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Snowy Owl,©Julie Zickefoose

26 Apr Milford Neck Fieldtrip Report [Christopher Bennett ]
26 Apr Killens, Blairs, Abbots Mill, DuPont, Fowler, Broadkill [Steven Graff ]
26 Apr Re: Ruby-throated hummingbird [Dave ]
26 Apr Ruby-throated hummingbird [Jerry ]
26 Apr Phillips Landing and Trap Pond ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
26 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird [Alissa Kegelman ]
25 Apr Brandywine Creek Results [Andrew Ednie ]
25 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2015) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Apr Sussex Bird Club Milford Neck Fieldtrip tomorrow [Christopher Bennett ]
25 Apr Blairs Pond [Steven Graff ]
25 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 24th, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]
24 Apr Prime Hook Tricolored Heron ["mcrosengarten AT gmail.com" ]
24 Apr Admin: list updates [L Larson ]
24 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Apr 2015) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Apr Re: chimney swifts en masse..... ["Carolyn D'Amico" ]
24 Apr Re: chimney swifts en masse..... [Linda Bailey ]
23 Apr Rose-breasted grosbeak in Pike creek [Megan Kasprzak ]
23 Apr Spring for Hummingbirds Celebration - April 25th 1-5pm [Kelley Nunn ]
23 Apr War of the Bird Worlds [susan ruth marengo ]
23 Apr Re: Wood Thrush in Hockessin ["Sullivan, Kathleen N. (DNREC)" ]
23 Apr Wood Thrush in Hockessin [Amy White ]
23 Apr chimney swifts back in Lewes [John Hoyt ]
23 Apr chimney swifts en masse..... ["sally o'byrne" ]
23 Apr Brandywine Birdwalk, Saturday, 4/25/15 [Andrew Ednie ]
22 Apr DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - Sunday April 26 [Anthony Gonzon ]
22 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2015) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Apr DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip - Sat 4/25 - DATE CHANGE [Bob Strahorn ]
21 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2015) 65 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Apr Broad-Winged Hawks [Kelley Nunn ]
21 Apr Redstart,Ovenbirds [Judy Montgomery ]
20 Apr Re: Possible Spotted Redshank at BH!! [Tim Schreckengost ]
20 Apr Possible Spotted Redshank at BH!! [Tim Boucher ]
20 Apr Blairs Pond & Abbotts Mill Pond [Steven Graff ]
20 Apr Turkey, Purple Martins and Tuesday Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
20 Apr Chas. Price Park, Middletown [Rodney Murray ]
19 Apr Wild Turkey & Avocets at Prime Hook [Gina Sheridan ]
20 Apr Western Sussex This Weekend ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
19 Apr Re: White Clay warblers [Andrew Ednie ]
19 Apr White Clay warblers [Judy Montgomery ]
19 Apr Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Newark [Bob Strahorn ]
19 Apr New Castle - Marbled Godwit at Port Penn Impoundments [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 18th, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]
18 Apr Red throated loon at Gordon's Pond; Rose Breasted grosbeak in RB [Vince Gambal ]
18 Apr Middle Run Migrants: Common Loons, Broad-winged Hawks, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird [Derek Stoner ]
18 Apr DOS Spring Roundup Volunteers Needed [Christopher Bennett ]
18 Apr No Burrowing Owl today [Michael Moore ]
18 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Apr 2015) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Apr Burrowing Owl [Michael Moore ]
17 Apr Burrowing Owl Reported in Bombay Hook NWR [Paul Guris ]
17 Apr Kent - Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook [Tim Schreckengost ]
17 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Apr 2015) 4 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Apr Delmarva Birding Weekend starts April 23 [Jim Rapp ]
16 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Apr 2015) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Apr Parula Warbler and more! [Judy Montgomery ]
16 Apr House Wren [Charles Vaughn ]
16 Apr Carolina Wrens & Cardinal Wars [susan ruth marengo ]
15 Apr Re: Carolina Wrens ["Barry E. Blust" ]
15 Apr Ashland Bird Walk tomorrow [joe sebastiani ]
15 Apr Bombay Hook Highlights [Rodney Murray ]
15 Apr Prothonotary Warbler [Hannah Greenberg ]
15 Apr Yellow Rumped Warbler [Joan Wheeler ]
14 Apr high over Wilmington ["sally o'byrne" ]
14 Apr Re: Yard Birds in Greenville [PAULAGC ]
14 Apr Yard Birds in Greenville [Matthew Sarver ]
14 Apr Re: Carolina Wrens [Russell Kovach ]
14 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Rodney Murray ]
14 Apr Re: Carolina Wrens [ ]
14 Apr REMINDER: Location Change - DOS April Monthly Mtg @ Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research [Bill Stewart ]
14 Apr Re: Carolina Wrens ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
14 Apr Carolina Wrens [Andrew Ednie ]
13 Apr Harlequin Ducks etc. [Maurice Barnhill ]
13 Apr DVOC Meeting Thurs Apr 16 features Michael Oates & "Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey" [Steve Kacir ]
13 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler in Seaford ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
12 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Apr 2015) 23 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Apr 2015) 123 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Apr RBA:Birdline Delaware, April 10th, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]

Subject: Milford Neck Fieldtrip Report
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 22:15:07 -0400
Thirteen birders joined me this morning at Milford Neck.  The weather was
relatively pleasant (cool but no rain) and the birds were sparse and fairly
quiet.  Highlights included a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo, singing
Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and Northern Parula (all heard
only) and a cooperative Ovenbird (staying put long enough for everyone in
the group to get great scope looks) and Black-and-white Warbler along
Stratham Lane, a Prairie Warbler along the dirt road into the Dog Training
area from the Stratham Lane end, Blue-headed Vireo and an eye-level
Yellow-throated Warbler along Scotts Corner Road and a Palm Warbler along
Big Stone Beach Road just past the wooden bridge.  In the marsh at the end
of Big Stone Beach Road we had a dozen Black-necked Stilts and a handful of
Northern Gannets well out over the Bay.  The complete list is below.  65
Species.

Canada Goose

Wood Duck

American Wigeon

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Wild Turkey

Northern Gannet

Great Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

Black-necked Stilt

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Forster's Tern

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

House Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Northern Parula

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Worm-eating Warbler

Ovenbird

Louisiana Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch


Chris Bennett

MIlford, DE
Subject: Killens, Blairs, Abbots Mill, DuPont, Fowler, Broadkill
From: Steven Graff <00000126c3a82ff5-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:39:50 -0700
Greetings,  Stopped at many places today starting with Killens Pond SP and had:
G. B. Heron, C. Goose, Wood Duck, BV, TV, Osprey, Coopers, Turkey, L. Gull, 
Mourning Dove, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, Flicker and Pileated woodpecker, P. 
Martin, Barn Swallow, Blue Jay, A. Crow, F. Crow, C. Chickadee, Titmouse, W. B. 
Nuthatch, C. Wren, R. C. Kinglet, Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Wood Thrush, B. 
Thrasher, Starling, N. Parula, Yellow, Y. R. Warbler, B&W Warbler, 
Prothonothary, Ovenbird, LA Waterthrush, Scarlet Tanager, Cardinal, Towhee, 
Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, W. T. Sparrow, Cowbird and Goldfinch. 


Mom and I then went to Blairs Pond and had:
D. C. Cormorant, C. goose, TV, R. S. Hawk, L. Gull, R. B. Woodpecker, Downy, 
Hairy and Pileated Woodpecker, G. C. Flycatcher, P. Martin, Barn Swallow, A. 
Crow, F. Crow, C. Chickadee, Titmouse, W. B. Nuthatch, Robin, Mockingbird, B. 
H. Vireo, R. E. Vireo, Y. R. Warbler, PIne Warbler, Palm Warbler, Prothonatary, 
Ovebird, Summer Tanager, Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, W. T. Sparrow, 
R. W. Blackbird, C. Grackle, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole. 


After that we stopped at Abbots Mill Pond for just 20 min and had:
G. B. Heron, C. Goose, TV, Mourning Dove, E. Phoebe, P. Martin, Barn Swallow, 
C. Chickadee, Titmouse, Prothonotary, Chipping Sarrow, W. T. Sparrow, C. 
Grackle and Goldfinch. 


Stopped over at the DuPont Nature Center:
D. C. Cormorant
Snowy Egret, BV, TV, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Clapper Rail, B B Plover, 
Oystercatcher, Gr and Lr Yellowlegs, Willet, Semi. Sandpiper, Dunlin, L. Gull, 
Bonaparts Gull, R. G. Gull, Herring Gull, G. BB Gull, Caspian Tern, Forster's 
Tern, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Robin, and Starling. On down around Slaughter 
Beach we had an Eastern Kingbird. 


Onto Fowlers Beach Road:
Gr. Egret, G. B. Heron, Black Duck, Clapper Rail, B. B. Plover, Gr. and Lr. 
Yellowlegs, Dunlin, L. Gull, Downy, Flicker, Tree and Barn Swallow, C. 
Chickadee, F. Crow, House Wren, Sedge Wren, Mockingbird, Starling, C. 
Yellowthroat, Field Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Song Sparrow, R. W. Blackbird, 
Common Grackle. 


Last stop was on Broadkill Beach Road:
D. C. Cormorant, Snowy Egret, C. Goose, G. W. Teal, N. Shoveler, Osprey, B. N. 
Stilt, Avocet, Gr. and Lr. Yellowlegs, Dunlin, S B. Dowitcher, A. Crow, 
Mockingbird, R. W. Blackbird and C. Grackle. 


