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.

* 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 (
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (

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 Until next time, good birding!!!

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