RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 29th, 2013

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.

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* March 29, 2013
* DEST1303.29

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 29, 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 29th, this is Birdline Delaware, home of the Fighting Blue Hens, from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list hit 195 species this week.

Northern Lapwing at Bombay Hook NWR on 29 March 2013. Photo by Dawn Miller.

A NORTHERN LAPWING was found today at Bear Swamp Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The bird was found on mudflats in the impoundment just past the Bear Swamp sign along the straightaway on the east side of the pool. LAPWING has been anticipated in Delaware since the incursion that occurred after Hurricane Sandy. Several reports of multiple birds have been along the East Coast this year already, including birds in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and Georgia. This is the fourth state record and also fourth for the refuge the first reported in 14 years.

Other birds seen in the area was a first of the year PECTORAL SANDPIPER and over 75 WILSON’S SNIPE. Other shorebirds seen included BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Raymond Pool, along with lots of DUNLIN and both species of YELLOWLEGS. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported at Sheerness Pool, two were calling today. GLOSSY IBIS and GREAT EGRET also been reported. Waterfowl seen included MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, 60 RING-NECKED DUCKS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. SHORT-EARED OWL and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS were reported along the entrance road to the refuge. BARRED OWL was reported at Finis Pool. Three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen at the feeders at the visitor center.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week was last reported on Saturday along White Neck’s Road near Millville in Sussex County. This area is just west of Bethany Beach along Route 26, Atlantic Avenue, not far from Holts Landing State Park. There have been no more reports later in the week, if seen please notify the birdline. PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at Holts Landing.

In northern Delaware, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the intersection of McDaniels and Orchard Road in Tallyville off Route 202, the Concord Pike. Those birds of been seen sporadically all week. Other winter finches reported included PINE SISKINS at Ashland Nature Center and in Cheswold. PURPLE FINCH was reported at a feeder in Lewes.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park, flushed from the field along the entrance road during the controlled meadow burn. Also seen during the fire were 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS hunting along the edge. SNOW GEESE and KILLDEER were seen at the park today, along with FOX SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WINTER WREN. WOOD DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER were seen along the Creek, also OSPREY being pursued by a BALD EAGLE on Sunday.

The previous reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD coming to a feeder near Newark is now molting into male plumage. 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.

An amazing 5 ROSS’S GEESE were found in a flock of 1500 SNOW GEESE next to Dover Air Force Base on Sunday. A BLACK HEADED GULL was reported at the North Pond of the Logan Lane Tract at Ted Harvey Conservation Area near Kitts Hummock. 120 AMERICAN AVOCETS were found at the south impoundment, along with PEREGRINE FALCON. Also reported were SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and BROWN THRASHER. Five BLUE-WINGED TEALS were seen at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area, in the ponds to the left of the central tower. Also reported at Little Creek were over 1000 AMERICAN COOT, 400 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 200 AMERICAN WIGEON, 22 RING-NECKED DUCK and LESSER SCAUP.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to hang out at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Also seen there were RING-NECKED DUCK, MUTE SWAN, and HOODED MERGANSER. PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen in the woods.

The previous seen EARED GREBE was last reported last Saturday at Bottom Hills Drain near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet. There were several HORNED GREBES molting into breeding plumage also seen, plus GREATER SCAUP and BRANT. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at the entrance to Burton’s Island Causeway. There still a raft of over 40 LONG-TAILED DUCKS along the jetty at Indian River Inlet, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. PURPLE SANDPIPERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen along the rocks. GREAT CORMORANT was seen on the jetty tower. NORTHERN GANNETS have been seen close to the shore from the South Inlet Bathhouse.

There are still over 100 CANVASBACKS at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. BLUE-WINGED TEAL and RING-NECKED DUCK were also seen on the lake. There is also about 3 dozen RUDDY DUCKS. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Canal Pointe Condominiums north of Rehoboth Beach.

The first BARN SWALLOW of the year was reported at the Dupont Nature Center at the Mispillion Inlet today. Also seen were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, and 5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. GREATER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and BLACK SCOTER were seen offshore, along with a single LONG-TAILED DUCK and BONAPARTE’S GULL.

ICELAND GULL was seen at Fowler’s Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along with 2 CLAPPER RAILS. Eight SNOWY EGRETS and 2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen with GREAT EGRETS along the Boardwalk Trail at the refuge headquarters. Also reported were WILD TURKEY, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WINTER WREN.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Hoope’s Reservoir near Greenville last weekend. Also seen on the reservoir were LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. A few PIED-BILLED GREBES were also been reported along with BALD EAGLES and TREE SWALLOW. Newark Reservoir has both COMMON LOON and HORNED GREBE molting into breeding plumage. COMMON MERGANSERS were also reported along the Red Clay Creek near Yorklyn. SNOW GEESE were reported flying over Pike Creek.

