Bald Eagle at Assawoman Wildlife Area by Ken Arni


November 21, 2019 was a beautiful, seasonably cold morning when 11 SBC members traveled to Assawoman Wildlife Area. We scoured the skies and fields of Sassafrass and Mulberry Landings, and climbed the "scary" observation tower. Highlights included 11 species of ducks and an aerial display by 2 belted kingfishers. (photo © Kevin Moore) There are 3 eBird checklists for Assawoman WA:, and

Our final stop was Indian River Inlet south. We had good views of 7 ruddy turnstones and 3 purple sandpipers. We also saw one lone brown pelican and one long-tailed duck.

It was standing room only at our November 17 meeting when more than 80 people attended Michael Oates' presentation. Mr. Oates showed his video "A Meeting of Migrations" and then answered questions from the audience. He demonstrated extensive knowledge of the redknot and horseshoe crab populations and the negative impact of climate change on their life cycles and migrations. This SBC meeting attracted a large crowd of nonmembers in partnership with the Lewes Library's "One Book One Community" initiative.

At our next SBC meeting, Sunday, January 12, 2020, Joel Martin will present a program about purple martins. Everyone is welcome! (photo © Nancy Cunningham)

Thursday, November 21, 2019  7-11:30 a.m. SBC Field Trip to Assawoman Wildlife Area for fall migrants and waterfowl with an optional stop at Indian River Inlet for seabirds and waterfowl on the way back to Lewes. Meet at Lowes (Lewes) by 7:00 a.m. to carpool. Register with John Long. Conservation Access Pass required to park at Assawoman WA.

(photo © Dick Plambeck)

Don't miss the November 17 meeting of Sussex Bird Club at 2:00 p.m. at the the Lewes Library. Michael Oates, an award winning digital media storyteller, will present "A Meeting of Migrations." This fascinating video about the spring migrations of red knots and horseshoe crabs profiles the ecology of the horseshoe crab/shorebird phenomenon, the work of researchers, and the public's interaction with this annual event. More information about Mr. Oates and his digital media projects can be found at The public is welcome.

 On the morning of Thursday, November 7, 2019, eighteen SBC members and guests converged at the James Farm Ecological Preserve. It was a beautiful chilly fall day. We walked through the woods and spent time at the bayfront observation deck. We saw lots of yellow-rumped warblers and brant:

We then drove a short distance to Quillens Point where we saw more brant as well as a large flock of red-winged blackbirds, dunlin, and greater yellowlegs:

Thursday, November 7, 2019   8-11 a.m.

We'll meet at the James Farm Ecological Preserve at 8:00 a.m. We'll bird the woods and bay on foot then drive to Quillens Point to observe the Indian River Bay.

No fees or permits required. Targets: sparrows, late neotropical migrants, waterfowl, raptors, early winter birds.

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Field Trip contact info:

Rob Blye


Treasurer, Sussex Bird Club

PO Box 177

Lewes, DE  19958