Bombay Hook NWR 7/6/2013

Northern Bobwhite at Bombay Hook NWR on 6 July 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

I met Kyle at Bombay Hook NWR this morning for a few hours of birding. I needed to pick up some year birds and also start sifting through migrant shorebirds for anything unusual. We didn’t find anything phenomenal, but did pick up the continuing Dickcissel, my lifer Acadian Flycatcher, and 72 other species! Here’s the complete list with Delaware year birds in bold:

Bombay Hook NWR, Kent, US-DE
Jul 6, 2013 6:50 AM – 10:11 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.6.1
74 species

Canada Goose  46
Tundra Swan  1
Mallard  2
Northern Bobwhite  3
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  24
Snowy Egret  8
Little Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  40
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Clapper Rail  1
Killdeer  2
Black-necked Stilt  7
American Avocet  4
Greater Yellowlegs  15
Lesser Yellowlegs  75
Semipalmated Sandpiper  73
Short-billed Dowitcher  305
Laughing Gull  150
Caspian Tern  7
Forster’s Tern  25
Mourning Dove  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  25
Tree Swallow  100
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  4
Marsh Wren  15
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  26
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  6
Eastern Towhee  7
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  3
Grasshopper Sparrow  7
Seaside Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  10
Indigo Bunting  16
Dickcissel  1
Red-winged Blackbird  500
Common Grackle  30
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  1

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#DErare – Northern Lapwing and Ruff at Bombay Hook NWR

On the afternoon of Friday, March 29th, 2013, Andy Ednie found an ABA Code 4 Northern Lapwing at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent County, Delaware. The bird was in Bear Swamp just passed the sign for Bear Swamp. The lapwing was seen by several observers throughout the afternoon and evening, but failed to reappear the next morning. Pending acceptance, I think this is the fourth state record.

Northern Lapwing at Bombay Hook NWR on 29 March 2013. Photo by Dawn Miller.

There have been many Northern Lapwing sightings in the ABA Area since Hurricane Sandy. Many of those individuals are still sticking around, interestingly.

Northern Lapwing reports in eBird for 2013.

The following morning, March 30th, 2013, while looking for the Northern Lapwing, Alan Kneidel found an ABA Code 3 Ruff in Raymond Pool! This bird was also a one-day wonder as it has not been reported since the day it was found. I could not find any previously accepted records despite there being quite a few in eBird.

Ruff - Bombay Hook, DE - Raymond Pool 3/30/13

Ruff at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent County, Delaware on 30 March 2013. iPhone photo by Taj Schottland.

Ruff - Bombay Hook, DE - Raymond Pool 3/30/13

Ruff at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent County, Delaware on 30 March 2013. iPhone photo by Taj Schottland.

There are only a few Ruff reports from 2013 thus far. Three individuals are being reported: one in Wisonsin and one in Ohio in addition to the individual Alan found in Delaware.

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RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 29th, 2013

Here is the weekly RBA compiled by Andy Ednie that includes photos of birds mentioned. Thanks for all of the photo contributions! Click on links throughout the post to see the original postings to DE BirdseBird Checklists, and other various links. If you would like to have your photos of birds mentioned below added, feel free to email them to timschreckengost AT gmail DOT com.

* Delaware
* Statewide
* March 29, 2013
* DEST1303.29

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 29, 2013
Number: 302-658-2747
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (

For Friday, March 29th, this is Birdline Delaware, home of the Fighting Blue Hens, from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list hit 195 species this week.

Northern Lapwing at Bombay Hook NWR on 29 March 2013. Photo by Dawn Miller.

A NORTHERN LAPWING was found today at Bear Swamp Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The bird was found on mudflats in the impoundment just past the Bear Swamp sign along the straightaway on the east side of the pool. LAPWING has been anticipated in Delaware since the incursion that occurred after Hurricane Sandy. Several reports of multiple birds have been along the East Coast this year already, including birds in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and Georgia. This is the fourth state record and also fourth for the refuge the first reported in 14 years.

