Friday, May 19, 2017: We’ll meet in Milford, DE, at 7:30 am at Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop and bird the forests, fields and marshes around the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, searching for breeding songbirds. After lunch, we’ll meet near the DuPont Nature Center east of Milford to scan the marshes for sparrows and rails before heading to the Delaware Bayshore to enjoy the May shorebird and horseshoe crab spectacle around the afternoon high tide. We’ll end the adventure with a Happy Hour tally rally at Mispillion River Brewing.
Milford Neck Wildlife Area (DRIVING/HIKING)
7:30 – 11:30 am
Meeting Location: Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop, 36 North Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963
Meet your guides at Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop for coffee and an overview of the day’s itinerary. After coffee, we’ll caravan to the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, which features forests, fields and marshes teeming with breeding songbirds and wading birds, and maybe a few migrants. Species that may be seen include Black-and-white Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Orchard Oriole, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. After our morning adventure, we’ll break for lunch before our afternoon field trip at the DuPont Nature Center and Slaughter Beach.
DuPont Nature Center and Slaughter Beach (DRIVING/HIKING)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Meeting Location: Boat Ramp along Lighthouse Road east of Milford, DE, on the right before the DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Preserve, 2992 Lighthouse Road, Milford, DE 19963
We’ll meet at the boat ramp on the right side of Lighthouse Road as you approach the DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Preserve. We’ll scan the marshes for marsh sparrows and rails before our shorebird and horseshoe crab adventure. From the deck at the DuPont Nature Center, we’ll search for Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Red Knots feeding on horseshoe crab eggs. We’ll finish our birding around the high tide at Slaughter Beach, when the shorebirding should be most spectacular. We’ll end our adventure at Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, where we’ll host our Happy Hour Tally Rally and enjoy craft beer.
Food and drink are not included in the cost for this trip.
No cancellations are accepted after May 15, 2017.
Trips will go rain or shine. If the trip is canceled due to dangerous conditions, a full refund will be provided.
Scarlet Tanager photo courtesy of Frode Jacobsen. Red Knot photo courtesy of Nico Sarbanes.