Tours & Destinations Delaware
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. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
DELAWARE BAY OF NEW JERSEY & DELAWARE
CAPE MAY POINT & BOMBAY HOOK NWR20 May 2013 - 25 May 2013, 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 Weekend Holiday Tour. The focus will be the Delaware Bay, where Horseshoe Crabs return 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 even 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 Delaware, and a few rarities almost to be expected. Bob Schutsky is your scheduled leader.
CHINCOTEAGUE NWR, VIRGINIA
Fantastic Atlantic Coast Migration, & Chincoteague Ponies18 October 2013 - 21 October 2013, 4 days & 3 nights
This will be a short tour of memorable birding at a beautiful location. 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, Lark Sparrow, 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 leader.