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2006 Delaware Shorebird Project Wrap-Up

 

The 2006 Field Season has officially drawn to a close. But the "official 2006 Shorebird Season Wrapup Newsletter is here! It features photos and stories from the volunteers who made all the difference. And, it also offers some summary of the research season. More data has yet to analyzed and reviewed, but this shows you a slice of how the season went.

DNREC thanks all those who made the 2006 Delaware Shorebird Project a success. For more information about the 2007 season, contact Kevin.kalasz@state.de.us See you next year!

Brief 2006 Summary: Overall, the season went smoothly with mostly calm and mild weather, abundant crab spawning, and shorebirds feeding and putting on weight for their departure and breeding season. We had 13 successful canon net catches in addition to a few small whoosh net and walk-in trap catches (see catch totals below). Season "surprises" included two black necked stilts (male and female) and a juvenile black bellied plover (see photo gallery below).

And the sun sets on a catch day. Photo by Rob Robinson. In the Arctic, meantime, male knots dig a scrape in the ground that will serve as a nest for about four oval light-colored eggs. After 21-22 days, the eggs will hatch precocial chicks that are quickly active and able to feed themselves, and who respond to their  parents’ alarm calls by freezing when danger threatens. Adult knots will pick up and begin returning southward in mid-July, while their offspring will wait until August to – astoundingly -- chart their own way along an unfamiliar route on their very first migration.

Photo Gallery – Photo Highlights of the 2006 Field Season

The Delaware Shorebird Project extends our special thanks to all 2006 Volunteers and our 2006 Sponsors!! We couldn’t have done it without you!

COMING SOON! Our 2006 official season summary. Also, visit this site frequently for news, updates and volunteer opportunities with the Shorebird Project.


DATE

LOCATION

METHOD

REKN

RUTU

SAND

SBDO

DUNL

SESA

OTHER

GRAND TOTAL

10-May-06

Mispillion/

cannon

 

13

126

 

1

 

 

140

oprey beach

14-May-06

Mispillion/ back beach

cannon

46

14

2

7

48

 

 

117

15-May-06

Port Mahon

cannon

 

40

1

 

1

 

2 LESA

44

16-May-06

Slaughter

Walk in trap

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

21

17-May-06

Slaughter

Walk in trap

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

18-May-06

South Bowers

cannon

1

112

 

1

 

1

1 WILLIT

116

20-May-06

Slaughter

Walk in trap

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

21-May-06

Slaughter

Whoosh net

 

 

 

 

 

55

1 SPSA, 1 WRSA, 1 LESA

58

22-May-06

Mispillion/

cannon

31 

43

2

60

40

25

1WRSA

211

osprey beach

24-May-06

Mispillion/

cannon

85

67

 

 

17

12

 

181

osprey beach

25-May-06

Slaughter

whoosh

 

 

 

 

 

43

 

43

26-May-06

Slaughter

whoosh

 

 

 

 

 

92

 

92

28-May-06

Mispillion/

cannon

50

11

1

45

38

306

 

451

shell beach

29-May-06

Slaughter

cannon

13

80

 

1

 

 

 

94

31-May-06

Mispillion/

cannon

98

3

7

3

1

127

1 WRSA

341

back beach

3-Jun-06

Brockhambridge

cannon

69

59

22

 

 

1

 

101

5-Jun-06

Slaughter

cannon

 

 

 

 

 

210

 

210

6-Jun-06

Mispillion/

cannon

52

1

6

16

1

103

1 BBPL 2 BNST, 1 WRSA

183

back beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL BIRDS BANDED:

2407



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