17 SBC members birded a route in southern Kent County that included Fishing Creek on Big Stone Beach Road, Milford Neck WA, TNC and Delaware Wildlands preserves at Milford Neck and the bay and marshes at Big Stone Beach.
The MNWA dog training area was bristling with yellow-breasted chat, cedar waxwing, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting and white-eyed vireo, among others.
At the marsh edge on Big Stone Beach Road we heard or saw osprey, yellow warbler, marsh wren and common yellowthroat. Click here for details. There are 3 eBird checklists:
Come bird the Milford Neck and Big Stone Beach areas on Thursday, May 23, 2019 to catch late migrants and early breeding birds. With some luck we may see or hear least bittern, Virginia rail and marsh wren in addition to breeding warblers, orioles and tanagers. Meet at Lewes Lowes @8:00 or Milford Bay Rd. Valero @8:30.
20 SBC members met at Prime Hook. It was raining, chilly and overcast although the day started and ended warm and bright. At Slaughter Beach F.D. a variety of shorebirds were visible but nothing special. We then moved to the new Marvel Saltmarsh boardwalk. The highlights there were several seaside sparrows, a saltmarsh sparrow, northern parula, American redstart, common yellowthroat, and a Virginia rail that skulked into the cordgrass before most of us saw it. Next we briefly birded the edge of the bay at Evans Rd. Our last stop was the DuPont Nature Center, where we saw a large number of shorebirds, but very few red knots, before the bugs and heat drove us away. Click here for a detailed report. There are 4 eBird checklists for this trip:
Please note the change of date and location for the Sussex Bird Club's May meeting!
We will have a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by SBC members Carol and Rob Blye on the trip they took with members John Long and Rob Schroeder, to Belize, Central America in February, 2019. Carol, John, and Rob Schroeder took many photographs which will be presented in addition to a discussion of locations, lodging, birds, meals and culture. The group saw over 250 species of birds, many of which are spectacularly beautiful and many of which were life birds.
Join the Sussex Bird Club on its trip to Slaughter Beach on a falling tide in mid May---the perfect time for red knots, ruddy turnstones, shorebirds, ospreys, eagles, rails, gulls and terns.
Meet at Prime Hook NWR HQ at 8:00 a.m. We will observe birds in the parking lot and refuge entrance road before carpooling to Slaughter Beach. We'll stop at the SB Firehouse observation platform, then on to the new Marvel saltmarsh boardwalk for marsh wren, clapper rail and seaside sparrow. Next, we drive on Lighthouse Road where rails and seaside sparrows often are visible from the car, hopefully arriving at the renowned DuPont Nature Center about 10:00.
The Gordon's Pond walk was pretty successful with 47 species, a nice mix of woodland birds and shorebirds.
There were 7 SBC attendees on an overcast 62F day that eventually got sunny.
We walked from the parking lot to past bench 5 and back. We spent a few minutes at Herring Point but didn't see much there. Highlights include 1 female and 2 immature orchard orioles and several blue grosbeaks. Ann saw a blackpoll warbler, and we had one pine warbler but there was not much doing in the warbler category. Here's the eBird checklist. (Photo by Rich Giannola)
Sussex Bird Club will conduct a bird walk at Cape Henlopen State Park, Gordon's Pond trail on Thursday May 9 at 8-11 a.m.
Meet in the lower parking lot at Herring Point/Gordon's Pond trailhead (Lewes side). We will walk the gravel and boardwalk path south to bench 5 and return (2 miles). Depending on the time, we may then go elsewhere in the Park such as Herring Point or the Nature Center area.
7 SBC members traveled to Virginia in April reported a total of 76 species (list). It was a great trip but we were all surprised that there was not more bird activity at Dismal Swamp NWR. We did find the Swainson's warbler and 3 of us listened to it sing for several hours while 3 of us actually saw it! Warblers included prothonotary, hooded, redstart, yellowthroat, prairie, northern parula and ovenbird. There were virtually no herons or other waterbirds which surprised us. It seems as if the orioles, tanagers and other neotropical migrants had not yet arrived.