Field Trips

Delmarva Ornithological Society
2013-2014 Field Trip Schedule
Field Trip Chairs: Amy & Kathleen O'Neil
  • Field Trip Info: All members and guests are welcome! Only a few trips (Owl Trip, Dragon Run Canoe Adventure) are restricted to DOS members, due to space limitations. All field trips are free of charge, however trips marked with an asterisk (*) have locations that are known to require entrance fees. Please be aware that a leader on any trip may choose to go to a location that requires fees/tolls. Participation in field trips is at your own risk. Please help our leaders and our environment by carpooling, especially on trips which include several locations. Half day trips will usually end before lunchtime unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to contact trip leaders if you have any questions.
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September, 2013
Friday, 20 Sep 201350th Anniversary Field Trip: Fall Migrants & RaptorsDOS GuidesRegistration Required. Free Ashland Nature Center 8:00 a.m. @ parking lot in Hockessin, DE or Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch Platform @ 8:30 a.m. at CHSP in Lewes, DEREGISTER: Online at 50th.dosbirds.org or email dosbirding@gmailcom Meet DOS guides at either of the two DOS Hawk Watches to search for morning migrants, followed by coffee & hawk watching.
Saturday, 21 Sep 201350th Anniversary Field Trip: Bombay Hook BirdingDr. John Fitzpatrick Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Registration Required. $25/pp Bus transportation provided from U of D's Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilm., DE. 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. REGISTER: Online at 50th.dosbirds.org or email dosbirding@gmailcom Join Cornell Lab of Ornithology director Dr. John Fitzpatrick for a morning of birding one of DE's premier hotspots. Bring water, snacks or lunch if desired, sunscreen and optics.
Sunday, 22 Sep 201350th Anniversary Field Trip: Bayshore Birding and Conservation TourForrest Rowland of Rockjumper Birding Tours, and Jeff Gordon of the American Birding AssociationRegistration Required. $35/pp Bus transportation from U of D's Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilm, DE. Boxed lunch provided. REGISTER: Online at 50th.dosbirds.org or email dosbirding@gmailcom Join Forrest Rowland of Rockjumper Tours and Jeff Gordon of the American Birding Association for a full day adventure on the Delaware Bayshore. During the bus ride, we will discuss local bird conservation issues and actions, including the Delaware Bayshore Initiative. We will stop at a variety of bayshore locations to be determined by the trip leaders! Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and optics.
Sunday, 29 Sep 2013Dunlins Event: Get Ready for Raptors! JDerek StonerAshland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, 2:00-5:00 p.m.Spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon learning about the hawks that will be migrating over our area this fall, and head up Ashland's own Hawk Watch Hill to see what may already be coming through.
October
Saturday, 5 Oct 2013Last Gasp 4 Fall WarblersAndy EdnieBrandywine Creek State Park Nature Center, 8:00 a.m.Search for remaining fall warblers and other migrants at beautiful BCSP. State Park fees in effect. Half Day.
Saturday, 12 Oct 2013Dunlins Event: Ashland's Big Sit JDunlins LeadersAshland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE 9:00 a.m. - noonLots of birds, lots of food, lots of friends, & lots of fun - what could be a better way of birding? Take part in an international birding competition and help us see a record number of birds passing by atop Hawk Watch Hill at Ashland. Bring the whole family for this big birding event! Cookout lunch at noon.
Saturday, 19 Oct 2013Sea Watch lAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8:00 a.m. - NoonJoin Anthony and Chris on the first of the season's Sea Watches to count seabirds migrating along Delaware's coast - collecting invaluable data while seeing lots of migrating waterfowl, gulls, & terns. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.
Thursday, 24 Oct 2013Hawk Banding and MigrationSally O'Byrne To register, call Fiona at (302) 239-2334, ext. 134, or email fiona@delawarenature society.orgRegistration Required. Van transportation provided from Ashland NatureThis trip is in partnership with Delaware Nature Society. DNS is extending their members' discount to DOS members ($40/pp). Travel to the Little Gap Raptor Banding Station, just north of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, to join a team that captures and bands these magnificent birds. After a morning spent at the banding station, we will head to Hawk Mountain for a hike to North Lookout before we head home. Sally O'Byrne, board member of both DNS and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary will lead this trip up to the Kittatinny Ridge. Bring lunch, dress for the weather, and wear good walking shoes. Note: In the event of rain, cancellation or modification of this trip will occur, as bird banding cannot be safely done in poor weather.
November
Sunday, 3 Nov 2013Augustine Wildlife Area Anthony GonzonAugustine Beach, Rte 9, 7:30 a.m. - NoonIt's November already?! It's a perfect time to come out and look for wintering passerines and raptors. Half day.
Saturday, 9 Nov 2013Sea Watch lIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8:00 a.m. - NoonJoin Anthony and Chris to count seabirds migrating along Delaware's coast - collecting invaluable data as well as seeing thousands of migrating loons, gannets, grebes, sea ducks, gulls & terns. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.
Saturday, 30 Nov 2013Dunlins Trip: Bald Eagle Extravaganza JDunlins LeadersConowingo Dam Parking Lot, Conowingo, MD, 2:00-4:00 p.m.The dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of Bald Eagles that gather at Conowingo each fall and winter is incredible. Bring your camera!
December
Saturday, 7 Dec 2013Sea Watch llIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8:00 a.m. - NoonJoin Anthony and Chris to ID and document seabirds such as Northern Gannet, scoters, loons, gulls, & cormorants, plus find a rarity or two. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Joint trip with Sussex Bird Club. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI. Half day.
Saturday, 14 Dec - Sunday, 5 Jan 2014114th Annual Christmas Bird Counts*Jim WhiteSee The Flyer for details.Appreciate birds in a new way and contribute to over 100 years of wintering bird records. You can count in an area close to you, farther afield, or even count the birds coming to your feeder! Watch The Flyer for the dates of the counts you'd like to join, and give the count compiler a call!
January, 2014
Saturday, 11 Jan 2014List Head StartFrank RohrbacherPark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa. 7:30 a.m.Get an early start on your 2014 list! Visit various DE sites in the race to get as many year birds as possible. Full day.
Saturday, 11 Jan 2014Sea Watch lVAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet--western, i.e. bay, side), 8:00 a.m. - NoonJoin Anthony and Chris to ID and document seabirds such as Northern Gannet, scoters, loons, gulls, & cormorants, plus find a rarity or two. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. Joint trip with Sussex Bird Club. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI. Half day.
Note the change in the parking situation on the south side of Indian River Inlet. The Parking Area on the east side of the bridge is closed for construction through the winter and up to at least May 2014. We are still planning on conducting our Sea Watch Programs - but we will need to park in the fisherman's parking lot on the west side of the bridge. The parking lot is located on the inlet side of the road across from the entrance to the campground.
Sunday, 12 Jan 2014Dunlins Event: Winter Holiday PartyDunlins LeadersAshland Nature Center, Hockessin DE, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.Join us for a fun time after the busy holiday season for some bird-related activities & presentations by your fellow Dunlins. Bring pictures, drawings, poems or info about your favorite birds to share!
Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014Midwinter Beginner Bird Walk -- Alapocas Woods

