Anybody feel like a road trip with expenses shared?

Let me know.

Pete Saracino*



*/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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