* January 20, 2017
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 20, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (email@example.com)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
For Friday January, 20th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 160 species this week.
New this week was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE found in a yard in Newark. This is on
private property where the owners did not want birders visiting. If you live
in the Newark area, make sure your feeders are stocked and watch every dove
that visits. This is the second record of WHITE-WINGED DOVE for New Castle
County. The previous New Castle record was a specimen collected and
photographed by a dove hunter near Taylor's Bridge in September 2015. There
are also 3 records for Kent and 6 records in Sussex County.
Also in Newark, there has been a continuing pair of REDHEADS at Newark
Reservoir off Paper Mill Road along with RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP,
and COMMON MERGANSER. On Saturday, there was a flight of 300 SNOW GEESE
going over. PEREGRINE FALCON and BALD EAGLE were reported in the area.
A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was photographed coming to a feeder at the Village
of Linden Parkland in Pike Creek off Milltown Road. Also, coming to the
feeder was RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
Down the beach, 8-4 COMMON EIDERS were seen at Indian River Inlet, with 2
first-year drakes. Also seen was 80 LONG-TAILED DUCK, 40 BUFFLEHEADS plus
all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, BLACK, and SURF. BRANT, HORNED
GREBE, plus both RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON were seen at the Inlet. PURPLE
SANDPIPER was seen on the jetty with RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, and 80
SANDERLINGS. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, FORSTER'S TERN, and BONAPARTE'S GULL
was seen on Sunday. COMMON GOLDENEYE and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen at
Delaware Seashore State Park.
The previously reported EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Assawoman Wildlife
Area, in the pond north of the observation tower. A MUTE SWAN was also
present, with AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and HOODED MERGANSER. A PINE WARBLER
was reported at Wharton's Bluff near Frankfurt along Indian River Bay.
Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach continues to have a big raft of 225 CANVASBACK
plus HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. The previous reported REDHEADS at
Spring Lake were not seen this week, however LESSER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER,
RING-NECKED DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD were reported along with BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES in the pines.
The previously reported BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at the Wolfe's
Point Sewage Treatment Plant at Midway. This plant is closed on weekends,
but you can sit outside the fence and watch for the BLACK-HEADED GULL to
fly-in. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Cape Henlopen
State Park near the Seaside Nature Center. SURF SCOTER and RED-THROATED LOON
were reported off Herring Point. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and SANDERLING were
reported from The Point parking lot.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Milton was found again this week after a brief absence. The bird was seen
further north along the Observation Point Trail from its previous sighting
along the Black Farm Trail. People looking for the SHRIKE also found
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER near the headquarters buildings along with EASTERN
PHOEBE, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Waterfowl scene included TUNDRA SWAN,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, and all three species of MERGANSER, COMMON,
RED-BREASTED, and HOODED. AMERICAN KESTREL and were found in the fields
around the headquarters. LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were found at
Broadkill Marsh. Other birds reported at Prime Hook included AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER,
EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and both GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.
A group of five AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen flying up the Delaware
Bayshore at Bennett's Pier near South Bowers Beach on Saturday. Shorebirds
on the beach included 7 RED KNOT plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
SANDERLING and DUNLIN. Later, WESTERN SANDPIPER was found by people looking
for other shorebirds on Sunday. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen hunting over the
Bennett's Pier marsh. Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in Kent
County at Big Stone Beach. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen among a flock of SNOW
GEESE at Frederica.
MARBLED GODWIT, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON'S SNIPE were found at
Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A group
of 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE was again found this weekend, this time at
Raymond Pool. Also seen was CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, SHOVELER, PINTAIL,
and GREEN-WINGED TEAL with 20 HOODED and 10 COMMON MERGANSERS plus AMERICAN
COOT. The BALD EAGLE nest on the marsh side at Raymond Pool had adults
incubating eggs. An immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Night
Heron Island in Bear Swamp. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Shearness Pool.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at the feeder on private property by the
entrance gate. Owls seen included BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED and EASTERN
SCREECH OWL reported.
A REDHEAD with 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS was seen at the South Smyrna retention
pond along the entrance ramp to northbound Delaware Route 1, along with 2
GADWALLS and 12 HOODED MERGANSERS. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on
Saturday at Port Mahan. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen opposite the Little Creek
impoundments at Port Mahan. A big flock of 42 SNOW BUNTINGS with HORNED LARK
were found at Cartanza Road, north of the town of Little Creek. EASTERN
MEADOWLARK was found along the Pickering Beach Road. PINE WARBLER and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continue be seen at a feeder in Cheswold, now joined
by a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
Birders looking for rare waterfowl at Bellevue State Park in Brandywine
Hundred found 5 CACKLING GEESE among the CANADA'S, plus MERLIN and COOPER'S
HAWK. Hoopes's Reservoir continues to have big flock of 250 RING-NECKED DUCK
with 84 COMMON MERGANSERS, 5 HOODED MERGANSERS, 18 AMERICAN COOTS, plus
GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES.
LESSER SCAUP and AMERICAN COOT were found at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine
Town Center off Concord Pike. Lums Pond State Park near Glasgow at a big
flight of 45 COMMON MERGANSERS.
COMMON RAVEN was again reported this week at Alapocos Run State Park
opposite Bancroft Mills in Wilmington. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at
Ashland Nature Center along with EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BROWN CREEPER, PILEATED
WOODPECKER, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER a pair of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
were seen and heard vocalizing by the bird blind. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
this week were reported in several locations in northern New Castle County.
Sightings were at feeders in along Shipley Road in Brandywine hundred, toad
Hill in Bear, Center Mill Road near Yorklyn, and Bay Vista by Summit Bridge.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found along the entrance road to the Ashton
Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh near Port Penn. Also seen was WHITE CROWNED and
FIELD SPARROW, WINTER WREN, RUBY CROWNED KINGLET, and GRAY CATBIRD. SHOVELER
and COMMON MERGANSER with 3 BALD EAGLES were seen on the marsh. AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen on the wires along the entrance road. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON and GRAY CATBIRD were calling at dusk at the Mike Castle Trail near
Delaware Cite. Two RED-THROATED LOONS were reported at Augustine Beach,
south of Port Penn along with DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT. Silver Run in
Augustine Beach Wildlife Area had REDHEAD, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER and
RUDDY DUCK reported.
The previous reported adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at
Taylor's Bridge along Blackbird Creek. That bird was seen off Cedar Swamp
Road opposite the big white farmhouse.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Andy McGann, Frank
Marenghi, Jennifer Dwyer, John Long, Tom Roth, Jessica Howland, Chris
Bennett, Mike Moore, Andy Urquhart, Jeff Climie, Rod Murray, Don Williams,
Sean O'Connor, Gwen Moore, Debbie Beer, Adrian Binns, Christine Anderson,
Mike Galloway, Barbara Jaffee, Kitt Heckscher, Ben Graham, Tim
Schreckengost, Joel Martin, Amy and Jim White, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani,
Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa
Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell,
and Joe Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call
your reports into 302-792-9591 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!
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