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Sunday, January 30, 2011
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located in Smyrna, Delaware. Its a great place to see birds year round-- but especially great for migrating ducks, geese, shorebirds, and neotropical songbirds. Its 16,000 acres include freshwater pools, swamps, upland forests, agricultural fields, and one of the largest unaltered tidal salt marshes in the Mid-Atlantic region.
I visited with my parents today. Not as many birds as usual but still some waterfowl. We saw Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, Northern Shovelers, Buffleheads, Northern Pintails, Mallards, Snow Geese, a Red-tailed Hawk fluffed up in a tree, several Northern Harriers hovering over the marshes, gulls, and LBJs (sparrows). I also spotted a couple of raccoons foraging along the shoreline. And a fox crossed the road in front of our car, chased a couple Canada Geese, and went on its merry way.
Its been cloudy and snowy for days so the sunset was a bit of a nice surprise at the end of the trip.