Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


Seventeen Sussex Bird Club members were lucky enough to spend the morning at the Edelen property near Anderson Corner in rural central Sussex County. We started on the deck overlooking the pond while the sun rose above the trees. Many blue jays, catbirds, cardinals, chickadees, mourning doves, a belted kingfisher, one northern parula and an immature blue grosbeak were flitting into fruiting black chokeberry and devil’s walking stick. Warblers zoomed into the mature pines and oaks around the pond.

We then walked around the pond and into the woods, ultimately to the feeder and bird creek. We ended the morning back on the deck where abundant chickadees, titmice, catbirds and cardinals were feeding on the fruiting shrubs.        eBird checklist:   (Photo © Dick Plambeck)

Thursday, September 26  @  8:00 a.m.

Join Sussex Bird Club on a special opportunity to visit member Bob Edelen's spectacular property near Anderson's Corner, Harbeson. Assemble at Bob's property at 8 a.m. The woods can be wet depending on weather but we will spend most of our time watching Bob's feeder area and bird creek/mister. If we are lucky we will see several species of warblers bathing in the shallow water at close range. 

Photo of black-throated blue warbler © Bob Edelen

This was an overnight trip via CML Ferry with 8 members participating. Birding stops on Tuesday included Cape May Point SP (both hawk watch & trails), Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center, Rea Farm (beanery), Higbee Beach WMA, and TNC's South Cape May Meadows.

Wednesday's avian adventures included return visits to Higbee Beach and the hawk watch, then The Wetland Institute (Stone Harbor), Nummy Island, and Cape May NWR Two Mile Unit.  A fun time was had by all! Click here to see the complete trip report and eBird checklists.

We will be traveling to Cape May, NJ for an overnight field trip September 17-18, 2019. We will carpool to NJ on the Tuesday 8:45 a.m. ferry and return on the 6:00 p.m. ferry Wednesday. Meals and lodging are at participants' choice and expense. Participants also have the option of making it a day trip, returning on the Tuesday 6 p.m. ferry.

Birding plans: Cape May Point State Park CMBO Hawk Watch Platform and trails on Tuesday. Higbee Beach, Cape May Meadows, The Beanery and elsewhere as time and interest permit. Early morning start on Wednesday (daybreak for migrating passerines).  Registration with Rob Blye is required for ALL participants!

Six members traveled to Middle Run Natural Area outside Newark for a day of birding. We were met there by Joe Swertinski, who kindly acted as our local guide. Our goal was to find fall migrants such as warblers, vireos and flycatchers and we were successful. We spent about 2 hours walking the mowed trails at Middle Run and saw many redstarts, black-throated green and Canada warblers along with red-eyed and white-eyed vireos and a family of blue grosbeaks. A screech owl responded to the “Bird Magic” owl and chickadee mobbing tape that Joe played to drum up some activity.

We then followed Joe to White Clay Creek State Park and enjoyed a warbler and vireo fallout in the parking lot; more Canada warblers, northern parula and as many as 20 red-eyed vireos. After lunch we went on to the Ashton and Baxter tracts of Augustine Wildlife Area, Augustine Beach, Thousand Acre Marsh and Greer Pond, and finally Bombay Hook NWR! We finished the day with some 76 bird species, tired but pleased with our...

Tuesday, September 10 field trip to Middle Run Natural Area near Newark, DE. We will carpool to Middle Run in time to join the bird walk (8-10 a.m.) led by a naturalist from Delaware Nature Society. Middle Run is a fall migrant trap often with abundant warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and sparrows. Don't miss this great opportunity to see some exciting birds after Hurricane Dorian passes north! Meet at Lowes in Lewes at 6:00 a.m. to carpool. Must register with Rob Blye. Depending on group interest and migrant activity we may bird on the way home: White Clay Creek, Greer's Pond, Ashton Tract, Penn Tract, Bombay Hook or ??

Ray Bryant's presentation at our September meeting was very well received. He told many fascinating stories about his experiences as a volunteer with Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research. He encouraged everyone to get involved as bird transporters and to donate to this worthwhile organization. SBC President Ruth Ann Kaufman is shown presenting a check to Ray Bryant, while program director Nancy Cunningham holds one of the items we donated to Tri-State.

September 8, 2019  2:00 pm, Lewes Library

Ray Bryant of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research will speak at our September meeting about his role as a Transporter and Re-Nesting Team member for Tri-State. In that capacity Ray travels about 10,000 miles a year, and with a team of local volunteers he has helped rescue and or re-nest over 1000 birds from Southern Delmarva over the last 5 years. Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research is one of the premier wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States.

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958