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.

RBA
* 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

RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 22nd, 2013

Razorbill at the Indian River Inlet. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

Whew, better late than never:

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 22, 2013
* DEST1302.22

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 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, February 22nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 179 species this week.

The Birdline received an amazing report this week of an adult DOVEKIE found flopping around in the median strip of Route 1 in Bethany Beach on Tuesday. That bird was probably blown in by the strong storms Monday night. The bird, thought to be a Bufflehead at the time, was put a shoebox and brought into Tri-State Bird Rescue in good health and will probably be released.

RAZORBILLS were seen at Indian River Inlet, as many as four were reported this week. Also seen there have been an immature drake COMMON EIDER, a large raft of LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and all three species of SCOTER: WHITE-WINGED, BLACK, and SURF SCOTER. A peak count of 7 GREAT CORMORANT was reported from the jetty tower. GREATER SCAUP were also seen in the inlet. Both RUDDY TURNSTONE and PURPLE SANDPIPER were reported on the rocks. A flock of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS continues to be seen at the south inlet campground.

Long-tailed Duck at the Indian River Inlet. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

An EARED GREBE was seen again this week at Indian River Inlet. That bird is been seen from the Burton’s Island Causeway in North Marina to the large pond along Route 1 known as Bottom Hills Drain. HORNED GREBES have also been seen in this area along with GREATER SCAUP. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was also reported.

Horned Grebe at the Indian River Inlet. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

An adult winter plumage BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the Wolfe Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway above Rehoboth Beach. That bird was in with about 10 BONAPARTE’S GULL. Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach had over 500 CANVASBACKS, along with RING-NECKED DUCK and 12 RUDDY DUCK. Large flocks of landbirds have been seen feeding in the holly berries at the north end of Silver Lake, including CEDAR WAXWING and a GRAY CATBIRD.

A RED CROSSBILL was seen on Saturday at Indian River Inlet. That bird flew into the pine trees by the jetty parking lot. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported in numerous places in New Castle County, 3 females were seen coming to a bird bath along Franklin Street in downtown Wilmington. Four birds, 1 male and 3 female, were reported in Tallyville at the intersection of Orchard and McDaniel Drive. A female was seen feeding on Sweetgum balls nearby at Prospect Drive and Wellesley Ave. Another WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported in Newark at Fairhill School Road (also known as Nine Foot Road) in White Clay Creek State Park.

White-winged Crossbills in Wilmington. Photo by Sally O’ Byrne.

The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark, assisted by heat lamps during freezing weather. 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 other birds seen in Newark included FOX SPARROWS and HERMIT THRUSH also along Fairhill School Road. Two MUTE SWANS were seen at the pond on DuPont property at along Pleasant Hill Road. Four RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and a BARRED OWL were found at Middle Run Natural Area.  A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported at Academy Hill in South Newark. PILEATED WOODPECKER was reported at the Judge Morris Estate off Poly Drummond Rd. Newark Reservoir had RING-NECKED DUCK, 2 LESSER SCAUP, 18 COMMON MERGANSERS and a flyover BALD EAGLE.

The previous reported REDHEADS at Hoope’s Reservoir were not seen this week. Other birds there included COMMON GOLDENEYE, 2 GREATER SCAUP, and COMMON LOON. There was still has a nice variety of waterfowl including COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, numerous PIED-BILLED GREBES, AMERICAN COOT, BUFFLEHEAD, plus RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK. At nearby Walnut Ridge, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and PINE SISKIN were reported.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported coming to the White’s feeder near Yorklyn and at the feeders in Brandywine Creek State Park. Also reported in the park this week was a male NORTHERN HARRIER and PILEATED WOODPECKER. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS reported coming to a bird feeder in Deerhurst. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Woodland Park near Price’s Corner again this week.

Even though it’s February there has been some first signs of spring. PINE WARBLER, a species not previously reported this year, with seen coming to feeders at Little Falls Village near the intersection of Route 48 and Centerville Rd. near Price’s Corner and also downstate at Blair’s Pond near Milford. PINE SISKINS were also seen there. WOOD DUCKS were reported in numerous places this week. Two were seen along the Brandywine Creek at the swinging bridge in downtown Wilmington. LESSER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK were seen there. A WOOD DUCK was seen at Pike Creek Golf Course near Newark, along with GREATER and LESSER SCAUP. Downstate, WOOD DUCK was seen at Hangman’s Creek near Odessa and at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park. Seems like spring migration is just around the corner.

