Prime Hook NWR Trip Report June 28, 2019

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