Bird Watching at Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

2591 Whitehall Neck Rd., Smyrna, Delaware The Kahanasinks were the first known occupants of this appealing sprawl of marshland, tidal

2591 Whitehall Neck Rd., Smyrna, Delaware

The Kahanasinks were the first known occupants of this appealing sprawl of marshland, tidal stream, freshwater ponds, and timbered swamps. In 1679 the Native Americans sold part of the area to Dutch settlers from New York, who hunted birds, trapped muskrats, and cut salt hay from the marshes.

Bombay Hook now encompasses 15,978 acres and is one link in a chain of waterfowl refuges established in the 1930s along major migratory routes. Some 300 species have been observed since the refuge opened. Waterfowl abound, especially in March and November; shorebirds, wading birds, and songbirds are most evident during May, August, and September. Others for whom this is a haven include owls, woodpeckers, and hawks.

Short walking trails and a long, winding automobile trail lead through the area, which is a habitat for foxes, river otters, beavers, and varieties of turtles, snakes, salamanders, and frogs. An information center is open on weekdays during spring and fall.

Refuge open year-round.

http://bombayhook.fws.gov

(302) 653-6872

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest