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Golden-backed Mountain Tanager,©BirdQuest

3 May Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (5/3) [Derek Stoner ]
2 May Prime Hook today--scarlet tanager, orioles, vireos, ovenbirds and chat [Vince Gambal ]
2 May Spring is sprung [Colin Campbell ]
2 May Redden Forest HQ Georgetown ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
2 May International Migratory Bird Day with Jeff Gordon on May 14 [Alice Mohrman ]
2 May Alapocas State Park - DOS Field Trip May 3 [Michael A Smith ]
1 May Re: Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City [Jerald ]
1 May Re: Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City [Michael Moore ]
1 May Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City [Gerry Teig ]
1 May statewide highlights - 4/30 [Billy Weber ]
30 Apr Big Stay @ Ashton Tract Tomorrow! [Bill Stewart ]
30 Apr DOS Field Trip - Lums Pond State Park, Apr 30, 2016 [Bob Strahorn ]
30 Apr Rose breasted grosbeaks at CHSP nature center feeder [Vince Gambal ]
29 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 29th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
29 Apr Re: Gray catbirds arriving early? [Brian Kushner ]
29 Apr Re: Gray catbirds arriving early? [Brian Henderson ]
29 Apr Re: Gray catbirds arriving early? [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
29 Apr Gray catbirds arriving early? [Bob Bryant ]
29 Apr Re: Catbirds!! [Joan Wheeler ]
29 Apr Big Beaks at Cape Henlopen ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
28 Apr Abbott's Mill, Milford: April 28, 2016:Bird Sightings [Alice Mohrman ]
28 Apr Re: DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - last Sunday [DEAN ]
28 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeaks [ ]
28 Apr A few nice birds [David and Joy Peters ]
28 Apr Blue Grosbeak [Katharine Boyd ]
28 Apr Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Bear [Joan Wheeler ]
28 Apr Re: Chipping Sparrow [Debora A Jarrell ]
27 Apr Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park, Saturday, April 30th [Andrew Ednie ]
27 Apr 5 Red Knots at Mispillion - Wed. 4/27 [Bill Stewart ]
27 Apr Catbirds!! ["Sarah L." ]
27 Apr Re: Chipping Sparrow ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
27 Apr Chipping Sparrow ["Sarah L." ]
27 Apr Warblers in Glasgow, DE [Joan Wheeler ]
27 Apr Re: Rose-breated grosbeak in Bear [Joan Wheeler ]
27 Apr DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip (Saturday 4/30) [Bob Strahorn ]
27 Apr Rose-breated grosbeak in Bear [Mariano Mazal ]
27 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Bear [Mariano Mazal ]
26 Apr Middle Run Birding Walk 4/26/16 [Tim Freiday ]
26 Apr Re: Some good new birds in our yard in Lewes [Mary Lukaszewski ]
26 Apr Some good new birds in our yard in Lewes [Bill Fintel ]
26 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Apr 2016) 10 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Apr Cape Henlopen Tuesday April 26 Bird walk ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
26 Apr Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo [Thomas Beal ]
26 Apr Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (4/26) [Derek Stoner ]
25 Apr Sorry, Test message to Tyler Bell, Admin [Bill Stewart ]
25 Apr Delaware Bird-A-Thon starts in 5 days!! [Bill Stewart ]
25 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2016) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Apr Yellow-billed Cuckoo [Chuck Fullmer ]
24 Apr White clay creek birds [Megan Kasprzak ]
23 Apr Warblers at Cape Henlopen ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
22 Apr Franklin Street, Wilmington ["sally o'byrne" ]
22 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 22nd, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
22 Apr Re: Hummer arrival [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
22 Apr Hummer arrival [Diane Freebery ]
22 Apr Chimney Swifts [John Hoyt ]
22 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2016) 26 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Apr Re: April 20 Ruff update-Bombay Hook [Ken Wat ]
22 Apr Spring has Sprung [David and Joy Peters ]
22 Apr April 20 Ruff update-Bombay Hook [Walter Gura ]
21 Apr DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - Sunday April 24 [Anthony Gonzon ]
21 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird in NCC [ ]
21 Apr Abbott's Mill, Milford, Bird Sightings 4/21/16 [Alice Mohrman ]
21 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2016) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Apr Weird Goose [susan ruth marengo ]
21 Apr Tricolored Heron @ Port Penn Impoundments [ ]
20 Apr Possible Ruff (?) at Bombay Hook [Walter Gura ]
20 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Apr 2016) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Apr Tuesday morning 4/19/16 White Clay Creek State Park bird list ["Sullivan, Kathleen N. (DNREC)" ]
19 Apr Ashton Tract Perusal [ ]
19 Apr Middle Run Bird Walk: Wood Thrush, Prairie Warbler, House Wrens, and Other Migrants [Derek Stoner ]
19 Apr ABA Bird Walk - Thousand Acre Marsh - Sat. 10am [Bill Stewart ]
19 Apr Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Apr 2016) 31 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Apr Cape Henlopen Tuesday April 19 Bird Walk Results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
19 Apr resend of Eastern Bluebird report [steve cottrell ]
18 Apr Sat-Sun May 21-22 Cape May Pelagic Still Looking for People [Paul Guris ]
18 Apr Great to be a birder in Delaware right now........... [Bill Stewart ]

Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (5/3)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 00:36:01 +0000
Greetings:


The weekly bird walk on the Middle Run Birding Trail will be held tomorrow 
morning from 8:00am to 10:00am. There is a chance of rain showers, so be ready 
for wet conditions if you attend. 



The Spring Migration Survey at Middle Run Natural Area, originally planned for 
tomorrow, will be held next Tuesday, May 10, from 6:00am to Noon. We are 
re-scheduling due to tomorrow's weather forecast and the likelihood that 
migration timing will be better by next week. Stay tuned for further details 
about this opportunity to help survey different areas of the park and discover 
an array of Spring Migrants and breeding birds. 



Directions to Middle Run are available at: 
www.DelNature.org/middlerun? 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

Delaware Nature Society


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Subject: Prime Hook today--scarlet tanager, orioles, vireos, ovenbirds and chat
From: Vince Gambal <0000009a8147fdd9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 20:20:47 -0400
Did a few hours at Prime Hook from Broadkill Beach Road, Turkle Pond Trail, 
Dike Trail and Boardwalk Trail. Lots of bird activity in the woods, but heard 
more than I saw. Sadly the woods between the two sections of boardwalks are 
devastated between trees dying from salt intrusion, storm damage and trees cut 
down (presumably dead) by staff. Quite the change in the past few years. 



American avocets
Black ducks
Canada geese
Blue herons
Great and snowy egrets
Scarlet tanager
Oven birds 
White eyed vireos
Prothonotary warblers
Yellow Rumped warblers
Wood duck pair
Baltimore Oriole pair
Male orchard oriole
Greater yellow legs
Carolina chickadees 
Blue-grey gnatcatchers 
Forster's terns 
Yellow breasted chat 
Tree swallows
Purple martins
House finches
Carolina wrens
American robins
Common grackles and starlings
Three bald eagles
Osprey 
Downy woodpecker 


Vince Gambal
Lewes

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Subject: Spring is sprung
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 19:18:29 -0500
To me, the harbinger of Spring is to leap out of bed, rush to the window and 
see a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my bird table. Back in pre-Obama days, 
this actually did happen a couple of times. Today, leap is replaced by lurch 
and rush by stagger and no, it didn't happen this morning and I wasn't blind, 
quite. But ...... and the reason for this wee epistle ...... it was close. 
Well, 100 miles south, actually. Close by American standards. 



The overcast gray dawn (er, a tad post-dawn) with mist, yea fog even, did not 
encourage me as I sped south. Neither did the thought of by-passing Helen's 
Famous Sausage House but, this being the week it is, this was my only chance to 
spend some time in the deep south, Sussex Co. Next time, sweet Helen, I 
promise. The Wawa just doesn't cut it (but their coffee does). 



First birding stop: Cape Henlopen SP Nature Center. Unbelievable. Not only 
seven (!) male and one female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, but a male Blue 
Grosbeak, all fighting the not-so-colorful birds for prime position on the two 
feeders. I managed a photo of RBGR and BLGR on the feeder together, something 
I'd always hoped for - well, other than a single Black-headed GR on anyone's DE 
feeder. Both Brown-headed and Red-breasted (phew! thought I'd missed that guy 
this year) Nuthatch dived in when the Grosbeak queue gave them a chance. 
Filling in as supporting roles were 4 Baltimore Orioles (all male), a male 
Bobolink and copious Yellow and natty-looking Yellow-rumped Warblers in the 
trees surrounding the parking lot. At the Point, a couple of close but ethereal 
Piping Plover evaded my camera, fishing Common Terns likewise, two AMOY and a 
f. RBME were close enough to identify in the continuing mist. 



The trail at Turkle Pond, Prime Hook NWR, did not produce the hoped-for YTWA 
but did afford good views of Veery and Wood Thrush and an abundance of 
Ovenbirds. The boardwalk trail there has had severe surgery on its trees, but 
the low water levels have allowed many shorebirds to be viewed from the trail. 
Pec Sand was the best. 



Wild Turkey was a near roadkill on Deep Branch Road (as was another on Rt 9 
just north of the Allee House Rd. in BHNWR). 



Ted Harvey had zippo in the north pond but 3 Black Skimmers in the south pond 
and a nice singing Orchard Oriole in the parking lot there. 



Several pairs of Cliff Swallows are building nests under the Fleming's Landing 
Bridge on Rt 9 (with Barn Swallows) - impossible to see the nests but the 
swallows can be seen gathering mud under the bridge from the Dead-End road off 
to the north and east of the bridge. Funny - the official 'Dead End' sign is 
just a few yards from where the road plunges into the river. Likewise at the 
northern most of the two Rt 9 bridges over the Appoquinimac River, some miles 
north, the original spot where Andy Ednie first found the Cliff Swallows 
nesting in the mid-nineties. I counted 9 active nests being built there. 



Colin Campbell
Claymont, DE.


 

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Subject: Redden Forest HQ Georgetown
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 18:45:26 +0000
Birded the Redden Forest at Georgetown through the camping area and the Env. 
Trail by the Headquarters this morning. Saw the following: 


Blackpoll Warbler
Black & White Warblers
Worm-eating Warblers
Ovenbird
Pine Warblers
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
White-eyed Vireos
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager

Richard Julian

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Subject: International Migratory Bird Day with Jeff Gordon on May 14
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 12:20:13 -0400
Bird the 373-acre Milford Millponds Nature Preserve with Jeff Gordon, ABA 
President, on Saturday, May 14 (rain date May 15), 9:00 am to 12, to celebrate 
International Migratory Bird Day!! The walk meets at Abbott's Mill Nature 
Center, 15411 Abbotts Pond Road, Milford. Pre-registration is required through 
www.delnature.org or call (302) 422-0847. DNS Members $25/Non-members $35. 


