For the past few weeks, I've wanted to explore Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE. Lums Pond spans over 200 acres and is surrounded by several hundred acres of new-growth woodlands, which serve as breeding grounds for a number of songbird species. The trails are mostly flat and the North side of the pond is divided into 6 areas, each of which has parking and trails to the water—all perfect for someone who can’t tolerate too much continuous walking. Hannah Greenberg, who works at the park, had been seeing a number of great birds including a Prothonotary Warbler, which would be a lifer for me. So, Hannah and I decided to take a trip down to Lums Pond on April 26th!
Hannah and I started off at the visitor’s center, and took a short walk to the Northwest corner of the pond. We were hoping to see shorebirds, wading birds, and some migrating songbirds along the way. Because we didn’t arrive at the park until about 10:30-11:00am, most birds had quieted down and there wasn’t too much songbird action. We did, however, hear my First-of-Year (FOY) Ovenbird and White-eyed Vireo. Along the trail, we saw a muskrat that was transporting some greenery to its den, which was a wonderful surprise.