|Views from the tower are spectacular, as the high viewpoint flattens the perspective over the many birds and plants in the water.
|While driving through the refuge, we also saw many birds in trees and
in the water, looking from a much lower perspective.
|We also saw lots of wildflowers -- and lots of biting flies and mosquitoes!
|A beautiful pond is at the end of one of the roads through the refuge. It's
a very welcome spot, as it was very hot on both days that we visited the refuge.
|At Cape Henlopen, we saw many gulls on the beach.
|Several important species nest at the point in Cape Henlopen Park,
but not in this season.
|The ocean at Cape Henlopen, where there are also wooded trails, bike trails, and a nature center.
The last morning of our stay, we took a long walk on a different beach, Pickering Beach, the closest one to Dover where we were staying. It's a very obscure location, with around 5 public parking spaces, a small path for access, and many private homes backing up to the sand. We heard that there is a whale skeleton nearby, but it was too hot by the time we would have gone looking for it.
|We saw this injured gull (an immature bird) lying in the sand.
|Dunes at Pickering Beach.
We arrived at Pickering Beach around 7:30 AM because it promised to be another hot day. During the first half of our walk, we saw no other people and on the way back, just the gull-rescue woman and a couple of other walkers.
|Pickering Beach is an important nesting site for horseshoe crabs. It's not the nesting season, but we saw many dead ones.