Overview

This tour is offered in partnership with Ventures Birding Tours.

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.

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

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

This was my 4th tour with Stephan, and he continues to be welcoming, caring, and on-point the entire trip. He always goes the extra mile to ensure everyone has a chance to see the birds and is very informative throughout the tour, always slipping in identification characteristics, sounds, or habitats that will help us in the future. He does all this with a very easy-going manner despite his high energy level and excellent people skills to ensure comraderie within the group. Despite the varied skill levels of the group’s participants, he is able to make each of us feel special, whether it is for me as a beginner birder with limited name associations to the species and a brain that doesn’t recall the information from day to day, all the way for those who are excellent at spotting birds and already knowing the species, perhaps due to a career in the field. This tour provided more challenges with some restaurants and toilets closed due to the pandemic or limited hours which did not mesh with the tour route, but Stephan and Claudia did an excellent job of rounding up food, supplies, meals, drinks, and toilet breaks. Because of the intense nature and number of miles/hours required each day to see the target species, they arranged for one vehicle to return to lodging each night at dinner time to provide an early night for those of us who needed a bit more sleep or for those whose abilities limited nighttime walking on uneven surfaces! I really appreciated that effort and concern, even though I love to see owls, etc. They are wonderful guides and friends!!!

This being my first Rockjumper tour, it far surpassed my expectations. Stephan was a fantastic guide, attentive to the entire group and making sure everyone had a good look at the bird in front of us (sometimes, several birds!) The depth of his knowledge along with his raport and friendly/kind demeanor made him feel more like a good friend on a bird walk - with tons of knowledge and ability on top of a love for birds. Thanks Stephan/Claudia and Rockjumper for providing an amazing experience!

Stephan was a great birding guide and tour manager. He knew his patch and worked tirelessly to find and ensure all participants had good birds views. He located all the key 'target' birds. He and his partner produced great al fresco dining and ensured all arrangement worked well, not easy in these COVID impacted times. As always with RJ, I had a most enjoyable trip and satisfied my birding wishes. Well done RJ and Stephan/Claudia. Than you all.

Stephan Lorenz was a fantastic guide! He found all the birds; and also importantly, he made sure everyone was able to see them. He and Claudia were delightful to travel with. Stephan was also very knowledgeable about the general natural history of Texas and the state in general. It made the trip especially interesting. Stephan was stellar, the trip was great!

I have nothing but praise for our guide, Forrest Rowland. His knowledge of birding was excellent, and he was very friendly and personable. He went out of his way to provide us with a memorable experience despite the bitter-cold temps and the fact that a good part of Yellowstone was closed or unreachable during our trip. He chose some great area restaurants and the food was one of the highlights of the trip for me.

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