Willet at Bombay Hook NWR.

It’s getting to be very late in migration, which means birds will be getting harder to find for a while. In past years I’ve avoided Bombay Hook in late Spring, as the bugs are supposed to be quite fierce. I may have been lucky, but I didn’t have a problem.

I didn’t see much in the way of warblers, but shore birds were present in good numbers. Least Sandpipers were foraging in the thousands.

I found a large bird at Bear Swamp Pool, which I hadn’t seen before, and it’s been ID’d as a Willet, It’s named for the sound of its call.

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Purple Martin 2018-7

There’s a large Purple Martin colony at the visitor center.


Eastern Kingbird 2018-7

Eastern Kingbirds are nesting at Bombay Hook.

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Bald Eagle 2018-39

I saw more Bald Eagles than usual today.

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Least Sandpiper 2018-6

Thousands of Least Sandpipers were feeding on the mudflats.

Goldfinch 2018-2

Goldfinch 2018-1

Goldfinches are common along the road.

Tree Swallow 2018-23

Tree Swallows are thriving at Bombay Hook.

Black Necked Stilt 2018-5

Black Necked Stilt 2018-6

I found only a few Black Necked Stilts.

Blue Grosbeak 2018-1

Blue Grosbeaks seem to hang out close to the water.

Great Blue Heron 2018-20

Many Great Blue Herons were fishing in the marsh.

Great Egret 2018-12

Dozens of Egrets were foraging in the shallow water.

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Snapping Turtle 31

This Snapping Turtle was moving quickly though the mud.


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