Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


Sussex Bird Club traveled north to the Blye Cabin in Susquehanna County, PA in search of breeding birds. Highlights of this 3 day trip included yellow warblers, barred owl, rough-winged swallow, ruffed grouse, blue-winged warbler, fledgling raven, bobolinks, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and chestnut-sided warbler. Kevin Moore took this photo of a beautiful barred owl. There are 5 eBird checklists for this trip with more of Kevin's photos. Click here for a detailed trip report.

Friday, June 28, 2019   8:00 a.m.

Meet at Refuge HQ for our first excursion of summer. We will likely bird up the entry road to look for the dickcissel and other grassland birds; both bobolink and grasshopper sparrow have been seen recently. Blue grosbeak and indigo bunting should be present. Then we may walk the boardwalk loop looking for nesting great-crested flycatcher, flicker, cedar waxwing and house wren. Lastly we may bird Turkle and Fleetwood ponds to find a prothonotary warbler, or we may head to Broadkill Marsh for shorebirds, skimmers, terns and herons. It may be too early for shorebirds although rumor has it that early returning dowitcher and yellowlegs are present We should be finished by 11 a.m. (Photo © Sharon Lynn)

This SBC trip to Cecil County, MD evolved into a full day of birding throughout Delaware and an amazing total of 81 species for the day! At Fair Hills NRWMA five SBC members found an abundance of singing bobolinks and meadowlarks, redstarts, and Acadian flycatcher. A stop at Bombay Hook NWR turned up 3 gull-billed terns. Click here for a detailed report of their birding extravaganza. (Photo © Sharon Lynn)

There are 6 eBird checklists:

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.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:30 a.m.

Sussex Bird Club's final spring trip is to Cecil County, Maryland--just west of Newark, DE.
Fair Hill NRMA hosts breeding bobolinks (85 nests in 2015) and meadowlarks; this is prime time to see the grassland fledglings as we walk through the many acres of managed grassland habitat.  Grasshopper and savannah sparrows should be within close view from numerous groomed trails.  Excellent photographic opportunities abound within a short walk from the parking area. We will walk less than one mile yet see as many as 60+ species. Registration is required if you want to carpool! Contact Rob Blye.
   (Photo © Sharon Lynn)

7 SBC members walked along Ponders Road to the Connector Path on right then to Ingrams Branch and back to Ponders Road and parking lot for a 3 hour hike. Highlights were several territorial summer tanagers, scarlet tanager, a wet but spunky black and white warbler, several Acadian flycatchers and many singing pine warblers. We also saw lots of interesting reptiles, amphibians and plants.

There is one eBird checklist:

Click here for a more detailed trip report.

(Photo © Edward Crawford)

Thursday, June 6, 2019   7:00 a.m.

Join leaders for a breeding season walking tour of The Nature Conservancy's 908-acre Ponders Tract. This large forest is excellent habitat for breeding birds including summer and scarlet tanagers, yellow-billed cuckoo, worm eating warbler, common yellowthroat, prairie warbler, black and white warbler, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting and many others. We are meeting at Ponders (Rt. 16 west of Milton) at 7:00 a.m to beat the heat, and we should be finished by 10:00.

We started birding Phillips Landing at 8 a.m. The parking lot and wooded trail yielded both tanagers, 2 yellow-billed cuckoos heard, close looks at eastern wood pewee and Prothonotary warbler in addition to the usual suspects.

We arrived at the Big Field parking area about 10 a.m. and walked the edges where it had been mowed. We first saw a brightly colored, female summer tanager perched on a horizontal branch in good light. Two people saw 2 yellow-billed cuckoos in the same tree with the red-eyed vireo we all heard singing incessantly. A beautiful red-tailed hawk circled overhead.

Our total species count for the trip was 39.

(Photo © Kevin Moore)

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958