*February 10, 2017
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 10, 2017
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
For Friday February 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 167 species this week.
A peak count of 4 RAZORBILLS were reported at Indian River Inlet, along with
a DOVEKIE briefly on Sunday. A single RED-NECKED GREBE plus HORNED GREBES
were seen offshore with NORTHERN GANNET, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED and
COMMON LOONS. LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTER with 80 BUFFLEHEADS
were reported at the Inlet. PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and
SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 7 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were reported on the beach along with BALD EAGLE. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON plus 300 BRANT and HOODED MERGANSER were found at Burton's Island. Two
more RAZORBILLS were found at Tower Road in Delaware Seashore State Park on
Wednesday. 16 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Indian River Bay from
Quillen's Point off Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View, along with KILLDEER and
35 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE. 275 BRANT were seen on Indian River Bay, along with
45 BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are now being reported all three counties in
Delaware. This week, a single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Block
House Pond behind Beebe Hospital in Lewes off Savannah Road. Another
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Milton with a CACKLING and several hundred SNOW GEESE. Eight WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE continue be seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
In New Castle County, 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Levels Road Pond
off St. Ann's Church Road, south of Middletown.
Back in Sussex County, the previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to
be seen at the Wolfe's Point sewage treatment plant behind Midway, between
Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. 225 CANVASBACK were seen on Silver Lake in
Rehoboth. HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK was seen at Spring Lake
condominiums off Route 1 near Dewey Beach.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area with 125 AMERICAN
WIGEONS, plus MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER
SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A MARSH WREN was found along the
pond edge. AMERICAN PIPIT was heard flying over. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and
EASTERN BLUEBIRD were found in the woods.
A flock of over 100 SNOW BUNTINGS continues be seen at the point at Cape
Henlopen State Park. Five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen from Herring
Point. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, and 30
GANNETS were seen offshore. FOX SPARROW, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH were seen coming to the feeders at the Seaside Nature Center.
Gordon's Pond, north of Rehoboth had AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, and BUFFLEHEADS.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported coming to a yard near at Bay Vista
near Rehoboth on Tuesday. PURPLE FINCH was found at landing near Lewes.
White breasted NUTHATCH and BROWN THRASHER were found at the Canal Pointe
development in West Rehoboth. PINE WARBLER was reported at a feeder at
Wharton's Bluff near Dagsboro.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Fowler's Beach at dusk at Prime Hook. Four
AMERICAN WOODCOCK and two GREAT HORNED OWLS were found at Little Neck
Wildlife Area along the Prime Hook Beach Road. Eight AMERICAN AVOCETS were
seen at the Broadkill Marsh on Sunday, along with GREATER SCAUP off
Broadkill Beach. AMERICAN WIGEON, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD,
and HOODED MERGANSER were seen off the Observation Point Trail near Prime
Hook headquarters, along with an AMERICAN KESTREL.
Four AMERICAN AVOCETS and a MARBLED GODWIT were reported at Raymond Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN,
and WILSON'S SNIPE were reported at Bear Swamp. AMERICAN WOODCOCK continue
be found calling by headquarters in the early morning. A SHORT-EARED OWL was
seen flying opposite Raymond Pool on Sunday. BARRED OWL was reported at
Finis Pool, along with GRAY CATBIRD. Raptors seen included MERLIN, PEREGRINE
FALCON, and BALD EAGLE. Waterfowl scene included TUNDRA SWAN, CACKLING
GOOSE, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, PINTAIL, SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and
COMMON MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK.