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose at Hoope’s Reservoir on 23 March 2013. Photo by Taj Schottland.

PINE WARBLERS were reported at several locations this last week including Turkell Pond at Prime Hook, one was coming to a feeder in Lincoln, 2 were coming to a yard in Bear, and  a pair PINE WARBLERS were singing at the powerline cut along the Pickering Beach Road. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported at a feeder in Claymont.

BLUE-WINGED TEALS were reported at Lewes and Dragon Run. Also reported at Dragon Run were PIED-BILLED GREBE, RING-NECKED DUCK, WOOD DUCK, and AMERICAN WIGEON.

The monthly Heron Survey at Delaware City in Veterans Park had LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, and the first CATTLE EGRETS of the season. While GLOSSY IBIS is expected at this time year, SNOWY EGRETS are increasing in regularity in the early spring, and CATTLE EGRETS were uncommonly early. LITTLE BLUE HERON was also reported at Grier’s Pond in Thousand Acre Marsh. Up to 9 BALD EAGLES were reported in the Port Penn area.

A few wintering gulls remained at Fox Point State Park last weekend. ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were found along with 14 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and LAUGHING GULL. Six BRANT continue to be seen at battery Park in New Castle. There were 5 BONAPARTE’S GULLS seen over the river. A RED-THROATED LOON and GREATER SCAUP were seen at Gambacorta Marsh, along with PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. An unusual bird marsh at Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington was PILEATED WOODPECKER.

PEREGRINE FALCONS continue be reported at their nest box at the Brandywine Building in downtown Wilmington. The Cape Henlopen Spring Hawk Watch is starting to pick up with increasing falcon reports. Three MERLIN and 3 AMERICAN KESTREL were seen today. There is also been scattered MERLIN reports throughout the state, including Bay Vista Golf Park, Dragon Run, Delaware City, and both Bombay and Prime Hook.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Nancy Goggin, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Chris Bennett, Joel Martin, Colin Campbell, Lisa Smith, Mike Smith, Lynn Smith, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Mike Hudson, John Dunn, John Bradley, Alan Kneidel, Matt Haley, Ben Tebbens, Andrew Bogush, Christopher Rowe, Anthony Gonzon, Mason Sieges, Taj Schottland, and Joe Russell. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, Go Lady Hens and good birding!!!

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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.

RBA
* 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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RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 15th, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

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.

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* March 15, 2013
* DEST1303.15

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 15, 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 15th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 185 species this week. Winter finches are still present but beware the Ides of March as spring arrivals are returning!

The CRESTED CARACARA found last week in southern Delaware by Holts Landing State Park near Millville was reported yesterday, but not today. The bird was originally found on White’s Neck Road off Route 26, Atlantic Avenue, just west of Bethany Beach. The bird has also been seen on Irons Lane and Old Mill Road, and flying over Rt. 26 in Millville. If determined to be wild, this would be a first state record! Some other birds in the area include an immature BALD EAGLE at Holts Landing, along with a huge raft of over thousand BUFFLEHEADS on Indian River Bay, plus MERLIN and AMERICAN WOODCOCK reported along Old Mill Road.

Crested Caracara in Ocean View, Delaware on 8 March 2013. Photo by Sharon Lynn.

The previous reported EARED GREBE continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet by the North Marina. That bird was last seen Monday. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the inlet along with 6 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a FORSTER TERN. A LEAST SANDPIPER with PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE, along with 8 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at the jetty. 55 LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were also reported. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen offshore. There are still 4 SNOW BUNTINGS at the South Inlet campground.

The raft of 600+ CANVASBACK at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach included 4 REDHEADS last weekend. Also seen on the pond were 55 RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, along with the first LAUGHING GULL season there. A ROSS’S GOOSE was reported at Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS with 100 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were also seen.

20 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Fowler’s Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON’S SNIPE were also reported.  A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found along the Prime Hook Beach Road. CHIPPING SPARROWS were found along Deep Branch Road. Five GREAT EGRETS and OSPREY were reported at the Broadkill Beach impoundments. FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PINE WARBLER were seen along the entrance road to the refuge.

The first PIPING PLOVERS of the season were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. Three were seen at the point, along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. There still a huge raft of over thousand SCOTERS on the ocean off Cape Henlopen. Included in that flock were several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. The hawk watch at Cape Henlopen has restarted, recording BALD EAGLE and OSPREY this week. PINE SISKIN, BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were reported at the Seaside Nature Center feeders. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at Fort Miles.

