Registration for the 2019 Winter DBW will open October 1, 2018.
Berlin Falls Park and Golden Quarter Farm (DRIVING/HIKING)
8:00 -11:00 a.m.
Meeting location: Parking lot for Berlin Falls Park in Berlin, MD
If it’s a wide variety of birds you seek, try this trip to Berlin’s wild 60-acre nature park and a 150-acre private farm. We’ll start at the new Berlin Falls Park which offers great looks at a wide variety of duck species like Northern Shovelers, Hooded Mergansers, and Ruddy Ducks in the park’s ponds. Hawks and eagles patrol the area for hapless dabblers. Then we’ll head 10 minutes east to Golden Quarter Farm along Ayers Creek. There we’ll traverse young forest, restored ponds, fields and the unspoiled creekside to seek Brown-headed Nuthatches, kinglets, eagles, Wood Ducks, and Wilson’s Snipe.
Assateague & Surrounds (DRIVING/HIKING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Assateague Island Visitor Center
Locals know where to see the best variety of ducks, shorebirds, and raptors. So it is local birders who will guide this secret sojourn to the four best Assateague, Ocean City, and West Ocean City winter birding spots. While seals excite many Ocean City visitors in winter, participants in this trip will also have chances to see Harlequin Ducks, Razorbills, Peregrine Falcons, Long-tailed Ducks, and a full complement of fresh and saltwater loving winter ducks.
Indian River Inlet, Burton’s Island & James Farm Ecological Preserve (DRIVING/HIKING)
8:00 – 11:00 am
Meeting Location: Indian River Inlet, DE
The Delaware Coast between Indian River Inlet and Gordons Pond offers some of Delaware’s best coastal birding. Indian River Inlet is home to a huge mixed flock of sea ducks including all three scoters and Long-tailed Ducks that may be joined by Common Eider and Harlequin Duck, Great Cormorants and both Loons. Purple Sandpipers are common on the inlet jetties. Horned Grebes may be found Burton’s Island, and large rafts of Brant can be seen from the beach at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Rehoboth Bay.
Lewes Boat Trip (BOAT TOUR)
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $50/person (includes tip for First Mate)
Meeting Location: Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes, DE
Join us for a three-hour cruise of the waters around the mouth of the Delaware Bay aboard the Thelma Dale V. The boat features an enclosed cabin with window viewing, and a top deck for open-air viewing. We will visit the two stone breakwaters and the ice breakers in search of common and rare waterfowl and seabirds including gulls, cormorants, gannets, loons, scoters, eiders and with luck a Harlequin Duck or Razorbill. We also have a good chance of seeing Harbor and Gray Seals that regularly haul out on the ice breakers.
Lewes Tally Rally at Irish Eyes
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Meeting Location: Irish Eyes in Lewes, DE
The Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend is more than a great opportunity to see unique local birds…it is also a time to meet unique local birders! Birders will enjoy great food and craft beer at Irish Eyes in beautiful Lewes, DE. See what birds have been seen on the Friday and Saturday DBW trips, and learn about local birding hotspots from our DBW guides. Join us to swap birding stories and add to the DBW checklist for the weekend. There is no fee for attending the tally rally, but food and drinks will be available for purchase.
Food and drink are not included in the cost for trips and tally rallies.
No cancellations are accepted after January 16, 2019.
Trips will go rain or shine. If the trip is canceled due to dangerous conditions, a full refund will be provided.
PHOTO CREDITS: All bird photos courtesy of Frode Jacobsen. Seal photo courtesy of Rita Modesti. Birder photographs provided by the Delmarva Birding Weekends.