In the fall season, very large number of snow geese in Alaska and Canada migrate south to warmer
areas. In November, many snow geese come to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) along
Delaware Bay in Delaware and stay there for several weeks until the water in that area is frozen. Then
those snow geese leave Bombay Hook NWR and migrate further south.
On the morning of December 4, 2006, I called the Visitor Center at 302-653-6872 of Bombay Hook NWR
to see if those snow geese were still in Bombay Hook NWR. The ranger told me that yes, those snow
geese were still there and there were about 100,000 of them. I asked the ranger about the best time to
see those huge number of snow geese in Bombay Hook NWR. The ranger said that the best time are
(1) morning fly-out around sunrise time of huge number of snow geese taking off from their evening
roosting pond to nearby farm fields to look for foods, and (2) fly-in at sunset time of huge number of
snow geese flying back from nearby farm fields to their evening roosting pond.
With such information, I left at about 1 PM on Monday, December 4, 2006 in Mid-New Jersey and drove
for about two and half hours to reach the Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware.
The spectacular views of the concentrated huge number of snow geese in flight over the Shearness
Pool in Bombay Hook NWR are shown on this web page.
|Many Snow Geese
at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
in Delaware, USA
Many snow geese on the water and the mud flat in Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
A closer view of the snow geese on water on Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
Another closer view of snow geese on water on Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR
Even after sunset, huge waves of snow geese were still flying in from nearby farm fields to their evening
roosting place at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook NWR.
I stayed there to enjoy these spectacular views until it was too dark for me to take any more pictures. It was a
fantastic experience for me to enjoy the views of such high concentration of huge number of snow gees in flight.
In addition to these still pictures, I also took some movie clips of these huge number of snow geese in action
and uploaded the movie clips to the YouTube website at:
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR),
Address of Visitor Center: 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, Delaware 19977
Direction: From Highway 9 (Hay Point Landing Rd) east of Smyrna in Delaware, turn east into Whitehall Neck
Road (county road 85), and go all the way to Visitor Center on left. (There is a sign of Bombay Hook NWR on
Highway 9 at Whitehall Neck Road T intersection)
It is on bay shore of Delaware Bay, about 8 miles northeast of Dover and about 7 miles east of Smyrna in
Has 12 miles of auto tour route in Bombay Hook NWR
Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Bombay Hook NWR
Detailed Maps of Bombay Hook NWR are available at the following website:
The DuPont Blvd (Highway 13) in Smyrna has many stores, strip shopping centers and restaurants.
The sound of the large number of snow geese can be heard mile away even before I saw them at Shearness
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Many snow geese on the farm field of Schillinger's Farm at 328 Rolling Bridge Road, Centerville, Maryland on
January 16, 2014 at about noon time. This farm field is at the junction of Rolling Bridge Road and Route
301(Blue Star Memorial Highway) in Maryland. It is about 43 miles southwest of Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Delaware.
After our 2-week wildlife watching tour of Florida from January 2 to January 16, 2014, on our way driving
back to New Jersey, we visited Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware again in the winter season on January 16,
2014 to see huge number of snow geese in action.
At sunset time, most snow geese fly back to their evening roosting place on an impoundment in Bombay Hook
NWR. However, in most day time, many snow geese fly out to suitable nearby farm field to feed on waste
grains. We were driving in late morning on January 16, 2014 from Maryland to Delaware and saw this huge
group of snow geese feeding on waste grains on this Schillinger's Farm in Maryland.
Zoom in for closer view of snow geese on Schillinger's Farm.
Zoom in some more and we saw a bald eagle (with white head and white tail) on the top was harassing and
causing the commotion among the snow geese on the Schillinger's farm. The high concentration of large
number of snow geese tends to attract predators, such as bald eagles, to come here for easy hunt for a
While driving from Maryland to Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware on January 16, 2014, we saw some
formations of snow geese flying in the sky.
When we were getting closer to Bombay Hook NWR and was driving on the Whitehall Neck Road from
Route 9 toward the Visitor Center of Bombay Hook NWR, we saw another huge group of snow geese on
the farm field eating waste grains on the left side (south side) of Whitehall Neck Road.
Zoom in for closer views of the snow geese on the farm field on the south side of Whitehall Neck Road.
Some more snow geese were flying in to join the huge group on the farm field.
When we arrived at the parking lot of Visitor Center of Bombay Hook NWR, we saw three immature bald
eagles flying in the sky.
These three bald eagles caused quite a commotion among those snow geese on the farm field on south side
of Whitehall Neck Road as shown in the following picture.
While driving on the 9-mile auto tour route in Bombay Hook NWR, we saw this large group of snow geese on
the water, many more were out on the nearby farm fields eating waste grains.
Zoom in for closer views of the snow geese on water in Bombay Hook NWR at about noon time.
This guy must be using a dSLR camera that requires a huge and heavy lens (大砲 ) to be able to get a
close up view of the snow geese very far away on the water in Bombay Hook NWR.
This license plate indicates that the people inside this car must be professional birders who came here in
Bombay Hook NWR to watch huge number of snow geese.
Another immature bald eagle perching on a tree in Bombay Hook NWR.
After our 2-week wildlife watching trip in Florida in January 2014, we were anxious to go home and did not
stay in Bombay Hook NWR until sunset time to watch the spectacular fly-in of wave after wave of huge
number snow geese coming back from various farm fields to their evening roosting impoundments in Bombay
Hook NWR as shown in the pictures above on December 4, 2006.