Goose-a-palooza 2016 Summary

Alex Lamoreaux|

Snow Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

We had a beautiful day for the first inaugural Delaware Goose-a-palooza this past Saturday the 27th. Thanks to the 30-40 birders who thoroughly inspected over 32,000 geese across the state, we all collectively turned up some impressive birds. Mixed among the expected Canada and Snow Geese were 14 CACKLING GEESE and 5 ROSS’S GEESE. The Snow Goose flocks in Kent County also produced multiple Snow …


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Northeast Goose Finding Tactics

Alex Lamoreaux|

Greater White-fronted Goose among Snow Geese (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

With the Delaware Goose-a-palooza 2016 coming up this weekend, we’ve put together a short summary of the Northeast’s common and unusual goose species and also a few helpful links for participants. Remember that if you haven’t signed up for the event, please email Alan Kneidel and he can register you for a team and goose-searching territory. The objective for each team during the Goose-a-palooza is …


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White-winged Dove – Kent County, Delaware

Alex Lamoreaux|

Delaware's 8th White-winged Dove sunning itself on a fence in Brian McCaffrey's backyard. (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

This past Tuesday morning Brian McCaffrey spotted a White-winged Dove among the Mourning Doves in his Kent County, Delaware backyard! This is only the 8th record for the state of Delaware, and the 1st for Kent County. The dove remained in and around the yard, mostly sunning itself and trying to stay warm, at one point avoiding a hungry Cooper’s …


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Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz – November 15th, 2014

Alex Lamoreaux|

A Search for Rarities and Fall Migrants along the Delaware Bay and Seashore! The Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz (CDBB) will be held on November 15th, 2014. The main target area for the count is coastal habitat between Fowler Beach Road and Fenwick Island, with primary focus on scrub and marsh habitat, but the bay and ocean will not be neglected. This post …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 23

Tim Schreckengost|

Brant at the Indian River Marina, Sussex County, Delaware on 2 November 2014. Digiscoped with an iPhone 5 + Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Alex Lamoreaux and I worked coastal Sussex County in 25 – 30 mph …


Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz

Tim Schreckengost|

Will someone find another Delaware Gray Kingbird? Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Derek Stoner is the Publicity and Outreach Coordinator for the Delmarva Ornithological Society.  A past president of the organization, he is the co-founder of the Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club, a leader of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, and an avid field birder who enjoys creating events that help to popularize birding and encourage the next generation of birder-conservationists.   Delaware is …


Rufous Hummingbird – Kent County, Delaware

Alex Lamoreaux|

Rufous Hummingbird - adult female (Photo by Alex Lamoreaux)

Just as the last Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are beginning to make their way south for the winter, Rufous Hummingbirds and other rare western hummingbirds are beginning to show up at lucky homeowner’s feeders and well-planted backyards. With many scattered reports around the northeast so far this fall, Delaware birders like myself were anxiously awaiting a rare hummingbird to turn up in our small …


Signing up for the DE RBA

Tim Schreckengost|

First state record found by Dirk Robinson around noon. Hatching-year Gray Kingbird along Thirteen Curves Rd. in Sussex Co, DE on 6 November 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

If you’re going to be birding in Delaware or are wanting to chase rare birds in the state, then you should sign up for DE RBA for real-time updates as rare birds are found. I wanted to establish a DE RBA text alert system and encourage everyone to subscribe now so you don’t miss out on any reports of interesting birds. I also …


Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight 20

Tim Schreckengost|

Laughing Gull at Delaware Seashore State Park, Sussex Co, DE on 23 August 2014. Digiscoped with an iPhone 5 + Vortex Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The Weekend Digiscoping Spotlight will highlight some of the fun shots we’ve gotten recently with a camera paired with a spotting scope or binoculars. We welcome submissions of your favorite digiscoped shots to be featured in future spotlights, just use the contact form in the menu above. Laughing Gulls are the most numerous gull species in southern Delaware this time …


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A March Big Day in Delaware

Tim Schreckengost|

American Woodcock - Tim Schreckengost

Last Saturday, Nate Fronk, Alan Kneidel, and I made a run for the March Big Day record for Delaware. We decided that owling in the morning was pointless due to ~20mph winds, so we left Newark around 5:00 AM. After quick stops at Helen’s Sausage House and Wawa, we arrived at the Indian River Inlet shortly after sunrise. Our first …