Birding Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware

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Over Memorial Day weekend (23-25 May) my family and I spent the weekend along the Delaware shore enjoying the beaches, natural areas, and tourist traps that make visiting the shore such a delight. And then there were the birds that made me remember for sure that I was in Delaware and not in New York. ” Trips Cape Henlopen State Park Delaware

Life Along The Delaware Bay: A Book Review

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Life Along the Delaware Bay: Cape May, Gateway to a Million Shorebirds , by Lawrence Niles, Joanna Burger, and Amanda Dey, is a book with a mission. Be careful or you may end up caring deeply about the Delaware Bay and being convinced that this is a significant area we should all work to repair and preserve. This photograph was taken at Reed’s Beach by Jan van de Kam, who did most of the photography for Life Along the Delaware Bay. Reviews book review Delaware Bay

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2021)

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Corey enjoyed a long weekend in Narrowsburg, New York, along the Delaware River at the New York-Pennsylvania border.

Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of May 2015?

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Corey, on the other hand, is leaving all his professional cares behind as he takes to the Delaware coast. Memorial Day weekend offers Americans the best of two splendid seasons: an unofficial start to summer while spring migration is still flying. And we get three days in our weekend to celebrate. Live it up! Of course, some of us work on weekends, which means I can’t go as far afield as I’d like.

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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In the spring, key staging and stopover areas include Patagonia, Argentina; eastern and northern Brazil; the southeast United States; the Virginia barrier islands; and Delaware Bay. For example, in the Delaware Bay, warming coastal waters can cause horseshoe crabs to lay their eggs earlier than normal; conversely, more intense and frequent coastal storms can cause late spawning. Birds in Delaware Bay. The U.S.

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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Efforts for such a ballot initiative in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Vermont have failed but efforts are currently underway to establish similar legislation in Colorado and Washington. Again, thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this update on California's proposition 2.

Birding from New York to North Carolina

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To get there we would need to get out of New York, through New Jersey into Delaware, and then on through Maryland and Virginia until finally reaching our destination. We broke the drive down into two segments: from New York to Delaware on 31 March and from Delaware to North Carolina on 1 April. As we headed south I started entering the occasional eBird checklist as we worked our way out of Delaware and through Maryland.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2015)

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Corey is still enjoying a long Memorial Day weekend with his family in Delaware but wanted to share that his Best Bird of the Weekend thus far was a Chuck-Will’s-Widow calling in the predawn darkness at Cape Henlopen State Park. Every May weekend means so much in the temperate climes. What makes this one so excellent is that the weekend technically hasn’t ended yet, at least in the U.S.! If you’re free of obligations today, make your Monday a fun day.

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Delhi’s Birds Need Help!

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After Nadeem attends the NWRA conference in Princeton, NJ, he will go to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware; The Wildlife Center of Virginia ; New Jersey’s Mercer County Wildlife Center ; and The Cape Wildlife Center in Massachusetts. Birders, nature lovers, anyone who can appreciate the triumph of compassion over seemingly insurmountable odds … here’s a chance for you to be part of something great.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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Bombay Hook NWR (Delaware); 166,000; $5.3 Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Brewery Ommegang: Idyll Days Pilsner

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It’s hard to believe that a few weeks ago I was checking the weather forecast every day, eagerly anticipating any warm, southerly winds that might carry with them new arrivals during the height of spring migration in May.

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eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

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On eBird profile pages, size matters: tiny Delaware is barely noticeable whereas Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri are conspicuous. According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists.

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Watch for Shorebirds with Colored Flags!

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A web-based initiative www.bandedbirds.org has been developed by partners in New Jersey and Delaware (USA) to incorporate shorebird sightings (or resightings) made by the public into a centralized database. As I write this note, probably hundreds if not thousands of shorebirds are heading south to the wintering grounds. Some make stopovers along Florida’s coast, others fly straight from stopovers in the northern states to the coast of South America.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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Bombay Hook NWR (Delaware). There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city. Many were specifically established for migratory birds and are strategically positioned along one of the four major North American migration flyways. Others were established to protect specific bird species or subspecies. But they primary protect land, an essential but dwindling avian resource.

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New York City Park Department Contractor Tears Up Imperiled Sparrows Home

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They breed only in salt marshes along the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Maine, and their habitat keeps getting destroyed, developed, and fragmented. Joshua Malbin has been birding in Brooklyn, NY for more than 10 of his 15-plus years doing it so far. He’s been working as a writer and editor for almost 20, and has contributed fiction and nonfiction to more than a dozen online and print journals.

