RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 31st, 2017


Forest Falcon,©Dan Lane

RBA

* Delaware

* Statewide

*March 31, 2017

* DEST1703. 31

            

*Birds mentioned

Brant

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Tundra Swan

Mute Swan 

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Northern Shoveler

EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Ring-necked Pheasant

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Northern Gannet

BROWN BOOBY

Great Cormorant

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Virginia Rail

Clapper Rail

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

American Oystercatcher

American Avocet

Black-bellied Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Purple Sandpiper 

Pectoral Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Razorbill

DOVEKIE

Bonaparte's Gull

Laughing Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Iceland Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Eurasian Collared Dove 

Great Horned Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

White-eyed Vireo

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Marsh Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

American Pipit 

Louisiana Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Pine Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

PAINTED BUNTING

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Purple Finch

 

Hotline: Birdline Delaware

Date: March 31, 2017

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

 

For Friday March 31st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to exactly 200 species this week. New arrivals included SNOWY and
CATTLE EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CASPIAN TERN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and
BARN SWALLOW, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, plus YELLOW-THROATED and PRAIRIE WARBLER.

 

The previously reported male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen in
northern Delaware. This bird is being seen at 1853 Dixie Line Rd., south of
Newark. To reach this location, take Route 896 south from I-95 in Newark to
Old Baltimore Pike. Turn west onto Old Baltimore Pike and drive to the north
turn onto Dixie Line Road. The house is on the west side, look for the
feeders on the porch. This male PAINTED BUNTING makes intermittent visits to
the feeders but sometimes disappears for several hours. The homeowner has
been accommodating to birders and accepting donations of bird seed.

 

Another new bird this weekend was a BROWN BOOBY on a tugboat off Reedy Point
below Delaware City on Saturday. The bird was photographed sitting on the
railing of the Linda Morton tugboat out on the Delaware River, but
reportedly the bird flew off at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon not to be
seen again. The best place for looking for the BOOBY on the boats was from
the Reedy Point jetty. A flock of 19 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen in the
inlet on Sunday. OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, and PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at the
Reedy Point Bridge.

 

The Heron watch at Veterans Park in Delaware City on Wednesday night found
the first CATTLE EGRET and LITTLE BLUE HERONS of the season. Count totals
included 15 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 11 CATTLE EGRETS, 21 SNOWY EGRETS, 120 GREAT
EGRETS, and 12 GLOSSY IBIS. Also reported was RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, and BALD EAGLE.

 

A EURASIAN "COMMON" GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the Ashton Tract at
Thousand Acre Marsh, along with MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, COMMON MERGANSER, and AMERICAN COOTS. Birds at the Ashton Tract on
Saturday included VIRGINIA RAIL and GLOSSY IBIS. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
was reported with PINE WARBLER and WINTER WREN. The first CASPIAN TERN of
the season was found at the Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach with 2
LAUGHING GULLS. The mud flats at the Port Penn impoundments have provided
excellent habitat for shorebirds including 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with
DUNLIN, 35 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 25 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 65 WILSON'S SNIPE.
Red throated Loon was seen at AUGUSTINE BEACH. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was
seen along Dutch Neck Road. A dozen WILSON'S SNIPE plus GREEN-WINGED TEAL
were found at Grier's Pond.

 

Heading downstate, a DOVEKIE was reported at Indian River Inlet briefly on
Saturday. RAZORBILL continues to be seen at the inlet along with BLACK
SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and HORNED GREBE. GREAT
CORMORANT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, and SANDERLING were reported
on the jetty. Offshore, a big flock of NORTHERN GANNETS were seen, with an
estimated count of over 300 birds. A big flock of over 100 BRANT were seen
at Burtons Island along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, GREAT EGRET, and both
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE.

 

The first true neotropical migrants have arrived back in Delaware. New
sightings this week included LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES at Ponders Tract near
Georgetown, plus at Trap Pond State Park, and Hitch Pond Branch near Laurel.
Other WARBLERS at Trap Pond included YELLOW-THROATED, YELLOW-RUMPED, and
PINE plus CHIPPING SPARROW, WINTER WREN and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was found at Ellis Pond. Four WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
were found in the farm fields along Wooten Road, between Trap and Trussum
Pond. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was also seen at the Pete Gum Tract of the
Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and PINE WARBLER were at the Big Fields
area of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel.

 

A single EURASIAN WIGEON was found with AMERICAN WIGEON at Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. MUTE SWAN was seen at Mulberry Landing
along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL. On the ponds were 40 RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, and HORNED GREBE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, PILEATED WOODPECKER,
and PINE WARBLER were found in the woods. EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen
again this week along McCabe Street in Selbyville.

 

A pair of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were reported at feeders along coastal
Delaware. One ORANGE-CROWNED was seen at Lewes and the other was seen at Bay
Vista. Herring Creek on Angola Neck had 8 GREAT plus 4 SNOWY EGRETS along
with CLAPPER RAIL and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

 

The first SNOWY EGRET of the season was seen at Broadkill Beach along with
150 AMERICAN AVOCETS and PEREGRINE FALCON. GREAT HORNED OWL was seen nesting
on the Osprey platform at Island Farms. The first YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER of
the season was reported at Turkle Pond near Prime Hook headquarters along
WITH PINE WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE. Only WILD TURKEY was seen along Cods
Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, no PINK-FOOTED
GOOSE was reported this week. Good numbers of shorebirds are being to be
seen at Fowler's Beach including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN,
and both YELLOWLEGS. There were 5 BONAPARTE'S GULLS along with FORSTER'S
TERN reported on the flats. MARSH WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, SAVANNAH SPARROW,
and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen along the edges. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER
continues to be seen at Mispillion Inlet.

