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Finding the Red-headed Woodpeckers at Lums Pond State Park – December 2015

Two Red-headed Woodpeckers seem to be overwintering at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, Delaware. I was fortunate to catch up with them a few days ago and decided to write this post to help others find the birds quickly.

Red-headed Woodpecker at Lums Pond State Park on December 12, 2015. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Red-headed Woodpecker at Lums Pond State Park on December 12, 2015. Digiscoped with a iPhone 6 Plus | Vortex Optics Razor HD 20-60×85 | Phone Skope Adapter. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Enter Lums Pond State Park off Howell School Rd. and follow signs for the GoApe Zip Line course, which is located near Area 1 of the park. Park in the GoApe parking lot and walk to the beach. Once on the beach, turn around and look at the trees in between you and the parking lot (map below). The birds have been foraging in this area for a few weeks now. They are extremely vocal and active, so make sure to brush up on their call (below) before going to see them.

Here’s a map showing the exact stand of trees (Red Pin) the birds are inhabiting. The best spot to look and listen for them is on the beach just south of the Red Pin. Zoom out on the map to get a feel for where exactly in the park the woodpeckers are.

Please let me know in the comments if you find guides like this useful. If so, I will make more of them to optimize chasing rarities and county and state birds.

King Eider at Mispillion Inlet

Last Tuesday, Chris Bennett posted that he had a King Eider at Mispillion Inlet, AKA the DuPont Nature Center. He sent the report out around 2:00 PM, but I didn’t find out until Taj Schottland messaged me about an hour later. Luckily, Mispillion Inlet is only 25 minutes from my field house and Ben Zyla and I were on spot in no time. Chris was still there when we arrived and pointed us in the direction of the bird. Although distant and wrapped in heat haze, we had decent scope looks of our lifer King Eider!

King Eider at DuPont Nature Center (Mispillion Inlet), Kent Co, DE on 13 August 2013. Digiscoped with an iPhone 4S + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

We think this bird is an adult male in eclipse plumage. Compare the bird pictured above (I know it’s a terrible photo, but for what it’s worth) to this immature male that Alex Lamoreaux of Nemesis Bird photographed in Cape May earlier this year.

According to eBird, this represents the first August record of King Eider for Delaware. In fact, there aren’t many records for the northeast in August. There are records from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

King Eider eBird Records for August. Credit – eBird.org

This is an exceptional sighting and is the only bird being reported in the east this month, August 2013. King Eiders breed in the arctic and winter along the northern half of the east coast and in southwest Alaska and the Bering Sea in the west. A quick look through eBird records shows about a dozen sightings, give or take, in Delaware, all-time.

It’s an unusual year for sea-dwelling waterfowl with Common Loons, Black Scoters, and Red-breasted Mergansers summering along the east coast. Some of these birds that are showing up now may have failed during the breeding season and dispersed early. Why do you think this is happening? Let us know in the comments!

Again, thanks to Chris Bennett for getting the word out quickly! Since the initial report, dozens of birders have twitched the eider. It is still being seen today, August 18.

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.

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

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 ednieap@verizon.net. Until next time, Go Lady Hens and good birding!!!

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RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 22nd, 2013

Pine Warlber along Camp Arrowhead Rd. in Lewes on 23 March 2013. Photo by Katharine Boyd.

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 22, 2013
* DEST1303.22

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 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, March 22nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 187 species this week with 2 new spring arrivals.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week was last reported on Wednesday along White Neck’s Road near the Ellis Point community near Millville in Sussex County. This area is just west of Bethany Beach along Route 26, the Atlantic Highway, not far from Holts Landing State Park. Although seen sporadically, the bird is still be in the area. Some locals refer to it as the eagle with the parrot’s bill.

In Kent County, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen with a flock of SNOW GEESE at Bergdoll Road near Dover Air Force Base. That bird was not seen later in the week. Some other birds in the area included AMERICAN AVOCETS at the south side of the Logan Tract near Kitts Hummock. SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at dusk at Pickering Beach. There is a large flock of waterfowl at the impoundments at Port Mahon in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area, including SHOVELER, GADWALL, and 45 HOODED MERGANSER.

