Birdwatching

What To Bring To Birdwatch On The Ferry

Birdwatching

The Delaware Bay is a birdwatcher’s paradise because it is one of the greatest places in the country to see a large and diverse collection of birds. Thankfully, the Ferry can put you right in the middle of the beautiful bird wonderland! On the Ferry, we’ve seen egrets, laughing gulls, osprey, gannets, the occasional bald eagle, and much more, since the bay is always flapping with flying wildlife. Whether you’re an experienced birder, or just a traveler admiring the aviary display, here’s what you’ll need to birdwatch on the Ferry.

Beginner
If you’re a beginner birdwatcher, enjoying all the birds that the bay has to offer doesn’t take much at all. But, those summer days will leave you burnt without the proper sunscreen. This is always a necessity no matter what level birder you are! Check out our wildlife scorecard, available on deck, to keep track of all the marine life you see. Information includes what each species likes to snack on, what time of year is best to spot them and even a fun fact or two. Depending on the season, you’ll see a variety of birds. In the springtime, an osprey couple typically lays three eggs by our Lewes Terminal, making for a great attraction! By the time summer comes around, the babies are hatched and ready to take their first flight. To catch our live feed of the Osprey nest check out our website!

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Intermediate
If you’ve dabbled in bird watching, bringing a backpack is a great idea to keep your hands free for holding binoculars or a camera. In the Springtime, hundreds of thousands of migrating shore birds feast on new horseshoe crab eggs that line the Delaware Bay shoreline. You may be able to spot the Red Knot that breeds as far north as Canada. In order to spot some of these migrating birds we suggest that any intermediate birder to bring a field guide to spot the variety of species. We also advise birders to wear long pants and closed toes shoes when exploring any wetlands and marshes.

Expert
If you’re an expert birdwatcher, chances are you don’t need us to tell you what to bring along! You may already have one or more field guides and own a pair of binoculars. If you’re bringing a camera, we also recommend a tripod for stability when the boat is rocking.

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No matter your skill level, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry provides 360-degree views of Delaware Bay wildlife like you’ve them never seen before. Stop on either side to experience the natural habitat of Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware or Cape May Point State Park in New Jersey. The biodiversity on the a Delaware Bay attracts visitors from all over to explore our wetlands, beaches and woodlands.

Five Things to Love

5 Things To Love About Ferry Travel in May

There are plenty of fun reasons to ride the Ferry every time of the year, but with Mother’s Day, Memorial Day weekend, and the sun finally bringing some warmer weather, there are so many things to love about a May ferry cruise. Here’s five reasons why you should hop on the Ferry this May:

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1. Warm Weather

The cold of winter is finally gone, and the April showers are over. It’s finally time to go out and enjoy the sunshine and the bay breezes without a big bulky winter coat. There are so many great places on the Ferry to get some sun and enjoy the weather.

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2. Wildlife

Spring is a time when many birds, and a lot of the local marine life, are either migrating or nesting. What this means for us is that we get to see a colorful menagerie of birds, dolphins, whales, and much more from the Ferry!

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3. Biking

Now that the sun is finally shining, it’s time to take your bicycle out of the garage and onto the Ferry! There are fabulous bike trails located within just minutes of both Ferry Terminals, and the May weather is an excellent time to explore them. Also, bikes ride free on the Ferry with a foot passenger ticket!

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4. Fun & Food at the Ferry Terminals

May is a great time to enjoy many of the happenings and community events going on at our Ferry Terminals. Plus, with the opening of our On The Rocks Dockside Grill, you can sit down and have a delicious meal while you’re there.

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5. Day Tripping

As the weather begins to improve, and the calendar starts to make its way toward summer, the cities surrounding the Ferry begin to open their doors for shopping, sunbathing, food, and many other great local events. The Ferry is a fun way to explore the other side of the Delaware Bay, while also getting to take a fun, relaxing cruise.

Another Week, Another Movie on the Ferry!

We always knew the Ferry had star quality, and it looks like it’s finally getting its big break after a month in which it had some relation to three film productions. We mentioned that the heroes Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may need to take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to get back and forth between Gotham and Metropolis. The next week, the Ferry made headlines along with Cape May Brewing Co. in an April Fools Day video that went viral. However, that did not mark the end of the Ferry’s movie star month, as a huge film crew boarded the vessel to get some shots for their upcoming production.

