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December 2017

118th Annual Christmas Bird Counts

December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am - January 5, 2018 @ 12:00 am
Birding Snowman in Flyer by Jim White

The Delmarva Ornithological Society manages 5 Christmas Bird Counts in Delaware, including Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Cape Henlopen-Prime Hook, and Rehoboth.  Below is a list of the count dates for 2017-18, and the compilers.  Please contact the compiler if you would like to participate in any count, they would love to hear from you!  All skill levels of birders are welcome, including birders that would like to feeder-watch at home. 2017-2018 Count Dates Wilmington - Saturday, December 16th Compiler Jim White (302)…

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January 2018

List Head Start 2018

January 6, 2018 @ 7:30 am
Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, 699-701 Middletown-Odessa Rd
Middletown, DE 19709 United States
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Are you a lister?  Join Frank Rohrbacher to get a jump start for 2018!  Visit various Delaware sites statewide in the race to find as many year birds as possible.  Full day. Meet Frank at the Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1 in Middletown, opposite Wawa at 7:30AM.

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Midwinter Bird Walk

January 17, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Blue Ball Barn, Alapocas Run State Park, 1914 W Park Dr.
Wilmington, 19803 United States
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Come out and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods & fields during winter! Meet Sally O'Byrne at the Blue Ball Barn, near traffic circle on Rte. 141 at 8:30AM.

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Sea Watch lll

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Long-tailed Ducks in flight

Photo of Long-tailed Ducks in flight by Anthony Gonzon Join 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. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach.  Portable toilets available at IRI. Half day. Delaware Seashore State Park (lot on south side of Indian River Inlet along ocean - Southeast Day Use Area), 8AM - Noon  …

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February 2018

Owl Trip

February 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
New Castle County Airport, 151 N. Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE 19720 United States
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Barred Owl

Full day search in various locations for as many species of owls as possible, and other raptors along the way. Registration Required.  Must call Jim if you are attending (302-593-9622).  DOS members only due to space limitations.  Meet at the New Castle County Airport.  Bring lunch. Full day.   (Barred Owl Photo by Jim White)

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Sea Watch IV

February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forster's Tern by Kelley Nunn

Forster's Tern by Kelley Nunn   Join 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 the beach.  Portable toilets available. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park lot on the south side of Indian River Inlet along the ocean (Southeast Day Use Area)…

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Cuba

February 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

*** This trip is sold out.  To be added to the waiting list, please email Bill at bird-del@earthlink.net Join Bill Stewart for this fantastic opportunity to see the majority of Cuba's 26 endemic bird species.  We will also travel with an expert Cuban ornithologist, and learn more about conservation in action.  Enjoy cultural interactions, music, and more! $4,395 per person in double, limited to 10 participants. Contact Debbie Sturdivant at 866-748-6146 or Debbie@holbrooktravel.com For more info or to enroll:  Holbrook.travel/Delmarva-cu17…

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March 2018

Bayshore Wildlife Areas: Woodland Beach to Ted Harvey

March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aquatic Education Center, 4876 Hay Point Landing Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977 United States
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The Delaware Bayshore between Woodland Beach and Ted Harvey Wildlife Areas offers some of the best birding in the United States.  This trip will visit some of the 13,521 acres of state-owned land along the bayshore in search of waterfowl, songbirds, waterbirds and raptors. Meet leader Chris Bennett at the Aquatic Resources Education Center, on Route 9, 8AM-Noon Please remember that these state wildlife areas now require you to have a Conservation Access Pass for your vehicle. There are no fee…

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Stone Harbor/ Avalon NJ

March 10, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Delaware Swim & Fitness Center, 2150 New Castle Ave
New Castle, 19720 United States
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Join Bill Stewart to visit 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. Registration Required.  Must confirm your plans with Bill if you are attending (email: bird-del@earthlink.net…

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Sea Watch V

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Surf Scoter in flight - photo by Kelley Nunn

Surf Scoter in flight - photo by Kelley Nunn   Last chance this winter to bundle up and join Anthony and Chris 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.  DE state park fee in effect. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park lot on the south side of Indian River…

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