Sunday, June 25th – June Birding Bash/Annual Picnic!

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Greetings all,

Summer is here! Migrants are mostly gone and our resident birds are busy laying eggs and raising young! June is often one of the slower birding months during the year, but 2017 has been quite the exception with Little Egret, White-faced Ibis, Little Gull, and Tropical Kingbird. But it’s not just the birds that will make June 2017 memorable – Delmarva Ornithological Society wants to participate too!!
Please join DOS on Sunday, June 25 for our inaugural June Birding Bash! We have a day of events planned that will make any birder happy!
In the morning, join one of two field trips to kick off the day! You can choose from:
1) Middletown Grasslands and Blackbird State Forest: DOS Council Member Joe Sebastiani will be leading a trip to some of the most unique areas of southwestern New Castle County. Travel to southwest New Castle County to find Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, and Dickcissel at Charles Price Park. Then take a tour of the infrequently birded Blackbird State Forest for breeding warblers and maybe look for a few amphibians and reptiles. Meet at Charles Price park near the Bark Park at 8:30 AM. This is a half-day trip and don’t forget your sunscreen, insect repellant and water! For directions, visit https://www.google.com/maps/@39.4287226,-75.7395367,17z and click on the Directions icon (blue arrow) at the top left of your screen.
2) Ashton Tract and Augustine Wildlife Area: DOS President Bill Stewart and DOS Vice President Anthony Gonzon will co-lead a trip to the Ashton Tract – a site fast becoming one of the hottest of hotspots in Delaware. Bill and Anthony will also take folks down to the Port Penn Wetlands Trail and wrap up near the Reedy Point Bridge looking for the resident Peregrine Falcons. If you have never been to this are before, this is a great chance to learn more about it! Meet in the Ashton Tract parking lot at 8:30 AM for this half-day excursion. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water! For directions, visit https://www.google.com/maps/@39.5342836,-75.5860604,18.75z and click on the Directions icon (blue arrow) at the top left of your screen.
After the field trips wind down, take some time to relax and make your way over to Delaware City where the annual DOS picnic will be held from 3:00 PM to early evening at ABA Headquarters (93 Clinton Street, Delaware City 19706)! This annual event is a not-to-be missed time with your fellow DOS members! We’ll be celebrating the Delaware Bird-A-Thon with aceremony and awards presentation, as well as our new fellows. We will also hold a tally rally to reviews the birds seen that day! All DOS members, Bird-A-Thon participants,friends, and family are welcome!
Bring a summertime side dish to share, plus a lawn chairand your binoculars! We’ll be cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages on thegrill. Cold, non-alcoholic beverages will be there for all. If you wish to bring something more “spirited” to share or consume, your are welcomed to!
Parking – Attendees are welcome to park in front of the building to drop off passengers or dishes and beverages. There may be some street parking available, but we recommend that folks park in the large municipal lot behind Crabby Dicks restaurant.

Following the picnic festivities, incoming DOS Vice President, Chris Bennett will lead a heron watch at the end of Clinton Street. Join Chris and other members to watch the herons and egrets travel to and from Pea Patch Island to round out the day! Maybe the White Ibis or another suprise will show up! Bring your chair, scope or binoculars and some water.

I hope many of you can join us for what promises to be a great day of birding and celebration!
Good birding,

Anthony Gonzon
atgonzon@verizon.ne

A Note from Bill 6/14/17:

REMINDER: This year’s Delaware Bird-A-Thon Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the DOS June Birding Bash: Annual Picnic and Bird-A-Thon Celebration on Sunday, June 25th at the very birdy American Birding Association’s HQ in Delaware City. All DOS members, Bird-A-Thon participants, friends and family are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Grilled hamburgers and sausage will be provided. Please consider bringing a summer-themed dish to share. Adults are welcomed to BYOB/W. Don’t forget your lawn or beach chair!

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