Other winter finches reported in the area included PURPLE FINCHES at Love Creek. PINE SISKINS were reported at Bay Vista, along with both WHITE BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. OSPREY and BALD EAGLE were also seen there. Three species of nuthatches are coming to feeders at Old Landing. PURPLE FINCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found in Georgetown along with first of the year TREE SWALLOW and singing PINE WARBLERS. PINE SISKINS of also been seen at feeders in Seaford. WOOD DUCK was reported at Philips Landing at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area. The first LAUGHING GULL of the season was reported at Oak Grove west of Seaford on Saturday. Also reported was 35 WILSON’S SNIPE along Horseshoe Road near Oak Grove.

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. PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen from the Freebery’s deck.

Gulls continue to be seen at the Port of Wilmington along I-495. ICELANDGLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen in the spoils area outside the entrance to the port. Those birds were seen on the roof of the big blue building.

Eight WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in Tallyville off of US route 202 the Concord Pike in Brandywine Hundred behind Johnny’s Hotdog Stand. PINE SISKINS were reported at feeders in Fairview Crest in Newark, Walnut Ridge, Yorklyn, Ashland Nature Center, and Flint Woods. There were several BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE sightings reported this week including Newark, Pike Creek, Brandywine Creek State Park, and as far south as Summit Bridge. FOX SPARROWS also turned up at feeders in Yorklyn and Claymont. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES also still being seen at feeders through the northern part of the state.

There were several exciting owl sightings this week. A SAW-WHET OWL was reported along Dutch Neck Road near Thousand Acre Marsh by the Gray Fox Sheep Farm. A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark hunting over the field. SHORT-EARED OWL was also reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, where it’s been seen along the hedgerow at the entrance. BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED, and EASTERN SCREECH OWLS were all reported at Bombay Hook.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to be a great spot for waterfowl. COMMON LOON and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported there waterfowl seen included a single female REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. There is also a BALD EAGLE on nest at the reservoir. Also reported the area was PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN and singing PINE WARBLERS.

Some other waterfowl included flyover TUNDRA SWANS at Middle Run. TUNDRA SWANS was also seen on the ground at Summit Bridge.  GREATER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Middle Run. LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and a female RUDDY DUCK were reported at Carousel Park near Pike Creek. HOODED MERGANSER was seen at the Route 100 ponds near Brandywine Creek State Park. WOOD DUCKS were seen at Middle Run and Dragon Run in Delaware City.

Some first signs of spring have been return of TREE SWALLOWS seen at Ashland Nature Center and Dragon Run. AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen at Coverdale Farms near Ashland Nature Center and at Brandywine Creek State Park. Hopefully those birds were nests in the area. CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at Coverdale Farms also. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS reported at Brandywine Creek. A GRAY CATBIRD was at Port Penn by the boardwalk. BROWN THRASHER was seen at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported in Bear. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue be seen at Woodland Park near Price Corner. AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying at Flint Woods near Centerville.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area along with a large numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL and NORTHERN SHOVELER. A single ROSS’S GOOSE was reported nearby. 75 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS and a few SURF SCOTERS reported on the Delaware Bay at Big Stone Beach. Two BROWN THRASHERS were reported along Stratham Lane at Milford Neck. Another ROSS’S GOOSE was reported along Route 36 west of Fort Saulsbury near Slaughters Beach. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was reported at Mispillion inlet. A third ROSS’S GOOSE was reported near the Logan Lane Tract off the Kitts Hummock Road.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS in breeding plumage were reported along Whitehall Neck Road, the entrance road to Bombay Hook on Saturday. There were over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus the previous reported BLACK-NECKED STILT at Raymond Pool, along with 4 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. AMERICAN BITTERN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Waterfowl reported included HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK, and COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Eighteen WILD TURKEYS, plus WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen near the visitor center. First of spring birds included COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, TREE SWALLOW, and BROWN THRASHER.

Wild Turkeys at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

The Wilmington PEREGRINES now have three eggs on nest at the Brandywine Building. You can watch the nest site from your computer at DOSBirds.org.

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, Lynn Smith, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Joe Sebastiani, Lauren Morgens, Al Guarente, Rachel Shapiro, Dan Altif, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Ian Stewart, Mike Moore, Hank Davis, Andrew Bogush, Brian Henderson, Taj Schottland, Joe Hanfman, Colin Campbell, Amy White, John Dunn, Jim Dunn, Tom Johnson, Mary Lukaszewski, Phil Thompson, and Maurice Barnhill. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, good birding!!!

Bufflehead at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 7th, 2012

Northern Harrier at Little Creek Wildlife Area on 5 December 2012. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

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.

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* December 7, 2012
* DEST1212.07

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 7, 2012
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, December 7th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2012 Delaware state annual list remains at 328 species. This week’s list reflects the winter season as Christmas counts approach. Surprisingly, no Crossbills were reported this week.

