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November 2017

The Mystery of Gulls & Terns

November 4, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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Sea Watch l

November 18, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Long-tailed Ducks in flight

Join Anthony and Chris on the first of the season's Sea Watches to count seabirds migrating along Delaware's coast - collecting invaluable data while seeing thousands of migrating loons, gannets, grebes, sea ducks, gulls & terns. Limited walking on soft sand to get to viewing spot on beach. Portable toilets available at IRI.  DE state park fees in effect. Meet at the Delaware Seashore State Park lot on the south side of Indian River Inlet along the ocean (Southeast Day…

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December 2017

Sea Watch ll – Cancelled due to bad weather

December 9, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Note from Chris: I regret to inform everyone - that was thinking that a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Delaware is standing on a dune, being pummeled by 15 mph NNE winds carrying either very cold rain or frozen precipitation while looking for birds out over the ocean - that Anthony Gonzon and I have decided to cancel the DOS Seawatch that was planned to take place at Indian River Inlet tomorrow morning. Don't despair, we…

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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

CANCELLED: List Head Start 2018

January 6 @ 7:30 am
Park & Ride at Rte 299 & Rte 1, 699-701 Middletown-Odessa Rd
Middletown, DE 19709 United States
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A note from Frank on Friday, Jan  5th: Unfortunately, the weather is so poor in Sussex County that I feel that a trip there would be foolhardy on either Saturday or Sunday. Therefore, I have decided to cancel this trip for this year. Frank Rohrbacher Wilmington, Delaware ROHRBAF@AOL.COM   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…

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Midwinter Bird Walk

January 17 @ 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. A note from Sally (on 1/15/18): Snow may be falling Tuesday night, but at present I plan to lead the Wednesday morning Alapocas walk. A fresh snow will be a great background for birding in the mature woodlands and along the Brandywine. We…

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Sea Watch lll

January 20 @ 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 A…

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February 2018

Owl Trip

February 4 @ 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 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Forster's Tern by Kelley Nunn

Forster's Tern by Kelley Nunn A note from Chris (2/14/18): Join Anthony Gonzon and Me this Saturday between 8 am and Noon (come and leave as you wish or stay the whole 4 hours) at the Southeast Day Area at Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park. For those unfamiliar with the area (or the above names) we will be meeting in the parking lot south of the inlet on the east side of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. Weather looks to…

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