May 12,13, 2006
Full moon, High tide near noon and Midnight
A friend moved down to Delaware and invited us to visit their beach house on mother's weekend. The bunch of high
school friends are long to have a gathering. Checking the calendar, it was full moon and high tide will be near noon
and midnight. This all seem irrelevant to a reunion, but to the migrating shore birds it is. For the main Delaware Bay
attraction to the migrating shore birds is The Horse Shoe Crab eggs. The horseshoe crab came to spawn on the
highest (Full Moon) tide. It has been a concern that the horseshoe crab population was reduce due to harvesting,
indirectly impacted the population of the shore birds, which depend on the eggs to store enough energy for the
several day nonstop flight to their breeding ground in the north.
Delaware and New Jersey are on the Eastern Coastal Flyway to the migratory birds, boosted with two National Wildlife
Reserves and many state parks and wildlife areas. This is a real opportunity and perfect timing to take the trip.
Cape Henlopen, Prime Hook NWR(National Wildlife Refuge), Pickering Beach, Port Mahen, Bombay Hook NWR, and
Pea Patch Island Rookery were on our itinerary for this birding trip.