A light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. This species was missed by both Delaware hawk watches during migration. That bird was over the fields by the Alle House. An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON and 2 SNOWY EGRETS were reported at Sheerness Pool along with AMERICAN BITTERN. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS continue to be seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. A SORA was reported along the Boardwalk Trail. Six MARBLED GODWITS along with BLACK-NECKED STILT and 397 AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Raymond Pool, along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Waterfowl at the refuge is starting to build with the arrival of several thousand SNOW GEESE, plus 25 blue phase SNOW GEESE. Also reported were 12 HOODED MERGANSERS, RUDDY DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD. BARRED OWL was found at Finis Woods, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and AMERICAN PIPIT were found by the visitor center.

American Bittern in Bear Swamp at Bombay Hook NWR on 2 December 2012. Photo by Maurice Barnhill.

Bufflehead at Bombay Hook NWR on 4 December 2012. Photo by Marie Gardner.

Not far from Bombay Hook near Little Creek outside of Dover, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along with a CACKLING GOOSE was seen in a flock of geese along the S. Little Creek Rd. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported along the N. Little Creek Rd. SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Port Mahon from the fishing pier. Seven GREAT EGRETS were seen at Little Creek impoundments last week.

A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen flying over the pond at the Mallard Lodge on Saturday. Also reported there were 13 WILSON’S SNIPE. Waterfowl seen on the pond included LESSER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and TUNDRA SWAN.

An injured RAZORBILL was recovered off the rocks at the Indian River inlet jetty today. That bird was taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue for rehabilitation. Also reported was 15 PURPLE SANDPIPER with 20 RUDDY TURNSTONES. Over hundred BONAPARTE’S GULLS were also reported in the inlet this week. Offshore were 42 RED-THROATED LOONS and over 100 NORTHERN GANNETS. HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, and BRANT were seen by the Burton’s Island Causeway at North Marina. Only 4 CANVASBACK and a few RUDDY DUCKS were reported at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach this week.

Purple Sandpiper at Indian River Inlet on 1 December 2012. Photo by Kyle Horton.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was reported from Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. Also seen were COMMON EIDER, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, RED-THROATED LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, FORSTER’S TERN, and a late LAUGHING GULL. BRANT and five GREAT CORMORANTS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal. All
three species of NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED, RED-BREASTED and BROWN HEADED were reported in the park this week. Also seen were 20 TREE SWALLOWS and 4 BARN SWALLOWS were found at the fishing pier. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was
found at Roosevelt Inlet.

The previous reported YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen again at the sharp turn to the entrance road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS reported along Cods Road. AMERICAN PIPITS were seen along Thirteen Curves Rd.  The previously reported NELSON’S SPARROW continues to be seen along the Fowler’s Beach Road, found past the spillway. 15 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 3 CLAPPER RAILS were also reported at Fowler’s Beach.

American Pipit along Thirteen Curves Rd. on 1 December 2012. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

Nelson’s Sparrow along Fowler’s Beach Rd. at Prime Hook NWR on 1 December 2012. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

The reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD in Newark continues to be seen this week. That bird 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. There are two feeders, and the hummer often sits in the vines and rose bushes on the trellis next to the steps.

Newark Reservoir has had a surprisingly diverse assortment of waterfowl there this week. Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were reported there Saturday along with 4 BUFFLEHEADS, RING-NECKED DUCK and RUDDY DUCK this week. A BALD EAGLE was seen perched along the edge of the reservoir looking for food. An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at the Walter Carpenter Recreation Area of White Clay Creek State Park. Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS along with an assortment of woodpeckers were found along Creek Road. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at a yard in Newark. Middle Run Wildlife Area near Newark had 3 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS plus BARRED and GREAT HORNED OWL reported. AMERICAN KESTREL was seen in the fields.

Another AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at Tweed’s Park in Hockessin by the Hockessin Athletic Club. Ashland Nature Center this week had PINE SISKINS at their feeders. Also seen were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a late EASTERN PHOEBE, along with HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER WREN, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.

SNOW GEESE were reported migrating south over New Castle County this past weekend including several large flocks over Hoopes’ Reservoir on Saturday. Waterfowl seen there included over 200 RING-NECKED DUCK, plus 35 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2 GADWALL, 5 BUFFLEHEAD, 8 RUDDY DUCK, and 20 PIED-BILLED GREBES. GREAT BLUE HERON and KINGFISHER were also reported.

Two BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES reported this week in a yard near Ellesmere. A LAUGHING GULL was seen at the Wilmington wastewater treatment plant at Cherry Island. 13 BRANT were seen at Battery Park in New Castle. A BALD EAGLE was seen along the river, sitting on a navigation tower from Battery Park.

