Dedicated bird watchers will be migrating to the Shore April 28-May 1 for the annual Delmarva Birding Weekend. The Shore is as popular with frequent flyer feathered visitors as it is with people at this time of year. While the birds are flitting about and checking out their favorite perches, the birdwatchers will arm themselves with binoculars, field guides, species checklists, and long lenses on their cameras to record just who landed and where.
Naturalists say over 400 species of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl, and raptors either live here or stop by on their way to other nesting and feeding areas. Last year, 204 species of birds were definitely sighted during the weekend. The organizers have set up boat trips, paddling trips, and walking treks through marshlands, waterways, woods, and grasslands – all the Shore habitats – for an ornithological overload.
On Friday and Saturday, there are Tally Rallies, as birders compare their personal checklists against the master list of all birds ever sighted on the Shore. Friday’s is at Dogfish Head Brewing in Rehoboth from 5-7; Saturday’s at Angler Restaurant in Ocean City at the same time. In addition, this is the weekend of the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition at the O.C. Convention Center. Birders may well see species there that they missed in the wild, but they can’t count them on their checklist.
For a full schedule and other information, www.delmarvabirding.org