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!
2/25 - Our March meeting will be on Sunday March 8th starting at 2PM at Cadbury in Lewes. The topic will be "Birding around Berlin Germany" and the speaker is Mike Smith. Details are on the CALENDAR page.
The first Pea Patch Heronry Survey is today (2/25/15). Please see the notice below from Chris Bennett:
I will be conducting the first of 7 Evening Surveys of the Pea Patch Island Heronry this Wednesday from 3:50 to 6:20 pm in Battery Park at the end of Clinton Street in Delaware City. During the survey we count and ID all of the herons and egrets flying to and from the island. During the February survey we usually only see Great Blue Herons - but on 4 occasions (2007, 2011-2013) we also had Great Egret, with 14 flying into the heronry in 2012. The weather is going to be relatively balmy compared to what we've been experiencing lately with the high Wednesday forecast to reach nearly 40. It is also forecast to be sunny, though a bit breezy.
Come on out if you can make it. In addition to the Great Blues I can guarantee you'll see thousands of Crows and a at least a few Bald Eagles. With luck we'll see some other good birds as well.
I hope you can join me.
2/13 - May is International Migratory Bird Month. Click HERE to see events going on around Delaware.
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
1/24 - Our speaker at our February meeting on the 8th will be Alex Lamoreaux. His topic will be "Invaders, Vagrants, and Rarities - Patterns and Anecdotes of Uncommon Birds of the mid-Atlantic." Details are on the CALENDAR page.
From Chris Bennett after the talk above:
On my way home from yesterday's Sussex Bird Club meeting in Lewes I spotted a nice congregation of gulls in a field on the east side of RT 1 along SugarHill Road in a field that had recently been treated with manure. After seeing Tim's post about the gulls off Fox Point and hearing Alex's excellent presentation about rare and uncommon birds I decided to take a look and see if there was anything good among the throng of common wintergulls. While a white-winged gull would have been great I was really hoping
to find an early Laughing Gull. I don't put much credence in forecasts by marmots. But, birds are a different story, and an early laugher or osprey (they should be showing up soon as well) are a sure sign that spring is just around the corner.
Alas, Laughing and white-winged Gulls were conspicuous in their absence. But I did find a slew of Lesser Black-backed Gulls including 1 2nd cycle, 4 1st cycle and 8 Adult birds. With Alex's presentation fresh in my mind it was interesting to remember that when I first moved to mid-Atlantic in the early 90s LBBG was a chase-worthy rarity. Today their presence in early February is trumped by an early arrival Laughing Gull.
1/12 - Winter bird walk information is now up. Details are on the CALENDAR page.
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
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.