Loggerhead Shrike, 13 curves style!

As I drive around Sussex County, I’m always looking for vagrants/rarities. Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Mississippi Kite, you name it and I’m looking for it. One species I never seek out, but is always in the back of my mind, is Loggerhead Shrike. Loggerhead Shrike is an uncommon vagrant/migrant in Delaware with only 10 previously accepted records for Delaware.

Bobby Wilcox and I were driving down Thirteen Curves Rd. when I noticed a bird with bold whit wing patches flush off a tree and I yelled, “Shrike!” I immediately pulled the car over and started telling Bobby about how rare to uncommon shrikes are in Delaware.I thought here were more records, but as it turns out there are only ten accepted records. Why not add another to it?

As you can see, there are only TEN previously accepted records by DOS, so this represents the 11th state record, pending acceptance of course. I think this photo, as well as epic shots from Chuck Fullmer (see below), will get the record accepted.

Loggerhead Shrike - Delaware

It looks like a Loggerhead Shrike, or LOSH, right? The records committee should accept it, right? I hope so! I mean, I know my photo is nothing EPIC, but Chuck Fullmer laid down this crushing shot.

That’s what a 600mm lens can do. Some day, some day, I will have something that will produce a photo like this. Chuck is awesome. Everyone should hang out with him! Also, if you have a boat and need it wrapped and stored, check out Pontoon Express!

Everyone likes boats, right?

Photo RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 8th, 2013

Redhead at Love Creek on 8 February 2013. 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
* February 8, 2013
* DEST1302.08

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 8, 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, February 8th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 175 species this week.

A baywatch at Beach Plum Island, along the south side of Broadkill Beach produced 20+ LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and GREATER SCAUP offshore, but the highlight was a flyby BLACK GUILLEMOT, with white patches, heading towards Cape Henlopen. This is the third reported sighting of this species for the state. Reconnoitering of Cape Henlopen produced 5 RAZORBILLS from the point parking lot, but no guillemot.

RAZORBILL was also seen at Indian River Inlet this week along with an immature drake COMMON EIDER. An adult BROWN PELICAN was seen sitting on the north jetty. Lots of  NORTHERN GANNETS were seen flying offshore. Other birds seen at Indian River included over 200 LONG-TAILED DUCK plus all three SCOTERS, WHITE WINGED, BLACK, and SURF, plus COMMON GOLDENEYE. 25 SNOW BUNTINGS continue to be seen at the South Inlet Campground. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying in at Burton’s Island behind the north marina. Several PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen there along with RED-BREASTED and 8 HOODED MERGANSERS. Also seen were BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK and GREATER SCAUP.

A Department of Energy survey off of Rehoboth Beach this week by Tom Johnson produced an incredible number of Alcids offshore. That cruise found 110 DOVEKIES, 2 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, and a RAZORBILL, plus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Hopefully, this weekend’s nor’easter passing through will push these birds towards shore.

The previous reported REDHEAD was seen again at The Reserve at Love Creek, off Robbinsville Road. Also seen there were about 30 RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, and BUFFLEHEAD. A flock of AMERICAN PIPITS were reported at the intersection of Mulberry Knoll and Cedar Grove Road. Over 600 CANVASBACK at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was found along the shoreline there.

Redhead at Love Creek on 8 February 2013. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

Ring-necked Duck at Love Creek on 8 February 2013. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

Two EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES were seen at Selbyville this week. The previous reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Canal Pointe, north of Rehoboth Beach, along with HORNED LARK and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at the Golf Park off Shuttle Road behind Tangiers Outlets. BROWN THRASHER, FOX SPARROW, and BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH were along Bald Eagle Creek at Bay Vista. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Old Landing. GREAT HORNED OWLS were heard calling there.

Horned Lark in Canal Pointe on 4 February 2013. Photo by Alissa Kegelman.

EURASIAN WIGEON continue to be seen at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along Prime Hook Road. Those birds were with about 50 AMERICAN WIGEON. Also seen there was PEREGRINE FALCON and WILD TURKEYS. The adult ICELAND GULL was seen at Fowler’s Beach along with MUTE SWAN. About 40 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported along the Fowler’s Beach Road. GREAT EGRETS were reported at the Broadkill Beach impoundments

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS reported in the Sweetgum trees along the entrance road to Prime Hook headquarters. Other winter finches reported included WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Walnut Ridge near Centerville in northern Delaware this week. PINE SISKINS were reported in all three counties. Flocks were seen at Covered Bridge Farm and Fairfield Crest in Newark. SISKINS are also continuing at feeders near Yorklyn. Downstate, PINE SISKINS reported at feeders in Cheswold, Love Creek, and Bay Vista. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were also seen at this later site. PURPLE FINCHES were seen coming to a feeder at Deerhurst in Brandywine Hundred and downstate near Milford.

