Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is a great place for a weekend getaway, not far from Wilmington near Cambridge, Maryland.  This area is the “Everglades of the Delmarva Peninsula” and offers huge potential for seeing wildlife and outdoor recreation and is about a 2&1/2-hour drive from Wilmington.  On a recent visit, my wife and I explored the refuge’s Wildlife Drive and public roads to the east of the refuge. 

Enjoy the short video I made from highlights of our afternoon visit.  Thousands of Snow Geese get into the air at the slightest movement from a Bald Eagle.  There are Bald Eagles around every corner, so the Snows are up a lot.  I have never seen as many “Blue Geese”, a beautiful color form of Snow Goose, as I have at Blackwater.  Open country birds such as American Pipits and Horned Larks were plentiful.  The Horned Larks in the video were either fighting or courting.  There really is a thin line between love and hate.  The Northern Bobwhite was feeding on a grassy strip along the side of the road in an otherwise snowy landscape. 

Finally, I was unable to capture the highlight of the day on camera.  When we first arrived at Blackwater, thousands of Canada Geese were in the air, spooked by something.  Apparently they don’t spook as easily as Snow Geese, so whatever caused their alarm was serious.  We looked up and saw an adult Golden Eagle swoop down into the geese.  The eagle singled out one of the geese and was in hot pursuit, but the goose escaped unharmed.  Take a trip to Blackwater for a great day of wildlife watching.

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