Field Trips

Delmarva Ornithological Society
2014-2015 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, 2014
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.
Saturday, 13 Sep 2014Birding Milford NeckMatt Sarver, Brian Boutin, Chris & Karen BennettMeet at Meding's Seafood restaurant parking lot (3697 Bay Rd., Milford, DE) at 8 AM.As part of the second annual Delaware Sea Level Rise Awareness week, come look for fall migrant songbirds while learning about the importance of coastal forests and the threats these forests are facing from saltwater intrusion due to sea level rise. The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Wild Lands, and DNREC are working cooperatively on management in the area. Early morning birding around Milford Neck followed by lunch at Meding's Seafood, with some discussion of the conservation issues.
Saturday, 13 Sep 2014‡ Dunlins Event: Songbird Banding at Rushton Woods Preserve Dunlins LeadersMeet in the Rushton Farm parking lot, located near the intersection of Goshen and Delchester Roads, entrance on Delchester Rd. 7:30-9AMOur friends at Rushton Farms have invited us to visit with their bird banding team to observe all phases of bird banding research including: monitoring mist nets, identifying, aging, sexing, weighing, measuring, banding and releasing birds, and documenting research into the federal data bank. Don't forget to bring a camera!
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.
Sunday, 28 Sep 2014Local Patch Birding Series: Bellevue State Park*Amy & Kathleen O'NeilMeet in main parking lot near the green barn/shed at 8AMBellevue State Park is a lovely former estate with many paths and trails to explore. It has a nice mixture of habitats that attract a variety of resident and migratory birds. Half day. State Park fees in effect.
October
Saturday, 11 Oct 2014‡ Dunlins Event: Ashland Big SitDunlins LeadersAshland Nature Center, Hockessin DE, 9AM - 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.
Sunday, 12 Oct 2014Last Gasp 4 Fall Warblers*Andy EdnieBrandywine Creek State Park Nature Center, 8AMSearch for remaining fall warblers and other migrants at beautiful BCSP. Half day. State Park fees in effect.
Saturday, 18 Oct 2014Sea Watch lAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - 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.
Saturday, 18 Oct 2014Local Patch Birding Series: Milton, DETim Schreckengost Prime Hook Visitor's Center, 3PMAfter the morning Sea Watch, come join Tim in the afternoon to check out some Sussex County hotspots. It's great timing for vagrant sparrows, early waterfowl, and late shorebirds.
November
Sunday, 2 Nov 2014Augustine Wildlife Area Anthony GonzonAugustine Beach, Rte 9, 7:30AM - NoonIt's the end of 2014's Daylight Savings Time, so enjoy the extra hour of sleep and come out for a perfect time to find wintering passerines and raptors. Half day.
Saturday, 15 Nov 2014Delaware Museum of Natural History Skin Collection Study: Winter Coastal Birds WorkshopBruce Lantz & Jean Woods jwoods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 x314Registration Required. The workshop is free but space is limited and registration is required by contacting Jean Woods. 10AM - Noon.Participants will have the opportunity to view, study and discuss the skins of a variety of winter birds of the Delaware coast, including both fresh and salt water marshes. Study skins will be setup for both beginner and advanced birders. Age 16 and over unless accompanied by a parent.
Saturday, 15 Nov 2014Sea Watch lIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - 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.
Sunday, 30 Nov 2014‡ Bald Eagle Extravaganza Beginner Trip J Dunlins LeadersConowingo Dam Parking Lot, Conowingo, MD, 2 - 4PMThe dozens (sometimes hundreds!) of Bald Eagles that gather at Conowingo each fall and winter is incredible. Bring your camera!
December
Saturday, 6 Dec 2014Local Patch Birding Series: Newark ReservoirTim Schreckengost & Alan KneidelNewark Reservoir Parking Lot on Old Paper Mill Rd. (off of Paper Mill Rd.) at 8AMJoin Tim and Alan for a morning filled with various waterfowl species, sparrows, and winter residents at the Newark Reservoir and the adjacent William M. Redd Park!
Saturday, 13 Dec 2014Sea Watch llIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - 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.
January, 2015
Saturday, 10 Jan 2015List Head StartFrank RohrbacherPark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa. 7:30AMGet an early start on your 2015 list! Visit various DE sites in the race to get as many year birds as possible. Full day.
Saturday, 17 Jan 2015Sea Watch lVAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - 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.
Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015‡ Midwinter Beginner Bird WalkSally O'ByrneMeet at Blue Ball Barn, near traffic circle on Rte 141. 8:30 - 11:30AMCome out and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods & fields during winter.
Sunday, 25 Jan 2015‡ Dunlins Event: Winter Holiday PartyDunlins LeadersAshland Nature Center, Hockessin DE, 2 - 5PMJoin us for a fun time after the busy holiday season for some bird-related activities & presentations by your fellow Dunlins. Bring photos, bird lists, or any bird-related items for a show & tell time!
February
Sunday, 1 Feb 2015Owl TripJim White (302) 593-9622Registration Required. DOS members only. Must call Jim if you are attending. New Castle County Airport, 8AM to 7PMSeven species of owl may be seen and/or heard in a single full day. Various locations. Bring lunch. Full day.
Saturday, 21 Feb 2015Sea Watch VAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - 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.
