Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bombay Hook NWR..May 19


  I am linking up with   Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday

During our overnight visit to the Delaware Shores in May we stopped at Bombay Hook NWR. These are some birds seen during our visit to the wildlife refuge.



Bombay Hook is one of the many wildlife refuges in the USA. It is a popular spot for birding and is known as an Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.  In my mosaic above, are the Dowitchers, Dunlins and a Black-Necked Stilt on a nest.


We saw a large group of shorebirds are Bombay Hook on this day, the groups include Dowitchers and you can see Dunlins with their cute black bellies.


You can there are various beak colors and the size, that we saw various species of Egrets. Mostly the Great Egret and the Snowy Egrets. Most of the 13,000 acres are tidal salt marsh and is one of Delaware's most valuable wildlife habitat.



278 species of birds can be seen at Bombay Hook NWR, 103 of these birds are known to breed there.


Eastern Kingbird, an asy way to id the kingbird is to see the end of the tail feathers. It looks like it was dipped in white paint.


I am not sure if this is a juvenile Indigo Bunting or a juvenile Blue Grosbeak. We saw both of the adults all the around the refuge on this day.


Above is a pretty male Blue Grosbeak, the chestnut color on its wing helps to id this bird.


The wild irises are beautiful at Bombay Hook!
I hope you enjoyed my post and photos. Thanks for visiting my blog and post. I always appreciate your comments.
Join in on the fun and for more wonderful photos please visit  Mosaic Monday and more from  Our World Tuesday
 Thanks to our host: Mary our host of Mosaic Monday and to the hosting group of Our World Tuesday: Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia, Sandy and Jennifer.  I wish everyone a happy week!




59 comments:

ellen b. said...

Hello Eileen,
I'm so enthralled with your beautiful photos of the water birds and others, too. Such gorgeous shots. I'm missing my Saturday morning beach walks we used to have while living in California...

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen What a wonderful post. So many wonderful photos and I loved the blue Iris. It is great seeing birds that I do not have here and learning about them. Thanks. Margaret

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Eileen!! What amazing photos and what a wonderful place to visit! It's times like that when you have to love digital photography--How did we ever do it with film? :-)

George said...

This must be a marvelous place to visit. I can't believe the variety of birds that can be found there. Your photos are wonderful.

Montanagirl said...

What a terrific place to visit! I love all your photos, and such a variety of birds you saw! Thank you for sharing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful photos! We've been seeing a lot of juveniles and they can be hard to identify! Love the wild blue irises!

Carole M. said...

some fabulous shots there Eileen; I like the Eastern King Bird, reminds me some of our willie-wag-tail too. Looks like a great place to walk about ..

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, what fabulous photos and what an interesting variety of birds you saw. I just love the Blue Grosbeak - he's such a fantastic colour. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week.

Sue said...

Beautiful, Eileen. What a great spot to see nature!

Betsy Adams said...

Great place to go to see LOTS of different birds... I'd love to go there sometime..

The little Juvie Bunting/Grosbeak is a rag-a-muffin for sure....Cute!!!!

The male Blue Grosbeak is a gorgeous bird. Love that color.

Hugs,
Betsy

Mary said...

Your bird shots are spectacular! Love the Blue Grosbeak and juvenile!

TexWisGirl said...

the grosbeak is so pretty! that's a lot of shorebirds, too!

Gayle said...

Such beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your gift.

Debra @ Homespun said...

Aside from the wonderful photos this is fascinating because I'd never even heard of the birds in the first few pics!

:)

Karen said...

Beautiful shots Eileen.

Snap said...

Bombay Hook looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love shorebirds and I miss living on the Island and seeing them almost daily. They kept me entertained. Bombay Hook is a very special spot -- thanks for sharing your visit.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great photos - thanks for sharing all your traveling adventures with us. I guess I don't have the patience or don't move fast enough to get more nature shots.
Thanks for stopping by. Yes - mosquitoes have really been bad this year.
Have a great week.

Happyone said...

All of your photos are so pretty as always.
That's a lot of birds on the shore.
I love the white egret!!

Debbie said...

so many beautiful shore birds!! lokks like a great spot for us bird lovers!!

the grosbeak is a gorgeous bird and i love the image...nice perspective and background!!

beautiful irises!!

Lorrie said...

Hello Eileen,
Your photos are always so amazing. Such a wonderful variety of birds at Bombay Hook to photograph and to admire. I love the egret, so elegant on his spindly legs. Thanks for sharing.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

those iris are gorgeous. what beautiful birds ... you found some real beauties. nice!! ( :

Lavender Cottage said...

A nice place to see a variety of birds, I like the blue grosbeak.
Judith

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning - the second and third ones should be framed and hung - delightful post!!!!

Lynne said...

