Birding at Bombay Hook

"Bombay Hook is among the most famous birding locations in the eastern United States." So states the Audubon Society in the Bombay Hook section of Birding in Delaware.

Bombay Hook is situated in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, a major bird migration route, making it an important stopover for spring and fall migrants. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded at the refuge; of those, 103 of those species nest here.

The springtime migration begins in late April and early May with the arrival of the songbirds. The woods are filled with the sights and sounds of the wood warblers and other passerines. Shortly thereafter, the shorebirds arrive; their arrival coincides with the horseshoe crab spawning in the Delaware Bay. Many species stop over here on their way north, while others nest on the refuge. By late August, the migrant shorebirds are on their way south for the winter. The songbird migration south takes place in September and October; the colorful songbirds, which were seen in their colorful breeding plumage several months ago, are now in their drab, basic plumage. The waterfowl migration begins in early fall and brings many species of ducks and geese to the refuge to spend the winter in the fresh water impoundments.

Bombay Hook is well known for its wintering flocks of Greater Snow Geese. The geese arrive in October and depart for the Arctic in February and March. Seasonal counts exceeding 200,000 have been recorded.

You can keep up with Bombay Hook bird sightings on your computer with eBird, which lists sightings entered into the refuge's eBird sightings list. Be sure to enter your sightings whenever you bird here.

Resources for Birding at Bombay Hook NWR

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