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In 1998, Greg zig-zagged 130,000 miles across the USA, while trying to hold down a full-time job, aspiring to reach at least 700 species of birds in one calendar year. "The Big Year," a novel by Mark Obmascik detailed his travails alongside two competitors. The book was later turned into a movie of the same title that starred Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson!

Mid Atlantic – Day 6

Waiting in the dark for the first ferry from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE
Waiting in the dark for the first ferry from Cape May, NJ to Lewes, DE – photo by Greg Miller

 

We got an early start this morning. Our first item on the itinerary was taking the Cape May, NJ-to-Lewes, DE ferry departing at 7:00am. We had all 3 scoter species from the ferry today: Surf, White-winged, and Black Scoters.

We landed in Delaware and drove immediately to Cape Henlopen State Park. We easily found Brown-headed Nuthatches at the Nature Center. And the view from the hawk watch platform produced many Northern Gannetts.

We birded the coast of Delaware, the highlight being Bombay Hook NWR. We saw hundreds of American Avocets and a handful of Marbled Godwits. But we dipped on Hudsonian Godwit. We had several very distant Greater Yellowlegs and Willets which were close, but not the real thing.

Today was our last full day of birding in the Mid Atlantic. We saw 88 species today bringing our tour total to 137 species. Our year total is 525 species.

Finis Pool at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware
Finis Pool at Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware – photo by Greg Miller

 

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