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May 2017

Birding with Mason & Dixon on White Clay Creek Preserve’s Penn-Del Trail

May 6 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore birds and history by looking for early breeding and migrating birds with the namesakes of the Mason-Dixon Line! Meet Mason & Dixon (A.K.A. Ian Stewart & friend) at the Penn-Del Trail parking area at the White Clay Creek Preserve at 8:00AM.

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Rail Trip

May 6 @ 10:00 pm - May 7 @ 1:00 am
Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, 699-701 Middletown-Odessa Rd
Middletown, DE 19709 United States
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Whip-poor-will

Join Andy Ednie for a three-hour rail bonanza in the middle of the night targeting 7 species.  Bring long boots and bug spray. Meet Andy at the Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1 in Middletown, opposite Wawa.  

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Alapocas Woods

May 9 @ 7:00 am

Visit an oasis within the city of Wilmington with good successional field habitat, mature woodlands, and the Brandywine River with leader Sally O'Byrne. Target birds include migrating warblers and thrushes. Half day. Meet Sally at the softball field parking lot behind the DuPont Experimental Station at 7AM.

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Mother’s Day Walk at White Clay Creek S.P.

May 14 @ 8:00 am
Chambers House Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road
Newark, DE United States
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Come spend Mother's Day at beautiful White Clay Creek State Park, looking for nesting local breeding birds and late migrants still passing through.    Meet leaders Bill Stewart, Judy Montgomery, and Derek Stoner at the Chambers House Nature Center parking lot at 8am.  Half day.  State Park fees are in effect.

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Bird Walk & Nest Box Checking at Coverdale Farm

May 20 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Ian Stewart to search for migrant and resident songbirds along Burrow's Run creek and also set up mist-nets to try and capture and band some of them. This is a great opportunity to see birds up close and help collect some valuable data on the birds using this habitat. This trip will be meeting at 7:30am at Coverdale Farm - check this space for the parking location and specific directions as the trip date approaches.   Yellow Warbler - Ian Stewart…

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June 2017

Dragon Run Canoe/Kayak Adventure

June 3

Join Sally O'Byrne on a visit to the great freshwater marsh near Delaware City, with abundant Little Blue Heron, Yellow Warbler and Marsh Wren. Target bird = Least Bittern.   Half day.  Registration Required - DOS members only, due to space limitations.  Please email Sally at salobyrne@gmail.com for details and to register.  

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Assawoman State Wildlife Area

June 10 @ 7:30 am
South Bethany McDonald’s Parking Lot, 1 Addy Road
Bethany Beach, DE 19930 United States
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Join John Janowski for a half day of birding some of the best coastal wetlands/forest south of Rehoboth! Meet John in the South Bethany McDonald's parking lot, at Evergreen Rd. & Coastal Hwy SR 1 at 7:30AM.

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Fair Hill NRMA, Maryland

June 17 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Fair Hill NRMA, Parking Lot #3, 2895 Appleton Rd.
Elkton, MD 21921 United States
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Bobolink at Fair Hill, MD - by Bill Stewart

Join leader Bill Stewart for a trip to our neighboring state. Fair Hill NRMA hosts breeding Bobolinks (85 nests in 2015), Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows all within closeup viewing from numerous groomed trails throughout their grassland habitats.  Excellent photographic opportunities abound within a short walk from the parking area.  Due to their multiple management practices throughout the 5,656 acres, our three and a half hour stroll should produce 60+ species.  Much of the time will be spent enjoying the Bobolinks and sparrows…

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Summer Beginner Bird Walk at Ashland

June 24 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Rd
Hockessin, DE 19707 United States
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June is the perfect time of year to observe birds in the height of their nesting time. Come out with leader Joe Sebastiani to Delaware Nature Society's beautiful Ashland property, and learn about the birds residing and raising families in our area. Meet Joe in Ashland Nature Center's parking lot off of Brackenville Road at 8:30AM.  

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July 2017

Delaware Shorebirds

July 22 @ 8:00 am
Shorebird Trip to Bombay Hook NWR

What a tradition - Bob Rufe's 39th Annual Trip! Expect a few rarities and learn to recognize the summer locals. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, & a hat. Half day.  Refuge entrance fee in effect.  Meet at the refuge headquarters at 8am. Group photo by Lane McLaughlin (lanemclaughlinphotography.com)  

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