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Subject: Alapocas State Park - DOS Field Trip May 3
From: Michael A Smith <michael.a.smith AT VILLANOVA.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 11:20:12 +0000
All

Weather permitting, please join me for a visit to Alapocas Woods SP, an oasis 
just outside the city of Wilmington with mature woodlands along the Brandywine 
River. Target birds include migrating warblers and thrushes. Half day. Meet me 
at the softball field parking lot behind the DuPont Experimental Station at 
7AM, off Alapocas Drive near the junction with Rt 141. The trip is half day. 




Michael Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Villanova University

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Subject: Re: Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City
From: Jerald <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 21:42:03 -0400
The Dunlins' bird-a-thon team searched unsuccessfully for the bird as well.

Jerald

On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 7:44 PM, Michael Moore  wrote:

> I went and looked for this bird between 5:00 - 6:00 PM.  Only a few egrets
> were left behind Kathys, but I think I found the main flock a few blocks
> away, anyway it was about 80 birds.  However, the only ibis with them were
> Glossy, so I was not able to refind the White Ibis.  Kind of reminds me of
> some ravens ...
>
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
> Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Gerry
> Teig
> Sent: Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:56 PM
> To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [de-birds] Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City
>
> I found a juvenile White Ibis among about 80 Cattle Egrets behind Kathy's
> Crab House in Delaware City at about 12:25 this afternoon (May1).  I have
> posted Photo on the Delaware Birding facebook page.
>
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Subject: Re: Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 19:44:51 -0400
I went and looked for this bird between 5:00 - 6:00 PM. Only a few egrets were 
left behind Kathys, but I think I found the main flock a few blocks away, 
anyway it was about 80 birds. However, the only ibis with them were Glossy, so 
I was not able to refind the White Ibis. Kind of reminds me of some ravens ... 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE
Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Gerry Teig
Sent: Sunday, May 1, 2016 4:56 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City

I found a juvenile White Ibis among about 80 Cattle Egrets behind Kathy's Crab 
House in Delaware City at about 12:25 this afternoon (May1). I have posted 
Photo on the Delaware Birding facebook page. 


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Subject: Juvenile White Ibis in Delaware City
From: Gerry Teig <gerryteig AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 16:55:58 -0400
I found a juvenile White Ibis among about 80 Cattle Egrets behind Kathy's
Crab House in Delaware City at about 12:25 this afternoon (May1).  I have
posted Photo on the Delaware Birding facebook page.

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Subject: statewide highlights - 4/30
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 09:20:30 -0400
Highlights among 160 species during a 340-mile solo run around the state 
yesterday (4/30): 


- Brant - 1 at the point at Cape Henlopen
- Bombay Hook waterfowl: Mute Swan (1), Gadwall, Blue-winged (pair) & 
Green-winged teal, shoveler, pintail (pair), Ruddy Duck (1) 

- Black Scoter - 3 at Cape Henlopen
- Red-breasted Merganser - 1 at Prime Hook Beach Rd.
- Great Cormorant - immature on the tower at Indian River Inlet
- Least Bittern - calling during daylight from the phragmites at Grier's Pond
- Red-shouldered Hawk - pair along Rum Bridge Rd. south of Redden SF
- Virginia Rail - 2 at Thousand Acre Marsh, 1 at Broadkill Rd.
- Marbled Godwit - continuing with avocets at Raymond Pool
- Red Knot - perhaps half a dozen at DuPont Nature Center
- Ruff - continuing toward the north end of Raymond Pool, 5:45pm
- Bonaparte's Gull - 1 at Prime Hook Beach Rd.
- Iceland Gull - 1st-cycle-ish bird on the beach north of Cape Henlopen's 
Herring Point, with 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (another Lesser Black-backed 
at Prime Hook Beach Rd.) 

- Chuck-will's-widow - Broadkill Rd.
- Belted Kingfisher - can be hit-or-miss with me, so glad to see birds at 
Burton's Island and at the farm pond on Dutch Neck Rd. 

- Red-headed Woodpecker - adult at Assawoman WA (Strawberry Landing); had 
possibly a different adult back closer to deer stand 8 the day before 

- Merlin - Indian River Inlet; had one on the snags at Assawoman the day before
- Northern Rough-winged & Bank swallows - Assawoman WA (Strawberry Landing 
pool) 

- Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1 at Cape Henlopen visitor center
- Kentucky Warbler - singing at Redden SF's Jester Tract, across stream from 
the gap in the "towpath" 

- Hooded Warbler - on territory at Redden SF's headquarters
- Yellow-breasted Chat - 1 at Prime Hook NWR headquarters
- Vesper Sparrow - 1 at the south end of Rementer Rd. south of Redden SF, 
singing from the hedgerow 

- Grasshopper Sparrow - Redden SF (Hunting Club Rd.)
- Summer Tanager - 1 at Prime Hook NWR gate

This was my semi-annual April Delaware big day, although since it happily 
coincided with the start of the Bird-a-Thon this year, I'll have to submit my 
checklist and see if I can get a pledge! Turkeys were all over Prime Hook and 
also at Redden, but migrant passerines were almost nonexistent (read: 1 
Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a handful of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers), which surprised me because I've had 25 species of warblers in 
Northampton County, Pennsylvania, so far this year. During my limited scouting 
on 4/29 (which included failing to find the Selbyville collared-doves for a 
fourth time), I had a few species I didn't get yesterday: 


- Pied-billed Grebe - 2 at Ted Harvey's north pond
- Barred Owl - Redden SF
- American Kestrel - 1 at Assawoman's Strawberry Landing, 1 nearby along Camp 
Barnes Rd. detour 

- Hermit Thrush - Redden SF

Lowlight from scouting was facing into a misting breeze coming off the water at 
Wolfe Neck Sewage Treatment Plant and realizing that my lips tasted funny 
afterward. 


Billy Weber
Walnutport, PA
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Subject: Big Stay @ Ashton Tract Tomorrow!
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:30:04 -0400
Good Evening DE-Birders,

Join Anthony Gonzon, Kim Steininger, along with myself tomorrow, Sunday May 
1st, for the inaugural Delaware Bird-A-Thon Impromptu “ Big Stay” at rainy 
Ashton Tract for some fun birding and camaraderie for bird conservation! Just 
stop by, bird for awhile, cheer us on and help us crack the 80 species mark! 
Last Saturday we had 74, today 70 and going for the big Eight O tomorrow! We 
will have a canopy set up on the observation deck to try and stay a bit dry and 
keep the food a little less soggy! Come on out and meet some other Delaware 
birders, it’s gonna be a good day! 


See you tomorrow and good birding,

Bill Stewart


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Subject: DOS Field Trip - Lums Pond State Park, Apr 30, 2016
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:21:53 -0400
Seven birders participated in the Lums Pond trip today. We visited six 
different locations around the pond giving us a good variety of habitats. We 
saw two Caspian Terns over the pond. A Scarlet Tanager perched obligingly on an 
open branch giving all a good scope view. An Indigo Bunting also provided the 
same as we were checking the C & D Canal from Old Summit Road. These birds, and 
others, were first of year for various participants. The complete eBird list is 
below. 


Bob Strahorn  

Lums Pond State Park, New Castle, Delaware, US Apr 30, 2016 7:15 AM - 12:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 51 species Mallard 4 Double-crested Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 1 Little Blue Heron 3 Black Vulture 14 Turkey Vulture 13 Osprey 3 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Ring-billed Gull 4 Caspian Tern 2 Mourning Dove 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Phoebe 1 White-eyed Vireo 3 Red-eyed Vireo 5 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 3 Fish Crow 3 Purple Martin 12 Tree Swallow 4 Barn Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 7 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Eastern Bluebird 2 Wood Thrush 3 American Robin 3 Gray Catbird 2 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 8 Ovenbird 5 Black-and-white Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow Warbler 4 Pine Warbler 5 Chipping Sparrow 10 White-throated Sparrow 4 Eastern Towhee 6 Scarlet Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 9 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Common Grackle 4 Brown-headed Cowbird 6 Baltimore Oriole 1 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29300872 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DE-BIRDS List help: DE-BIRDS-request AT princeton.edu
Subject: Rose breasted grosbeaks at CHSP nature center feeder
From: Vince Gambal <0000009a8147fdd9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:57:07 -0400
Richard had reported then here yesterday. Did not disappoint. About four pairs 
are hanging near the feeder by the building and seaside trail. They patiently 
wait for the grackles and red wing blackbirds in the shrubs and trees nearby. 


Vince Gambal
Lewes

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 29th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:20:18 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*April 29, 2016
* DEST1604.29
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Brant
Mute Swan
Gadwall
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Dunlin
RUFF
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull 
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern 
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl 
Chuck wills widow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Red-headed Woodpecker 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
American Kestrel
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Purple Martin 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Ovenbird 
Northern Waterthrush 
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart 
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow 
Seaside Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco
Indigo Bunting 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Boat-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 29, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, April 29th,  this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased by 25 birds and reached 268 species this week. More migrants
arrived including LEAST BITTERN, LEAST TERN, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, CHUCK
WILLS WIDOW, ACADIAN FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, RED-EYED, and WARBLING
VIREO, five species of WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO
BUNTING, BOBOLINK, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

The highlight of the week continues to be the REEVE, that's a female RUFF,
at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That
bird has been seen feeding along the edge of the pool by the Dike Road and
in the northeast corner of the pool. This bird is hard-to-find, sometimes
disappearing for several hours between feedings. Also at Raymond Pool has
been a MARBLED GODWIT among the flock of AMERICAN AVOCETS and a breeding
plumage LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER among the hundreds of SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
The first SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS of the year were seen at Bombay Hook this
week along with BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, SPOTTED and
SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, WILLET, and WILSON'S SNIPE. Peeps
seen included DUNLIN, PECTORAL, STILT, SEMIPALMATED, and LEAST SANDPIPER.
CASPIAN TERN was seen over Sheerness Pool on Wednesday. PEREGRINE FALCONS
and BALD EAGLES have been seen hunting over the refuge daily.

New this week was the first LEAST BITTERNS with one seen at Raymond Pool and
another at Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook. Also reported were 2 CATTLE EGRETS, a
flight of 55 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, and an AMERICAN BITTERN calling
along the Parson's Point Trail. Leftover waterfowl included SNOW GOOSE and
HOODED MERGANSER at Finis Pool, and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS opposite the
southeast corner of Sheerness Pool, plus BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK.
BARRED OWL continues at Finis Pool. The first BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
was reported at the refuge, plus PALM, PRAIRIE, BLUE-WINGED,  BLACK AND
WHITE WARBLER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along with BLUE-HEADED and
WHITE-EYED VIREO. SEASIDE SPARROWS were heard calling from the Boardwalk
Trail. SCARLET TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLES were
located throughout the refuge. 

RED KNOTS in breeding plumage were seen yesterday at the DuPont Nature
Center at Mispillion Inlet near Slaughters Beach. A WHIMBREL was seen at the
nature center on Tuesday. Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS plus AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus SPOTTED
SANDPIPER were seen. Large numbers of shorebirds are being reported
including 26 WILLET, 300 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 50 SANDERLING, 2000 DUNLIN, and
340 LAUGHING GULLS. SEASIDE SPARROW and BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES were found in
the marsh.

More shorebirds are being found at the Prime Hook Beach Road in Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge, including AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT,
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
SOLITARY, SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPER. The TERN flock at Prime Hook
included the first LEAST and COMMON TERNS of the season. A late
RED-BREASTEEED MERGANSER were seen at Fowler's Beach. The first GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW the season was reported along Deep Branch Road along with WILD
TURKEY and 4 BANK SWALLOWS on Sunday. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was seen at
Turkle's pond. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and the first YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO of
the season were reported at Cods Road. BLUE-HEADED VIREO and YELLOW-THROATED
WARBLER were reported at the Pine Grove Trail.

A number of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found in Sussex County last weekend.
One was found at the headquarters tract at Redden State Forest. Another bird
was found at the Robert Graham Wildlife Management Area at Philip's Landing
near Laurel on Sunday. A third RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick island MUTE SWAN, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BROWN
HEADED NUTHATCH, PALM WARBLER, and the first BLUE GROSBEAK of the season was
also reported at Assawoman. Finally, a fourth RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
continues at the Herring Creek Trail on Angola Neck near Midway, along with
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and PALM WARBLER.

There was an unconfirmed report of WHITE IBIS at Cape Henlopen State Park.
This bird has not been refound, but there've been huge numbers of over 1500
WHITE IBIS reported at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula this week.
This might be the start of another WHITE IBIS invasion like we had last
year. A "Calico" LITTLE BLUE HERON, that's a changing plumage immature, was
seen at the Monroe Avenue ponds along Freeman Highway in Lewes, along with 3
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS and 2 GREEN HERONS. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, COMMON
and RED-THROATED LOON, and HORNED GREBE were reported at Cape Henlopen State
Park. A flock of 50 BRANT and 4 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at the point along
with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SANDERLING. A HOODED WARBLER was found along
the Pinelands Trail on Sunday, along with PINE, PALM and PRAIRIE WARBLER. A
big flight of raptors included 8 SHARP SHINNED and 2 COOPER'S HAWK on
Wednesday. Ten MERLIN and 7 AMERICAN KESTREL were seen at the Cape Henlopen
Hawk watch on Saturday. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was found at Roosevelt Inlet
in Lewes on Tuesday.

One of the best places to find migrant landbirds is Thompson's Island near
Spring Lake condominiums in Rehoboth Beach. New there this week was
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and WORM-EATING WARBLER. Also seen were SCARLET
TANAGER and BLUE GROSBEAK along with hunting COOPER'S HAWK and MERLIN.
SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGER were also reported from a yard at Red Mill Pond,
plus ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and
NORTHERN PARULA. 

SUMMER TANAGER was also reported at Trap Pond State Park along with ORCHARD
ORIOLE and RED-EYED VIREO plus a late HERMIT THRUSH. WARBLERS seen included
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED, WORM-EATING, and
OVENBIRD. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported in Seaford. SUMMER TANAGER
was reported at the big field at Nanticoke Wildlife Area. BARRED OWL and
CATTLE EGRET were reported along Philips Landing Road. A GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHER, WHITE-EYED VIREO, plus PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
were reported at Philip's Landing

The first ACADIAN FLYCATCHER the season was seen at Redden State Forest at
Jester Tract by the rest stop along with 12 PINE SISKINS plus LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED, BLACK AND WHITE, and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. WORM-EATING, PINE, Prairie, and BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLER were reported by the headquarters tract along with PILEATED
WOODPECKER.

The first CHUCK WILLS WIDOW of the season was reported near Georgetown last
week. Rementer Run Road off Route 20 near Georgetown continues to have
VESPER and SAVANNAH SPARROW, BROAD-WINGED HAWK and KESTREL. VESPER SPARROW
seen to be hard to find this year, none were seen along Ponders Road near
Ellendale this week.

PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were found while kayaking at Killen's Pond near
Frederica. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were also reported
at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford. Large numbers of BANK SWALLOWS
were seen at the Tilcon Gravel Pits at the intersection of Routes 9 and 1
south of Dover. BLACK SKIMMERS were seen at the Logan Lane Tract of Ted
Harvey Conservation Area near Kitts Hummock, along with WILD TURKEY and 20
AVOCETS. A pair of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found west of Dover off Route
8.  Six CLIFF SWALLOWS were found at Fleming's Landing off Route 9 over the
Smyrna River. 

A WHIP-POOR-WILL was calling at dusk at Big Stone Beach Road in Milford Neck
Wildlife Area. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and SEASIDE
SPARROW were also reported. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found along Savannah
Road near Cowgill's Corner, north of Little Creek, along with a MEADOWLARK.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen at Bergold Lane near Dover AFB.  EASTERN
MEADOWLARK was also found along Route 42 west of Cheswald. 

The first YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON of the season was seen at the Heron
Watch in Delaware City on Wednesday along with 10 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS
and a TRICOLORED HERON. High counts included 120 LITTLE BLUE HERON, 175
CATTLE EGRETS, and 435 GLOSSY IBIS. Also seen were 6 BALD EAGLES, SPOTTED
SANDPIPER, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and CASPIAN TERN. SWALLOWS seen over the water
included NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, BANK, and PURPLE MARTIN.

LEAST BITTERN and MARSH WREN were found at Grier's Pond along with a MUTE
SWAN. The Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh had a calling VIRGINIA RAIL.
SOLITARY SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen along with CASPIAN TERN.
Waders seen included GLOSSY IBIS and LITTLE BLUE HERON. ORCHARD ORIOLE and
PINE WARBLER were found in the woods. The first COMMON GALLINULE of the
season was at the Port Penn impoundments along with RUDDY DUCK and 16
CASPIAN TERNS. Dragon Run in Delaware City had CASPIAN TERNS, MUTE SWAN and
BANK SWALLOW. AMERICAN COOT and WILD TURKEY with a calling NORTHERN BOBWHITE
were found at the eastern section of the C&D Canal Wildlife Area off Cox
Neck Road.  

New this week at White Clay Creek State Park near Newark included a
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER at Wedgewood Road yesterday. HOODED WARBLER was
reported on Monday. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported at the pedestrian
bridge. Other birds reported included AMERICAN REDSTART, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN PARULA plus BLACK AND WHITE, YELLOW, and
PALM WARBLER. Five species of VIREO were seen, BLUE-HEADED, WARBLING,
YELLOW-THROATED, RED-EYED, and WHITE-EYE. SOLITARY SANDPIPER was seen along
the creek along with BARRED OWL plus WOOD THRUSH and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

The first BOBOLINK of the season was reported today at the University of
Delaware's Ag Farm, along with SAVANNAH SPARROW. The wet area on the farm
had both YELLOWLEGS, LEAST and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. WARBLERS reported
included BLUE-WINGED, BLACK AND WHITE, and YELLOW. The first MAGNOLIA
WARBLER plus NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK
AND WHITE, YELLOW, and PRAIRIE WARBLER were reported at Middle Run Natural
Area near Newark along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. A late YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER was seen there on Monday. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS was seen flying over.
BARRED OWL was seen along the creek, along with GREEN HERON, SPOTTED and
SOLITARY SANDPIPER. 

The last DARK-EYED JUNCO of the season was seen at Mt Cuba Wildflower
Preserve on Sunday. 4-5 PINE SISKINS continue to come to the White's feeder
along Center Mill Road near Yorklyn. The first WARBLING VIREO of the year
was seen at Ashland Nature Center yesterday along with BLUE-HEADED, RED-EYE,
WHITE-EYED, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. BROAD-WINGED HAWK and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET were at Ashland, along with both NORTHERN and LOUISIAN WATERTHRUSH,
NORTHERN PARULA and YELLOW WARBLER. 

An EASTERN WOOD PEWEE was discovered calling at the Hagley Museum near
Greenville, plus WARBLING VIREO. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS continue to be seen in
the field entering Brandywine Creek State Park along with numbers of
SAVANNAH SPARROW this week. SOLITARY SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were
seen down along the creek. BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at the park.
Warblers seen included NORTHERN PARULA, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD,
plus PALM, PRAIRIE and BLACK AND WHITE. ORCHARD ORIOLE and EASTERN KINGBIRD
were seen along Wilson Run. SOLITARY SANDPIPER and WARBLING VIREO were also
seen at Ramsey Road along the creek.

The previously reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at
Bellevue State Park. This bird is in the trees by the lake inside the race
track by Picnic Pavillion #2. PURPLE MARTINS are in the gourds by the pond.
WARBLING VIREO, ORCHARD ORIOLE and INDIGO BUNTINGS were seen, along with
YELLOW, PRAIRIE and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLERS. GREEN HERON and SPOTTED
SANDPIPER were seen at Harry's Pond in Brandywine Town Center. BROAD-WINGED
HAWK was seen flying over Grubb Road near Stanley's Tavern. 

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were found widely dispersed throughout the state.
Several feeders reported ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS this week, including sites
at Ashland Nature Center, Walnut Ridge, Guyencourt, Deerhurst, Bear, and
Port Penn. 

The PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen in downtown Wilmington. Their nest box is on
the Brandywine building along Pennsylvania Ave. A huge flock of 275 CHIMNEY
SWIFTS were seen going into the chimneys at Warner Elementary School in
Wilmington on Wednesday. A YELLOW WARBLER was seen on Franklin Street on
Saturday. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Al Guarente, Nick
Pulcinella, Keith Leonard, Bill Haldeman, Sally O'Byrne, Alice Mohrman, Joan
Wheeler, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Mariano Mazal, Bill Fintel, Richard
Jullian, Frank Rohrbacher, Chuck Fullmer, Phil Thompson, Andy Urquhard, Andy
McGann, Nancy Goggin, Ken Cooper, Bob Edelen, Dick Plambeck, Matt Sarver,
Jonathan Schoolar, Scott Barnes, Scott Reynolds, Ryan Johnson, Joy Peters,
Dean Coffin, Ken Cooper, Joanne Wood, Racheal Shapiro, Robert Blye, Colin
Campbell, Bill Hicks, Joel Martin, Sean McCandless, George Armistead, Ian
Stewart, Rich Clifton, Joe Swertinski, Hannah Greenberg Kelly Nunn, Dave
Fees, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, Brian
Henderson, Jim and Amy White, John Long, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Amy
and Parker O'Neil, Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, Alissa Kegelman, Tim Freiday, Teddy Burke, and Joe Russell.
Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into
302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy
Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Re: Gray catbirds arriving early?
From: Brian Kushner <bkushner2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:39:58 -0400
I usually see them here in Jersey around April...Last year they left in 
August, usually here through October.

Brian



On 4/29/2016 4:28 PM, Brian Henderson wrote:
> Catbirds are right on schedule, actually.  They started showing up in
> decent numbers roughly last weekend.
>
> eBird is a good resource if you're curious about when/where birds are
> expected.  The map below shows April sightings of Gray Catbirds over the
> last 10 years.  The red dots are from the current year.  As you can see,
> there's a lot, and they are all the way up to New England already.
> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/grycat?neg=true&env.minX=-76.11261814750975&env.minY=39.634267535690654&env.maxX=-74.79425877250975&env.maxY=40.107505142788746&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=4&emo=4&yr=last10&byr=2006&eyr=2016 

>
> Shortened version of that link if it doesn't work:
> http://tinyurl.com/z9yprzr
>
> Brian Henderson
> Montgomery Co., PA
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 4:02 PM, Bob Bryant <
> 0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu> wrote:
>
>> Also had a gray catbird on my suit feeder in Hockessin DE, yesterday and
>> today.  Does seem early.
>>
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Subject: Re: Gray catbirds arriving early?
From: Brian Henderson <wbhenderson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:28:14 -0400
Catbirds are right on schedule, actually.  They started showing up in
decent numbers roughly last weekend.

eBird is a good resource if you're curious about when/where birds are
expected.  The map below shows April sightings of Gray Catbirds over the
last 10 years.  The red dots are from the current year.  As you can see,
there's a lot, and they are all the way up to New England already.

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/grycat?neg=true&env.minX=-76.11261814750975&env.minY=39.634267535690654&env.maxX=-74.79425877250975&env.maxY=40.107505142788746&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=4&emo=4&yr=last10&byr=2006&eyr=2016 


Shortened version of that link if it doesn't work:
http://tinyurl.com/z9yprzr

Brian Henderson
Montgomery Co., PA


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> Also had a gray catbird on my suit feeder in Hockessin DE, yesterday and
> today.  Does seem early.
>
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Subject: Re: Gray catbirds arriving early?
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <Adinkl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:31:27 -0400
I had several catbirds at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday.

Ann Dinkel
Lewes, DE

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Also had a gray catbird on my suit feeder in Hockessin DE, yesterday and today. 
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Subject: Gray catbirds arriving early?
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:02:39 -0400
Also had a gray catbird on my suit feeder in Hockessin DE, yesterday and today. 
Does seem early. 


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Subject: Re: Catbirds!!
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:48:53 -0400
I saw two today, also!  Wasn't sure if I should log it in e-bird, but I
guess I should.

Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 1:09 PM, Sarah L.  wrote:

> I wonder if the recent rough weather might have pushed some species north.
> Because I just had 2 catbirds at my feeders! This is the earliest I've ever
> seen them at my house.
>
> Pike Creek, DE.
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Subject: Big Beaks at Cape Henlopen
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:46:08 +0000
April 29, 2016

Blue Grosbeaks have returned to Cape Henlopen - near the Nature Center (NC) 
Feeders, on the Seaside Trail behind the NC and over by the disc golf course. 


Also a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are hanging around the NC feeders.


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852

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Subject: Abbott's Mill, Milford: April 28, 2016:Bird Sightings
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:35:02 -0400
Overcast skies followed by steady light rain did not deter our morning bird 
walk in the meadow and forest around Abbott's Pond. Highlights of note: 
Prothonotary Warbler and Pileated Woodpecker. In addition, Teddy Burke and I 
sighted: Barn Swallows, Purple Martins, Tree Swallows, Canada Geese, Belted 
Kingfisher, Am. Goldfinch, N. Mockingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Gray Catbird, 
Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Chipping Sparrow, E. Bluebird and E. 
Phoebe. 


 Join us on May 5 for the next Bird Walk! Bird Walks are Thursday mornings, 
8:30am to 10:00am, May -early June at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, Milford, DE. 
Beginners and seasoned birders welcome for these FREE walks. Binoculars are 
available to borrow. "Eyes to the sky" 


     

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Subject: Re: DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - last Sunday
From: DEAN <dcoffin5 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:05:34 +0000
Hello Fellow Participants - 
I have created some eBird checklists from last Sunday. . . based on what I saw 
myself AND what I remember at this point. 

I am happy to share the list over to you if you'd like. Please provide user 
name and/or email address. 


You can see my lists by searching the following hotspots for April 24th: Redden 
S.F. - HQ; Redden S.F. - Robbins Road; Redden S.F. - Jester; Phillips Landing 
(down near Bethel). 


Please suggest any & all corrections to my lists. I really struggled to 
remember the birds - but I also think the lists are fair. You may have seen 
additional species because I didn't list things that some folks were saying 
they heard but i didn't (like Black & White at the Redden HQ location). 


I really wanted to get Prothonotary onto my life list which is why I've gone 
ahead and created these lists. I hope they are helpful to other folks who were 
on the trip also. 

Get back to me with your info if you want me to share lists over to you. 
Thanks, 
Dean Coffin 


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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:16:05 -0400
I am currently hosting 3 males and 1 female  AT  my feeders in Middletown.

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Subject: A few nice birds
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:17:36 -0400
Hi, All

At Middle Run this morning, we had a male scarlet tanager high in a tree near 
the parking lot. We also heard a prairie warbler, but didn’t see it. In the 
woods there were several ovenbirds and a singing wood thrush. 


Then near the parking lot at Wedgewood Road footbridge at White Clay Creek SP, 
we had a chestnut-sided warbler and a northern parula before we got rained out. 


Right now we have a mixed flock of barn, northern rough-winged and tree 
swallows over the pond near our house in north Dover. We’ve also heard a 
white-eyed vireo behind our house. 


It’s all good!

Joy Peters
Dover, DE

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Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: Katharine Boyd <kjblewes AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:51:16 -0400
Wonder why male Blue Grosbeak only comes to my sunflower feeder on rainy
days.  Today being first have seen him this year.

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Subject: Re: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Bear
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:39:33 -0400
Agreed.  I just saw our first hummer this morning - a male, who doesn't
look too skinny.

I haven't seen a Junco in a while.

Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE

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> We've just got the first visit of the year, our new red salvias are doing
> their job!  Oh what a spring and summer this will be!
>
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Subject: Re: Chipping Sparrow
From: Debora A Jarrell <debiannj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 03:30:18 +0000
I was going to ask what he was tweeting. Maybe an instagram pic or something. 
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Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:22:41 PM 
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Chipping Sparrow 

Wow, pretty ritzy neighborhood if even the Chipping Sparrows have smartphones! 

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Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:16 PM 
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Subject: [de-birds] Chipping Sparrow 

As I was filling my feeders, I accidentally scared off a chipping sparrow that 
flew into my Allegheny Serviceberry tree and proceeded to tweet at me. 


Pike Creek, DE 

Sarah L. 

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Subject: Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park, Saturday, April 30th
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:38:47 -0400
The monthly birdwalk at the park will be this Saturday, April 30th, starting
at the nature center at 8 am. We'll be out for about 2-3 hours walking the
trails in search of raptors, warblers, and riparian rarities. This week's
highlights included Broad-winged Hawk, Solitary Sandpiper, Louisiana
Waterthrush, Prairie Warbler, Savannah Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark. The
walk is free, but park entrance fees are in effect. The park entrance is off
Addams Dam Road, near the intersection of Rts 100 & 92. 

Andy

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Subject: 5 Red Knots at Mispillion - Wed. 4/27
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:26:57 -0400
Good afternoon,

The first Red Knots are back at Mispillion with four showing themselves nicely 
on the north island and another one at the south beach. Kim Steininger and I 
found two red knots that were showing nearly full breeding plumage. Also back 
is the start of the shorebird spectacle we all love to witness with 1000's of 
shorebirds feeding and zipping across the harbor! Other shorebirds seen 
included ruddy turnstone, sanderling, dunlin, semipalmated plover, western 
sandpiper, black-necked stilt, willet, American oystercatcher, short-billed 
dowitcher and greater yellowlegs. 


Happy shorebirding!

Bill Stewart


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Subject: Catbirds!!
From: "Sarah L." <birdsinde AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:09:27 -0400
I wonder if the recent rough weather might have pushed some species north.
Because I just had 2 catbirds at my feeders! This is the earliest I've ever
seen them at my house.

Pike Creek, DE.

Sarah L.

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Subject: Re: Chipping Sparrow
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:22:41 +0000
Wow, pretty ritzy neighborhood if even the Chipping Sparrows have smartphones!

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Subject: [de-birds] Chipping Sparrow

As I was filling my feeders, I accidentally scared off a chipping sparrow that 
flew into my Allegheny Serviceberry tree and proceeded to tweet at me. 


Pike Creek, DE

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Subject: Chipping Sparrow
From: "Sarah L." <birdsinde AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:16:10 -0400
As I was filling my feeders, I accidentally scared off a chipping sparrow
that flew into my Allegheny Serviceberry tree and proceeded to tweet at me.

Pike Creek, DE

Sarah L.

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Subject: Warblers in Glasgow, DE
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:27:05 -0400
Yellow warbler and at least 4 yellow-rumped myrtle warblers in my back yard
today.

Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE

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Subject: Re: Rose-breated grosbeak in Bear
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:24:22 -0400
Spotted a female Rose Breasted Grosbeak at 11:20. Was trying to photograph
a yellow warbler and myrtle warblers when I spotted her at the sunflower
feeder.
Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 7:29 AM, Mariano Mazal 
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> Right after seeing the ruby-throated hummer, we've got this rare visitor
> for the first time.  We are thrilled!
> Mariano Mazal
> Bear, DE
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Subject: DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip (Saturday 4/30)
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:26:26 -0400
I will be leading a Delmarva Ornithological Society half day field trip to
Lums Pond State Park this Saturday. Meet at the parking lot in front of
Glasgow High School at 7:30 am. The high school is on Rt. 896 south of
Newark (1901 South College Ave.) about half way between I-95 and Rt. 40.
Park fees for "each car" are in effect ($4 in state, $8 out of state, or
annual pass). You may carpool from the high school.

 

We will make several stops within the park. Maps showing those locations
will be provided.

 

Please email or call if you have any questions.

 

Bob Strahorn

302-584-2065 (cell)

 


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Subject: Rose-breated grosbeak in Bear
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:29:10 -0400
Right after seeing the ruby-throated hummer, we've got this rare visitor
for the first time.  We are thrilled!
Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE

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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Bear
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:50:34 -0400
We've just got the first visit of the year, our new red salvias are doing
their job!  Oh what a spring and summer this will be!

Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE

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Subject: Middle Run Birding Walk 4/26/16
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 21:43:30 -0400
Had an excellent walk this morning at Middle Run with 24 participants and 59 
species! There were some great looks at new arrivals including Black-and-White 
Warblers, Prairie Warblers, Blue-winged Warblers, Indigo Bunting, Common 
Yellowthroats and even an Ovenbird singing in the mid-story! 


There was a lot of song going on with several Wood Thrush, many Ovenbirds, some 
Northern Parula, and Yellow-Rumped Warblers singing in fantastic breeding 
plumage. The vireo scene was very good today; we heard four species singing 
including Red-Eyed, White-Eyed, Yellow-Throated, and Blue-Headed Vireo. We got 
good looks at all of them as well. 


All in all it was a rewarding and fun walk, with many new arrivals and many 
year round birds and lingering northern species. Thanks to all who 
participated, I look forward to birding with you all again! The link to the 
complete checklist on eBird is located here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29217664

Next week we will be having the walk coincide with a big day at Middle Run. 
Derek Stoner and I along with several others will be getting to the park at 
dawn and birding until noon. The bird walk will take place at the usual time of 
8 AM until 10 AM. Happy birding!! 


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Subject: Re: Some good new birds in our yard in Lewes
From: Mary Lukaszewski <mlukas AT SPRINTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:32:27 -0400
I saw a Baltimore Oriole flying to the electric wire outside TS Smith orchards 
in Bridgeville today. Thought it was my imagination but I had a good look as I 
was stopped for a red light. 


Mary Lukaszewski

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Subject: [de-birds] Some good new birds in our yard in Lewes

In just the past 2 days in our neighborhood, new birds we have had are:
Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, 
Great-crested Flycatcher, and Parula Warbler. The Baltimore Oriole was 
spectacular in full sun today! 


Bill and Sally Fintel
Lewes, DE

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Subject: Some good new birds in our yard in Lewes
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:34:26 -0400
In just the past 2 days in our neighborhood, new birds we have had are:
Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole,
Great-crested Flycatcher, and Parula Warbler. The Baltimore Oriole was
spectacular in full sun today!

Bill and Sally Fintel
Lewes, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Apr 2016) 10 Raptors
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Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:43:58 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 26, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             1             13             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             25             36
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             35
Merlin                       0             24             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              9
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                      10            162            722
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 09:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Richard Julian

Observers:        

Visitors:
a big thank you to Richard Julian being the official counter of the day!!


Weather:
n/a

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Tuesday April 26 Bird walk
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:41:07 +0000
Very breezy morning at Cape, wind out of the SW.

Explored between the Nature Center and the Bay and up at the Point.
Things started slow up, but got good looks at plenty of sharp-shinned hawks 
flying just over the dune/shrub line at the Point. 


Nature Center:
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
No. Cardinal
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Carolina Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Turkey Vulture
White-eyed Vireo

Seaside Trail:
Common Loon
Osprey
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Barn Swallow
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Cooper's hawk
Sharp-shinned hawk
American Robin
Double-crested Cormorant
Eastern Towhee

The Point
More Sharp-shinned Hawks 
More Osprey
More Red-winged Blackbirds
Brant
Piping Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Laughing Gull
Greater Black-back Gull
Herring Gull
Field Sparrow
American Crows
North Mockingbird


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
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Topics of the day:

  1. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  2. Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2016) 7 Raptors
  3. Ruff still being reported at BHNWR
  4. Delaware Bird-A-Thon starts in 5 days!!
  5. Sorry, Test message to Tyler Bell, Admin
  6. Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (4/26)

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Date:    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:21:41 -0400
From:    Chuck Fullmer 
Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

04/24/16 Calling YBCU in forest RT5/Hollyville/Hollymount east side forest 
while checking the mailbox. 

Chuck Fullmer
Harbeson

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Date:    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:45:57 -0800
From:    "Hawkcount.Org Reports" 
Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2016) 7 Raptors

Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   1              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             12             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             17             28
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3              3             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             35
Merlin                       1             24             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8              9
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                       7            152            712
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic

Weather:
light wind from South,, then it ended flight when it changed to ESE.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
E. Kingbird, Chim. Swift, Prairie Warbler, 120 Glossy Ibis 
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Date:    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:00:44 -0400
From:    Frank Rohrbacher 
Subject: Ruff still being reported at BHNWR

I just got a call from Dirk Robinson and he told me that the  Ruff was 
still present at Raymond Pool at Bombay Hook NWR. The bird seems to be moving 

around much more and is being from the middle  to  the north end of the of 
Raymond Pool.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Date:    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:13:06 -0400
From:    Bill Stewart 
Subject: Delaware Bird-A-Thon starts in 5 days!!

Good Evening DE-Birders!

The 10th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon kicks off this Saturday, April 30th for a 
full nine days of birding for conservation and fun, ending on May 8th! 


Tomorrow night is a fund-raiser Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Road 
Runners Bird-A-Thon team to be held at Delaware Distilling Company on Rt. 1 in 
Rehoboth, festivities start at 5:30 with 15% of the evening’s tab donated to 
the DBAT! Open to all, we’d love to see you join us and bid on some great 
auction items including (2) new Zeiss Terra binoculars! 


Official DBAT Birdwalks to help folks push up their lists are as follows: 
(click links for full details) 


Saturday April 30th Lums Pond State Park  AT  7:30 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/lums-pond-j/ 
 

Sunday May 1st Delaware Dunlins Youth Birding - New Castle County Big Day 
 

Tuesday May 3rd Alapocus State Park  AT  7:00 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/alapocas-woods-2/ 
 

Thursday May 5th Ramsey Road South Evening Walk  AT  5:00-7:30 PM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/local-patch-birding-series-ramsey-road-south-evening-walk/ 
 

Sunday May 8th Mother’s Day Walk White Clay Creek State Park  AT  7:00 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/mothers-day-walk-white-clay-creek-s-p-2/ 
 


For folks who won’t be able to join us in the field but would still like to 
contribute, please use our safe and secure online donation button at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/get-involved/delaware-bird-thon/ 
 


The birds are definitely arriving with new species reported each day so it is 
time to get out and enjoy all of the resources and access Delaware has to 
offer! Help to continue a decade of birding for conservation, join in the 10th 
Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon! 


Good Bird-A-Thoning,

Bill Stewart
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Date:    Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:45:38 -0400
From:    Bill Stewart 
Subject: Sorry, Test message to Tyler Bell, Admin

Test

Sent from my iPhone so I must be out birding!

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Date:    Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:00:36 +0000
From:    Derek Stoner 
Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (4/26)

Greetings:


Tomorrow's bird walk on the Middle Run Birding Trail will begin at 8:00am, 
meeting at the Middle Run parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. Follow the 
black-and-white signs for "Middle Run Birding Trail." Directions and more 
information may be found at: 
www.delnature.org/middlerun? 



Tim Freiday and Judy Montgomery will co-lead this walk that is sponsored by the 
Delaware Nature Society in partnership with New Castle County. There are sure 
to be plenty of songbirds around as the neo-tropical migrants continue to 
arrive, with Ovenbirds, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern Parula being 
discovered in recent days at Middle Run. The trail is freshly mowed as of this 
afternoon and ready for plenty of birding action. Nest box activity is ramping 
up as well, with Tree Swallows and House Wrens battling it out for prime 
locations. 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

Seasonal Program Team Leader

Delaware Nature Society


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Subject: Re: Yellow-billed Cuckoo
From: Thomas Beal <0000021bca645f4c-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:01:34 -0400
I understand that YBCU feast on big hairy caterpillars. This should be a great 
year for them. Seems like there is an abundance of tent and gypsy moth 
caterpillars 



Tom Beal
Glenn Dale. MD



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Sent: Mon, Apr 25, 2016 4:21 pm
Subject: [de-birds] Yellow-billed Cuckoo

04/24/16 Calling YBCU in forest RT5/Hollyville/Hollymount east side forest 
while checking the mailbox. 

Chuck Fullmer
Harbeson

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Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow (4/26)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:00:36 +0000
Greetings:


Tomorrow's bird walk on the Middle Run Birding Trail will begin at 8:00am, 
meeting at the Middle Run parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. Follow the 
black-and-white signs for "Middle Run Birding Trail." Directions and more 
information may be found at: 
www.delnature.org/middlerun? 



Tim Freiday and Judy Montgomery will co-lead this walk that is sponsored by the 
Delaware Nature Society in partnership with New Castle County. There are sure 
to be plenty of songbirds around as the neo-tropical migrants continue to 
arrive, with Ovenbirds, Common Yellowthroat, and Northern Parula being 
discovered in recent days at Middle Run. The trail is freshly mowed as of this 
afternoon and ready for plenty of birding action. Nest box activity is ramping 
up as well, with Tree Swallows and House Wrens battling it out for prime 
locations. 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

Seasonal Program Team Leader

Delaware Nature Society


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Subject: Sorry, Test message to Tyler Bell, Admin
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:45:38 -0400
Test

Sent from my iPhone so I must be out birding!

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Subject: Delaware Bird-A-Thon starts in 5 days!!
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:13:06 -0400
Good Evening DE-Birders!

The 10th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon kicks off this Saturday, April 30th for a 
full nine days of birding for conservation and fun, ending on May 8th! 


Tomorrow night is a fund-raiser Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by the Road 
Runners Bird-A-Thon team to be held at Delaware Distilling Company on Rt. 1 in 
Rehoboth, festivities start at 5:30 with 15% of the evening’s tab donated to 
the DBAT! Open to all, we’d love to see you join us and bid on some great 
auction items including (2) new Zeiss Terra binoculars! 


Official DBAT Birdwalks to help folks push up their lists are as follows: 
(click links for full details) 


Saturday April 30th Lums Pond State Park  AT  7:30 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/lums-pond-j/ 
 

Sunday May 1st Delaware Dunlins Youth Birding - New Castle County Big Day 
 

Tuesday May 3rd Alapocus State Park  AT  7:00 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/alapocas-woods-2/ 
 

Thursday May 5th Ramsey Road South Evening Walk  AT  5:00-7:30 PM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/local-patch-birding-series-ramsey-road-south-evening-walk/ 
 

Sunday May 8th Mother’s Day Walk White Clay Creek State Park  AT  7:00 AM 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/mothers-day-walk-white-clay-creek-s-p-2/ 
 


For folks who won’t be able to join us in the field but would still like to 
contribute, please use our safe and secure online donation button at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/get-involved/delaware-bird-thon/ 
 


The birds are definitely arriving with new species reported each day so it is 
time to get out and enjoy all of the resources and access Delaware has to 
offer! Help to continue a decade of birding for conservation, join in the 10th 
Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon! 


Good Bird-A-Thoning,

Bill Stewart
DOS President



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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2016) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:45:57 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   1              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             12             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             17             28
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              3              3             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             18             35
Merlin                       1             24             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8              9
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                       7            152            712
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic

Weather:
light wind from South,, then it ended flight when it changed to ESE.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
E. Kingbird, Chim. Swift, Prairie Warbler, 120 Glossy Ibis 
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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo
From: Chuck Fullmer <cmfullmer AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:21:41 -0400
04/24/16 Calling YBCU in forest RT5/Hollyville/Hollymount east side forest 
while checking the mailbox. 

Chuck Fullmer
Harbeson

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Subject: White clay creek birds
From: Megan Kasprzak <megan.kasprzak AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 13:44:10 -0400
This morning White Clay Creek at the nature center and Hopkins Bridge loop 
offered 11 first of year birds for us. These included parula, black and white 
warbler, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, Louisiana waterthrush, ovenbird, 
white-eyed vireo, blue-headed vireo, yellow-throated vireo, northern 
rough-winged swallow, and catbird. 


We also saw and heard many gnatcatchers, including one gathering spider web for 
its nest. 


Megan Kasprzak
Wilmington, DE 

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Subject: Warblers at Cape Henlopen
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:27:27 +0000
Took a short walk into the Pinelands trail across from the Nature Center this 
morning (Saturday 4/23) and saw a few warblers and other birds: 


Hooded Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Parula
White-eyed Vireo

Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
House Wrens


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852

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Subject: Franklin Street, Wilmington
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:48:08 -0400
This has been a good week in downtown Wilmington. Early in the week (on the 
18th) I had a ‘fallout’ in my back yard with 22 species in about 2 hours. 
Approx 20 Yellow-rumped warblers, 6 Palm Warblers, 7 Chipping Sparrows, the 
last Juncos of the year, and a good number of White-throats. I also had 2 Blue 
headed Vireos and an estimated 7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets… it was a pretty 
spectacular morning. 


Today I added to my yard list a Yellow Warbler, seen in the middle of the day - 
singing away. And from Andy’s weekly wrap-up, there haven’t been others 
seen in Northern Delaware. 


I was hesitant to write, thinking that what I had might be nothing compared to 
what was happening elsewhere in Delaware, but in retrospect it hasn’t been a 
bad week for an urban yard. 



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Below is my bird list from the 18th:

O'Byrne yard B, New Castle, Delaware, US
Apr 18, 2016 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Front and back of my house. Hard to get numbers cause so much was 
flying around. Sunny and 55. Great morning 

22 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  7
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  1
Great Blue Heron 1   (added 2 hours later)
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  3
Northern Flicker   1 (added 2 hours later)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  7
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  5
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  6
Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum)  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  20
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  7
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  8
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  5

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 22nd, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:27:41 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*April 22, 2016
* DEST1604.22
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Brant
Mute Swan
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Gannet
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
SANDHILL CRANE
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Piping Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
RUFF
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
American Kestrel
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
COMMON RAVEN
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wood Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 22, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd,  this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware
year list increased by 20 species and jumped up to 242 species this week. A
big wave of migrants arrived including RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, CHIMNEY
SWIFT, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WOOD THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, WORM-EATING,
PROTHONOTARY, and YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and ORCHARD ORIOLE. 

The highlight of the week was a chestnut and white RUFF at Raymond Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna on Wednesday. That bird was
molting into breeding plumage and seen again today. A MARBLED GODWIT was
also seen at Raymond Pool on Sunday. The refuge has been a haven for
shorebirds this week including 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 4 BLACK NECKED STILTS,
BLACKBELLIED PLOVER, 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, the first SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
of the season, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, plus LEAST, SEMIPALMATED, and
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 24 WILSON'S SNIPE were seen at Bear Swamp plus an
AMERICAN WOODCOCK. The refuge also has leftover waterfowl including snoW
GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIDGEON, 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, RUDDY DUCK, plus
HOODED, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. 52 BROWN BLACK CROWNED NIGHT
HERONS were seen at Night Heron Island. 40 AMERICAN COOT continue to be seen
at Sheerness Pool. Landbirds included AMERICAN PIPIT, WHITE-EYED VIREO,
OVENBIRD, PALM WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. SEASIDE SPARROW was seen
from the Boardwalk Trail. BARRED OWL was still being found at Finis Woods.

The first SOLITARY SANDPIPER of the season was seen at the DNREC Aquatic
Center along Route 9 at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. A high count of 27
GLOSSY IBIS and 7 SNOWY EGRETS were seen at Taylor's Gut along with 58
GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Three CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen at the Lighthouse Tract
at Woodland Beach but none were found at Fleming's Landing.

There were 8 CLIFF SWALLOWS seen under the north bridge of the Appoquinmink
Creek along Route 9 near Odessa. The first SPOTTED SANDPIPER of the season
was seen at the Ashton Tract of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area at Thousand
Acre Marsh. PECTORAL SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen from
behind the house. A flyover COMMON LOON was seen yesterday. BLUE-WINGED TEAL
and VIRGINIA RAIL were reported. A peak count of 17 BALD EAGLES were found
on a sandbar in the marsh. Landbirds seen included RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET, HOUSE WREN, CATBIRD, BROWN
THRASHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PRAIRIE and PALM WARBLER.

The first COMMON GALLINULE the season was found at PORT PENN IMPOUNDMENTS at
Augustine Beach, along with TRICOLORED HERON. RUDDY DUCK and CASPIAN TERN
were found from the causeway. CHIMNEY SWIFTS have been seen flying over
Downtown Port Penn. Four more CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Augustine Beach.
WILD TURKEY, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and CATTLE EGRET were seen along Dutch
Neck Road. GREEN HERON and WILSON'S SNIPE were seen at Grier's Pond.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Dragon Run at Delaware City.
LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, AMERICAN COOT, plus GADWALL, BLUE WINGED
TEAL, and a BARRED OWL were seen kayaking the marsh. MUTE SWAN was also seen
at Canal Pond plus 9 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 132 COOTS. The Heron watch at
Delaware City sponsored by the American Birding Association reported 95
GREAT EGRETS, 5 SNOWY EGRETS, 31 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, and 70 CATTLE EGRETS
plus 55 GLOSSY IBIS. Also seen were 29 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 5 BALD EAGLES and
GADWALL.

A STILT SANDPIPER still in winter plumage was seen at Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. That bird
was seen in the marsh along Cods Road. AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were reported at the Prime
Hook Beach Road. GLOSSY IBIS, TRICOLORED, and GREEN HERON were reported at
the refuge. Late waterfowl included GADWALL, RED-BREASTED, and HOODED
MERGANSER. BROAD-WINGED HAWK and AMERICAN KESTREL were found at Little Neck
Road. The first EASTERN KINGBIRD was reported today along with, YELLOW,
WORM-EATING and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS earlier this week with PRAIRIE, PALM,
and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen there on Tuesday
and WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen there on Wednesday. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
was seen at Turkle's Pond on Monday along with WHITE-EYED VIREO,
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. The pinelands trail had
OVENBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED, BLACK AND WHITE, PINE and PALM WARBLER. RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were still being seen at Little Neck. SEASIDE SPARROW, CLAPPER
RAIL, and  WILLET were seen at Oyster Rock Road.

Six PIPING PLOVER and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Cape Henlopen
State Park along with WILLET, SANDERLING, and a WILSON'S SNIPE. SURF and
BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON were
all still seen at the Park. BONAPARTE'S GULL and lots of NORTHERN GANNETS
were seen offshore. Landbirds seen included BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, CEDAR
WAXWING, PALM, YELLOW-THROATED, and PRAIRIE WARBLER plus SAVANNAH SPARROW. A
HORNED GREBE was found Along Pilotown Rd., north of Lewes at Roosevelt
inlet.

A late LONG-TAILED DUCK and 2 BRANT were seen at Burton's Island at the
North Marina in Indian River Inlet. Also reported was BUFFLEHEAD and
VIRGINIA RAIL. Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS plus RUDDY TURNSTONES were
found at Indian River Inlet along with NORTHERN GANNET and RED-THROATED
LOON. Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Massey's Landing at the end
of Long Neck along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A raft of 45 BRANT were
found at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck along with BUFFLEHEAD.
The first AMERICAN REDSTART of the season was found at James Farm on Tuesday
plus PALM WARBLER.

Big waves PALM WARBLERS were found throughout southern Delaware this week.
Eight PALM WARBLERS were seen at the Ponders Tract along with HERMIT THRUSH.
The first YELLOW-THROATED VIREO of the season was heard at the Headquarters
Tract of Redden State Forest along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, OVENBIRD,
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and PINE SISKIN. PINE SISKINS and a RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER were found at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach. The first
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD of the season was found coming to feeders near
Lewes.

A big flight of 76 NORTHERN GANNETS were also found at Pickering Beach near
Dover along the Delaware Bayshore. Some late waterfowl at Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area at Pickering Beach included NORTHERN SHOVELER,
GREEN WINGED TEAL, 44 RUDDY DUCK, 9 BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED, HORNED GREBE,
and AMERICAN COOT, along with MARSH WREN and SAVANNAH SPARROW. Seven
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck
Wildlife Area along with MARSH WREN and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. Some early
migrants in downtown Dover at Woodcrest included BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BLACK
AND WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, HOUSE WREN, and CHIMNEY
SWIFT.

BLUE-HEADED VIREO and NORTHERN PARULA were also new migrants at White Clay
Creek State Park near Newark, along with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM, PINE,
PRAIRIE, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Also reported were a PIED-BILLED GREBE
on the Creek, plus BROAD-WINGED HAWK and BARRED OWL. BLUE-HEADED VIREO plus
WOOD and HERMIT THRUSH were reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark,
along with the first BLUE-WINGED WARBLER of the season. LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLER, and CHIMNEY SWIFT were also seen there.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported again at Winterthur Museum by the visitor
center on Saturday. The first GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER the season along with
PALM WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were found at First State National
Historical Park-Woodlawn Tract along the Brandywine Creek. Four LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH were found along the Brandywine on Saturday at Brandywine Creek
State Park. Eastern Meadowlark continues be found in the meadows by the
nature center.

A COMMON RAVEN was found being harassed by crows flying over Brandywine
Hundred off Grubb Road. This is not far, as the crow flies from where this
species was seen at Alapocos Run State Park in Wilmington. Some species
leaving our area include late DARK-EYED JUNCOS seen at Cape Henlopen State
Park, a feeder in BEAR, and at the Rockland Mills parking lot in Brandywine
Creek State Park. PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCH continue be coming to the
White's feeder in Yorklyn off Center Mill Road. Another male PURPLE FINCH
was reported at a feeder in Brookside near Newark. 

A late RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found at Ashland Nature Center. Several
flights of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT totaling 63 birds were seen flying over
the Ashland heading north. Also reported was CHIMNEY SWIFT and ROUGH-WINGED
SWALLOW. The first HUMMINGBIRD of the season arrived there this week. RUBY
CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW were also found. A
MERLIN was seen at Auburn Heights in Yorklyn. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen at
Coverdale Farms. 

ORCHARD ORIOLE was reported this week along the C&D canal. A BARRED OWL was
photographed at Lum's Pond State Park near Glasgow. 

The PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Wilmington hatched 4 young this week.
Their nest box is on the Brandywine building along Pennsylvania Ave. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Walter Gura, Phil
Thompson, Andy Urquhard, Bert Filemyr, Howard Eskin, Temujin Subodai, Andy
McGann, Michael Adams, Sandra Keller, Marilyn Henry, Nancy Goggin, Ken
Cooper, Bob Edelen, Heidi Krofft, Mark Nale, Dick Plambeck, Robert Menck,
Colin Flutarty, Colin Campbell, Bill Hicks, Joel Martin, Sean McCandless,
George Armistead, Ian Stewart, Rich Clifton, Joe Swertinski, Hannah
Greenberg Kelly Nunn, Dave Fees, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger,
Jim and Amy White, John Long, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Amy O'Neil,
Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Alissa
Kegelman, Tim Freiday, Teddy Burke, and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline
needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

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Subject: Re: Hummer arrival
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <Adinkl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:26:21 -0400
Had my first one in Lewes tonight.

Ann Dinkel

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Subject: [de-birds] Hummer arrival

Excited to report the arrival about 7 pm this evening of a nice-looking male 
hummer at the feeder on our deck. 


Hope he is our resident guy, and not just passing through!!!

Steve & Diane Freebery
Delaplane Av
Newark -- south end of Middle Run Natural Area

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Subject: Hummer arrival
From: Diane Freebery <chickadeedee25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:08:09 -0400
Excited to report the arrival about 7 pm this evening of a nice-looking
male hummer at the feeder on our deck.

Hope he is our resident guy, and not just passing through!!!

Steve & Diane Freebery
Delaplane Av
Newark -- south end of Middle Run Natural Area

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Subject: Chimney Swifts
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:51:12 -0400
Chimney Swifts are flying over our home in Lewes. 

John Hoyt
Lewes, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2016) 26 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:57:48 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   0              2              9
Northern Harrier             1             12             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             16             27
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7             18             35
Merlin                      10             23             32
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               4              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              8
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                      26            145            705
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Weather:
light Sw wind,21-25c, 50-75% clcv, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
my little buddy, the Prairie Warbler is back and singing all morning
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Subject: Re: April 20 Ruff update-Bombay Hook
From: Ken Wat <kenw70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 16:06:11 -0400
I found the Ruff, along with another birder this morning, at the Raymond
Pool mixed with some Yellowlegs close to land.  Same appearance as your
photo on Facebook.  Great find by you and Jonathan.

Ken Wat
On Apr 22, 2016 9:13 AM, "Walter Gura"  wrote:

>   Thanks to all who responded  to my post   about the bird Jonathan and I
> saw on 4/20/2016.      Everyone agreed that it was a Ruff.  The overall
> size, small head    and big belly make this an odd looking bird. (being
> within 20 feet really helps too).  I hope someone refinds it.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/109715576 AT N08/
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Subject: Spring has Sprung
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:26:50 -0400
We just had our first male ruby-throat this afternoon here in Dover.
And I heard a house wren in someone’s yard, also in Dover.

Yesterday we saw 3 chimney swifts over Millington, MD (not far from the state 
line). 


Joy Peters
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Subject: April 20 Ruff update-Bombay Hook
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:12:57 -0400
  Thanks to all who responded  to my post   about the bird Jonathan and I
saw on 4/20/2016.      Everyone agreed that it was a Ruff.  The overall
size, small head    and big belly make this an odd looking bird. (being
within 20 feet really helps too).  I hope someone refinds it.
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Subject: DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - Sunday April 24
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:41:03 -0400
Greetings all, 

 

This Sunday (April 24), Eric Braun and I will be leading our annual DOS
Nanticoke field trip.  This trip has a focus on newly arrived spring
migrants and we often have great looks at species like Yellow-throated
Warbler, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, and other warblers, vireos,
tanagers, flycatchers, and  many other species.  We can "almost guarantee"
the most stunning views of Prothonotary Warbler and have also found Barred
Owls in the last couple of years.  The trip will include stops at Redden
State Forest and Phillip's Landing along the Nanticoke River.  Time
permitting, we may reach Trap Pond State Park (park fees are in effect).
This is a full day trip so we recommend that you bring snacks, boots, and
bug spray.  We will make a brief stop at Royal Farms to grab lunch after
leaving Redden, before we head to Phillips Landing.  This trip is free to
attend (except park fees at Trap Pond) and open to anyone at any skill
level.

 

We will start at Redden and make several stops around the area for a variety
of species.  Once we finish at Redden we will head towards Phillips Landing
near Seaford.  We will make a brief stop for food and gas on the way for
those that need it.  We will break for lunch when we arrive at Phillips
Landing and then take a hike into the wildlife area.  Depending on time and
weather when we return to our cars, we may attempt to visit Trap Pond State
Park.  The trip may end as early as 2:30-3:00 or as late as 5:00, but you
are, of course, welcome to come and go as you please.

 

For northern participants, we will meet at 6 AM at the park-and-ride located
off of Route 1 on Route 299 near Middletown/Odessa.  From the Route 299
Middletown/Odessa exit on Route 1, head west on Route 299.  Turn right into
the entrance to the Park and Ride across from the Wawa. **We will depart the
Park and Ride no later than 6:15 AM.**

 

For southern participants, we anticipate arriving at our first stop at
approximately 7:30 AM.  Meet at the Redden State Forest HQ located at 18074
Redden Forest Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Please use Google Maps for
directions to this location from your departure site.  Alternatively, you
can also use the GPS coordinates of 38.741199, -75.413411 in Google Maps.
Once we have gathered at Redden, I will provide everyone with an itinerary
and directions to Phillip's Landing.

 

The weather is looking pretty great for Sunday.  If you have questions,
please email me off-list or call or text at the number below (be sure to
identify yourself if you text).

 

I hope you can join us!  

 

Anthony Gonzon

Middletown, DE

302-598-5893

 


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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in NCC
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:00:36 -0400
Had our first Hummer just now in Middletown. Get your feeders out!

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Subject: Abbott's Mill, Milford, Bird Sightings 4/21/16
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:29:24 -0400
Sightings this beautiful morning by the stream, meadow and pond: 
 A. Robin, Chipping Sparrows (everywhere), Tufted Titmouse, N. Cardinal, C. 
Grackle, White-throated Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Brown-headed Cowbird 
(everywhere), Song Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Goldfinch, Turkey Vulture, 
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Blue Jay, Barn Swallow, Field Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, 
Pine Warbler, Tree Swallow, E. Bluebird, House Sparrow, Purple Martin, Canada 
Goose, N. Mockingbird, Great Blue Heron, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, E. 
Phoebe, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Yellowthroat and 
Downy Woodpecker. 


Join us next Thursday, April 28, 8:30 am to 10:00 for a Bird Walk! Beginners to 
experts welcome for this free program. Meet in the parking lot of the Nature 
Center at 15411 Abbott's Pond Road. Binoculars are available for use. Enjoy the 
spring bird song symphony! 


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2016) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:55:59 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   0              2              9
Northern Harrier             0             11             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             12             23
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             11             28
Merlin                       0             13             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              8
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                       0            119            679
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Diane Kane

Weather:
light wind from S/ SE

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: Weird Goose
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 13:43:13 -0400
Greetings All,

This morning about 8 am I was driving past BCSP on the segment between the
old mill  that is now expensive apartments/townhouses and the bridge over
the Brandywine.  Sitting in the grass was a goose that looked like a
barnacle goose but with a pink bill and not quite up to snuff markings.
He/she was alone and appeared to be very tame.

This may be the same weirdo that was around last year.

Susan Marengo
Brandywine Hundred

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Subject: Tricolored Heron @ Port Penn Impoundments
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:06:32 -0400
Had a Tricolored Heron this morning in the far NE corner of the Impoundments. 
Last year I believe there was a high count of 3 throughout the summer. Also, 
had a Common Moorhen  AT  the boardwalk. On Staves Landing RD I had 3 King/Clapper 
Rails give a grunting outburst  AT  the little bridge. One bird gave a slow King 
like kik call. Unfortunately, the birds didn't show themselves. Good Birding! 


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Subject: Possible Ruff (?) at Bombay Hook
From: Walter Gura <waltg19149 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:53:42 -0400
Jonathan Maccornack and I found an interesting bird which we think may be a
Ruff.  I hope the link below works. More pictures should be available soon
but none will show the u-shaped tail band I distinctly saw when the bird
flew. Neither of us are very familiar with Ruffs so it wasn't until we saw
the pics that we began to wonder.  It was at at Raymond Pool this morning
(Wednesday 4/20) about 10:00 along with 140 Avocets.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/109715576 AT N08/

Walt Gura
 waltg19149 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Apr 2016) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:21:54 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   0              2              9
Northern Harrier             1             11             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             12             23
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             11             28
Merlin                       2             13             22
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              8
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                       6            119            679
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Weather:
temp 13c., light wind from NE

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Tuesday morning 4/19/16 White Clay Creek State Park bird list
From: "Sullivan, Kathleen N. (DNREC)" <Kathleen.Sullivan AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:04:08 +0000
Weekly hike with naturalist Gary Stolz at White Clay List:
4/19/16 WCCSP birds
American robin
Belted kingfisher 
Blue-gray gnatcatcher 
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Palm warbler
Pine warbler
Carolina chickadee 
Tufted titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch 
Carolina wren 
Mourning dove
Eastern bluebird 
Brown thrasher
Downy woodpecker 
Hairy woodpecker 
Pileated woodpecker 
Red-bellied woodpecker 
Northern flicker
Tree swallow
Northern rough-winged swallow
Eastern phoebe
Chipping sparrow
Song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Eastern towhee
Northern cardinal
American goldfinch
Red-winged blackbird 
Brown-headed cowbird
European starling
Wood duck
Mallard
Canada goose
Osprey
Turkey vulture
Black vulture
Blue jay
American crow
Red-tailed hawk

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Subject: Ashton Tract Perusal
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:47:11 -0400
I did a quick migrant scan this morning and found 3 House Wrens on territory 
and singing. I also had several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers meowing from the trees. 
Several Palm Warblers along with 2 Prairie and 1 Common Yellowthroat. 
Green-winged Teal have basically moved on. Every morning from here on should 
present goodies! Good Birding! 


