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15 Apr DOS Meeting Photo Slideshow [Kelley Nunn ]
14 Apr Spring Fever [Colin Campbell ]
14 Apr Sighting along Route 1 [Lorraine Logan ]
14 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Apr 2014) 12 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Apr Middle Run Walk Tomorrow (4/15) [Derek Stoner ]
14 Apr Admin: Listserv problems [L Larson ]
14 Apr Fw: [David and Joy Peters ]
14 Apr REMINDER: DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide [Bill Stewart ]
14 Apr Re: FOY Chimney Swift ["sally o'byrne" ]
14 Apr DOS May 10, 2014 Spring Roundup [John & Sandy Janowski ]
14 Apr FOY Chimney Swift [John Hoyt ]
13 Apr Photo Study Of A Common Teal And Other Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent, DE), 4/13/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
13 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Apr 2014) 48 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Apr FOY Hummer [Susan Gruver ]
13 Apr Trap Pond This Morning ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
13 Apr White Clay Creek 4/13 [Maurice Barnhill ]
12 Apr Re: New Arrivals in Sussex Co [Joanne Howl ]
13 Apr New Arrivals in Sussex Co ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
12 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Apr 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Apr Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) - male & female [Marcy Stutzman ]
11 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 11th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Apr Wind Map for Forecasting Bird Migration [Derek Stoner ]
11 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Apr 2014) 78 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Apr National bird & wanna be national bird []
11 Apr Birding N. Del yesterday 4/10 [Clifford Hence ]
10 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Apr 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Apr today at thompson island [Diane Kane ]
10 Apr Wild Turkey Hockessin [Dennis Barrowclough ]
10 Apr I'm blue over you.... [Ben Tebbens ]
9 Apr Re: Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds ["Carolyn D'Amico" ]
9 Apr DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide [Bill Stewart ]
9 Apr Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
9 Apr FOY hummingbird [ELLEN WRIGHT ]
9 Apr New Castle Co: Greater White-fronted Goose, Caspian Terns, etc. [Tim Schreckengost ]
8 Apr Birds at Cape Henlopen today [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
8 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Apr 2014) 31 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Apr movie tonight at Theatre N ["sally o'byrne" ]
8 Apr Re: DE migration [Maurice Barnhill ]
8 Apr DE migration [Diane Kane ]
7 Apr Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds ["sally o'byrne" ]
7 Apr Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow, 4/8 [Derek Stoner ]
7 Apr Extralimital Marshall Bridge Preserve Map RE: [de-birds] Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014 [Jessica Provinski ]
7 Apr Brooding Barred Owl [Bob Bryant ]
7 Apr Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014 [Joan Beatty ]
7 Apr Birding Sussex on the Weekend ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
6 Apr DE Bayshore Yesterday...Many FOYs [Jacob Hall ]
6 Apr Northern Rough-wings are back! ["Amy O'Neil" ]
6 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Apr Warblers at Thompson Island [Edward Crawford ]
5 Apr Eurasian Green-winged Teal [Andrew Ednie ]
5 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Apr 2014) 339 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Apr Purple Finch in Middletown [Christopher Rowe ]
5 Apr Scratch that number of kestrels!!! [Diane Kane ]
5 Apr Kestrels [Diane Kane ]
4 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 4th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
4 Apr FOY Martin - Abbott's Mill [Jason Beale ]
3 Apr 8th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon [Bill Stewart ]
2 Apr Bigger (size) birds back at Bombay [John ]
2 Apr Snowy Owl in Dewey Beach [Sharon ]
2 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (02 Apr 2014) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Apr Rusty Blackbirds and Flint Woods [joe sebastiani ]
2 Apr Yellow Throated Warbler at Prime Hook [Edward Crawford ]
2 Apr New Castle Co: Greater White-fronted Goose in Middletown [Tim Schreckengost ]
2 Apr FOY yard birds (yesterday) [Diane Kane ]
1 Apr Middle Run Report: Winter Wren and Signs of Spring [Derek Stoner ]
1 Apr Newark Reservoir [Marie Gardner ]
1 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (01 Apr 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
1 Apr Re: Come help us with this Spring's Roadside Clean-up [Bob ]
1 Apr Pileated [Dennis Barrowclough ]
1 Apr Piping Plovers [Susan Gruver ]
31 Mar Bird Walks at Middle Run and Flint Woods in April and May [Derek Stoner ]
31 Mar Bert Filemyr presents "Hosting a Wintering Hummingbird" to DVOC on 3 April 2014 [Stephen Kacir ]
31 Mar Come help us with this Spring's Roadside Clean-up [Alan Dages ]
29 Mar Greater white-fronted Goose [John & Sandy Janowski ]
29 Mar Greater White-fronted Goose [Christopher Rowe ]
29 Mar A Birder's Guide to Everything ["sally o'byrne" ]

Subject: DOS Meeting Photo Slideshow
From: Kelley Nunn <kelley.nunn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:51:08 -0400
Hello, DE Birders!

As you know, our monthly DOS meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night,
Wednesday, April 16th! It has been an exciting month so far for spotting
spring migrants! If you have any recent photos you would like to be
included in the pre-meeting slideshow, please e-mail them to me at:
kelley.nunn AT gmail.com.

Thank you and see you tomorrow night!

-Kelley Nunn
Chester County, PA
Subject: Spring Fever
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:13:56 -0500
I know when Spring's really here. I leap out of bed, pull the curtains and 
there, resplendent in its bleeding heart plumage is a male Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak on my birdtable, giving me the eye saying, 'Oy you, I've flown all the 
way from Panama to your yard so where's my bloody sunflower seeds?' I respond 
immediately, of course and, half naked and screaming inwardly 'Don't go!', rush 
to comply. And he's gracious enough to come back and allow me to adjust my jaw 
back to its normal position. 

 
Sadly, that was 20 years ago when I was able to leap, when I had curtains, when 
I thought being half-naked was cool at my age and before my erstwhile ability 
to inwardly scream was overtaken by my latterly newly-found confidence in 
growling. 

 
Today, I lurched out of bed, and headed south with a friend to find the drake 
Common Teal at Bombay Hook. Which we did. It did take two circuits of Bear 
Swamp Pool to finally pin it down - the rather breezy southerly wind meant that 
the ducks were facing into the wind and head-tucked but the high tide meant 
that they were on the poolside of Bear Swamp, the Eurasian visitor visible from 
the aforementioned Bear Swamp sign half way down the pool. 

 
Other birds at BHNWR included 8 ad. Black-crowned Night-Herons at their usual 
N. Bear Swamp island, a delightful twosome of Screech-Owls sticking their heads 
out of Wood Duck boxes - a grey-phase just after leaving Shearness Pool and a 
rufous-phase just before getting to Bear Swamp Pool, 2 pairs of Blue-winged 
Teal in Raymond Pool, a Pied-billed Grebe 'sitting on a nest'? in Shearness 
Pool, and a Wilson's Snipe on the "New Pool" - I guess a short-lived small pond 
on the north of the entrance road to the reserve, some 200 yards before the 
entrance gate (which also had Osprey and Lesser Yellowlegs). 

 
Little Creek WMA had 20 Am. Wigeon about 700 American Coot (we did studiously 
scan for both Eurasian spp. - of course). Port Mahon had 9 Willet from the 
boat-launch. Ted Harvey North Pond had bugger all. 

 
The crab cake sandwich with a glass of Dogfish Ale at Sambo's in Leipsic made 
up for the lack of a Helen's Sausage earlier ..... well, very nearly. 

 
Colin Campbell 
Claymont, DE
 
 
Subject: Sighting along Route 1
From: Lorraine Logan <ldl AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:10:23 -0400
My brother Jim and I had what we thought was quite an unusual sighting this 
afternoon---not about birds this time but I'm passing it along anyway. 


At about 1 o'clock we were going north on Route 1, just a short distance past 
the Indian River Bridge when we saw something in one of the dead pine trees on 
the ocean side, about 100 feet from the road. Pulling over we found it was a 
gray fox, up about 20 feet, draped over some branches, sound asleep. It never 
moved while we sat there watching it. 


We came back south at 4 o'clock and it was still there, this time awake and 
curled up in a more comfortable position. We again pulled over to watch it and 
it watched us but didn't move at all while we were there. 


I've seen lots of red fox but never a live gray fox on Delmarva, and certainly 
not any fox in a tree! 



Lorraine Logan
ldl AT mchsi.com
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Apr 2014) 12 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:04:12 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             90             90
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             99             99
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            298            298
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      12            598            598
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        John Hoyt

Weather:
wind-WSW/SSW, 7.4-6.7,temp.21-23c, clcv 50-75%,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Middle Run Walk Tomorrow (4/15)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:08:35 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

 

The past three days at Middle Run Natural Area (near Newark) have shown
how quickly Spring migration can populate the landscape with new avian
visitors.   Observers recorded arrivals like Northern Parula, Prairie
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Meadowlark,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in abundance.

 

Tomorrow morning's bird walk will begin at 8:00am from the parking lot
at the end of the gravel driveway off of Possum Hollow Road.  There is a
very good chance of rain showers, so use your judgment in deciding
whether to come out or not. Some of our very best birding experiences at
this site during migration occur on those cloudy, lightly raining kind
of days.  So we always try and get out at least for a short spin in the
rain to see what is around.  Migration conditions over the past three
days of South winds brought many new birds into this area.

 

For those looking for a bit of "Spring Migration Preparation", I will be
presenting this program at 12:30pm tomorrow in the auditorium at
Tri-State Bird Rescue (located within Middle Run at 110 Possum Hollow
Road.)  If you want to see lots of photos of bright-colored neo-tropical
migrants like orioles, tanagers, vireos, and warblers, come on out and
join us for this free half-hour discussion of identification tips and
tales of Spring birding.

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 
Subject: Admin: Listserv problems
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:59:39 -0400
Hello,

Here are several announcements about the Jerseybirds and Delaware birds lists. 
Please read and save it for future use. 



