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Location
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Kent County, Delaware, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:40 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
5 hour(s)
Distance:
5.0 mile(s)
Observers:
valerie heemstra
Comments:
84-99 degrees, sunny (although storm gathered and it poured shortly after I left); green-headed flies and mosquitoes still out, but not as bad as on 6/22/18 when I was last here. This time I climbed observation towers at both Raymond and Bear Swamp Pools. Huge numbers of birds, probably 2000, mostly semipalmated sandpipers at Raymond Pool. Birds took off when a prop engine plane and a peregrine falcon both flew over coincidentally at the same time (see photos). Low tide when I arrived.
Species
47 species (+1 other taxa) total
25

at Shearness Pool

3
2

Voices from opposite sides of the field

1

Heard from the Raymond Pool observation tower.

1
94

Actual count from photograph.

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Using its beak to sweep over the surface of the water

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This is the photo used for counting the number of individual birds.

3
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10

Seemed to prefer to be at the edges of the Semipalmated Sandpiper flocks.

1
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Between the two avocets

2000

Most photos poor because of the harsh glare of the light off the shallow water in the pools.

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Birds of a feather flocking together, with the Semipalmated Sandpipers in the foreground, Short-Billed Dowitchers in the middle area, and American Avocets in the background.

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This group consisted of mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers.

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When the birds took off in two groups.

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Recorded from Raymond Pool observation deck

Behaviors:
song, call
Playback:
Not used
Recorder:
Sound Devices MIXPRE3
Microphone:
Telinga ProUniversal parabolic ME62 Sennheiser Omni mic
Accessories:
22 inch parabola
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Behaviors:
song, call
Playback:
Not used
Recorder:
Sound Devices MIXPRE3
Microphone:
Telinga ProUniversal parabolic ME62 Stennheiser Omni mic
Accessories:
22 in parabola
200

Also see photo above under Semipalmated Sandpipers (ML109575641)

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Most of these are Short-billed Dowitchers.

1
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The bird in the center appears to be a Long-billed Dowitcher, and there are a couple of others with heads down that seem to a hump back.

1

Unseen bird whose voice found on recording from Bear Swamp Pool.

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Triiplet song heard over the Semipalmated Sandpiper songs

Behaviors:
song
Recorder:
Sound Devices MIXPRE3
Microphone:
Telinga ProUniversal parabolic ME62 Sennheiser Omni mic
Accessories:
22 in parabola
40

Seen in small flocks at every pool

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3
large shorebird sp.

One light colored bird, possibly female, standing near 2 or 3 dark birds, possibly male. These birds are quite a bit larger than the Dowitchers. They did not behave like Dowitchers, that were constantly feeding, but stood quietly with heads erect or they preened. They were very distant and these photos were taken with 200x magnification.

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They are standing to the right of the egret. One may have a white rump.

2

at Bear Swamp Pool area

2
12

One flew over me and it had a pure white breast and long tail feathers. The others were seen resting on a spit of land in the back of Shearness Pool.

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1

Flew over and then seen resting on a spit of land near the terns

9
20
50

Flocks of 12 seen several times.

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2

flyovers

1
2
1
1

Male seen on telephone wire just outside refuge

1

Head pattern seen well when it flew over the frightened birds, but was unable to get photograph.

1
8

Most were lacking the white tail band, as if it had worn off

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1
2

flying over Bear Swamp Pool

6
1
1
15

Heard in many places, but especially on both sides of the road near Shearness Pool

3

taking a dust bath in the road just before the rain started

2
4
1
20
1
1
1
10
1
2

No males seen today, but one female with an immature she was feeding.

20

Seen and heard in many places starting near the entrance and continuing in suitable habitat all around the refuge.

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes