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RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 22nd, 2013

Pine Warlber along Camp Arrowhead Rd. in Lewes on 23 March 2013. Photo by Katharine Boyd.

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
* March 22, 2013
* DEST1303.22

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 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, March 22nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 187 species this week with 2 new spring arrivals.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week was last reported on Wednesday along White Neck’s Road near the Ellis Point community near Millville in Sussex County. This area is just west of Bethany Beach along Route 26, the Atlantic Highway, not far from Holts Landing State Park. Although seen sporadically, the bird is still be in the area. Some locals refer to it as the eagle with the parrot’s bill.

In Kent County, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with a flock of SNOW GEESE at Bergdoll Road near Dover Air Force Base. That bird was not seen later in the week. Some other birds in the area included AMERICAN AVOCETS at the south side of the Logan Tract near Kitts Hummock. SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at dusk at Pickering Beach. There is a large flock of waterfowl at the impoundments at Port Mahon in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area, including SHOVELER, GADWALL, and 45 HOODED MERGANSER.

Back in Sussex County, the previous reported EARED GREBE near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet has not been seen for over a week now. HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. The SNOW BUNTINGS at the south inlet campground were not seen this week, but GREAT EGRET was seen in the marsh. An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER flew by Indian River inlet jetty. RUDDY TURNSTONE and PURPLE SANDPIPER were still seen on the rocks there. Waterfowl seen included 30 LONGTAILED DUCKS, BRANT, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and 4 GREAT CORMORANTS on the jetty tower. There were also several close-in NORTHERN GANNETS.

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach still has hundreds of CANVASBACK. Also seen were LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and two dozen RUDDY DUCK. A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was reported at Canal Pointe, north of Rehoboth Beach. PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen at the bayside point at Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and both species of LOON, RED-THROATED and COMMON were in the Harbor of Refuge.

Tons of waterfowl were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN WINGED TEAL and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS were reported. Also seen were AMERICAN AVOCET, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and FORSTER TERN. TWO LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Fowler’s Beach along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. There were 5 OYSTERCATCHERS on the jetty at the Mispillion Inlet, across from the DuPont Nature Center. Also seen were 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. CLAPPER RAIL was found in the marsh.

Some first signs of Spring included a SNOWY EGRET with 15 GREAT EGRETS at Broadkill Beach Impoundments at Prime Hook. Singing PINE WARBLERS was found along the pinewoods trail and FOX SPARROW the boardwalk trail. LAUGHING GULLS in several areas including Oak Grove, Millsboro, and in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart in Milford. OSPREYS were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, and along the St. Johns River in Dover. Further north, OSPREY was also seen at Churchman’s Marsh and Lum’s Pond State Park. More singing PINE WARBLERS were at Love Creek and Redden State Forest. FOX SPARROW was in a yard along Cods Road. 20 WILSON’S SNIPE were reported along Fisher Rd. near Harbeson.

There still some winter finches around. Five PURPLE FINCHES continue to come to a feeder at Love Creek also seen there was RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. SISKINS were also reported at Milford, along with both WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. PINE SISKINS were also reported in Redden State Forest, Cheswold, and Walnut Ridge near Centerville.

The first BLUE-WINGED TEAL of the season was reported at Finis Pool today in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Other waterfowl seen included both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. BLACK-NECKED STILT continue to be seen at Raymond Pool along with AMERICAN AVOCET and both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. WILSON’S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. CLAPPER RAIL was also reported along with AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET near Sheerness Pool, plus a PILEATED WOODPECKER near Sheerness Tower. Eight WILD TURKEYS, AMERICAN PIPIT, and WHITE CROWNED SPARROW were reported by the visitor’s center.

American Bittern at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Andy Ednie.

In northern Delaware, The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark. That hummingbird is at the home of Diane and Steve Freebery 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.

Signs of spring are returning to White Clay Creek State Park included EASTERN PHOEBES seen from almost every bridge along the creek. Also reported were several PILEATED WOODPECKERS, BARRED OWL at Wedgwood road, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WOOD DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and COMMON MERGANSERS. A PINE WARBLER was singing at Covered Bridge Farm, north of Newark. Newark Reservoir had both HORNED GREBES and a pair of COMMON LOONS going into breeding plumage.

