Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


Friday, August 2, 2019   8:00 a.m.

SBC will conduct a field trip at Prime Hook NWR. Meet at the Refuge HQ parking lot. We will choose birding locations within the refuge based on recent sightings and the desire of the group. No need to register.

It is likely we can find the resident dickcissels along the entrance road and indigo bunting, blue grosbeak, field sparrow and a migrating bobolink or eastern meadowlark for good measure. Shore bird migration will be in full swing so we may carpool to Broadkill or Prime Hook marshes for newly arrived sandpipers or gulls and terns. (Photo © Sharon Lynn)

On Thursday July 18, SBC will travel to Bombay Hook NWR to observe the early fall migrant shorebirds, hopefully still in breeding plumage. 
We will meet at Lowes in Lewes at 8:30 AM to carpool, arriving at the Refuge HQ around 10:00 AM. Low tide is at 8:16 AM and high tide is 2:05 PM so we should catch a rising tide forcing the birds into the freshwater side of the dikes. We should see 15 or more species of shorebirds plus herons, raptors and song birds. In years past we have found little egret, little gull, ruff, peregrine falcon, gull-billed tern plus lots of other interesting things. We will bird at least until noon, more likely 1 PM if the birds, bugs and weather cooperate. Contact Rob Blye to carpool. Vehicle fee/pass required at Refuge.

(Photo © DPlambeck)

The club’s first field trip of the summer started at 8 AM at the refuge headquarters. 19 members walked out the road in the hopes of finding the dickcissel, meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow (photo © Sharon Lynn), blue grosbeak and indigo bunting. Success on all counts! Also observed were several eastern bluebirds, yellow-billed cuckoo, prairie warbler and common yellowthroat. The meadow was very colorful with purple bergamot, black-eyed susan, and a blue-flowered vetch. Next we walked the boardwalk trail where we got orchard oriole, chipping sparrow, common yellowthroat and Acadian flycatcher. We observed a total of about 50 species; not bad for a hot humid day in late June! We called the trip early due to heat but some ventured out to Fowler Beach Rd. to try for a willow flycatcher, and after a few stops we had success--a year bird for all! The eBird checklists follow:

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958