Some other birds at Gordon’s Pond included 40 GADWALL and a GRAY CATBIRD among the numerous landbirds there. CHIPPING and FOX SPARROW were seen at the Seaside Nature Center at Cape Henlopen State Park. A feeder in Dewey Beach had the nuthatch trifecta with its first BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH of the year. That feeder has been hosting 2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH along with 8 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH all year. A feeder in Georgetown reported 5 PURPLE FINCH with 6 PINE SISKINS, along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS.

In Western Sussex County, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and BROWN CREEPER were reported near Reliance. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen in Seaford. AMERICAN WOODCOCK continue be reported at Woodlawn near the Nanticoke River.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island, but they were not reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge this week. Some birds reported at Prime Hook included LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS along the Prime Hook Beach Road, 37 WILD TURKEYS and GREAT EGRET were seen at the refuge visitor center area. A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen with about 500 SNOW GEESE along the Fowler’s Beach Road. Three AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were also reported at Fowler’s Beach.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Also seen there was a BLACK-HEADED GULL with BONAPARTE’S GULL. Large flocks of waterfowl there included 40 GADWALL, 100 AMERICAN WIGEON, and HOODED MERGANSER. A flock of 81 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Logan Lane Tract near Kitts Hummock, along with 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. The field across from the Handicapped Fishing hole had approximately 100 EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was also reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Other waterfowl seen included LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, TUNDRA SWAN, and RUDDY DUCK. AMERICAN AVOCET and BLACK-NECKED STILT were reported at Raymond Pool along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported along with EASTERN SCREECH OWL in a wood duck box. AMERICAN KESTREL and HORNED LARK were seen along the entrance road to the refuge. Landbirds seen included EASTERN PHOEBE, WHITE-CROWNED and FOX SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

There were 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS at Pickering Beach. Those birds were seen starting to hunt after 5 PM. LESSER SCAUP were reported in the pond behind the Target store in Dover. 15 COMMON MERGANSERS were reported at Garrison Lake near Cheswold. PINE SISKIN was also reported coming to a feeder near Cheswold. GREATER SCAUP were seen on the Delaware Bay at Port Mahon. And there were 6 REDHEADS at Taylor’s Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area this week.

RED-THROATED LOON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at Augustine Beach. A MARSH WREN was reported at Stave’s Landing Road near Odessa. Two HORNED GREBES were reported at Thousand Acre Marsh, along with a large numbers of NORTHERN PINTAIL and AMERICAN COOT. No PEREGRINE FALCONS were found at the Reedy Point Bridge, construction there has closed off their nest site.

There were still 5 BRANT in Battery Park in New Castle. Also reported there was 4 GREAT CORMORANT with several DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. GREATER SCAUP were seen along the river. NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 BALD EAGLES and GRAY CATBIRD were seen at Gambacorta Marsh. There was also a huge flock of 12,000 FISH CROW flying across the River to Killohook National Wildlife Refuge.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Diane Freebery, Sally O’Byrne, Mike Smith, Andy Urquhart, Kar DGeiso, Andi Martin, Bob Ringler, Andy Dunn, Nancy Goggin, Jean Block, Beverly Corelle, Doug Gill, Howard Eskin, David Apgar, Amy White, John Hoyt, Chuck Brandt, David Fees, Bill Stewart, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Chris and Karen Bennett, Lauren Morgans, Matt Sarver, 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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And for good measure, here is a video from Kim Steininger of Pine Siskins visiting her yard. Enjoy!

Photo RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 15th, 2013

Long-tailed Duck at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware on 9 February 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.

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* February 15, 2013
* DEST1302.15

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 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, February 15th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 176 species this week.

New this week was an EARED GREBE seen on Saturday in Indian River Inlet. That bird was seen next to HORNED GREBES, with a nice contrast of throat and bill. The EARED GREBE was later seen in North Marina at the inlet and from the Burton’s Island Causeway. During the week, the bird was seen from the bluff over the causeway along the ditch between Rehoboth Bay and Bottom Hills Drain in Delaware Seashore State Park. Also seen in the area have been HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBES, HOODED MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE.