Back in Sussex County, the previous reported EARED GREBE near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet has not been seen for over a week now. HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported along with COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. The SNOW BUNTINGS at the south inlet campground were not seen this week, but GREAT EGRET was seen in the marsh. An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER flew by Indian River inlet jetty. RUDDY TURNSTONE and PURPLE SANDPIPER were still seen on the rocks there. Waterfowl seen included 30 LONGTAILED DUCKS, BRANT, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and 4 GREAT CORMORANTS on the jetty tower. There were also several close-in NORTHERN GANNETS.

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach still has hundreds of CANVASBACK. Also seen were LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and two dozen RUDDY DUCK. A RED HEADED WOODPECKER was reported at Canal Pointe, north of Rehoboth Beach. PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen at the bayside point at Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and both species of LOON, RED-THROATED and COMMON were in the Harbor of Refuge.

Tons of waterfowl were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN WINGED TEAL and HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS were reported. Also seen were AMERICAN AVOCET, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and FORSTER TERN. TWO LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Fowler’s Beach along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. There were 5 OYSTERCATCHERS on the jetty at the Mispillion Inlet, across from the DuPont Nature Center. Also seen were 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. CLAPPER RAIL was found in the marsh.

Some first signs of Spring included a SNOWY EGRET with 15 GREAT EGRETS at Broadkill Beach Impoundments at Prime Hook. Singing PINE WARBLERS was found along the pinewoods trail and FOX SPARROW the boardwalk trail. LAUGHING GULLS in several areas including Oak Grove, Millsboro, and in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart in Milford. OSPREYS were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, and along the St. Johns River in Dover. Further north, OSPREY was also seen at Churchman’s Marsh and Lum’s Pond State Park. More singing PINE WARBLERS were at Love Creek and Redden State Forest. FOX SPARROW was in a yard along Cods Road. 20 WILSON’S SNIPE were reported along Fisher Rd. near Harbeson.

There still some winter finches around. Five PURPLE FINCHES continue to come to a feeder at Love Creek also seen there was RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. SISKINS were also reported at Milford, along with both WHITE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. PINE SISKINS were also reported in Redden State Forest, Cheswold, and Walnut Ridge near Centerville.

The first BLUE-WINGED TEAL of the season was reported at Finis Pool today in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Other waterfowl seen included both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. BLACK-NECKED STILT continue to be seen at Raymond Pool along with AMERICAN AVOCET and both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. WILSON’S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. CLAPPER RAIL was also reported along with AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET near Sheerness Pool, plus a PILEATED WOODPECKER near Sheerness Tower. Eight WILD TURKEYS, AMERICAN PIPIT, and WHITE CROWNED SPARROW were reported by the visitor’s center.

American Bittern at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Andy Ednie.

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.

Signs of spring are returning to White Clay Creek State Park included EASTERN PHOEBES seen from almost every bridge along the creek. Also reported were several PILEATED WOODPECKERS, BARRED OWL at Wedgwood road, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WOOD DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and COMMON MERGANSERS. A PINE WARBLER was singing at Covered Bridge Farm, north of Newark. Newark Reservoir had both HORNED GREBES and a pair of COMMON LOONS going into breeding plumage.

HORNED GREBES were seen in several locations this week including Silver Lake in Middletown and along the Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle. Other birds in New Castle included 6 COMMON GOLDENEYE on the river, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK and Gambacorta Marsh, and 6 BRANT at Battery Park one of those birds was wounded. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RED THROATED LOON were seen at Fox Point State Park near Wilmington. LESSER BLACK-BACKED, ICELAND, and GLAUCOUS GULL were also reported. GREAT CORMORANTS were reported along the Delaware River in Claymont on the green channel marker off of I-495.

A flight of over 150 TREE SWALLOWS were reported over the Brandywine Creek at Woodlawn Trustees property, soon to become a national park! EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park at Ramsey Road along with COMMON MERGANSER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. Several PILEATED WOODPECKERS were also reported along Ramsey road. MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL were both reported along the entrance road to Brandywine Creek State Park off Adams Dam Road.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to have a large number of waterfowl there including both LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY and RINGNECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. PIED BILLED GREBES were also seen there. Several BALD EAGLES continue be seen over the reservoir.