HORNED GREBES were seen in several locations this week including Silver Lake in Middletown and along the Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle. Other birds in New Castle included 6 COMMON GOLDENEYE on the river, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK and Gambacorta Marsh, and 6 BRANT at Battery Park one of those birds was wounded. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RED THROATED LOON were seen at Fox Point State Park near Wilmington. LESSER BLACK-BACKED, ICELAND, and GLAUCOUS GULL were also reported. GREAT CORMORANTS were reported along the Delaware River in Claymont on the green channel marker off of I-495.

A flight of over 150 TREE SWALLOWS were reported over the Brandywine Creek at Woodlawn Trustees property, soon to become a national park! EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park at Ramsey Road along with COMMON MERGANSER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. Several PILEATED WOODPECKERS were also reported along Ramsey road. MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL were both reported along the entrance road to Brandywine Creek State Park off Adams Dam Road.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to have a large number of waterfowl there including both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY and RINGNECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. PIED BILLED GREBES were also seen there. Several BALD EAGLES continue be seen over the reservoir.

It’s been a good year for LESSER SCAUP, several were seen at Becks Pond near Bear, also at Port of Wilmington ponds, and Thousand Acre Marsh. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also reported near Grier’s Pond along with WILSON’S SNIPE and AMERICAN WIGEON. Dragon Run at Delaware City had 5 GREAT EGRETS and 6 MUTE SWANS, along with WOOD DUCK and TREE SWALLOW.

Finally, I’m sad to report the passing on March 7th of Howard Holmquist that often contributed sightings to the Birdline. He counted Bluebirds and watched the feeders at Brandywine Creek State Park for the last 15 years. He was also a chemist for the DuPont Company, avid golfer, and saxophonist. His dogged determination was an inspiration to all.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sally O’Byrne, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Matt Sarver, Rachel Shapiro, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Colin Campbell, Amy White, Rich Ehrlich, Doug Gill, Al DelPizzo, Jason Beale, Donald Stockley, Brian McCaffrey, Richard Clifton, Laura Balascio, Judy Montgomery, Bob Strahorn and Joe Russell. 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, March 15th, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

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
* March 15, 2013
* DEST1303.15

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 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, March 15th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 185 species this week. Winter finches are still present but beware the Ides of March as spring arrivals are returning!

The CRESTED CARACARA found last week in southern Delaware by Holts Landing State Park near Millville was reported yesterday, but not today. The bird was originally found on White’s Neck Road off Route 26, Atlantic Avenue, just west of Bethany Beach. The bird has also been seen on Irons Lane and Old Mill Road, and flying over Rt. 26 in Millville. If determined to be wild, this would be a first state record! Some other birds in the area include an immature BALD EAGLE at Holts Landing, along with a huge raft of over thousand BUFFLEHEADS on Indian River Bay, plus MERLIN and AMERICAN WOODCOCK reported along Old Mill Road.

Crested Caracara in Ocean View, Delaware on 8 March 2013. Photo by Sharon Lynn.

The previous reported EARED GREBE continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet by the North Marina. That bird was last seen Monday. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the inlet along with 6 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a FORSTER TERN. A LEAST SANDPIPER with PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE, along with 8 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at the jetty. 55 LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were also reported. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen offshore. There are still 4 SNOW BUNTINGS at the South Inlet campground.

The raft of 600+ CANVASBACK at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach included 4 REDHEADS last weekend. Also seen on the pond were 55 RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, along with the first LAUGHING GULL season there. A ROSS’S GOOSE was reported at Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS with 100 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were also seen.

20 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Fowler’s Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON’S SNIPE were also reported.  A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found along the Prime Hook Beach Road. CHIPPING SPARROWS were found along Deep Branch Road. Five GREAT EGRETS and OSPREY were reported at the Broadkill Beach impoundments. FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PINE WARBLER were seen along the entrance road to the refuge.

The first PIPING PLOVERS of the season were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. Three were seen at the point, along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. There still a huge raft of over thousand SCOTERS on the ocean off Cape Henlopen. Included in that flock were several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. The hawk watch at Cape Henlopen has restarted, recording BALD EAGLE and OSPREY this week. PINE SISKIN, BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were reported at the Seaside Nature Center feeders. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at Fort Miles.

Other winter finches reported in the area included PURPLE FINCHES at Love Creek. PINE SISKINS were reported at Bay Vista, along with both WHITE BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. OSPREY and BALD EAGLE were also seen there. Three species of nuthatches are coming to feeders at Old Landing. PURPLE FINCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found in Georgetown along with first of the year TREE SWALLOW and singing PINE WARBLERS. PINE SISKINS of also been seen at feeders in Seaford. WOOD DUCK was reported at Philips Landing at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area. The first LAUGHING GULL of the season was reported at Oak Grove west of Seaford on Saturday. Also reported was 35 WILSON’S SNIPE along Horseshoe Road near Oak Grove.