Note date change
Sally O'ByrneMeet at the parking lot of the Blue Ball Barn at 8:30AMCome out to the Alapocas Woods and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods & fields during winter.

Rescheduled from 1/22 because of snow 8:30AM - 11: 30 AM
February
Sunday, 2 Feb 2014Owl TripJim White (302) 593-9622Registration Required. DOS members only. Must call Jim if you are attending. New Castle County Airport, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00Seven species of owl may be seen and/or heard in a single full day. Various locations. Bring lunch. Full day.
Saturday, 8 Feb 2014Sea Watch VAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet--western, i.e. bay, side), 8:00 a.m. - NoonJoin Anthony and Chris to count seabirds migrating along Delaware's coast - collecting invaluable data as well as seeing thousands of migrating loons, gannets, grebes, sea ducks, gulls, terns and hopefully an alcid or two. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.
Note the change in the parking situation on the south side of Indian River Inlet. The Parking Area on the east side of the bridge is closed for construction through the winter and up to at least May 2014. We are still planning on conducting our Sea Watch Programs - but we will need to park in the fisherman's parking lot on the west side of the bridge. The parking lot is located on the inlet side of the road across from the entrance to the campground.
March
Saturday, 8 Mar 2014Sea Watch VIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet--western, i.e. bay, side), 8:00 a.m. - NoonLast chance this winter to bundle up and join Anthony, Chris, and our friends at the Sussex Bird Club to find, ID & document seabirds such as Northern Gannet, scoters, loons, gulls, & cormorants, plus maybe spot a rarity or two. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.
Note the change in the parking situation on the south side of Indian River Inlet. The Parking Area on the east side of the bridge is closed for construction through the winter and up to at least May 2014. We are still planning on conducting our Sea Watch Programs - but we will need to park in the fisherman's parking lot on the west side of the bridge. The parking lot is located on the inlet side of the road across from the entrance to the campground.
Saturday, 15 Mar 2014Stone Harbor/ Avalon NJ JBill Stewart (610) 864-0370 bird-del@earthlink.netRegistration Required. Must confirm your plans with Bill if attending. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at DE Swim & Fitness ClVisit one of the best wintering waterfowl staging areas in our region. Search for early arriving shorebirds such as Piping Plover & American Oystercatcher. Snowy Owl has been seen on 2 previous trips. We will also visit the 8th St. jetty in Avalon for eider, Harlequin Duck, and the start of Northern Gannet migration. Pack a lunch, we will bird until 2pm.
April
Saturday, 19 Apr 2014Lum's Pond* JBob StrahornGlasgow High School parking lot 7:30 a.m.Look for early breeding and migrating passerines. We will be driving to several locations in & around the park. Half day. State Park fees in effect.
Saturday, 26 Apr 2014Nanticoke Watershed*Anthony Gonzon & Eric BraunPark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa. 6:00 a.m.Spring migrants; trip will include Redden SF, Trap Pond S.P., Phillip's Landing. Bring bag lunch, boots, and bug spray. State Park fees in effect. Full day.
May
Friday, 2 May 2014Rail Trip (Note unusual time)Andy EdniePark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa. 10:00 p.m.A three-hour Rail bonanza (in the middle of the night!) targeting 7 species. Bring long boots & bug spray.
Tuesday, 6 May 2014Alapocas WoodsSally O'ByrneMeet at softball field parking lot behind the duPont Experimental Station at 7:00 a.m. Visit an oasis within the city of Wilmington with good successional field habitat, mature woodlands, and the Brandywine River. Target birds include migrating warblers and thrushes. Half day.
Saturday, 10 May 2014Spring Round-upJohn JanowskiSee The Flyer for details, or check the DOS website under the "Activities" tab for current Spring Roundup information.DOS has conducted a statewide spring census annually for close to 50 years - a half century of citizen science and fun. Saturday, May 10, 2014 marks the 46th consecutive year where both species and individual numbers of birds are counted and documented (exactly like a Christmas Bird Count). The Spring Count with its traditional label "Roundup" is unique to Delaware. We are small enough to pull off a statewide survey each spring, but we need volunteers to keep it successful. Results are published in the Delmarva Ornithologist.
