To the far-flung places – A year in review (1)

It has occurred to me that I have not blogged for some time. In fact I have not blogged much at all this year.

Perhaps there has been to much life to live! Well, it is near the end of year now and maybe it is time to reflect a bit on the past year.

Although the title of my blog is “Traveler at home”, and I do believe that to appreciate nature — or life for that matter — one must first learn to appreciate what’s around him or her. However, from time to time, I do make excursions to places, some quite far.

In May, around the time of Memorial Day weekend, we made a trip to the Delaware Bay. We timed this trip to see the spawning of the Horseshoe Crabs. Despite the somewhat bad weather, we did witness this nature’s spectacle in person for the first time.  To see these ancient, armored, and almost alien creatures emerge from the ocean to the beach is an experience one unlikely to forget, and to think that there was a time when these creatures thus emerged, Pterosaurs were patrolling the skies gives me chills in my spine.

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

The eggs of the Horseshoe Crabs provide nutrition for migrating birds, such as these Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Sandpipers

Sandpipers

At night, under the dim moonlight, clusters of Horseshoe Crabs keep arriving onshore, one of the most eerie scenes I’ve seen in nature.

Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

The Delaware Bay is also renowned birding “hotspot”, near the end of Spring migration, there were still many shorebirds around, such as this endangered Piping Plover.

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

At Cape Henlopen, we even saw a pod of feeding dolphins.

Dolphin

Dolphin

If you live on the east coast of the United States and have not seen the Horseshoe Crabs spawning and the Spring bird migration, I suggest you add the Delaware Bay to your “places to visit” list for next Memorial Day!

For more about this trip, you may visit the dedicated pages for this trip on my website.

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