RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 2nd, 2016


Owl

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 2, 2016
* DEST1612.02
	
*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Redhead
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 2, 2016
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, December 2nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 334 species, which ties the previous unofficial list record.

This week there's been a pair of hummingbirds found New Castle County. A
hummingbird identified as a RUBY-THROATED was banded at a feeder near
Hockessin and a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was banded near Middletown. Both of these
birds were on private property that are not accepting visitors, but keep
those feeders up because there are rare hummingbirds in the area! A
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also seen at the Hockessin site. 

Also new this week was 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS found at Cartanza Road near
Little Creek. A large flock of HORNED LARK also included 4 SNOW BUNTINGS. A
big flock of SNOW GEESE was also in the area. On Sunday, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS
were seen at Cartanza Road. Nearby, at the horse pasture south of Little
Creek on Route 9 were 5 CATTLE EGRETS. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along
the Port Mahan Road. Along the Pickering Beach Road were YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, FOX SPARROWS, and 14 EASTERN TOWHEE. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was
seen in Camden-Wyoming. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported in Frederica. 

HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWITS were again reported at Shearness Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Those birds were seen with
approximately 330 AMERICAN AVOCETS and 100 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Other
shorebirds reported included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN and LEAST
SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Good numbers of both LESSER and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS are still being seen. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING
GOOSE were seen from the Shearness Tower over the weekend, but have not been
reported since. Waterfowl included TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying over the
impoundments along with a peak count of 12 BALD EAGLES. Three late GREAT
EGRETS were seen. Birds found in the early morning included AMERICAN
WOODCOCK and BARRED OWL. 12 NORTHERN BOBWHITE were also seen.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Mike Castle trail along the C&D
canal off Cox Neck Road near Delaware City. This bird was seen in the brush
by the parking lot at the gate to the dirt road. Also seen were EASTERN
BLUEBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and CEDAR WAXWING. GRAY CATBIRD was also seen at
Grier's Pond near Thousand Acre Marsh. Five GREAT EGRETS were seen at the
Ashton Tract. A single BRANT was seen among CANADA GEESE at the St. Anne's
Church Road retention pond, south of Middletown. Four RUDDY DUCKS were also
seen on the pond and EASTERN MEADOWLARK was in the fields.

COMMON RAVENS continue be reported Northern Delaware, mostly from their
stronghold in at Ashland Nature Center near Yorklyn. Recently, there've been
reports from Alapocos Woods and a new location at Harry's Pond at the
Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. Also, Harry's Pond had 2
RING-NECKED DUCK, 12 HOODED MERGANSER, 2 RUDDY DUCK and a DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. A REDHEAD was seen among BLACK DUCK on Hoopes's Reservoir near
Centreville from the Route 82 Causeway. Also reported were 100 RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Two COMMON MERGANSERS
were seen along the Christiana River from I-95.

A rare VESPER SPARROW was found at Ashland Nature Center's hawk watch on
Monday and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at Ashland on Thursday. HERMIT
THRUSH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE were also
reported. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES continues to come to the White's feeder on
Center Mill Rd., near Yorklyn. A nice group of raptors Brandywine Creek
State Park included BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, COOPER'S HAWK, and MERLIN,
plus EASTERN SCREECH-OWL. Also seen were PILEATED WOODPECKER and a female
PURPLE FINCH.  PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen in Claymont for only the
second time in 20 years. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to come to feeders
in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road.

A SAW-WHET OWL was found at Middle Run Natural Area near trail marker 10 in
the predawn hours on Monday along with GREAT HORNED OWL and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK. A flyover HORNED LARK was found at Middle Run, plus BROWN
THRASHER, BLUEBIRD, and SAPSUCKER. A PALM WARBLER was found in the middle
wetlands at the University of Delaware farm with KILLDEER and RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found by Townsend Hall. Another
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was found today coming to a feeder in Brookside near
Newark

NELSON'S and SALTMARSH SPARROWS plus MARSH WREN continue to be found at
Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. SURF and
BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-THROATED LOON were seen
at Fowler's. Shorebirds fouond included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A flock of 230 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were found at Broadkill Beach marsh along with HOODED MERGANSER and
BUFFLEHEAD.

BLACK and SURF SCOTER were seen at Indian River Inlet, along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN GANNET, and SANDERLING. BONAPARTE'S GULL and
FORSTER'S TERNS were seen in the inlet. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the
marsh by the South campground along with SEASIDE, NELSON'S and SALTMARSH
SPARROW, and PALM WARBLER plus a calling CLAPPER RAIL. 120 BRANT were seen
at the South Marina. Today, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found on the
Burton's Island Trail with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and
FOX SPARROW. 

A CACKLING GOOSE was still being seen on Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach
along with HOODED MERGANSER. MUTE SWAN was reported at Assawoman Wildlife
Area, along with AMERICAN WIGEON GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
AMERICAN COOT, plus HOODED and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. Three BALD EAGLES were
seen in the area, plus KINGFISHER and 5 BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES.

A flock of 30 SNOW BUNTINGS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen at The
Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, and COMMON LOON was seen on the water. 30 AMERICAN PIPIT were
seen flying over. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in the
pine trees.
 
Also downstate, PURPLE FINCH was seen at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach. A
RUSTY BLACKBIRD was photographed near Harleson. A PALM WARBLER was found in
a yard near Hollyville along Route 5, west of Lewes. 

The Delaware Hawk Watch season came to a close this week. Ashland Nature
Center had 9 BALD EAGLES yesterday, for a total of 440 for the season. Cape
Henolpen Hawk watch had 10 BALD EAGLES on Sunday for 409 for the season. Who
would believe you would see that many BALD EAGLES in a season about 40 years
ago! A GOLDEN EAGLE and MERLIN were seen at Ashland on Monday. There were
migrating RING-BILLED GULLS and GREAT BLUE HERONS seen this week. Cape
Henlopen had LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GANNETS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and
COMMON MERGANSER this week. PINE SISKIN was seen on Saturday and 20 SNOW
BUNTINGS were at the hawk watch on Monday. The last PEREGRINE FALCON was
reported as the storm approached on Tuesday at Cape Henlopen. Thanks for
another great season!

And thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen,
Mike Smith, Amy O'Neil, Al Guarente, Wayne Longbottom, Andrew Bogush,
Shannon Modla, Alex Wiebe, Amy White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard,
Christine Stevens, Dick Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bob
Edelen, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil
Thompson, Hank Davis, Joe Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken
Wat, Frank Lenik, Alissa Kegelman, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, Joe Swertinski and Colin Campbell. Special thanks to our two hawk
counters, Hannah Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. 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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