American Avocets at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I left early to drive to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. It’s about an hour and a half, mostly interstate and Delaware country roads.

We immediately saw 100 Great Egrets, mostly a white wall in the distance, with a few scattered nearer shore. We had high hopes for a great day, and we weren’t disappointed. Regrettably, the Egrets took off before we got any images.

Avocets, Shovelers, Eagles and other Sandpipers made up for it.  We were fairly busy for a couple of hours, then it slowed and we took off. A good day.

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Graeme Simpson sets up the shot.

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We saw more Northern Shovelers than usual.

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Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

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Red Winged Blackbirds can found in every MD marsh.

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This juvenile Cooper’s Hawk was perched near the road.

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Mute Swan 2021-2

A few Mute Swans are always in the area.

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Common Mergansers are among my favorite birds.

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A small flock of Dunlins was feeding.

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This Great Blue Heron was very relaxed.

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We found only a few Tree Swallows.

Ring Billed Gull 2021-2

I liked the pose of this Ring Billed Gull.

Greater Yellowlegs 2021-1

Many Greater Yellowlegs were present.

Green Winged Teal 2021-2

Green Winged Teal are a treat to the eye.

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Several flocks of American Avocets were feeding in the area.