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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Martin Selzer

Saturday July 15, 2006 - BOMBAY HOOK NWR and ENVIRONS, DE Part 1


Approximately 30 club members and friends participated on the trip throughout the day. Purple martins, ruby-throated hummingbird, and American goldfinches greeted us at the visitors center.

Weather conditions ranged from dense fog early to sunshine to passing thunderstorms back to sunshine.

The water-levels in Raymond and Shearness Pools was high - best suitable for heron and egrets, dowitchers and yellowlegs.

Fortunately the tide was out so the mudflats opposite Shearness were exposed and we could scan for peeps. Here we had least, semipalmated and western sandpipers, semipalmated and black-bellied plovers, thanks to Frank's keen eye's a ruff (reeve), more dowitchers, a pair of American Avocets, willets, and both greater and lesser yellowlegs. All around us were in the spartina grass calling marsh wrens and seaside sparrows.
At Bear Swamp we had black-necked stilts with young, black-crowned and young-crowned night-herons. A return-swing around Raymond rewarded us with a black tern. A quick trip out Port Mahon road added sanderling and ruddy turnstone to the shorebird list.

For those interested, the John Coltrane album mention was "My Favorite Things".

Hope to see everyone in August.

Species seen or heard

Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Least Bittern
Glossy Ibis
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Clapper Rail
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Short-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
American Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern
Black Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great horned Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kindfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Carolina Chickadee
American Crow
European Starling
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Common Grackle