It’s been a good year for LESSER SCAUP, several were seen at Becks Pond near Bear, also at Port of Wilmington ponds, and Thousand Acre Marsh. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also reported near Grier’s Pond along with WILSON’S SNIPE and AMERICAN WIGEON. Dragon Run at Delaware City had 5 GREAT EGRETS and 6 MUTE SWANS, along with WOOD DUCK and TREE SWALLOW.

Finally, I’m sad to report the passing on March 7th of Howard Holmquist that often contributed sightings to the Birdline. He counted Bluebirds and watched the feeders at Brandywine Creek State Park for the last 15 years. He was also a chemist for the DuPont Company, avid golfer, and saxophonist. His dogged determination was an inspiration to all.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sally O’Byrne, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Matt Sarver, Rachel Shapiro, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Colin Campbell, Amy White, Rich Ehrlich, Doug Gill, Al DelPizzo, Jason Beale, Donald Stockley, Brian McCaffrey, Richard Clifton, Laura Balascio, Judy Montgomery, Bob Strahorn and Joe Russell. 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 15th, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker 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 15, 2013
* DEST1303.15

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 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, March 15th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list increased to 185 species this week. Winter finches are still present but beware the Ides of March as spring arrivals are returning!

The CRESTED CARACARA found last week in southern Delaware by Holts Landing State Park near Millville was reported yesterday, but not today. 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, and flying over Rt. 26 in Millville. If determined to be wild, this would be a first state record! Some other birds in the area include an immature BALD EAGLE at Holts Landing, along with a huge raft of over thousand BUFFLEHEADS on Indian River Bay, plus MERLIN and AMERICAN WOODCOCK reported along Old Mill Road.

Crested Caracara in Ocean View, Delaware on 8 March 2013. Photo by Sharon Lynn.

The previous reported EARED GREBE continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet by the North Marina. That bird was last seen Monday. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the inlet along with 6 BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a FORSTER TERN. A LEAST SANDPIPER with PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE, along with 8 GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at the jetty. 55 LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER, and LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were also reported. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen offshore. There are still 4 SNOW BUNTINGS at the South Inlet campground.

The raft of 600+ CANVASBACK at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach included 4 REDHEADS last weekend. Also seen on the pond were 55 RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, along with the first LAUGHING GULL season there. A ROSS’S GOOSE was reported at Wolfe’s Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 BONAPARTE’S GULLS with 100 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were also seen.

20 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Fowler’s Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON’S SNIPE were also reported.  A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found along the Prime Hook Beach Road. CHIPPING SPARROWS were found along Deep Branch Road. Five GREAT EGRETS and OSPREY were reported at the Broadkill Beach impoundments. FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PINE WARBLER were seen along the entrance road to the refuge.

The first PIPING PLOVERS of the season were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. Three were seen at the point, along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. There still a huge raft of over thousand SCOTERS on the ocean off Cape Henlopen. Included in that flock were several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. The hawk watch at Cape Henlopen has restarted, recording BALD EAGLE and OSPREY this week. PINE SISKIN, BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were reported at the Seaside Nature Center feeders. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at Fort Miles.

Other winter finches reported in the area included PURPLE FINCHES at Love Creek. PINE SISKINS were reported at Bay Vista, along with both WHITE BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. OSPREY and BALD EAGLE were also seen there. Three species of nuthatches are coming to feeders at Old Landing. PURPLE FINCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found in Georgetown along with first of the year TREE SWALLOW and singing PINE WARBLERS. PINE SISKINS of also been seen at feeders in Seaford. WOOD DUCK was reported at Philips Landing at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area. The first LAUGHING GULL of the season was reported at Oak Grove west of Seaford on Saturday. Also reported was 35 WILSON’S SNIPE along Horseshoe Road near Oak Grove.

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. PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen from the Freebery’s deck.