There was a peak count of 11 REDHEADS, including 6 drakes at Hoopes’ Reservoir off Rt 82 causeway on Sunday. Also reported at the reservoir this week has been a flock of 23 GADWALL, and uncommon bird for the area. 15 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 23 HOODED MERGANSERS were reported with COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK and BUFFLEHEAD. Also seen in the area was PILEATED WOODPECKER and BELTED KINGFISHER.

Newark reservoir had 20 COMMON MERGANSERS along with a HORNED GREBE, plus 7 LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD there this week. Also seen were 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS and a flyby SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. Carousel Farms near Arundel off Limestone Rd. had RING-NECKED DUCK and GREATER SCAUP there. Ten BLACK VULTURES were seen flying over this week. Battery Park in New Castle continues to have 9 BRANT. NORTHERN HARRIER and GRAY CATBIRD were reported at the nearby Gambacorta Marsh.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS reported at Woodland Park near Price Corner. Raptors sightings this week included a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Deerhearst, BARRED OWL reported  along Harvey Road near Stanley’s Tavern, and a  KESTREL at Route 7 near Governors Sq. Shopping Center.

There were 65 GREAT BLUE HERONS seen starting nesting activity at Pea Patch Island. Fort DuPont in Delaware City and YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RUBY CROWNED KINGLET, and GRAY CATBIRD. Six TUNDRA SWANS was seen along the Port Penn Road. 20 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at Augustine Creek just south of Port Penn. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported at Staves Landing Road.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was reported this week at the Little Creek impoundments Port Mahon Road. That bird was with 400 AMERICAN WIGEON, plus 100 GADWALL, 6 LESSER SCAUP, 60 HOODED MERGANSERS, and one lone RED BREASTED MERGANSER. There was also over 2500 AMERICAN COOTS in the impoundment. A SHORT-EARED OWL continues to be seen at Pickering Beach.

A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen outside of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge along Bear Swamp Road, among the flock of SNOW GEESE there. The BLACK-NECKED STILT and 5 GREAT YELLOWLEGS were inside the refuge at Raymond Pool. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Sheerness Pool. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS have been seen recently at Raymond Pool and an immature was seen at Sheerness. A MERLIN was also seen catching a SAVANNAH SPARROW and BALD EAGLES were seen chasing COOTS at Sheerness this week. As many 16 BALD EAGLES were seen along Route 9, including 2 adults. Also reported at Bombay Hook were EASTERN PHOEBE at the Swimming Hole and good numbers of sparrows including WHITE-CROWNED, AMERICAN TREE, SWAMP, FOX, and CHIPPING SPARROW.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen along Whitehall Neck Road going to the entrance to Bombay Hook. SNOW BUNTING was seen off of Cartanza Road. Birders scouting Savannah Road near Leipsic found AMERICAN PIPITS, HORNED LARK, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. Downstate, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen in the Heritage Shore fields between Route 13 in the new Walgreens in Bridgeville just north of Seaford.

Silver Lake in Dover had over 400 COMMON MERGANSERS there, plus 18 GREAT BLUE HERONS and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Three drake LESSER SCAUP were found in the ponds behind the Target store off Route 13, a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS were found at the pond behind the Burger King just north of there. There were 6 RING-NECKED DUCK seen at the Aquatic Center at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Ed Sigda, Sean Duffy, Tom Johnson, Alissa Kegelman, Susie Ball, Chuck Brandt, Phyllis Rawling, Sarah MacLellen, Kyle Horton, Nicholas Newberry, Joel Martin, David Fees, Bill Stewart, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Phil Thompson, John Janowski, Derek Stoner, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Andrew Bogush, Steve Johnas, Colin Campbell, Bob Strahorn, Mary Lukaszewski, Chris Bennett, Ed Crawford, Matt Sarver, Joe Russell, and Frank Rohrbacher. 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 22nd, 2012

Sharp-shinned Hawk, 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 Birds. 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 22, 2012
* DEST1211.22

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 22, 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 Thursday, November 22nd, this is the Turkeyline from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2012 Delaware state annual list remains at 328 species. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Although we have no Turkeys to report, there was a sighting of 11 NORTHERN BOBWHITES at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook.

The previous 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.

The year of the Crossbills continues with a small flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the pinetum at Winterthur Museum in Greenville. Lots of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and CEDAR WAXWINGS were also there. A flock of 20 RED CROSSBILLS was seen flying over Ashland Nature Center on Monday, along with a flock of AMERICAN PIPITS. RED CROSSBILL was also seen on the Ashland Hawk Watch on Saturday.

