Tours & Destinations Delaware
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DELAWARE BAY OF NEW JERSEY & DELAWARE
CAPE MAY POINT & BOMBAY HOOK NWR21 May 2017 - 26 May 2017, 6 days & 5 nights
Cape May Point State Park, Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, Bombay Hook NWR, Cape Henlopen State Park, and many great locations along both sides of the Delaware Bay - - we will visit all of these locations and several more on this pre-Memorial Day Tour. The focus will be the Delaware Bay, where Horseshoe Crabs gather each spring to lay their eggs. Just as reliably, thousands of shorebirds and other aquatic species stop during their northbound migration to feed on the bountiful food supply. Expect Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and many additional species. We'll also look for migrant and breeding songbirds at Higbee Beach that may include Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, and Yellow-breasted Chat. We've included a crossing on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to search for a few pelagic species, perhaps Wilson's Storm-Petrel and Parasitic Jaeger. This will be a great tour with many excellent birds in south Jersey and central Delaware, and a few rarities almost to be expected. The tour leader has yet to be selected. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.
CHINCOTEAGUE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (NWR), VIRGINIA
Fantastic Atlantic Coast Migration, & Chincoteague Ponies20 October 2017 - 23 October 2017, 4 days & 3 nights
This will be a wonderful tour of memorable birding at beautiful locations. The tour will include two days at Chincoteague NWR, plus visits to Bombay Hook NWR and Ocean City. We'll travel the length of the Delmarva Peninsula to Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR. There will be migrant warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl, and local specialties such as Brown-headed Nuthatch and American Oystercatcher. Rarities that we have found at this time of year include American White Pelican, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Eurasian Wigeon, Dickcissel, and Snow Bunting. The Chincoteague Ponies are always a big favorite, as are the flocks of waterfowl and shorebirds that may contain a nice rarity. This will be a great weekend at a comfortable pace. Evening dining will offer seafood fare for which Chincoteague's restaurants are famous. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled tour leader. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.
CHINCOTEAGUE & THE DELMARVA PENINSULA, DE-MD-VA
Winter Birds of the Atlantic Coast26 December 2017 - 31 December 2017, 6 days & 5 nights
The Delmarva Peninsula provides excellent birding in early winter. We will visit Virginia Beach, Fort Story, Kiptopeke State Park, Ocean City, and spend a full day at Chincoteague NWR, where we will see Wild Ponies and many great birds. Scoping along the coast is likely to produce a nice variety of seabirds, Purple Sandpiper, other shorebirds, and perhaps a vagrant or two. Good numbers of waterfowl are expected, including Harlequin Duck, Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, and Canvasback. Unusual gulls found on previous tours include Glaucous, Little, Black-headed, and a Black-legged Kittiwake - - the kittiwake was perched ten feet away! We should also see American Woodcock, Brown Pelican, Bald Eagle, Marbled Godwit, Great Cormorant, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. There may be a hummingbird or two, such as Rufous, Calliope, or another western vagrant. We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants. Bob Schutsky is the scheduled tour leader.