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Indiana, PA CBC – December 26, 2015

I participated in the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count the day after Christmas. Weather was a bit unusual this year, with temperatures hovering around 50 and a chance of rain. In past years, it’s been cold, snowy, and miserable. I had a small section that I was somewhat familiar with, so it didn’t take me long to “beat” it. Hunters were out in full-force, so I didn’t do much walking on roads and kept to “road birding” and walking around small, public parks.

I spent four hours counting and drove 36.7 miles and walked only one mile. I tallied 30 species (complete list below), with Field Sparrow and Northern Flicker as highlights. They were also unique additions to the count total as a whole, which is up to 70 species. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the count.

Black-capped Chickadee during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Black-capped Chickadee during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Field Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Field Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

American Tree Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60x85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

American Tree Sparrow during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus + Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 & Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Creekside Baseball Fields during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Creekside Baseball Fields during the Indiana, PA Christmas Bird Count on December 26, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Canada Goose
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
See eBird for more information.

Christmas Bird Counts in the News!

Here’s a fantastic news segment on the Christmas Bird Count from Bozeman, Montana. It’s always a delight to see birds and birders in the news!

I tried embedding the clip, but that broke, so here’s a link to the online news article with the video. http://www.ktvq.com/story/30800791/annual-christmas-bird-count-in-bozeman

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

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12305063

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 21st, 2012

Brant

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 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
* December 21, 2012
* DEST1212.21

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 21, 2012
Number: 302-658-2747
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern New Jersey, Maryland
Transcriber: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)

For 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

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

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Live Updates from the Bombay Hook NWR CBC!

The Bombay Hook NWR CBC near Smyrna, Delaware is tomorrow, Sunday, December 15. I’ll be posting regular updates throughout the day on number of species found, interesting birds, and hopefully some photos! Check back throughout the day to see what’s happening at Bombay Hook! Click here for the updates!

Bombay Hook NWR CBC this Sunday

The Bombay Hook NWR Christmas Bird Count will be this Sunday, December 16. Mason, Kyle, and I will be the leaders in Area 1, which is laid out below. We are starting the count at 04:00 and will be looking and listening for owls until sunrise. We have a lot of ground to cover in various habitat types so it should play out to be an eventful morning. We are supposed to count in our area until 12:00 and then the whole refuge is fair game.

Area 1 covers the Raymond Pool (A), the visitor’s center (B), the fields west of the refuge (C), and the boardwalk trail.

Area 1 during last year’s count yielded 62 species. We are shooting for 70 species this year! Last weekend we found thousands of Snow Geese in the fields including this possible Snow x Ross’s Goose Hybrid. Also, here’s the checklist from part of the Auto Tour Loop last week:

Bombay Hook NWR, Kent, US-DE
Dec 8, 2012 3:00 PM – 3:54 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.243 mile(s)
Comments:     Others had a SNEG and MERL. I will add more specific details later. Submitted from  BirdLog for Android v1.6
32 species (+2 other taxa)

Snow Goose  12300
Canada Goose  632
Tundra Swan  40
American Black Duck  26
Mallard  28
Northern Shoveler  47
Northern Pintail  41
Green-winged Teal  30
Bufflehead  4
Hooded Merganser  3
Ruddy Duck  43
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Great Blue Heron  5
Northern Harrier  13
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Black-necked Stilt  1
American Avocet  120
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Marbled Godwit  5
peep sp.  15
Dunlin  27
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Wilson’s Snipe  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  4
Marsh Wren  2
European Starling  150
Savannah Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  65

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12248733

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Here are the coverage maps for the count as well:

Indiana CBC Results

Red-bellied Woodpecker

As of last night, there have been 67 species recorded for the 2011 Indiana Christmas Bird Count. Three additional species were tallied during the count week. For my section of the count, I tallied 26 species and observed 269 individuals. I birded from 7:30 am to 12:10 pm for a total of 4.67 hours. I hiked 2.5 miles and drove 19.2 miles. Here is a list of species and numbers that I observed for the count.

Canada Goose, 5
Red-tailed Hawk, 3
Mourning Dove, 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker, 6
Downy Woodpecker, 2
Hairy Woodpecker, 2
Pileated Woodpecker, 3
Blue Jay, 18
American Crow, 52
Black-capped Chickadee, 50
Tufted Titmouse, 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1
White-breasted Nuthatch, 13
Brown Creeper, 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet, 8
Eastern Bluebird, 2
Northern Mockingbird, 1
European Starling, 21
American Tree Sparrow, 2
Song Sparrow, 2
White-throated Sparrow, 2
Dark-eyed Junco, 38
Northern Cardinal, 6
House Finch, 6
American Goldfinch, 16
House Sparrow, 4 
 

White-throated Sparrow