No place in Delaware has had winter flinches like Cape Henlopen State Park. Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported flying over on Saturday. Several flocks of PINE SISKINS were also reported. But the best has been the CROSSBILLS; over 100 RED CROSSBILLS were reported at Ft Miles over the weekend. Flocks of 15-20 were seen though the week. More CROSSBILLS were reported at the primitive youth campground near Herring Point. Along with the hordes of RED CROSSBILLS have been the more uncommon WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. Also reported at the cape this weekend were several CAVE SWALLOWS. Two were seen flying over Ft. Miles and another was seen from the hawk watch.  Also reported was PINE WARBLER, EASTERN PHOEBE and a flock of 75 SNOW BUNTINGS, out at the point.

Red Crossbill, Photo by Chuck Fullmer

Red Crossbill, Photo by Chuck Fullmer

Red Crossbill, Photo by Chuck Fullmer

A female COMMON EIDER was seen off the north jetty at Indian River Inlet on Sunday. BLACK SCOTERS were the most common duck seen there. RUDDY TURNSTONE and a single BONAPARTE’S GULL were also reported. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, but no CANVASBACKS were seen. Five HOODED MERGANSERS and a WOOD DUCK were found at the ponds at Canal Pointe, along with the previously reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCKS were reported at Bald Eagle creek in Bay Vista. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was also found there, along with BLACK VULTURES, BALD EAGLES and all three species of NUTHATCH.

LONG-TAILED DUCK, HORNED GREBE, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry this weekend. A LAUGHING GULL still remains at Lewes Beach. COMMON GOLDENEYES were reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along with SNOWY EGRET and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. There is a big flock of SNOW GEESE at the Broadkill Beach impoundments at Prime Hook, including several BLUE GEESE. NORTHERN PINTAIL and RUDDY DUCKS were also seen there.

The first SHORT-EARED OWL of the season was reported along the Port Mahon Road at Little Creek Wildlife Area on Sunday. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also reported there. There were 7 MARBLED GODWITS and a single BLACK-NECKED STILT among the hundreds of AMERICAN AVOCETS at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge this week. Also reported were both SHORT and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, along with late FORSTER’S TERNS and SEASIDE SPARROWS were also seen. Waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER SCAUP, NORTHERN SHOVELER and PINTAIL. A BARRED OWL was seen at Finis Woods, along with RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen by the visitor’s center. A pair of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were found at Blackbird State Forrest.

The flock of BRANT at Battery Park in New Castle has grown to 13 birds this week. Also reported were 2 LESSER SCAUP. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and several NORTHERN FLICKERS were seen at the Gambacorta Marsh near Dobbinsville.

Hoopes’ Reservoir had 200 RING-NECKED DUCKS plus 8 RUDDY DUCKS, and 10 PIED-BILLED GREBES last weekend. There was also 25 HOODED MERGANSERS seen in Carpenter’s Cove off the Rt 82 causeway.

A MUTE SWAN was reported in the duPont’s pond off Pleasant Hill Rd in White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. An AMERICAN PIPIT was found at the Newark Reservoir this week. A late CHIPPING SPARROW was found at Middle Run Nature Preserve along with HERMIT THRUSH and both HAIRY and DOWNY WOODPECKERS. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen along the White Clay Creek.

There was a report of a pair of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS eating persimmons in Hockessin. Two SAPSUCKERS were also found in Arden by the Guild Hall. Another SAPSUCKER was reported at Ashland Nature Center. WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported coming to feeders in Chapman Woods near Newark and in Bear. Also, at the later location were HAIRY WOODPECKER and PURPLE FINCH, plus BELTED KINGFISHER by the local retention pond.

The hawk watches are winding down, going into their final week. Ashland Hawk Watch recorded a PEREGRINE FALCON on Saturday and a MERLIN on Sunday. Another MERLIN was seen today, going after a TURKEY VULTURE. A good flight of hawks last Saturday produced 35 RED-TAILS, 2 RED-SHOULDERS and a NORTHERN HARRIER. There was also a fly-over COMMON LOON.

The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch has had only a few SHARP-SHINNS, COOPER’S and RED-TAILED HAWKS this week, plus PEREGRINE and 3 BALD EAGLES on Tuesday. The hawk watch has also been good for waterfowl, including GREATER and LESSER
SCAUP, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and large numbers of SURF and BLACK SCOTERS with 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. There was also lots of
NORTHERN GANNETS and 3-4 BROWN PELICANS.

There has also been a report of a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS hanging around the water tower near Graylyn Crest in Brandywine Hundred. Let’s see what happens there this spring. BALD EAGLES were reported at both hawk watches today, and at Bombay Hook and Prime Hook. This being Thanksgiving; how do you turn an EAGLE into a TURKEY? Have him play in Philadelphia!

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including:, Diane and Steve Freebery, Tim Schreckengost, Kar DeGeiso, David Beattie, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Andrew Bogush, Alissa Kegelman, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Todd Fellenbaum, Mason Sieges, Jim White, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Al Guarente, Rachael Shapiro, Chuck Brandt, and Frank Meranghi 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, Happy
Thanksgiving and good eating!!!

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Red-breasted Nuthatch, Photo by Chuck Fullmer