Atlantic Brant, New Castle County, 1 December 2012

Atlantic Brant at Battery Park on 1 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost

Another GREAT EGRET was seen at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City this week. Also reported was a RING-NECKED PHEASANT, seen along Route 9 north of Thorntown Road on Saturday. There has been a flurry of recent PHEASANT reports. Another bird was seen at Newark Reservoir, while a third bird was seen along Route 9, north of the town of Little Creek. While these birds are probably escapes from hunting season, it would nice to get this species reestablished in the state.

The last week of the Ashland Hawk Watch produced 3 BALD EAGLES, a NORTHERN HARRIER, and 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. A total of over 17,000 raptors were counted over the course of the fall season.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Diane and Steve Freebery, Tim Schreckengost, Lisa Smith, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Derek Stoner, Gary Charles, Joe Sebastiani, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Hugh McGuinness, Rod Murray, Randy Murphy, Ruthe Hay, Jeff Davis, Les Roslund, Todd Gilbert, Kyle Horton, Chuck Fulmer and Maurice Barnhill. Also, special thanks to our two hawk-counters, Tonya Mommone and Jennifer Ottinger for their excellent work. 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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RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 9th, 2012

UPDATE – The previously reported Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Newark is a first state record of Anna’s Hummingbird.

Here is the weekly RBA compiled by Andy Ednie that includes photos of birds mentioned. Thanks for all of the photo contributions! If you would like to have your photos of birds mentioned below added, feel free to email them to timschreckengost AT gmail DOT com.

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 9, 2012
* DEST1211.09

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 9, 2012
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, November 9th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Two new species was added this week, but more may be coming as ID’s are pending. The 2012 Delaware state annual list increased to 323 species this week.

This has been a week of unusual HUMMINGBIRDS being found in Delaware. At least five different birds have been reported this week with 3 in New Castle County and 2 in Kent County. A new bird that showed up on Saturday after the storm is being seen near Newark. That bird has been tentatively identified as an immature female Anna’s HUMMINGBIRD, but that still being debated. That bird is being seen at the home of Diane and Steve Freebury at 257 Delaplane Ave., in Middle Run Manor off Kirkwood Highway. If you want to see this bird, call Diane at 302-368-9003, there are two feeders in the backyard and you’re welcome to sit on the back deck.

Anna’s Hummingbird in Newark on 8 November 2012, Photo by Hank Davis

Two other hummingbirds are being seen in a private yard in Wilmington. One of those birds has been identified as a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, while the other is an identified SELASPHORUS species. Another unidentified SELASPHORUS species is being seen in Lincoln, Delaware in Kent County, while a female RUFOUS still coming to a yard in Camden-Wyoming. That location is along Bryant’s Corner Road opposite the intersection with Quail Run. To find this take Westville Road off Rt. 13 below Dover towards Quail Hollow Golf Course. You can call Brian McCaffery at 302-359-0294 if you’re interested in seeing this bird.

Rufous Hummingbird in Wilmington on 9 November 2012, Photo by Hank Davis

Rufous Hummingbird in Camden-Wyoming on 9 November 2012, Photo by Brian McCaffrey

CROSSBILLS arrived in Delaware this last week with WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS being seen at Cape Henlopen State Park. Four were seen on Sunday near the Swimming Beach parking lot, while 20 were seen at the Hawk Watch yesterday and 40 were counted flying over today. A flock of 10 RED CROSSBILLS was also reported today. Three RED CROSSBILLS were seen at White Clay Creek State Park near Newark, at the Walter Carpenter Recreational Area off of Route 896 (New London Rd). RED CROSSBILL was also reported at Bombay Hook this last week.

EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at three different sites in northern Delaware. Four were seen at a feeder near Carousel Farm off Limestone Road in northwestern Delaware. Eight were seen near the old Hercules Country Club, south of Hockessin. Four more EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported in a yard in Chalfonte, Brandywine Hundred. PURPLE FINCHES are still be reported in several areas including Cape Henlopen State Park and in Arden. PINE SISKINS were reported at Mount Cuba, Augustine Beach Wildlife Area, and at Red Mill Pond.

Also seen at Augustine Beach Wildlife Area this last weekend were two CAVE SWALLOWS along with 20 BARN SWALLOWS sitting on the wire near the parking lot. Another unusual bird reported this week was a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER coming to a feeder in Milford. A CATTLE EGRET was seen flying over Fox Point State Park.

