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August 2017

Wine & Cheese Nighthawk Watch

August 31 @ 6:00 pm
Common Nighthawk flyby Photo by Kim Steininger

On Thursday, August 31st, I will be entertaining twenty pre-registered participants in a DOS Wine & Cheese Nighthawk Watch atop the water tower on the DuPont Estate, "Granogue"€, overlooking the Brandywine River Valley. As the Common Nighthawks move south during their fall migration, many use waterways as their source of navigation and food replenishment. Peak numbers can be seen during the last week of August coursing through the Brandywine River Valley. This event is limited to the first twenty participants responding…

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September 2017

Early Fall Migrants at Middle Run

September 3 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am
Middle Run Natural Area, Middle Run Valley Park
Newark, DE 19711 United States
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The first wave of fall songbird migration is underway, with warblers, vireos, tanagers, orioles and other colorful birds moving through the Middle Run Natural Area in Delaware's Piedmont region.  Discover these birds during a guided walk for DOS members during the Middle Run Bio-Blitz, an annual event for the public at this county park. Meet at the main Middle Run parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. Contact walk leader Tim Freiday (tim.freiday777@gmail.com) for more details. Black-and-white Warbler photo by Derek Stoner

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Ashland Walk

September 6 @ 7:30 am
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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  Join leader Jim White to look for warblers and other neotropical migrants along the Red Clay Creek. Meet Jim in the Ashland Nature Center parking lot off of Brackenville Road at 7:30am. (Ashland Photo by Jim White)

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Cape May

September 9

Join Tim Freiday for a tour of Cape May's "Migration Mainline" hotspots: Higbee Beach, The Meadows, Cape May Point State Park, and the Cape May Hawk Watch for migrant songbirds, shorebirds and raptors.  Expect some rarities.  Full day. Registration required.  Must contact Tim (tim.freiday777@gmail.com) to sign up and for start time/meeting place and other details.  DOS members only. Cape May photo by Derek Stoner  

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Birding and Hawk Migration at Granogue Estate

September 23 @ 7:30 am
View from Granogue Tower - photo by Bill Stewart

Spend the morning with Bill Stewart exploring the varied and bird-rich habitats on the DuPont Estate "Granogue" during prime songbird migration. Finish the morning with hawkwatching from atop the famous Granogue watertower with a 360° view for miles over top of the Brandywine River Valley. Registration Required.  Contact Bill Stewart (610-864-0370  or email bird-del@earthlink.net) for availability and field trip specifics.  Limit 16.  Start time at 7:30AM. A special visit to the DuPonts' beautiful home - photo by Bill Stewart

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Milford Neck Fall Migrants

September 24 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Milford Shore Stop/Valero, 432 Bay Rd.
Milford, DE 19963 United States
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Milford Neck, DE - photo by Chriss Bennett

Milford Neck is one of the best least-birded areas of the state. More than 10,000 acres of the forest, fields and wetlands are permanently protected by the State of Delaware, The Nature Conservancy and Delaware Wild Lands.  The mosaic of habitats, easily accessed by an excellent road network provide excellent birding opportunities.  We will look for migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds and raptors. Meet trip leader Chris Bennett at the Valero/ShoreStop on northbound SR1 (just north of SR1-US113 merge, across from I.G.…

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The Ticking Tomb Bird Walk

September 30 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet Ian Stewart at the London Tract Meeting House in White Clay Creek Preserve (the PA side) to look for fall migrants and perhaps a bit of mystery.  It is only a month away from Halloween, after all! Our meeting place is the parking lot next to an old graveyard famous for it's "Ticking Tomb".  Parking is free.

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October 2017

Birding Bombay Backwards

October 8 @ 7:00 am
Bombay Hook NWR, 2501-2599 Refuge Entrance Rd.
Smyrna, DE 19977 United States
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Black-throated Green Warbler, 1st winter female.

Join Andy Ednie for a look at the upland habitats of the refuge during fall migration.  We'll look for warblers, sparrows and other woodland birds.  Walks might get muddy, so bring boots! Meet Andy at Bombay Hook NWR headquarters at 7AM for this half-day trip. Don't forget that the NWR entrance fee is in effect ($4/vehicle). (Black-throated Green Warbler in fall - photo by Andy Ednie)

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November 2017

The Mystery of Gulls & Terns

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bombay Hook NWR headquarters, 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd
Smyrna, DE United States
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Terns from the Delaware Museum of Natural History's avian skin collection. Photo credit Bruce Lance & Jean Woods

After a very well attended waterfowl workshop at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge last fall, we return again. This fall DOS will offer a Gull and Tern Identification Workshop in conjunction with the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) and hosted by Bombay Hook NWR.  Our intent is to offer workshop participants the opportunity to view, study and discuss the skins of a variety of gulls and terns one might see on the Delmarva Peninsula. The skins will include both…

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Augustine Wildlife Area

November 5 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Daylight Saving Time is over, so celebrate by sleeping in for an extra hour and then join DOS for a birding trip to the Augustine Wildlife Area. Check out the very popular Ashton Tract with it's fantastic  observation platform, and old favorites like Augustine Beach and the Green Tract. This half day trip will begin at Augustine Beach at Rte 9 South of Port Penn at 8AM and go until about noon. Target species will include newly arrived winter waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Please…

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