1. Problems with e-mail addresses from Yahoo.com are continuing today. Yahoo’s 
policy change last week is also causing problems that affect e-mail addresses 
from other domains, such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. You can read a 
technical explanation of why this occurs at: 



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1 


Because the problem occurs _every time_ a message from a Yahoo.com address is 
posted to the list, the Princeton mail administrators have instructed me to set 
all subscriptions with Yahoo.com addresses to NOPOST. I have just done so. This 
will remain in force until Yajoo changes its policy. I apologize for the 
inconvenience this will cause you. I realize it is NOT your fault. 


Other providers have “honored” Yahoo’s policy although they have not set the 
same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we remove the 
Yahoo addresses. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail. 


If you have a Yahoo address, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com support and 
tell them “I am unable to participate in Listserv mailing lists because of 
Yahoo's DMARC policy.” I also suggest that you may want to get a different 
e-mail provider for your listserv subscriptions (and maybe for all your 
e-mail). While I can't and don't recommend any particular provider, I can tell 
you that two large providers, which have had no problems, are Google 
(Gmail.com) and Apple (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). There have also been no 
problems with any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as I know right now. 


To repeat, I have set all Yahoo subscriptions for Jerseybi to “nopost” — if you 
are a Yahoo user, you will be able to read messages but not post to 
Jerseybirds. 




2. The Listserv software will be upgraded Thursday morning, April 17, between 5 
AM and 7 AM. It will go from LISTSERV (tm) v. 15 to v. 16. The lists Jerseybi, 
De-Birds, and NJBIRDS will be unavailable at that time. Any change in a complex 
system may have unforeseen consequences, but this upgrade has been tested 
extensively and we hope it will not cause anything except a major increase in 
performance due to the new server. 


As always don’t hesitate to contact the list owners if you have questions, but 
please be considerate at this busy time, and try to write us only if you have 
tried to solve your problem first and gotten stuck. The addresses to write are: 


Jerseybi-request AT princeton.edu
De-birds-request AT princeton.edu


3. The intenral “computer” name of the Jersey list is “Jerseybi” not 
“Jerseybirds.” To manage your subscription, please use the following 
information (it supersedes anything you may have saved in the past). 


The List address to which you send messages or "post" is:
Jerseybi AT princeton.edu

How to UNSUBSCRIBE:
To stop receiving list messages, send an e-mail with no subject AND no 
signature, to 

   LISTSERV AT Princeton.edu
containing only this command:
   UNSUBSCRIBE Jerseybi

How to SUBSCRIBE:
To start receiving list messages, send an e-mail with no subject AND no 
signature, to 

   LISTSERV AT Princeton.edu
containing only this command:
   SUBSCRIBE Jerseybi Ima Birder 
(Replace Ima Birder with your full name)

How to STOP YOUR LIST MAIL Temporarily:
To suspend delivery without dropping your list subscription,
send a message to
LISTSERV AT Princeton.edu
containing only the command
SET Jerseybi NOMAIL

How to RESTART YOUR LIST MAIL:
When you want to resume delivery of messages,
send a message to
LISTSERV AT Princeton.edu
containing only the command
SET Jerseybi MAIL


Thanks for your understanding and your continued support of the Jerseybirds and 
Delaware birds mailing lists. 

Laurie Larson
co-listowner, Jerseybirds/NJBIRDS/DE-Birds
Princeton, NJ
Subject: Fw:
From: David and Joy Peters <trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:54:31 -0400
Hi! http://certifiq.nl/_best.video.google.com?asjwjqek=6352372&ifidere=191768 

 		 	   		  
Subject: REMINDER: DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:24:16 -0400
Subject: DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide


Good Morning DE-Birders,

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME WARBLERS?  A BIT CONFUSED?
WELL......... the next DOS monthly meeting can help you with that! Our featured 
speaker for the April meeting is Tom Stephenson - co-author of the newly 
released, "The Warbler Guide". Books will be available for purchase and signing 
(cash & checks only). 


Delmarva Ornithological Society
April Meeting: April 16th 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour 
Meeting begins at 7:30 PM
Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE

"The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers Easy". This talk 
discusses many very important but often overlooked ID points such as overall 
contrast, subtle facial features, color impressions, feather edging, rump 
contrast, and foraging style, location, and behavior. 

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. 
Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums 
and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the 
Birds, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, andGuide to the Birds of SE 
Brazil. He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in 
Asia, where he trained guides for the government of Bhutan. He was on Zeiss’s 
digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding and in 2011 his own team won 
the World Series Cape Island Cup. 

As a musician he played concerts and did studio work for many years, working 
with several Grammy and Academy Award winners. His clients included the 
Grateful Dead, Phil Collins and the FBI. He joined Roland Corporation in 1991, 
managed the recorder division, and retired recently as Director of Technology. 
His latest book, The Warbler Guide, is published by Princeton University Press. 

See You All There!

Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Re: FOY Chimney Swift
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:10:09 -0400
Had my FOY Chimney Swifts (2) this morning at sunrise over my house. First 
sighting for New Castle County?? 




sally o'byrne
salobyrne AT gmail.com
302-584-4783


"Man always assumed he was more intelligent than dolphins because he has 
achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars, and so on - while all the 
dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But 
conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more 
intelligent than man - for precisely the same reason." Douglas Adams 







On Apr 14, 2014, at 7:00 AM, John Hoyt  wrote:

> Saw and heard our FOY Chimney Swifts in Lewes last evening and again this 
morning. 

> 
> John Hoyt
> Lewes, DE
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: DOS May 10, 2014 Spring Roundup
From: John & Sandy Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:47:58 -0400
Hello DE Birders:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 10 - DOS annual Spring Roundup where 
species and individual numbers of birds are counted and documented (exactly 
like a Christmas Bird Count). The Spring Count with its traditional label 
"Roundup" is unique to Delaware. Fortunately we are small enough to pull off a 
statewide survey each spring, but we need volunteers to keep it a success. 


May is also International Birding Month and there are many competing events 
both within Delaware and our neighboring states. If other events interest you, 
try to combine them. All levels of birding (beginner to expert) are welcomed. 
Below is the list of area compilers that are waiting to hear from you. 


Note the geographic limits of each area. For a closer look consult the DOS web 
site http://www.dosbirds.org/SpringRoundup 


Area 1: New Castle County south to the C&D Canal, Mike Smith 
Michael.A.Smith AT villanova.edu 

Area 2: C&D Canal south to the Leipsic River in Kent County, John Janowski 
jsbirders AT verizon.net 

Area 3: Kent County south of the Leipsic River to the Sussex County Line, Chris 
Bennett, cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM 

Area 5: Sussex County south to Lewes, Frank Rohrbacher, rohrbaf AT aol.com
Area 6: Lewes to the Indian River Inlet, Glen Lovelace, 
glenlovelace AT verizon.net 

Area 7: Indian River Inlet south to the Maryland Line, Bob Rufe rrufe1 AT aol.com

Need a Spring Roundup tally list? I'll be glad to e-mail you one.

Good birding.

John Janowski


i
Subject: FOY Chimney Swift
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:00:12 -0400
Saw and heard our FOY Chimney Swifts in Lewes last evening and again this 
morning. 


John Hoyt
Lewes, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Photo Study Of A Common Teal And Other Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent, DE), 4/13/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:55:27 -0400
I decided to take the weatherman at his word and try and photograph some
birds at Bombay Hook today. Not only was it sunny but I actually was able
to find the previously reported Common (Eurasian) Teal at Bear Swamp. To
see today's Photo Study and a list of the species seen, please click on
the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookApr13_14/BombayHookApr13_14.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B.Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Apr 2014) 48 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:04:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              17             90             90
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28             87             87
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            298            298
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      48            586            586
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic

Visitors:
20


Weather:
wind WSW/S/SE, 4.5-4.9,temp 21/22/19/18,clcv 100%-85%,visb 18 k

Raptor Observations:
once again a nice steady flight to start the day and the wind changed to SE
and it was all over

Non-raptor Observations:
2-B. Eagle, many local Osprey,Gannet,Pine Warbler

Predictions:
Monday

Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High
72F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: FOY Hummer
From: Susan Gruver <Srgruver AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:12:11 -0400
FOY Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at my feeder a few minutes ago. 
Sue Gruver
Subject: Trap Pond This Morning
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:46:28 +0000
Visited Trap Pond and the surrounding area this morning. Started at the bridge 
on Hitch Pond Road over Hitch Pond Branch. Several Ovenbirds and BG 
Gnatcatchers, Phoebes that nest every year under the bridge, and one each of L. 
Waterthrush and Yellow-throated Warbler. 


Along Wooten Road a little south of the bridge, had two Vesper Sparrows 
singing, in a recently plowed field. This location is half way between Hitch 
Pond Road and Hudson Road. A Grasshopper Sparrow was singing across the road 
from the Vespers. 


In Trap Pond Park, I hiked the trail from the nature center to Raccoon Pond. 
Along this stretch, which I've found to be the birdiest in the park, had 
several Ovenbirds, Yellow-throated Warblers, Pine Warblers, Common 
Yellowthroats, Louisiana Waterthrushes and FOY Prothonotary Warblers. 


A little north of the park at a wooded creek crossing along Phillips Hill Road 
I had one B&W Warbler, a White-eyed Vireo and a singing Winter Wren. 


Also vocal Turkeys at several locations.

Good birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: White Clay Creek 4/13
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:31:29 -0400
Joe Russell and I spend a couple of hours along White Clay Creek this 
morning.  Numbers were spotty, but we had a Blue-headed Vireo fly in 
while we were watching a Palm Warbler near Wedgewood Rd.  We also had 
Pine Warblers singing, a Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 Louisiana 
Waterthrushes, at least one pair of Wood Ducks, and quite a few 
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: Re: New Arrivals in Sussex Co
From: Joanne Howl <jovet AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:07:21 -0400
We just returned from Prime Hook visitor center and the trail to the overlook. 



We DID have a brief but excellent look at a Vesper Sparrow near the sharp turn 
in the road, near the cedars, consorting with chipping sparrows. Also saw 2 
Palm Warblers, Dark Eyed Junco and heard several Field Sparrows near that same 
location. One Palm Warbler was bold enough that he really didn't want to give 
way to our car, but we gently convinced him to move along. 