BARN OWL was found along the Port Mahan Road. A red phase EASTERN SCREECH
OWL was found in a wood duck box Little Creek. EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN
THRASHER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER were found on private gameland near Kitts
Hummock. Waterfowl found included AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and
BUFFLEHEAD. Tub Mill Pond near Milford had two RING-NECKED DUCK plus TUNDRA
SWAN, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen at Bay Vista, Angola Neck, Wharton's Bluff
and Broadkill Beach. RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH reported
coming to a feeder near Camden-Wyoming. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were also
found in Northern Delaware at Glasgow, Newark, Yorklyn, Brandywine Hundred,
and the Ashton Tract near Port Penn. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported
at Lums Pond, Yorklyn, and Middle Run near Newark. A PINE WARBLER was seen
coming to a feeder near Port Penn. The previous reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE
continues to come to a feeder at the Village of Linden Parkland off Milltown
Road in west Wilmington.
COMMON RAVEN was also reported flying over Middle Run along with WOOD DUCK
and COMMON MERGANSER BARRED OWL continues be found in the Middle Run Valley.
Land birds included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN
THRASHER, and FOX SPARROW. Another BARRED OWL was reported at Christine
Manor near Newark along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
was seen at Coverdale Farms near Ashland Nature Center.
A MUTE SWAN was found on Hoopes's Reservoir near Greenville. Other waterfowl
included AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. Four PIED-BILLED GREBES and 25 AMERICAN COOT found at the
Hillside Mill Cove. BARRED OWL continues to be calling along the Hillside
Mill Road. 15 HOODED MERGANSERS and 60 RING-NECKED DUCKS plus a COOT was
found at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. Five
CACKLING GOOSE continue be seen among the CANADA GEESE at Bellevue State
Park in Brandywine Hundred.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was photographed near Churchman's Marsh on private lands
along the White Clay Creek, along with two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. A flock of 28
COMMON MERGANSERS plus RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER were seen at
the White Clay Creek White Clay Creek Golf Course at Delaware Park. A BROWN
THRASHER was reported Woodlands Park near Prices Corner.
A female EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered with over hundred AMERICAN WIGEON at
Hangman's Creek along Stave's Landing. Waterfowl there included 150
RING-NECKED DUCK, 25 RUDDY DUCK, plus TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, PINTAIL,
SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. Four BALD EAGLES were
reported along Stave's Landing Road along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK. At the
nearby Odessa water treatment plant was PIED BILLED GREBE plus 170
RING-NECKED DUCK, two LESSER SCAUP, along with BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER
and RUDDY DUCK. Two COMMON GOLDENEYE were found along Route 9 at the
Appoquinmink Creek bridge. HORNED GREBE was found at the Silver Run bridge.
Two RED-THROATED LOONS were found at the pumphouse along Route 9 at
An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at Grier's Pond along Dutch Neck Road on
Thursday during the snowstorm. Six PIED-BILLED GREBES and AMERICAN COOT were
found at Thousand Acre Marsh. Lots of waterfowl have now returned to the
Ashton Tract off Thorntown Road. Highlights there included RING-NECKED DUCK,
COMMON MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus 500
NORTHERN PINTAILS with SHOVELER and AMERICAN WIGEON. Also reported was
KILLDEER, MERLIN, and six BALD EAGLES. The woodlands at the Ashton Tract
produced GRAY CATBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, along with FOX, WHITE CROWNED,
and CHIPPING SPARROW.
Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen flying along the Delaware River at
Delaware City waterfront. Three COMMON LOONS were found at Fort DuPont along
with CATBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Two MUTE SWANS plus
4 WOOD DUCK were found at Dragon Run marsh along with GADWALL, WIGEON,
SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED and a RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER. An EASTERN PHOEBE was found on the south side of Lums Pond along
with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, John Hoyt, Will
McPhail, Steve Graff, Nancy Cunningham, Nancy Goggin, Rob Blye, Susie Ball,
Tom Roth, Teddy Burke, Jason Wood, John Long, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore,
Sean O'Connor, Christine Anderson, Joel Martin, Amy, James and Jim White,
Joe Sebastiani, Dave Mellow, Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald
and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Chuck Brandt, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa
Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Sue Gruver, Hank Davis, Tim Freiday, Elizabeth Day, Frank Lenik,
Desiree Narango, Joe Russell, and Joe Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline
needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
email@example.com. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
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