A new addition to our “Birds and Food” The Mid-Atlantic States around the Chesapeake Bay are famous for their seafood. They are also very good birding spots, especially for shorebirds in the late summer and early fall. This tour along the Delaware coast will be easy with no hills to climb, plenty of shorebirds to enjoy and study followed by dinners at some of the best seafood restaurants in the state.
We start conveniently in Philadelphia where we plan to cut our teeth on shorebirds at the wonderful John Heinz NWR at Tinicum. As well as shorebirds, we should get a great selection of resident and early migrants in the surrounding woodlands. We then meander our way down the coast of Delaware birding at some of the finest refuges along the way, including Bombay Hook, Augustine and Little Creek WMA, Prime Hook, Ted Harvey Conservation Area, Mispilion Reserve, Cape Henlopen State Park and many more. Of course this is a shorebirds and Seafood trip, so we have picked out some of the finest seafood restaurants in the state. From local crabs and fresh fish to calamari and lobster pasta, we hope that our selection will whet your appetite for our newest "Birds & Food" tour.
Some of the Birds We Hope to See
Birds we hope to see: Many shorebirds including: Stilt, Western, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Red Knot, Dunlin, Short and Long-billed Dowitchers, Black-bellied, Piping, Semipalmated and American Golden-Plovers, Willet, American Oystercatcher, Black-necked Stilt and American Avocet – and hopefully a few unusual species as well. Also we should see Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Clapper and Virginia Rails, Caspian, Least and Gull-billed Terns, Least Bitterm, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, and many more.