Steve Graff
Felton, De
Subject: Re: Ruby-throated hummingbird
From: Dave <hiyadave AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:53:33 -0400
I put my feeders out April 15, noticed the sugar water level going down a
couple of days ago, and saw my first bird (male) today.  My question is,
this early in the season, how often should the sugar water be changed?  I
do it every few days in the middle of the summer but wonder if I can hold
off for a week or more this early in the spring. Thanks to any and all for
suggestions.

On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 11:49 AM, Jerry  wrote:

> My wife spotted a couple hummingbirds two days ago so this morning I sat
> out on my side porch and waited.  Within 10 minutes I got buzzed and sure
> enough, there was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird taking a sip.
>
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Subject: Ruby-throated hummingbird
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:49:14 -0400
My wife spotted a couple hummingbirds two days ago so this morning I sat out on 
my side porch and waited. Within 10 minutes I got buzzed and sure enough, there 
was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird taking a sip. 


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Subject: Phillips Landing and Trap Pond
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:26:36 +0000
Birded the Nanticoke Wildlife Area (Phillips Landing, and the Big Field along 
the gated dirt road) and Trap Pond yesterday morning. Despite the raw, overcast 
morning, new arrivals were making their presence known. 



Along the trail leading downriver from Phillips Landing I had several 
Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers, RE and WE Vireos, GC Flycatchers and 
a female RB Grosbeak. Some winter birds included a RB Nuthatch (otherwise 
absent this winter), a late Junco, and a male Purple Finch singing away. 



Along the dirt road and around the field, quite a few firsts of the season, 
including both Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, BH, WE, and RE Vireos, Wood Thrush, 
two calling YB Cuckoos, E Kingbird, and in the warbler department the best 
birds were Worm-eating Warbler and an early Blue-winged Warbler. I had a 
vociferous adult RH Woodpecker. Finally, a dozen Pine Siskins were seen to 
acknowledge the un-fair weather. 



Arrived at Trap Pond in the late morning, just in time for a brief sleet 
shower. Only regulars there, but these include some good birds like 
Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warbler, L Waterthrush, and a pair of YT 
Vireos. 



David Fees

Seaford, DE
Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: Alissa Kegelman <alissakegelman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:00:19 -0400
We had our first of the season, male Ruby-throated Hummingbird this morning.
This may be earlier than some years but the first one usually arrives when
our Redbud tree is in bloom.

Alissa Kegelman
Wilmington, DE
Subject: Brandywine Creek Results
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:27:31 -0400
Birders, 
We had 9 observers for a brisk morning at the park, cloud cover made birding
slow. I tried a new route, the Indian Springs Trail, which was excellent
where it ran along the river. Loads of warblers were in the trees, first
sign was a singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN. He later sat on a branch right over
the group. Also had a PALM and BLACK AND WHITE among a dozen YELLOW-RUMPS.
As we approached the bridge, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH started talking, later
joined by a second bird. A pair of SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were perched on a
rock along the creek, waiting for it to warm up enough for insects to get
active. Finally, we added COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and BLUE-HEADED VIREO along
the Freshwater Marsh Preserve. 

Another highlight were the early spring flowers along Indian Spring Trail.
I'm going back with my camera!

Here's our list:

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, US-DE
Apr 25, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
3.0 mile(s)
54 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  8
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Chimney Swift  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  16
Tree Swallow  56
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  16
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  13
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
Louisiana Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  15
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch 3

Good Birding, 
Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Apr 2015) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:04:24 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 25, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               2            168            444
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             16             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             42             42
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            162            164
Merlin                       0             65             66
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1             19             19
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             14

Total:                       6            512            834
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bruce Peterjohn, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic

Weather:
light wind -NW., temp 7c.,clcv 100%,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
NON migrating 3B. Eagles,Cooper's Hawk,BV and TV

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, 3 Black-Crowned Night Heron, 18 Great Blue
Heron, 12 Great Egret,5 Snowy Egret, Surf,Black and White-Winged Scoter,
652 Gannets,3 Red-Breasted Merganser,White-Eyed Vireo, 15 Bono.
Gull,Prairie Warbler
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Sussex Bird Club Milford Neck Fieldtrip tomorrow
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:45:14 -0400
I will be leading a fieldtrip for the Sussex Bird Club tomorrow to Milford
Neck.  We will be meeting at the Valero/Shorestop at the intersection of RT
1 and New Wharf Road - just north of the RT 1 - RT 113 merge.  Milford Neck
is one of Delaware's best birding sites - that very few people know about.
The area is a diverse mix of woodland, ag fields, salt marsh and bayshore
beach and dunes.  And a large portion of the area is protected as State
Wildlife Area and private conservation lands.  The trip begins at 8 am and
ends around noon.  Most of our birding will take place along road sides.
Plan to arrive at the Shorestop at least a little before 8 am - so that we
can head out to our first stop at 8 am.  Hope to see you tomorrow morning.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Blairs Pond
From: Steven Graff <00000126c3a82ff5-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:54:54 -0700
I went to Blairs Pond (near Milford) on this chilly morning and had the 
following: 


Starling
Canada Goose
Mockingbird
R. B. Woodpecker
Cardinal
Wood Duck - 4
Mourning Dove
Downy Wdpkr
Ovenbird
Blue Jay
Titmouse
W. T. Sparrow
Goldfinch
F. Crow
A. Crow
L. Gull
Sc.  Tanager - 1
C. Chickadee
G. C. Flycatcher - 2
Hermit Thrush - 3
W. B. Nuthatch - 3
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Cowbird
F. Tern - 1
Mallard
R. W. Blackbird
Solitary Vireo - 1
Y. R. Warbler 
Palm Warbler - 4
E. Towhee
Kingfisher - 1
C. Grackle
Barred Owl
TV
W. E. Vireo - 1
Prothonotary Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler
C. Wren
G. B. Heron
D. C. Cormorant
P. Martin
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 24th, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:58:24 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 24, 2015
* DEST1504.24
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
SANDHILL CRANE
American Avocet
Black-necked Stilt
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
Barred Owl
Chuck-Wills-Widow
Chimney Swift
Pileated Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
American Kestrel
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Warbling Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 24, 2015
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

This is Birdline Delaware for Saturday, April 24th from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. 12 species of warbler were reported. The
unofficial Delaware annual list jumped to 247 species this week. 

Some of the best birding this week is been along the Delaware River
waterfront in New Castle County. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen soaring over
Delaware City waterfront on Wednesday. CRANES have been reported in the
Delaware City area over the last month. SPOTTED SANDPIPER was also seen at
Delaware City along with CASPIAN TERN. CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen over the
town, while egrets seen flying out to Pea Patch Island included SNOWY EGRET,
LITTLE BLUE HERON, and CATTLE EGRET. Seven SANDHILL CRANES were seen soaring
over Bear yesterday.

A MARBLED GODWIT plus a pair of COMMON TERNS were found at the Port Penn
impoundments in Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. TRICOLORED HERON was also
reported there. LEAST BITTERN was heard calling at Grier's Pond along Dutch
Neck Road. LITTLE BLUE HERON and CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Thousand Acre
Marsh. CATTLE EGRETS were seen along Dutch Neck Road at Gray Fox Farm, along
with BLACK VULTURES.

A pair of RED-THROATED LOONS, one in breeding plumage were found at Battery
Park in New Castle also seen was a breeding plumaged HORNED GREBE, and RUDDY
DUCK. SPOTTED SANDPIPER was also found at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge
in downtown Wilmington.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at the Logan Track of Ted Harvey Conservation
Area. That bird was also going into breeding plumage. SOLITARY SANDPIPER and
AMERICAN AVOCET were also reported at Ted Harvey along with PALM WARBLER.

The first AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS of the season were at Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Up to 40 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at the
refuge, along with AMERICAN AVOCET and 500 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Also seen
were SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED, LEAST, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON'S SNIPE. A pair of HORNED GREBES in
breeding plumage were found at the refuge along with MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN.
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS have returned to Night Heron Island in Bear
Swamp. MARSH WREN and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were also reported.

Five BLACK SKIMMERS were found at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Milton. 150 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen there along with 35 BLACK-BELLIED and
2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Also seen was 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS plus GREATER
and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILLET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, LEAST,
SEMIPALMATED, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. TRICOLORED
HERON and 4 LITTLE BLUE'S were seen at Little Neck Rd. today. TRICOLORED
HERON was also found at Oysters Rock Rd. AMERICAN KESTREL continues to be
seen at the refuge. Also reported were BLUE GROSBEAK and the first ORCHARD
ORIOLES of the season. Other land birds at Cods Road in Prime Hook included
PILEATED WOODPECKER, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA and
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, Turkle Pond in Prime Hook had PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
along with NORTHERN PARULA, PRAIRIE, PINE, PALM and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER,
plus RED-EYED VIREO.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was also seen at the DuPont Nature Center at
Mispillion Inlet along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS with SEASIDE SPARROW and
EASTERN MEADOWLARK. EASTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Blair's Pond in Milford
along with PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.

Trap Pond State Park in southwestern Delaware is also good spot to see new
arrivals. SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen there on the spillway. WARBLERS seen
there included over a dozen PROTHONOTARY'S plus WORM-EATING, BLACK AND
WHITE, YELLOW-THROATED, and OVENBIRD, along with RED-EYED and
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. DARK-EYED JUNCO was also reported. GRASSHOPPER
SPARROWS reported along route 13 at Passwater farms, south of Bridgeville.
VESPER SPARROW was reported west of Georgetown along Route 18 at Rementon
Rd. A female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was found at Phillips Landing at the
Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel. PALM WARBLER and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH
( a rare species in western Sussex Co) were also seen. 

