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Spring Shorebird Weekend
May 24 - 27,  2018

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Red Knots in flightRed Knot.

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Known as the Shorebird Capital of North America, the majestic Delaware bay shore hosts hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds that are traveling north each spring. The birds stop along this famed area of the east coast to feed upon horseshoe crab eggs and fuel up for their continued journey north. This mass congregation of birds creates a birding spectacle not to be missed. Thousands of shorebirds whirl and feed on the beaches and can be seen at close range. There are at least twenty species of shorebirds passing through to delight even the most veteran birder!


The shining star amongst all of the long distance migrant shorebirds is the endangered rufa Red Knot, a robin-sized and cinnamon colored bird landing upon the bay shore after flying non-stop for 6000-7000 miles! As the prehistoric horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their tiny eggs, masses of Red Knot and other shorebirds can be seen feeding voraciously for as far as the eye can see!


Horseshoe Crabs. Photo by Gina Nichol.It has been guesstimated that 85% of the rufa Red Knot population can be found along the Delaware Bay shoreline these few key weeks in May and there is NO OTHER PLACE on Earth to view this wonder of nature!

In addition to prime shoreline habitats, there are two magnificent National Wildlife Refuges - Bombay Hook and Prime Hook NWR and several other viewing areas possible for this spectacle! Our group will have public and private access to more than 200,000 acres of preserved salt and fresh water marshes allowing us to explore a diversity of habitats filled with flora and fauna unlike any other area along the eastern seaboard!


With the help of some local expert birders, this weekend is sure to offer fantastic birding!
Join us to experience this incredible birding spectacle!


White-rumped Sandpipers Least Sandpipers Dunlin and Semi-palmated Sandpiper.

The tour begins in Lewes, Delaware on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the afternoon.  Plan to arrive by 3-4 PM to check into our accommodation which is just 3 minutes from shorebird heaven.  Once everyone has arrived, we will have our first look at the local coastal habitats and the birds they support.   On Friday and Saturday, May 25 & 26, 2018, we will spending the day birding the area beaches, sanctuaries, and a mix of private and public lands to which we have unique access.  If available, we will also see some local bird banding and surveying operations.  On Sunday, May 27, we do some morning birding before departing the area later in the morning.  Meals include dinner on Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. 


Our accommodations will be at the University of Delaware's Virden Center in Lewes, Delaware.  Surrounded by beautiful wetlands, the Center facilities include a kitchen and dining area where breakfast and some meals will be served and well-appointed guestrooms with king, queen and twin bed configurations with private baths and a screened in porch. 

Quiet, charming, friendly and progressive are used to describe the historic town of Lewes, Delaware. Situated in eastern Sussex County, across the Delaware Bay from Cape May, New Jersey, Lewes is accessible via the Cape May-Lewes Ferry from the New Jersey side or via Delaware-1 south from I-95 south of Wilmington, Delaware.  If there is interest in van service from Connecticut, we may be able to arrange van transportation for an additional fee. Please inquire with for details. 

Photos from top to bottom:  Red Knots in flight, Red Knot, Horseshoe Crabs, Red Knots and other shorebirds, White-rumped Sandpipers, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Semi-palmated Sandpiper. 

Spring Shorebird Weekend
May 24 - 27,  2018
Contact to reserve your space! 


TOUR COST: $895.00 per person based on double occupancy from Lewes, Delaware. Single Supplement: $125.00

INCLUDED: Accommodation at Lewes, Delaware; meals from dinner Thursday to breakfast on Sunday.  Transportation during the tour in the Lewes, Delaware area.  Guiding services of leaders. 

NOT INCLUDED: Transportation to and from Lewes, Delaware before and after the tour, additional meals (other than described above), alcohol, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature.

TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE:  Contact to reserve your space. Then follow up with a completed REGISTRATION FORM> and full payment to Sunrise Birding LLC to secure your space.  Full payment is due at registration.   Check or bank transfer are preferred but credit card payments are possible (surcharges of up to 5% are added depending on amount to cover credit card company fees).  Please inquire with about credit card payments via PayPal.


Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, accommodations, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

Insurance: Sunrise Birding, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 07-0025.

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Questions? Contact Gina Nichol at 
Phone: 203.453.6724