There have been 2 COMMON EIDERS at Indian River Inlet along with all three species of SCOTER: WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK, and a raft of over 60 LONG-TAILED DUCK. A peak count of 4 RAZORBILLS was reported, along with GREAT CORMORANT. PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE continue to be seen out on the jetty. 67 SNOW BUNTINGS were counted at the south inlet campground.

Common Eider at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware on 9 February 2013. Photo by Derek Stoner.

Razorbill at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware on 10 February 2013. Photo by Howard Patterson.

White-winged Scoter at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware on 9 February 2013. Photo by Derek Stoner.

A trip on the Cape May – Lewes ferry this week produced 9 RAZORBILL and 3 other large Alcids on the trip over to New Jersey. Also seen were BLACK and SURF SCOTER plus LONG-TAILED DUCK plus  NORTHERN GANNETS, along with flyby RED-THROATED LOONS and BRANT.

SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen out at the point in Cape Henlopen State Park along with HORNED GREBE and NORTHERN GANNETS. The jetty at Cape Henlopen had GREAT CORMORANT and SURF SCOTER. A BROWN CREEPER was seen by Fort Miles. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Canal Pointe in Rehoboth Beach. PALM WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE were also seen there by the retention pond off Chelmer Dr., along with 7 KILLDEER. There continues to be 3 REDHEAD at the Retreat at Love Creek off Route 24 west of Rehoboth Beach. 135 RING-NECKED DUCK and LESSER SCAUP were also seen. There were still over 400 CANVASBACKS at Silver Lake in Rehoboth.

Eastern Phoebe near the retention pond along Chelmer Drive. Photo by Alissa Kegelman.

Palm Warber at the retention pond along Chelmer Drive. Photo by Alissa Kegelman.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Prime Hook Beach Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. There were still 15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Beach Plum Island in Broadkill Beach. The impoundments at Broadkill Beach this week had 4 LONG-TAILED DUCK, CANVASBACK, and LESSER SCAUP. Three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Fowler’s Beach in Prime Hook. VIRGINIA RAIL was also reported there. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen along the woodland from the Fowler’s Beach Road.

The previous reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen Newark, assisted by heat lamps during freezing weather. 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.

Anna’s Hummingbird in Newark, Delaware on 9 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS reported along Savannah Rd., south of Leipsic near the intersection with Squawigm Road. EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, HORNED LARK and AMERICAN PIPIT were also seen there. A SHORT-EARED OWL continues to be seen at Pickering Beach south of Little Creek. AMERICAN BITTERN was also found there. EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again the Port Mahon impoundments at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. That bird was in with a large flock of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and several HOODED MERGANSERS.

Short-eared Owl along Pickering Beach Rd. on 10 February 2013. Photo by Maurice Barnhill.

ROSS’S and CACKLING GOOSE were seen in the fields along Route 6 at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, just east of the intersection with Route 9. There were 7 LESSER SCAUP reported at the Aquatic Center this week.

Ross’s Goose on 10 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

A REDHEAD and RED-THROATED LOON were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also seen there were TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK. AMERICAN BITTERN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool just north of the Daly Pullout. Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were also seen at Sheerness. BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCET were seen at Raymond Pool, along with GREATER YELLOWLEGS and WILSON’S SNIPE. A MERLIN was seen with a fresh killed MOURNING DOVE. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS continued reported at the refuge. Also seen was AMERICAN TREE and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GRAY CATBIRD, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK were reported displaying at the backside of Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook. WOODCOCKS were also reported displaying further south at Woodland Golf Course in Seaford and at Oak Grove, west of Seaford.

There was a count of 13 REDHEADS on Hoopes’ Reservoir this week, all those birds were drakes. Hens and drake REDHEADS were also seen together, pushing the total count to 18 birds there. A COMMON LOON was seen at Hillside Mill Cove today, along with 9 PIED-BILLED GREBES, GADWALL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER. Other waterfowl seen at the reservoir included GREATER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK. At the nearby Valley Garden Park there were 22 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. COMMON GOLDENEYE was also seen along the Red Clay Creek at Ashland Nature Center. FIELD, SAVANNAH, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW reported at Coverdale Farms. GREATER and LESSER SCAUP reported at Pike Creek. A SNOW GOOSE was reported at Carousel Farms off Limestone Road. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was also seen near there. There were about 200 NORTHERN PINTAIL at Churchman’s Marsh along with 15 BONAPARTE’S GULLS.

