Join in on local bird counts

Bucktoe Bird Blitz

Highlighted Bird Count:
Kite and Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Daily, May 17 – June 6, 3pm – 8pm
Adults only
Free! Just show up
Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Join leader Larry Lewis each evening to watch for migrant shorebirds heading to the arctic as they fly in dramatic flocks overhead to the far northern breeding grounds. Sometimes, Mississippi Kites zip past and give us a show as well, plus on any given night, see as many as 50 species from our beautiful overlook in a gorgeous meadow. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverage, and join us on this fun and friendly nightly event.


Find local annual bird counts

Great Backyard Bird Count

2nd weekend in February
A four day count you can do in your backyard or anywhere on earth.
Location: Anywhere on earth

Spring Roundup

2nd Saturday in May
One-day count of birds in Delaware. Throughout the state, with regional leaders in charge of various state sections.
Location: Anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Fort Delaware Wading Bird Count

Monthly, spring – early summer
Stationary count of herons and egrets flying to and from Pea Patch Island conducted from the Delaware City Waterfront.
Location: Delaware City Waterfront
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society


Early May
Fundraiser for the Delmarva Ornithology to provide money for shorebird habitat acquisition in Delaware.
Location: Statewide
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

June Challenge

Entire month of June
Individual contest to see the most birds in a county.
Location: anywhere in DE
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Big Sit

2nd weekend in Oct
A competition to see or hear the most bird species from one spot.
Location: DNS runs big sits at DEEC, Ashland, and Bucktoe. Another one occurs at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Join in: Join our Big Sit (posted on this page late summer) or find more Big Sit bird counts

Sea Watch

Monthly, October – March
Stationary count of migrating seabirds
Location: Indian River Inlet
Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

Hawk Watch

Daily, September – November
Stationary count sites established to count migrating raptors
Location: Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park
Join in: visit our Hawk Watch or find more hawk watches

Christmas Bird Counts

Mid-December – early January
Bird surveys within several 15-mile diameter circles within Delaware.
Location: Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Milford, Seaford, Cape Henlopen, and Rehoboth in DE Join in: visit Delmarva Ornithological Society

More upcoming bird counts and birding programs

Monday, April 9 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join us on a tour of Maryland's Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. Visit the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the "Everglades of Delmarva", to look for migratory waterfowl, and the range-restricted Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Learn about the area's heritage at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park before heading to historic Easton's downtown district for the night. Take a walk on the town, enjoy a nice dinner before you turn in. In the morning after breakfast, head to Tighlman Island to catch a boat out to Poplar Island. Truly one of modern engineering's wonders, Poplar Island is being re-built using dredge spoils to create a wildlife paradise. Tour the island by bus and see how island restoration can be done safely, benefitting birds, including several endangered species. Breakfast and dinner are Dutch-treat. Led by Ginger North and Matt Babbitt.
04/09/2018 - 04/10/2018
5:30AM - 6:00PM
at: Ashland
age: Adult
Eco-Travel, Birding