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.
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.
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.
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.