Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I hope you're enjoying the holiday season! Dewey Beach is a little quiet this time of year but we are gearing up for big New Year's Eve slate of activities!
From the Mayor and Town of Dewey Beach I hope you and all of the "I Love Dewey Beach" bloggers have a fantastic Holiday Season and a happy and prosperous start to 2010!
I would also like to inform everyone that as we move into the first few months of the new year there are still activities occurring within town such as the Winter Gala in February to support the Dewey Beach Police and Lifeguard services.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year from Mayor Solloway and the Town of Dewey Beach!"
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Hannukha The Festival of Lights is this week. At Sunset, in awe and wonder we light the Menorah, watch the candles dance, and then sputter. Repeat for eight days.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
This past Beach Season I survived weekends just on my Cucumber Salad riffs. This "salad" got me thru lunch, dinner, and the leftovers made it into sandwiches.
Cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
Fun part: Find your enhancement:
Smoked fish, bits of seafood from the previous night's dinner, leftover roast chicken, even sliced and chopped deli meat!
*Friday Night serve the salad as a side dish with your main dish such as seafood or chicken.
*Saturday Night serve the salad with the "enhancement addition" alongside hot steaming rice or couscous.
*Sunday Lunch: add in the leftover rice or couscous!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
One Memorial Day weekend, Dewey Beach's "Ed's Chicken and Crabs" caught fire. Just a few hours later Chicken Ed was back in business with portable grills!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
A baked dinner and stoking my little wood stove is the fastest way to warm my cottage and my starved-for-Summer soul.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Oh, Dewey Beach! Oh; Venus Restaurant where I had my "settled on my beach cottage celebration dinner". Venus who was born of the Sea, Daughter of Neptune, overflows her bay to meet the Ocean!
After the Friday The 13th, Storm Ida, I'd be begging to make this dinner or to have it delivered to my doorstep!
This time of year if I was at the beach for a weekend...... and wanted to warm up myself and the cottage asap I'd make soup!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The end of October I attended:
OIL SPILLS AND WILDLIFE: Workshop for Marine Mammals and Birds
Sponsored by: Clear into the Future: A DuPont Delaware Estuary Initiative
Presented by: Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc.
Hosted by: Marine Education Research & Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
I am by nature "project oriented", thus as a newbie-birder I started birding not thru club meetings/ and field trips but by field projects.
This past season I did: DE's Fish and Wildlife's Red-Knot Re-sighting and Piping Plover Monitoring gigs, and ended the season with CHSP's Hawk Watch.
Thus when a friend passed on the info for the workshop, I was compelled to attend!
Who knew that after 9 hours of presentations and a hands-on workshop, I'd be curious to learn more; especially since further training is dead-on mind numbing FEMA ICS 100/200 regulatory stuff!
I soaked in every moment: driving on Pilottown Road, along the canal ( this is where I want my next home!) which is home to the Coast Guard and the location of the workshop, University of DE, the wonderful classroom with a low profile view to the outdoors, the smells of tea, coffee, bagels and muffins for our breaks..... but most of all a room full of DNREC, Coast Guard, and Meer volunteers.
It is possible that I was the only "bird" volunteer that is not part of Meer.
I loved it when my ~ 80 year old Meer volunteer friend showed up at least an hour late and took copious notes and asked spot-on questions.
Two hour lectures were condensed into 25 minute presentations!
Our brains kept apace and looked forward to the afternoon hands-on workshop.
Our dear Opal The Whale's now cleaned skull greeted us at Meer's doorstep. Soon we suited up with Tyvek jumpsuits, rubber gloves and then an over-glove and gauntlet! Ooohh, how I wished I had kept the outfit for Halloween!
Soon we were peering over a metal washbasin with Dawn suds everywhere washing clean an oiled, very dead, very frozen Canada Goose circa 2008!
Later we tried our field skills holding stuffed birds....... and doing a mini field walk populated by more stuffed animals and decoys.
My favorite moment was when a gull came in to check out the scene and in particular a bright yellow rubber snake!
Tri-State is a historical name but is known worldwide for their work.
Have oiled bird: will travel to you. They prefer The Islands!