Redheads at Hoope’s Reservoir on 9 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Newark Reservoir off Paper Mill Road has had an influx of waterfowl this week. There was a peak count of 37 LESSER SCAUP, 18 COMMON MERGANSERS and a pair of RING-NECKED DUCKS this week. EASTERN BLUEBIRD and SAVANNAH SPARROW were also reported. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK along with HERMIT THRUSH and WINTER WREN were reported at Middle Run Natural Area in Newark. PILEATED WOODPECKER and RUSTY BLACKBIRD reported at Woodland Park near Price Corner. A BARRED OWL has been hanging out in Brandywine Hundred, near the intersection of Marsh and Grubb Road.

There still good numbers of winter finches reported. PURPLE FINCH was reported coming to a feeder in Deerhurst off Concord Pike. PINE SISKINS reported at Walnut Ridge near Centerville, and at Fairfield Crest in Newark. Downstate, PURPLE FINCH was reported at Love Creek along with PINE SISKIN. PURPLE FINCH was also reported in Milford. PINE SISKINS reported coming to a feeder near Blair’s Pond. There was a report of a pair of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS visiting a bird bath in downtown Wilmington two weeks ago that were was missed in last week’s Birdline.

A flock of BRANT continue be seen at Battery Park in New Castle. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was seen along the river at Gambacorta Marsh. Also seen there were MERLIN, GRAY CATBIRD, and FOX SPARROW this week. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported on the south jetty at Reedy Point. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen along the Delaware River at Augustine Beach

Brant at Battery Park in New Castle, Delaware on 9 February 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Diane Freebery, Melissa Jernakoff, Sally O’Byrne, Jim White, John Hoyt, Anthony Gonzon, Jim Lenhard, Matt Grasso, Stacie Cantu, Alissa Kegelman, Susie Ball, Chuck Brandt, David Fees, Glen Lovelace, Joy Peters, Jason Beale, Gina Sheridan, Bill Stewart, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Phil Thompson, Derek Stoner, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Chris Bennett, Lauren Morgans, Matt Sarver, Joe Russell, Maurice Barnhill, 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, January 11th, 2013

Winter Wren

Winter Wren at Ponders Tract on 6 January 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
* January 11, 2013
* DEST1301.11

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 11, 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, January 11th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list is up to 155 species, including a new addition from last year!

New this week was a female KING EIDER at Indian River Inlet on Tuesday. Photos of the bird show smaller bill and chevrons along the flanks. There are lots of seabirds at the inlet including 3 RAZORBILLS seen on Saturday, along with 75 LONG-TAILED DUCK, both SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and GREAT CORMORANT. 25 PURPLE SANDPIPERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the jetty. An immature BROWN PELICAN was seen flying north along the beach. Also reported were a TRICOLORED HERON at the Burton’s Island Causeway near North Marina and 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS at Delaware Seashore State Park. 50 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported at the South Inlet Campground, along with 175 TREE SWALLOWS. Three COMMON GOLDENEYE and five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were reported from Quillen’s Point on Cedar Neck, looking towards the inlet.

A female COMMON EIDER was seen at the inner breakwater at Cape Henlopen State Park. Also reported there were SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BRANT, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A raft of 11 RAZORBILLS was seen off Cape Henlopen between The Point and the Hawkwatch area, along with SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Five TUNDRA SWANS were seen flying over the hawk watch, plus RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RED-THROATED LOONS. Two HORNED GREBES were seen at Herring Point.

CROSSBILLS continue at Cape Henlopen this winter. 4-14 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at Fort Miles, plus 11-25 RED CROSSBILLS.   RED CROSSBILLS were also reported at the campground and amphitheater area. Also reported at the park has been SNOW BUNTINGS drinking from the ditch at the ballfield across from the nature center, and the nuthatch trifecta: WHITE-BREASTED, RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED at Fort Miles.

Also reported today was a COMMON REDPOLL coming to a feeder in Georgetown. That same feeder had Evening Grosbeaks there last fall, wonder what’s in their seed mix! 16 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported in northern Delaware at Cokesbury Village near Hockessin. PINE SISKINS have been reported coming to feeders in Milford, Camden-Wyoming, Fairview Crest in Newark, Dartmouth Woods in Brandywine Hundred, and Walnut Ridge near Centerville. Two PURPLE FINCHES were reported coming to a feeder in Glasgow and also at Prime Hook headquarters. There were three reports of
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES found in New Castle County this week. One was seen at a feeder in Walnut Ridge, while other birds were seen in Bear and Summit Bridge.