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Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk: Wood Thrush, Prairie Warbler, House Wrens, and Other Migrants
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:59:13 +0000
Greetings:

On the third bird walk of the Spring season, the sun finally shone for our 
group of 19 birders exploring the Middle Run Birding Trail this morning. The 
walk began with the reports that the early-arriving birders heard a Barred Owl 
calling in the forest near the parking lot and as we got underway, a Prairie 
Warbler sang from the thickets adjoining Trail Marker 14. 


Our counter-clockwise loop on the trail provided good views of Palm Warblers 
foraging low on the ground, First-of-Season House Wrens singing and 
investigating nest boxes, breeding plumaged American Goldfinches, and Tree 
Swallows battling over available nest cavities. Other swallows species observed 
included several Barn Swallows, a lone Northern Rough-winged, and a flyover 
Purple Martin. 


As we entered the mature forest near Trail Marker 7, we heard the beautiful 
song of a Wood Thrush emanating just downhill in the intermediate forest. We 
did not see the thrush, and will look forward to spotting this species on 
upcoming walks. The big "sighting" discovery we made is a pair of Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers building a nest on a hanging grapevine near Trail Marker 12. 


Despite the light North winds, a few raptors were pushing Northward up the 
valley. We observed an Osprey, a couple American Kestrels, and a low 
Broad-winged Hawk (after most participants had departed) powering its way into 
the wind. Other notable nature observations this morning are: Tiger 
Swallowtail, blooming Dwarf Ginseng and Trout Lily, and dozens of bumblebees 
doing spot-on impressions of flyby hummingbirds. Our trip bird list of 51 
species is available at this link: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29058201 


Thanks to Tim Freiday for doing an excellent job of co-leading the trip, and 
providing handy spotting scope views of the notable birds for participants. Tim 
will be leading next Tuesday's walk, and more migrants are to be expected as we 
push further into the heart of Spring Migration. 


The Delaware Nature Society thanks all participants who support these walks 
that are offered in partnership with New Castle County Parks. Please visit the 
links below for more information on the Middle Run Birding Trail and photos of 
the birds and birders in action. 


Enjoy the birds,


-          Derek Stoner

Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
302-239-2334, ext. 106
derek AT delnature.org
Visit the Middle Run Birding Trail:
www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun
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Subject: ABA Bird Walk - Thousand Acre Marsh - Sat. 10am
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:25:05 -0400
Posting for George Armistead -

Subject: ABA Bird Walk - Thousand Acre Marsh - Sat. 10am

Hey All,

Just a reminder that we have another bird walk coming up at Thousand Acre Marsh 
this Saturday 
. 
We'll meet at ABA Headquarters in Delaware City, departing there at 10am for 
the marsh. Hope we'll see you then! Lots of spring arrivals are showing up 
everyday now and we'll make an effort to see sneaky marsh birds like Least 
Bittern and maybe even a rail of some kind, but there should be lots of birds 
around in general. 


Also remember that every Wednesday night at 6pm, we gather on the Delaware City 
Riverfront for the ABA's Weekly Wednesday Night Heron Watch 
. 
Our next one is tomorrow night! 


Week 1 results can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28936225 
 


Week 2 results can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28936197 
 


The heron watches are a really nice way to end the day. So bring a lawn chair 
and a friend, and you can even grab some crab cakes or a beer here in town 
after sunset. 


Hope we’ll see you at one of these ABA's events soon.

Very best!

-George


George L. Armistead
American Birding Association
ABA Events 
Philadelphia, PA
garmistead AT aba.org 

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Apr 2016) 31 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:16:29 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            119
Turkey Vulture               0             48            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   0              2              9
Northern Harrier             6             10             14
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             11             22
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5              9             26
Merlin                       7             11             20
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               3              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              7              8
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                      31            113            673
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley

Weather:
temp 23-25c, light wind from NW

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Tuesday April 19 Bird Walk Results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:17:12 +0000
Here are the results of what we saw on our weekly bird walk a t Cape Henlopen.

For Tuesday April 19 we started at the NC then walked the Gordons Pond Trail 
from Herring Point down to the north side of the pond. 


Purple Martins (NC)
Tree Swallows
Palm Warbler (GP) - several
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler (GP)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat (GP)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (GP)
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow (GP)
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren (GP)
House Wren (NC)
Veery (GP)
Gray-checked Thrush (GP)
Northern Flicker (GP)
Pileated Woodpecker - heard only (GP)
Mourning Dove
American Robin
Herring Gull (GP)
Laughing Gull (GP)
Forster's Tern (GP)
Black-bellied Plover (GP)
Greater Yellowlegs (GP)
Glossy Ibis (GP)
Great Egret (GP)
Snowy Egret (GP)
Osprey
Turkey Vulture


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park

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Subject: resend of Eastern Bluebird report
From: steve cottrell <miami.07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:24:21 -0400
Apologies, but I was informed the email sent yesterday had non-functioning 
links. Nuances of the listserv. 





Just a few miles north of Newark in Chester County PA, the 5th of 5 Eastern 
Bluebirds emerged Monday morning for this year's first crop. 4 emerged on 
Sunday, 13 days after the 5th egg was laid. https://flic.kr/p/GmetNq A camera 
is mounted on the nest box to photograph the parents as they enter the nest box 
to feed the young. https://flic.kr/p/FtfJsB This is part of a University of 
Delaware research project conducted by graduate student Ashley Kennedy with her 
advisor Dr. Doug Tallamy to identify the species of insects birds feed their 
young. There is also a crowd-sourcing component to the project where the public 
is encouraged to submit photos of birds delivering arthropods to their nests. 
https://www.whatdobirdseat.com/ steve cottrell 

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Subject: Sat-Sun May 21-22 Cape May Pelagic Still Looking for People
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:23:09 -0400
NOTE:  I'm posting this to the Delaware list since our Cape May trips often
spend much of their time in pelagic waters accepted by the Delaware Bird
Records Committee.

See Life Paulagics is running a spring overnight pelagic trip leaving
Saturday evening, May 21 and returning on Sunday, May 22.  We will be
searching for Northern Fulmar, Cory's, Great, Sooty, and Manx Shearwaters,
Leach's and Wilson's Storm-Petrels, all 3 jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic
Tern, and Red and Red-necked Phalaropes.  In 2015 we found a Black-capped
Petrel!  This is also a prime time for migrant songbirds which may not only
fly past the boat but even land on it!

Here are the particulars:
Date:  Sat-Sun, May 21-22
Time:  10:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost:  $215
Boat:  Atlantic Star

We will be aboard the comfortable 100' Atlantic Star, a boat with a full
walk-around lower deck, upper deck, and heated cabin.  The boat departs
from their dock in Wildwood Crest.  Sleeping is on benches and on the deck,
with people allowed to select their sleeping spots in the order they signed
up so it pays to sign up early.

We expect to spend most if not all of our time in New Jersey pelagic
waters, though a fair portion of the itinerary is likely to overlap with
Delaware waters, especially the most offshore portion.  We hope to be out
at the edge of the Continental Shelf at or even before daybreak to start a
chum slick first thing.

For more information check out our website.  If you have questions or wish
to make a reservation, please contact us by email or phone.  We hope to see
you aboard!


-PAG

-- 







*Paul A. GurisSee Life PaulagicsPO Box 161Green Lane, PA
18054215-234-6805www.paulagics.com paulagics.com
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Subject: Great to be a birder in Delaware right now...........
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:02:32 -0400
……………there’s just sooo much going on and about to happen in 
Delaware!!! 


Have you heard, the Wilmington Peregrine Falcons are the proud new parents of 
FOUR hatchlings, you can view this wonderful family at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/committees/conservation/wilmington-peregrine-falconwatch/ 
. 
Remember, there are two cameras with different angles to enjoy the show!! 


In less than two weeks, the 10th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon 
http://www.dosbirds.org/get-involved/delaware-bird-thon/ 
 is getting ready to 
kick off! Teams are being formed, events are scheduled 
http://www.dosbirds.org/events/category/field-trip/2016-05/?tribe_events_cat=field-trip&tribe-bar-date=2016-05 
 
and donations are coming in! If you love birding Ashton Tract as much as I do, 
help continue the great tradition of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon’s partnerships 
with DNREC and others in securing vital bird habitat in Delaware and join in! 
Donate here 
https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=1Q06KBJ1cSi6iKdQdBJXzN_632xd0jQO0jsjzg6HS6iqqx5pkTOkbPbHeNG&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d6625bf1e8bd269586d425cc639e26c6a 
 


And speaking of the DBAT, a wonderful dinner/silent auction/fundraiser is being 
hosted by the Road Runners Bird-A-Thon team on April 26th  AT  Delaware Distilling 
Company located at 18693 Coastal Hwy in Rehoboth Beach starting at 5:30. Last 
year’s event was a smashing success with some incredible items to bid on! See 
you there! 


Delaware is so rich with organizations that support and vigorously encourage 
birding on all levels, it’s really hard not to find a flavor that fits your 
birding palate! From DNS and DOS to the American Birding Association, birding 
opportunities are becoming almost countless for regional birders. And probably 
not surprising, these events are extremely well attended and enjoyed, and more 
are on their way due to the demand of Delaware’s exciting birding community. 


If you haven’t heard of the Mother’s Day Birdwalk held annually at White 
Clay Creek State Park, serving as the commanating event for the DBAT, you 
really need to put it on your radar and calendar! The wonderment of spring 
migration in WCCSP is secondary to sharing the morning with moms, their 
‘kids’ and birds! 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/mothers-day-walk-white-clay-creek-s-p-2/ 
 

 
Although this post to DE-Birds sounds a bit more like a public service 
announcement, it was really meant as a celebration to the uniquely-engaging 
Delaware birding community that all of us so enjoy. 


Good birding and happy migration,

Bill Stewart





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