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!
10/29 - Sussex Bird Club monthly meeting on Sunday November 8th. Details on the CALENDAR page.
SAVE THE DATE
Great Backyard Bird Count: Milford Millponds Nature Preserve
Friday, February 12, 8 am – 4 pm
DNS Member: $7, Registration fees are waved for Sussex Bird Club Members.
Meet at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbotts Pond Road, Milford, DE 19963
Join Abbott’s staff to show your love for birds this Valentine’s weekend while collecting important data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Enjoy one, or both, delicious options for birding and belly-filling: Fortify yourself against the winter chill with homemade pancakes slathered in maple syrup before a morning ramble at Abbott’s Mill and Blair’s Pond, or warm up over some southern Delaware comfort food and bird throughout the afternoon at DNS’ private Isaacs-Greene Preserve. The sessions are from 8 am – 12pm & 12 pm – 4 pm.
9/17 - Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch is operating 7 days a week, from 9 AM until about 3 PM each day now until late November. All are welcome, so please drop by. Right now the weather is nice and the raptors are moving by on their way South.
The hawk watch platform is located in Cape Henlopen State Park just to the North of the beach bathhouse. There is a large sign where you turn in to park.
For those who have never been to a hawk watch, below is a link to an excellent article written a few years ago by Pete Dunne.
9/15 - Sussex Bird Club has a new president. After slightly over three years, John Hoyt has stepped down and will be the webmaster for the club. Sharon Lynn is our new president!
9/3 - Fieldtrip for Sept - Dec are up on the CALENDAR page.
8/26 - Our September speaker will be Bill Stewart. Details are on the CALENDAR page.
Wonderful OD-ED in the New York Times by UDel Professor Douglas Tallamy on the importance of native plants to birds and other life.
British Bird Sound App - Ruby Merriman provided the following (only works for Windows smartphones):
I thought your members and colleagues of the Sussex Bird Club may be interested in a new British bird sound app for windows phones released recently. It has 218 species with a soundboard, photo, RSPB description and links to further information for each bird. We also have a quiz app so people can test themselves on their bird sound ID.
If anyone within the club has a windows phone please do inform them, I hope the apps will be a great learning resource for people wanting to expand their UK bird knowledge. Links are provided below:
Tweeter Bird Sounds: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tweeter-bird-sounds/eda55f71-d341-4dbe-bf99-72dc80e27722
Tweeter Bird ID Quiz: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tweeter-bird-id-quiz/0a58f028-5008-46b1-b720-6f845b792fa4
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.