Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Dover

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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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  • We were in the area and my wife loves natural beauty and wanted to see this nature preserve. Off season instead of green there are seas of earth tones. There were still a lot of migratory birds, as....  more
    We were in the area and my wife loves natural beauty and wanted to see this nature preserve. Off season instead of green there are seas of earth tones. There were still a lot of migratory birds, as....  more »
  • I live in TN but 2 - 3 weeks every year, I visit this refuge to take bird photos. It is my favorite place in the USA. In 2021, I saw over 30 different types of birds plus foxes, rabbits, snakes... 
    I live in TN but 2 - 3 weeks every year, I visit this refuge to take bird photos. It is my favorite place in the USA. In 2021, I saw over 30 different types of birds plus foxes, rabbits, snakes...  more »
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  • 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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