Thursday, November 9, 2023 / by Teresa DiPeso
Did you know that Cape May County is home to "secret" bayside spots? In particular, off Route 47, there are many quiet residential streets that wind their way to the bay; the problem is not everyone knows about them! Some involve a long dirt road and others are more easily accessed. One such spot has now been officially turned into a public park, encouraging more people to get over to the beautiful bay side of the Jersey Cape!
If you've never explored the bayside beaches, this is a great excuse to start!
The park was advertised by Middle Township on Facebook this week, and you can't argue with the result! Norbury's Landing joins other small but beautiful bayside parks such as Shell Bay's Carol Nicoletta Memorial Park (end of Shell Bay Ave), and Benny's Landing.
Norbury’s Landing is an overlook with panoramic vistas of the Delaware Bay. It offers unobstructed views far down the beach in both directions and is a good place to scan the bay. It is also a great place to watch the sun set over the bay while watching for bottlenose dolphins. The extensive sand flats that are exposed at low tide are a favorite roosting spot for many birds.
Don't miss the opportunity to see Red Knot flying in from over the Delaware Bay from mid-May to early June. In most cases, these increasingly rare birds have traveled non-stop for several days in anticipation of the nutrient-rich horseshoe crab eggs that are the perfect energy source for their 10,000 mile migration. Ideally, a Red Knot will double its weight on this stopover in order to reach their nesting grounds in the arctic.
Located at the end of Millman Blvd, Green Creek (Del Haven).
Directions: Turn Right onto Route 47 South. Travel 33⁄4 miles and turn Right at the light onto CR 603/Bayshore Rd. Travel for 1 mile to a yellow blinking light where Bayshore Rd. bears left. Continue straight onto Millman Blvd. for 1⁄2 mile to its end at the Delaware Bay
(A great spot for lunch!)
THROUGH THE SEASONS:
Winter: Look for a variety of gull species roosting on the beach and sand flats here. Bonaparte’s Gull are regular and sometimes the rare Iceland Gull can be found with a careful search. Loons, scoters and other sea ducks dot the bay.
Spring: In early spring Red-throated Loon gather here before heading north. Be aware that most Delaware Bayshore beaches are closed to walking during the second half of May to protect migrating shorebirds.
Summer: This is a great time to look for bottlenose dolphins just offshore. Hope for an off-shore breeze, or you’ll have to protect yourself from the numerous biting flies.
Fall: Large numbers of sea ducks, especially Surf Scoter and Black Scoter, pass by and sometimes form large rafts out on the bay. Northern Gannet fly offshore and may be observed plunge diving for fish.
(Direct sunset views every day!)