Brant at Indian River Inlet on 18 December 2012. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.
Here is the weekly RBA compiled by Andy Ednie that includes photos of birds mentioned. Thanks for all of the photo contributions! Click on links throughout the post to see the original postings to DE Birds, eBird 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.
* December 21, 2012
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 21, 2012
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (email@example.com)
For Friday, December 21st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Delaware held its first 2 Christmas counts last weekend with excellent results but no new “year birds”. The 2012 Delaware state annual list remains at 329 species this week.
Some birds seen, but not on the Christmas counts included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK just north of Smyrna along Route 1. Despite coaxing, the raptor would not fly into the count circle. The previously reported EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again at Prime Hook Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Also reported was a group of 16 GREAT EGRETS along the Dike Trail at refuge headquarters. BROWN THRASHER was found along the trail, and a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen coming to the feeders at the Prime Hook headquarters.
A group of eight SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at the south campground at Indian River Inlet. Also reported were BRANT, 35 LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and NORTHERN GANNET. There were six PURPLE SANDPIPERS and six RUDDY TURNSTONES on the rocks at the jetty. 60 TREE SWALLOWS were counted in the inlet area. CANVASBACK and RUDDY DUCK were also seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach.
Snow Bunting at Indian River Inlet on 18 December 2012. Photo by Chuck Fullmer.
The highlight of the Wilmington count was two species of hummingbird this year. The previous reported ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Newark. A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, that has previously been banded, was reported in the Prices Corner area. Two COMMON REDPOLLS along with a group of 12 PINE SISKINS were seen off the Concord Pike, US Route 202 in Brandywine Hundred. Those birds were in Woodley Park off Whitby Road in Sharply. 35 PINE SISKINS were also reported coming to a feeder in Yorklyn. EASTERN PHOEBE was seen in along with GRAY CATBIRD near Tweed’s Park.
Waterfowl at the Wilmington Sewage Treatment ponds off Hay Rd included COMMON GOLDENEYE and a single LONG-TAILED DUCK. Birds in New Castle included both HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. 13 BRANT were seen at Battery Park, along with COMMON LOON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 2 BALD EAGLES. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen behind the silo at Buena Vista off route 13.
Six REDHEADS were seen on Hoopes’ Reservoir during the count, four drakes and two hens. Also reported was large numbers of RING-NECKED DUCK, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and over 30 HOODED MERGANSER.
Seven species of owl were reported on the Bombay Hook Christmas count on Sunday. Included were two SAW-WHET OWLS at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. Two LONG-EARED OWLS were reported calling along Big Woods Road near the intersection with Hurd Road. SHORT-EARED OWL was found opposite Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
More REDHEADS were seen at Little Creek this last week along with MUTE SWAN, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK, and GREATER SCUAP. A total of 6200 AMERICAN COOTS were reported at the refuge. Also seen were RUDDY TURNSTONE,
SANDERLING, and RED-THROATED LOONS along the Delaware Bayshore. A PURPLE FINCH was also reported, along with 45 RED CROSSBILL. 12 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found feeding on Sweetgum balls north of Little Creek at Edgewater Farms, also at Woodland Beach. Both MARSH and SEDGE WREN were found along the Pickering Beach Road.
ALL BOMBAY HOOK CBC HIGHLIGHTS
A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was found at Bombay Hook this week during the count. AMERICAN WOODCOCK were found displaying in the early morning at the corn crib behind Bear Swamp. Bombay Hook refuge hosted a wide assortment waterfowl including 1 ROSS’S GOOSE, 25,000 SNOW GEESE, WOOD DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, and RING-NECKED DUCK. For the first time in many years all three game birds were found; BOBWHITE, TURKEY, and RING-NECKED PHEASANT on the count. Shorebirds were seen at including WHITE-RUMPED and LEAST SANDPIPER in with DUNLINS, LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at Raymond Pool, along with 130 American Avocet’s, 3 Marbled Godwit, a “WESTERN” WILLET, and one lone remaining BLACK-NECKED STILT. Three AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen, along with GREAT EGRET and 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. Also seen were PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and five WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS by the visitor center. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported in the fields along the Woodland Beach Road near Smyrna.
Marbled Godwits at Bombay Hook NWR during the CBC on 16 December 2012. Photo by Derek Stoner.
Black-necked Stilt at Bombay Hook NWR during the CBC on 16 December 2012. Photo by Derek Stoner.
Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Diane Freebery, Howard Eskin, Andy Fayer, Ed Marshall, Mason Sieges, Tim Schreckengost, Chris Bennett, Frank Meranghi, Dennis Murphy, Anthony Gonzon, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Lynn Smith, Matt Sarver, Kyle Horton, Harry Tiebout, Kris Burger, Chuck Fulmer, Rod Murray, Jeff Wahl, Ian Stewart, Bob Rufe, Jim White, Mike Smith, Sally O’Byrne, and Andrew Bogush. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, good birding!!!