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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware

4.7
#2 of 8 in Wildlife in Delaware
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  • We try to drive thru Bombay Hook during each season every year. The birding is great. we have spotted and eagles, snow geese, Canadian Geese,semi palmated sand pipers, dunlin, dowitchers,yellow legs, ...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful wildlife refuge. If you are a bird watcher, you won't be disappointed. If you aren't, you may be inspired to become one, or just enjoy the scenic beauty this place has to offer. T...  more »
  • We have been going up to Bombay Hook regularly for the past 3 weeks. We have seen many eagles-both bald and golden, Canadian Geese with their goslings, egrets, great blue herons and many, many more. T...  more »
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  • What's good: Absolute paradise for Bird watchers in Delaware. Best season to visit is in the fall when the place is crowded with water fowls and herons. However the place won't let you down anytime of the year, you will get pretty much something birds around. What's not : The place is in pristine natural self and park authorities have not made much human structures and roads. If you have a truck or SUV it's fun, otherwise ok. Carry insect repellent, apply with generous doses and mimosas nature full clothing to cover yourself else be prepared for the onslaught.
  • This place is really nice and great way to spend a day without spending a lot of money. The trails are great and the viewing towers are even better. The only thing bad I will say is that there is no where to get drinkable water on the refuge. The gift shop and education center doesn't have any food or drink concessions, no vending machines. Take a cooler with you.
  • A beautiful and stunning place to visit for bird watchers and nature lovers. Watch out fit the bitting flees in summer though. Great for photography. Entrance fee is nominal.
  • Lots of birds here! It's a big refuge and I easily spent 5+ hours here. The observation towers on some of the walking trails offer really nice views, just be careful climbing the steep stairs. My favorite trail was the Boardwalk Trail. Along it I saw and heard tons of Marsh Wrens, Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and Seaside Sparrows, as well as Willow Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, Green Herons, and many more. There are a lot of ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting bugs so definitely bring some bug spray if you go during the warmer months. The entry fee is only $4/car, just be sure to bring cash since I don't think they take cards.
  • Loved visiting here. It's about a 2-hr drive from the DC area and well worth it. Apparently, there are birds that migrate through all season long. My girlfriend and I (both in our mid-20s) found ourselves surrounded by retired folks carrying high-end binoculars and telescopes around. Luckily for us, the visitor center was kind enough to lend binoculars and the "regulars" would sometimes let us look through their scopes. The refuge itself is a nice drive. You can stop wherever you want, get out, look around, snap photos, and then continue along. You can also bike. I would recommend going between winter/spring or fall/winter seasons to get a decent amount of warmth without the bugs.

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