*March 17, 2017
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 17, 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 March 17th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. Happy St Patrick's Day everybody, while the
official bird of Ireland is the Lapwing, the unofficial bird of St Patrick's
Day is the Guinness Swallow. The new unofficial Delaware year list increased
to 183 species this week.
The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen last Saturday, but the
flock of Snow Geese it was associated with was spooked by a BALD EAGLE and
everything flew off to the west. Luckily, the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and the
flock of SNOW GEESE retuned and was seen on Thursday and today. The flock
was seen along Cods Road, just north of the intersection with Prime Hook
Beach Road. Also along Cods Road in the wet field were 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
(the first of the year!) with KILLDEER and WILSON'S SNIPE. GREATER and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Thirteen Curves Road. Waterfowl seen included
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a female COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER,
RUDDY DUCK and TUNDRA SWAN. A flock of 26 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at
Broadkill Beach Road. A PINE WARBLER was photographed at Deep Branch Road.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SANDERLING were seen at the
DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet near Slaughter's Beach.
The snowstorm that rocked the state on Tuesday brought a plethora of unusual
sightings at feeders through the state. The most unusual was a male PAINTED
BUNTING that appeared at a feeder in the south Newark area. This was the
second sighting of this bird in the area, but is not a regular feeder
visitor. Birders in the area should be watching thickets were the PAINTED
BUNTING may be lurking. Also reported were 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at
feeders, one in the Middletown area and the other was in Lewes. Two PINE
WARBLERS were coming to a feeder in Brookside, near Newark, along with
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Large
numbers FOX SPARROWS were seen at feeders in Claymont, Brandywine Hundred,
Fairfield Crest in Newark, Smyrna, Dover, and Harbeson. A CHIPPING SPARROW
was at a feeder in Bear. A flock of 20 EASTERN TOWHEES were hungrily
foraging berries off shrubs at front of the Hockessin library on Wednesday
evening. A PURPLE FINCH was reported at Deerhurst in Brandywine Hundred.
At Ashland Nature Center, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was coming to the bird blind
feeders, along with FOX SPARROW. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard singing at
the sledding hill. COMMON MERGANSER was seen along the Red Clay Creek. A red
phase EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was poking out of a wood duck box by the marsh.
KILLDEER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PILEATED WOODPECKER
were also reported. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen walking across the parking
lot at Ashland this morning. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at Middle
Run Natural Area near Newark on Monday evening before the snowstorm. There
was also a calling GREAT HORNED OWL. RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, and EASTERN PHOEBE were seen this week.
A pair of REDHEADS were seen on Newark Reservoir this week, along with
AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS. RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK were seen at Hoopes'
Reservoir, along with a calling BARRED OWL. A pair of COMMON MERGANSERS were
on the ponds along the White Clay Creek Golf Course at Delaware Park in
Stanton. A peak count of 16 WOOD DUCKS were reported at the Peterson Urban
Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. Six breeding plumage GREAT CORMORANTS were
seen on the green channel marker along the Delaware River off Governor
Printz Blvd. in Claymont.
OSPREYS were seen at the mouth of Shellpot Creek off Hay Road in Wilmington
and at Lum's Pond State Park in New Castle Co.. There were also reports from
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna and at Keybox Road in
Delaware Seashore State Park. BALD EAGLES were seen nesting on the on the
cellphone tower above Ellmore's Auto Repair, Governor Print Blvd in
Edgemoor, along I-495 in New Castle, and at Churchman's Marsh. The nest
opposite Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook was blown down during the storm but
there is no word yet on the fate of the nestlings.
40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Lums Pond State Park, along with WILD
TURKEY and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. A WILSON'S SNIPE was photographed at
Glasgow Park off Route 40. GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Mike Castle trail
along the C&D Canal. 10 GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Canal Pond off Cox
Neck Road near Delaware City, along with WOOD DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER.
BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at Dragon Run, along with GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
SHOVELER, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus more
GREAT EGRETS. AMERICAN KESTREL and TREE SWALLOWS were reported flying over
WILSON'S SNIPE was also seen at Grier's Pond off Dutch Neck Road in Thousand
Acre Marsh. EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Ashton Tract. LESSER YELLOWLEGS
and SNIPE were seen at the Port Penn impoundments, with 250 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL. A pair of LESSER SCAUP were seen off Augustine Beach on Sunday.
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying yesterday evening at the Baxter Tract off
Route 9 near Odessa. There is still lots of waterfowl at Hangman's Creek
near Stave's Landing Road, south of Odessa, including TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK and AMERICAN COOT.
At Bombay Hook, AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen at Raymond Pool along
with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. WILSON'S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. A
GREAT EGRET and BARRED OWL were found at Finis Pool. Waterfowl seen included
TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK plus COMMON, RED-BREASTED and
HOODED MERGANSER. Over 100 AMERICAN COOTS were at Shearness Pool, along with
a PIED-BILLED GREBE. SAVANNAH, FOX and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported,
along with WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Other
raptors included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON and an AMERICAN
KESTREL seen along Whitehall Neck Road.
A BARN OWL was reported this evening calling over a yard outside of Smyrna.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were in a yard near
Cheswold. A female PURPLE FINCH was photographed at a feeder near
Camden-Wyoming. LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were seen off Port Mahon, along
with RUDDY DUCK. DUNLIN was along the shoreline. BLUE-WINGED TEAL and WOOD
DUCKS were at Frederica. KILLDEER and WILSON'S SNIPE were found in the
field. Also seen was an EASTERN PHOEBE.
The first PIPING PLOVER of the season was seen at The Point at Cape Henlopen
State Park. NORTHERN GANNET, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON, plus SURF SCOTER
were seen offshore. BROWN-HEADED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were at the
Seaside Nature Center, along with EASTERN PHOEBE, PINE WARBLER, CHIPPING and
FOX SPARROW. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Gordon's
Pond, along with a GREAT HORNED OWL that continues to be seen nesting on an
A RAZORBILL continues to be seen off Indian River Inlet, along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and BLACK SCOTER. An ICELAND and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the jetty, along with PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE and SANDERLING. A TRICOLORED HERON continues to be seen at
Burton's Island behind the north marina, along with both PIED-BILLED and
HORNED GREBES. There is a very large flock of 450 BRANT in the area, seen at
the inlet and Savage's Ditch.
A few CANVASBACK were seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach over the
weekend. The REDHEADS at Spring Lake near Dewey Beach were not reported this
week. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, PINE WARBLER and HERMIT THRUSH were reported at
Thompson's Island. PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER with 38
BUFFLEHEADS were seen at West Bay Park on Angola Neck.
EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE continues to be seen in Selbyville. EASTERN PHOEBE,
PINE WARBLER and CHIPPING SPARROW were art Redden Forest near Georgetown. A
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was visiting a feeder at Woodland Ferry near Seaford.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Derek Stoner, Colin
Campbell, Lana Glass, Robin Irizary, Marie Gardner, Brian McCaffrey,
Carlton Groff, Keith Leonard, David Fees, Debbie Beer, Adrian Binns, Terry
Chike, Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin, Nancy Cunningham, Rob Blye,
Jason Wood, John Long, Dick Plambeck, Mike Moore, Joe Sebastiani, Phil
Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Bill
Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg,
John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Rachel Shapiro, Nancy
Goggin, Ian Stewart, Tim Freiday, Frank Lenik, Joe Russell, and Joe
Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!
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