest! On side notes, the food was great.

Stephan was an excellent guide and made sure everyone was able to see the birds and many times obtain photos. He was patient with the requests of the group members and facilitated an enjoyable experience for all. Claudia was a great addition to the team and we really appreciated her help finding birds in the scopes, identifying birds in the van, and working with Stephan to make sure our trip was as seamless as possible.

Stephan and Claudia are a great team: Stephan is simply amazing hearing, spotting and helping all get on the relevant bird(s). As the only non-master birder and the oldest person on the trip, I thought that they both were helpful, careful and mindful of the needs of me and each of the group. Claudia often got on the bird as quickly as Stephan spotted it. The group worked for the best interest of the group. .... During a pandemic, the group acted responsibly and carefully.

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