In northern Delaware, The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark. That hummingbird is at the home of Diane and Steve Freebery 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. PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen from the Freebery’s deck.

Gulls continue to be seen at the Port of Wilmington along I-495. ICELANDGLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen in the spoils area outside the entrance to the port. Those birds were seen on the roof of the big blue building.

Eight WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in Tallyville off of US route 202 the Concord Pike in Brandywine Hundred behind Johnny’s Hotdog Stand. PINE SISKINS were reported at feeders in Fairview Crest in Newark, Walnut Ridge, Yorklyn, Ashland Nature Center, and Flint Woods. There were several BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE sightings reported this week including Newark, Pike Creek, Brandywine Creek State Park, and as far south as Summit Bridge. FOX SPARROWS also turned up at feeders in Yorklyn and Claymont. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES also still being seen at feeders through the northern part of the state.

There were several exciting owl sightings this week. A SAW-WHET OWL was reported along Dutch Neck Road near Thousand Acre Marsh by the Gray Fox Sheep Farm. A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark hunting over the field. SHORT-EARED OWL was also reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, where it’s been seen along the hedgerow at the entrance. BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED, and EASTERN SCREECH OWLS were all reported at Bombay Hook.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to be a great spot for waterfowl. COMMON LOON and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported there waterfowl seen included a single female REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. There is also a BALD EAGLE on nest at the reservoir. Also reported the area was PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN and singing PINE WARBLERS.

Some other waterfowl included flyover TUNDRA SWANS at Middle Run. TUNDRA SWANS was also seen on the ground at Summit Bridge.  GREATER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Middle Run. LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and a female RUDDY DUCK were reported at Carousel Park near Pike Creek. HOODED MERGANSER was seen at the Route 100 ponds near Brandywine Creek State Park. WOOD DUCKS were seen at Middle Run and Dragon Run in Delaware City.

Some first signs of spring have been return of TREE SWALLOWS seen at Ashland Nature Center and Dragon Run. AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen at Coverdale Farms near Ashland Nature Center and at Brandywine Creek State Park. Hopefully those birds were nests in the area. CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at Coverdale Farms also. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS reported at Brandywine Creek. A GRAY CATBIRD was at Port Penn by the boardwalk. BROWN THRASHER was seen at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported in Bear. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue be seen at Woodland Park near Price Corner. AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying at Flint Woods near Centerville.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area along with a large numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL and NORTHERN SHOVELER. A single ROSS’S GOOSE was reported nearby. 75 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS and a few SURF SCOTERS reported on the Delaware Bay at Big Stone Beach. Two BROWN THRASHERS were reported along Stratham Lane at Milford Neck. Another ROSS’S GOOSE was reported along Route 36 west of Fort Saulsbury near Slaughters Beach. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was reported at Mispillion inlet. A third ROSS’S GOOSE was reported near the Logan Lane Tract off the Kitts Hummock Road.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS in breeding plumage were reported along Whitehall Neck Road, the entrance road to Bombay Hook on Saturday. There were over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus the previous reported BLACK-NECKED STILT at Raymond Pool, along with 4 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. AMERICAN BITTERN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Waterfowl reported included HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK, and COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Eighteen WILD TURKEYS, plus WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen near the visitor center. First of spring birds included COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, TREE SWALLOW, and BROWN THRASHER.

Wild Turkeys at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

The Wilmington PEREGRINES now have three eggs on nest at the Brandywine Building. You can watch the nest site from your computer at DOSBirds.org.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sally O’Byrne, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Joe Sebastiani, Lauren Morgens, Al Guarente, Rachel Shapiro, Dan Altif, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Ian Stewart, Mike Moore, Hank Davis, Andrew Bogush, Brian Henderson, Taj Schottland, Joe Hanfman, Colin Campbell, Amy White, John Dunn, Jim Dunn, Tom Johnson, Mary Lukaszewski, Phil Thompson, and Maurice Barnhill. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, good birding!!!

Bufflehead at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 8th, 2013

Savannah Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

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
* March 8, 2013
* DEST1303.01

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 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, March 8th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 180 species this week, with one new bird that may be a new record for the state.

