Southern New Jersey offers some truly spectacular birding activities, as numerous bird species pass through as part of their yearly migrations. In the spring, thousands of shorebird species crowd the beaches to eat horseshoe crab eggs. In the winter, Eagles, Hawks, and other raptors fill the skies. (Check back here in coming weeks to find out about the Cumberland County Eagle Festival.)
In August, the thousands of Purple Martins that traveled north to nest for the summer swarm in the air each evening before settling in the high grasses for the night. This photo, taken at the Purple Martin Festival in mid-August, shows a kayaker enjoying the spectacular site. The many dots in the sky are mostly Purple Martins, but other swallows also joined in the evening flight.