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 posting 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.
* November 16, 2012
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 16, 2012
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (email@example.com)
For Friday, November 16th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Paul Lehman says that the best birding for rarities is in November, and this week proved him right! Two new species was added this week, but new to Delaware. The 2012 Delaware state annual list increased to 328 species.
This is been a great week for hummingbirds, with two new species for the state. The previous reported HUMMINGBIRD in Newark turned out to be an ANNA’S, which was photographed, caught, and banded this week. That bird is at Diane and Steve Freebery’s house at 257 Delaplane Ave., in Middle Run Manor off Kirkwood Highway. Special thanks to Mike Moore at the University of Delaware and Sherri Williamson in Arizona for providing details of the identification. The Freebery’s had previously hosted the first adult male
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD several years ago.
A female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues be going to a yard in Wilmington, but unfortunately on private property. The previous reported bird with the RUFOUS in the same yard turns out to be a CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, another new record for the state! This latter bird has not been seen Monday and there is still no public access. Another immature female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues be coming to a yard in Lincoln, Sussex County. That bird may be banded this weekend. The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Camden-Wyoming has not been seen this week.
A bird found dead on Wednesday in Wilmington has been identified as CAVE SWALLOW, a first specimen record for the state. That bird was recovered at the Willington Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hay Road off of I-495 near the Cherry Island Landfill. Another CAVE SWALLOW was seen last weekend at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on Saturday. Also at the Hawk watch have been a BARN SWALLOW on Monday and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS today.
The previous reported PURPLE GALLINULE that was found walking in the McDonald’s parking lot in South Bethany Beach succumbed to his injuries at Tri-State Bird Rescue, with a severely dislocated hip. This bird appeared right after Hurricane Sandy, but it’s unclear if it was brought by the storm or flooded out into the open by the high water. This too, will also be a new first specimen record for the state.
The year of the Winter Finch continues with big numbers of both RED and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS now appearing. Big numbers of both species have been reported at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch: 95 RED CROSSBILLS were tallied today along with 30 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on Wednesday. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was also seen at Middle Run Nature Preserve near Newark this week. More RED CROSSBILLS reported flying over the Ashland Nature Center today, other reports from the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch include 47 RED CROSSBILLS on Saturday and 55 yesterday. Five WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a PURPLE FINCH were seen at the Armstrong farm near Smyrna today.
EVENING GROSBEAKS have been more scattered reports with a female at Middle Run, plus 3 females seen at a feeder in Hockessin, and 3 at the Freebury’s feeders while watching the ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD this week. PINE SISKINS continue to be seen in good numbers: a flock was seen flying over Indian River Inlet, 15 were at Love Creek near Lewes, 20 were at a feeder in Lincoln along with a female PURPLE FINCH. Also seen in Lincoln were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, very rare downstate.
A PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen along the Port Mahon Road on Monday, another rare bird for Kent County. Also seen there this last week was a male BLACK SCOTER, plus 2 ROYAL TERNS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, TREE SWALLOW, and a PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on the pilings.
Two PURPLE SANDPIPERS were also found at Indian River Inlet this last weekend, new for the season. Also reported were over 400 RED THROATED LOONS, 2 GREAT CORMORANT, and a COMMON TERN, along with GREATER SCAUP, all three species of scoter including 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, NORTHERN GANNET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and TREE SWALLOW. HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, and BRANT were found by Burton’s Island Causeway.
No unusual ducks were seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach this week. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Canal Pointe, on the north side Rehoboth. BLACK and SURF SCOTER at the north end of Lewes Beach. There were still 25 BLACK SKIMMERS at Fowler’s Beach this past week along with 2 BLACK BELLIED PLOVER. The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS have not been seen at Fowler’s since the storm. A PINE WARBLER was coming to a feeder in Georgetown.
RED-THROATED LOON and HORNED GREBE were found Harry’s Pond at the Brandywine Town Center in northern Delaware this week. Also seen there was a dozen
RUDDY DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, several PIED-BILLED GREBES, DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT, and BELTED KINGFISHER. RUDDY DUCK was also seen on the pond at Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred. Some birds there included
PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, several RED BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. HERMIT THRUSH was also reported in a yard in Windsor Hills off Faulk Road.
More waterfowl found at Hoopes Reservoir past week included over 300 RING-NECKED DUCKS, plus 30 HOODED MERGANSERS on Saturday. Also reported were good numbers of BLACK and RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, numerous PIED-BILLED GREBES, and 2 WOOD DUCK. A late OSPREY was also seen fishing there on Saturday
A count of 14 Fox SPARROWS were found along the Brandywine Creek at Granogue. Also reported were a dozen AMERICAN PIPIT, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, 3 KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was also seen at Brandywine Creek State Park.
Another BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was reported in Newark this last week. Feeders throughout the state have been reporting SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER’S HAWKS visiting. A BALD EAGLE was seen flying over Eden Square Shopping Center in Bear. Another EAGLE was seen flying over Delaware Park in Stanton.
Five BRANT were found at Battery Park in New Castle this past week. A GANNET was seen flying over Augustine Beach, a good bird for New Castle County. WILSON’S SNIPE was found at the Armstrong farm near Smyrna, along with HORNED LARK, SAVANNAH SPARROW and AMERICAN PIPITS. Over 700 SNOW GEESE and WOOD DUCK were also reported. Three BLUE-WINGED TEALS were seen at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area.
New waterfowl at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week included a single CANVASBACK plus two REDHEADS reported on Saturday. also seen were CACKLING GOOSE, MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN. shorebirds being seen there including a peak count of 435 AMERICAN AVOCET, 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WILLET, LONG-BILLED DOWTITCHERS and 7 MARBLED GODWIT. Waders seen included AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, SNOWY and GREAT EGRET. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are still being seen at the feeding station at the visitor center.
The Ashland Nature Center Hawk watch has reported over 17,000 raptors this season. Highlights this week included late OSPREYS, plus daily BALD EAGLES. There was a high count of 40 BLACK VULTURES plus 39 SHARP-SHINNED, 9 COOPER’S, 8 RED-SHOULDERS and 49 RED-TAILED HAWKS were seen on Sunday.
The first NORTHERN GOSHAWK of the season was seen at the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch on Saturday, plus GOLDEN EAGLES seen yesterday and today, along with two PEREGRINE FALCONS today. Only 2 OSPREYS were seen this week as their numbers continue to drop. A flock of 22 COMMON EIDER was seen flying past the Hawk Watch on Tuesday, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach, and 2 BROWN PELICANS reported this week.
Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including: Hank Davis, Diane and Steve Freebery, Tim Schreckengost, Mike Moore, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Andrew Bogush, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Amy O’Neil, Lisa Smith, Alissa Kegelman, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Brian McCaffrey, Ken Bass, Jim Austin-Cole, Melissa Jenakoff, Karen Batt, Matt Sarver, Buzz Devine, Todd Fellenbaum, Marie Gardner, Kathy Barrowclough, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Ann Dinkel, Sue Gruver, Armas Hill, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, good birding!