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Birding trip heads to Delaware shore

By Staff | May 10, 2013

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a one-day birding trip to the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and other spots along the Delaware shore on Saturday, May 18.

Anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. Children will be welcome. There is no fee except for travel expenses and entry fees into Bombay Hook.

Because accommodations fill up fast on the Eastern Shore, those planning to join the trip should make their room reservations as soon as possible.

The Bombay Hook Refuge encompasses 15,978 acres that are mostly tidal salt marsh. Other sites to be visited will include Taylor’s Gut and the Mispillion River, where Red Knots may be found.

May is a good time to witness the spring shorebird migration, and those species will be the main focus of this trip. But other birds will be included.

The trip will be led by local birder Sandy Sagalkin. He will be traveling to Delaware on May 17 and staying overnight at the Dover Days Inn; other participants may wish to do the same. The Inn is located at 272 North DuPont Highway in Dover; the phone number is 302-674-8002. There are other lodging opportunities in and around Dover.

In any case, trip participants should plan to meet at the Days Inn at 6:30 a.m. on the 18th.

Participants should wear comfortable walking or hiking boots; bring along bug spray to ward off ticks, mosquitoes and gnats; bring water and, as necessary, a hat, sunscreen or rain gear. Binoculars will be available for those who need them.

For further information contact Mr. Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or monsansagalkin@myactv.net. There may be opportunities for carpooling.