10,000 Birds goes eBirding

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However, most states have less than 100 species, including: Missouri (98); Wyoming (97); Delaware (83); Massachusetts (81); Maine (76); Louisiana (73); Maryland (62); Idaho (57); Georgia (54); Nevada (53); South Carolina (49); Vermont (34); Alaska (34); New Hampshire (31); Indiana (27); Kansas (23); Tennessee (17); Ohio (16); South Dakota (14); Montana (11); Arkansas (8).

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A Greater Yellowlegs Bathing at Arcata Marsh

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If you live north of the San Francisco Bay area in California like I do, or north of Delaware on the east coast, you would most likely be looking at a Greater Yellowlegs. Greater Yellowlegs ( Tringa melanoleuca ) photos by Larry Jordan Shorebirds. Why are they seemingly so difficult to identify? One obvious reason is that most have plumage variations between their breeding plumage and non-breeding plumage. Plus many sandpipers plumages are very similar.

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Willow Ptarmigan in Jefferson County, New York!

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We crossed the Delaware Water Gap, the Endless Mountains, the Southern Tier of New York, and then, as I pushed my Ford Focus to its limits, we crossed the law and the law won. On Thursday, 24 April, Eugene Nichols was minding his own business, birding along the shore of Lake Ontario on Point Peninsula, in the far northern reaches of New York State. He found an all white bird that didn’t belong and eventually deduced that he was looking at a Willow Ptarmigan.

The Medicine Bird

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Also providing advice were Dr. Jamie Lindstrom of the VCA Northview Animal Hospital in Pittsburgh, and Dr. Erica Miller, formerly of Tri-State Bird Rescue in Delaware. In case you were wondering, it’s difficult to type when your hands are clenched in the shape of a man’s neck. Check out the beautiful white Red-tailed Hawk in the photo above. If she an albino or leucistic?

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First White-Tailed Tropicbird Sighted in Connecticut

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I called Dr. Erica Miller from Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware for some advice. Today’s Guest Post is written by Linda E. Bowen, a wildlife rehabilitator licensed with CT DEEP for small mammals and reptiles (specializing in bats www.bats101.info) and is also USFWS licensed for migratory birds, specializing in waterfowl. She may be contacted at: linda@cmsincorporated.net. The day started out as a typical Saturday of running errands.

A Bird Sings in Camden

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Though it sits on the Delaware River and residents have great views of Philadelphia when one is in Camden one is usually paying more attention to one’s immediate surroundings to enjoy the view. Because of my job I have, of late, been spending lots of time in southern New Jersey. Of course I have not been spending time in the southernmost part of New Jersey because, as a birder, I could never be lucky enough to have to work in Cape May.

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One Year Under El Jefferino

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Colorado or Delaware? For me, for birding: Delaware. Jeff Gordon is now just over one year into his reign as the President of the American Birding Association. We here at 10,000 Birds thought the first anniversary of his ascension to the throne would be a good time to ask him some questions about etiquette, the state of the ABA, and a variety of other topics.

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Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

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He not only grew up in the Philly area, he’s an active member of the Delaware Valley Ornithology Club, and has a birding career–former tour leader, current Events Coordinator for the ABA–focused on educating birders of all different levels. It’s time for some short book reviews. Well, short for me. All of these titles deal with birding in specific North American geographic areas: The Atlantic coast, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Birding’s Biggest Dips

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First he drove to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware to twitch a possible Little Egret that had showed up. At that point, the tide was changing to high tide in Delaware so he wisely decided to chase the Little Egret , again. All twitchers will experience it at some stage or another. That most dreaded of disappointments. The dip.

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The Unsung Hero of Denver Birding!

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He moved from Delaware to Colorado and then like a week later this bird shows up in Denver. The Front Range of Colorado offers unique birding experiences from top to bottom. It is actually more strange than anything because each area is vastly different for multiple reasons and the sites I am thinking of are in relatively close proximity to each other. Fort Collins offers the most water in the northern tier of the state, but many of those dang lakes are private.

The Scoop on Poop, or, Why I Post Photos of Defecating Birds

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On a fateful day less than two years ago, Andy, me, and my wife Anita were birding southern Delaware. I first met Paul Guris, owner of See Life Paulagics , fittingly enough, on a pelagic trip out of Freeport, New York in February of 2006. It was my first pelagic trip, we nearly swept the east coast alcids, we saw a Western Gull , and I had a great time.

