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

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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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.

RBA
* 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 (ednieap@verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)

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 ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, good birding!!!

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RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 18th, 2013

Some more antics...

Belted Kingfisher at Bombay Hook NWR on 14 January 2013. 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
* January 18, 2013
* DEST1301.18

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 18, 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 18th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list is up
to 163 species.

A WESTERN GREBE reported last week, was seen again at Beach Plum Island near Broadkill Beach. That bird was seen moving south towards Lewes and The Point at Cape Henlopen. You can access Beach Plum Island from the south side of Broadkill Beach, the park runs south to the north side of Roosevelt Inlet. This bird was seen on the Christmas count and seems to be staying in the area.

Despite heavy fog, there was a spectacular RAZORBILL show at Indian River Inlet last weekend. A peak count of 20 Alcids was seen on Sunday. At least three RAZORBILLS were seen in the inlet, one was within 10 feet of the rocks, while 2 birds were seen feeding underneath the new bridge. Also reported were 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and 50 LONG-TAILED DUCK. Two COMMON GOLDENEYES along with GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, and PURPLE SANDPIPER were reported. There was a peak count of 80 SNOW BUNTINGS at the south side campground and one TREE SWALLOW was still in the area.

A pair of BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen again at the Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant at Rehoboth Beach. Access to this area is restricted and requires prior permission. Silver Lake in Rehoboth has over 600 CANVASBACK right now along with a raft of RUDDY DUCK. A COMMON LOON was seen on Silver Lake this week.

Black-headed-Gull

Black-headed Gull at Wolfe Neck WTP in Lewes on 18 January 2013. Photo by Kyle Horton.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEONS continue to be seen at Prime Hook Beach Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. A MUTE SWAN was also seen there along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Two WOOD DUCKS were seen flying over Cods Road. Despite high water, there were still some good birds at Fowler’s Beach including two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, a third-year ICELAND GULL, and 2 FORSTER’S TERN. Shorebirds seen included 24 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 6 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. There were 30 SURF SCOTERS offshore plus 4 RED-THROATED LOONS. Sparrows along the Fowler’s Beach Road included a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at the sharp turn and both SALTMARSH and NELSON’S SPARROW at the bridge. Eight GREAT EGRETS were seen in the marsh by the Prime Hook headquarters.

There was a big collection of shorebirds at Mispillion Inlet at low tide on Sunday. A LEAST and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were seen among the large flocks of DUNLIN and SANDERLING. Also seen were several RUDDY TURNSTONES, a couple dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. SURF SCOTER and COMMON GOLDENEYE were offshore. Also reported was to PEREGRINE FALCON and immature BALD EAGLE.

Two ROSS’S GEESE were found among the flock SNOW GEESE opposite the entrance to Cape Henlopen High School near Lewes. Crossbills are still putting on a show at Cape Henlopen State Park. Four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 12 RED CROSSBILLS were reported at the Hawk Watch area. More RED CROSSBILLS were seen out at The Point parking lot. A PALM WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were found at Fort Miles among flocks of dickie birds. Peak counts of three species of nuthatch included 35 RED-BREASTED, 40 BROWN-HEADED, and 8 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the park. There was also 175 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS counted. Other birds seen at Cape Henlopen included HORNED GREBE and BRANT at the point, PEREGRINE FALCON, and FOX SPARROW.

PINE SISKINS were reported at several feeders in the state. There was a peak count of 39 SISKINS with 130 GOLDFINCH near Seaford. Also seen there were 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and CHIPPING SPARROW. A feeder on Laurel Avenue in Rehoboth Beach had 23 PINE SISKIN there. Eight SISKINS were at a feeder in Milford. PINE SISKINS was also seen at the feeders at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and near Cheswald. Northern Delaware reported SISKINS at Pike Creek along with one CHIPPING SPARROW, also at Fairfield Crest in Newark, and 33 birds at Walnut Ridge.

The previous reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD continues to be seen Newark. That bird is being assisted by heat lamps during the night. 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 on 16 January 2013. Photo by Derek Stoner.

A number of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS have been seen in the area. Five were seen at Middle Run near Newark. Also seen there was BROWN THRASHER. Another RED-SHOULDER was reported in a yard off Kirkwood Highway and at White Clay Creek State Park by the observation platform. Also seen there was AMERICAN TREE, SWAMP and FOX SPARROW. Newark reservoir has had a nice collection of waterfowl this last week, 4 COMMON MERGANSERS was seen today. Also seen this week have been COMMON GOLDENEYE and LESSER SCAUP. Flocks of SNOW GEESE were seen flying over University of Delaware Ag Farm and at Coverdale farms near Yorklyn.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to be a hotbed of waterfowl activity. A peak count of 5 REDHEADS were reported plus single CANVASBACK, HORNED GREBE, and COMMON LOON. There was a peak count of 170 COMMON MERGANSERS, 23 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 15 RUDDY DUCK plus HOODED MERGANSER and RING-NECKED DUCK.

Three RING-NECKED DUCKS was seen in downtown Wilmington at Brandywine Park, at the Swinging Bridge north of Josephine Gardens. Also a pair of WOOD DUCK was there. 11 BRANT were at Battery Park at New Castle. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and WINTER WREN were found at the nearby Gambacorta Marsh.

WOOD DUCK were seen at Greer’s Pond at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City. There was a pair of BARRED OWLS calling along Pole Bridge Road near Port Penn. 45 TUNDRA SWAN were at Armstrong Farm near Smyrna, also 53 KILLDEER were seen in the fields there.

A pair of ROSS’S GEESE were seen along Frederica Rd., south of Dover. The previous reported SEDGE WREN was seen along the Pickering Beach Road. Also seen was MARSH WREN and 3 WILSON’S SNIPE. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported there at dusk. SHORT-EARED OWL was also reported at Port Mahon Rd. on Sunday. Four BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen there. In Dover, Silver Lake had 136 COMMON MERGANSERS and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES.

No AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week, although both MARBLED GODWIT and the overwintering BLACK-NECKED STILT were seen, along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. AMERICAN BITTEN was reported, but no night herons were seen. . Waterfowl reported included WOOD DUCK, CANVASBACK, LESSER SCAUP, 65 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 92 HOODED MERGANSERS. A PURPLE FINCH was found along the Raymond Tower Trail, VIRGINIA RAIL was reported by the Boardwalk, 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along the Shearness Dike and both YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were found in Finis Woods.

Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers at Bombay Hook NWR on 13 January 2013. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Ed Sigda, Chuck Brandt, Mike Moore, Brian McCaffrery, Richard Clifton, Gary and Judy Charles, Mason Sieges, Kyle Horton, Tim Schreckengost, Bill Stewart, Diane Freebery, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Chuck Fullmer, Alan Kneidel, Mary Lukaszewski, Todd Fellenbaum, Nick Pulcinella, Al Guarente, Matt Sarver, Joel Martin, Howard Eskin, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Andrew Bogush, 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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