Great abundance of Glossy Ibis - at least 75! Lots of Laughing Gulls flying in. 
No Avocets or Stilts, but lots of Yellowlegs, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great 
Blue Herons and some Forester's Terns. Green Wing Teal, Blue Winged Teal, 
Northern Pintail, Norther Shoveler, Gadwall, and - in the wet woodland - a Wood 
Duck. 



A Bald Eagle annoyed the nesting Osprey as it passed by, and one of the pair 
took chase. It flew high over the Eagle and dove on it, once very aggressively. 
The Eagle responded to the aggressive stoop - which was pretty fast - by 
turning when the Osprey got close, sticking talons straight up at the diving 
Osprey. The Osprey pulled up, the Eagle flipped back rightside up, and made a 
dash to a tree. The Osprey returned to the nest, calling. Very cool to see. 



Lots of shorebirds were around - probably thousand or more - but they were all 
too distant for me to have a clue. 



Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM    and Jon Ranson
West River, MD
jovet AT aol.com



-----Original Message-----
From: Fees, David F. (DNREC) (DNREC) 
To: de-birds 
Sent: Sat, Apr 12, 2014 9:15 pm
Subject: [de-birds] New Arrivals in Sussex Co


This morning had a Green Heron at Prime Hook flying over the headquarters, 
White-eyed Vireos at Prime Hook and along Oyster Rocks road. Also at Oyster 
Rocks was an Eastern Kingbird hawking insects from the last trees before the 
open marsh. Several Common Yellowthroats and several Seaside Sparrows were 
singing there, too. Willets are now  in - seen and heard at Oyster Rocks, 
Broadkill Beach marsh, and Fowler's Beach. Shorebird diversity was down at 
Broadkill Beach marsh, though, with Dunlin and both Yellowlegs were the only 
other species I saw. No avocets or BN Stilts.

Blue-winged Teal and Glossy Ibis near the HQ of Prime Hook were nice to see. No 

Vesper Sparrows seen or heard this week there, but Field Sparrows are singing 
all over the place. Turkey strutting and gobbling at Prime Hook and Oyster 
Rocks. Hunters were in evidence, so watch out, Tom!

Good Birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE

 
Subject: New Arrivals in Sussex Co
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:12:08 +0000
This morning had a Green Heron at Prime Hook flying over the headquarters, 
White-eyed Vireos at Prime Hook and along Oyster Rocks road. Also at Oyster 
Rocks was an Eastern Kingbird hawking insects from the last trees before the 
open marsh. Several Common Yellowthroats and several Seaside Sparrows were 
singing there, too. Willets are now in - seen and heard at Oyster Rocks, 
Broadkill Beach marsh, and Fowler's Beach. Shorebird diversity was down at 
Broadkill Beach marsh, though, with Dunlin and both Yellowlegs were the only 
other species I saw. No avocets or BN Stilts. 


Blue-winged Teal and Glossy Ibis near the HQ of Prime Hook were nice to see. No 
Vesper Sparrows seen or heard this week there, but Field Sparrows are singing 
all over the place. Turkey strutting and gobbling at Prime Hook and Oyster 
Rocks. Hunters were in evidence, so watch out, Tom! 


Good Birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Apr 2014) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:04:57 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             73             73
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             1             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             59             59
Cooper's Hawk                6             11             11
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             13             13
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            296            296
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      21            538            538
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
13


Weather:
wind N/WNW, 6.5-4.2, temp 16-17, clcv 50-65, ahzy and fog coming in from NJ

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Towhee, Pine Warblers,BG Gnatcatcher,GC Kinglet

Predictions:
Sunday

Partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) - male & female
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT NETSCAPE.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:19:45 -0400
Noticed an eBird checklist from Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:18 AM
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17651313) that reports 1 male
and 1 female Green-winged Teal (Eurasian).  

Noticed an eBird checklist from Sun Mar 30, 2003
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11079868) that also talks
about a femalel in attendance - "Paired with male."  Described as darker
markings on side, a more tawny overlay across most of the bird, and seemed
larger [I'm guessing from other female Green-winged Teal (American)].

Yesterday (4/11) Winger West and I relocated the male and noted it was
associating with a female.  It was very territorial/aggressive with a male
Green-winged Teal who seemed to be getting too close to the pair.  We did
not identify the female as the Eurasian subspecies, but wondered aloud about
how one would tell the difference between the American and Eurasian
subspecies females.

I'm wondering how this female should be handled in eBird. Is it important to
be documenting both the male and the female in eBird as a Green-winged Teal
(Eurasian)?

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 11th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:02:24 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 11, 2014
* DEST1404.11
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
GREATER WHITE -FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
COMMON TEAL
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Brown Pelican
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Broad Winged Hawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Laughing Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Parula
Black and White Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Vesper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 11, 2014
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 11th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
reached 209 species. New species this week included, BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, LEAST TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
VESPER SPARROW, and INDIGO BUNTING.

The previous reported EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED "COMMON" TEAL was again reported
this week at Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
That bird was originally seen in the impoundment across from the Bear Swamp
sign. But, a pair was seen later in the week in the mud flats opposite
Sheerness Pool. A RED-NECKED GREBE continues to be seen, along with up to 10
PIED-BILLED GREBES, and a RED-THROATED LOON at the refuge. A flock of
FORSTER'S and CASPIAN TERNS at Bear Swamp also had a very early LEAST TERN.
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was reported at the Boardwalk Trail and at Parson's
Point. Swallows seen included BARN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, and PURPLE MARTIN
inside the refuge. Three CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen at the Leipsic Bridge on
Route 9. Also new this week was YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON with 20
BLACK-CROWNS at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. Other waders reported in
the refuge was over 100 GLOSSY IBIS with SNOWY and GREAT EGRETS. There was a
peak count of 85 AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, LEAST
SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 75 WILSON'S SNIPE. A pair WOODCOCK
were also reported along with WILD TURKEY and BARRED OWL. Waterfowl seen
included WOOD DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, MUTE SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER
SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and all three MERGANSERS, RED-BREASTED,
HOODED, and COMMON. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at the visitor center
feeders.

The previous reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was again found along
Dutch Neck Road at Thousand Acre Marsh. That bird was seen Wednesday evening
at the corner where the road and marsh meets the canal. An ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was belatedly reported in the area. A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported
at Dragon Run on Monday along with MUTE SWAN. Other birds seen included
PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. 21
CATTLE EGRETS were seen along Dutch Neck Road along with over 100 GLOSSY
IBIS. Several LITTLE BLUE HERONS and WILSON'S SNIPE were seen at Grier's
Pond. 

There were five RED-NECKED GREBES still being seen at Newark Reservoir off
Paper Mill Road. Also seen there was 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES, plus RED-BREASTED
and COMMON MERGANSER. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were also reported there and
along White Clay Creek. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was also reported at White
Clay Creek. A MERLIN was reported at the University of Delaware Ag Farm.
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PINE WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER were reported at
Middle Run Natural Area. A WOODCOCK was flushed in the morning along the
birding trail.

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton has been a hotbed of new
arrivals. A pair of VESPER SPARROWS were reported in the field around the
headquarters. BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was also reported along the Dike
Trail. A NORTHERN PARULA was found in the junipers along Prime Hook Beach
Road. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER with several PINE WARBLERS was found at Turkle
Pond. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen along Cods Road, also seen
there was BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. There still a big
flock of shorebirds at Prime Hook including, almost 100 AMERICAN AVOCETS
with 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER plus a single PECTORAL
SANDPIPER and both SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. LITTLE BLUE
HERON and another YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were reported along the
Broadkill Beach Road. Waterfowl seen included SNOW GOOSE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, and HOODED MERGANSER. FOX SPARROW was seen by the refuge
headquarters.

Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch had a magnificent falcon flight on Saturday with
kestrels, merlins and more kestrels. A total of 270 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 37
MERLIN were counted that day along with 13 NORTHERN HARRIER plus other
raptors. That day also had spectacular offshore flight featuring 4 BROWN
PELICAN, 125 NORTHERN GANNET, over 400 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, plus big
flight of GREAT BLUE HERON, GREAT, and SNOWY EGRETS. Also seen this week was
PILEATED WOODPECKER on Tuesday from the Hawk watch, a rare bird for Cape
Henlopen. The Hawk Watch had its first PEREGRINE FALCON today, along with 32
SHARP-SHINNED and 5 COOPER'S HAWKS. Now is a great time to get to the Hawk
Watch since SWALLOW-TAIL KITE has been reported in several states in the
mid-Atlantic area already this season. Also reported at the Cape Henlopen
this week was AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PIPING PLOVER and BRANT out at the
point. Waterfowl seen included SURF, BLACK, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER along
with BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and RED-THROATED LOON. BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLER have been reported by the Seaside Nature Center.
An INDIGO BUNTING was found by the basketball courts.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was found walking in the Marshall's parking lot off Delaware
Route 1 near Midway on Monday night. A LATE AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen
at James Farm Nature Preserve off Cedar Neck Road near Bethany Beach.
Thompson's Island near Dewey Beach had a BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER on Saturday
along with YELLOW-THROATED and several PINE WARBLERS. YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER was also reported. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported at
Peterkin's Branch near Georgetown. A WILLET was seen along Indian River Bay
near Long Neck

Good number waterfowl continue be seen at Little Creek Wildlife Management
Area including RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER, and both
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE. Also reported there was lots of GLOSSY IBIS
plus PALM and PINE WARBLERS.

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported flying over Ashland Nature Center
yesterday. Also seen flying over was COMMON LOONS and DOUBLE CRESTED
CORMORANT. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PINE and PALM WARBLERS were also reported.
BROWN THRASHER and FOX SPARROW reported at Coverdale Farms. There still some
lingering waterfowl on Hoopes' Reservoir including HORNED GREBE and COMMON
LOON in breeding plumage, plus 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Duck seen included 45
RING-NECKED DUCK, 17 BUFFLEHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER, and WOOD
DUCK. WILD TURKEY continues in the seen along Route 41 at Brackenville Rd.
near Hockessin. Another WILD TURKEY was found this week at Brandywine Creek
State Park.

First of the year BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER were reported at Bellevue State Park
along with CHIPPING SPARROW and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. There was also
flyover BALD EAGLE. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were also reported at
Bellevue and AT Fox Point State Park. BARRED OWL and FOX SPARROW were
reported from a yard off Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred. A late PURPLE
FINCH was seen coming to a feeder near Augustine Creek at Port Penn. A pair
of BRANT were found today at Battery Park in New Castle. Also seen were
LAUGHING GULLS and PURPLE MARTINS along the river. 

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue to be reported at Banning Park near Newport.
RUSTY'S were also reported off Edgewater Farm Lane near Little Creek. The
previous reported RUSTY BLACKBIRDS found at Bellevue seen to have left the
area. Please keep your reports coming in during the E-bird Rusty Blackbird
Blitz.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Ed Crawford, Rich
Clifton, Andrew Leidig, Jon Olivares, Keith Maley, Jacob Hall, Colin
Campbell, Phil Thompson, Gary and Judy Charles, Sally O'Byrne, Amy O'Neil,
Alan Kneidel, Desiree Narango, Becky Kirn, Erin and Chris Rowe, Dave
Beattie, Thomas Galaskewicz, Nancy Steckle, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Joe
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Kathy Barrowclough, Tim Schreckengost, Sue Gruver,
Diane Kane, Rachael Shapiro, Ann Dinkle, Barb Saffir, and Maurice Barnhill.
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!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Wind Map for Forecasting Bird Migration
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:46:33 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
As Spring Migration and the weather finally heat up, thousands of migrants will 
funnel through the First State as they wing their way north. 

 
In past Springs, folks shared great insights and interpretations on DE-Birds 
about the ideal conditions that produce big arrivals of spring migrants. There 
is no perfect way to predict where birds will end up "on the ground" to be 
observed by waiting watchers, but there is one obvious factor to always 
consider: the direction of the wind. 

 
Our friends at Nemesis Bird have shared the news of a fantastic new resource 
called "Earth" that shows air flow in a beautiful and simple way. Read about 
this technology here: 
http://www.nemesisbird.com/bird-science/see-weather-whole-new-way/ 

 
For many locations in Delaware, a good wind overnight from the Southwest will 
help push night-migrating neo-tropical songbirds Northeast, bringing migrants 
from inland areas to our more-coastal location. These birds may land in the 
morning and spend the day in some of the prime birding locations along the 
Delaware River corridor (which is essentially all of Delaware since you are 
never far from the river shore or ocean coast.) 

 
Strong East winds or even Southeast winds may result in less-than-stellar 
numbers of birds at Delaware locations as these wind directions keep birds 
along a more inland (westward) track. And of course a North wind will often 
keep the songbirds from moving on, so they may stay around for a few days to be 
enjoyed in the local thickets. 

 
There are some really good nights of South winds coming up, so the waves of 
migrants should be riding the air currents right into your favorite birding 
patch soon. Keep checking the Wind Map to see what air flow is coming next. 

 
Good wind-watching,
 
Derek Stoner


      		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Apr 2014) 78 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:04:08 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              26             73             73
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   1              2              2
Northern Harrier             4             22             22
Sharp-shinned Hawk          32             47             47
Cooper's Hawk                5              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11             11
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            296            296
Merlin                       4             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      78            517            517
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Visitors:
Paul Kane,Diane and David Weber


Weather:
wind WSW/SSW/ESE 8.1-7.4,temp 20-25c,clcv 40-50%,visb 18-20k

Raptor Observations:
a nice steady flight all morning with the WSW winds shortly after noon it
turned to ESE and the flight was done.

Non-raptor Observations:
Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers,many Tree Swallows,Adult B. Eagle and 1 Juv.

Predictions:
Saturday

Partly cloudy. High 61F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: National bird & wanna be national bird
From: weimies AT AOL.COM
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:54:58 -0400
Yesterday afternoon about 5:45 pm there was a mature bald eagle circling over 
I-95 just north of the Marsh Road interchange. This morning around 7:45, I saw 
the turkey at Rt 41 & Brackenville Rd, just north of the Walgreen's on the edge 
of the northbound lanes of Rt 41. 

Meanwhile, I had 4 white-crowned sparrows, 5 white-throated sparrows, 3 
chipping sparrows & a handful of juncos in my yard this morning. The 
white-throats look pretty ratty, but the white-crowneds were very spiffy. I 
also had a Killdeer in the retention pond behind St. Rocco's Church on Sunny 
Dell Rd in Avondale. 

The group of 8 ring-necked ducks seen at Cokesbury pond in Hockessin on Tuesday 
evening have apparently departed. 

Andi Martin
Subject: Birding N. Del yesterday 4/10
From: Clifford Hence <cwhenceiii AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:56:47 -0400
Hope this doesn't get posted twice. The first time I forgot and 
attached some photos and got a rejection notice. So here goes again.


We had a nice day of birding in N. Delaware yesterday. Ended up with 50
species for the day. We visited several spots along RT 9 including
Thousand Acre Marsh, Bombay Hook and Port Mahon. Got a couple of FOY
birds, like Snipe and Common Teal, which were both seen at Bombay. Did
not see many ducks on the water areas along Rt 9. In the Hook there
were numerous N. Shovelers, BW Teal, Black and Mallard Duck. Did not
see any other species of ducks. A couple of eagle sighting including a
pair of adults interacting just over Rt 95 south of Wilmington.


Cliff Hence
Phila.
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Apr 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:04:13 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               8             47             47
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0             18             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             15             15
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            293            293
Merlin                       0             43             43
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      15            439            439
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Lorraine Logan

Visitors:
7


Weather:
wind-5.5-6.9, SSE. temp 12-15c,no clcv,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
502-DCCO's,40 Brandt, 1-Snow Goose,Pine Warbler

Predictions:
Friday

Partly cloudy skies. High 73F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.
Hoping the SW will send some Raptors our way
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: today at thompson island
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:14:07 -0400
yellow bellied sapsucker, brown creeper and FOY (for me) barn swallows were
of note this AM at thompson island in dewey beach. other birds (common to
this area) include red-bellied woodpeckers, turkey vultures, chickadees,
titmice, hairy woodpecker, goldfinch, cardinals, bluejays, robins, ospray,
flickers, red-winged blackbirds, grackles. and one unidentifiable yellow
warbler in the sunlight at the top of a tall tree.

*diane kane, indian beach, DE*
Subject: Wild Turkey Hockessin
From: Dennis Barrowclough <barrowclough AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:41:23 -0400
The infamous wild turkey was at the intersection of 41 and 48 in Hockessin
at 6:45 a.m. today.  My husband saw it about a week ago at Brackenville and
Rt. 41.  This may be the same one that has been seen periodically in the
Hockessin area.  It's hard for me to believe we have this turkey so close to
housing areas.

 

Kathy Barrowclough

 

 
Subject: I'm blue over you....
From: Ben Tebbens <bentebbens AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:07:19 -0400
     Welllll, hoping and praying they do move in and like this years 
dwelling...have been watching the lovely Eastern Bluebirds, a male and 
female scoping out what has been a favorite box of theirs for a few 
years now. With working and such I've only been able to catch a few 
glimpses of them on and around it so am certainly hoping they call it 
"home" this year as well!!!! Such beautiful creatures. I had pulled in 
the drive the other day and heard this song and like, now what is 
that...I should know that...and oh yes it came to me. What a lovely tune 
they share as well. Wishing everyone a wonderful spring birding season, 
God bless, Ben Tebbens of Lincoln, De.
Subject: Re: Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds
From: "Carolyn D'Amico" <carolyndamico AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 19:30:16 -0400
Banning Park takes the day!

On your suggestion Sally, I headed over to Banning Park this morning for a
look - I heard the Rusty Blackbirds before I saw them, just to the left of
the parking lot in the small tributary exiting the pond - best of all, no
scope required!  Two males puttered around for quite some time, affording
great views - seems several more individuals were on the far side of the
tracks, not visible, but definitely audible.

In addition, I saw your Red-shouldered Hawk in the woods beyond the pond ,a
yellow-crowned night heron trying to look inconspicuous just left of the
reeds on the right edge of the pond, and a pair of Wood duck in amongst the
requisite Canada geese and Mallards.  Certainly a productive site - thanks
for sharing!

Good birding,
Carolyn D'Amico


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM, sally o'byrne  wrote:

> Since the start of the Rusty Blackbird Blitz, I have consistently found
> them at Banning Park, which is off of Route 4, and not considered a hotspot
> for Delaware Birding. Much of the park are playing fields and picnic
> grounds.  However, it is also an old park with a mature deciduous woodland
> and a very established pond that is separated by the Christina River by
> only the Amtrak RR line.   Since it surrounded by Maryland Ave and the
> Amtrak line, there is very little deer activity and a nice variety of
> native plants.
>
> If you drive to Banning Park and head towards the big pond - the road
> turns off to the right, take your scope and scan the far shore.  The Rusty
> Blackbirds have been hanging in the area where a small creek drains into
> the pond.  There are beavers there than have flooded much of the woods in
> that area, so it is  pretty healthy wetland.    I have seen the Rusty
> Blackbirds in the trees very near the fisherman’s parking lots at the pond
> - I have also seen them in the lawn between the parking lot and the Amtrak
> line.
>
> Two years ago a Red-shouldered Hawk nested behind the pond, and I saw a
> beautiful one there about a week ago.  On Sunday, I heard a Barred Owl
> calling from the woods.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Sally O'Byrne
>



-- 
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
- Henry Ford
Subject: DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:49:47 -0400
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME WARBLERS? A BIT CONFUSED?
WELL......... the next DOS monthly meeting can help you with that! Our featured 
speaker for the April meeting is Tom Stephenson - co-author of the newly 
released, "The Warbler Guide". Books will be available for purchase and 
signing. 

Delmarva Ornithological Society
April Meeting: April 16th 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour 
Meeting begins at 7:30 PM
Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE
"The Overlooked ID Points that Make Identifying Warblers Easy". This talk 
discusses many very important but often overlooked ID points such as overall 
contrast, subtle facial features, color impressions, feather edging, rump 
contrast, and foraging style, location, and behavior. 

Books will be available for sale (cash or checks please) along with a book 
signing during the evening. 

Tom Stephenson has been birding since he was a kid under the tutelage of Dr. 
Arthur Allen of Cornell University. His articles and photographs are in museums 
and many publications including Birding, Birdwatcher’s Digest, Handbook of the 
Birds, Handbook of the Mammals of the World, andGuide to the Birds of SE 
Brazil. He has lectured and guided many groups across the US as well as in 
Asia, where he trained guides for the government of Bhutan. He was on Zeiss’s 
digiscoping team for the World Series of Birding and in 2011 his own team won 
the World Series Cape Island Cup. 

As a musician he played concerts and did studio work for many years, working 
with several Grammy and Academy Award winners. His clients included the 
Grateful Dead, Phil Collins and the FBI. He joined Roland Corporation in 1991, 
managed the recorder division, and retired recently as Director of Technology. 
His latest book, The Warbler Guide, is published by Princeton University Press. 

See You All There!
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:47:46 -0400
Attend the Flint Woods bird walk Thursday at 8am. All are welcome. This private 
preserve is only open during guided walks. The entrance is 3/4 mile down 
Twaddell Mill Road from Rt. 52 in Centreville.  Look for the sign at the 
entrance gate. See you there. 


Joe Sebastiani
Delaware Nature Society

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: FOY hummingbird
From: ELLEN WRIGHT <warwick8154 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:22:28 -0400
I had a male ruby throated hummingbird this morning. He was nice and fat. I
have never seen a hummingbird this early here. I didn't even have a feeder
up. I do now.

Ellen Wright
Warwick, MD

--
Subject: New Castle Co: Greater White-fronted Goose, Caspian Terns, etc.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:04:50 -0400
Birders,

A made a few stops in eastern New Castle County yesterday evening.
Highlights included the continuing Greater White-fronted Goose along Dutch
Neck Rd. and 18 Caspian Terns at the Port Penn Impoundments. Complete
checklists below.

Grier's Pond: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17807356

Thousand Acre Marsh: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17807507

Port Penn Impoundments:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17808080

Port Penn Rd. x Pole Bridge Rd.:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17808270

Good birding,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Birds at Cape Henlopen today
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <adinkl AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:03:16 -0400
After leaving the hawk watch today I did a bit of birding around the
basketball court.  Two small flocks of birds-one all blue birds and the
other a mixed flock of Chipping and Field Sparrows and one Indigo Bunting.

 

Ann

 

Ann Marie Dinkel

Red Mill Pond

Lewes, DE

 

302-381-4220

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Apr 2014) 31 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:04:33 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              10             39             39
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   1              1              1
Northern Harrier             0             18             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4            293            293
Merlin                       3             43             43
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5              5              5

Total:                      31            424            424
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel

Weather:
wind 4.2-9.4, WSW, temp 18c,100% clcv,visb 15-18k

Raptor Observations:
visb. was awful looking into dark grey clouds making it very difficult to
get good ID's. Juv. Bald Eagle heading North just over the water

Non-raptor Observations:
RT Loon,Pileated Woodpecker,4-Great Egrets,Surf Scoter,2- Oyster
Catchers,many Gannet

Predictions:
Wednesday

Abundant sunshine. High 59F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: movie tonight at Theatre N
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:05:29 -0400
If you missed ‘The Birder’s Guide to Everything’, they are showing it tonight 
due to high demand. 7 pm at Theatre N. 


Here’s a link: 
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/This-Week---Theatre-N---April-11-13---2014.html?soid=1101120249267&aid=J3h6PVupWnc 



Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Re: DE migration
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:35:21 -0400
On 4/8/2014 8:48 AM, Diane Kane wrote:
> i just had 8 great blue herons heading north along the ocean.
>
> question: do flickers migrate through DE? i had 3 digging in the pine
> needle mulch on the ground in my yard all day yesterday and saw a few more
> in the pine trees across the street hanging out. i do see flickers in my
> neighborhood, but never that many at once.
>
> best, diane kane
>
>
Yes they do.  The migration starts toward the end of March and continues 
through April.  The number of migrants at any given time is not very 
large compared compared to the numbers generally present.  However, 
seeing a noticeable group in one location during this period is quite 
likely.

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: DE migration
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:48:56 -0400
i just had 8 great blue herons heading north along the ocean.

question: do flickers migrate through DE? i had 3 digging in the pine
needle mulch on the ground in my yard all day yesterday and saw a few more
in the pine trees across the street hanging out. i do see flickers in my
neighborhood, but never that many at once.

best, diane kane
Subject: Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:56:12 -0400
Since the start of the Rusty Blackbird Blitz, I have consistently found them at 
Banning Park, which is off of Route 4, and not considered a hotspot for 
Delaware Birding. Much of the park are playing fields and picnic grounds. 
However, it is also an old park with a mature deciduous woodland and a very 
established pond that is separated by the Christina River by only the Amtrak RR 
line. Since it surrounded by Maryland Ave and the Amtrak line, there is very 
little deer activity and a nice variety of native plants. 


If you drive to Banning Park and head towards the big pond - the road turns off 
to the right, take your scope and scan the far shore. The Rusty Blackbirds have 
been hanging in the area where a small creek drains into the pond. There are 
beavers there than have flooded much of the woods in that area, so it is pretty 
healthy wetland. I have seen the Rusty Blackbirds in the trees very near the 
fisherman’s parking lots at the pond - I have also seen them in the lawn 
between the parking lot and the Amtrak line. 


Two years ago a Red-shouldered Hawk nested behind the pond, and I saw a 
beautiful one there about a week ago. On Sunday, I heard a Barred Owl calling 
from the woods. 


Good birding,

Sally O'Byrne  
Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow, 4/8
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 19:34:17 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

 

The weekly bird walk at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark will be held
tomorrow (4/8) morning, starting at 8:00am from the parking lot off of
Possum Hollow Road.  Just follow the signs for the "Middle Run Birding
Trail."  More migrants are arriving daily, and there is plenty to see as
the fields and forests green up with the arrival of Spring.

 

Joe Sebastiani will be the walk leader, and the general public is
invited to participate in this free program sponsored by the Delaware
Nature Society.  Come on out and celebrate Spring Migration!

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 
Subject: Extralimital Marshall Bridge Preserve Map RE: [de-birds] Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014
From: Jessica Provinski <stewardship AT TLCFORSCC.ORG>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:31:20 -0400
If you are interested in hiking Marshall Bridge Preserve, you can find a
trail map on our website:
http://tlcforscc.org/preserves/marshall-bridge/marshall-bridge-preserve-map/
and more information about the preserve.   The preserve has been officially
open for almost a year but the parking lot is more recent. Thanks for
helping to spread the word!


Jessica Moore Provinski
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Land Stewardship Coordinator -Sponsorship Coordinator
610-347-0347 ext 103
www.tlcforscc.org
Connect with us: Facebook    Twitter    TLC BLOG   Instagram


Shop The Market at Liberty Place: April 16 from 5-8pm-They will donate 15%
of all sales to TLC! 

Stateline Loop 10K/5K Trail Race for Conservation: May 10, 2014


-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT Princeton.EDU] On Behalf Of Joan
Beatty
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 10:12 AM
To: de-birds AT Princeton.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014

Took a late afternoon walk around the Marshall Bridge Preserve, which
straddles the PA-DE state line and shares land with Auburn Heights State
Park and The Land Conservancy of PA. By driving past the parking located in
DE you can park without cost in the TLC parking lot further up the hill. A
four wheel drive vehicle is preferred for this. I saw a male and female
Eastern bluebird, Tufted titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler,
Canada Goose nesting on a downed log in the middle of the creek and will
surely be washed away during the next heavy rainstorm, Great Blue Heron, and
heard a Carolina Wren and Northern Cardinal. It was a beautiful sunny day to
enjoy the arrival of spring with a newly arrived warbler and lots of
regulars. 


 
Joan Beatty


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Subject: Brooding Barred Owl
From: Bob Bryant <bryantbob AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:58:06 -0400
Live video of a barred owl on two eggs is streaming live at Tri-State Bird's
website at http://chimneyswifts.net/tristate/?page_id=576 .
Subject: Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014
From: Joan Beatty <joanbeatty1 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:11:32 -0700
Took a late afternoon walk around the Marshall Bridge Preserve, which straddles 
the PA-DE state line and shares land with Auburn Heights State Park and The 
Land Conservancy of PA. By driving past the parking located in DE you can park 
without cost in the TLC parking lot further up the hill. A four wheel drive 
vehicle is preferred for this. I saw a male and female Eastern bluebird, Tufted 
titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Canada Goose nesting on a 
downed log in the middle of the creek and will surely be washed away during the 
next heavy rainstorm, Great Blue Heron, and heard a Carolina Wren and Northern 
Cardinal. It was a beautiful sunny day to enjoy the arrival of spring with a 
newly arrived warbler and lots of regulars. 



 
Joan Beatty

Subject: Birding Sussex on the Weekend
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 02:25:24 +0000
I took advantage of the fine weather this weekend to get out and about in 
Sussex. 


Saturday - Cape Henlopen, Oyster Rocks Rd, Broadkill Beach Rd, Prime Hook HQ 
area 


At Cape, flickers and swallows were already on the move when I arrive before 
7am. I had one kestrel; heard there were a few others that passed through later 
in the day. Nice looks at a pair of Piping Plovers down the path to the bayside 
from the Point parking lot. 


Two Wilson's Snipe up close by the side of the road was the highlight at Oyster 
Rocks. Several more snipe along the road on the south side of Broadkill Beach 
Rd marsh. On the north side a good number of avocets, many Dunlin, several 
dozen SB Dowitchers and two tiny (compared to the other sandpipers present) FOY 
Least Sandpipers. Also two Tricolored Herons, with one in full breeding 
plumage. 


Near the refuge HQ I had a Vesper Sparrow fly up from the field and land in the 
cedar tree at the 90 degree bend in the road. The white flash from the tail as 
it flew up caught my eye. Had a good long look at the bird, with its brown 
auriculars surrounded by white, pink bill, a bit of rufous on the wing. Thought 
I heard one singing in the field. Purple Martins are back at the headquarters. 
Lots of long-legged waders seen from the boardwalk including 20 Great Egrets, 
even more Snowies, several Glossy Ibis and one adult Little Blue Heron. 


Sunday - Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Bethel

Walked the dirt road leading to the big field area. In case you head down 
there, the dirt road is now gated due to vandalism and trash dumping. Looping 
around the periphery of the big field, had several groups of Palm Warblers (10 
in all) foraging in the undergrowth, sometimes on the ground. Lots of Pine and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers in the trees. Also had a FOY Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 


Good birding,

Dave Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: DE Bayshore Yesterday...Many FOYs
From: Jacob Hall <jacob.s.hall AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:03:44 -0400
Yesterday I left DC at 7am to spend the day birding at some favorite spots
from Prime Hook north to Bombay Hook. I had 94 species for the day, which I
was pretty pleased with. Highlights were:

PRIME HOOK - On the Pinewoods Trail, two FOY Yellow-throated Warblers
singing their hearts out, along with numerous Pine Warblers and two FOY
Palm Warblers. There was also a good number of Golden-crowned Kinglets and
Brown Creepers. In one area, a single tree had (at least) eight kinglets in
it, and in another, five creepers worked adjacent trees. Continuing winter
birds in this area included Fox Sparrow and Hermit Thrush.

On my way to the Visitor Center area I was pleased to find two FOY Vesper
Sparrows along the roadside immediately after the right angle turn,
foraging with Chipping Sparrows.They flew across the road and hung around
in the field (posing briefly for less-than-thrilling pictures)--one was
still here when I left an hour later. In the same location were numerous
Field Sparrows singing up a storm, along with Eastern Meadowlarks (heard
only), and Tree Swallows. At the Visitor Center itself, FOY Purple Martins
are back in their houses.

Along the Boardwalk and Dike Trails, many ducks out on the water. Black
Ducks, Pintails, Mallards, Common Mergansers, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler,
and loads of Green-winged Teal. A small group of Blue-winged Teal dabbled
alone in a sheltered area. Plenty of Osprey and Bald Eagles around, and
many Forster's Terns.

BROADKILL BEACH RD - FOY Lesser Yellowlegs and Dunlins dominated in this
area, along with Green-winged Teal. FOY American Avocets were here in good
numbers (~50). There was also a single FOY Least Sandpiper and a single
Long-billed Dowitcher. The impoundment on the south side of the road had a
great assortment of birds: 50 Bufflehead, a single, shabby looking Snow
Goose, one Red-breasted Merganser, two Hooded Mergansers, and an assortment
of dabblers.

PRIME HOOK BEACH RD - Same assortment, more or less, as Broadkill, but with
more Avocets (~100) and a massive flock of Shovelers (I estimated over 300)
with some Gadwall mixed in. FOY Great and Snowy Egrets, as well as the
first of what would be many American Kestrels seen.

FOWLER BEACH - The tide was high and the birding was very slow, for the
most part. A pair of FOY Barn Swallows flew by along the beach, as offshore
I saw at least two Northern Gannets far out over the Bay. On the water was
a flock of 30 Red-breasted Mergansers, and a pair of Common Mergansers were
inside the breach in what I guess now has to be called the inlet. Also had
FOY Laughing Gull here.

BOMBAY HOOK - Fox Sparrow continues under the VC feeders, and a few Purple
Martins have returned. FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was in this area as well.
Two Palm Warblers were just outside the refuge gate. Had my FOY
Black-crowned Night Heron and Wilson's Snipe at Bear Swamp. Couldn't turn
up any Little Blue Herons. Also, pretty sure I drove right past a crowd of
people as they were looking at the Common Teal--at that point in the day I
was so tired it didn't even occur to me why people would all be so intent
on a Green-winged Teal. Oh well...that's one thing I love about
birding...there's always another goal!

-Jake Hall
 Washington, DC
Subject: Northern Rough-wings are back!
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:23:18 -0400
This afternoon at Bellevue State Park there were five Northern Rough-winged 
Swallows flying over the pond and adjacent field, sounding their "churt" calls 
liberally as they swooped about. 


Also at Bellevue today were three Golden-crowned Kinglets and two Hermit 
Thrushes. Yesterday, an American Kestrel flew in & briefly landed atop one of 
the Sycamore trees lining the main drive into the park. 


Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Apr 2014) 32 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:04:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0             29             29
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             5             18             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            19            289            289
Merlin                       2             40             40
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               2              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      32            393            393
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley

Visitors:
3


Weather:
wind 4.5-5.9,NE/N,temp 7c,no clcv, visb 20%

Raptor Observations:
as expected not much of a flight today due to wrong direction

Non-raptor Observations:
E. Phoebe,Flickers, 130 DCCO'S, many local Osprey,

Predictions:
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 56F. Winds ESE at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall
around a half an inch. 100 % chance of rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Warblers at Thompson Island
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:27:42 -0400
Thompson Island was alive with birds Saturday morning.  From about 10 am to 
noon, Mark Odell and I walked from the reserve parking lot (it was unlocked!) 
to 

the canal and back.  The ospreys have built a large nest on the sewage plant 
structure across the marsh and 3 of them were flying about over the marsh and 
loudly calling. It might have been a case of 3's a crowd, or they could have 
been 

alarmed at a fly over Red-tailed hawk.  Golden-crowned kinglets were were 
actively feeding in the very low branches and very approachable.  A number of 
Palm warblers were feeding in the in the forest duff and also very 
approachable. 

We observed one Black and white, several Yellow-rumped, many Pine, and one 
Yellow-throated warblers.  Several Veeries were feeding close to the path. 
Yellow-bellied sapsuckers (about 3) gave some good views, and Red-bellied 
woodpeckers were everywhere as were Downies.    
Subject: Eurasian Green-winged Teal
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:47:10 -0400
I had the Common Teal  (A. crecca),  at Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook today. I
was parked at the Bear Swamp sign along the dike, and he was with a group of
4 teals across the water in the impoundment, about 30-40 feet away. I first
noticed the lack of vertical strip in the shoulder, then the horizontal
strip along the edge of the wing. This bird was first reported on March 22
by Lois Brody Bryman. There were also hordes of shorebirds at Bear Swamp at
high tide, among them 8 snipe and 30 BB Plovers. Too windy to pick out
anything else. 

 

Good birding, 
Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Apr 2014) 339 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:04:35 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              10             29             29
Osprey                       4              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier            13             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              5              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           270            270            270
Merlin                      37             38             38
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     339            361            361
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley

Visitors:
21 plus Steve Sushinski and Bob Kolb from Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watch


Weather:
a really nice day, light winds from WNW/NNW., temp 10-15c.,clcv 10-40%., .
-20k

Raptor Observations:
all Osprey came in from the SW and flew directly to Cape May. It was a
Falcon kind of day, Kestrels, Kestrels and Merlins and then more Kestrels.
Falcons were flying non stop all day. Most low and over the dunes or over
our heads or low over the tree line

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Brown Pelican, 125 Gannets, 461-DCCO'S,32 Snowny Egrets,
12 Great Egrets, 18 Great Blue Heron

Predictions:
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 51F. Winds NE at 5 to
10 mph. I do not like that NE wind part, hope that is wrong!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Purple Finch in Middletown
From: Christopher Rowe <crisro1 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:54:31 -0400
I just had a very attractive Purple Finch pair visit my yard in Middletown.  
Subject: Scratch that number of kestrels!!!
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:23:17 -0400
I live 3 miles north of the IR Lifesaving Station along the beach. When I 
arrived home, I counted 16 kestrels heading north flying low overhead. That was 
pretty darn exciting! 


Best, Diane Kane 

Diane J Kane,
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Kestrels
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:39:28 -0400
Just had a pair of kestrels fly low over head while at the Indian River 
Lifesaving Station after purchasing my state park sticker for my truck. 


I love spring migration in Delaware, Diane Kane 

Diane J Kane,
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 4th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:59:43 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 4, 2014
* DEST1404.04
      	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE -FRONTED GOOSE
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
COMMON TEAL
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
SNOWY OWL
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Louisiana Waterthrush
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 4, 2014
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 4th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
reached 200 species as spring migrants are beginning to arrive. 

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen today along Dutch Neck Road near
Thousand Acre Marsh below Delaware City. That bird was previously seen last
Saturday in with a flock of Canada Geese and may be staying in the area. New
arrivals at Dutch Neck Road included 7 CATTLE EGRET plus LITTLE BLUE HERON
and GLOSSY IBIS. A drake WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen today at Thousand Acre
Marsh. Also seen there has been COMMON MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK,
and 11 TUNDRA SWANS. Also new there this week has been a pair of CASPIAN
TERNS along with FORSTER'S TERNS, WILSON'S SNIPE, and MARSH WREN. CLAPPER
RAIL has been calling at the foot of the Reedy Point Bridge. Two BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were seen at the Port Penn impoundments.

Nothing says springtime like the arrival of neotropical migrants. Delaware's
first migrant to arrive was the LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Those birds arrived
the beginning of the week at Middle Run Natural Area and White Clay Creek
State Park near Newark and downstate at Perkin's Branch near Georgetown.
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Turkle's Pond in Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton, along with dozen PINE WARBLERS. PINE WARBLERS
were also seen at Big Stone Beach Rd., Abbott's Mill Nature Center near
Milford, Coverdale Farms, Brandywine Creek State Park, and Cape Henlopen
State Park. A PALM WARBLER was reported at Edgewater Farm, north of Little
Creek.

The year of the SNOWY OWL continues with a sighting of one bird a rooftop in
Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street. RED-NECKED GREBES were found this week at
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, and Newark Reservoir.
Newark Reservoir had the Grebe trifecta with breeding plumaged HORNED and
PIED BILLED GREBES. Also reported there has been RING-NECKED DUCK, RUDDY
DUCK, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A BARN SWALLOW was seen among TREE
SWALLOWS there today.

A hotbed for shorebirds has been Prime Hook. AMERICAN AVOCETS and the first
BLACK-NECKED STILT of the season were found this week. Also seen was 7
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, plus LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER, along with a COMMON TERN on the south side of the Prime Hook
Beach Road. Along the coast at Prime Hook have been BLACK and SURF SCOTER,
GREATER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, AND BUFFLEHEAD.
Newly arriving waders included GREAT and SNOWY EGRET, plus GLOSSY IBIS.
EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen in the fields by the headquarters.

Only a few CANVASBACKS remain on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. PIPING
PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were reported at Cape Henlopen State Park.
A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen there on Tuesday, along with BLACK and SURF
SCOTERS. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to be reported. A
big flight of NORTHERN GANNETS were seen offshore this week.

GANNETS were seen as far north as Big Stone Beach in Kent County. Also seen
there RED-THROATED LOON, SURF SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and 2
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES in the pines. Four PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS and both YELLOWLEGS were found on the pond on Scott's Corner
Road, near the intersection with Big Stone Beach Road.

62 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at the Logan Lane Tract of Ted Harvey
Conservation Area near Kitts Hummock. Also seen there was to BONAPARTE'S
GULLS, RING-NECKED DUCK, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. PECTORAL and LEAST
SANDPIPER was also seen on a pond along Donas Landing Rd, north of Little
Creek along with DUNLIN and both YELLOWLEGS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
NORTHERN FLICKER, and 16 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also reported.

The previous reported COMMON TEAL was found again at Bear Swamp in Bombay
Hook last Saturday. That bird has not been seen since but may still be in
the area. Waders have arrived at the refuge including, GLOSSY IBIS, SNOWY
EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, AMERICAN BITTERN, and 10 BLACK-CROWNS, on Night
Heron Island. RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON along with the RED-NECKED GREBE
were reported at Bear Swamp. Waterfowl seen included RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK, 30 RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN COOT, and
PIED-BILLED GREBE. AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WILSON'S SNIPE
were also reported. Swallows seen included PURPLE MARTIN and BARN SWALLOW.
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were found by the
headquarters.

Six RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was also reported at Ashland Nature Center, along with
CHIPPING SPARROW, EASTERN PHOEBE, and TREE SWALLOW. There was also a flyover
of 6 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. PILEATED WOODPECKER was found in a yard and
WILD TURKEY was reported walking along Route 41 at Brackenville Road near
Hockessin. AMERICAN KESTREL and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at
Coverdale Farms.

A COMMON LOON in breeding plumage was seen on Hoopes' Reservoir from
Hillside Mill Road. The reservoir has been productive for waterfowl this
week including, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON and
HOODED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, WOOD DUCK, RUDDY DUCK, and GREEN-WINGED
TEAL. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was also found in the woods there.

AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen at Brandywine Creek State Park along with a male
NORTHERN HARRIER hunting over the fields. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen
coming to a feeder at the nature center. Three FOX SPARROWS and EASTERN
TOWHEE reported coming to a yard in Brandywine Hundred. A GREAT EGRET was
seen at the AAA ponds on Route 7 near Stanton.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Al Guarente, Phil
Thompson, John Dunn, Jerry AmEnde, Sarah MacLellan, Wade and Melissa Rowley,
Chuck Fullmer, Ed Crawford, Tim Freiday, Mike Bowen, Chris Bennett, Alan
Kneidel, Erin and Chris Rowe, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Jim White, Marie Gardner, Kathy Barrowclough, Meghann
Matwichuk, Tim Schreckengost, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Diane Kane, Rachael
Shapiro, 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!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: FOY Martin - Abbott's Mill
From: Jason Beale <jaybirdbeale AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:29:52 -0400
Hello,

We had our first Purple Martin today, checking out the gourds.  Other signs of 
spring including the following birds:

Tree Swallows - just returned
Chipping Sparrows - singing
Pine Warbler - singing

Yellow-rumped Warblers have been around throughout the preserve as well.

Good birding,
Jason Beale
Abbott's Mill Nature Center
Milford, DE
Subject: 8th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:51:55 -0400
Good Afternoon DE-Birders,

In four weeks, the 8th Annual Delaware Bird-A-Thon will begin, running from 
midnight on May 3rd through May 11th. As most of you know, the Delaware 
Bird-A-Thon is a fun-filled fund raising event focusing on land acquisition for 
migratory shorebird habitat along the Delaware Bay coastline and other bird 
conservation efforts in Delaware. In the past seven years, the Delaware 
Bird-A-Thon has successfully raised a quarter-of-a-million dollars, contributed 
to the purchase and or preservation of nearly 1200 acres of vital migratory 
shorebird habitat, and fully funded the Ashland Hawk Watch from 2007-2009. This 
past winter, Bird-A-Thon funds were also used to purchase (2) GPS-GSM 
transmitters for Project SNOWstorm's snowy owl research studies. 


None of these wonderful conservation results could have been achieved without 
the tremendous support from the Delaware birding community and beyond. We have 
also enjoyed strong support from local and national business sponsorships, 
exposure in birding publications and continue to receive a personal endorsement 
from David Sibley - "What you can do to help save the Red Knot: Support the 
Delmarva Ornithological Society's Bird-A-Thon which helps raise money to 
purchase bayfront property as a shorebird santuary." 


Full details on the 2014 Delaware Bird-A-Thon can be found at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/bird-a-thon which includes rules, information, tally 
sheet and pledge forms. For those not able to participate in the actual count, 
contributions can be made through our safe online PayPal account found on the 
aforementioned DOS website. 


Part of the fun of the DBAT is forming a team and competing for some really 
great prizes and last year's competition was at an all time high! We have added 
two brand new prize categories - 1) ZERO CARBON - doing your Bird-A-Thon 
species count without burning any fossil fuels and 2) COUNTY CHALLENGE - most 
funds raised & species identified within any one county of Delaware. So, get 
out there and have some fun!! 


We hope to see many of you in the field or during our Bird-A-Thon birdwalks, if 
we all pitch in a little, we can achieve some continued greatness for the birds 
that depend upon Delaware and it's birders! 


I am more than happy to answer any questions or offer any help, I can be 
contacted either through return e-mail or at 610 864 0370. 


Good Bird-A-Thoning,

Bill Stewart
DOS Delaware Bird-A-Thon Coordinator
Subject: Bigger (size) birds back at Bombay
From: John <vcrail AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:19:19 -0400
 Sorry for the alliteration but a quick run over to Bombay Hook this evening 
turned up a pair of Little Blue Herons in Finis Pool (debating a Great Blue 
Heron over space at the Beaver Lodge), Snowy Egrets mixed with Great Egrets by 
Shearness, and three Black-Crowned Night Herons in the reeds (as opposed to 
their trees) at "Heron Island" in Bear Swamp. Someone had reported Glossy Ibis 
at Shearness earlier in the day. Finis also had Blue and Green-Winged Teal 
along with five pairs of Wood Ducks swimming together with another pair 
checking out nestbox locations. 

 There was a flyover Eagle at Bear Swamp. For those needing them for their 
April checklist, there were still two small flocks (4 and 16) of Snow Geese 
along the entrance roads. Muskrat activity has really picked up since the 
trapping season is over and they are no longer being served at the Wagon Wheel. 

John DunnSmyrna 		 	   		  
Subject: Snowy Owl in Dewey Beach
From: Sharon <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:28:27 -0400
There was a SNOWY OWL perched on a rooftop on Dagsworthy St in Dewey Beach 
around noon today. I could not go and see it since I was working, but it 
apparently created some excitement. 

How cool is it that you could potentially see a Yellow-Throated Warbler and a 
Snowy Owl on the same day? As Bill Stewart says, you gotta love this Birding 
stuff! 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (02 Apr 2014) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:04:15 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               5             19             19
Osprey                       1              1              1
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       7             22             22
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley

Weather:
light wind NNE, temp 10c, clcv 100%, visb10k

Raptor Observations:
one Osprey came in from the SW, continued directly over me and straight
over to Cape May

Non-raptor Observations:
steady stream of Gannets(85) and Cormants(358) flying low and going North,
one Great Egr resting on the wateret,13 RT Loons

Predictions:
Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the
afternoon. High 52F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Rusty Blackbirds and Flint Woods
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:15:40 -0400
Dear Birders, The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz 
 is continuing through 
April 15 in Delaware. Essentially, the push is on to find Rusty Blackbirds and 
document your them in eBird in an effort to identify spring migration stopover 
points, and describe the habitats they are using. If you have time while you 
are out birding over the next few weeks, please keep an eye and ear out for 
Rusty Blackbirds. Note the location and enter your sighting into eBird. When 
selecting the observation type, select "Other" and click, "Rusty Blackbird 
Spring Migration Blitz". You can enter the habitat type in the comments 
section. If you don't use eBird, send your sighting to me and I will get it 
into the system. 


 

Consider stopping anywhere that looks like good Rusty habitat, shallow fresh 
water with exposed mud and leaves in or near the woods. Since the beginning of 
the Blitz, March 1st, there have been 40 reports of Rusty Blackbird in 
Delaware. The biggest flock was 70 at Bombay Hook on March 22. Other spots 
where they have been found consistently include Bellevue State Park and Banning 
Park in Wilmington, as well as Phillips Park in Newark. Thank you for all of 
your reports. There is a general lack of reports for Kent and Sussex, so if you 
are birding in those two counties especially, your reports are important. 


 

Also, tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods bird walk in Centreville. 
This walk will be occurring each Thursday through May, starting at 8am. Take 
Twaddell Mill Road east of Centreville from Rt. 52 about ¾ mile, and I will be 
there to wave you into the entrance lane. I hope to see you tomorrow. 


 

Joe Sebastiani

Seasonal Program Team Leader

Delaware Nature Society

www.delawarenaturesociety.org

P.O. Box 700

Hockessin, DE 19707

(302) 239-2334 ext. 115

fax (302)239-2473

joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org

The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog

 
Subject: Yellow Throated Warbler at Prime Hook
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:49:11 -0400
Mark Odell and I were out this morning. Ponders tract proved to be too wet and 

we moved to drier ground at Prime Hook.  If you do Ponders, make sure you wear 
water proof boots and spray for ticks.   

