Ever have the opportunity to spontaneously drop everything and go away for a wonderful weekend without your computer?

I had that thrill this past weekend when my dear friends Kathy and Hugh invited us to spend the weekend with them at their new (to them) Cape May home and wildlife garden. Oddly, I have quite a history with this wildlife garden, as it used to belong to my friend Irma McVey, but this was the first time I had been able to visit since Kathy and Hugh purchased this property after Irma’s passing.

When we first arrived at their house, we got to spend a delightful afternoon at the new Cape May Brewing Company tasting some of their delicious offerings, and then we headed out to see a spectacle that I have wanted to see for many years.

Every year from the beginning of August until the first week of September the Purple Martins gather into huge flocks before making their journey south in huge migratory flocks. Cape May, NJ residents also gather in flocks to watch these huge gatherings of these birds at the Maurice River bridge. For observant nature watchers, this spectacle is the first sign that summer is coming to an end.

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