Lead actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, preparing for a scene on the Ferry's car deck.
Lead actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, preparing for a scene on the Ferry’s car deck.

The movie, tentatively titled Wetlands (not to be confused with the previous film of the same name), is written and directed by Emanuele Della Valle, and stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who is best known for his role as Mr. Eko on the TV show Lost. 

The crew arrived for the shoot before dawn, and worked all morning to make sure that everything was set according to plan. This meant getting the sound equipment, the props (which included three cars!), and several different cameras and screens onto the car deck, along with the actor and dozens of film crew members.DSCF3542

After everything was in its right place and everyone was on the deck of the vessel, the filming began. The filming took place on the car deck of the MV New Jersey while it was docked. Several different cameras were running, and sound engineers had their headphones on, while and crew members were throwing pieces of bread around out of the frame in an attempt to attract seagulls for the background.

There is no release date set for Wetlands yet, but we’re looking forward to seeing the finished product!

 

 

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The Gotham City-Metropolis Ferry?

shutterstock_276697244In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the legendary comic book superheroes from Gotham City and Metropolis face off in an epic battle against one another. However, according to the DC Comics Universe, their fight took place a little closer to home than you may have thought. There’s even a possibility that either one of them may have gone for a ride on the cruise on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in order to visit the other one!

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Several publications and comics going back as far as the 1970s have the locations of Metropolis and Gotham City listed as being in the area of the two port towns of our friendly neighborhood Ferry.

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While the states shapes may have been a little off, The Atlas of the DC Universe places Gotham City and Metropolis across from each other on the Delaware Bay.
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The Atlas of the DC Universe, published in 1990, serves as a guide to the cities in the DC Comics Universe and their locations, and it states, “Metropolis is located on the south end of Delaware Bay near the modern town of Lewes, Delaware. The Atlas shows Gotham city as being on the other side of the bay, near Cape May, New Jersey.”

So next time you’re taking a Ferry cruise across the Delaware Bay, keep an eye out because you might see a bird, or a plane, or Superman!

 

4 Must-See Museums in Delaware

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A day trip on the Ferry can be a fun way to enjoy both sides of the Delaware Bay any time of the year! During the chillier months, you can explore indoors with these unique Delaware museums, all within an easy drive of the Lewes Ferry Terminal.

1. Zwaanendael Museum – Lewes
Take a unique look at Lewes, Delaware’s first European settlement, and the role it played in the War of 1812. Experience the vast history of southern Delaware through artifacts as well as exhibits featuring shipwrecks and lighthouses. Don’t miss the museum’s most popular attraction,The Fiji Merman, a half monkey, half sea monster that locals call “Monkeyfish.” Free admission.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4:30pm
For info: delaware.gov, or 302-645-1148

2. Johnson Victrola Museum – Dover
Travel back in time to the early 20th century, seeing and listening to real phonographs from that time. At this museum in Dover, DE, you can experience one of the early innovations in recorded sound, the Victor Talking Machine, and learn about the life and work of E.R. Johnson, the Delaware-native who made this technology possible.
Free admission.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-4:30pm
For info: delaware.gov, or 302-739-3262

3. Air Mobility Command Museum – Dover Air Force Base
Well, some of this museum is outdoors, but plenty of great indoor exhibits! Helicopters, fighters, cargo haulers, and even a presidential aircraft are just some of the amazing things you’ll see at the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, DE. You can step inside some of the planes, or test your skills on the flight simulator!
Free admission & parking.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-4pm
For info: amcmuseum.org, or 302-677-5938

4. Nanticoke Indian Museum – Millsboro
The Nanticoke Indian Museum is home to much of the history and artifacts of the Nanticoke Indian tribe. During your trip, see one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery and much more, all while immersing yourself in the local history of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe.
Admission: Adults $3, Children $1
Winter hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10am – 4pm,
Sunday, 12pm – 4pm
For info: nanticokeindians.org, or 302-945-7022

For even more great day trip ideas with the Ferry, visit CMLF.com/DayTrips.