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.

* 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

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