*December 16, 2016
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 16, 2016
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, December 16th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
remains at 335 species.
The recent cold snap as broad several lingering species to feeders. Last
weekend, a NASHVILLE WARBLER was photographed to a feeder off Shipley Road
in Brandywine Hundred, joined by a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE. A female
BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen coming to a feeder at Little Falls Village off
Centerville Road. Downstate, a pair of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen in
the beach one was at Bay Vista while the other was seen at a feeder west of
Lewes. Also at the beach was a PALM WARBLER at Burton's Island in Delaware
Seashore State Park, along with BROWN THRASHER and FOX SPARROW. Both
RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, 35 BUFFLEHEADS, and BONAPARTE'S GULL were seen
at the North Marina.
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BRANT, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HORNED GREBE, BUFFLEHEAD, and all
three species of scoter including 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at Indian
River Inlet. NORTHERN GANNET, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON were seen
offshore. Four PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the jetty with RUDDY TURNSTONE
and SANDERLING. FORSTER'S TERN and BONAPARTE'S GULL were seen flying in the
inlet, plus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the beach. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was
found in the pines and there was a flyover BALD EAGLE. Up the coast at
Conquest Road in Delaware Seashore State Park was NORTHERN GANNET,
RED-THROATED LOON, and HORNED GREBE.
The first CANVASBACKS of the season arrived at Silver Lake and Rehoboth
Beach along with HOODED MERGANSER, GREATER and LESSERSCAUP, 2 RUDDY DUCKS,
and 40 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and BELTED
KINGFISHER was seen at Thompson's Island. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen
coming to a feeder in Old Landing. WOOD DUCK was reported in Harbeson.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, and HERMIT THRUSH were seen in the yard.
A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported in a yard near Red Mill Pond.
An immature male COMMON EIDER was seen off Cape Henlopen State Park with a
flock of SURF SCOTERS. BRANT was seen off Fort Miles, plus flyby
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. 2000 SNOW GEESE, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and 13
GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen at Gordon's Pond, along with 2 BALD EAGLES.
SAVANNAH SPARROWS and flyover AMERICAN PIPITS were also reported. SURF
SCOTERS were seen off Whiskey Beach. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES continue be
reported in the pines by the Seaside Nature Center.
Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford had WHITE-BREASTED and 3 RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES, along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER
WREN, RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 4 FOX SPARROWS and EASTERN
TOWHEE. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was also seen in yard in Seaford. A flight
of 500 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen going over on Saturday evening.
There was a peak count of 25 SNOW BUNTINGS and 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS with 140
HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near Little Creek off Route 9. NORTHERN HARIER,
AMERICAN KESTREL and COOPER'S HAWK were seen hunting over the fields. Two
CATTLE EGRETS continue be seen at the horse paddock south of Little Creek. A
late LINCOLN'S SPARROW along with CHIPPING and SAVANNAH SPARROW, PALM and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and AMERICAN PIPIT were seen at Frederica. A
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW continues to visit a feeder in Cheswold. Eight DOUBLE
CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen on Silver Lake in Dover with 5 BLACK VULTURE
A flock of 30 KILLDEERS and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen at the boat ramp
parking lot at the end of the Port Mahan Road. BLACK SCOTER was seen on
Delaware Bay. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying into the marsh opposite
Little Creek. Two SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Port Mahan fishing pier.
EASTERN SCREECH OWL was reported at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Both single LONG-EARED and SHORT-EARED OWL were found at Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week, along with BARRED, EASTERN
SCREECH, and GREAT HORNED OWL. A BARN OWL was reported in Leipsic. Even
after the cold snap there were still 9 AMERICAN AVOCETS on Raymond Pool. Two
MARBLED GODWITS were seen opposite Shearness Pool on Sunday, along with
PIED-BILLED GREBE and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. A WILLET was seen on
Tuesday. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, and
WILSON'S SNIPE were seen at Bear Swamp. Four BLUE-WINGED TEAL made a brief
appearance at Finis Pool. Other waterfowl included MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN,
CACKLING GOOSE, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. A late GREAT EGRET was
seen at Big Woods Pond. NORTHERN BOBWHITE and PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen
by Finis Pool, MARSH WREN was seen at Raymond Dike, EASTERN PHOEBE, GRAY
CATBIRD, FOX and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen in the woods on the north side
of Bear Swamp.