*Our workshop certificate declared: OSHA training, 4 hours. Kind of a surprise, kind of not!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Halloween weekend is when I close up the cottage for Winter. Close Up. Retreat into Winter, the cold, The Mountain, My Work.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
For my Small Kitchen Stories" A La Beach Shack" I've been true to only sharing recipes created at the beach and for the beach!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
As a child and as an adult my favorite bedtime ritual is a good read... always better with pictures! As an adult I read books of mythology and as a child I inhaled Fairy Tale books with illustrations. I remember the heart-breaking moment my Mom announced to me that there were no pictures in the evening's bedtime read! Devastating!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rehoboth Jazz Fest weekend I took in the afternoon and evening concerts. Beddy-bye time was near midnight. Breakfast was Dewey Beach-late-late morning...... and then I ran off to the 1 PM concert.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This was my third year attending The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest. Each year I am astounded. It leaves me hyperventilating. It takes me more than a month to calm down. Why?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
For the 2009 Cape Henlopen's "Big Sit" I promised myself I'd be a proper "Birder" and arrive on site for the 3:30 AM start. Or I'd show for the 5:30 AM Dawn Watch. Or.... ? ;-)
Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 13 hours
Official Counter: Forrest Rowland
Observers: Bruce Lantz, Jeff Gordon, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver
Over 70 visitors out to join in the Big Sit! with many of them staying for hours....so much fun today!!! Matt Sarver, Lauren Morgens, and Jeff Gordon were there from the 3:30am start. Sharon Lynn, Sally O'Byrne, and Michael and Diane Kane came up at 5:30am. From 8am on it was a fairly steady stream of people including Colin Campbell, Bruce Peterjohn, Bruze Lantz, Liz and Lew Dumont, Ruth Draper, Jim Leach, Rachel Shapiro, Rob Schroeder, Andy
Urdqhart....too many familiar names to list all, or fit into the observer column. A fantastic crowd, with our friends Melody and Martin from Maryland being the last visitors to close out the day with us.
Clear and Sunny with high cirrus clouds much of the day, the light NNE
winds provided great weather for a hawk flight.
More records broken! Bald Eagle single-day count record now stands at 36.
Single day Cooper's Hawk record is now 166. Another outstanding day, and
with so many people there to enjoy the spectacle! Many birds were right
overhead at varying heights.
97 species recorded for the Big Sit! Best birds included Lark Sparrow
(which ended up coming 15 feet from us), White-winged Scoter, and
Orange-crowned Warbler. FOS birds for the platform yesterday were Brant,
Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Yellow-bellied
Sapsaucker, Brown Creeper, Swamp Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow.>>
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday Night and I was beyond hungry and yet again too tired to cook. I was desperate for a good dinner....... but had very little to work with....... and needed to use up supplies as it is time to clear out the fridge for Winter cottage-close up.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Do you dream of getting married on the beach? I do. And so do Greyhounds and their owners. And thus they did!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
"What I did this Summer" or Beachnester Final Summary 2009 via DE's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Beachnester Final Summary 2009
Beachnester Final Summary 2009
October 2, 2009
October 2, 2009
The piping plover 2009 nesting season was generally successful, although there is plenty of good habitat at Cape Henlopen State Park that could support more pairs of nesting plovers as the years progress. There are also other sites that have suitable habitat for plover nesting. These sites will continue to be monitored. Also, in 2009, productivity for the plovers was fairly good, although an increase in numbers of chicks fledged is a reasonably attainable goal for future seasons.
There were ten pairs of piping plovers nesting at Cape Henlopen this season, which matches our record high from 2008. From these pairs, 13 chicks fledged, a vast improvement over our fledge numbers in 2008 (3 chicks fledged) but just short of the record high number of chicks fledged (14 chicks in 2003). As has been the case in recent years, Cape Henlopen is the only place in Delaware where piping plovers nested in 2009.
Least terns had another tough year breeding in Delaware. It has been over five years since least terns have been observed to have fledged chicks in Delaware. This season, four small colonies of least terns established in Delaware. Two were at Cape Henlopen, one was at South Bowers Beach and one was at Fowlers Beach. All told, there were just under 20 pairs of least terns nesting in Delaware this year. A combination of frequent floods associated with tidal surges and predation caused the failures of the least tern colonies.
American oystercatchers nested on shores of the Delaware and Inland Bays and at Cape Henlopen on the Atlantic Coast. Due to the remote nature of the nesting sites on the Delaware and Inland Bays, attaining solid data on nest success was not possible with the level of staffing currently available, although oystercatcher chicks were observed on Middle Island which is just west of the Indian River Inlet.
The two oystercatcher pairs nesting at Cape Henlopen were closely monitored while staff was in the process of monitoring piping plovers. One of these pairs lost their nest to overwash at Gordons Pond. The second pair hatched their two chicks out on the tip of the Point. The chicks were observed for about ten days and then disappeared. Their fate is unknown, but it is not thought they reached fledge age.
The federally listed seabeach amaranth grows in the same kinds of habitat in which plovers nest (i.e. sparsely vegetated dune slopes and overwashes). This year about 40 amaranth plants were found at Cape Henlopen. Unfortunately, frequent tidal surges (including powerful waves sent our way courtesy of Hurricane Bill) washed out all but two of the plants. On the encouraging side, some of the plants that were washed out were able to set seed before being lost.
Despite thorough searches at all of the coastal state parks and at possible sites on the Delaware Bay, no amaranth was found outside of the boundaries of Cape Henlopen State Park this year. Typically, the stretch of beach between Tower Road and Key Box Road at Delaware Seashore State Park hosts amaranth. Although no amaranth were found there this season, seeds can persist in the sand for many years and it is likely that amaranth will be found there again in future years.
If anyone has any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program
Phone: (302) 382-4151