HORNED GREBES continue be seen at Indian River Inlet, most molting into
breeding plumage. Other Waterfowl reported included breeding plumage COMMON
LOONS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEAD. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were
seen along the beach along with WILLET. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen flying
out over the ocean.

More NORTHERN GANNETS were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes.
BLACK and SURF SCOTER were seen offshore along with RED-THROATED and COMMON
LOON. BRANT, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and PIPING PLOVER were seen at The Point
along with a perched PEREGRINE FALCON on the Osprey platform. Migrant hawks
included BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, and MERLIN. Landbirds reported included
EASTERN KINGBIRD and PRAIRIE WARBLER. An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at
Gordon's Pond along with SNOWY EGRET. A MERLIN was also seen hunting there.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLER were found in the woods. GREEN HERON
was seen at Pilottown in Lewes.

The first GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER of the season was found at White Clay
Creek State Park near Newark. 10 species of warbler were found at White Clay
Creek this week including NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the swampy area South of
Wedgewood Rd. Also reported was LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PINE, PALM, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, OVENBIRD,
and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. PURPLE FINCH was seen at the nature center.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was also there. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found at the
marsh by the first pedestrian bridge. BARRED OWL was seen being mobbed by
crows the Creek

The first CHUCK WILLS WIDOW the season was reported at Assawoman Wildlife
Area near Fenwick Island. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported at Lum's Pond
State Park near Glasgow and in Dover along the St Jones River near the DSU
campus. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were seen coming to feeders throughout the
state. There were a number of WOOD THRUSH reports of birds report red
arriving in people's backyard. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were also reported
widespread. WARBLING VIREO was reported in downtown Wilmington today. The
first INDIGO BUNTING of the season was reported in Camden -Wyoming.

Besides the birds reported at White Clay Creek, 5-8 PURPLE FINCHES are still
coming to the Rowe's feeder near Port Penn. PURPLE FINCH was also seen at
Ashland Nature Center and Brandywine Creek State park. PURPLE FINCH has also
been seen downstate, at Smyrna, Magnolia, and Prime Hook. PURPLE FINCH with
PINE SISKINS were both seen at feeders upstate at North Star, Walnut Ridge,
and Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Rd. 

A big flight of falcons was seen at the Cape Henlopen hawk Watch on Tuesday,
29 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 26 MERLIN were reported. 12 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS
were seen the following day. The PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to feed their
newly hatched babies at the nest box on the Brandywine Building in downtown
Wilmington. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Mike Rosengarten,
Dave Mellon, Steve Groff, Peter Trueblood, Colin Campbell, George Armistead,
Jim Dunn, Andrew Bogush, Nancy Goggin, Nate Fronk, Mike Moore, Ken Wat,
Lauren Morgans, Matt Sarver, Judy Montgomery, Karen and Chris Bennett, Kevin
Bronson, Rachael Shapiro, Zoe Yost, Hannah Greenberg, Peter Hall,  Phil
Thompson, Sally O'Byrne, David Fees, Joe Sebastiani, Rich Clifton, Chris
Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, John Long, Bill Stewart, Ian
Stewart, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Matt Boone, Maurice Barnhill, 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: Prime Hook Tricolored Heron
From: "mcrosengarten AT gmail.com" <mcrosengarten@GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:37:10 -0400
Today at the end of Little Neck Rd. there were 4 Little Blue Herons and a 
Tricolored Heron. 


Mike Rosengarten
King of Prussia, PA

sent by magic
Subject: Admin: list updates
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:47:38 -0400
Hi,

Long-time members may recall that the archives of Jerseybirds, De-Birds and 
NJBIRDS were removed due to space constraints on the servers at Princeton. I'm 
pleased to let you know that the archives (back to 2000) of all three lists 
have been restored. Thanks to Mike Britt for persistence in reminding me that 
this needed to be done, and to my colleagues in IT for doing it. 

 
To use the Archives, here are the links. If you have created a login/password 
for the list and log in, you can see the email addresses of the person who 
posted, but anyone, logged in or not, can use the search function to find 
information on older sightings and contents of older discussions. 


https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=njbirds
https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=de-birds


Any questions or comments please get in touch.
Laurie Larson (co-listowner)
jerseybi-request AT lists.princeton.edu (or njbirds-request, de-birds-request)
Princeton
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Apr 2015) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:04:59 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 24, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             16             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             39             39
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            162            164
Merlin                       1             65             66
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0             18             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             14

Total:                       3            506            828
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Weather:
too cold and way too windy

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Re: chimney swifts en masse.....
From: "Carolyn D'Amico" <carolyndamico AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:55:47 -0400
I'm watching a similarly-sized flock of chimney swifts out the 2nd floor
window of Wilmington Hospital ovelooking the Brandywine - ooh, and there
goes an adult Bald Eagle!
What luck!

On Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:55 AM, Linda Bailey  wrote:

> Yesterday around 2pm, I saw a flock of about 20-25 flying around high
> above the chimney they occupy annually here at Winterthur.  It seems like
> they are back!
>
> Linda Bailey
> Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
>



-- 
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
- Henry Ford
Subject: Re: chimney swifts en masse.....
From: Linda Bailey <lrosse AT WINTERTHUR.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:55:57 -0400
Yesterday around 2pm, I saw a flock of about 20-25 flying around high above the 
chimney they occupy annually here at Winterthur. It seems like they are back! 


Linda Bailey
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeak in Pike creek
From: Megan Kasprzak <megan.kasprzak AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:44:33 -0400
We had a male rose-breasted grosbeak at our feeder in Pike Creek about an
hour ago. He flew away when mourning doves flew in and he hasn't returned.
Beautiful!


Megan Kasprzak
Subject: Spring for Hummingbirds Celebration - April 25th 1-5pm
From: Kelley Nunn <kelley.nunn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:22:26 -0400
DE Birders,

Ashland Nature Center will be hosting the Spring for Hummingbirds
Celebration this Saturday, April 25th from 1-5pm. Local experts from Wild
Birds Unlimited and Gateway Gardens, plus our very own Derek Stoner will
give you tips and tricks on feeders and native plants to turn your yard
into a hummingbird hotspot! There will be outdoor walks, door prizes, and
refreshments throughout the afternoon, plus Wild Birds Unlimited and
Gateway Gardens will be staying late and offering exclusive deals for
participants after the event!

The event is free for DNS members and $5 for non-members. Please register
by calling Ashland Nature Center at 302-239-2334 or visiting the website at
delnature.org.

We hope to see you there!

- Kelley Nunn
Subject: War of the Bird Worlds
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:16:55 -0400
I actually had to stop my car last night because the two male cardina,ls
were having a birdey rumble in the middle of the street.  They finally flew
off to their respective corners and I could get in the driveway.  The
ladies, who are usually cheering their fellas on and making nasty at each
other, were no where to be seen so maybe they are brooding.

Between this and the interspecies goose pair at Brandywine State Park, I do
not know if I can keep up with the excitement

Stay tuned

Susan Ruth Marengo
Brandywine 100
Subject: Re: Wood Thrush in Hockessin
From: "Sullivan, Kathleen N. (DNREC)" <Kathleen.Sullivan AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:48:46 +0000
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder at Chambers House Nature Center--WCCSP. 
2pm Wednesday 4/22. 


Kathleen Sullivan
Naturalist/Environmental Educator
WCCSP
302-368-6560



-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy White
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:53 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Wood Thrush in Hockessin

Yesterday at 6 pm Jim heard a Wood Thrush singing in our woods (First-of-Year). 


Amy & Jim White 
Hockessin, DE 
Subject: Wood Thrush in Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:52:49 +0000
Yesterday at 6 pm Jim heard a Wood Thrush singing in our woods (First-of-Year). 


Amy & Jim White 
Hockessin, DE 
Subject: chimney swifts back in Lewes
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:35:40 -0400
While walking near the Hotel Rodney on 2nd Street in Lewes we have heard and 
seen chimney swifts. They're Back! 


John Hoyt
Lewes, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: chimney swifts en masse.....
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:19:19 -0400
While at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on Tuesday, we had single Chimney Swifts 
barreling up the coast, along with a host of swallows of all species, so I was 
looking forward to seeing my residents return. Last night just after the storm, 
while transporting my parents to my house because they lost power, I saw a 
large swirling flock of 75+ over Pennsylvania Avenue. That evening at dusk they 
were low over my yard, flying everywhere. The flight calls were a welcome sound 
of Spring. The next question……. will they move onward and Northward or are 
our residents back in the neighborhood? 


Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Brandywine Birdwalk, Saturday, 4/25/15
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:58:40 -0400
Fellow Birders, 
The monthly Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park will be this weekend,
Saturday, April 25th. We'll start at 8 am from the observation deck in the
nature center. Park entrance is off Adams Dam Road. The walk will take about
3 hours, looking for migrants, White-eyed Vireo, Palm Warbler, Orchard
Oriole, etc. The walk is free but park entrance fees are in effect, $4
in-state and $8 out-of state, free with the annual pass. 

