RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 9th, 2016


Rockjumper,©Tony Disley

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 9, 2016
* DEST1612.09
	
*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
ROSS'S GOOSE
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
BLUE-WINGED TEAL
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Chukar
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Barred Owl
Short-Eared Owl
CHIMNEY SWIFT
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin
American Kestrel
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 9, 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 9th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 335 species, a new unofficial list record!

On Wednesday, and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER made a brief appearance in a yard
near Camden-Wyoming. The bird was photographed but flew off and not seen
again. There have been numerous sightings of Western species to the
mid-Atlantic area this last month, including CAVE SWALLOW, SAY'S PHOEBE and
BLACK AND GRAY WARBLER in Maryland, and TROPICAL KINGBIRD and BULLOCK'S
ORIOLE near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Also reported has been a continuing RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at a private
yard in Hockessin again. There have been numerous sightings of HUMMINGBIRDS
throughout the Tri-state area. Another RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was in Cape
May, a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was at Patuxent, Maryland and another was in
western Pennsylvania near Pittsburg, and a BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was
identified near Williamsport, PA. Keep those feeders up!

A late CHIMNEY SWIFT was seen on December 2nd at Powder Mill Square in
Greenville. The previous late record for the state was the last week of
October. A pair of late CHIMNEY SWIFTS were also reported at Brigantine NWR
in New Jersey on November 26th.

Previous reported field birds at Cartanza Road, north of Little Creek
included peak counts of 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 8 SNOW BUNTINGS with
approximately 120 HORNED LARK. Two CATTLE EGRET continue to be seen south of
Little Creek along Route 9 at the horse farm. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen
flying over Route 9 at the Dover Air Force Base on Monday evening. Two
SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at Port Mahan from the fishing pier. Also seen
was AMERICAN BITTERN past the tank farm. AMERICAN COOTS, RUUDY DUCKS, and
NORTHERN SHOVELERS have been seen in the Port Mahan impoundment. A lone
GREATER SCAUP was seen flying past on the Delaware Bay. A WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW was reported at a feeder in Cheswold. AMERICAN PIPITS and KILLDEER
were seen at Frederica, along with an AMERICAN KESTREL.

Flocks of SNOW GEESE along Raymond Neck Road at Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna included a ROSS'S GOOSE yesterday. Two GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Shearness Pool in the refuge on Sunday. A
pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL were photographed at Bear Swamp. A RING-NECKED DUCK
was found at Finis Pool. Also reported was 2 MARBLED and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT
with 38 AMERICAN AVOCETS on the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool.
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and 300
DUNLINS were seen at Bear Swamp. Two GREAT EGRETS and an AMERICAN BITTERN
were also seen at Shearness Pool. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD
DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD,
HOODED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN COOT. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, and
MERLIN were seen in the refuge. An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Allee
House. Also reported was NORTHERN BOBWHITE, WILD TURKEY, FOX SPARROW, and
EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Downstate, there were two reports of COMMON EIDER this week. A hen COMMON
EIDER was off Indian River Inlet on Saturday along with all three species of
scoter: SURF, WHITE-WINGED, and BLACK. A flock of 50 FORSTER'S TERNS at the
inletincluded a single ROYAL TERN on Sunday. Offshore were RED-THROATED and
COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, and NORTHERN GANNET. Three PURPLE SANDPIPER and
15 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the jetty, plus DUNLIN and SANDERLING. Also
seen was BRANT, LAUGHING and BONAPARTE'S GULL.

Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS continue to be seen at Burtons Island at the
North Marina near Indian River Inlet. A wave of passerines included WINTER
WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and GRAY CATBIRD. Five RUDDY TURNSTONES were
seen on the docks of the marina, plus a BONAPARTE'S GULL. 

A CACKLING GOOSE continues to be seen on Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach.
Seven RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES have been seen at Indian Beach south of Dewey.
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER plus both LOONS and NORTHERN GANNET were seen along
the coast at Dewey Beach, 300 BRANT were seen on Rehoboth Bay. A hen COMMON
GOLDENEYE was with BUFFLEHEAD in the Rehoboth-Lewes Canal at Thompson's
Island. Both RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were also seen along
the Thompson's island trail.

Another hen COMMON EIDER was seen off the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen
State Park on Sunday with SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen near the Seaside Nature Center. Seven
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach at Herring Point.
BONAPARTE'S GULL, RED-THROATED LOON, and NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore.
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 PALM, and 30 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were found along
the Gordon's Pond Trail. GREATER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, and DUNLIN were found
at Gordon's Pond along with SNOW GOOSE and BUFFLEHEAD.

72 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton. 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS plus DUNLIN were found
at Fowler's Beach, along with a CLAPPER RAIL flushed along the path.
Waterfowl included SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and 2 PALM WARBLERS were seen in
the woods along Fowler's Beach Road plus an AMERICAN KESTREL. PINE SISKIN
was reported along Cods Road.

Cedar Creek Mill Pond along Route 30 south of Milford had over 100
RING-NECKED DUCK plus 9 PIED-BILLED GREBES and a KILLDEER. WOOD DUCK was
reported in Harbeson along with PURPLE FINCH. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was
seen coming to a feeder near Lewes.

A CHUKAR are was seen along Dutch Neck Road near the Port Penn, possibly a
release from the nearby hunt club. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen at the
Port Penn impoundments, along with TUNDRA SWAN. PINE WARBLER and
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were coming to a feeder near Augustine Creek. A single
BRANT among CANADA GEESE continues to be seen at St. Ann's Church Road
Retention Pond near Middletown. A flock of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS were on the
north side of Pea Patch Island during survey work there. Two MUTE SWANS and
a GRAY CATBIRD were found at the C& D Canal Mike Castle trail near Delaware
City.

BARRED OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were all reported at
Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. A PINE WARBLER was seen coming to a
feeder in Brookside for the second year in a row. Two RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES are coming to a feeder at Fairfield Crest, north of Newark. A
pair of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Banning Park near Newport in the
wetlands behind the pond.

A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE continues to be reported coming to the White's
feeder in Yorklyn off Center Mill Road. SAVANNAH and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
were found at Coverdale Farms off Way Road, along with NORTHERN HARRIER and
KESTREL. BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and MERLIN were seen in Ashland
Nature Center. Passerines seen there included FOX SPARROW, EASTERN BLUEBIRD,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and BROWN CREEPER.

230 RING-NECKED DUCK were counted from the Route 82 Causeway over Hoope's
reservoir. Three BUFFLEHEAD were seen among the raft of ducks. 26 HOODED
MERGANSERS were seen in Carpenter Cove. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was found at
Hillside Mill Cove. An adult BALD EAGLE was seen flying over the reservoir
and an immature RED SHOULDERED HAWK was seen along Route 82 at the
intersection with Owls Nest Road.

The flock of CANADA GEESE at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center
included 2 CACKLING GEESE, along with 11 HOODED MERGANSERS and a RUDDY DUCK.
A NORTHERN HARRIER continues be seen at the entrance road to Brandywine
Creek State Park. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported coming to a feeder
off Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Brian McCaffrey,
Debra Chiczewski, Ginny Schiavelli, Carlton Groff, Joe Freiberg, Joel
Martin, Ed Crawford, David Harrison, Diane Kane, Mike Moore, Rod Murray,
John Dunn, Mike Bowen, Amy White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard, Dick
Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bob Edelen, Ian Stewart,
Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil Thompson, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat,
Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, Joe Russell, Joe Swertinski and Jason Woods. 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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