All Upcoming Events and Trips

Raptors in Winter with Jim White (DOS Members Only)

Northern Harrier by Michael Moore New this year, a quest for Raptors in Winter! A full day quest for raptors that may be found in our area during the winter months. We will visit several areas in Delaware and while we will include owls in our search, no tape recordings will be used to call ... Read more

DOS February Meeting: “Species limits and conservation of the Sharp-shinned Hawk complex” by Therese A. Catanach

The Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) complex is widely distributed across the New World, breeding from western Alaska to Argentina.  Although currently treated as a single species, based on size and plumage variation some authorities have suggested there may be multiple species of “Sharpie”. Using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences from over 50 samples, from across the ... Read more

Youth Birders: Bombay Hook NWR Take Two

Hooded Merganser by Michael Moore This trip is all about waterfowl! Join us to explore numerous species of ducks and geese that move into the Mid-Atlantic region for the winter each year. We'll be bringing scopes to make sure we get great looks, so don't miss out! Please RSVP to Jessica at [email protected] so we'll ... Read more

Waterfowl on the Susquehanna Flats with Andy Ednie

Redheads by Michael Moore New this Winter, Waterfowl at Perryville Community Park! Join Andy Ednie for an opportunity to observe hundreds of Tundra Swans & ducks while studying a diversity of species. We'll look for Canvasbacks & Redheads, Greater & Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded & Common Mergansers, Buffleheads & Ruddy Ducks just to name ... Read more

Sea Watch III with Chris Bennett & Anthony Gonzon

Long-tailed Duck by Michael Moore Last chance to join Anthony Gonzon and Chris Bennett for a brisk birding adventure at the Indian River Inlet this winter! To be enjoyed at the Southside Day Use Area (parking lot on the south side of Indian River Inlet along the ocean). Come prepared for cold conditions and the ... Read more

DOS March Meeting: Annual Christmas Count Recap

Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, Delaware

Usually held in January, this meeting was moved to March due to a scheduling conflict. Join host Jim White and other Christmas Count compilers for a recap of all the exciting discoveries during the 2022-2023 Christmas Counts. Each compiler will summarize the highlights of their count and discuss recent trends in bird populations. This event ... Read more

Youth Birders: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Pintail by Michael Moore Tinicum Marsh is the largest remaining tidal freshwater marsh in Pennsylvania and on this field trip we will explore all that this fascinating urban wildlife refuge has to offer! Raptors, waterfowl, wading birds and other water birds are all possibilities for us to observe. We will bring scopes and binoculars ... Read more

Nanticoke Wildlife Area – Phillips Landing with Anthony Gonzon

Barred Owl by Chris Bennett Nanticoke Wildlife Area - Phillips Landing, note two meeting times & places! Join Anthony for a visit to the southwest corner of Delaware along the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek. Search for newly arrived migrants and summer residents, including Prothonotary and Worm-eating Warblers, and for year-round specialties like Barred Owls. ... Read more

DOS April Meeting: “For DOS by DOS” short presentations by DOS members

Ashland Nature Center 3511 Barley Mill Rd, Hokessin, Delaware

Rescheduled talk from earlier cancelation. A DOS tradition. An opportunity for DOS members to make short presentations on any topic of their choice. We are still looking for additional speakers. Let us know if you are interested. Featured Speakers: Anthony Gonzon will speak on the role of the Delaware Bird Records Committee and its function ... Read more

Youth Birders: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Michael Moore This trip kicks off our exploration of spring migration! We will explore the trails searching for early migrant songbirds like phoebes, gnatcatchers and hopefully some warblers. Binoculars will be available for participants to borrow. Please RSVP to Jessica at [email protected] so we'll know to expect you. Meet at the parking ... Read more

Evening Rail Trip with Andy Ednie

Salt Marsh at Sunrise by Tim Freiday Listen for rails after dark! This may be the only field trip all year where no birds are seen....only heard!  A four hour Rail bonanza (in the middle of the night!) targeting 7 species.  Bring long boots and bug spray.  Our leader is Andy Ednie, please contact at ... Read more

First State National Historic Park with Declan O’Neil

Blackburnian Warbler by Declan O'Neil Explore the Woodlawn Tract of First State National Historic Park, a lesser-known gem of northern New Castle County. With spring in full swing, we'll be looking and listening for over 20 possible warbler species on our walk along the Brandywine, in addition to vireos, thrushes, sparrows and anything else migration ... Read more