 

Over 1000 NORTHERN GANNET were reported off Fowler's Beach in Delaware Bay
on Sunday. There's been a huge influx of NORTHERN GANNET along the coast
this week with birds seen up into the Delaware Bay at SHORTS BEACH and the
DUPONT NATURE CENTER at Mispillion Inlet. 800 GANNETS were reported at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk watch in Cape Henlopen State Park. 75 GANNETS were as far
north as Little Creek Wildlife Management Area from the central tower in
Kent County.

 

Six PIPING PLOVERS were reported at The Point at Cape Henlopen along with
100 BRANT plus AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and SANDERLING. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
was seen at the Seaside Nature Center. The first PRAIRIE WARBLER of the year
was found at the north end of the Gordon's Pond Trail along with BLUEGRAY
GNATCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and 8 PINE WARBLERS. 100 SNOW
GEESE continue be seen on Gordon's Pond along with PIED-BILLED GREBE.

 

Large numbers of seabirds use the mouth of Delaware Bay as a Spring staging
ground for their northern migration, birders from the Cape May-Lewes ferry
reported 400 SURF, 600 BLACK and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS along with
RED-THROATED LOON and GANNET. In immature ICELAND GULL was seen along the
Breakwater jetty from the ferry along with BRANT BONAPARTE'S GULL, FORSTER'S
TERN, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

 

More waterfowl were reported at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area this
week including over 700 GREEN-WINGED TEAL with several BLUE-WINGED TEAL and
WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. BONAPARTE'S and
LAUGHING GULLS were seen at the impoundments. PINE WARBLER, BROWN THRASHER,
FOX SPARROW, plus RUBY -ROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were found in the
woods.

 

The first SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER of the season was found at Shearness Pool
in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. 150 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were seen at Raymond Pool. Also reported was PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON'S SNIPE. Six BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at
Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. A single ROSS'S GOOSE with SNOW GEESE was
seen at Raymond point. Both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER
SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE were
seen at Shearness Pool. Six GREAT EGRET were seen along the auto route along
with over 400 GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus 300 NORTHERN SHOVELER. The first
WHITE-EYED VIREO the season was seen behind Finis Pool along Raymond Neck
Road. Four AMERICAN KESTRELS were reported along the Smyrna-Leipsic Road.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen this week at the feeders by the Bombay Hook
visitor center. WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS were also reported in Cheswold and
Smyrna. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also found at this latter location.

 

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were reported at Ashland Nature Center and
Hoope's Reservoir. Two male PURPLE FINCH were seen Wednesday at the bird
blind at Ashland along with RUSTY BLACKBIRD. WOOD DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER,
and OSPREY was seen flying over Red Clay Creek. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was
reported at the White's feeder along Center Mill Road. Waterfowl reported at
Hoope's Reservoir included 2 LESSER SCAUP along the Route 82 Causeway. Other
waterfowl included BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON, WOOD DUCK,
and PIED-BILLED GREBE. 

 

Three REDHEADS included two drakes were reported at Newark Reservoir. A male
LONG-TAILED DUCK was also reported along with COMMON MERGANSER. This area is
also a good place to see migrating raptors including RED SHOULDERED HAWK and
MERLIN. Two PURPLE Martins were seen it Glasgow. A BARN SWALLOW was seen
with a flock of TREE SWALLOWS at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on
Saturday. There was also an incredible count of 214 WOOD DUCK flying out of
the Horseshoe Pond at Middle Run Saturday morning along with GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, COMMON MERGANSER, and flyover KILLDEER. BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE
continues to be reported at Middle Run this week along with YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, CHIPPING and FOX SPARROW plus a flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. TUNDRA
SWAN was seen flying over at the University of Delaware ag farm. Seven
WILSON'S SNIPE were found at the pond. Three PINE WARBLERS plus BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continue be coming to a feeder in
Brookside, south of Newark. BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE continues to be seen also
at the Summit bridge area of the C&D canal zone. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was
reported at Lums Pond State Park. GREAT EGRET and RUDDY DUCK were found on
Lums Pond.

 

A single CANVASBACK and HORNED GREBE were found at Harry's Pond at the
Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. GREEN-WINGED TEAL and COMMON
MERGANSER were found at Brandywine Creek State Park. OSPREY and NORTHERN
HARRIER was seen flying over the fields by the entrance to the park. WOOD
DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER were also found at Breck's Mill along the
Brandywine Creek. The PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Wilmington are now
incubating five eggs from their nest box on the Brandywine building
overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Judy Montgomery,
Teddy Burke, Dane Hauser, Sally Fintel, Marie Dziembowska, Jason Wood, Kurt
Davis, Barry blust, Zach Baer, Richard Julian, Chris Bennett, Anthony
Gonzon, Colin Campbell, Dean Coffin, Marie Gardner, Brian McCaffrey, Keith
Leonard, David Fees, Terry Chike, Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin,
Nancy Cunningham, Bob Edelen, 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, Hank Davis, John Skibicki, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Rachel Shapiro, Nancy Goggin, 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
 ednieap@verizon.net. Until next week, this is
Andy Ednie wishing you good birding! 

 

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