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: DOS Nanticoke Field Trip - Sunday April 26
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:17:50 -0400
Greetings all, 

 

This Sunday (April 26), Eric Braun and I will be leading our annual DOS
Nanticoke field trip.  This trip has a focus on newly arrived spring
migrants and we often have great looks at species like Yellow-throated
Warbler, Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, and other warblers, vireos,
tanagers, flycatchers, and  many other species.  We can "almost guarantee"
the most stunning views of Prothonotary Warbler and have also found Barred
Owls in the last couple of years.  The trip will include stops at Redden
State Forest, and Phillip's Landing along the Nanticoke River.  Time
permitting, we may reach Trap Pond State Park (park fees are in effect).
This is a full day trip so we recommend that you bring snacks, boots, and
bug spray.  We will make a brief stop at Royal Farms to grab lunch after
leaving Redden, before we head to Phillips Landing.  This trip is free to
attend (except park fees at Trap Pond) and open to anyone at any skill
level.

 

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

 

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

 

For southern participants, we anticipate arriving at our first stop at
approximately 7:30 AM.  Meet at the Redden State Forest HQ located at 18074
Redden Forest Rd, Georgetown, DE 19947.  Please use Google Maps for
directions to this location from your departure site.  Alternatively, you
can also use the GPS coordinates of 38.741199, -75.413411 in Google Maps.

 

The weather is looking pretty good with a small chance of T-storms in the
afternoon.  If you have questions, please email me off-list or call or text
at the number below (be sure to identify yourself if you text).

 

I hope you can join us!  

 

Anthony Gonzon

Middletown, DE

302-598-5893

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2015) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:04:48 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             16             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             39             39
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1             15             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10            160            162
Merlin                       2             64             65
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1             18             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             12             14

Total:                      28            503            825
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Diane Kane, Maureen Ewadinger

Visitors:
15-Fintel's Osher class


Weather:
mild wind from the WSW/S, with strong wind gusts,temp 17-20c, clcv 20%,
visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Kingbirds, RT Loons, Prairie Warbler,Gannetts, raft of scoter 250-300(sp)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip - Sat 4/25 - DATE CHANGE
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:42:21 -0400
** NOTE DATE CHANGE  (from Sunday on the original field trip list). Now
Saturday, May 25, as currently on the DOS website and announced at the DOS
meeting ** 

 

I will be leading a Delmarva Ornithological Society half day field trip to
Lums Pond State Park this Saturday. Meet at the parking lot in front of
Glasgow High School at 7:30 am. The high school is on Rt. 896 south of
Newark (1901 South College Ave.) about half way between I-95 and Rt 40. Park
fees are in effect ($3 in state, $6 out of state, or annual pass). You may
carpool from the high school.

 

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

 

Please email or call if you have any questions.

 

Bob Strahorn

302-584-2065 (cell)
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2015) 65 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:04:27 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             1             16             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             27             27
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            29            150            152
Merlin                      26             62             63
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               6             17             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             12

Total:                      65            475            797
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Sally O'Byrne

Weather:
WNW wind, temp 15-17c,clcv 25-0%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
Falcons on the move today, most came in low and sneaking out over the
dunes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler,Chimney Swifts,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Broad-Winged Hawks
From: Kelley Nunn <kelley.nunn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:29:08 -0400
Hey, DE Birders!

Here in Chester County PA, I've counted over 200 Broad-winged Hawks in the
past half hour. Also, many Bald Eagles, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a few
Cooper's. If you have a chance to get outside and look for raptors, do so!
It's almost fall-like in the sky today.

Good birding!

-Kelley Nunn
Chester County, PA
Subject: Redstart,Ovenbirds
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:14:55 -0400
Short walk from Hopkins Bridge...American Redstart, multiple Ovenbirds,
Common Yellowthroats, Pine Warblers,  Sharp Shinned Hawk....lots more! Very
birdy!
On Apr 18, 2015 9:34 PM, "Andrew Ednie"  wrote:

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 18, 2015
* DEST1504.18

*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
WHITE IBIS
Osprey
Bald Eagle
MISSISSIPPI KITE
Broad-winged Hawk
Sora
Virginia Rail
American Coot
SANDHILL CRANE
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
LITTLE GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
BURROWING OWL
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Seaside Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 18, 2015
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

This is a late update for Birdline Delaware for Saturday, April 18th from
the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. A new state bird was
added this week, along with several other rarities. The unofficial Delaware
annual list jumped up by 23 birds to 237 species this week.

The latest addition to the Delaware state bird list was a BURROWING OWL at
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. This bird was found
yesterday by Chandler Weigand at the Allee House around 3 PM and continued
to be seen until dark. Unfortunately, that bird was not seen today. Some
other birds at Bombay Hook included TRICOLORED HERON at Raymond Pool, along
with BLACK-NECKED STILTS and AMERICAN AVOCET. Shorebirds included
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON'S SNIPE. TUNDRA SWAN was seen
at Sheerness Pool along with RUDDY DUCKS. Local landbirds included the first
WOOD THRUSH of the season, plus OVENBIRD, PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW WARBLER,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW by the visitor center feeders, and SEASIDE SPARROW.

Also seen this week was a LITTLE GULL at Dragon Run in Delaware City. This
bird was seen from the cement bunker for trapshooting that overlooks the
creek in Dragon Run Park. The bird was seen on Saturday with large numbers
of BONAPARTE'S GULLS. This is an adult bird with black underwings and
molting into a black head. Also seen at Dragon Run was a SANDHILL CRANE.
This bird has been seen intermittently for over a month. MUTE SWAN, GREAT,
SNOWY and CATTLE EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS were also
reported. The first YELLOW WARBLER was reported at Dragon Run on Monday.
LEAST BITTERN and SORA were reported at Grier's Pond. PRAIRIE WARBLER was
reported at the Yardley Track of Augustine Creek Wildlife Area, north of
Port Penn. RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen along Route 9 near Port Penn.
CASPIAN TERN and the only NORTHERN PINTAIL reported this week were found at
the Port Penn impoundments.

A WHITE IBIS was reported from the central tower at Little Creek Wildlife
Management Area. This bird was nearly in adult plumage. Also seen there were
GLOSSY IBIS, GREEN HERON, AMERICAN COOT, and BLACK-NECKED STILT. A total of
5 AMERICAN BITTERNS were found calling at Little Creek today, plus VIRGINIA
RAIL. Good numbers of waterfowl were found at the Pickering Beach side of
Little Creek including a female COMMON GOLDENEYE plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, and a breeding
plumaged HORNED GREBE. WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen along the central tower
entrance road.

Five CLIFF SWALLOWS were reported at the fishing pier at Port Mahon.
RING-NECKED DUCKS were also reported at the Logan Track off the Kitts
Hummock Road. There were over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS in breeding plumage at
the south pond. AMERICAN AVOCETS were also seen swimming in the Delaware Bay
off Kitts Hummock, along with 80 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 4 LESSER SCAUP. A
RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the Pioneer gravel pits from the ramp to Route
9.

The previous reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen again at Indian River
inlet on Monday, this time two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Also reported was
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, COMMON and RED THROATED LOON,
NORTHERN GANNET, and HORNED GREBE. A few PURPLE SANDPIPERS continue to be
seen on the jetty along with RUDDY TURNSTONE. The first ROYAL TERN of the
season was reported at Burton's Island, along with BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD,
TRICOLORED HERON, and WILLET.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flew over the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch in Cape
Henlopen State Park. Also reported was a female BLUE GROSBEAK, plus
RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. A big flight of
76 AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen last Saturday along with 11 MERLIN. PIPING
PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS continue be seen at The Point. A
PEREGRINE FALCON was also seen at the point. BLACK and SURF SCOTERS were
seen offshore. A winter plumage RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Gordon's Pod
today. CHIMNEY SWIFTS were reported in downtown Lewes.

AMERICAN AVOCETS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS continue be seen along Prime Hook
Beach Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. 15 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS were found in the flooded field along Cods Road. WILD TURKEYS
were seen by the headquarters, Warblers seen at Turkle's Pond included
OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. Four BANK SWALLOWS were reported.
EASTERN KINGBIRD and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along Fowler's Beach.

WHITE-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PROTHONOTARY, and YELLOW
THROATED WARBLER were seen at Redden State Forest at the Redden Rest Stop
off Road 40. VESPER SPARROW was reported at Ponders Road near Ellendale.
PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER showed up in a yard in Seaford this week. Also new
this week was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in downtown Wilmington. WARBLING VIREO was
reported at Townsend Hall at the University of Delaware. YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO was reported at Ashland Nature Center today. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
was reported coming to a feeder in Middletown. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were
also reported this week at Concord Pond in Seaford, the McCabe Preserve near
Milton, and at Lum's Pond State Park. OVENBIRDS were also reported at
Georgetown, McCabe Preserve, and at the Chapel branch in Seaford. PRAIRIE
WARBLERS were reported at the Ashland Nature Center.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying North of Newark at Clayton Hall heading
west towards Newark country Club on Wednesday. BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, and
BARRED OWL were found at White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark. The
first NORTHERN PARULA was reported there on Thursday along with LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PALM and PINE WARBLER, plus both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWN KINGLETS. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES reported
at the pinewoods off Hopkins Bridge Road on Saturday. A PURPLE FINCH was
seen on the nature center feeders. An early SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported.
BLUE-WING TEALS were seen on The Great Pond of Pleasant Hill Rd.

A big flight of BROAD-WINGS was reported last Saturday, individual
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen at White Clay Creek from the Hopkins Bridge
Nature Center, at Middle Run Natural Preserve near Newark, at Ashland Nature
Ctr., Valley Garden Park near Greenville, and a big flight of 76 birds were
seen flying over Deerhurst in Brandywine Hundred.

