Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


10 birders gathered in the parking lot at Phillips Landing. The temperature was 40F with fog on the water. Parking lot action included 4 bluebirds, pine and yellow-rump warblers. Saw a beaver in the river. Walked the woodland trail and had several hermit thrush. We then went to the Nanticoke WA fields and saw some hawks and sparrows. Best moment of the day was a low flyover of a red-tailed hawk who screamed at a pair of coopers hawks flying high above him. We had a total 36 species in 2 eBird checklists:    (photo © Dick Plambeck)

 Thursday, October 24, 2019   7:00 a.m.

We will carpool from Lowes (Lewes) to the boat ramp at Phillips Landing with a planned arrival time of 8 AM. We will bird around the boat ramp and the short trail to the stream and back.
              From Phillips Landing we will make the short drive to Nanticoke Wildlife area and bird the Big Field area. Depending on time and interest we may visit one or two other spots at Phillips landing and depart for Lowes about 10:30 AM.

Targets: sparrows, late neotropical migrants, waterfowl, raptors, early winter birds.

Conservation Access Pass required to park at Nanticoke WA; bring yours if you're driving.

Registration required!
(Photo © Dick Plambeck)

Eleven members and two guests of Sussex Bird Club met at Indian River Inlet on the south side of Delaware Seashore State Park. Winter waterfowl had not arrived but we did see Caspian, royal, common and Forsters terns, cormorants and three white winged scoters.

Next the group crossed the inlet and headed to the Burton Island trail. Highlights were two black-crowned night herons, palm and yellow-rumped warblers and two eastern phoebes.

We finished the morning with an early lunch at Big Chill Beach Club with a view of the ocean where we saw a lesser black-backed gull and a ring-billed gull on the beach.

11 Sussex Bird Club members birded the refuge HQ area including the boardwalk trail and Turkle and Fleetwood Ponds. We observed some 36 species including an elusive solitary sandpiper. Then we carpooled to Fowler Beach via Prime Hook Road and Cod’s Road, stopping several times. Two northern harriers put on a show and a Coopers Hawk was seen from the road. We saw many sparrows and finally identified at least one as a savannah sparrow. We had planned to head to Slaughter Beach and the Marvel Saltmarsh boardwalk but we spent all our time at PHNWR headquarters and Fowler Beach. The eBird checklists for this trip are: and (photo of savannah sparrow © Sharon Lynn)

Take a break from the ordinary! We're planning two events on Oct. 13 in lieu of our regular monthly meeting. Weather permitting, we'll go birding at various sites around the Indian River Inlet  followed by lunch at the Big Chill Beach Club. It's a family-friendly social occasion, so be prepared to mix, mingle, munch and more! Feel free to attend either or both events. Meet at the south side of Indian River inlet at 8:45 a.m. to bird the beach and inlet, then travel across Rt. 1 to the Burton Island causeway. Join us for lunch at the BCBC about 11:30 a.m. The Big Chill is open-air, so dress accordingly! State Park entry fee is in effect.

Field Trip Thursday, October 10, 2019

Meet at Prime Hook Refuge HQ at 8:00 a.m. We will carpool from there to Fowler Beach looking for sparrows and other migrants along the way. We may walk to the bay for savannah sparrows and horned larks. Then on to Slaughter Beach and the Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve, possibly birding at the DuPont Nature Center before returning to Prime Hook HQ. Our targets are: sparrows, late neotropical migrants and shorebirds, raptors, and early winter birds.

(Photo of Song Sparrow © Dick Plambeck)

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958