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll in Georgetown on 11 January 2013. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

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. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and EASTERN TOWHEE were also reported.

Anna's Hummingbird - Delaware

Anna’s Hummingbird in Newark, Delaware on 5 January 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost

At least five different drake EURASIAN WIGEONS were reported in the state this week. A peak count of three drake EURASIAN’S were reported along the Prime Hook Beach Road, on the north side among the flock of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Two more EURASIAN WIGEONS were reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Those birds were seen near the observation tower. Also seen there were both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, and the MERGANSER trifecta: COMMON, RED-BREASTED, and HOODED MERGANSER. BALD EAGLE was also seen there along with 2 WILD TURKEYS. PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were also reported.

Returning to reports in Prime Hook; also seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road were an AMERICAN AVOCET and 6 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, plus LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER. Two ROSS’S GEESE were among the SNOW GEESE at the intersection of Prime Hook Beach and Cods Road. A WOODCOCK was seen flying over at Cods Road. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the shore at Short’s Beach along with an “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROW. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were reported along the road to Fowler’s Beach. ICELAND GULL and WESTERN SANDPIPER, plus 3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were reported there. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported along the Broadkill Beach Road. Five GREAT EGRETS were reported at Prime Hook headquarters along with AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

A drake REDHEAD plus 2 CACKLING GEESE was seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday. The flock of CANVASBACK there has grown to over 400 birds along with over 100 RUDDY DUCK. Mixed in with the flock today was one AMERICAN WIGEON. Five FOX SPARROWS were seen at Bay Vista near Rehoboth along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. The GREAT HORNED OWLS that nest there are now hooting during the daytime.

A report came in this week of an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK being brought into Tri-State Bird Rescue, where it was found to have irreversible neurological injuries. That bird was recovered last week near Little Creek in Kent County. Of interest was this bird was previously banded at Cape May Point on 11/8/2012. There has been a wave of interesting hawk sightings including several COOPER’S HAWKS at feeders near Dover, Camden-Wyoming, Wilmington, and Summit Bridge. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were reported this last week, sitting on a wire along the Port Penn Road, off Stave’s Landing Road, at Fairfield Crest and Covered Bridge Farms near Newark, near Summit Bridge,
and at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and 57 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Mispillion Inlet. A BARRED OWL was found at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center near Milford. Also seen there was PILEATED WOODPECKER and WINTER WREN.

The previously reported 4 drake REDHEADS were seen this weekend at Hoopes’ Reservoir near Greenville. Also reported were 170 RING-NECKED DUCK, 30 COMMON, plus 40 HOODED and 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A single WOOD DUCK was seen, along with 30 BUFFLEHEAD, 16 RUDDY DUCKS, and 15 PIED-BILLED GREBES.

Eleven BRANT continue to be seen at Battery Park in New Castle. Also seen there was DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT from Gambacorta Marsh. 10 COMMON MERGANSERS were reported on Newark Reservoir. There were 16 KILLDEER on the fields at the University of Delaware Ag farm. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, and PILEATED WOODPECKER reported at White Clay Creek State Park. AMERICAN TREES SPARROWS were also reported coming to feeders near Yorklyn and at Brandywine Creek State Park, two late CHIPPING SPARROWS was also reported at this later site.

There were several reports of GRAY CATBIRD this week, including one freeloading at the bird seed in the Lowe’s store in Middletown. Birds seen in a more natural setting included individuals at Thompson’s island in Rehoboth Beach, Cape Henlopen, and Augustine Beach. There were 5 – 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS seen in the parking lot of the Green Tract, south of Augustine Beach by Silver Run Nature Area. Also seen there were 30 KILLDEER and EASTERN MEADOWLARK in the fields.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen at the visitor center at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also reported there this week was BROWN THRASHER, AMERICAN PIPIT, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. AMERICAN AVOCETS and a BLACK NECKED STILT continue to hold on at Raymond Pool along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON’S SNIPE, 6 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. Waterfowl seen included MUTE SWAN, 100+ TUNDRA SWAN, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. Also reported in the refuge was PEREGRINE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL.

