Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


August 27 was a successful summer day for 11 SBC birders who traveled south to Chincoteague, Virginia. Highlights included 5 tern species, 84 white ibis, marbled godwits, and 2 clapper rails. We also had good looks at wild horses and cattle egrets. There are 6 eBird checklists with a total of 65 species for this trip! Click on these links for lists and photos: Queen Sound Landing, Visitor Center & Environs, NWR, Wildlife Drive, Island Creamery, and one final species at Queen Sound Causeway.

Join Sussex Bird Club on a field trip to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia on Tuesday August 27, 2019. Meet at Lowes (Lewes) parking lot by 6:00 am, or meet at the Queen Sound (VA) boat ramp at 7:45 am. After birding Queen Sound we'll grab a quick breakfast in Chincoteague. Then we'll bird the refuge by car and brief walks on refuge trails. Lunch will be in Chincoteague before Wildlife Drive opens at 3:00 pm, and we will drive that loop then head home with expected arrival about 6:30 pm. This trip should be great for ponies, shorebirds, herons, gulls, terns and early passerine migrants.

Registration (for all) required by noon on Monday. Email
(Photo © Dick Plambeck)

12 members of Sussex Bird Club walked the Gordon's Pond trail south from Herring Point parking lot to around bend from bench 5 and back. We tallied 45 species in the course of 2.5 hours.

Link to the eBird checklist here.

Photo of green heron © Sharon Lynn

 Thursday, August 15, 2019   8:00 a.m.

Meet at the lower Herring Point parking lot. We will walk the Gordons Pond Trail or the Walking Dunes Trail in search of early fall migrants.

Entrance fee or park pass required.

 It was hazy, hot and very humid on Friday, August 2, when 15 SBC members scoured the Prime Hook NWR headquarters area, Dike Trail, and Broadkill marsh searching for anything avian. And we were very successful! We saw or heard 55 species in the headquarters area and 17 species at Broadkill marsh. There are 2 eBird checklists for this trip:

(Photo of purple martins © Dick Plambeck)

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958