Today, a CRESTED CARACARA was found in southern Delaware near Holts Landing State Park by Millville. The bird was originally found on White’s Neck Road off Route 26, Atlantic Avenue, just west of Bethany Beach. The bird has also been seen on Irons Lane and Old Mill Road, moving around the area. This will be a new species for Delaware if accepted by the State Records Committee. There have been previously three sightings in New Jersey this year, the latest being March 5th in Salem County. It’s unsure if the sightings across the river were different individuals, or the same bird moving around. Other sightings have been at Toms River and Cape May. Several residents state the bird has been in the area “since hunting season”.

Crested Caracara in Ocean View on 8 March 2013. Photo by Sharon Lynn.

Also this week there been up to three BLACK-HEADED GULLS at Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway, north of Rehoboth Beach. Those birds were joined by a single BONAPARTE’S in the first LAUGHING GULL of the season. A ROSS’S GOOSE was reported along the roadway to Wolfe’s Point. Also seen close by was RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and PALM WARBLER at Canal Pointe Condominiums.

The EARED GREBE continues to be seen at the North Marina at Indian River Inlet. That bird is also been seen at Bottom Hills Drain along the entrance road to the marina. Also seen in the area were BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and a raft of 40 BRANT.

RAZORBILL was seen at Indian River Inlet, along with a raft of over 75 LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus SURF and BLACK SCOTERS. Several GREAT CORMORANTS, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BRANT, and NORTHERN GANNET were also seen at the inlet. SNOW BUNTINGS continue to be seen at the South Inlet Campground. Birders looking for sparrows there last weekend found three species of marsh sparrow: SEASIDE, SALTMARSH and NELSON’S SPARROWS behind the campground.

In northern Delaware, The ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen in Newark. That hummingbird is at the home of Diane and Steve Freebery 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

Gulls continue to be seen at the Port of Wilmington and Fox Point State Park along I-495. Two ICELAND and 2 LESSER BLACKBACKED GULLS were seen at Fox Point. Four Iceland, plus GLAUCOUS and 6 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen in the spoils area outside the entrance to the port on Sunday.

Back downstate, EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Prime Hook Beach Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Another ROSS’S GOOSE was reported in the fields along the Prime Hook Beach Road this week, along with 11 WILD TURKEY. 7 to 12 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen along the road to Prime Hook Beach, with both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Three AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Fowler’s Beach, along with WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS along the roadway. Several GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Prime Hook headquarters. Landbirds seen along the Pinelands Trail included BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. AMERICAN WOODCOCK and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were seen along the entrance road to the refuge.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were also reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. PINE SISKIN and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were seen at the Seaside Nature Center feeders. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at Ft. Miles. There is a raft of 5-10 thousand scoters off the Cape right now, included in the flock were a dozen WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS during the storm last week.

REDHEAD continues to be seen at The Retreat at Love Creek off Route 24. There were over 750 CANVASBACK, plus 40 RUDDY DUCK, and 6 SHOVELER at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. A feeder in Dewey Beach continues to have all three species of NUTHATCH plus a BROWN CREEPER. PINE SISKINS were reported at Bay Vista and PURPLE FINCH was reported at a feeder in Love Creek. PINE SISKIN and FOX SPARROW was also reported at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford. PINE SISKIN was also reported in Cheswold.

The first OSPREYS of the season have been reported this week. One was seen at Bay Vista, three days earlier than last year. Another was reported at Ocean View near Bethany Beach. OSPREY was also reported at Portsville Pond near Laurel, along the Nanticoke River in Seaford, Silver Lake in Dover, and in downtown Wilmington. Portsville Pond had a nice collection of waterfowl including WOOD DUCK, a female COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN WIGEON, LESSER SCAUP and 40+ RING-NECKED DUCKS.

There was a SAW-WHET OWL calling at Reedy Point Road. That bird may still be roosting in the pines under the bridge. Another SAW-WHET OWL found dead near Newark along Paper Mill Road. SHORT-EARED OWL was reported this week at Port Mahon, hunting during the day. Another SHORT-EARED OWL has been seen at the entrance to Bombay Hook along the hedgerow. BARN OWL was calling at the maintenance sheds at Bombay Hook. BARRED OWL was seen at Finis Pool. There is also been BARRED OWL reported in Brandywine Hundred, along Grubb Road across from Stanley’s Tavern.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found this week at Brandywine Creek State Park. Those birds were seen in the pines along Thompson Bridge Road, Route 92. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at the feeder. AMERICAN KESTREL and several EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen along the entrance road to the park. PINE SISKIN was reported at Ashland Nature Center. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported coming to feeders in Brandywine Hundred and Claymont.

