Ray Bryant's presentation at our September meeting was very well received. He told many fascinating stories about his experiences as a volunteer with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. He encouraged everyone to get involved as bird transporters and to donate to this worthwhile organization. SBC President Ruth Ann Kaufman is shown presenting a check to Ray Bryant, while program director Nancy Cunningham holds one of the items we donated to Tri-State.
The SBC "Road Runners" Bird-A-Thon team raised over $10,000, and earned 1st Place in the County Challenge category! Altogether the Bird-A-Thon raised more than $91,000 to purchase critical bird habitat in Delaware.
Congratulations & thank you to Road Runners (l. to r.) Carol Blye, Rob Schroeder, Rob Blye, Sue Gruver, Nancy Cunningham, and Sharon Lynne (not pictured).The team would like to thank everyone for their support.
The 2018 Big Sit was a big success, despite the low tally of 49 species. Jim Reed, Ed Crawford and Alice Mohrman assembled at first light, but did not hear any owls or other night birds and had to settle for a beautiful sunrise. The birds were pretty scarce all day, but on the positive side, we did get a Philadelphia Vireo thanks to the sharp eyes and ID skills of Jim Reed, our coordinator. Joe Swertinski ID'd a Parasitic Jaeger that was interested in a huge mixed flock of gulls. All day huge numbers of Tree Swallows could be observed in the distance and, on occasion, filled the skies directly overhead. We also identified 3 Wood Ducks on the Bay, a Scarlet Tanager, 7 Bald Eagles, and a Peregrine Falcon. Not a big list of species, but everyone had a lot of fun. Click here for more details and photos.