Birding at Bombay Hook

Visitors from across the country and around the world come to bird at Bombay Hook NWR. The refuge is recognized as an Important Birding Area by the American Bird Conservancy.

Bombay Hook is situated in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, a major bird migration route, making it an important stopover for spring and fall migrants. 278 species of birds have been recorded at the refuge; of those, 103 of those species nest here.

The springtime migration begins in late April and early May with the arrival of the songbirds. The woods are filled with the sights and sounds of the wood warblers and other passerines. Shortly thereafter, the shorebirds arrive; their arrival coincides with the horseshoe crab spawning in the Delaware Bay. Many species stop over here on their way north, while others nest on the refuge. By late August, the migrant shorebirds are on their way south for the winter. The songbird migration south takes place in September and October; the colorful songbirds, which were seen in their colorful breeding plumage several months ago, are now in their drab, basic plumage. The waterfowl migration begins in early fall and brings many species of ducks and geese to the refuge to spend the winter in the fresh water impoundments.

Bombay Hook is well known for its wintering flocks of Greater Snow Geese. The geese arrive in October and depart for the Arctic in February and March. Seasonal counts exceeding 200,000 have been recorded.

Now, you can keep up with Bombay Hook bird sightings on your computer with the eBird Trail Tracker javascript applet (see it below right), which lists sightings entered into the refuge's eBird Trail Tracker in the past week. Be sure to enter your sightings whenever you bird here.

Resources for Birding at Bombay Hook NWR

Internet resources to help you plan your trip......
Recent Postings to Delaware Birds Read the most recent postings to the Delaware Birds mailing list. Includes Delaware RBA and Bombay Hook bird sightings.
Subscribe to DE Birds Mailing List Learn all about the Delaware Birds mailing list and how to subscribe.
Weather Get the complete weather forecast for Smyrna, Delaware.
Sunrise and sunset Get sunrise and sunset times from the U. S. Naval Observatory.
Tide Tables Get high and low tide information. Select Leipsic, Leipsic River as the location.
Refuge area closings for hunting Refuge area closings for hunting activities are posted on the Events Calendar page.
Visitor Information page Learn about refuge hours, entrance fees, facilities and contact information. Get driving directions and area maps. Download refuge bird list, auto tour brochure, and public tour route map.
Resources to help you when you get here....
Bird sighting list Located in the hallway entrance to the public restrooms. Check bird sightings posted by refuge visitors.
Visitor Center Stop in to pick up a bird list, public tour route map, or auto tour brochure. Discuss bird sightings with refuge staff or volunteer. Check the latest bird sightings with the eBird Trail Tracker.