Cave Swallow at Augustine Beach on 4 November 2012, Photo by Mike Moore

A bonanza of birds was reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna over the weekend. Highlights included CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON TERN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO along the Bear Swamp Tower Trail, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW seen along the dike at Sheerness Pool. Also been reported were over 300 AMERICAN AVOCET, plus 2-3 MARBLED GODWIT, and over 100 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also seen was BLACK NECKED STILT, 2 WILLET, and LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPER. AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also seen along with three late SNOWY EGRETS and a LITTLE BLUE HERON. A peak count of 22 PIED-BILLED GREBES were found in the refuge on Sunday along with AMERICAN COOT. A flock of 12 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen opposite the visitor center.

Grasshopper Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR on 4 November 2012, Photo by Howard Eskin

American Avocets at Bombay Hook NWR on 9 November 2012, Photo by Brian McCaffrey

High water at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area has made for good waterfowl spotting. BRANT, LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen from the tower this last weekend. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at Port Mahon on this past week along with 50 ROYAL TERNS sitting on the bulkheads. Land birds seen along the Port Mahon Road included WINTER WREN, WHITE-CROWNED, and FOX SPARROW. There were 30 GREAT EGRETS at the Port Mahon impoundments. NORTHERN GANNETS were reported off Kitts Hummock.

The first SNOW BUNTINGS of the season were also reported this past week along the Port Mahon Road. SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen along the dike road at Sheerness Pool and at Summit Bridge in the C&D Canal Wildlife Area.

There were still 55 BLACK SKIMMERS at Fowler’s Beach this past week along with 6 BONAPARTE’S GULL and LEAST SANDPIPER. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW reported along the marsh edges there and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen in the woodlot at the edge the marsh.

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen flying over the Rehoboth Golf Park off Country Club Road. CANVASBACK and HOODED MERGANSER were seen this week on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found at Love Creek along Route 24 in Rehoboth and at Canal Pointe Condominiums off Holland Glade Road. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at Bay Vista, completing the nuthatch trifecta there. SNOW GEESE were seen in big flocks over Rehoboth.

There was an unconfirmed report of an immature PURPLE GALLINULE found in the parking lot at McDonald’s in South Bethany Beach this week. That might be a storm related bird, it was recovered and taken to Tristate Bird Rescue. Stay tuned, further details will come out later.

Some more birds from Newark this past week included HORNED GREBE at the Newark Reservoir and EASTERN PHOEBE along Creek Road in White Clay Creek State Park. A BRANT was seen at Kirk Road near Greenville this week. Waterfowl on Hoopes Reservoir included 22 RING-NECKED DUCK, plus BLACK, WOOD, and RUDDY DUCK. Also seen were 11 PIED-BILLED GREBES and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.

Harry’s Pond in the Brandywine Town Center had a surprising number of waterfowl, including RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and 8 AMERICAN COOT. Also seen this past week was both HORNED GREBE and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES at the pond.

There was a massive flight of RED-TAILED HAWKS this past weekend over northern Delaware. A record count of 620 RED-TAILS was reported from the Ashland Nature Center on Sunday. Also seen were an immature GOLDEN EAGLE and 4 BALD EAGLES that day. Other birds seen included 43 RED-SHOULDERED, 55 SHARP-SHINNED, and 18 COOPER’S HAWKS. The first NORTHERN GOSHAWK of the year was seen on Monday along with another GOLDEN EAGLE, plus another GOLDEN EAGLE later on this week. Other birds reported included COMMON LOON, WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN PINTAIL and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was reported at Burrows Run Nature Preserve near Ashland.

A big flight of accipiters was reported at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on Sunday. That flight included 170 SHARP-SHINNED and 28 COOPER’S HAWKS. The highlight of the day was a SHORT-EARED OWL seen flying around hawk watch in the afternoon. Huge numbers of waterfowl are now being seen flying offshore from the Cape Henlopen. Reported this week were a total of 12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, plus 600 BLACK and 250 SURF SCOTER. Also reported was over 1000 NORTHERN GANNETS, plus COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS and a few remaining BROWN PELICAN. Eight NORTHERN BOBWHITES were also reported along with RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a remaining CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

There was an extralimital report of a NORTHERN LAPWING seen yesterday near Trenton, New Jersey. That bird was last seen flying east, and may be heading our way. There are been reports of at least six LAPWINGS on the East Coast after Sandy, so be on the lookout.

Northern Lapwing in Allentown, NJ on 8 November 2012, Photo by Sam Galick

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including: Hank Davis, Tim Schreckengost, Mike Moore, Chris Bennett, David Bridge, Anthony Gonzon, Tom Clarke, Amy O’Neil, Kelly Nunn, Dane Houser, Lorraine Logan, John Janowski, Dick Bell, Colin Campbell, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Ian Stewart, Brian McCaffrey, Ken Bass, Lynn Smith, Ann Dinkel, Sue Gruver, Armas Hill, and Howard Eskin. Also, special thanks to our two hawk-counters, Tonya Mommone and Jennifer Ottinger for their excellent work. 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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RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 2nd, 2012

Here is the weekly RBA compiled by Andy Ednie that includes photos of birds mentioned. Thanks for all of the photo contributions!