FOY Yellow-throated warbler was sighted at Prime Hook NWR near the boat 
launch ramp at the end of Turkle Pond Access Road.  Many Pine Warblers are 
foraging in the pine trees. In general, the bird activity near this area was 
high 

this morning with multiple Downy Woodpeckers, Red breasted woodpecker, 
chickadees, and Tufted titmice.   

A flock of about a dozen meadowlarks were sighted in the field adjacent to the 
Administration building, as well as many tree swallows on the poles and wires. 

In the marshes off Broadkill Beach Rd were found nice groups of avocets, 
dunlin, 

green winged teal, shovelers, buffleheads, and a few black ducks.   

Off the beach at Beach Plum Island there were nice flocks of Greater Scaup, 
Black Scoter, a few Red Breasted Mergansers, and lots of double crested 
cormorants.  
Subject: New Castle Co: Greater White-fronted Goose in Middletown
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:05:21 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel reports a Greater White-fronted Goose and a probable Greater
White-fronted x Canada Goose Hybrid in a green grass field behind 1177
Dutch Neck Rd. in Middletown.

Map: http://bit.ly/PisCmR

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: FOY yard birds (yesterday)
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:38:20 -0400
i had a towee in the yard yesterday and a brown thrasher (along with a
carolina wren, white throated sparrows, cardinals, red winged blackbirds)
in some tangles at the south end of silver lake.

best, diane kane
Subject: Middle Run Report: Winter Wren and Signs of Spring
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:51:18 -0400
Greetings:

 

The inaugural walk of the Spring season at Middle Run this morning got
off to a rousing start as dozens of police cars from regional K-9 units
blocked the driveway.  We were told that the middle section of the park
was closed and off-limits due to a police dog training session.  This
was not an April Fool's joke and "multi-use" took on a whole new meaning
with the park temporarily taken over by police!

 

Undeterred and in true birder fashion, our group came up with a Plan B
that allowed us to access a few key birding spots while avoiding the
dogs and their handlers roaming the fields.  We made our way down to the
creek where attempts to re-locate yesterday's Louisiana Waterthrush came
up empty, but we were rewarded with great scope views of a Winter Wren
perched on a log by Trail Marker 11.  

 

We came across several Eastern Phoebes calling along the tributaries,
and a good assortment of the resident woodpecker species.  Brown
Creeper, flyover Great Blue Herons, and a trio of circling Red-tailed
Hawks were other notable birds seen.  

 

In the "Signs of Spring" category, we found Tree Swallows back at the
nest boxes and perching posts by Trail Marker 1 and these tiny insect
eaters posed nicely for photos.  By the end of the walk the dog training
had waned and we walked right back to our cars through the fields.  We
tallied 37 species during our morning's jaunt.  

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 
Subject: Newark Reservoir
From: Marie Gardner <mariezga610 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:38:45 -0700
Early this afternoon, there was a trio of Ruddy Ducks on the reservoir.
Also, a Double-crested Cormorant was swimming around.

Some Common Mergansers were still present.

Marie Z. Gardner
Newark
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (01 Apr 2014) 15 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:04:33 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14             14             14
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1              1
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      15             15             15
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel

Weather:
light wind/ SW, temp 11c,cloud cover 30%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
one adult B. Eagle, 1 Juv. B. Eagle. many Tv's and Bv's just circling
around going no where

Non-raptor Observations:
the day started with a Red-Breasted Nuthatch greeting me as I got out of
the car. Gannets, DCCO's, Cooper's hawk,Osprey, Tree Swallows, Surf and
White-Winged Scoters
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Re: Come help us with this Spring's Roadside Clean-up
From: Bob <bryantbob AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:08:27 -0400
 Patty and I will be there.

> On Mar 31, 2014, at 2:58 PM, Alan Dages  wrote:
> 
> Call for Volunteers to Help with Spring Roadside Clean-up
> 
> What: To Pick up Roadside Litter for the Adopt-a-Highway Program
> Where: Meet at 8:30 pm in front of the Little Creek Post Office on Main
> Street and Port Mahon Road
> When: April 5, 2014
> Why: We Love the Earth Don't We?
>           Good opportunity to do some birding afterwards
> Pick-up truck, bags, gloves and bright colored vests will be provided.
> 
> Contact person:
> Alan Dages, (302) 654-5752
> adages AT comcast.net
> 
> ************************************************
Subject: Pileated
From: Dennis Barrowclough <barrowclough AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:59:47 -0400
The first pileated woodpecker in the wooded area of our backyard in
Hockessin in two years.  Last time I saw one here was December of 2011 for
several days.

 

Kathy

 

 
Subject: Piping Plovers
From: Susan Gruver <Srgruver AT AOL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:54:01 -0400
There were two Piping Plovers at the Point parking lot at Cape Henlopen  
State Park. Also, 7 Harbor seals. 5 sunbathing on the rocks and 2 swimming  
and playing.
 
Sue Gruver
Lewes, De
Subject: Bird Walks at Middle Run and Flint Woods in April and May
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:11:40 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

 

The Delaware Nature Society invites you to join us for free guided bird walks 
this Spring at two fantastic northern Delaware locations: Middle Run Natural 
Area near Newark and the Flint Woods Preserve near Wilmington. Spring migration 
is here and wonderful birds await as we head afield to enjoy these beautiful 
natural areas. Just this afternoon, I found a newly-arrived Louisiana 
Waterthrush at Middle Run! 


 

Every Tuesday in April and May we will host walks on the Middle Run Birding 
Trail, meeting at 8:00am. These Tuesday dates are April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 
and May 6, 13, 20, and 27. 


 

The meeting place for the Middle Run walks is the parking lot at Middle Run, 
reached by turning left off of Possum Hollow Road just before Tri-State Bird 
Rescue. Follow the gravel driveway to the circular parking lot at the end. The 
address to plug into an online map or GPS is: 240 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, 
DE. For questions about these walks, contact: derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org 


 

Every Thursday in April and May, we are offering walks at the Flint Woods 
Preserve, meeting at 8:00am. These Thursday dates are April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 
and May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. 


 

The Flint Woods parking area can be reached from Centreville, Delaware by 
following Twaddell Mill Road east from Rt. 52 in the center of Centreville. 
Follow Twaddell Mill for approximately ¾ of a mile. The gated entrance will be 
on your right. If you arrive early and the gate is shut, please return shortly 
and your leader will be there to guide you in. The address is 350 Twaddell Mill 
Road, Wilmington, DE 19807. 


For questions about these walks, contact:  joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 

You do not have to be a Delaware Nature Society member to participate in these 
walks but we encourage participants to please consider joining in order to 
support these types of free programs for the public. 


We will post weekly reminders and reports from these bird walks, and look 
forward to sharing Spring Migration with you. See you in the field! 


 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner and Joe Sebastiani

Delaware Nature Society Bird Walk Coordinators
Subject: Bert Filemyr presents "Hosting a Wintering Hummingbird" to DVOC on 3 April 2014
From: Stephen Kacir <kacir AT MAIL.MED.UPENN.EDU>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:58:08 -0400
Hello Birders, 

At the DVOC meeting this Thursday, 3 April 2014, Bert Filemyr will present 
"Hosting a Wintering Hummingbird" at The Academy of Natural Sciences in 
Philadelphia. 


All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 



 "Hosting a Wintering Hummingbird"

Every year a few individuals of hummingbird species that are common in the 
western part of the United States do not follow normal migration patterns and 
end up on the East Coast during the fall. Most are visitors at a feeder for a 
day or so and then move on. A very small number of these vagrant hummingbirds 
choose to winter in our area. This program relates the experience of Bert and 
Leslie Filemyr whose yard and hummingbird feeder in suburban Philadelphia was 
frequented by a female Rufous Hummingbird from October 2012 to April 2013. This 
hardy hummingbird survived the super storm "Sandy," several snow storms, high 
winds, and temperatures as low as 11 degrees. This program will include 
information on hummingbird migration, banding, physiology, feeding preferences, 
and molt sequences through pictures taken during the almost six month stay of 
this hummingbird. 



Bert Filemyr:

Bert Filemyr is an active field birder both in the Delaware Valley and 
throughout North America. He has birded extensively in all 50 states, as well 
as many of the Canadian provinces. Retired from a public school teaching 
career, he pursues his passion for birding while researching topics related to 
early American ornithology. He currently serves as treasurer and webmaster of 
the DVOC and was a member of the championship Nikon/DVOC World Series of 
Birding Team, the Lagerhead Shrikes. He co-authored, along with Jeff Holt, "The 
Composite Prints of Audubon's Birds of America". 






Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
Norristown, PA
kacir AT mail.med.upenn.edu
Subject: Come help us with this Spring's Roadside Clean-up
From: Alan Dages <adages AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:58:37 -0400
Call for Volunteers to Help with Spring Roadside Clean-up

What: To Pick up Roadside Litter for the Adopt-a-Highway Program
Where: Meet at 8:30 pm in front of the Little Creek Post Office on Main
Street and Port Mahon Road
When: April 5, 2014
Why: We Love the Earth Don't We?
           Good opportunity to do some birding afterwards
Pick-up truck, bags, gloves and bright colored vests will be provided.

Contact person:
Alan Dages, (302) 654-5752
adages AT comcast.net

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Subject: Greater white-fronted Goose
From: John & Sandy Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:07:57 -0500
The goose reported by Christopher Rowe is still present as of 11:45 in with a 
couple hundred Canada Geese a short distance from the side of the road. The 
geese are feeding on a winter wheat field (green) about equal distance between 
Gray Fox Farm and Greer's Pond on Dutch Neck Road just west of Thousand Acre 
Marsh. The goose appears to be of the Icelandic race. 


John Janowski
Port Penn area
Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Christopher Rowe <crisro1 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 10:31:17 -0400
There is currently a single Greater White-fronted Goosed mixed in with a 
flock of Canada Geese in a field across from 1160 Dutch Neck Rd. in 
Middletown.
Subject: A Birder's Guide to Everything
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:28:24 -0400
Ok - I was lazy and didn’t double check the name of the film……….. Above is the 
correct name! 


Sally O’Byrne