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!
9/21 - Our October meeting will take place on October 12, starting at 2PM at Cadbury. The topic will be on birding Australia and our November meeting taking place on November 9 will be on birding Alaska. Fantastic talks and photographs, don't miss it! Details are on the CALENDAR page.
8/21 - Our 2014/2015 meetings will start on September 14, 2014 at 2PM. As last year, we meet at Cadbury in Lewes. Fall field trip information is now on the Calendar. Details are on the CALENDAR page.
The following is from Bill Stewart the Director of Conservation and Community for the American Birding Association.
In celebration of the 1st World Shorebirds Day. the American Birding Association will be hosting a field trip at Bombay Hook NWR from 8:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 6th. The field trip will be led by George Armistead and co-led by Bill Stewart. The event is free, refuge daily fees are in effect. Bring your duck stamp for free entrance into the refuge.
Be part of the international network of shorebird scientists,
conservationists, and enthusiasts participating in the first annual
World Shorebirds Day! This event invites us all to celebrate and count shorebirds where we live, and raise awareness about the conservation issues they are facing around the world. Global shorebird counting, species awareness and building ID skills is the overall mission of World Shorebirds Day as well as learning about the habitats that sustain their amazing migration flights. The event is a wonderful opportunity for people of all skill levels to contribute to data on shorebird populations at sites worldwide and broaden their skill set on shorebird identification. With over 300 sites participating worldwide, plan to be part of the fun while representing Delaware as a globally important shorebird migration region.
Participants should meet in the Nature Center parking lot and bring water and a snack plus bug spray.
Hope to see many of you there!
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.