Amazing photos Eileen. You visit the best places . . . the Grosbeak is very handsome . . . and I enjoyed seeing the the others. I really liked the large gathering of shore birds. Great post . . .

pattisjarrett said...

I love a place with lots of birds. Nice finds, thanks for sharing. The Black-Necked Stilt looks all dressed up for a date, not a day of nesting.

Maria said...

Wow, all of these are great! The shorebirds are awesome. I like the new header too.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Eileen, this is such a feast for a bird lover - wonder photos thank you!
The coloured ones are quite magical.
Shore birds are my favorites to watch - I could sit all day on a sand bank with a pair of binoculars!
The blue iris is lovely too.

Your blue header is quite amazing.
Shane ♥

Stewart M said...

Great set of birds - very pleased with myself - I picked the dowitcher before I read the words!!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!! What amazing photos and what a wonderful place to visit!!!Those iris are gorgeous!!Beautiful colours!!So many beautiful birds!!!!Thank you for sharing!Have a lovely week!!
Dimi..

beyondwandering.com said...

Wow..it amazes me to see so many different kinds and varieties of birds! They are so beautiful!

Faye said...

I certainly did enjoy your tour, Eileen. Looking at this post makes me realize that I need to venture out from my backyard a bit if I hope to see more variety in the birds I'm trying to photograph. It's hard to choose a favorite among your offerings today, but probably the big grouping--almost looks like a silk screening. Great post!

Jill Harrison said...

oh the blue bird is so lovely! and the juvenile bird looks like he has had a night out on the town!
I always enjoy stopping by your blog Eileen - thank you for stopping by mine today, and have a wonderful week.

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

Impressive! The blue grosbeak is gorgeous. I suspect the one above it is a juvenile grosbeak based on the markings on the wing. What a great place you found. A bird lovers paradise!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, I have never seen a Grosbeak - or an Indigo Bunting. The collection of pictures on your post today is a good one. Have a super day today!

caite said...

I love shore birds..especially the lovely egrets.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So many birds! I love all the photos. Bombay Hook looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful Eileen..Bombay Hook is my favorite place I've *never* been to...I always love your posts from there.

It's really cool that you got the different species of egret in that one picture.

Betty Manousos said...

wow eileen!

these are absolutely gorgeous shots!
what a remarkable variety of birds you show.
what a great start to my day!

big hugs~

Gary said...

Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

Oh what a lovely series Eileen. That grosbeak is cute!

Leovi said...

Waterbird Wonderful photos, I like!

mick said...

Great photos of all the birds - I especially like the shorebirds in nice bright plumage - which I assume is breeding plumage.

Photo Cache said...

incredible bird sighting.

DeniseinVA said...

I always love your photos Eileen, but especially from Bombay Hook now that we have been there. Thank you so much!

Deb said...

wow what a fun place to bird watch...great photos...thank you for visiting...

LifeRamblings said...

what a wonderful discovery. i enjoy your birds.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow,Wow, what GORGEOUS pictures, so clear and breathtaking, my friend(^_^)彡☆ Love these cute birds and beautiful iris
How I wish to be with you and learn how to take pictures with these places p;)

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Carver said...

You took some great shots of the birds. The flowers are beautiful.

ladyfi said...

Oh, what a wonderful sight to see so many birds! And the wild irises are just lovely.

Arija said...

Wonderful to see all your bird shots. Somehow there is a special relationship between the shot of all the little shore birds filling the picture and the irises at the end, they create the same effect.

Indrani said...

I like it when these birds decide to have a meeting, they make a great picture.

Jim said...

Great shots.

Kusum Sanu said...

Wow! A great place for birding! I like picture of that puffy blue bird!

Fun60 said...

That's quite a selection of birds you've posted. I liked the king bird and also the useful little bits of info about how to ID them.

Meghana Hassan said...

such a wonderful series of photos. That wild Iris is so soothing to your eyes...

NatureFootstep said...

how wonderful. That is a sight we never see in Sweden. Not even at the large Observatories for migrating birds.

Denise said...

I love your mosaics, Eileen! You always get great bird pics!!

All these shore birds are so interesting; I like the black-necked stilt on its nest, and the ones with brown bellies are so cute. :)

We have egrets at our coast, and I love to see them. We often see them in the marshes at low tide. We also have the indigo blue buntings here locally; my parents and in-laws have gotten them at their feeders, but we've never seen one at ours.

Thanks for your visit and kind comments; I hope you have a wonderful week!

Denise at Forest Manor

Rajesh said...

Nice place such beautiful birds.

Liz said...

What a wonderful series of birds Eileen! I love that huge group of shorebirds - that's always quite a wonderful sight!
That Blue Grosbeak is lovely too!

Lake Erie, Pennsylvania

Happy Thanksgiving, wishing everyone a great day! Be safe if you are traveling to eat your turkey dinner. I am publishing this post a day e...