Date: 1/10/20 12:06 pm From: Rob Blye <rwblye...> Subject: [de-birds] Two January days in contrast
Thursday January 9th was the first field trip of the year for Sussex Bird Club. Twenty hardy souls met at Indian River Inlet about 8:30 AM where we found temperatures in the high 20s with bright sun and a steady 15-20 mph wind from the north. The even hardier birds were mostly hunkered down in the wind except for a good size flock of Bonaparte's gull. We observed the usual suspects but dipped on common loon and great cormorant. A peregrine put on a brief show chasing a flock of some 200 dunlin around. A single razorbill was seen by one experienced birder who arrived early.
The group then moved to observe the bay from the campground where we picked up a few waterfowl then off to Burton Island. It was mostly out of the wind, with red-breasted merganser and pied-bill grebe on the water and towhee, mockingbird and a ruby-crowned kinglet on the trail in addition to the ubiquitous myrtle warblers.
Silver Lake yielded the hoped for canvasbacks and a few other ducks while the STP at Wolfe Neck coughed up two black-headed gull. We ended the day with 51 species and avoided frost bite.
Contrast Thursday's weather with today; my wife and I hiked the Walking Dunes Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in bright sun, low wind and temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s. Surprisingly few birds were observed but we did manage a few brown-headed nuthatches and a hermit thrush.
Sussex Bird Club will continue to offer biweekly field trips mostly on Thursday mornings and mostly in Sussex County. Check our website for schedule and updates. Field trips are free and open to the public.
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