It was such a gorgeous weekend that we leaped from our respective beds at the crack of 9:30 on Sunday morning with but one thought in mind, but after taking care of that, we decided to take a day trip out somewhere to View Nature (preferably in the form of ducks). Checking around, I saw that scads of Scoters were still advertised off the Delaware coast around Henlopen, so we agreed that was the place to go, particularly as I remembered that it was only about 1 1/2 hours or so to get there. Once again, my memory was less than accurate – it ended up being a 3 1/2 hour haul there (including a leisurely and very satisfying lunch in Denton, Del.), and when we finally arrived at the coast, there was not a Scoter to be seen. Presumably the sky-darkening flocks had moved out on Saturday or something. Still, it was a very nice trip – a couple of Bald Eagles along the highway, Brown-headed Nuthatches in the refuge itself, and at various points in the water we had Red-throated and Common Loons, Red-breasted Mergansers, a single Red-necked Grebe (nice theme there), Brant, Double-crested Cormorants, Gannets close on-shore fishing, and the usual Gulls. Laughing Gulls were inland on the various floody spots in the fields, but not on the shore. The only shorebirds we spotted were a single flock of Sanderlings at a distance. Perhaps it was just too warm and they were upcoast from us, or perhaps we should have got there before 2 pm.. It was a very pleasant day, though, and it was nice to get out to the beach; I was just surprised to see so many sunbathers on the sand in late March. It must be a bit uncomfortable for them to have us toting scopes and binoculars around like that, but at least it wasn’t a nude beach – birding at Moonstone beach up in Rhode Island was always an interesting experience.
It’s been a nice May so far!