This blog is to support birding classes taught at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in association with the University of Delaware, as well as Sussex Bird Club and Prime Hook NWR field trip information.
This post is to provide links to web sites offering good birding opportunities in Panama. Sally and I have visited these locations (like Canopy Tower, above), or used the services of these providers (like Victor Emanuel Nature Tours), and have been very pleased with them.
Winds Wed are forecast to be WNW 21 to 25 kt, with gusts as high as 40 kt. The High temp is forecast to be 33 deg F. As you probably know, Indian River Inlet is exposed, and usually feels much colder than anywhere else nearby. We wish all a Happy and Safe Holiday. Bill and Sally
RE the video, I will try again, but I am guessing the video file was too large. So for now here is the latest pic after I set up a mister to get her bathing and fanning her tail.
Previous - Many of you saw this Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird on the field trip to our house about 2 weeks ago. Hopefully the below linked video of this little darling taken today works for you. She really does bring a smile to Sally every time she arrives.
The current radar looks good. The chance of rain is listed as 40% by NOAA. So our field trip is ON and I will be at Gordon's Pond parking lot just north of Rehoboth at 8 am. Rob Blye will be assisting me. Sally will be home recovering under the care of a Cadbury home caregiver.
It will be cool and windy, with perhaps a sprinkle, so dress appropriately.
On this field trip we observed 45 species, including a few notables such as a Rufous/Allen's type Hummingbird, and a Golden Eagle. The eagle came by the hawk watch late, so most class members had already left. Two other lesser highlights were a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the hawk watch, and a very close and cooperative Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Oyster Rocks Rd.
In the Fintel's yard we had several questions about feeders, so following are a few links:
The Wood Bark Suet Sandwich Woodpecker Feeder is available through Amazon. (click for link)
The Droll Yankee Domed Cage Feeder is also available through Amazon. Remember that the dome on this feeder is not squirrel proof, so it should be protected by a squirrel baffle. Good squirrel baffles are available locally at Ace hardware, etc.
The Humzinger Hummingbird Feeder is also available through Amazon, as is the Ant Trap.
Our favorite suet recipe is:
Melt Bird Suet
Fintel and WildBird Magazine,Dec. 1994
oz. crunchy peanut butter
cups (1 lb.) lard – no substitutions
cups quick oats
cups yellow corn meal
cups white flour
cup granulated sugar
lard and peanut butter together over low heat. Remove from heat and thoroughly
mix in remaining ingredients. Transfer to shallow Styrofoam veggie or meat
containers. Cover & store in refridge or freeze. Slice and use to fill suet
stick, as needed. Birds love this all year round.
In spite of the forecast of showers, we had 12 hardy birders meet us at 8 am at the Nature Center. It did rain some, but everyone was prepared....or hardy. Following are the highlight birds from today:
Great Blue Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Our total species count was 23 species, which is low, but okay for the weather we had. I will compile a combined checklist for our 5 field trips, and we will review it in our last class.
The major highlight today was a second Peregrine Falcon flying by us at Herring Point with a bird in its talons. Incredibly, this bird escaped letting out a shriek, and it turned out to be a Merlin. The Merlin was VERY mad, and started attacking the Peregrine. Both birds eventually departed looking healthy, although with a few ruffled feathers. The Peregrine was an immature. Below is a picture of an adult Peregrine taken by John Long on a Sussex Bird Club field trip at Cape Henlopen in 2015.
As promised, the link to Delaware Birds
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