Bombay Hook NWR Field Trip Report

DOS 45th Annual Bombay Hook Beginners Shorebird Trip – Saturday, July 29, 2023
Trip Leader: Bob Rufe

Recap… 16 observers found 87 total species for the morning, including 16 species of shorebirds, and seen well by our beginning shorebirders. Temps reached 95°F, but a nice, steady breeze kept the “bugs” away!

Birds were generally distant due to heat spell and extremely high water levels. We did not hear from other birders of any species sighted today of shorebirds we did not observe. Best bird of the morning was near full alternate plumage Curlew Sandpiper, notes below. CUSA is rare in Delaware, and was confirmed with David’s photos (one included below) as it waded and preened with several adjacent Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Also notable was the presence of a female Ruff at Raymond Pool, seen by a few early arriving participants, but it left prior to “official” start of the trip and arrival of the main DOS group. David Brown & Kim Steininger arrived at 6 a.m. for pre-trip scouting and filed an eBird report at:

Carolyn Holland’s eBird report, prepared from the Tally Rally luncheon, can be found at

Submitted by Bob Rufe, Trip Leader

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