Wednesday, April 12, 2017

No Birding Class today

You should have gotten an email from Renee, but in case you did not here it is again.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Osher Spring Birding in the Field and Classroom

All classes will begin at 8 am and end by 11 am. The meeting locations are shown below. We are trying to arrange for a suitable meeting room at the locations, but in some instances we may have the classroom session outdoors, and on some days we may not have a classroom session. Be sure to check Bill’s blog for any last minute instructions or change in plans. He will update it by 6 am on the day of a class.

April 12 – Cape Henlopen Nature Center (park tag req’d)

April 19 and 26 – NO CLASS

May 3 – Prime Hook NWR Headquarters

May 10 – Cape Henlopen Nature Center (park tag req’d)

May 17 – Gordon’s Pond Parking Lot (park tag req’d)

May 24 – Prime Hook NWR Headquarters. From there we will carpool to the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion . If you wish to join the group at Mispillion, please make prior arrangements with Sally.

Be sure to bring binoculars, a hat and rain repellent jacket. Water, a snack, insect repellent and long pants are all recommended.

If you are unable to attend a class, please contact Sally or Bill so we can contact someone on the Wait List.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thinking Fishing 2017

What better subject can 3 penguins be thinking about than fishing?

Me, Ed and Mikey.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Harbingers of Spring....or Holdovers from Winter

All I can say is that at least 4 people showed up for this morning's Sussex Bird Club field trip with NE winds of 15+ mph and light to moderate rain. We all looked at each other trying to figure out who was the most crazy. I finally accepted the "most crazy" award for naming the field trip "Harbingers of Spring".

In a nutshell, no harbingers of spring were found, meaning no Piping Plover, no Osprey, and no Laughing Gulls.

We did have great looks at many Northern Gannets close inside the point at Cape Henlopen, a single adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, many Brant, several male Red-breasted Mergansers with their crests blown backwards over their heads, and some gorgeous close Buffleheads from the bridge over Canary Creek at the Coast Guard station.

So spring has yet to spring here in the Lewes area.

Please see the Sussex Bird Club website Calendar page for future field trips.

Shorebirds and Horseshoe Crab Connection on DE Bay Beaches

This is a great video

Soon we will be able to experience this special event in 2017.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prime Hook NWR Birding Field Trip Sun, 2/26/17

We had a good, but COLD field trip with 12 participants. Winds were out of the NW at 20+ mph and temps were in the 30's when we began. Highlights were 110 American Avocets in the impoundment on the right of Broadkill Beach Rd, a drop dead view of a male American Wigeon just off the Boardwalk Trail, an adult Bald Eagle chasing a Snow Goose, 24 E. Meadowlarks with most being along Cods Rd., and amazing views of 2,500+ Snow Geese NW of Cods Rd. Come to find out later, in among them was a lone Pink-footed Goose...a vagrant from Europe.

Many thanks to Sue Gruver for compiling our below list for 2/26/17:
Sent: 2/26/2017 12:33:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: eBird Report - Prime Hook NWR, Feb 26, 2017
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex, Delaware, US
Feb 26, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
Comments:     walk for the Refuge, at HQ's, Broadkill Beach Rd., Prime Hook Beach Rd. Fowler Beach Rd.
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose  2500
Canada Goose  20
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  3
American Black Duck  95
Mallard  2
Northern Shoveler  1000
Northern Pintail  112
Green-winged Teal  85
Greater Scaup  30
Surf Scoter  9
Bufflehead  14
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  1     flew over our heads on the Boardwalk trail
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  10
American Avocet  110
Killdeer  2
Sanderling  1
Dunlin  45
Greater Yellowlegs  20
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  30
Herring Gull  25
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  4
gull sp.  75
Mourning Dove  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  35
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  65
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  16
White-throated Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Red-winged Blackbird  85
Eastern Meadowlark  24
Common Grackle  12
American Goldfinch  2

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nov 16, 2016 Fall Birding OLLI Field Trip to Indian River and more

This trip is a GO....and it should be good. Just today I was out on the Chesapeake Bay fishing and saw lots of good winter waterfowl and seabirds. A few nice examples were Long-tailed Duck, Horned Grebe, N. Gannet, and Common Loon.

So I look forward to seeing all who can make tomorrow's trip. The weather looks great, and I expect many good birds.

Bill & Sally

And my apologies to those who missed my last weeks blog post that that trip was cancelled due to a forecast of all morning rain and drizzle.....which did happen, but not as severe as forecast.