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 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.
* February 22, 2013
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 22, 2013
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, good
And for good measure, here is a video from Kim Steininger of Pine Siskins visiting her yard. Enjoy!