March
Saturday, 14 Mar 2015‡ Stone Harbor/ Avalon NJBill Stewart (610) 864-0370 bird-del@earthlink.netRegistration Required. Must confirm your plans with Bill if attending. Meet at 7AM at DE Swim & Fitness Club. CaVisit 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.
Sunday, 15 Mar 2015Delaware Museum of Natural History Skin Collection Study: Spring Forest Birds WorkshopBruce Lantz & Jean Woods jwoods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 x314Registration Required. The workshop is free but space is limited and registration is required by contacting Jean Woods. Noon - 2PMIn this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to view, study and discuss the birds of the upland, coastal and wet bottom forest habitats. Age 16 and over unless accompanied by a parent.
Saturday, 21 Mar 2015Sea Watch VIAnthony Gonzon & Chris BennettDelaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8:00AM - 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.
Sunday, 29 Mar 2015Marina Park & Conowingo Dam, Port Deposit, MDJoe SebastianiMeet at Marina Park, Port Deposit, MD 7:30-11:30AMJoin Joe on this new trip to the Lower Susquehanna in MD including Conowingo Dam, searching for gulls including Little Gull and migratory waterfowl. Half day.
April
Saturday, 25 Apr 2015Nanticoke Watershed*Anthony Gonzon & Eric BraunPark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa at 6:00AMSpring 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.
Sunday, 26 Apr 2015‡ Lum's Pond*Bob StrahornGlasgow High School parking lot 7:30AMLook for early breeding and migrating passerines. We will be driving to several locations in & around the park. Half day. State Park fees in effect.
May
Friday, 1 May 2015Great Cypress Swamp After DarkChris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Jim WhiteExact time & date to be determined at a later date.This joint field trip of DOS and the Sussex Bird Club is back again by popular demand! A special visit to the largest forest stand in the state of DE, owned by Delaware Wild Lands. Stay tuned for more information.
Friday, 1 May 2015Rail Trip (Note unusual time)Andy EdniePark & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, opposite Wawa. 10:00PMA three-hour Rail bonanza (in the middle of the night!) targeting 7 species. Bring long boots & bug spray.
Saturday, 2 May 2015Local Patch Birding Series: Carousel ParkIan Stewart (859) 333-8817Meet at large parking lot by the equestrian center, off of Limestone Rd. 8AM - NoonCarousel is a public park with mixed woodland, open grassy fields and a small lake, which will hopefully present us with a variety of birds. It is free to enter and the trails are all well marked and easy to follow. Half day.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015Alapocas WoodsSally O'ByrneMeet at softball field parking lot behind the duPont Experimental Station at 7AMVisit 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, 9 May 2015Spring Round-upJohn JanowskiSee The Flyer for details, or check the DOS website 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 9, 2015 marks the 47th 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.
Sunday, 10 May 2015‡ Mother's Day Walk White Clay Creek S.P.*Bill Stewart, Judy Montgomery, & Derek Stoner Meet at the Chambers House Nature Center off of Creek Rd. at 7AMCome spend Mother's Day at beautiful White Clay Creek State Park, looking for nesting local breeding birds and late migrants still passing through. State Park Fee in effect. Half day.
June
Saturday, 6 Jun 2015Dragon 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, 13 Jun 2015Local Patch Birding Series: Grassland Breeding BirdsDerek StonerMeet at Charles E. Price Memorial Park, first lot on right by dog park. 7:30 - 10AMExplore excellent grassland habitat in Middletown, DE. Target species include Eastern Meadowlark, Horned Lark, Grasshopper & Savannah Sparrows, and Dickcissel
Saturday, 27 Jun 2015‡ Summer Beginner Bird Walk at Battery ParkJoe SebastianiMeet at the parking lot by the river at the end of Delaware Street in New Castle. 8 - 11AMJune 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, 11 Jul 2015Local Patch Birding Series: Joy RunJohn JanowskiMeet at Chesdel Diner parking lot, US 13/Port Penn Rd. at 8:30AMThis local patch trip will introduce you to an isolated riparian habitat with mature deciduous trees and wetlands where a number of breeding birds were confirmed during the recent atlas project. This is an opportunity to learn vocalizations and have close views of birds that would typically be a challenge later in the season.
Saturday, 18 Jul 2015‡ Delaware Shorebirds* JBob RufeBombay Hook NWR headquarters, 8:00AM37th 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.
August
Saturday, 1 Aug 2015More Delaware Shorebirds* Frank RohrbacherBombay Hook NWR headquarters, 7:30AMFind out what's migrating through in August, and expect a few rarities. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, & a hat. Half day. Entrance fees in effect.
Saturday, 29 Aug 2015Shorebird ID Workshop Bombay Hook NWR*Andy Urquhart (302) 588-2067 & Eric BraunRegistration required. Call Andy Urquhart by August 27th.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.
September
Saturday, 5 Sep 2015Delaware Museum of Natural History Skin Collection Study: Fall Migrants WorkshopBruce Lantz & Jean Woods jwoods@delmnh.org or 302-658-9111 x314Registration Required. The workshop is free but space is limited and registration is required by contacting Jean Woods. 10AM - Noon."Confusing fall warblers and more" - not when you can study them like this! In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to view, study and discuss the skins of a variety of fall warblers. Age 16 and over unless accompanied by a parent.
Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015Ashland WalkJim WhiteAshland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE, 7:30AMLook for warblers and other neotropical migrants along the Red Clay Creek. Half day
December
Monday, 14 Dec - Monday, 5 Jan 2015115th 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!

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!