An amazing trip – Day 1

Here are some photographs from a May 2016 trip to Delaware (Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge). This trip was during migration.

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See just a field? Zoom in! There is a Horned Lark running about feeding.

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Now I recognize him! See the characteristic black mask and buff chin.

And we are just getting started. This was the evening before the actual day out. It was raining lightly, so I was pleased to see any birds.

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Purple Martins hanging out

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Incoming (from the right)

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And, once they’re done with the roof sauna, they can chill out on the windy highlands of their gourds.

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Common Yellowthroat

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Cedar Waxwing

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Yellow Warbler (there were LOTS)

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Flycatcher (don’t know which one)

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Tree Swallow

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Yellow Warbler (singing “sweet-sweet-sweet-litt-le-more-sweet”)

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Peregrine Falcon (with captured shorebird)

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Snowy Egret (reminds me of grumpy old man)

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Black-necked Stilt

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Red-winged Blackbird

I captured the Red-winged Blackbird (and almost all of the marsh-bird photos) from my car. Bombay Hook has thirteen miles of road that winds through the marsh and forest.

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Common Grackle

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Great Black-backed Gull immature (foreground) Bald Eagle consuming tortoise (background)

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Gull and Semipalmated Plover (left background)

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Dunlin (these were quite abundant)

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Mixed crowd of Sanderling (little birds) and Dunlin (bigger black-bellied birds)

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Willet

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Snowy Egret taking flight

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Black-necked Stilt foraging

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a Blue Grosbeak that let me follow him a ways

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Swainson’s Thrush? — looks more buff-colored than a Hermit Thrush

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Iceland Gull (exciting!)

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Great Egret (the wise old man)

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Sedge Wren (formerly called the Short-billed Marsh Wren)

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Another glossy Common Grackle

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Mallard and Bufflehead (“Dabble” and “Dive”)

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Diving Bufflehead

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Resurfacing Bufflehead

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Great Egret (wise man out for a stroll)

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Short-billed Dowitcher

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Semipalmated Sandpiper

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a more regal shot of the Red-winged Blackbird

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Great Black-backed Gull

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Glossy Ibis

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the Black-necked Stilts taking off (I’ve never seen anybody move so fast on stilts)

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Blue Grosbeak

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Great Blue Heron

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Red-winged Blackbird (female)

And last but not least, the sneaky fox:

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About birdsandbenjamin

I am a resident of the North Carolina foothills and visitor to the mountains who finds great joy in observing and living with one of man's best friends, birds! I have limited photographic equipment, only a Nikon L810 and a pair of binoculars (for long-distance images). Nonetheless, I hope you see the heart behind the images and enjoy the beauty of birds on this blog.
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