Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Dover

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,978 acres (64.66 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located along the eastern coast of Kent County, Delaware, United States, on Delaware Bay. It was established on March 16, 1937 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory and wintering waterfowl along the Atlantic Flyway. The Refuge was purchased from local land owners with federal duck stamp funds.
Today, the refuge protects wildlife of all kinds, with emphasis on all migratory birds. The refuge also contains the Allee House, a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a stop on Delaware's Coastal Heritage Greenway.

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  • Came over to see the birds. Wife tried out a new spotting scope she got for her birthday. Saw eagles, shockers, nesting swans, coots, all kinds of herons, and avocets. Nice viewpoints. Nice...  more »
  • It was ok for a quick drive to see the marsh and a few birds. Was hoping for some hiking, but some trails were closed and some were so short, I wouldn't call it a hike. Walked up two towers, nice...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful national Park and part of the east coast migratory bird highway. You can see tens of thousands of bird fly through here if you are lucky. Really brings you back to nature. Lots of different paths to drive along and some people here taking photos are definitely professionals. Just don't block the roads, and don't make any noise. Absolutely do not honk your horn, you'll bother the birds.
  • OK, I came for the 12 miles of gravel road experience on my motorcycle, but the wildlife was spectacular. Bird watchers were happy to explain what they spotted, and share their telescopes. I watched bald eagles pluck fishes from a lagoon, and saw the close-up replay on a photographer's screen. In the attached shot, 5 eagles are fighting over a fish on a little island. Best $4 spent lately.
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