A few lingering waterfowl continues to be seen at Hoopes Reservoir near
Greenville that included 2 COMMON LOONS in breeding plumage, plus
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE. Also seen were 20 COMMON MERGANSERS, 4
RINGNECKED DUCK, 6 WOOD DUCK, a drake GADWALL and a DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. A feeder in Walnut Ridge near Hoopes Reservoir hosted a
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE along with PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported at Battery Park in New Castle. The
previous reported PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Wilmington hatched their
first babies this week.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chandler Wiegands,
Andrew Bogush, Mike Bowen, Ken Cooper, Ann Reeves, Arthur Steinberger, Ryan
Johnson, Nancy Goggin, Nate Fronk, Mike Moore, Ken Wat, Lauren Morgans, Matt
Sarver, Judy Montgomery, Karen and Chris Bennett, Kevin Bronson, Joel
Martin,  Rachael Shapiro, Jeff Gordon, Hannah Greenberg, Peter Hall,  Phil
Thompson, Sally O'Byrne, David Fees, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich
Clifton, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Vince Gambal, John
Long, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Maurice
Barnhill, 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: Re: Possible Spotted Redshank at BH!!
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:37:02 -0400
Birders,

I saw the report come in to eBird late Saturday night, so I spent three
hours looking through the shorebirds in Raymond and Shearness on Sunday,
with no Redshank. There were 100+ yellowlegs at the north end of Shearness
that I picked through for over an hour.

Here's my checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22945972

Cheers,
Tim

On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM, Tim Boucher <
000001271215dedb-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu> wrote:

> Just got word of a possible Spotted Redshank sighting at Bombay Hook
> (Sunday, no idea where). Anyone else see it or report it? Anyone out there
> on Sunday? Or maybe today or tomorrow to look for it?
>
> Will try to get more information on the where.
>
> Thanks
> Tim Boucher
> Bethesda, MD
>



-- 
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Possible Spotted Redshank at BH!!
From: Tim Boucher <000001271215dedb-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:55:00 -0400
Just got word of a possible Spotted Redshank sighting at Bombay Hook (Sunday, 
no idea where). Anyone else see it or report it? Anyone out there on Sunday? Or 
maybe today or tomorrow to look for it? 


Will try to get more information on the where. 

Thanks
Tim Boucher
Bethesda, MD
Subject: Blairs Pond & Abbotts Mill Pond
From: Steven Graff <00000126c3a82ff5-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:07:25 -0700
Greetings all,  Its been quite a while since I posted anything so here goes:

Went to Blairs Pond (near Milford) right as the rain was ending and had the 
following: 

R. W. Blackbird
Mourning Dove
D. C. Cormorant - 1
Blue Jay
L. Gull
R. B. Woodpecker
Cardinal
Starling
Y. R. Warbler - nice sized flock
C. Goose
W. T. Sparrow
Downy Woodpecker
Cowbird
Palm Warbler - 4
Titmouse
Ovenbird - many
Wood Thrush - 4
F Crow
A. Crow
G. Yellowlegs
C. Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush - 1
Prairie Warbler - 1
PIleated Woodpecker
R. C. Kinglet - 1
Pine Warbler
Hairy Woodpecker
B. G. Gnatcatcher - 1
C. Wren
W. B. Nuthatch
Mallard
R. S. Hawk
R. T. Hawk
E. Towhee
House Wren - 1
B & W. Warbler - 1
Chipping Sparrow
C. Grackle

Afterwards I went down to Abbots Mill Pond (even closer to Milford) and had 
much the same items but added: 

E. Phoebe
P. Martin
Field Sparrow
Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
E. Kingbird - 1
House Sparrow

Steve Graff
Felton, DE
Subject: Turkey, Purple Martins and Tuesday Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:02:10 +0000
Sighted a female turkey by Fort Miles Historic Area and Purple Martins are 
setting up shop outside the Nature Center today (Monday, Apr. 20). 


Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21) will be leading a Bird Walk starting at 8am and 
meeting at the Nature Center. 


Richard Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
302-645-6852
Subject: Chas. Price Park, Middletown
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:11:04 -0400
I visited the park soon after the rain ceased and the following birds were
there: 2 Forster's Terns patrolling the pond (first time I had ever seen
FOTEs there), Common Yellowthroat (ditto), plenty of Savannah and Song
Sparrows, one Grasshopper Sparrow, a few Eastern Meadowlarks, several
Horned Larks, and three Greater Yellowlegs in a small vernal pool.  No
Dickcissels yet.

Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Wild Turkey & Avocets at Prime Hook
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:33:11 -0400
On a breezy morning, Dennis did some birding around the Prime Hook
boardwalk trail and picked up some years birds that included PURPLE MARTIN,
TREE SWALLOW, and HOUSE WREN.  Passerine activity was rather slow today.

On Turkle Pond Access Road, we saw a hen WILD TURKEY cross the road, and
noted PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (heard), WHITE-EYED VIREO
(heard), EASTERN TOWHEE, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER,

In Broadkill Marsh,there were FISH CROWs carrying nest material, AMERICAN
AVOCET - 69, BLACK-NECKED STILT - 2, DUNLIN  -200, GREATER & LESSER
YELLOWLEGs, and several active nests of OSPREYs.

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE
Subject: Western Sussex This Weekend
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:48:29 +0000
On Saturday morning I birded the Loblolly Trail of Trap Pond from Raccoon Pond 
to about halfway to the nature center. Several first of season birds, including 
Prothonotary, Worm-eating, and Black-and-white Warbler, Kingbird, Red-eyed and 
Yellow-throated Vireo. Other warblers seen/heard included Ovenbird, Common 
Yellowthroat, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Yellow-throated, Pine, and 
Yellow-rumped Warbler. 



Two singing Vesper Sparrow were located along Rementer Road halfway between 
Seaford and Georgetown. 



Sunday morning was a bit more quiet at Phillips Landing with one Palm Warbler 
and a female RB Grosbeak the only notable migrants. Also two BH Nuthatches, 
which are uncommon there. 



?David Fees

Seaford, DE
Subject: Re: White Clay warblers
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:24:46 -0400
Thanks for the report Judy!  I was birding White Clay this morning also with
Joe Russell and Prof. Maurice Barnhill. Joe reminded me to post our results.
We had 7 species of warbler, including a BLACK AND WHITE just south of
Wedgewood Rd. An adult BALD EAGLE was hunting along the creek. WOOD DUCKS
were perched in a tree at the north end of Krapf's. The best bird was a 2-3
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS singing away in the marsh at the north end of the 1st
Pedestrian Bridge. Great sunrise today!

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Subject: [de-birds] White Clay warblers

I found a nice flock of a dozen Yellow-rumps,  2 Palm Warblers and 6
Northern Parulas today with a dozen Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. A cheerful group
along the creek near Chamber's Rock Rd.- White Clay Creek.
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Subject: White Clay warblers
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:15:00 -0400
I found a nice flock of a dozen Yellow-rumps,  2 Palm Warblers and 6
Northern Parulas today with a dozen Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. A cheerful
group along the creek near Chamber's Rock Rd.- White Clay Creek.
Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Newark
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:58:59 -0400
Just had my first of the year at the feeder.

Bob Strahorn

Newark

 
Subject: New Castle - Marbled Godwit at Port Penn Impoundments
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:25:36 -0400
Birders,

Emily Dunn and I are currently viewing a Marbled Godwit at the Port Penn 
Impoundments - looking from the new access point near the Thorntown Rd. 
intersection. 


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost 
814-952-2934
Elkton, MD
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 18th, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 21:34:13 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 18, 2015
* DEST1504.18
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
WHITE IBIS
Osprey
Bald Eagle
MISSISSIPPI KITE
Broad-winged Hawk
Sora
Virginia Rail
American Coot
SANDHILL CRANE
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
LITTLE GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
BURROWING OWL
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Seaside Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 18, 2015
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

This is a late update for Birdline Delaware for Saturday, April 18th from
the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. A new state bird was
added this week, along with several other rarities. The unofficial Delaware
annual list jumped up by 23 birds to 237 species this week. 

The latest addition to the Delaware state bird list was a BURROWING OWL at
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. This bird was found
yesterday by Chandler Weigand at the Allee House around 3 PM and continued
to be seen until dark. Unfortunately, that bird was not seen today. Some
other birds at Bombay Hook included TRICOLORED HERON at Raymond Pool, along
with BLACK-NECKED STILTS and AMERICAN AVOCET. Shorebirds included
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON'S SNIPE. TUNDRA SWAN was seen
at Sheerness Pool along with RUDDY DUCKS. Local landbirds included the first
WOOD THRUSH of the season, plus OVENBIRD, PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW WARBLER,
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW by the visitor center feeders, and SEASIDE SPARROW.

Also seen this week was a LITTLE GULL at Dragon Run in Delaware City. This
bird was seen from the cement bunker for trapshooting that overlooks the
creek in Dragon Run Park. The bird was seen on Saturday with large numbers
of BONAPARTE'S GULLS. This is an adult bird with black underwings and
molting into a black head. Also seen at Dragon Run was a SANDHILL CRANE.
This bird has been seen intermittently for over a month. MUTE SWAN, GREAT,
SNOWY and CATTLE EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS were also
reported. The first YELLOW WARBLER was reported at Dragon Run on Monday.
LEAST BITTERN and SORA were reported at Grier's Pond. PRAIRIE WARBLER was
reported at the Yardley Track of Augustine Creek Wildlife Area, north of
Port Penn. RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen along Route 9 near Port Penn.
CASPIAN TERN and the only NORTHERN PINTAIL reported this week were found at
the Port Penn impoundments.