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported at Port Mahon. Five GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Little Creek impoundment at Port Mahon. Also reported was PEREGRINE FALCON and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL there. A pair of SEDGE WRENS were still present along the Pickering Beach Road.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Mike Bowen, Chuck Brandt, Andi Martin, Mike Moore, Michael Gardner, Brian McCaffrery, Debi Jarrell, Richard Clifton, Frank Marenghi, Rod Murray, Ruthe Hay, Laura Balascio, Mason Sieges, Kyle Horton, Tim Schreckengost, Lisa Smith, Bill Stewart, Doris McGovern, Lauren Morgens, Diane Kane, Diane Freebery, Chris and Karen Bennett, Gina Sheridan, Dennis Murphy, Anthony Gonzon, Chuck Fullmer, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Amy White,
Sharon Lynn, Andrew Bogush, 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, January 4, 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
* January 4, 2013
* DEST1301.04

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 4, 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, January 4th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2012 Delaware state annual list ended at 330 species, but already the 2013 Delaware list is up to 136 species, including a new addition from last year!

A boat conducting transits with the Department of Energy found a THICK-BILLED MURRE along the Delaware coast off Indian River Inlet. That boat was moving between 2 to 15 miles offshore, and found 14 DOVEKIES (some very close to shore) and 2 RAZORBILLS. Also seen were NORTHERN GANNET, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and a fin whale two miles from the beach.

A RAZORBILL was also found at Indian River Inlet on Saturday on the Rehoboth Christmas Count. Also seen at the inlet this week was an immature BLACK-HEADED GULL with over 150 BONAPARTE’S GULL, PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the jetty rocks. There were 40 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, GREAT CORMORANT, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER offshore. On Saturday, there was also a flock of over 500 TREE SWALLOWS in the inlet area.

Long-tailed Ducks--DE

Long-tailed Ducks at Indian River Inlet on 1 January 2013. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.

An immature BLACK-HEADED GULL, possibly the same bird, was also seen at Fowler’s Beach and along the Prime Hook Beach Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON was also seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road. That bird was in with a large raft of dabbling ducks that included 50 AMERICAN WIGEON, 200+ GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. AMERICAN WOODCOCK and PURPLE FINCH were also reported along Prime Hook Beach Road.

A pair of GODWITS were seen at Fowler’s Beach on New Year’s Day. Initially identified as HUDSONIAN’S, those birds were photographed and are being reviewed. Other shorebirds at Fowler’s Beach included 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported in the hedgerow along Fowler’s Beach Road.

A pair of REDHEADS were seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Monday. The CANVASBACK flock there has suddenly grown to 275 birds. Also seen were GREATER SCAUP and RUDDY DUCK. A ROSS’S GOOSE was reported along Wolff’s Neck Road near Midway. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was also seen in the area.

Some interesting waders were found on the Rehoboth count at Delaware Seashore State Park between New Road and Savages Ditch. A SNOWY EGRET was found along with a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and TRICOLORED HERON. GREAT EGRET was found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Also seen there were 2 MUTE SWANS and PILEATED WOODPECKER. A COMMON YELLOWTHROATED was found on Long Neck near Massey Landing.

A pair of COMMON REDPOLLS was found at the far end of the point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Sunday, along with “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROW and SNOW BUNTINGS. SNOW BUNTINGS have also been seen at the bathhouse by the Swimming Beach. Both WHITE-WINGED and RED CROSSBILLS were reported in several areas in the park. The best place has been Ft. Miles opposite the observation tower near the campground in the short-needled Virginia Pines. 28 RED and 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen there. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were also seen opposite the officer’s quarters near the point. RED CROSSBILLS were found in the barrens behind Herring Point, along with a PINE WARBLER. Also reported at Herring Point was a flyby JAEGER species, plus 50 GANNETS, FORSTER’S TERNS, and 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS. All three species of NUTHATCH: WHITE-BREASTED, RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED were found at Ft. Miles.

Brown-headed Nuthatch--DE

Brown-headed Nuthatch at Cape Henlopen SP on 1 January 2013. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.

Both ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were found at the Sussex County landfill on the Seaford count on Monday. Highlight of the count was a LEAST SANDPIPER found at the Seaford boat ramp along the Nanticoke River. AMERICAN WOODCOCK, PINE SISKINS, and BROWN THRASHER were found at the Pete Gum Track of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area.

