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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Lynn Jackson

Saturday August 11, 2012 - Bombay Hook (joint DVOC/WAS field trip)

One of the really cool things about this trip is that you get time to really look at birds. Unlike warblers which flit about miles high in trees and then disappear just when you get your binocs on them, shorebirds tend to stay put long enough to actually see them. There's time to set up scopes, to study the bird and even compare it to other birds around it. You can discuss what you're seeing with others, even pull out a field guide. Try doing that with a warbler.

It was a beautiful day for our annual summer trip to Bombay Hook; a nice breeze kept the heat and the bugs down. Shorebirds are heading south and we got great looks at Avocets and Black-necked Stilts; we got to study the differences between Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, between Western and Semi- palmated sandpipers, between Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers. We even got to work on eclipse plumaged ducks, picking out Widgeon, Green-winged Teal and Pintail from the ubiquitous Mallards and Black Ducks. We got to watch a family of Bald Eagles soaring overhead and we got excellent looks at a Least Bittern lurking in the reeds.

It was a beautiful day for our annual summer trip to Bombay Hook; a nice breeze kept the heat and the bugs down. Shorebirds are heading south and we got great looks at Avocets and Black-necked Stilts; we got to study the differences between Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, between Western and Semi- palmated sandpipers, between Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers. We even got to work on eclipse plumaged ducks, picking out Widgeon, Green-winged Teal and Pintail from the ubiquitous Mallards and Black Ducks. We got to watch a family of Bald Eagles soaring overhead and we got excellent looks at a Least Bittern lurking in the reeds.

There were lots of other great birds like incredible looks at Blue Grosbeaks and Indigo Buntings, tons of herons and egrets, Ospreys fishing in the channels and swallows zipping about. Just another great day at Bombay Hook. Thanks to everyone who came on the trip for making it a fun day.

Photographs by Lynn Jackson