Join Sussex Bird Club on its field trip to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 to look for recently arrived waterfowl, late fall migrants and winter finches. We will meet at the refuge headquarters at 8:00 AM. We plan to bird the headquarters area for as long as we are seeing good birds and then car pool to parts of the refuge further north with the goal of walking out to the bay at Fowler's Beach. With luck we will find a northern harrier or rough-legged hawk in the marshes and hopefully some winter finches like purple finch or pine siskin.
Meet leaders at the Gordon's Pond North Trail head in Cape Henlopen State Park by 8:00 a.m. to walk the trail. Several interesting birds have been seen here recently including yellow-billed cuckoo, reddish egret, hermit and Swainson's thrush, white-throated and white-crowned sparrow and yellow-rumped warbler. We will then go to the Herring Point overlook and possibly stop at the Nature Center feeders.
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.
Let's get social and have fun as we enjoy feathers, friends, and food! The Sussex Bird Club is sponsoring a Big Sit to be held on Sunday, October 14 at Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. The Big Sit!is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event. The CHSP gate will be open about 7 a.m. and park fees apply! Bring your binos, scope, lawn chair, skills, and something to eat and share. Plan on spending all day or a just a few hours to support the effort and help ID as many birds as possible. This event will be in lieu of the regular October meeting.
Join leaders Rob Schroeder, Carol and Rob Blye for an early fall field trip to Thompson Island. We will meet at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Safeway then carpool to the Thompson Island trail head. We will walk the trail out to the canal and back about a mile round trip. Recent birding trips in the region have yielded many bald eagles, falcons, accipiters, red-breasted nuthatches, some warblers, vireos and herons.
If time and interest warrant, we will then carpool south to Tower Road, Savages Ditch and Indian River Inlet or Burton Island for migrants, seabirds and shorebirds.
No need to register, just meet us at the Safeway. Bring field guides, scope and bug repellent.