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DVOC Field Trip Report
by Colin Campbell

Friday - Sunday April 29-30, May 1, 2011 - DELAWARE HOTSPOTS AND GOURMET WEEKEND

Highlights from a 3-day DVOC trip to downstate DE with two Scottish visitors, April 29 - May 1.

Participants were myself (Colin Campbell) and the two Scots - Brian and Gordon - Alison Ellicott, Dennis and Anna Bert and Bill Long and two French Bulldogs for the whole three days, Deirdre Asbjorn for two days and Gene Regener (non-member) for one day. They all seemed to enjoy it!

Breakfast at Helen's Sausage House, Friday.
Horned Grebe (full alternate plumage), Cape Henlopen State Park (CHSP), Point.
Tricolored Heron, Indian River Inlet (IRI), Burton Is.
Black-crowned Night-Heron, 27, Bombay Hook NWR (BH), Bear Swamp.
Brant, 8, CHSP, Point
Blue-winged Teal, 6, BH. Shearness.
Common Eider, 1st year male, CHSP, Point Red-breasted Merganser, 8, IRI and Lewes.
Bald Eagles - everywhere.
Merlin, CHSP, Hawkwatch.
Clapper Rail, 2 at BH, Boardwalk Trail; 2 at Lighthouse Rd, Mispillion.
Common Moorhen, 2 at BH, Shearness.
Crabcake Sandwich at Sambo's, Leipsic.
American Golden Plover (full alternate plumage), BH, Raymond.
Piping Plover, 2 at CHSP, Point.
American Oystercatcher, 1 at Mispillion, 1 at CHSP, Point.
American Avocet, 2 at BH, Raymond, 350 at Ted Harvey, North Pond (TH)
Solitary Sandpiper, 6 at BH, Bear Swamp.
Purple Sandpiper, 1 at IRI, N jetty.
Wilson's Snipe 2 on Rt9, Flemings Landing Bonaparte's Gull, 6 at TH.
Black Skimmer, 8 at TH, 3 at Fowler Beach.
Eurasian Collared-Dove, 1 at Sussex Eye Clinic, Selbyville.
BBQ at Em-Ing's, Selbyville.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2 at Shepard's Crossing Rd, Maryland .. just. (MD)
Great Horned Owl at Thompson's Island.
Barred Owl at BH, Finis.
Chuck-will's-widow, 2 at CHSP, campground.
Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 at Redden Forest.
Pileated Woodpecker, 2 at Nanticoke, Cherry Walk, 2 in MD.
Acadian Flycatcher, 1 in MD.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 at CHSP, Nature Center.
Brown-headed Nuthatch, 2 at Thompson's Island, 1 at CHSP, Nature Center.
Marsh Wren - all over suitable habitat.
Wood Thrush - BH, Bear Swamp Woods.
Yellow-throated Warbler, Nanticoke and MD.
Dinner at Bethany Blues, Lewes (thanks for the tip, Sue G).
4 "P" warblers - Pine, Prairie, Palm, Prothonotary.
Worm-eating Warbler, 1 at Nanticoke, 2 in MD.
Kentucky Warbler, 3 in MD.
Yellow-breasted Chat, 1 at BH, Visitor Center.
Scarlet Tanager, BH, Finis.
Blue Grosbeak, in abundance.
Breakfast at JD's Filling Station, Lewes (thanks for opening early for us!) Indigo Bunting, TH.
Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 on Fleatown Rd.
Seaside Sparrow, BH, Boardwalk and Little Creek WMA.
White-crowned Sparrow, 8 at BH, Visitor Center.
Bobolink, 2 males at Dover Air Force Base (DFAB).
Eastern Meadowlark, 1 in view in full song, DAFB.
Orchard Oriole - everywhere.

Total spp = 157. Still awaiting warblers.

Colin Campbell