Friends of Bombay Hook Bird Club

FOBH Bird Club

Join us! The Friends' Bird Club focuses on field trips in the fall, winter and spring. Some trips are on the refuge, but others take us to interesting birding sites throughout the region. Everyone, from beginner to veteran expert, is welcome. This is a great way to learn more about birds. If you're an expert, this is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and talk with other birders.

Read about our Bird Club Trips during the last 12 months please see below.

To see the Bird Club trip schedule click here or scroll to the bottom of this page.

Port Mahon Owl Trip Port Mahon Owling Trip on 2-09-20 Highlights

A warmer day owling along the Delaware Bay on the Port Mahon fishing pier compared to last year. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon for the bird club members who worked the distant salt marshes for Short-eared Owls. But no, we got skunked again this year. Reports were the owls were still being seen south of Bowers Beach. A total of 15 birders joined us as we tried to turn distant Northern Harriers working across the marsh into owls. Later we were joined by others awaiting the Wallops Island rocket launch. Finally, with cold hands and cheeks many of us finished the day at Sheridan’s Irish Pub for a hot meal. Come join us on our next bird trip, BJL

Eastern Neck Eastern Neck NWR Birding Trip Highlights 12-08-19

In December Terry Willis led a great birding trip around Eastern Neck NWR. This annual trip was moved back from February to December, which gave us ice-free waterways. We had a good turnout with 15 participants and great weather for this ½ day birding trip. It was very nice to see some new people join us.

At least 10 species of waterfowl were seen around the refuge. Highlights included Am. Widgeon, Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Ruddy Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Black Duck, Scaup species, Swans and Geese. Bird of the day was the Bald Eagle, with individuals and pairs spotted and heard throughout the morning.

A special thanks to Karen Dever for another year of keeping us posted with emails on upcoming bird trips.

Woodland Beach Woodland Beach Birding Trip on 8-18-19

Randy Murphy led his traditional mid summer birding trip at and around Woodland Beach. It was a well-attended trip with 9 participants for a warm summer morning. We started at the Woodland Beach fishing pier, scanning the Delaware Bay and shoreline. Then Randy took us west, just across Duck Creek to DE F&W property where we parked and walked south on the cabin trail. This neck of upland meadows and forest is surrounded by the Duck Creek salt marsh. To the south you can see BHNWR and the Bear Swamp area.

We had 36 species total. The trip produced great views of Marsh Wrens working around several nests, and Red-tail Hawks close and circling with a Bald Eagle. Other highlight birds included: Semi palmated plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Osprey, Wild Turkey, Great Egrets, Snowy Egret, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Virginia Rail. One of the most surprising birds was a Least Bittern perched on a utility wire.

DuPont Nature Center Migrating Shorebirds Trip on 5-26-19

Marcia and Bruce led a late spring birding trip to the DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Light. The field trip was timed for viewing migrating shorebirds on an ebb tide. The wind and tides all came together to produce thousands of migrating shorebirds feeding along the low tide shoreline. A total of 19 participants met at 9:30 a.m. as we scoped through shorebirds on the shoreline of the Mispillion River. We had enough scopes to provide great close-up views of many shorebird species for all participants. Best birds included: Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Willet, and Short-billed Dowitcher. Many had nice views of a nesting pair of Osprey. In addition, Diamond-backed Terrapins were popping their heads up watching us as we watched them. At the end of the bird trip we were informed by Dr. Jean Woods that a Wilson’s Plover had been spotted earlier that morning.

In all, it was a good morning birding and an opportunity for many to see the Delaware Bay spring shorebird migration for the first time.

Eastern Neck Waterfowl Birding Trip on 3-17-19

The Spring Waterfowl birding trip through Bombay Hook NWR produced some nice birds. A total of 12 duck species were found plus Tundra Swans and Canada Geese. A total of 43 bird species were recorded on the bird trip.

We had nice weather for this three-hour bird trip that included 11 participants. Highlights included: Wilson’s snipe, Bald Eagle, American Widgeon, Wood Duck, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Dark eyed Junco. Suggested best birds included Ring necked Duck, Northern Shoveler, American Avocet, and Virginia rail.

We extend many thanks to John Janowski as our guest co-leader.

Owl bird watch
Port Mahon Owling Trip on 2-17-19

It was a brisk day owling along the Delaware Bay on the Port Mahon fishing pier. On a late Sunday afternoon a very hardy bunch of bird club members worked the distant salt marshes for Short eared Owls. .

No luck, we got skunked this year. Only gulls and Northern Harrier were seen gliding across the marsh. However as you can see our group had a fun time keeping warm.

Eastern Neck FOBH Bird Club (2-3-19)

Terry Willis led a very nice birding trip to several of his favorite spots at Eastern Neck NWR. We had great weather for this ½ day birding trip.

Over 35 bird species were recorded. With all bay areas still ice covered, the ducks (9 species) were concentrated in open water under the entrance bridge providing great close views. Highlights included Long-tail Duck, Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Hooded Merganser, Scaup species, Swans and Geese. Upland species highlights included Yellow-bellied sapsucker, Brown creeper, Brown-headed Nuthatch, many Bald Eagles, Red Shouldered Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk and Swamp Sparrow. Pictures by Annemarie Hamilton

Due to the coronavirus all Friends of Bombay Hook activities through the end of May have been canceled. Please return to stay up to date.

Date Meeting Place Walk Description
Check back for updates, 2021 has got to be better!

Please see the Events Calendar for additional birding presentations.

We encourage you to join Marcia Poling for warbler walks throughout the spring for Bombay Hook NWR. Details can be found on the Bombay Hook National Wildlife website under Calendar of Events.

Additional walks may be planned but have not yet been scheduled. Check back here to keep up to date.

Meeting places and times, schedule changes and last minute updates are sent by email. To be on the list, please contact Karen Dever at
eBird's list of Bombay Hook's bird entries.
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