A WHITE IBIS was reported from the central tower at Little Creek Wildlife
Management Area. This bird was nearly in adult plumage. Also seen there were
GLOSSY IBIS, GREEN HERON, AMERICAN COOT, and BLACK-NECKED STILT. A total of
5 AMERICAN BITTERNS were found calling at Little Creek today, plus VIRGINIA
RAIL. Good numbers of waterfowl were found at the Pickering Beach side of
Little Creek including a female COMMON GOLDENEYE plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, and a breeding
plumaged HORNED GREBE. WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen along the central tower
entrance road. 

Five CLIFF SWALLOWS were reported at the fishing pier at Port Mahon.
RING-NECKED DUCKS were also reported at the Logan Track off the Kitts
Hummock Road. There were over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS in breeding plumage at
the south pond. AMERICAN AVOCETS were also seen swimming in the Delaware Bay
off Kitts Hummock, along with 80 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 4 LESSER SCAUP. A
RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the Pioneer gravel pits from the ramp to Route
9.

The previous reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen again at Indian River
inlet on Monday, this time two female HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Also reported was
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, COMMON and RED THROATED LOON,
NORTHERN GANNET, and HORNED GREBE. A few PURPLE SANDPIPERS continue to be
seen on the jetty along with RUDDY TURNSTONE. The first ROYAL TERN of the
season was reported at Burton's Island, along with BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD,
TRICOLORED HERON, and WILLET.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flew over the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch in Cape
Henlopen State Park. Also reported was a female BLUE GROSBEAK, plus
RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. A big flight of
76 AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen last Saturday along with 11 MERLIN. PIPING
PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS continue be seen at The Point. A
PEREGRINE FALCON was also seen at the point. BLACK and SURF SCOTERS were
seen offshore. A winter plumage RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Gordon's Pod
today. CHIMNEY SWIFTS were reported in downtown Lewes.

AMERICAN AVOCETS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS continue be seen along Prime Hook
Beach Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. 15 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS were found in the flooded field along Cods Road. WILD TURKEYS
were seen by the headquarters, Warblers seen at Turkle's Pond included
OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. Four BANK SWALLOWS were reported.
EASTERN KINGBIRD and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen along Fowler's Beach.

WHITE-EYED VIREO, OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PROTHONOTARY, and YELLOW
THROATED WARBLER were seen at Redden State Forest at the Redden Rest Stop
off Road 40. VESPER SPARROW was reported at Ponders Road near Ellendale.
PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER showed up in a yard in Seaford this week. Also new
this week was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in downtown Wilmington. WARBLING VIREO was
reported at Townsend Hall at the University of Delaware. YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO was reported at Ashland Nature Center today. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
was reported coming to a feeder in Middletown. PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were
also reported this week at Concord Pond in Seaford, the McCabe Preserve near
Milton, and at Lum's Pond State Park. OVENBIRDS were also reported at
Georgetown, McCabe Preserve, and at the Chapel branch in Seaford. PRAIRIE
WARBLERS were reported at the Ashland Nature Center.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen flying North of Newark at Clayton Hall heading
west towards Newark country Club on Wednesday. BALD EAGLE, OSPREY, and
BARRED OWL were found at White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark. The
first NORTHERN PARULA was reported there on Thursday along with LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, PALM and PINE WARBLER, plus both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWN KINGLETS. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES reported
at the pinewoods off Hopkins Bridge Road on Saturday. A PURPLE FINCH was
seen on the nature center feeders. An early SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported.
BLUE-WING TEALS were seen on The Great Pond of Pleasant Hill Rd. 

A big flight of BROAD-WINGS was reported last Saturday, individual
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen at White Clay Creek from the Hopkins Bridge
Nature Center, at Middle Run Natural Preserve near Newark, at Ashland Nature
Ctr., Valley Garden Park near Greenville, and a big flight of 76 birds were
seen flying over Deerhurst in Brandywine Hundred.

A few lingering waterfowl continues to be seen at Hoopes Reservoir near
Greenville that included 2 COMMON LOONS in breeding plumage, plus
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE. Also seen were 20 COMMON MERGANSERS, 4
RINGNECKED DUCK, 6 WOOD DUCK, a drake GADWALL and a DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. A feeder in Walnut Ridge near Hoopes Reservoir hosted a
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE along with PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported at Battery Park in New Castle. The
previous reported PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Wilmington hatched their
first babies this week.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chandler Wiegands,
Andrew Bogush, Mike Bowen, Ken Cooper, Ann Reeves, Arthur Steinberger, Ryan
Johnson, Nancy Goggin, Nate Fronk, Mike Moore, Ken Wat, Lauren Morgans, Matt
Sarver, Judy Montgomery, Karen and Chris Bennett, Kevin Bronson, Joel
Martin,  Rachael Shapiro, Jeff Gordon, Hannah Greenberg, Peter Hall,  Phil
Thompson, Sally O'Byrne, David Fees, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich
Clifton, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Vince Gambal, John
Long, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Maurice
Barnhill, 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: Red throated loon at Gordon's Pond; Rose Breasted grosbeak in RB
From: Vince Gambal <0000009a8147fdd9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:32:32 -0400
Walk along the Gordon's Pond was not very productive this afternoon. A single 
red throated loon was on the waterway behind the pond trail. I was disappointed 
that it was still in winter plumage. I though for sue any straggler would be in 
breeding colors. 


A walk through the woodland park in Rehoboth Beach along Columbia Avenue gave 
me a nice show of a female rode-breasted grosbeak. First female I've seen and 
it's been years since I've seen any. 


Vince Gambal
Lewes
Subject: Middle Run Migrants: Common Loons, Broad-winged Hawks, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:50:00 -0400
Greetings:
In the past two weeks of April, 79 species of birds have been recorded at the 
Middle Run Natural Area near Newark as Spring migration starts to hit full 
swing. 

Recent highlights from the past week include new arrivals like Purple Martin, 
Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Warbler (the second 
Spring record for this species at the park), and Pine Warbler. 

The Louisiana Waterthrush pairs are back on territory at Trail Markers 9 and 11 
on the Middle Run Birding Trail, at these traditional streamside locations. The 
trail guide and map for the Middle Run Birding Trail are available 
at:www.delnature.org/middlerun 

In recent days with South winds, there has been a northbound movement of small 
numbers of Broad-winged Hawks and Common Loon, with both species following the 
stream valley as they migrate. I captured a video clip of a Common Loon passing 
overhead at an altitude of at least 500 meters, showing the unique look of this 
waterbird in flight at height: htps://www.flickr.com/photos/125621243 AT N08 

Finally, a First-of-Season Ruby-throated Hummingbird flew through Middle Run on 
April 13, the earliest Spring record for the park by nearly two weeks. The 
Spring Migration map on Hummingbirds.net shows the reports that track the 
arrival of this species in the Eastern US. It's quite an interesting look at 
these arrival dates: http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html 

Good birding,
Derek Stoner
 		 	   		  
Subject: DOS Spring Roundup Volunteers Needed
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:54:16 -0400
Do you bird in Delaware in May?  Do you like participating in the Christmas
Bird Count, but hate the cold weather?  Do you enjoy contributing to
long-term citizen science projects?  Then you probably already take part in
the DOS Spring Roundup and need not read any further.  If you do not
participate, read on and think about spending a few hours or a whole day in
the field to help support this important long-running program.

The Delaware Spring Roundup is a statewide "Christmas Bird Count" conducted
the Saturday before Mothers' day every year since 1968.  Birders, alone or
in teams, are assigned to an area in one of six regions across the state.
The goal, like the CBC, is to count every bird encountered in your area.
But unlike the CBC, you aren't counting drab winter birds, you are
searching for birds in resplendent breeding plumage filling the air with
song,

Spring counts are conducted across the US this time of year - but Delaware
is the only state that has had complete coverage.  John Janowski who
coordinated this program for DOS for many years, has turned it over to me
and I hope I can live up to the great job he has done over the years.  But
I need your help to make that happen.

Information about the Spring Roundup can be found on the DOS Website at the
address below.

http://www.dosbirds.org/activities/spring-roundup/

There are a lot of great areas in the southern part of the state that need
coverage.  Areas 6 and 7 are spread across the southern part of Sussex
County and include great birding areas.  Gordons Pond, Fresh Pond, James
Farm, Holts Landing, Fenwick Island and Trap Pond State Parks, Old Furnace,
Midlands, Assawoman and Nanticoke Wildlife Areas are just a few.  In the
middle of the state, Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area is available for
someone interested in birding this little birded gem.

If you are interested contact me or one of the area compilers listed on the
DOS web page.  I know they will appreciate the help.

Chris Bennett
New DOS Spring Roundup Coordinator and Area 3 Compiler
Milford, DE
Subject: No Burrowing Owl today
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:22:51 -0400
Again, for those not able to follow other media, there have been only negative 
reports today from people searching for the Burrowing Owl that was well 
photographed yesterday by many observers at Bombay Hook on the road to the 
Allee House. 