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 2, 2012
* DEST1211.02

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 2, 2012
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, November 2nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Three new species were added this week due to the storm. The 2012 Delaware state annual list increased to 321 species this week.

It might not have been the 4th of July, but Sandy did bring fireworks to Little Haven and other communities in Delaware. The approaching storm was already causing tidal flooding and road closures on Sunday. There was a state of emergency on Monday, with winds to 50-60 MPH and rainfall from 5″ upstate and over 9″ in Rehoboth Beach. The biggest hit was at Indian River Inlet, where the bay met the ocean at the north side of the new bridge.
Route 1 between Dewey and Bethany Beach is still closed. South Bethany and Prime Hook Beach Road are also severely flooded.

The eye of the storm passed directly over Wilmington on Monday night, traveling west into central Pennsylvania. The most exciting species reported was an immature RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD picked up in Carney’s Point, NJ. That is directly east of Fox Point State Park near Edgemoor. Birders took to the field after the driving ban was lifted, finding the most prevalent pelagic species to be POMARINE JAEGERS. 15 JAEGERS were seen at Fox Point on Tuesday morning. A peak count of over 80 POMARINE JAEGERS was reported in Delaware City, including one flock of 56 birds passing by Veteran’s Park, low over
the water. This is probably more POMARINE JAEGERS reported at one time in the state the ever previously seen. 41 POMARINE JAEGERS were reported at nearby Fort Dupont State Park, a total of 68 between there and Reedy Point. PARASITIC JAEGERS was also reported at Reedy Pont, along with BRANT and COMMON TERN. Another POMARINE JAEGER was reported further south at Collins Beach in Cedar Creek Wildlife Area. Dark-winged terns, suggesting pelagic species like BRIDLED or SOOTY TERNS were reported at Collins Beach. A CAVE SWALLOW was also reported there.

Delaware City by far had some of the most exciting birding, besides the previously reported jaegers were 5 RED PHALAROPE, NORTHERN GANNET, BONAPARTE’S GULL, and an immature SANDWICH TERN. Waterfowl moving downriver included over 100 BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, several RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and BLACK SCOTER. Shorebirds were seen moving south along the river in large numbers, mostly DUNLIN but also seen were two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Also seen there was a BARN SWALLOW.

Brant, Photo by Kyle Horton

LEACH’S STORM PETREL and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were seen at Fox Point State Park. Also reported were 8 RED PHALAROPE and several flocks of other phalarope species. Also seen flying downriver were 4 RED-THROATED LOONS, BLACK SCOTER, over 50 BRANT, and tons of DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT. Two GREAT CORMORANTS and 18 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on the navigational marker near Claymont.

Three more LEACH’S STORM PETRELS were seen south of New Castle, at the mouth of Army Creek. A WILSON’S STORM PETREL was seen north of New Castle near the Delaware Memorial Bridge at Atlas Point. WILSON’S STORM PETREL was a new species to the state of Pennsylvania this week, with birds seen flying down the Susquehanna near Harrisburg. Early in the week in New Castle, a GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Battery Park on Saturday and a SALTMARSH SPARROW was seen there on Sunday.

Also storm related was a RED-THROATED LOON found at Newark Reservoir on Tuesday along with 2 HORNED GREBES. Some waterfowl that dropped in at Carousel Park near Arundel included PIED-BILLED GREBE, RUDDY and RING-NECKED DUCK, plus the previously reported over-summering SNOW GOOSE.

Horned Grebes, Photo by Ian Stewart

Other storm related birds included an OVENBIRD in a back yard in downtown Wilmington, along with HERMIT THRUSH. LINCOLN’S SPARROWS were seen at the Peterson Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. A house in Hockessin had 6 PINE SISKINS come on to the porch during the rain from Hurricane Sandy.A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen at White Clay Creek State Park last weekend. Also reported was the first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW of the season at Nine Foot Road near Milford Crossroad. Middle Run Natural Area near Newark reported a yellow PALM WARBLER this week. Also seen in the fields were NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and flyover AMERICAN PIPITS, along with EASTERN PHOEBE and WOOD DUCKS. A BROWN THRASHER has been coming to a feeder in Fairfield, north of Newark off Route 896.

