We will be running our Delaware Bay, shorebird, horseshoe crab weekend trip again this year, May 25-27. We will meet in Lewes, Delaware at the Beacon Motel parking lot at 3 PM on Friday the 25th and bird from then until dark at Cape Henlopen State Park. We will bird all day Saturday at several great places on the Delaware Bay that are famous for the Horseshoe Crab eggs that feed the migrating shorebirds including the threatened Red Knots. On Saturday we go to Broad Kill Beach Rd., Prime Hook NWR, Satellite Beach, Mispillion Lighthouse, Foster Beach etc. Then back to Lewes at dark with dinner on your own.
Sunday morning we will check out and drive to Port Mahon and Bombay Hook NWR, further up the Delaware Bay. After those two places, we will have bag lunches, and do the check list at the picnic area at Bombay Hook, then head home probably around 2-3 PM.
Arrangements have been made for a discounted group rate on 14 rooms at the Beacon Motel for the nights of May 25th and 26th. Trip reservations are needed and the limit is 20. Call or email Ray to sign up. Once you sign up then Audubon will contact you with instructions on how to pay the fee: $45 for members/$55 for non-members. Ray’s cell number is 571-286-7856. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray will hold a shorebird identification class, and discuss the natural history of the Horseshoe Crabs on Friday night in the motel lobby for those who are interested after dinner, probably around 8 PM. Bring your Shorebirds 101, and The Horseshoe Crab handouts to the class. Ray will email them to you once you sign up so you can study in advance.
Also remember to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and, of course, binoculars. Scopes will be very useful if you have them. This is also a great trip for photographers.