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Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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Peep101
Oak Ridge, TN10 contributions
Favorite Place In The USA
Apr 2021
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, turtles and raccoons. It is a great place to go if you like birds but have difficulty with walking. All of my photos are taken from my car or next to my car on the auto tour road which goes through all kinds of habitat. I go the last week of April and the first two weeks of May for these reasons: 1) Quantity and diversity of birds (Check seasons of wildlife on the official government Bombay Hook website so you see the birds you want to see); 2) the water hasn't been lowered so the water birds are closer to the shore (June was not good in 2020 for this reason); 3) the songbirds are plentiful; 4) less biting bugs because weather is cooler; 5) kids still in school so less crowded on weekdays. Tips: Get there within an hour of sunrise for the best experience. It dies off around 10:00A at this particular time of year so don't arrive at noon and be disappointed. It's a long wildlife drive but it is paved and there are speed bumps. Use the restroom at the Visitor's Center when you arrive. There are portable johns by some trailheads. Bring bug spray. If you have a DSLR camera, don't go lower than a 300mm lens on the extended end. Check for current Covid rules on the official government website before you go.
Written October 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Douglas M
Collingswood, NJ118 contributions
Roseate spoonbills! and much more
Aug 2021
It has been many years since we visited Bombay Hook and my wife and I had a great time in-car birding on a very hot, buggy day. The highlight of the show was the refuge’s star accidentals, a group of four roseate spoonbills who have settled in to the largest pond area. Although summer is not the best time for birding, we saw osprey, eagles (including a pair of juveniles), great and snowy egrets in abundance, great blue herons ((including one chasing another in flight), an assortment of challenging shore birds, and numerous other species. A wonderful few hours of birding.
Written August 24, 2021
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Smiles4miles
Tallahassee, FL1,024 contributions
Preferred Bombay over Prime Hook
Apr 2021
This is a lovely wildlife refuge filled with hundreds and hundreds of shore birds, egrets and herons included. We enjoyed walking a couple of trails and since we visited in April, we had no issues with mosquitoes. The refuge is very quiet and the visitors all seemed respectful of the need for it to stay that way. Two or three hours here will be sufficient to walk and birdwatch and enjoy the marshes. We much preferred this refuge over Prime Hook.
Written August 20, 2021
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Brita S
Aberdeen, NJ41 contributions
Great birding spot
Jun 2021
We loved driving through this refuge and saw many birds, especially shore birds, egrets, herons etc
The only word of advice I would give is that hiking is not great during summer, as the flies and mosquitos are very bother some. But you can get great views and photos of birds just from the road.
Written July 2, 2021
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Johnny J
Baltimore, MD870 contributions
Saturday in mid-April
Apr 2021 • Couples
Came over to see the birds. Wife tried out a new spotting scope she got for her birthday. Saw eagles, shockers, nesting swans, coots, all kinds of herons, and avocets. Nice viewpoints. Nice weather. Plenty of people there, but not too many. VC closed because of COVID.
Written April 19, 2021
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Me H
New Milford, CT253 contributions
Ok for a quick drive to see a few birds and marsh land
Oct 2020
It was ok for a quick drive to see the marsh and a few birds. Was hoping for some hiking, but some trails were closed and some were so short, I wouldn't call it a hike. Walked up two towers, nice view. Thought we would spend some time there, but it really wasn't worth it.
Written October 12, 2020
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,083 contributions
Know Before You Go
Jan 2020
If you decide to visit during the month of January, here are some tips.

✔️Bring exactly $4.00 in cash to pay the entrance fee.
✔️Bring a pen to complete the entrance card.
✔️Pack a roll of transparent tape if you would like to tape the entrance card to your windshield.
✔️Due to the glare from the water, pack sunglasses.
✔️Remember to bring your zoom lens, binoculars, and scope.
✔️Bring your own food and water. While trash cans are available, a trash bag may be helpful.
✔️Do you have enough gas? Fuel? Epi pen? Medicine?
✔️As cellular coverage is hit-or-miss, does someone know where you are?
✔️The bathrooms are OPEN.
✔️Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
✔️Suggestion: Turn OFF your music so as to enjoy the sounds of bird life.
✔️If you are in a rush, skip this one altogether.
Written May 25, 2020
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ald3114
Philly, PA202 contributions
Great for birders and nature enthusiasts
May 2020 • Family
Either auto tour or walking the trails and climbing the observatory towers are both great ways to see the wildlife. Some birds appeared to be very photogenic. Went during temporary no fee period for Delaware state parks due to covid. We saw fidler crabs, butterflies, bees, geese, gulls, red winged black birds, herons, osprey, catbirds, woodpeckers, flickers, etc. Leased dogs are also allowed. Would go again during feeding or mating periods to see more wildlife.
Written May 10, 2020
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MSmith338
Alexandria, VA188 contributions
Aaahhh
Feb 2020 • Couples
What a wonderful walk through the marshes. Hundreds (thousands?) of White Canadian Geese afloat. What a racket they make—nature at its best.
Written February 2, 2020
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,083 contributions
Know Before You Go
Jan 2020 • Solo
If you decide to visit during the month of January, here are some tips.

✔️Bring exactly $4.00 in cash to pay the entrance fee.
✔️Bring a pen to complete the entrance card.
✔️Pack a roll of transparent tape if you would like to tape the entrance card to your windshield.
✔️Due to the glare from the water, pack sunglasses.
✔️Remember to bring your zoom lens, binoculars, and scope.
✔️Bring your own food and water. While trash cans are available, a trash bag may be helpful.
✔️Do you have enough gas? Fuel? Epi pen? Medicine?
✔️As cellular coverage is hit-or-miss, does someone know where you are?
✔️The bathrooms are OPEN.
✔️Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
✔️Suggestion: Turn OFF your music so as to enjoy the sounds of bird life.
✔️If you are in a rush, skip this one altogether.
Written January 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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