Other birds seen in the area was a first of the year PECTORAL SANDPIPER and over 75 WILSON’S SNIPE. Other shorebirds seen included BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Raymond Pool, along with lots of DUNLIN and both species of YELLOWLEGS. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported at Sheerness Pool, two were calling today. GLOSSY IBIS and GREAT EGRET also been reported. Waterfowl seen included MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, 60 RING-NECKED DUCKS, PIED-BILLED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. SHORT-EARED OWL and 4 AMERICAN KESTRELS were reported along the entrance road to the refuge. BARRED OWL was reported at Finis Pool. Three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen at the feeders at the visitor center.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week was last reported on Saturday along White Neck’s Road near Millville in Sussex County. This area is just west of Bethany Beach along Route 26, Atlantic Avenue, not far from Holts Landing State Park. There have been no more reports later in the week, if seen please notify the birdline. PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at Holts Landing.

In northern Delaware, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the intersection of McDaniels and Orchard Road in Tallyville off Route 202, the Concord Pike. Those birds of been seen sporadically all week. Other winter finches reported included PINE SISKINS at Ashland Nature Center and in Cheswold. PURPLE FINCH was reported at a feeder in Lewes.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park, flushed from the field along the entrance road during the controlled meadow burn. Also seen during the fire were 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS hunting along the edge. SNOW GEESE and KILLDEER were seen at the park today, along with FOX SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WINTER WREN. WOOD DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER were seen along the Creek, also OSPREY being pursued by a BALD EAGLE on Sunday.

The previous reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD coming to a feeder near Newark is now molting into male plumage. 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.

An amazing 5 ROSS’S GEESE were found in a flock of 1500 SNOW GEESE next to Dover Air Force Base on Sunday. A BLACK HEADED GULL was reported at the North Pond of the Logan Lane Tract at Ted Harvey Conservation Area near Kitts Hummock. 120 AMERICAN AVOCETS were found at the south impoundment, along with PEREGRINE FALCON. Also reported were SAVANNAH SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and BROWN THRASHER. Five BLUE-WINGED TEALS were seen at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area, in the ponds to the left of the central tower. Also reported at Little Creek were over 1000 AMERICAN COOT, 400 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 200 AMERICAN WIGEON, 22 RING-NECKED DUCK and LESSER SCAUP.

A EURASIAN WIGEON continues to hang out at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Also seen there were RING-NECKED DUCK, MUTE SWAN, and HOODED MERGANSER. PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen in the woods.

The previous seen EARED GREBE was last reported last Saturday at Bottom Hills Drain near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet. There were several HORNED GREBES molting into breeding plumage also seen, plus GREATER SCAUP and BRANT. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at the entrance to Burton’s Island Causeway. There still a raft of over 40 LONG-TAILED DUCKS along the jetty at Indian River Inlet, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. PURPLE SANDPIPERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen along the rocks. GREAT CORMORANT was seen on the jetty tower. NORTHERN GANNETS have been seen close to the shore from the South Inlet Bathhouse.

There are still over 100 CANVASBACKS at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. BLUE-WINGED TEAL and RING-NECKED DUCK were also seen on the lake. There is also about 3 dozen RUDDY DUCKS. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Canal Pointe Condominiums north of Rehoboth Beach.

The first BARN SWALLOW of the year was reported at the Dupont Nature Center at the Mispillion Inlet today. Also seen were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, and 5 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. GREATER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and BLACK SCOTER were seen offshore, along with a single LONG-TAILED DUCK and BONAPARTE’S GULL.

ICELAND GULL was seen at Fowler’s Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along with 2 CLAPPER RAILS. Eight SNOWY EGRETS and 2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen with GREAT EGRETS along the Boardwalk Trail at the refuge headquarters. Also reported were WILD TURKEY, BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WINTER WREN.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Hoope’s Reservoir near Greenville last weekend. Also seen on the reservoir were LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. A few PIED-BILLED GREBES were also been reported along with BALD EAGLES and TREE SWALLOW. Newark Reservoir has both COMMON LOON and HORNED GREBE molting into breeding plumage. COMMON MERGANSERS were also reported along the Red Clay Creek near Yorklyn. SNOW GEESE were reported flying over Pike Creek.

Cackling Goose

Cackling Goose at Hoope’s Reservoir on 23 March 2013. Photo by Taj Schottland.

