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43rd Annual Beginner’s Shorebird Field Trip!
July 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Shorebirds for Beginners at Bombay Hook!
Delaware Ornithological Society (DOS) is sponsoring a Beginner’s Shorebird Field Trip on Saturday, July 24, at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna, Delaware. This will be a Half Day trip – tailored for beginners, and is the 43rd consecutive outing for this popular field trip. “Par” is 15 species of shorebirds, usually a challenging goal, because arrival dates, water levels and weather conditions all change year to year.
Emphasis is on basics of shorebird identification for beginners, although there are always several experienced birders to assist. Pace is slow – everyone should see each shorebird species satisfactorily. While this is not a photography workshop, our slow pace allows for photographic experimentation and networking. There will be some “prizes” awarded for categories not yet determined!
Drinks and snacks advised, as well as sunscreen, bug spray and a hat. An optional, informal tally luncheon is usually held following the trip at a local eatery.
We meet in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center parking lot in Smyrna, DE at 8 a.m. and wrap up by noon.
Refuge fees are in effect – $4 per car, or free entry with a 2021-2022 season duck stamp (or other special passes). This would be a fine opportunity to recycle your lightly used, expired prior season duck stamp(s) – Donate it/them to support DOS Bird-a-Thon!
Trip leader is Bob Rufe – [email protected] – if you have questions. A few “loaner” binoculars will be available, please contact leader to request if needed.
More information on DOS is available at the society’s website – DOSBirds.org
More information on Bombay Hook NWR is available at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/