Saturday, 17 May 2014Great Cyprus Swamp After Dark (Note unusual time)Chris Bennett cpb2564@gmail.com Anthony Gonzon & Jim WhiteRegistration Required. Must email Chris Bennett to reserve your spot! (Limited to 10 DOS members & 10 Sussex Bird Club membeThe Great Cypress Swamp is the largest forest stand in the state of Delaware. Owned by Delaware Wild Lands, a private conservation organization, the swamp is home to a great diversity of life. This trip will target a wide range of night animals including not only nocturnal birds, but also mammals, reptiles and amphibians and insects that come out after dark. The program will start with a brief presentation on the restoration activities that Delaware Wild Lands has been conducting in the swamp and then we will head out onto the well-maintained dirt roads within the swamp. Participants will search for nocturnal birds and mammals with Chris Bennett and Jim White, wade in shallow ponds in search of amphibians with Jim and join Anthony Gonzon at a light set-up designed to attract a wide variety of insects. Moderate walking on well-maintained dirt roads and wading in shallow ponds and swamp areas. Waders are recommended for the amphibian portion of the trip. Bring a flashlight with fresh batteries and/or a quality headlamp if you have one. Insect repellent is highly recommended.
June
Saturday, 7 Jun 2014Dragon Run Canoe/Kayak Adventure Sally O'Byrne salobyrne@gmail.comRegistration Required. DOS Members Only Email Sally O'Byrne for detailsGreat freshwater marsh near Delaware City with abundant Little Blue Heron, Yellow Warbler and Marsh Wren. Target bird = Least Bittern. Half day.
Saturday, 28 Jun 2014Summer Beginner Bird Walk at Battery Park JJoe SebastianiMeet at the parking lot by the river at the end of Delaware Street in New Castle. 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.June is the perfect time of year to observe birds in the height of their nesting time. Come out to scenic & historic Old New Castle, walk two miles along the Delaware River, and learn about the birds residing and raising families in our area. Half day.
July
Saturday, 12 Jul 2014Delaware Shorebirds* JBob RufeBombay Hook NWR headquarters, 8:00 a.m. 36th Annual Trip! Expect a few rarities and learn to recognize the summer locals. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, & a hat. Half day. Entrance fees in effect.
Saturday, 26 Jul 2014Shorebird ID Workshop Bombay Hook NWR*Andy Urquhart (302) 588-2067 & Eric BraunRegistration required. Call Andy Urquhart by July 24th.Learn a system to ID shorebirds based on size, structure, habits, and plumage. Half day trip includes both classroom and field work. This is a joint program with Bombay Hook NWR. Entrance fees in effect.
August
Saturday, 9 Aug 2014More Delaware Shorebirds* Frank RohrbacherBombay Hook NWR headquarters, 7:30 a.m.Find out what's migrating through in August, and expect a few rarities. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, & a hat. Half day. Entrance fees in effect.
September
Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014Ashland WalkJim WhiteAshland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, 7:30 a.m.Look for warblers and other neotropical migrants along the Red Clay Creek. Half Day.
Sunday, 14 Sep 2014Fall Migrants at White Clay Creek State Park*Anthony GonzonChambers House Nature Center. Creek Rd. North of Hopkins Rd., 8:00 a.m.This is a great time of year for warblers and other fall migrants along White Clay Creek. State Park fee in effect. Half Day.

Please Note: Always check the DOS website (www.dosbirds.org) in case of trip changes or cancellations, and also for any new trips that may be added!

"Delaware Dunlins Recommended" DOS field trips are noted with a symbol. These trips are low-key, and especially appropriate for familes and beginning birders. Also, please check the Dunlins website (delawaredunlins.com) often for youth birding trips added throughout the year, plus pictures and reports from previous trips!