Above: American Woodcock along Fowler Beach Road, Jan 13, 2011, by Chuck Fullmer
Lois was a longtime member of the Sussex Bird Club and served ably as its president. Bruce Lantz, has utilized the funds raised for his mother's memory to install an Osprey platform in Jefferson Creek. This is on the North side of Little Assawoman Bay in the South Bethany area. As you can see in the photos, a pair of Ospreys have already moved in.
This Winter, the platform had some Bald Eagles stop by!
Birdwatcher’s Field Guide to Holes in Trees
During the Christmas Bird Count and Great Backyard Bird Count, you can help scientists track new or expanding infestations of invasive forest insects by looking for, and reporting, certain types of holes in trees. Bring this photo field guide with you for quick reference on three types of holes in trees you may encounter:
•Typical sapsucker and woodpecker foraging (not usually a sign of invasive insects)
•Damage caused by woodpeckers foraging on invasive insect larvae
•Damage from two high priority invasive insects themselves
11/9 - Our November meeting taking place today November 9 will be on birding Alaska. Fantastic talks and photographs, don't miss it! Details are on the CALENDAR page.
Fellow SBC members,
DOS and Derek Stoner has invited any and all interested SBC members to join him for the first annual Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz. Details are below.
Sussex Bird Club
Derek Stoner is the Publicity and Outreach Coordinator for the Delmarva Ornithological Society. A past president of the organization, he is the co-founder of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club, a leader of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, and an avid field birder who enjoys creating events that help to popularize birding and encourage the next generation of birder-conservationists. What follows below is from Derek. Website is as follows:
Wearing my hat as Publicity and Outreach Coordinator for the Delmarva Ornithological Society, I am honored to be teaming up Alan Kneidel, Alex Lamoreaux, and Tim Schreckengost — all incredibly knowledgeable, enthusiastic field birders who are part of the Nemesis Bird team. We decided to create a birding opportunity modeled after the great birding tradition in Maryland known as the Rarity Roundup. For fifteen years, amazingly dedicated teams of Maryland birders have combed the coast of their state on a mid-November weekend, turning up an impressive tally of rarities and uncommon birds. Birders in Virginia and Maine also conduct Fall Rarity Roundups, so I decided it was time that Delaware held its own unique event to take advantage of an incredibly exciting time to be in the field in pursuit of birds.
With the Indian River Inlet Sea Watch and the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch regularly turning up fantastic Fall rarities, we are already aware of the potential for rarities to be discovered along the coastal areas. And there are plenty more interesting birds just waiting to be found by lucky observers.
I invite you to join us for the first annual Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz, and I will let the talented Tim Schreckengost take it from here in explaining the plans for the event!
The Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz (CDBB) will be held on November 15th, 2014 and there will be two scouting days the previous weekend – November 8th and 9th. The main target area for the blitz is coastal habitat between Fowler Beach Road and the Indian River Inlet, with primary focus on scrub habitat, but the bay and ocean will not be neglected. Over the next few weeks, we will publish a potential species list, areas that will be targeted during the CDBB, and a specific strategy for folks covering the target areas.
The Who: We need birders of all skill levels to help with the CDBB!
The What: Scouring scrub-shrub habitat and the bay/ocean for rarities (list to come).
The When: November 15th will be the primary blitz day. Scouting will occur on November 8th and 9th. Follow-up will occur on November 16th.
The Where: Coastal Delaware from Fowler Beach Road to the Indian River Inlet
The How: To register for the CDBB, please contact Alan Kneidel at akneidel AT gmail DOT com.
4/17 - Added several birding maps for the DE shore and bayshore on the TRAVEL page.
April - June field trips are on the CALENDAR page.
4/29 - Milford Neck area birding maps are avaialble on the FT REPORTS page.
8/22 - Interesting article in the Washington Post on Hummingbirds passed on by SBC member Walt Bryan:
12/06 - Very interesting article from the Center for Conservation Biology: Laughing Gulls No Match for Rising Seas http://www.ccbbirds.org/2013/11/18/laughing-gulls-match-rising-seas/?ModPagespeed=noscript
11/30 -NY Times Article - A Bird Whose Life Depends on a Crab. Given we are in Sussex County Delaware, this is an article of interest. http://nyti.ms/ImxowR
Meetings are held at Cadbury, Lewes
(see CONTACT US for directions to Cadbury).
Meetings begin at 2:00 pm and are open to anyone with an interest in wild birds.
Field trips visit top local birding spots, such as Prime Hook NWR, Cape Henlopen State Park, Trap Pond State Park, Indian River Inlet, Delaware Seashore State Park and other good local birding areas. Occasionally, longer trips are made to Blackwater and Chincoteague NWR's. See the Calendar page for details.
Video of intrepid SBC birders being eaten alive while looking for the Alder Flycatcher off of Lighthouse Road.
Below: SBC Picnic at the Great Cyprus Swamp
Members of the Club also travel together to more distant locations, and when possible these opportunities will be covered on the Travel page.
See the links page for lots of other sites pertaining to local birding activities.