Gulls continue to be seen at the Port of Wilmington along I-495. ICELANDGLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were seen in the spoils area outside the entrance to the port. Those birds were seen on the roof of the big blue building.

Eight WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in Tallyville off of US route 202 the Concord Pike in Brandywine Hundred behind Johnny’s Hotdog Stand. PINE SISKINS were reported at feeders in Fairview Crest in Newark, Walnut Ridge, Yorklyn, Ashland Nature Center, and Flint Woods. There were several BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE sightings reported this week including Newark, Pike Creek, Brandywine Creek State Park, and as far south as Summit Bridge. FOX SPARROWS also turned up at feeders in Yorklyn and Claymont. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES also still being seen at feeders through the northern part of the state.

There were several exciting owl sightings this week. A SAW-WHET OWL was reported along Dutch Neck Road near Thousand Acre Marsh by the Gray Fox Sheep Farm. A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark hunting over the field. SHORT-EARED OWL was also reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, where it’s been seen along the hedgerow at the entrance. BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED, and EASTERN SCREECH OWLS were all reported at Bombay Hook.

Hoope’s Reservoir continues to be a great spot for waterfowl. COMMON LOON and PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported there waterfowl seen included a single female REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. There is also a BALD EAGLE on nest at the reservoir. Also reported the area was PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN and singing PINE WARBLERS.

Some other waterfowl included flyover TUNDRA SWANS at Middle Run. TUNDRA SWANS was also seen on the ground at Summit Bridge.  GREATER SCAUP and RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Middle Run. LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and a female RUDDY DUCK were reported at Carousel Park near Pike Creek. HOODED MERGANSER was seen at the Route 100 ponds near Brandywine Creek State Park. WOOD DUCKS were seen at Middle Run and Dragon Run in Delaware City.

Some first signs of spring have been return of TREE SWALLOWS seen at Ashland Nature Center and Dragon Run. AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen at Coverdale Farms near Ashland Nature Center and at Brandywine Creek State Park. Hopefully those birds were nests in the area. CHIPPING SPARROW was seen at Coverdale Farms also. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS reported at Brandywine Creek. A GRAY CATBIRD was at Port Penn by the boardwalk. BROWN THRASHER was seen at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. A RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was reported in Bear. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue be seen at Woodland Park near Price Corner. AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying at Flint Woods near Centerville.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area along with a large numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL and NORTHERN SHOVELER. A single ROSS’S GOOSE was reported nearby. 75 RED BREASTED MERGANSERS and a few SURF SCOTERS reported on the Delaware Bay at Big Stone Beach. Two BROWN THRASHERS were reported along Stratham Lane at Milford Neck. Another ROSS’S GOOSE was reported along Route 36 west of Fort Saulsbury near Slaughters Beach. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was reported at Mispillion inlet. A third ROSS’S GOOSE was reported near the Logan Lane Tract off the Kitts Hummock Road.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS in breeding plumage were reported along Whitehall Neck Road, the entrance road to Bombay Hook on Saturday. There were over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus the previous reported BLACK-NECKED STILT at Raymond Pool, along with 4 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. AMERICAN BITTERN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Waterfowl reported included HORNED and PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK, and COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Eighteen WILD TURKEYS, plus WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen near the visitor center. First of spring birds included COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, TREE SWALLOW, and BROWN THRASHER.

Wild Turkeys at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

The Wilmington PEREGRINES now have three eggs on nest at the Brandywine Building. You can watch the nest site from your computer at DOSBirds.org.

Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Sharon Lynn, Diane Freebery, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sally O’Byrne, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Joe Sebastiani, Lauren Morgens, Al Guarente, Rachel Shapiro, Dan Altif, Kitt Heckscher, Chris Bennett, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin, Ian Stewart, Mike Moore, Hank Davis, Andrew Bogush, Brian Henderson, Taj Schottland, Joe Hanfman, Colin Campbell, Amy White, John Dunn, Jim Dunn, Tom Johnson, Mary Lukaszewski, 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!!!

Bufflehead at Bombay Hook NWR. Photo by Brian McCaffrey.

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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