A bird originally reported as a female TUFTED DUCK at the Aquatic Center in
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area along Route 9 is now believed to be an immature
male GREATER SCAUP after review of photos. Key here was the black on the tip
of the bill. Also seen were 9 RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, WILSON'S SNIPE, and a
late GREAT EGRET.
BARRED OWLS were also reported this week at Hopkin's Bridge in White Clay
Creek State Park near Newark and at Coverdale Farms near Yorklyn. A dark
phase RED-TAILED HAWK of the northern subspecies "abieticola" was reported
at Ashland Nature Center where it has been seen for several weeks now, also
seen was flyover BALD EAGLE. Birds at Ashland included YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER, WINTER WREN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and both
SWAMP and FIELD SPARROW. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE continues be seen at the
White's feeder along Center Mill Road in Yorklyn.
AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. BELTED
KINGFISHER and CEDAR WAXWING were seen by the Middle Run Pond Complex off
Paper Mill Road. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen flying over the University of
Delaware farm, along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. SAPSUCKER and FOX SPARROW
were seen at White Clay Creek. The cold weather pushed a GREAT BLUE HERON
into a retention pond and the Country Creek development near Newark.
Two COMMON RAVENS were seen with a flock of crows at Lums Pond State Park on
Saturday. On the pond was BUFFLEHEAD and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. RING-NECKED
DUCK was seen on Becks Pond in Bear. A pair of AMERICAN WIGEON and GADWALL
and Broad Dike Marsh in New Castle behind the George Reed Middle School. Six
KILLDEER were seen at Battery Park along with CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER. A
high count of 250 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Hoope's Reservoir near
Greenville, along with BLACK DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and both COMMON and
Once an uncommon species in Delaware, there's been any interesting increase
in the numbers of HOODED MERGANSERS reported in Delaware. Upstate, only 5
HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Hoope's Reservoir during the 1964 census.
This week, a flock of 28 HOODED MERGANSERS continue be seen on Hoopes's
Reservoir off the Route 82 Causeway. HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Harry's
Pond at the Brandywine Town Center and on the water hazard along the
Beiderman golf course off Adams Dam Road. A single female was seen at the
end of the South Jetty at Indian River Inlet on Saturday. Seven drakes and
23 females were on the pond at the Woods on Herring Creek off Angola Neck.
Three HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Port Mahan on Saturday. MERGANSERS were
also seen on Blair's Pond near Milford. A high count of 33 HOODED MERGANSERS
were seen on Bear Swamp and 12 at Big Woods Pond at Bombay Hook.
There was a HORNED GREBE at Augustine Beach near Port Penn this morning.
PIED-BILLED GREBE and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were seen on Saturday and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Wednesday WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported at
the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh along with COOPER'S HAWK. Two HORNED
GREBES were also at the Delaware City waterfront today by ABA Headquarters.
Nine MUTE SWANS were seen along the Mike Castle Trail in the Canal Zone.
BRANT and SNOW GOOSE were seen on the St. Ann's Church Road retention pond
Christmas count season has begun, hope to see you all out in the field.
Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Bill Hicks, John
Long, Gina Sheridan, Marie Gardner Andy McGann, Jane Henderson, Bert Filmyr,
Mike Rosengarten, Linda Dempsey, Jessica Shahan, Brian McCaffrey, Kitt
Heckscher, Ginny Schiavelli, Carlton Groff, Joel Martin, Rod Murray, John
Dunn, Mike Bowen, Amy and Jim White, Keith Leonard, Dick Plambeck, Chris
Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bob Edelen, Bill Stewart, Steve Graff, Phil
Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg,
Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Rich Clifton,
Racheal Shapiro, John Skibicki, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, Colin Campbell, Joe Swertinski and Jason Wood. Remember, the
birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you
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