White-winged Crossbille at Brandywine Creek State Park on 5 March 2013. Photo by Hank Davis.

A dead WOODCOCK was found in downtown Wilmington at the corner of 8th and Walnut Street. Diving ducks along the Brandywine Creek in downtown Wilmington included LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. PEREGRINE FALCONS have laid the first egg at their nest box on the Brandywine Building.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK was also found at the University of Delaware Ag farm, along with two GADWALLS. A flock of 130 SNOW GEESE were seen flying over Middle Run Nature Preserve. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at White Clay Creek State Park along with FOX SPARROW. Six COMMON MERGANSERS were found at Stanton on the White Clay Creek behind the Hale-Byrne House. A flock of 35 COMMON MERGANSERS was seen flying over Bear. Also seen in Bear was LESSER SCAUP, on a retention pond. Five RUDDY DUCKS were found on the retention pond behind St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Route 7.

Five REDHEADS were seen at Hoope’s Reservoir, along with RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER and PIED BILLED GREBE. Also reported were 22 RUDDY DUCKS at the Hillside Mill Cove.

Ten GREAT EGRETS were seen at Dragon Run near Delaware City. Canal Pond had over 500 AMERICAN COOTS plus 250 AMERICAN WIDGEON. Several TUNDRA with 30 MUTE SWANS were also present, plus a flyover TREE SWALLOW. Greer’s Pond had three calling VIRGINIA RAILS.

ROSS’S GOOSE was also found along Whitehall Neck Road near the entrance to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. 67 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus BLACK-NECKED STILT and WILSON’S SNIPE were found at Raymond Pool. AMERICAN PIPITS were also seen in the fields near Raymond. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Sheerness Pool. Other waterfowl reported this week included 12 BRANT, MUTE SWAN, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON and HOODED MERGANSERS. Raptors reported included BLACK VULTURE, RED-SHOULDERED and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and all three species of falcon, MERLIN, PEREGRINE, and AMERICAN KESTREL. 11 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported at the visitor center. EASTERN PHOEBE was seen by Finis Pool. BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES have returned to the marsh opposite Shearness.

White-crowned Sparrow at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

There was a large flock of 146 TUNDRA SWANS at the Port Mahon impoundments at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. Also seen there was 400 AMERICAN WIGEON, plus HOODED MERGANSER and LESSER SCAUP.  A SURF SCOTER was seen at Kitts Hummock. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and WINTER WREN were found at the Logan Tract. Besides the previously mentioned OSPREY at Silver Lake in Dover there were also 3 BALD EAGLE reported along with 30 COMMON MERGANSERS.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Big Stone Beach, far back in the marsh along with AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN WINGED TEAL, and NORTHERN SHOVELER. TREE SWALLOWS were also reported.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Jay Lehman, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Joel Martin, Sally O’Byrne, Hank Davis, Kim Steininger, Gina Sheridan, David Fees, Ryan Dziedzic, Samantha Christie, Mason Sieges, Chuck Fullmer, Bill Stewart, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Derek Stoner, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Beverly Corelle, Cathy Wright, Andrew Bogush, Brian Henderson, Billy Weber, Andi Martin, Kurt Gaskill, Marc Ribaudo, Jacob Hall, Joe Hanfman, Lin Just, Margie Pitcher, Todd Fellenbaum, Phil Thompson, and Maurice Barnhill. 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, 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

Top 5 Posts of 2012

Here are the Top 5 Posts from 2012:

1. Status of Winter Finch Irruptions in the Northeast–November 2012

White-winged Crossbill in State College, PA. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.

2. Pink-footed Goose at Peace Valley Park on 18 November 2012

Pink-footed Goose at Peace Valley Park on 18 November 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

3. #DErare–Anna’s Hummingbird in Newark

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

4. Possible Snow x Ross’s Goose Hybrid near Bombay Hook NWR

Possible Snow x Ross’s Goose Hybrid near Bombay Hook NWR in Kent County, Delaware on 8 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

5. Status of Winter Finch Irruptions in the Northeast–October 2012

Red-breasted Nuthatch. Photo by Nate Fronk.

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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