Mike Moore
Newar, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Apr 2015) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:04:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             24             24
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6            121            123
Merlin                       6             36             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0             11             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             12

Total:                      13            410            732
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Paul Kane

Weather:
temp 16c,clcv 40%, visb 10k, light fog in the first hour

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:32:33 -0400
For those not on Facebook, the Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook was present 
yesterday until 7:30 PM and was photographed by many. Good luck to those 
searching today. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Burrowing Owl Reported in Bombay Hook NWR
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:26:20 -0400
George Armistead just texted me that he has a second hand report of a
Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook NWR near the Allee House.  I have no other
details but check the usual places for updated information.


-PAG

-- 

*Paul A. GurisGreen Lane, PA  *
Subject: Kent - Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:16:43 -0400
Birders,

Chandler Wiegand photographed a Burrowing Owl along the road to the Allee House 
at Bombay Hook about an hour ago. 


Here are the details from a DE RBA alert - "chandler wiegand: Burrowing owl 
along road to allee house at bombay hook. Was on a bluebird box 30 mins ago 
when I located it." 


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost 
Elkton, MD
814-952-2934
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Apr 2015) 4 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:04:42 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             23             23
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            115            117
Merlin                       0             30             31
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0             11             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             12

Total:                       4            397            719
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel

Weather:
light wind from Sw, temp. 20c.,visb 18k,100% clcv

Raptor Observations:
all the usual locals, TV,BV, B. Eagle and Cooper's Hawk

Non-raptor Observations:
Female Blue Grosbeak
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Delmarva Birding Weekend starts April 23
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:49:41 +0000
			
		Just 3 weeks left to register! 	View this email in your browser 
		
		
		
			Just one week to register for 
the Delmarva Birding Weekend ! 
		The following DBW field trips have SOLD OUT : 

Birds of Prime Hook 
Assateague Island Paddle 
The Nature of Smith Island 
Prothonotary Pontoon (Sat. afternoon) 
Prothonotary Pontoon (Sun. morning) 

There's still time to register for the remaining field trips, but don't wait 
too long! Please visit www.delmarvabirding.or g to make your reservations. 
Birders can register for trips using the secure PayPal account, or by printing 
the registration form and mailing it with a check. 


The 20th Annual Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the spring migration of 
thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Weekend combines 
boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot, and will be held April 23 
- 26, 2015. 


The Delmarva Peninsula possesses an extensive variety of environments, 
including barrier islands, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and 
primeval forests. Field trips take place in the land and water that feed into 
the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and the Atlantic coastal bays. More than 400 
bird species have been recorded in the region. 202 species were tallied during 
the 2009 event! 


			Spring migrants are arriving each day. 
Here's a list of just a few of the species that have returned to Delmarva just 
in time for the DBW! 

				Osprey 
Least Tern 
Royal Tern 
Forster's Tern 
Common Tern 
Black Skimmer 
Laughing Gull 
Piping Plover 
Semipalmated Plover 
				Glossy Ibis 
Willet 
Little Blue Heron 
Snowy Egret 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
White-eyed Vireo 
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Purple Martin 
				Prothonotary Warbler 
Prairie Warbler 
Yellow Warbler 
Yellow-throated Warbler 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Worm-eating Warbler 
American Redstart 
Wood Thrush 

		
 Click on the Prothonotary Warbler above to check out our DBW video on YouTube! 
These are just some of the species we may see on Delmarva in late April. 

		
		
					
		
		
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Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Apr 2015) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:04:50 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              4             22
Turkey Vulture               0            166            442
Osprey                       0              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             19             19
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            115            117
Merlin                       0             30             31
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0             11             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             12

Total:                       0            393            715
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00 
Observation end   time: 11:45:00 
Total observation time: 1.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Weather:
light wind from South. 40% clcv, visb 20k, temp 12c

Raptor Observations:
only local TV's and Bv's and Osprey

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-headed Woodpecker flew directly overhead
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Parula Warbler and more!
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:08:26 -0400
Happy participants of today's DNS bird walk at the Ashland Nature Center
enjoyed great birds and great weather!

Singing Swamp Sparrows, Wood Ducks and Common Yellowthroats in the marsh,
Multiple Pine Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers along the Red Clay Creek.
After crossing Sharpless Rd. along the creek we had a singing Northern
Parula Warbler and a Palm Warbler in great light!!!

Please join us every Thursday in April and May!
Meet us at 8:00am in the Ashland parking lot.

Happy Spring birding!

Judy Montgomery
Subject: House Wren
From: Charles Vaughn <charlesvaughn08 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:25:06 -0400
We had our first House Wren today. Didn't really want it so early 
because it will prevent other birds from nesting in our boxes. We've had 
several Prothonotary Warblers try to nest the past several. Only one has 
been successful. Others were ejected by the HW - along with a Bluebird. 
But we love the House Wrens anyway :)

Charlie
Upstream from Seaford on the Nanticoke River.
Subject: Carolina Wrens & Cardinal Wars
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:07:44 -0400
Greetings,

There are fewer CW around the state because the are all in my & my
neighbor's back yards (Brandywine Hundred).  They are everywhere and
singing constantly -- we have to keep the garage door closed to prevent it
from becoming "condos for carolinas".

Also we have two pairs of cardinals battling out over our back yard --
problem is that the ideal nesting sites are on one side and ideal food on
the other.  Hopefully they don't nest in the crepe myrtle again and I don't
have to drag out the ladder and put the babies back in the nest every day
(sometimes twice).  Fortunately we don't have many outdoor cats in the
neighborhood any more.

Sad note is that we always had mocking birds in our yard when I was growing
up, but none now.  I have not been able to tell whey they like other parts
of the development better than our end of the street.

Susan Ruth Marengo
Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens
From: "Barry E. Blust" <BarryBlust AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:42:50 -0400
I was surprised to hear the observations in DE of the seemingly reduced numbers 
of Carolina Wrens. Here in north central Chester County PA I can say I've not 
noticed any decrease even though we had a very cold winter and I was expecting 
it could have detrimental effects on this species. I'll be curious to see what 
others report in PA & DE. 


Barry E. Blust 
21 Rabbit Run Lane 
Glenmoore, PA 
Upper Uwchlan Township, Chester County 
BarryBlust AT comcast.net 

-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Russell 
Kovach 

Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 12:46 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Carolina Wrens

Carolina Wrens in general are sensitive to cold winters, and either push south 
or die off with prolonged periods of cold. The species has been advancing to 
the north in the past few decades, but has periodic 'back-tracks' during 
difficult winters. It's *possible* that is what is being noticed... 


On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:

> Has anybody noticed a precipitous drop in the numbers of Carolina 
> Wrens lately? While this species is still very widespread throughout 
> the state, numbers have really dropped. I would usually hear 6-12 
> birds along the Brandywine on my walks, last weekend there were none. 
> I checked eBird, while
> 1-2 birds were reported throughout the state there were only 2 reports 
> from Banning Park and Lums Pond of multiple birds with none in double 
figures. 

> This is one of our earliest nesters which could be the reason males 
> are less vociferous, I think that March snow caused a population 
> crash. We saw a similar event in 1995 with the big March snow that 
> dump 16 inches on the state. We had no Carolina Wrens along the 
> Brandywine during the census for
> 2
> years.
>
> Do others concur with my findings? Don't tell me you still have a bird 
> in your backyard, I just want to know if people are still finding 
> Carolina Wrens as numerous.  I'll be interested to hear what others say.
>
> Good birding,
> Andy
>
> Andy Ednie
> Claymont, Delaware
>



--
*Russell Kovach*
*Darlington, MD*


*Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our
inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state
of facts and evidence.  John Adams*
Subject: Ashland Bird Walk tomorrow
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:45:41 +0000
Dear Birders, I will be leading the bird walk at Ashland Nature Center Thursday 
morning. We will meet in the parking lot at 8am and will bird for a few hours. 
New arrivals this week here include Common Yellowthroat, Broad-winged Hawk, 
Common Loon and Double-crested Cormorant flyovers, Merlin, American Kestrel, 
Prairie Warbler, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, and Purple Martin. Come on out 
and let's see what we can find tomorrow morning. Joe 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
3511 Barley Mill Road
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: Bombay Hook Highlights
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:42:08 -0400
I see that a Prothonotary Warbler was seen at Lum's Pond very recently; I
also had one at Finis Pool in the trees by the gate this morning. Also seen
and heard at BH this morning were many Black-bellied Plovers, 2
Black-necked Stilts in the N end of Shearness, and a calling White-eyed
Vireo.  (No sign of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak that I had at home
yesterday).

Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Prothonotary Warbler
From: Hannah Greenberg <h.greenberg12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:12:32 -0400
I found a prothonotary warbler this morning at about 1030AM at Lums Pond State 
Park. It was seen at the vernal pool next to the nature center in area 5. 


Here’s a link to the photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129603620 AT N05/16970173320/ 
 


Hannah Greenberg
Subject: Yellow Rumped Warbler
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:20:34 -0400
First ever for my backyard, yesterday I had a yellow rumped warbler eating
suet and digging around under the feeders.

Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE
Subject: high over Wilmington
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:52:11 -0400
This afternoon, while walking to and from the Delaware Art Museum, I had my FOY 
Chimney Swift. And while walking through Trolley Square, I had two high flying 
Purple Martins - I believe that is a first for me in Wilmington - 
unfortunately, I can’t count either as a yard bird….. 


Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Re: Yard Birds in Greenville
From: PAULAGC <paulagc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:39:57 +0000
I live in Elkton MD just over the border of Newark DE and I had 2 Male Purple 
finches on Saturday and I just had 3 Female Pine Siskins. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Matthew Sarver"  
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 3:36:25 PM 
Subject: [de-birds] Yard Birds in Greenville 

All, 

The couple of Pine Siskins that have been hanging around the yard for more 
than a week were still present as of today, heard flying over. Yesterday, 
we had at least 5 different Purple Finches visiting the feeder. This 
afternoon, a very unexpected Black-capped Chickadee dropped in for a few 
minutes but hasn't been back. 

