Middletown Christmas Bird Count

Letter From the President, December 2017

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It’s the holiday season! Can you believe that another year is almost done? This past year went by far too quickly for me. And now, as we approach the busiest shopping time of the year, DOS members are called upon once again for one of the most celebrated annual events in birding – Christmas Bird […]

Delmarva Ornithologist Cover

Membership News December 2017

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Are you desperately missing your Ornithologist? Renew now and you’ll get it before Christmas! If you heard a strange noise in early December, that was the sound of hundreds of DOS members letting out a collective gasp after they opened this year’s Ornithologist! Yes, the reviews are in and everyone agrees, this is one of […]

John Janowski

Get to Know Your DE Birder, John Janowski

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Name: John Janowski Hometown: Middletown (near Port Penn) Occupation: Retired, formerly a Transportation Planner Favorite Delaware birding site? Like all good things sites change over time. In general, the C&D Canal area ranks high. Sub-areas such as Ft. DuPont and Joy Run are favorites. More and more the Ashton Tract is winning me over. All […]

Lincoln's Sparrow at Bucktoe Creek Preserve by Hank Davis

Get Out and Bird! November 2017

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Get Out and Bird!  Did you Get Out and Bird in October? The warbler migration may have dwindled, but migrating sparrows put on a great show at Middle Run, Bucktoe Creek Preserve, and Brandywine Creek State Park, and they could continue into November. November is often called “Rarity Month” due to the numerous vagrant and […]

Common Raven at the Ashland Hawk Watch by David Brown

October 2017 Update from the Ashland Hawk Watch

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The Ashland hawk watch continues to have a great season! A total of 8108 migrating raptors were counted in September including 6909 Broad-winged Hawks. As the Broad-winged Hawk migration slowed down in early October, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and falcons began to dominate the count numbers. As November arrives the late season migrants such as Red-tailed Hawks, […]

Migrating Osprey at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Lewes, DE by Kelley Nunn

Comparing Cape Henlopen and Cape May Hawk Watches

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Comparing Flights At Cape Henlopen & Cape May The Cape Henlopen Hawk watch is across the Delaware Bay from Cape May, NJ and in fact, on a clear day you can easily see it across the water. As close as Cape May is to Cape Henlopen the raptor numbers are very different – Why? Considering […]

DOS Lucky Strap

Membership News November 2017

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Another Big Score for the Lucky DOS Strap In this prophetic photograph taken on October 13th 2017 Ashland Hawkwatcher David Brown is buying one of DOS’s famed ‘Lucky’ binocular straps. Less than 2 weeks later (October 26th 2017) David was wearing his lucky strap when a Swainson’s Hawk glided gracefully over Ashland, allowing great views […]

Sunrise at Port Mahon Road in Delaware by Anthony Gonzon

Letter from the President November 2017

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Memorable Birding Moments Many of us – more likely all of us – have some pretty memorable birding moments. I’m not really speaking about “firsts”. Those, too, are often memorable. Rather, what I describe as memorable are those moments while birding that really stand out as extraordinary, those moments that are completely unexpected but overwhelm […]

DOS Christmas Bird Counts Snowman in Delaware

2017-2018 Christmas Bird Counts in Delaware

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Well folks, fall is well underway and the bleak, gray days of winter will soon follow. But don’t despair, as it is also time to look forward to that most wonderful time of year – the annual Christmas Bird Counts. The DOS sponsors five counts: Wilmington, Bombay Hook, Middletown, Rehoboth, and Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook. All of the counts […]

Group Photo of DOS Field Trip at the DuPont Nature Center in Mispillion Harbor Delaware

Letter from the President October 2017

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Welcome to fall – I think? Greeting DOS Members, So far, it’s been a bit on the warm side. We have had a couple of major storms off the coast that have thankfully missed us and rain has been scarce. But that hasn’t stopped migration with raptors and passerines arriving and departing daily soon to […]