|Don't even think about going that way|
I mean really.
Okay, the wedding was lovely. I had a great time and my wife and I planned a mini road trip afterwards. And because she's such a beautiful and thoughtful and loving person, even though she doesn't get this bizarre obsession any more than I do and has pretty much no interest in birds herself, my wife insisted that we include a stop somewhere that I could see some birds. And so I found Bombay Hook.
|Just like Pelee, Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere|
After reading lists and studying the birds I might find there, the first thing I had to know about Bombay Hook was what is up with the name. And it took very little to learn that it's a bastardization of the name given to the area by the Dutch settlers (who purchased the land from the Kahansink people). The Dutch called it Boompjes Hoeck, meaning "Little-tree Point" and, well, Americans being Americans it's now called Bombay Hook.
Almost 16,000 acres of largely tidal salt marshes (and a number of fresh water impoundments) means hundreds of thousands of birds flock here every year including quite a few species I've never seen and don't get much of a chance to see up north -- mainly a lot of shorebirds.
See the highlights after the jump and click on any image to enlarge.