Sunday, September 2, 2012

Birding Bombay Hook NWR

I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

On Saturday, hubby and I went on a daytrip to do some birding at Delaware's Bombay Hook NWR.


To start our day,  we saw a beautiful sunrise seen on the drive to Delaware.


After starting our day seeing the beautiful sky we arrived at Bombay Hook and were greeted with the sight of a momma doe and two spotted fawns.  The Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons  were all over the wildlife refuge.




 We saw lots of great shorebirds, waders, birds of prey and woodland birds. The Blue Grosbeaks were a pretty sight. And I also enjoyed seeing the female Common Yellowthroat Warbler.





Some of my favorites were the American Avocets and the Black-necked Stilts. I also love the cute Semipalmated Plovers. The Osprey are always a treat!

The GB Herons, Great Egrets and even some Black Crowned Night Herons and the Yellow Crowned Night herons. We saw large numbers of ducks.



I liked this shot of the Great Egret and the hunchbacked GB heron. The heron just looks funny to me, maybe he is upset the Egret is so close.

The Black-necked Stilt chicks were just adorable. The seemed to be mixed in with a number of Yellowlegs and other shorebirds.


I always seem to remember large flocks of American Avocets being at Bombay Hook in the late summer.

The female Common Yellowthroat is a pretty bird. Fall warblers can be hard for me. The females and juveniles can make id-ing very difficult.  I appreciate the birders who helped me id some warblers on my facebook page.



To see more beautiful photos and mosaics check out Mary's Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday.

Thanks to Mary of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World. Thanks also for stopping by to see my post. Have  a safe and happy week!

62 comments:

Linda said...

What great shots! I love the one of the egret and heron together! Have a great evening!

TexWisGirl said...

i always love the stilts. and i like the 2 shorebirds in tandem in the top collage. :)

Lynne said...

Gorgeous, I love your photos and presentation. The Common Warbler photo is my favorite . . . love the soft colors. Very, very nice Eileen . . .

laura.forestdreams:) said...

what a way to start the day...such a beautiful sunrise.
and what a day it was...filled with SO MANY birds!!

Bombay Hook...it sounds so exotic.

i really like that Great Egret, he looks kind of fluffy! and the deer and butterfly!! =)

and the BLUE grosbeak!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a gorgeous sunrise! (I don't see many of those!) And I love seeing the shore birds. We saw quite a few today and wondered about one large gray bird among the Sandhill Cranes....it looked like something different! The Cedar Waxwing in your sidebar is fabulous!

Snap said...

What a wonderful day trip to Delaware's Bombay Hook NWR. Quite a selection of wildlife. Beautiful shots and the sunrise is spectacular!

Carol said...

Breathtaking sunrise! Gorgeous shots, Eileen. Looks like a terrific trip.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place with such lovely birds.

Kim, USA said...

Love your shots Eileen. I wish I could do birding this October in up north Michigan. Crossing my fingers. ^_^


Kim,USA

SandyCarlson said...

The egret and the heron are two grumpy old men!

BlueShell said...

fantastic , I say!
You have wonderful pictures dear!
Thanks for sharing!
xoxo
BShell

Emilie's daughter said...

Spectacular photos of an incredibly beautiful nature! Real jewels! Christa

Elaine said...

Wow! Gorgeous sunrise and then a huge variety of birds. Love the shot in your header!

Joyful said...

What a wonderful series of photos and collages. So many beautiful things to gave upon :-)

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages showing the beautiful natural images.
Wish you a good new week.
Hanne Bente

Jill Harrison said...

It seems that you had a wonderful day. Thank you for taking us there and have a wonderful week.

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow, what a fantastic sunrise and the wildlife refuge of Delaware's Bombay☆☆☆
Haha, it will take times for me to check the names of GORGEOUS birds in Japanese you introduced us today.
Thank you very much for the stunning shots!!!
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Cloudy said...

Klasse Fotoserie, so beginnt der Morgen fröhlich...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Sue said...

I love those avocets--I saw my first ones this summer when we travelled out to Montana--very neat birds.
Your header photo is quite nice!

Phil said...

You had a fantastic selection of birds there Eileen and so many of them too. I can't imagine seeing flocks of avocets and yellowlegs. Enjoyed your pictures again, and have a lovely week.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - The avocets are such great birds - when you get a very good look at them its hard to believe how thin there bills are.

Cheers Stewart M

beyondzephyr.com said...

Great mosaics to see, and I love that photo of the egret and GB heron! They made a funny pair :-)

Danielle said...

What an absolutely wonderful way to spend the day! You have much of the same wild birds that we have here in Florida.

Dan Huber said...

So many wonderful photos Eileen. Love the grosbeak, as well as the stilts and chicks.

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day, Eileen. For sure many shorebirds are on the move here so must be heading your way.

I still have never seen a yellow-crowned night heron so I am insanely jealous. Yes, they do occasionally cross Lake Ontario, but not often.

ellen b. said...

Oh boy Eileen, what a wonderful day trip. I love a daytrip that starts with seeing the sunrise! Wonderful shots of the birds.

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos and a wonderful selection of birds

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

The sunrise had me straight away, but all of them are great.

DeniseinVA said...

I always enjoy your photos from Bombay Hook. What a super place to go and you get to see so much birdlife. Thanks Eileen and have a great week.

GrandmaK said...

Nothing like a beautiful sunrise to start the day! Wishing you a wonderful week! Cathy

Bob Bushell said...

Pure brilliant, I love the Great Egret with the Great Blue Heron.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Outstanding photographs! I love the variety. Yes, that Great Blue Heron does look concerned. Have a fabulous rest of the day and a pleasant day tomorrow.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Mmmmm, sweet mother nature, and you've captured its beauty perfectly...the sunrise and the gorgeous birds and 4 legged friends.

DIMI said...

Breathtaking sunrise! Gorgeous shots, Eileen.Amazing nature!You have an award!!Have a nice week!!
Dimi..

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

what a wonderful day for you both ~ fantastic shots of natures beauties ~ love them all ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Tiago Braga said...

Fantastic photo, love the colors and the animals, amazing photos! this looks like a amazng place =)

Leora said...

The so-called "common" warbler with the yellowthroat is such a beautiful bird. Love how you captured it with those wild grapes. And the egret/heron description makes the photo all the more interesting.

Emille said...

Beautiful pics, Eileen! My favorite is the butterfly among thistles, and the black and white (herons?) -such symmetry in the last one!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The sunrise alone would have made for a great day. You added so much more to it; I love the yellow warbler.
-Karen

Montanagirl said...

Terrific post and photos! I too, like the Great Egret and Great Blue Heron together.

missing moments said...

What a great day .. love that little yellowthroat.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Amazing,beautiful shots!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Eileen, Beautiful Header! What a way to start your day with such a gorgeous sunrise. I enjoyed the day trip right along with you, the photos bring nature up close and personal here. I always enjoy your photography Eileen. The chicks are adorable but I would have a hard time selecting a favorite out of this group of photos.
Have a happy week.

Hugs,
Emily
The French Hutch

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful, what a great variety of small and large birds.

mick said...

A great place to visit and I would love to see all those shorebirds. I especially like the photo with the Heron and the Egret standing close together.

Indrani said...

What an awesome collection of 'bird' shots you have! Always thrilled to see them.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous shots of sky and birds. How amazing to see so many!

Fun60 said...

Loved the photos. Especially the moody heron.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, what a marvelous place to have seen such an array of beautiful birds, very impressive. Hoping you have a very happy week!

Carver said...

Wonderful sequence of shots. The sky is stunning and fantastic shots of the birds.

Gary said...

The egret and heron look to me like they're having a chat!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

diane b said...

Super bird shots. Love the big scruffy heron trying to look all aloof.

ShySongbird said...

What a lovely way to spend a Saturday Eileen. There was lots of interest and the photos are lovely. My favourites are the ones with the heron and egret.

Gillian Olson said...

Love those sunrises and your mosaics. Beautiful pictures of the deer and birds, especially like the heron and the egret together.

Lorrie Orr said...

I love the photo of the egret and the heron. They look like they are having quite the discussion, with the heron not very happy at all.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

All the shorebirds are at Bombay Hook -- no wonder there aren't any in Oregon ;>)!! I swear that Bombay Hook is my favorite place I've never been to!! Wonderful pictures. It has been so long since I've seen an avocet and they are one of my favorites ever.

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful!!!!
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Rohrerbot said...

The stilts, Blue Grosbeak, deer, and Osprey are great catches. Looks like your trip was a success for all kinds of critters.

Linda Makiej said...

really wonderful !!

Powell River Books said...

Looks like a great place for relaxing and bird watching. - Margy

Jen said...

Ooh I love all these birds- the Blue Grosbeak and the avocets and stilts.... so many goodies!

Yael Ben-Ari said...

Eileen,

The birds are lovely. I don't think we have warblers here, but they are beautiful birds. One of them looks almost like an American Goldfinch which we do have.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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