Above: American Woodcock along Fowler Beach Road, Jan 13, 2011, by Chuck Fullmer
Lois was a longtime member of the Sussex Bird Club and served ably as its president. Bruce Lantz, has utilized the funds raised for his mother's memory to install an Osprey platform in Jefferson Creek. This is on the North side of Little Assawoman Bay in the South Bethany area. As you can see in the photos, a pair of Ospreys have already moved in.
This Winter, the platform had some Bald Eagles stop by!
4/20 - Monthly meeting May 8 (Mother's Day) details on calendar page
4/10 - April, May and June field trips are up on the CALENDAR page.
3/23 - From a Prime Hook NWR press release:
The eastern most mile of Fowler Beach Road remains an active construction site and will remain closed until Mid-July.
3/15 - The results from our survey are available: CLICK HERE.
2/22 - Fundraiser for the Bird-a-thon
SAVE THE DATE!
Dining for Dollars
Roadrunners Bird-A-Thon Team is hosting their second annual fundraiser on April 26, 2016 beginning at 5:30pm
Delaware Distilling Company located at 18693 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach
15% of the proceeds from diners that evening will go towards the 2016 DOS Bird-A-Thon
featuring a silent auction with many exciting items offered
bring a friend and dine for a cause!
On this Tuesday evening, Feb. 23rd, Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife's Wildlife Advisory Board will be holding a public meeting at 7:30 PM in the Richardson & Robbins Building in Dover. Item #4 on the Agenda is "Public Request for Council Support Regarding Sunday Hunting for Deer, ....".
This IS the opportunity for birders and all non-consumptive users in all of Delaware's Wildlife Areas (such as the new Ashton Tract and Ted Harvey) to attend the meeting and voice your opinion on Sunday hunting. This is a public hearing and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.
2/6 - If you are going to be in Northern Virginia in late March, you may want to check out the film below:
Announcing a Special Viewing of the Award-winning Songbird Documentary
March 29th at 7:30 pm
Cinema Arts Theatre at 9650 Main Street, Fairfax, VA
Pre-ordered tickets only, $10 per person
Based upon the award-winning book, Silence of the Songbirds, authored by the esteemed Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, The Messenger is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion, and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide. The film takes viewers on a visually stunning, emotional journey revealing how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.
“What we’re seeing with these songbird declines is 40 or 50 years in a row of the populations getting lower and lower. So we have only half the birds we did back in the 1960’s.” -- Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
View these outtakes with Dr. Stutchbury!
12/29 - We have several new items.
New Club Officers
President - Sharon Lynn
VP Field Trips - Bill Fintel
Treasurer - Susie Ball
Dues are due
Sussex Bird Club annual dues are:
If you wish to join or renew, please make checks out to Sussex Bird Club. Click HERE for a membership application. Renewals do not need to fill out an application, unless your contact information has changed.
Mail (Or give to her at a meeting) applications and checks made out to "Sussex Bird Club" to our treasurer:
15 Fairway Dr
Rehoboth DE 19971
Be sure to include your mailing address and email address so that you can receive periodic newsletters. (Note: We do NOT share email addresses.)
British Bird Sound App - Ruby Merriman provided the following (only works for Windows smartphones):
I thought your members and colleagues of the Sussex Bird Club may be interested in a new British bird sound app for windows phones released recently. It has 218 species with a soundboard, photo, RSPB description and links to further information for each bird. We also have a quiz app so people can test themselves on their bird sound ID.
If anyone within the club has a windows phone please do inform them, I hope the apps will be a great learning resource for people wanting to expand their UK bird knowledge. Links are provided below:
Tweeter Bird Sounds: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tweeter-bird-sounds/eda55f71-d341-4dbe-bf99-72dc80e27722
Tweeter Bird ID Quiz: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tweeter-bird-id-quiz/0a58f028-5008-46b1-b720-6f845b792fa4
4/29 - Milford Neck area birding maps are avaialble on the FT REPORTS page.
8/22 - Interesting article in the Washington Post on Hummingbirds passed on by SBC member Walt Bryan:
12/06 - Very interesting article from the Center for Conservation Biology: Laughing Gulls No Match for Rising Seas http://www.ccbbirds.org/2013/11/18/laughing-gulls-match-rising-seas/?ModPagespeed=noscript
11/30 -NY Times Article - A Bird Whose Life Depends on a Crab. Given we are in Sussex County Delaware, this is an article of interest. http://nyti.ms/ImxowR
Meetings are held at Cadbury, Lewes
(see CONTACT US for directions to Cadbury).
Meetings begin at 2:00 pm and are open to anyone with an interest in wild birds.
Field trips visit top local birding spots, such as Prime Hook NWR, Cape Henlopen State Park, Trap Pond State Park, Indian River Inlet, Delaware Seashore State Park and other good local birding areas. Occasionally, longer trips are made to Blackwater and Chincoteague NWR's. See the Calendar page for details.
Video of intrepid SBC birders being eaten alive while looking for the Alder Flycatcher off of Lighthouse Road.
Below: SBC Picnic at the Great Cyprus Swamp
Members of the Club also travel together to more distant locations, and when possible these opportunities will be covered on the Travel page.
See the links page for lots of other sites pertaining to local birding activities.