Field Trips

Searching for Sparrows at Burrows Run with Andy Ednie

October 8 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Lincoln’s Sparrow by Mike Moore Explore Burrows Run while searching for sparrows! Join Andy Ednie to search for sparrows in beautiful Burrows Run! October is the perfect time to find migrating sparrows, welcome back our winter birds, and study our year-round residents too! We’ll look for White-throated, White-crowned, Lincoln’s, and others on this pristine private … Read more

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Anson B. Nixon Park with Ian Stewart

October 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am EDT

Tennessee Warbler by Carolyn Holland This is the first DOS trip to this under-birded park & we are excited to see what species we might find! Anson B. Nixon park ( is an attractive 100 acre site owned by the Kennett Area Park Authority. It contains two small lakes and a mix of woodland and … Read more

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Youth Birders: Delaware Wild Lands’ Hangman Reserve

October 15 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am EDT

Wild Turkeys by Michael Moore The Hangman’s Impoundment supports a highly diverse freshwater ecosystem. It is well-vegetated with species such as wild rice and pickerel weed that support wildlife. The impoundment supports a variety of wildlife species including songbirds, Sandhill cranes, turkeys, mink, muskrats, and waterfowl. DWL is involved in a multi-institution research project for … Read more

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Fall Birding at Bombay Hook with Chris Bennett

October 21 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Leatherberry Flats by Chris Bennett Herons and egrets, shorebirds, songbirds & more at Bombay Hook! Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is one of the premier birding sites in the eastern United States and it’s a short trip from anywhere in the state of Delaware. Early fall is a great time to search the refuge for … Read more

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Lazy Birder Field Trip at the Peterson Refuge with Joe Francis

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Rusty Blackbird by Michael Moore Explore Delaware’s Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge! Birding is a great hobby, but not everyone enjoys waking up before dawn on a weekend.  If you prefer to sleep in, this is the trip for you!   Join Joe Francis and friends at Delaware‘s Premier Urban Wildlife Refuge to explore the tidal wetlands … Read more

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Youth Birders: Rushton Woods Owl Banding

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

*Note the evening meeting time! Northern Saw-whet Owl by Jessica Shahan It’s time for another fun evening with owls!  Join the banding crew at Rushton Woods Preserve as they work to catch and band Northern Saw-whet Owls, to help researchers discover more about their amazing annual movements and unique nocturnal adaptations.  911 Delchester Road, Newtown … Read more

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Youth Birders: Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

November 19 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EST

Ruddy Ducks by Michael Moore This trip is all about waterfowl!  Join us to explore the diversity of duck and goose species 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! *Annual Duck Stamp or Daily Pass required … Read more

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Youth Birders: Wilmington Christmas Bird Count

December 16 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am EST

White-throated Sparrow by Carolyn Holland Join us for the 124th annual Christmas Bird Count!  We will be counting all of the birds we can see and hear to help track continent-wide trends in bird diversity and abundance.  The data collected is used by scientists working to protect bird habitats and populations. Meeting location TBD Please … Read more

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Midwinter Bird Walk at Alapocas with Sally O’Byrne

January 17, 2024 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Golden-crowned Kinglet by Carolyn Holland Explore Alapocas Woods for wintering birds Come out and get to know some of the birds that are at home in the woods and fields during winter! Contact Carolyn at [email protected] if you have any questions about this trip. Meet at the Blue Ball Barn near the traffic circle on … Read more

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Raptors in Winter with Jim White (DOS Members Only)

February 11, 2024 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm EST

Red-shouldered Hawk by Carolyn Holland 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 them in.  Bring … Read more

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