More PINE SISKINS, along with 5 PURPLE FINCHES and a flyover AMERICAN WOODCOCK were seen at Georgetown this week. PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKINS were seen at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center near Milford, along with FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Abbott’s Mill Pond also had 3 HOODED MERGANSER and 12 GADWALL. The nearby Cedar Creek Mill Pond had 70 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 60 RUDDY DUCKS, plus 3 HOODED MERGANSERS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, SHOVELER, and a BELTED KINGFISHER.

Six species of owl were reported this week from various locations throughout state. A SAW-WHET OWL was found at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in the restricted area of the park. SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported at Port Mahon and from the boardwalk at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also at Bombay Hook were calling BARN OWLS near the visitor center, and 3 BARRED OWLS by Finis Pool. GREAT HORNED OWL was reported at Bay Vista in Rehoboth Beach and behind the campground at Cape Henlopen. An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in a wood duck box at Little Creek and in a yard near Yorklyn.

Northern Saw-whet Owl at Prime Hook NWR during the Christmas Bird Count on 30 December 2012. Photo by Eric Braun.

Eastern Screech-Owl in Camden-Wyoming on 30 December 2012. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

Winter Hummingbirds are still present. 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. The previous reported RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is still coming to a private feeder near Prices Corners. A “SELASPHORUS” RUFOUS/ALLEN’S type is still coming to a feeder in
north Wilmington near Greenville. A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was sent to Tri-state Bird Rescue last week from Maine. It is now being acclimated to Delaware’s more temperate weather.

Anna's Hummingbird--DE

Anna’s Hummingbird in Newark on 2 January 2013. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.

There are still good numbers of waterfowl on Hoopes’ Reservoir near Greenville. New this week was a NORTHERN PINTAIL, plus 45 BLACK DUCKS and 15 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Other species seen there included 150 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 40 BUFFLEHEADS, both COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. BALD EAGLES and KINGFISHERS were also reported. Best viewing is to walk down from Valley Garden Park.

There were 12 AMERICAN PIPITS on the old Three Little Bakers golf course in Pike Creek this week. Also seen was RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and KINGFISHER. RED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were coming to a feeder there. PINE SISKINS are still coming to the White’s feeders near Yorklyn. A PURPLE FINCH and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were reported in a yard in Bear. A COOPER’S HAWK is still coming to a feeder in Fairville near Newark, although one of the MOURNING DOVES previously seen there is missing. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HERMIT THRUSH and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were also reported at Middle Run Nature Preserve near Newark.

A ROSS’S GOOSE was seen flying over with SNOW GEESE at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.  Shorebirds at the refuge included 50 AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON’S SNIPE. BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON and AMERICAN BITTERN continue to be seen at the refuge. Two MARSH WRENS and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were reported along the boardwalk trail, also seen was EASTERN MEADOWLARK. There were six WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at the feeders in front of the visitor center on New Year’s Day.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found along Route 9 near Dover among a flock of SNOW GEESE. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was found at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. 40-50 HORNED LARKS were found near Boondocks outside of Smyrna, unfortunately no LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found in that flock. There is a big vulture roost and Odessa right now. That roost includes 70+ BLACK VULTURES, seen feeding on a dead raccoon near Route 299. Also reported were WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH coming to feeder there.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Chris Vogel, Kyle Horton, Tim Schreckengost, Lisa Smith, Joe Swertinski, Sally O’Byrne, Jason Beale, Bill Stewart, Derek Stoner, John Dunn, Diane Freebery, Chris and Karen Bennett, Gina Sheridan, Dennis Murphy, Anthony Gonzon, Glen Lovelace, Hank Davis, Chuck Fullmer, Carla Gauger, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Jim and Amy White, Sharon Lynn, Andrew Bogush, 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, December 14th, 2012

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 14, 2012
* DEST1212.14

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 14, 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 14th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2012 Delaware state annual list added one new bird to increase to 329 species.

A LITTLE GULL was found at Indian River Inlet today, among the flock of 50 BONAPARTE’S GULLS. This weekend, a lingering ROYAL TERN was also seen there, along with a raft of 45 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, BRANT, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A peak count of 4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS and 15 RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen on the rocks, plus GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED LOON and NORTHERN GANNET.

