Burrows Run Preserve Bird Walk

Dear Delaware Nature Society Members and Guests:  Welcome to the new Delaware Nature Society Blog!  It is here that we will update recent field trips and show photos of our adventures, reveal interesting natural spectacles we come across, discuss the environment and conservation in Delaware, and generally discuss fun and exciting happenings within the Delaware Nature Society.  This includes our sites such as the headquarters, Ashland Nature Center, plus Coverdale Farm, Burrows Run Preserve, Flint Woods Preserve, Bucktoe Creek Preserve, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, and the Cooch-Dayett Mills.  Lets get going…!

Today, the Birding Series walked the grounds at the Burrows Run Preserve, the Delaware Nature Society’s 352-acre gem near Centreville, DE.  We enjoyed a number of birds with the blazing yellow foliage of Tuliptrees as a backdrop.  Immediately, we had a flock of Eastern Bluebirds, a life bird for one of the participants.  Two Palm Warblers came through the meadow towards us soon after.  We got a good look at one of them and it turned out to be a very bland-looking western Palm Warbler with yellow only underneath the tail.  The walk took us up to Coverdale Farm, across the overlook, and back up the Ashland-Clinton Road.  We weren’t overwhelmed with birds, but we got good looks at some of the common species of the valley.  Other highlights included an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that squealed constantly as if something was really upsetting it.  We got good looks at the red on the forehead and chin.  All in all, it was a wonderful, warm, and colorful November morning.

Burrows Run Preserve

Burrows Run Preserve, DE

Birding Series looking at the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Here is the group staring at the male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. 

Northern Mockingbird

Close up birds that didn’t move much were hard to find today.  This Northern Mockingbird was one of the few obliging characters we encountered.  It generally ignored us as it gorged on berries.

Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

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