Black Skimmer at Bombay Hook NWR.

I don’t usually go to Delaware this late in the year because the bugs can be ferocious. I took a chance anyway, as it’s been very slow around here. I’ve also been cooped up with a bad wheel bearing, which took a few days (And $266.00) to fix.

Bombay Hook was well populated with birds, including the first Skimmers I’ve seen there. My first experience with these birds was years ago in Florida. They’re fun to watch. There were also a few other interesting birds, so it was a worthwhile trip. It’s likely to be Fall before I go again.

Black Necked Stilt 2018-9

Black Necked Stilt 2018-8

Black Necked Stilt 2018-7

This Black Necked Stilt appears to be nesting.

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Bald Eagle 2018-40

Several Bald Eagles were resting near the road.

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American Avocet 2018-6

A few distant American Avocets were foraging in the marsh.

Snowy Egret 2018-3

I saw only a few Snowy Egrets.

Wood Duck 2018-35

Black Crowned Night Heron 2018-3

This is a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron.

Red Winged Blackbird 2018-14

You can’t fo far without seeing a Red Winged Blackbird.

Crow 2018-4

This Common Yellowthroat was reluctant to turn around.

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Black Skimmer 2018-1

It’s fascinating to watch these Black Skimmers slice through the water in search of fish.


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This Snapping Turtle was crossing the road at the refuge.


2 thoughts on “Black Skimmer at Bombay Hook NWR.

  1. Great shots as usual Hugh, love the first one of the Bald Eagle, very cool. I have some of I would imagine that same young night heron. When we were there because it was breezy the bugs were not a problem at all. I had never been there and always heard about the bugs. Glad it was ok when we were there.

    • Thanks, Linda. Bug repellent was a life saver, as the bugs were very thick. I didn’t get a single bite.

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