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*BOMBAY HOOK BIRDING*
*/Led by Scott Barnes and Linda Mack/*
*//Friday/Saturday August 18 & 19*
*8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Tue); Wed start/end time t.b.a.*
Experience the second wave of southbound migrating shorebirds in central
Delaware—a place with a different species mix than locations like Cape
May, Brigantine or Jamaica Bay. This trip offers an excellent
opportunity to study a wide variety of shorebirds, herons, and terns.
Mixed species flocks of shorebirds—often at close range and in juvenile
and adult plumages, provide participants with a chance to learn
subtleties of sandpiper identification. Bombay Hook received its name
from the corruption of the Dutch “Bompies Hoeck” meaning “little tree
point.” Today, the National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 15,978 acres.
The refuge has one of the largest expanses of nearly unaltered salt
marsh in the mid-Atlantic and over 1,100 acres of freshwater
impoundments. We’ll complement our tour with visits to other noteworthy
sites that may include Little Creek WMA, Port Mahon, and Woodland Beach
WMA, dependent current water levels. This trip should tally 20+ species
of shorebirds (often including several hundred American Avocets), large
numbers of long-legged waders, and other surprises. Species we should
encounter include American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Western
Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed
Dowitcher, Caspian and Black Terns. We could see some less-common to
rare shorebirds like Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits, Buff-breasted
Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Phalarope. The area is a
magnet for rare birds as well, with past trips recording goodies like
White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope,
Black-headed Gull, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Sedge Wren.
*Location:* Meet at Bombay Hook NWR Headquarters, 2591 Whitehall Neck
Road, Smyrna, Delaware, 19977
*Cost:* $100 members/$120 non-members for two days; $50 for one day for
members, $60 for non-members.
*Register:* Plainsboro Preserve, 80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury NJ 08512
Phone number 609-427-3052 <tel:%28609%29%20427-3052>
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