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The Traveling Birder

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My current criteria for a dedicated birding trip are having a good probability of seeing several new birds or seeing a birding spectacle ( e.g. , Red Knots and other shorebirds feasting on horseshoe crab eggs in Delaware Bay). In a recent post, Corey listed five things to do when it is too cold to go birding and one of those things is planning birding travel. Here in Portland, Oregon, it is more frequently too rainy rather than too cold to go birding, at least comfortably.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Delaware. Due to Prime Hook’s strategic location on the Delaware Bay, the refuge has national conservation significance as a designated RAMSAR Wetland of International Significance Site (1999), American Bird Conservancy-Important Bird Area (2000), and a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site (1986). June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again. The latest press release from the USFWS.

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The Birds of New Jersey: Status and Distribution – A Review by a Sometime Jersey Birder

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and bad ways (overharvesting of horseshoe crabs resulting in the drastic decline of Red Knots in Delaware Bay). It’s tough being a New Jersey birder. Jersey has always gotten a bad rap in general (the smells of the turnpike, the Jersey shore, the governor), and in the world of birding, the state often seems to be symbolized by two words: Cape May.

Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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This is hardly unique, as several others also have more than 90% of their acreage purchased with MBCF funds, including: Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware (95.2%), Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico (99.2%), Horicon NWR in Wisconsin (98.7%), Lee Metcalf NWR in Montana (96.3%), Parker River NWR in Massachusetts (97.7%), Pea Island NWR in North Carolina (99.2%), and Quivira NWR in Kansas (99.1%). Bombay Hook NWR (Delaware): 95.2%. In June, the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp was released.

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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Downsville (Delaware Co.). The first sharer of 2019 was Clare who narrowly beat Duncan by 5 hours. In a very competitive first day, even Corey, 18 time zones to the west, beat Duncan. Was it a big night in Wellington? The beats are sharing enthusiastically and I can hardly keep up with them. I love January! The Life List has got off to a flyer this year, swelling as it has to 3573 (+6) and passing the 4000 complete checklist mark.

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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Downsville (Delaware Co.). The life list has received a huge boost this month and has risen 43 points to 3616. Thunder will be stolen if I reveal how this was done, but another country has been added to our territory list and a new splash of colour to the profile page. All will be revealed in good time. Without including the new pin in the map, countries this month featured; USA, Australia, Serbia, Bahrain, India, Kuwait, New Zealand, UK, Ghana and of course, Costa Rica.

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New Jersey Birds and Beyond: A Brief Book Review

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There are some exceptional images here, such as the full-page Green-winged Teal drake, the complexity of its coloring reflected in the pond water, and the shorebirds of the Delaware Bay, flying in Escher-like patterns of brown, black, and white. This is the crazy winter period, the time of Christmas Bird Count scouting, birding, counting and compiling. And then there are the activities we cram between our CBC duties, like buying holiday gifts.

Collaborative list – May 2019

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So that was May. Despite looking way older than his years, we cannot attribute Regannet’s haggard appearance to hard birding, scoring only 19 during eBird’s Big Day was not the greatest effort expended on May 4th. In fairness, he had to celebrate Star Wars Day with his teenage son as this is their only means of effective conversation. 3 guesses as to where the award for biggest day and best follow-up post goes ?

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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Downsville (Delaware Co.). It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble. April is now behind us and Old Tom’s arthritis is clearing up nicely, thank you very much for asking. The migrants are coming (Hurray!).

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Downsville (Delaware Co.). Are we all getting excited yet? March is done. The equinox has passed. There can be no denying that spring is coming and with it, the summer visitors and passage migrants. Oh, joy! 9 countries were visited during March by your tireless beats ( 11 of them); India, UK, USA, Serbia, Costa Rica, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. With so much thrashing around in SE Asia, it is interesting to compare east and west hemispheres.

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Best Bird of the Year for 2015

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This is a nighthawk in Delaware but, you know what? As 2015 comes to a close and birders the world over start thinking about what 2016 will bring we here at 10,000 Birds would like to take a moment to celebrate our best birds of 2015. Each Beat Writer was given the opportunity to share their Best Bird of the Year for 2015 and, as usual, we had some pretty solid birds. But we don’t want this post to just be about our best birds! We want to hear about yours too!

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