PINE WARBLERS were reported at several locations this last week including Turkell Pond at Prime Hook, one was coming to a feeder in Lincoln, 2 were coming to a yard in Bear, and  a pair PINE WARBLERS were singing at the powerline cut along the Pickering Beach Road. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported at a feeder in Claymont.

BLUE-WINGED TEALS were reported at Lewes and Dragon Run. Also reported at Dragon Run were PIED-BILLED GREBE, RING-NECKED DUCK, WOOD DUCK, and AMERICAN WIGEON.

The monthly Heron Survey at Delaware City in Veterans Park had LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, and the first CATTLE EGRETS of the season. While GLOSSY IBIS is expected at this time year, SNOWY EGRETS are increasing in regularity in the early spring, and CATTLE EGRETS were uncommonly early. LITTLE BLUE HERON was also reported at Grier’s Pond in Thousand Acre Marsh. Up to 9 BALD EAGLES were reported in the Port Penn area.

A few wintering gulls remained at Fox Point State Park last weekend. ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULL were found along with 14 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and LAUGHING GULL. Six BRANT continue to be seen at battery Park in New Castle. There were 5 BONAPARTE’S GULLS seen over the river. A RED-THROATED LOON and GREATER SCAUP were seen at Gambacorta Marsh, along with PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. An unusual bird marsh at Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington was PILEATED WOODPECKER.

PEREGRINE FALCONS continue be reported at their nest box at the Brandywine Building in downtown Wilmington. The Cape Henlopen Spring Hawk Watch is starting to pick up with increasing falcon reports. Three MERLIN and 3 AMERICAN KESTREL were seen today. There is also been scattered MERLIN reports throughout the state, including Bay Vista Golf Park, Dragon Run, Delaware City, and both Bombay and Prime Hook.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Nancy Goggin, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Chris Bennett, Joel Martin, Colin Campbell, Lisa Smith, Mike Smith, Lynn Smith, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Mike Hudson, John Dunn, John Bradley, Alan Kneidel, Matt Haley, Ben Tebbens, Andrew Bogush, Christopher Rowe, Anthony Gonzon, Mason Sieges, Taj Schottland, and Joe Russell. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to Until next time, Go Lady Hens and 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.

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

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 Until next time, good birding!!!

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Bombay Hook CBC Results

About two weeks ago, several birders from the University of Delaware, including yours truly, participated in the annual Bombay Hook NWR Christmas Bird Count. Our count area, which I described in this post, consisted of the Raymond Pool, Boardwalk Trail, the Visitor’s Center, and various other areas. We started at 3:45 in the morning and finished around 1:00 in the afternoon. We tallied 67 species in which most are listed below. In addition to the eBird checklist below, we had Barn and Eastern Screech-Owls early in the morning. Highlights in BOLD below.

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) at Bombay Hook NWR on 16 December 2012

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus), Kent County, Delaware on 16 December 2012

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) at Bombay Hook NWR on 16 December 2012

Bombay Hook NWR, Kent, US-DE
Dec 16, 2012 6:50 AM – 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.53 mile(s)
Comments:     Bombay Hook NWR CBC. Distance calculated using Running Map.
65 species (+5 other taxa)

Snow Goose  3500
Canada Goose  217
Tundra Swan  2
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  150
Blue-winged Teal  1
Northern Shoveler  76
Northern Pintail  14
Green-winged Teal  44
Bufflehead  5
Hooded Merganser  3
duck sp.  11
Great Blue Heron  6
Northern Harrier  8
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  7
Clapper Rail  3
Black-necked Stilt  1  
American Avocet  130  
Greater Yellowlegs  13
Marbled Godwit  3
Dunlin  50
Long-billed Dowitcher  7
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull  1
gull sp.  4
Mourning Dove  120
Great Horned Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  7
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  2
large falcon sp.  1
Blue Jay  45
American Crow  5
Horned Lark  4
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  10
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  63
American Pipit  4
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  5
Savannah Sparrow  6
Fox Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow (Red)  5
Song Sparrow  40
Swamp Sparrow  22
White-throated Sparrow  120
White-crowned Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  44
Red-winged Blackbird  786
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  19
House Sparrow  13

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