There was a flurry of great birds found along the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton despite heavy fog. A pair of drake EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road, among the huge flock of puddle ducks there. That flock included an estimated 35 AMERICAN WIGEONS, 280 GADWALL, 200 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, plus PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEALS. There were also 4 WOOD DUCKS, 10 HOODED MERGANSERS and a single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER seen along the pond to Prime Hook Beach.

Eurasian Wigeon, Sussex County, DE on 8 December 2012

Eurasian Wigeon along Prime Hook Rd. in Prime Hook NWR on 8 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

A ROSS’ GOOSE was also reported on Sunday in the wheat fields at the intersection of Prime Hook Beach and Cods Road. The previous day, a ROSS’ GOOSE was reported among the SNOW GEESE at Draper Road, near the intersection with Sugar Hill Rd. It’s unclear if these are separate or the same birds.

Birders traveling to nearby Fowler’s Beach were rewarded with sightings of at least 5 NELSON’S SPARROWS and a lingering SEASIDE SPARROW. Both KING and CLAPPER RAILS were reported, along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREAT EGRET and TUNDRA SWAN. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen along Cods Road and PILEATED WOODPECKER and several BALD EAGLES were reported.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach. Also seen there were 2 drake REDHEADS, HOODED MERGANSER and 8 MUTE SWANS. PILEATED WOODPECKER and CHIPPING SPARROW were also reported.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. Five were found feeding in the pines by the radar tower at the Point parking lot. Also reported was TREE SWALLOW and both RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. A few CANVASBACKS were reported on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with PIED-BILLED GREBE and 2 RUDDY DUCKS. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen downstate at W. Robbins Road in Redden State Forest.

Red-headed Woodpecker at w. Robbins Rd. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.

A COMMON REDPOLL was found perched in a cherry tree at Coverdale Farms on Way Road near Ashland Nature Center. Four HORNED LARKS and NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on the fields there, along with 3 CHIPPING SPARROWS. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was reported coming to a feeder in Walnut Ridge off Pyle’s Ford Road. That feeder also had over 20 PINE SISKINS.

A pair of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were found on Monday at Harry’s Pond in the Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike in northern Wilmington. RUDDY and RING-NECKED DUCKS were also seen there. Hoopes’ Reservoir near Greenville is another good spot for waterfowl, although difficult to access. A pair of GREATER SCAUP was reported there along with RING-NECKED DUCK, 30 HOODED MERGANSERS, RUDDY DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE. New there this week was the arrival of COMMON MERGANSERS and an AMERICAN COOT at Hoopes’.

LESSER SCAUP also arrived at several inland areas. A drake was seen on the skating pond at Winterthur Museum. A pair was also seen on Newark Reservoir. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen at Middle Run Wildlife Area near Newark. Also reported were Pileated WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and HERMIT THRUSH.

The previously reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen again last weekend off the S. Little Creek Rd. near Dover. Five MARBLED GODWITS were reported at Bombay hook National Wildlife Refuge (full eBird checklist which includes all birds mentioned here) near Smyrna, along with over 100 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED STILT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a WILSON’S SNIPE. SNOWY EGRET and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also reported. Landbirds seen included a lingering MARSH WREN and several WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS along the entrance road.

GREAT HORNED OWLS were heard doing the mating calls this week in Bear and Bay Vista in Rehoboth Beach.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Tim Schreckengost, Chris Bennett, Frank Meranghi, Gina Sheridan, Russell Kovach, Joy Peters, Anthony Gonzon, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Matt Sarver, Kyle Horton, Chuck Fulmer and Andrew Bogush. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, merry Christmas counting and  good birding!!!

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Saturday Seawatch this weekend!

The Sussex Bird Club and Delmarva Ornithological Society are holding the second Seawatch of the fall this Saturday at the Southeast Day Area, which is south of the Indian River Inlet, at Delaware Seashore State Park. Anthony Gonzon and Chris Bennett will be leading the watch from 8:00 to 12:00. Last year’s Seawatch in December yielded a first-year Little Gull and 60 Common Eiders. I will be down there for the entire four hours. Come join us for a great morning of seawatching! The weather does not look stupendous for seawatching, but hopefully the forecast changes for the better.

Here’s the complete list from last year’s Seawatches:

Brown Pelican
Brant
Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
scoter, sp.
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
loon, sp.
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Forster’s Tern
Little Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Razorbill

I hope to see you out there!