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Birding By Boat on the Osprey

1218 Wilson Drive, Miss Chris Marina, Cape May, NJ 08204
609-898-3500
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Ranked #8 of 22 activities in Cape May
Type: Tours
Owner description: Birding By Boat from Cape May. We run eco-tours of Cape May Harbor and the coastal salt marsh with up close views of local wildlife. We see many... more » Owner description: Birding By Boat from Cape May. We run eco-tours of Cape May Harbor and the coastal salt marsh with up close views of local wildlife. We see many Osprey, migrating shorebirds, herons and egrets, nesting colonies of gulls and terns and many other species as we cruise through the tranquil back bays. Evening trips have the added beauty of sunset along with a local heron rookery. Come join us on one of these special trips. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Captain Bob was a great tour guide on the harbor ride, pointing out bird sightings and answering questions. I enjoyed the outing tremendously, a nice morning out! It's a good idea to phone first to confirm times , if there aren't enough people , the boat will not go out. I'm looking forward to returning in the spring for the... More

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Edison, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Became fan of Mr. Guide, his passion for birds was visible. Throughout the trip, he spotted birds and narrated about them. Binoculars on boat were welcome surprise, you need one for sure. Boat driver and guide both are avid bird watchers, may have watched more than a dozen kind of birds. Loved it.

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

captain Bob and naturalist Dave Lord are top notch at getting the birds for all to see. Besides piloting the Osprey Bob is always on the lookout for birds and knows where to find them. I've been out with him and his Dad so I see he's learned well. Dave has a very pleasant manner and very knowledgeable about birding... More

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Randolph, New Jersey
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75 reviews 75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We took this trip on recommendation from local nature center. We were expecting bird viewing as well as a general nature cruise. The birds we saw were mostly birds seen on the beach and a turkey vulture, which I have seen in my back yard at home.Many of the birds were quite far off, even with binoculars. We did go... More

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53951Bob, Owner at Birding By Boat on the Osprey, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our cruise. Sorry that you didn't enjoy it more. September is prime birding time in Cape May and many of our trips at this time do cater to the many birders that sail with us. I don't know which cruise you sailed on but birds seen on most of the trips of the... More

Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A great trip for birder and nature enthusiast alike, it gets you into areas you can only get to by boat. It is an opportunity to view the resident bird species as well as the migrant species that Cape May is famous for. The knowledgeable captain and crew provide history of the Cape May areas that you pass through and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

For someone who gets a thrill out of birds this excursion was a success even though the timing wasn't great as many species had already migrated south. Staff directed our attention to numerous birds which we were able to observe with binoculars they provided. If you like to keep track of new sightings better bring a good memory! You will... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

We enjoy birding, and were steered by the Cape May Observatory staff to a marvelous morning on the water aboard the Osprey, a capacious and comfortable pontoon boat, which docks at the Miss Chris Marina more or less on the opposite side of Route 109/Lafayette Street to the popular Lobster House. Bob took us out for two hours in the... More

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STAMFORD CT
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

After observing a nesting pair of Ospreys near our house over several years, we had become enthusiastic watchers. This boat trip allowed us to see many more, close up beyond anything possible on land. We saw them catching and eating fish (with seagulls watching for any scraps). There were many varieties of other birds as well, all instantly identified by... More

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12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Great to see the Osprey nests and to have an experienced bird person to identify the birds seen. The boat trip was safe and I doubt anyone would get sea sick from riding in it.

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Wellington, NZ
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We hadn't heard about this boat trip, and even though we had limited time in Cape May area it was highly recommended to us by the local birders. We were not disappointed. Great views of Osprey, plus other seabirds and shorebirds, and a good view of Clapper Rail. There was a knowledgeable bird guide on board who pointed out birds... More

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