RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 22nd, 2013

Pine Warlber along Camp Arrowhead Rd. in Lewes on 23 March 2013. Photo by Katharine Boyd.

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.

* Delaware
* Statewide
* March 22, 2013
* DEST1303.22

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 22, 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 22nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 187 species this week with 2 new spring arrivals.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week was last reported on Wednesday along White Neck’s Road near the Ellis Point community near Millville in Sussex County. This area is just west of Bethany Beach along Route 26, the Atlantic Highway, not far from Holts Landing State Park. Although seen sporadically, the bird is still be in the area. Some locals refer to it as the eagle with the parrot’s bill.

In Kent County, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with a flock of SNOW GEESE at Bergdoll Road near Dover Air Force Base. That bird was not seen later in the week. Some other birds in the area included AMERICAN AVOCETS at the south side of the Logan Tract near Kitts Hummock. SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at dusk at Pickering Beach. There is a large flock of waterfowl at the impoundments at Port Mahon in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area, including SHOVELER, GADWALL, and 45 HOODED MERGANSER.

Back in Sussex County, the previous reported EARED GREBE near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet has not been seen for over a week now. HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. The SNOW BUNTINGS at the south inlet campground were not seen this week, but GREAT EGRET was seen in the marsh. An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER flew by Indian River inlet jetty. RUDDY TURNSTONE and PURPLE SANDPIPER were still seen on the rocks there. Waterfowl seen included 30 LONGTAILED DUCKS, BRANT, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and 4 GREAT CORMORANTS on the jetty tower. There were also several close-in NORTHERN GANNETS.

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach still has hundreds of CANVASBACK. Also seen were LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and two dozen RUDDY DUCK. A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was reported at Canal Pointe, north of Rehoboth Beach. PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen at the bayside point at Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and both species of LOON, RED-THROATED and COMMON were in the Harbor of Refuge.

Tons of waterfowl were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN WINGED TEAL and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS were reported. Also seen were AMERICAN AVOCET, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and FORSTER TERN. TWO LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Fowler’s Beach along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. There were 5 OYSTERCATCHERS on the jetty at the Mispillion Inlet, across from the DuPont Nature Center. Also seen were 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. CLAPPER RAIL was found in the marsh.

Some first signs of Spring included a SNOWY EGRET with 15 GREAT EGRETS at Broadkill Beach Impoundments at Prime Hook. Singing PINE WARBLERS was found along the pinewoods trail and FOX SPARROW the boardwalk trail. LAUGHING GULLS in several areas including Oak Grove, Millsboro, and in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart in Milford. OSPREYS were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, and along the St. Johns River in Dover. Further north, OSPREY was also seen at Churchman’s Marsh and Lum’s Pond State Park. More singing PINE WARBLERS were at Love Creek and Redden State Forest. FOX SPARROW was in a yard along Cods Road. 20 WILSON’S SNIPE were reported along Fisher Rd. near Harbeson.

There still some winter finches around. Five PURPLE FINCHES continue to come to a feeder at Love Creek also seen there was RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. SISKINS were also reported at Milford, along with both WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. PINE SISKINS were also reported in Redden State Forest, Cheswold, and Walnut Ridge near Centerville.

The first BLUE-WINGED TEAL of the season was reported at Finis Pool today in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Other waterfowl seen included both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. BLACK-NECKED STILT continue to be seen at Raymond Pool along with AMERICAN AVOCET and both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. WILSON’S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. CLAPPER RAIL was also reported along with AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET near Sheerness Pool, plus a PILEATED WOODPECKER near Sheerness Tower. Eight WILD TURKEYS, AMERICAN PIPIT, and WHITE CROWNED SPARROW were reported by the visitor’s center.

American Bittern at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Andy Ednie.

In northern Delaware, The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark. That hummingbird is at the home of Diane and Steve Freebery 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.

Signs of spring are returning to White Clay Creek State Park included EASTERN PHOEBES seen from almost every bridge along the creek. Also reported were several PILEATED WOODPECKERS, BARRED OWL at Wedgwood road, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WOOD DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and COMMON MERGANSERS. A PINE WARBLER was singing at Covered Bridge Farm, north of Newark. Newark Reservoir had both HORNED GREBES and a pair of COMMON LOONS going into breeding plumage.

HORNED GREBES were seen in several locations this week including Silver Lake in Middletown and along the Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle. Other birds in New Castle included 6 COMMON GOLDENEYE on the river, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK and Gambacorta Marsh, and 6 BRANT at Battery Park one of those birds was wounded. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RED THROATED LOON were seen at Fox Point State Park near Wilmington. LESSER BLACK-BACKED, ICELAND, and GLAUCOUS GULL were also reported. GREAT CORMORANTS were reported along the Delaware River in Claymont on the green channel marker off of I-495.

A flight of over 150 TREE SWALLOWS were reported over the Brandywine Creek at Woodlawn Trustees property, soon to become a national park! EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park at Ramsey Road along with COMMON MERGANSER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. Several PILEATED WOODPECKERS were also reported along Ramsey road. MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL were both reported along the entrance road to Brandywine Creek State Park off Adams Dam Road.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to have a large number of waterfowl there including both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY and RINGNECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. PIED BILLED GREBES were also seen there. Several BALD EAGLES continue be seen over the reservoir.

It’s been a good year for LESSER SCAUP, several were seen at Becks Pond near Bear, also at Port of Wilmington ponds, and Thousand Acre Marsh. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also reported near Grier’s Pond along with WILSON’S SNIPE and AMERICAN WIGEON. Dragon Run at Delaware City had 5 GREAT EGRETS and 6 MUTE SWANS, along with WOOD DUCK and TREE SWALLOW.

Finally, I’m sad to report the passing on March 7th of Howard Holmquist that often contributed sightings to the Birdline. He counted Bluebirds and watched the feeders at Brandywine Creek State Park for the last 15 years. He was also a chemist for the DuPont Company, avid golfer, and saxophonist. His dogged determination was an inspiration to all.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sally O’Byrne, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Matt Sarver, Rachel Shapiro, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Colin Campbell, Amy White, Rich Ehrlich, Doug Gill, Al DelPizzo, Jason Beale, Donald Stockley, Brian McCaffrey, Richard Clifton, Laura Balascio, Judy Montgomery, Bob Strahorn and Joe Russell. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, good birding!!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.tebbens Ben Tebbens

    So so lovely!!! The Pine Warbler was a first for me;) What a cutie they are.