RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 1st, 2013

Common Mergansers along Red Clay Creek on 1 March 2013. Photo by Derek Stoner.

Here is the weekly RBA compiled by Andy Ednie that includes photos of birds mentioned. Thanks for all of the photo contributions! Click on links throughout the post to see the original postings to DE BirdseBird Checklists, and other various links. If you would like to have your photos of birds mentioned below added, feel free to email them to timschreckengost AT gmail DOT com.

Although not reported on the weekly RBA, a lone Common Redpoll has been frequenting a feeder in Chadds Ford for a week or two now.

Common Redpoll in Pennsylvania. Photo by Kim Steininger.

* Delaware
* Statewide
* March 1, 2013
* DEST1303.01

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 1, 2013
Number: 302-658-2747
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)

For Friday, March 1st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. No new birds were reported this week with the 2013 Delaware state annual list remaining at 179 species.

There has been a plethora of gull sightings in New Castle County. Fox Point State Park off of I-495 near Edgemoor has been a hotbed of activity. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was reported there this week sitting on the docks at the south side of the park. Also reported have been ICELAND GULLS, and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Several GREAT CORMORANTS of also been seen flying past.

Another first-year ICELAND GULL was reported down in Bear, Delaware. That bird was in the retention pond behind St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church off Route 7. Also seen there was RUDDY DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE. RING-NECKED DUCK was seen at another retention pond in Bear. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen at Battery Park in New Castle. Five BRANT continue there, along with 5 WOOD DUCKS seen flying up the river.

Brant at Battery Park in New Castle, Delaware on 24 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at the Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway, along with two dozen BONAPARTE’S GULLS. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen among the flock SNOW GEESE near Route 1 there. Another CACKLING GOOSE was reported at US Route 9 near Lewis. BRANT, RING-NECKED DUCK, and LESSER SCAUP were reported in the retention pond behind the SuperFresh in Rehoboth Beach. Silver Lake still has 750 CANVASBACK plus two dozen RUDDY DUCK. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again at Canal Pointe north of Rehoboth Beach. Also seen there were 10 BLACK VULTURES, BALD EAGLE, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

The EARED GREBE continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet. That bird was seen in the water off the entrance road to the North Marina, known as Bottom Hills Drain. HORNED GREBES were also seen close by for comparison along with a single PIED-BILLED GREBE. AMERICAN BITTERN was also reported in the marsh there. Some other birds reported have been a large raft of both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER.

RAZORBILL and COMMON EIDER were both reported at the south side of Indian River Inlet, along with BLACK and SURF SCOTER and a raft of 85+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS. GREAT CORMORANT and PURPLE SANDPIPER were reported at the jetty, NORTHERN GANNETS, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS were reported offshore. SNOW BUNTINGS were reported at the South inlet campground, along with flyovers of BLACK VULTURE and BALD EAGLE.

A pair of ROSS’S GEESE were seen among the flock SNOW GEESE along Route 1, 10 miles south of Milford. One of those birds was reported to be a blue morph. TREE SWALLOWS were reported flying along the coast at Slaughters Beach this week.

The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark. The hummingbird is at Diane and Steve Freebery’s house at 257 Delaplane Ave., in Middle Run Manor off Kirkwood Highway. Birders are welcome to come see this bird, walk down the driveway and sit on the back porch for the best viewing.

Some first signs of spring in western Sussex County have been singing PINE WARBLERS along with BROWN-HEDED NUTHATCHES, west of Georgetown. WOOD DUCKS were seen at the Pete Gum Tract along with RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was calling at Philips Landing near Laurel, along with 16 WILD TURKEYS. 12 RING-NECKED DUCK and A PIED BILLED GREBE were seen along Broad Creek. HORNED GREBE was reported at the Record’s Pond boat ramp. PINE SISKINS were  reported at TRAP POND.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK were also displaying by the visitor center at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Also seen there was a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting along the hedgerow. Two BARN OWLS and GREAT HORNED OWL were also calling in the evening by the visitor center. BLACK-NECKED STILT continue be reported Raymond Pool along with several GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 53 WILSON’S SNIPE reported at the Bear Swamp. Waterfowl at the refuge included TUNDRA SWAN, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER.

There’ve been several sightings of WOOD DUCKS this last week. Four were seen on pond north of Smyrna. Two were seen along the Brandywine Creek at the swinging bridge north of the Josephine Gardens. Also seen there were LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RING-NECKED DUCK. Six WOOD DUCKS were seen along Red Clay Creek at Ashland Nature Center. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH, and PINE SISKIN were also reported there.

NORTHERN PINTAIL were reported at Pike Creek golf course this last week, as they start their northern migration. SNOW GEESE and TUNDRA SWANS reported flying over White Clay Creek heading out towards Lancaster County. 200 to 300 COMMON MERGANSERS were reported on Tuesday on Churchman’s Marsh off of I-95.

There still a good variety of waterfowl on Hoope’s Reservoir. Seen there this week was a COMMON LOON along with several PIED-BILLED GREBES. Also reported were LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK. The reservoir also had 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, completing the merganser trifecta with HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS also reported. PINE SISKIN has also been reported at Flint Woods near Centerville. PILEATED WOODPECKER and FOX SPARROW were reported there. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at Brandywine Creek State Park. AMERICAN KESTREL and NORTHERN HARRIER reported in the fields along the entrance road to the nature center.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard calling at Grier’s Pond at Thousand Acre Marsh along Dutch Neck Road. Three RED-THROATED LOONS were seen at Augustine Beach. Also seen there were RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Diane Freebery, Sally O’Byrne, John Dunn, Judy Montgomery, Kim Steininger, Jim White, Gina Sheridan, David Fees, Glen Lovelace, Sharon Lynn, Bill Stewart, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Derek Stoner, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Taj Schottland, David Lackart, and Maurice Barnhill. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, good birding!!!

Andy Ednie
Claymont, Delaware