Red Knots & Horseshoe Crabs

The full moon in May brings the Horseshoe Crabs on the shore to lay their eggs. An essential food source for the long traveling Red Knot, thousands of shore birds can be seen dining on this delicacy.

Come on an exciting road trip to the Delaware Bay to enjoy and photograph these beautiful birds. A number of stops will be along the way, ending at Bombay Hook NWR.

Departure will be from the Bay 50 Shopping Center on Whitehall Road and Route 50. Park in the front of the lot and we will carpool from there.

Bring plenty of memory and battery for your camera and the best telephoto you have available. Pack a picnic lunch as we'll dine at the DuPont Nature Center.

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  • Dmitri T.

    Emily,
    Thank you for organizing the trip yesterday and for driving us around all day!

    Dotty,
    Thank you for IDing the birds for me!

    I posted lots of photos. If you think some are redundant or of poor quality, feel free to delete them.

    2 · May 15

    • Emily M.

      Great having you Dmitri and you did such a wonderful job saving all those Horseshoe Crabs. We were a great team out there. Until next time.

      May 16

  • Dotty

    By the way, looks like all the dowitchers--at least in my photos--are short-billed dowitchers.
    It's been fun to see everyone's photos--many look just like mine! We all pushed our shutters at the same time :)

    1 · May 16

    • Emily M.

      I agree with only seeing Short-Billed Dowitchers. It wasn't an option on the regular ebird list either.

      May 16

  • Dotty

    The clapper rail sighting was a spectacular way to end our day of ruddy turnstones, black-bellied plovers, dowitchers and sandpipers--plus we had a very cooperative blue grosbeak pair! Thank you Emily! and nice to meet everyone :)

    1 · May 15

    • Emily M.

      Loved having you with us Dotty. It was wonderful having a birding expert along with us to help with ID's. Indeed, the Clapper Rail was one of the many highlights. Black Skimmers, Black Necked Stilts..we could go on and on. Until next time. :-)

      1 · May 15

  • Dotty

    Great locations, great birds, fun people.

    1 · May 15

  • Penny C.

    Even though the Red Knots weren't there yet, there were lots of birds I hadn't seen before! And, we did get to rescue some crabs from the rip rap and saw a Red Fox at Bombay Hook. An all-round awesome day with great folks. Thanks, Emily!

    2 · May 15

    • Emily M.

      They were at the DuPont nature Center where the French film crew. There was a live feed within the visitor center, but it was offline when we got there. There was a snapshot of them. It was a super day! Thanks for coming out and great to spend time with you.

      May 15

  • Chuck S.

    Will be going, but plan to head back early afternoon. Anyone welcome to join me. Look forward to meeting all of you.

    1 · May 8

    • Emily M.

      Sounds good to me Chuck, I want to get home between 4-5pm at the latest too. All depends on the tide and the weather.

      May 9

    • Emily M.

      Missed you yesterday Chuck. The weather ended up being great and perfect lighting for shooting all day.

      May 15

  • V

    Hello, I just found this group today. Will you be taking this trip again in June? I would really love to go. Thanks!

    1 · May 14

    • Emily M.

      Hi V, this trip is a timing thing based on the migration of Red Knots and other shore birds and the egg laying of Horseshoe Crabs. The next two weeks are the time to go to the Delaware Bay area - Jersey/Delaware all along the coastline. See our calendar for other events in June.

      May 15

  • senthil

    My apologies, I could not make it to the event today. The pictures are stunning. If may ask what focal length length we need for this group.

    1 · May 14

    • Emily M.

      Missed you Senthil. Most shooters have at least 300mm, the longer the better. A Prosumer with 50X will go a long way too.

      May 15

  • Bob B.

    Is the Red Knot photography in the morning or after lunch?

    1 · May 9

    • Emily M.

      Every stop we'll be capturing birds of all varieties. Last year we saw a total count over 100 species, so who knows what we'll come across. It's a springtime discovery trip.

      May 9

  • Robert

    Sorry, on a weekday it's usually impossible for me. I did post some pictures from our Bombay NWR trip though :-)

    1 · May 8

    • Emily M.

      We'll miss you Robert. This trip is scheduled with the full moon when the horseshoe crabs are most present, along with the shorebirds that eat their eggs. On the Discussion Tab, you can click on my latest message which has the map and info on where to go if you want to go on your own.

      May 9

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