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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Lynn Jackson

Saturday July 17, 2010 - Bombay Hook (joint DVOC/WAS field trip)

On a day promising to hit the mid 90's, it was a good idea to start our annual summer Bombay Hook trip at 8AM when there was still a nice breeze.

The trip started so well, it took us close to an hour to even reach Raymond Pool with great looks at Chimney Swift , lots of Purple Martins, American Robins, Gray Catbirds, Northern Mockingbirds, 2 Brown Thrashers, 10+ Cedar Waxwings, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Flickers, a very cooperative Willow Flycatcher, lots of Eastern Kingbirds, several Blue Grosbeak and tons of American Goldfinch.

All the rains of the previous week filled up the inpoundments making the shorebird numbers pretty low. The longer-legged waders were OK and we had lots of Yellowlegs (Greater and Lesser), large numbers of American Avocets, lots of Short-billed Dowitchers. The tide was out so many of the shorter-legged waders were scattered far out on the exposed tidal flats but we did manage to find Least, Semi and Western Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers and a couple of Semi-palmated Plovers.

We also had all the expected Herons and Egrets plus a very strange looking Glossy Ibis with lots of white in the face and neck. The very common Bald Eagles and Ospreys put on nice shows as well.

For me, highlights of the day included great looks at Clapper Rails (1 with a begging youngster in tow), 2 amazing Least Bitterns that fortunately everyone got to see flying, 2 male Bobolinks still in breeding plumage and calling Northern Bobwhite.

As we ended the day at the visitor's center, a lovely Yellow-billed Cuckoo put on a great display feeding on tent caterpillars bringing our day list to around 70 species.

Butterflies seen included: Black Swallowtail , Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple and Monarchs.

It was a fun day and thanks to everyone who joined us.

Lynn Jackson