A possible immature male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was reported at Brandywine Creek State Park after the storm. That bird was seen near the park entrance booth. Lots of sparrows are also being seen in the area including CHIPPING, FIELD, SAVANNAH, SWAMP and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, along with COMMON SNIPE, several flocks of PINE SISKINS, a female PURPLE FINCH, and a leucistic AMERICAN ROBIN. A WINTER WREN was reported at the Freshwater Marsh Preserve plus flyover BALD EAGLE, KESTREL, and MERLIN on Saturday. Waterfowl on nearby Hoopes’ Reservoir included 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 2 RING-NECKED DUCK, and several WOOD DUCKS.

At least two “Selasphorus” hummingbirds were reported coming to feeders in Kent County. The previous reported female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is still coming to the feeder it Camden-Wyoming. That location is along Bryant’s Corner Road opposite the intersection with Quail Run. To find this take Westville Road off Rt. 13 below Dover towards Quail Hollow Golf Course. You can call Brian McCaffery at 302-359-0294 if you’re interested in seeing this bird. Possibly another female RUFOUS is now coming to a yard in Lincoln.

Camden-Wyoming Rufous Hummingbird, Photo by Brian McCaffrey

The year of the winter finch continues with PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES coming to feeders throughout the state. Also reported have been 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS coming to a feeder in Angola Neck near Rehoboth Beach. PINE SISKINS have been reported in Claymont, Arden, Walnut Ridge, Hockessin, Newark, Middletown, Glasgow, Smyrna, Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, and Rehoboth Beach.

Evening Grosbeak, Photo by Chuck Fullmer

Purple Finch, Photo by Brian McCaffrey

Pine Siskin, Photo by Maurice Barnhill

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge was close during the storm, but reopened with only minimal damage. Tidal water did not breach the dikes and only a few trees fell across some of the hiking trails. Seen at the refuge since the storm were up to 8 MARBLED GODWIT, plus several hundred AMERICAN AVOCET, with WESTERN, LEAST, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. Five TUNDRA SWANS were seen in the refuge today, and an AMERICAN BITTERN was reported yesterday. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are now being seen at the refuge feeders.

Birders looking for coastal birds could only get sandpipers out in the fields near Fowler’s Beach; the roadway was closed due to flooding. Four PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with 6 BLACK BELLIED PLOVER, and WESTERN SANDPIPER along with two AMERICAN PIPITS were reported. Seabirds at Slaughters Beach from the Firehouse Pavilion included 12 NORTHERN GANNETS, plus COMMON, ROYAL, and CASPIAN TERN. Also seen were RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and 5 SURF SCOTER.

A COMMON GALLINULE and AMERICAN COOT were seen at the St Anne’s Church Road retention pond in Middletown. The Charles Price Memorial Park nearby had BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, plus a PEREGRINE FALCON harassing the waterfowl on the pond. Also seen there were 30 AMERICAN PIPITS in the nearby field.

Hawk watching has been slow due to the storm. Surprisingly, another POMARINE JAEGER was seen on Wednesday with several gulls flying over Ashland Nature Center Hawk Watch heading for the coast. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen over Ashland Hawk Watch today, plus 14 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKs were seen on Wednesday. Also reported at Ashland this week have been BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and WINTER WREN.

Golden Eagle, Photo by Kim Steininger

The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch is been closed for five days this week due to the storm. 17 BALD EAGLES have been seen over the last two days since the watch reopened. A big flight of Accipters on Thursday included 107 SHARP-SHINNED and 34 COOPER’S HAWK. Also reported at the hawk watch this week were for PARASITIC JAEGERS on Saturday before the storm, along with over 1700 NORTHERN GANNET. Since the storm, 3 to 4 BROWN PELICANS have been seen daily. Impressive numbers of waterfowl are moving through including BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, a single CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON and RED THROATED LOON, and all three species of SCOTER, SURF, BLACK, and WHITE-WINGED. The previous reported CLAY-COLORED SPARROW made it through the storm and was still being seen in the hawk watch platform today.

Finally a quick note from Bear included two new yard birds; AMERICAN WOODCOCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL flying over before the storm. Also, one observer there reported finding a dead RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and several PINE SISKINS underneath his birdfeeder, hopefully this is not a sign of were bad things to come.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week and braved the storm, including: Tina Watson, Charlie Vaughn, Tim Schreckengost, Evan Speck, Mike Moore, Frank Rohrbacher, Mason Sieges, Kyle Horton, Colin Campbell. Jeff Gordon, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Chuck Brandt, Ian Stewart, Rod Murray, John Dunn, Kitt Heckscher, Sally O’Byrne, Andrew Bogush, Brian McCaffrey, Ken Bass, Chuck Fullmer, Ed Crawford, Lynn Smith, Lisa Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, and Joe Russell. Also, special thanks to our two hawk-counters, Tonya Mommone and Jennifer Ottinger for their excellent work. 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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Andy Ednie
Claymont, Delaware