Best, 
Matt 

-- 
Matthew Sarver 
Sarver Ecological, LLC 
6 Walnut Ridge Rd 
Greenville, DE 19807 
724-689-5845 
matt AT matthewsarver.com 
Subject: Yard Birds in Greenville
From: Matthew Sarver <matt AT MATTHEWSARVER.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:36:25 -0400
All,

The couple of Pine Siskins that have been hanging around the yard for more
than a week were still present as of today, heard flying over. Yesterday,
we had at least 5 different Purple Finches visiting the feeder. This
afternoon, a very unexpected Black-capped Chickadee dropped in for a few
minutes but hasn't been back.

Best,
Matt

-- 
Matthew Sarver
Sarver Ecological, LLC
6 Walnut Ridge Rd
Greenville, DE 19807
724-689-5845
matt AT matthewsarver.com
Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens
From: Russell Kovach <russell.kovach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:46:04 -0400
Carolina Wrens in general are sensitive to cold winters, and either push
south or die off with prolonged periods of cold.  The species has been
advancing to the north in the past few decades, but has periodic
'back-tracks' during difficult winters.  It's *possible* that is what is
being noticed...

On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 7:08 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:

> Has anybody noticed a precipitous drop in the numbers of Carolina Wrens
> lately? While this species is still very widespread throughout the state,
> numbers have really dropped. I would usually hear 6-12 birds along the
> Brandywine on my walks, last weekend there were none. I checked eBird,
> while
> 1-2 birds were reported throughout the state there were only 2 reports from
> Banning Park and Lums Pond of multiple birds with none in double figures.
> This is one of our earliest nesters which could be the reason males are
> less
> vociferous, I think that March snow caused a population crash. We saw a
> similar event in 1995 with the big March snow that dump 16 inches on the
> state. We had no Carolina Wrens along the Brandywine during the census for
> 2
> years.
>
> Do others concur with my findings? Don't tell me you still have a bird in
> your backyard, I just want to know if people are still finding Carolina
> Wrens as numerous.  I'll be interested to hear what others say.
>
> Good birding,
> Andy
>
> Andy Ednie
> Claymont, Delaware
>



-- 
*Russell Kovach*
*Darlington, MD*


*Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our
inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state
of facts and evidence.  John Adams*
Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:47:19 -0400
I presently have a FOY female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at one of my feeders.
This make two consecutive years of having this species in my yard after
many years of having none.  I seem to recall that last year many were
spotted throughout DE; maybe we will have such luck again.

Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:30:47 -0400
Andy, No doubt Carolina Wren is one species that when absent is noticeable. The 
good news is around the Port Penn area, I tend to hear them quite frequently 
lately. At the Port Penn Boardwalk I had 3 within earshot the other day. 

Subject: REMINDER: Location Change - DOS April Monthly Mtg @ Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:23:01 -0400
The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their next monthly 
meeting tomorrow - Wednesday, the 15th of April. 


PLEASE NOTE **CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THE APRIL 15TH MEETING - Tri-State Bird 
Rescue and Research 170 Possum Hollow Rd, Newark, DE 19711 


Join us for a fun and educational monthly meeting to be held at the new Annex 
of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research Center. Get a first hand tour of the new 
state-of-the-art facility and watch demonstrations on how Tri-State's staff and 
volunteers wash oil-soaked birds. Also planned for the evening is a 
presentation by Tri-State's Oil Response Team Leader, Sarah Tegtmeier. This is 
a great opportunity to get first hand experience on the complexities of helping 
and rehabbing birds brought to the world-class facility. 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is free and open to the public 
so grab a birding buddy or two and plan on attending on the 15th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   April 15th Meeting

7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share for 
our Social 1/2 hour) 


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE **CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR THE APRIL 15TH MEETING - Tri-State Bird 
Rescue and Research 170 Possum Hollow Rd, Newark, DE 19711 


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Re: Carolina Wrens
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:47:36 +0000
I agree. At Oak Grove, I had one on Sunday morning and none on the 5th. I had 
not noticed a shortage prior to that. 


Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Andrew 
Ednie 

Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:09 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Carolina Wrens

Has anybody noticed a precipitous drop in the numbers of Carolina Wrens lately? 
While this species is still very widespread throughout the state, numbers have 
really dropped. I would usually hear 6-12 birds along the Brandywine on my 
walks, last weekend there were none. I checked eBird, while 

1-2 birds were reported throughout the state there were only 2 reports from 
Banning Park and Lums Pond of multiple birds with none in double figures. 

This is one of our earliest nesters which could be the reason males are less 
vociferous, I think that March snow caused a population crash. We saw a similar 
event in 1995 with the big March snow that dump 16 inches on the state. We had 
no Carolina Wrens along the Brandywine during the census for 2 years. 


Do others concur with my findings? Don't tell me you still have a bird in your 
backyard, I just want to know if people are still finding Carolina Wrens as 
numerous. I'll be interested to hear what others say. 


Good birding,
Andy

Andy Ednie
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Carolina Wrens
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:08:53 -0400
Has anybody noticed a precipitous drop in the numbers of Carolina Wrens
lately? While this species is still very widespread throughout the state,
numbers have really dropped. I would usually hear 6-12 birds along the
Brandywine on my walks, last weekend there were none. I checked eBird, while
1-2 birds were reported throughout the state there were only 2 reports from
Banning Park and Lums Pond of multiple birds with none in double figures.
This is one of our earliest nesters which could be the reason males are less
vociferous, I think that March snow caused a population crash. We saw a
similar event in 1995 with the big March snow that dump 16 inches on the
state. We had no Carolina Wrens along the Brandywine during the census for 2
years. 

Do others concur with my findings? Don't tell me you still have a bird in
your backyard, I just want to know if people are still finding Carolina
Wrens as numerous.  I'll be interested to hear what others say. 

Good birding, 
Andy

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Harlequin Ducks etc.
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:30:22 -0400
Joe Russell and I had 1 male and 2 female Harlequin Ducks today at 
Indian River Inlet.  While we were watching them we also had a Northern 
Gannet fly by.
Subject: DVOC Meeting Thurs Apr 16 features Michael Oates & "Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey"
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:35:49 -0400
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday April 16 at 
the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the 
program "Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey" by Michael 
Oates. In addition, this DVOC meeting will also feature a special 
ornithological study by visiting DVOC Fellow Nikolas Haass, who currently 
resides in Australia. Nikolas will present a special Ornithological Study about 
a possible new species of storm-petrel "Does 'Pealea lineata,' the Lined 
Storm-petrel exist?" Both programs are bound to be crowd-pleasers, so we hope 
you will join us. 


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 



"Shooting Sex and Gluttony: A Documentarian's Journey"
In this program, Michael Oates, an award-winning video documentarian, will 
recount his experiences over the past 28 years documenting the annual horseshoe 
crab/shorebird phenomenon that occurs each spring on Delaware Bay. In 2014, he 
installed a wireless, solar-powered, remotely operated HD camera system that 
allowed visitors at the DuPont Nature Center to get an "Up Close and Personal" 
view of multiple migratory shorebird species and their behaviors. 


A video clip can be viewed here: 
https://vimeo.com/302stories/review/95918447/f614f42777


Michael Oates: 
Michael Oates, founder and president of 302 Stories, Inc., is an independent 
documentarian who has produced programs for major corporations and broadcast 
networks for the past 30 years. Through the 80s and early 90s, Oates produced 
videos that won numerous national awards and developed his company, New York 
Television (NYTV). In 1995, Oates sold the company he founded to pursue 
personal video projects. His work includes documentaries on Delawares Coastal 
Zone Act, the History of Shipbuilding in Milford, the 62 Storm, and the Oyster 
Industry on Delaware Bay.Recently, Oates has been focused on producing 
short-form digital stories for the web as well. 


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Nikolas Haass: 
Nikolas Haass is a Fellow of the DVOC and a world-class birder, who was no 
stranger to the Delaware Valley birding scene before he moved to Australia and 
became a fixture in Australian birding. A past winner of the Witmer Stone 
Award, and past presenter of multiple Ornithological Studies, Nikolas has a 
passion for birds and enjoys sharing that enthusiasm with other birders. Review 
some of Nikolas's past short programs on the DVOC website here: 
http://www.dvoc.org/Personnel/Haass.htm 


The Lined Storm-petrel: 
Last fall, DVOC Fellow Rob Hynson shared some exciting information with the 
club about the discovery of a new storm-petrel off the coast of Australia that 
may represent a new species. Rob gave us a tantalizing account of the process 
of discovery and insights into the work being done to describe this 
storm-petrel. Nikolas Haass, visiting from Australia, will continue the 
conversation on April 16. 



We hope to see you at the meeting! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler in Seaford
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:22:19 +0000
Today I had an OC Warbler visit my water cascade just as I happened to take a 
look outside. A plain, slender, olive green warbler, pointed beak, no-wing 
bars, faint breast stripes, and due to being just 8 feet away and a foot off 
the ground, a small amount of faint orange showed on the top of the head. It 
was chased off by a feeder bird before I could get a photo. 



I dare say that it is the best yard bird this year to date!


David Fees

Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Apr 2015) 23 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:04:56 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4              4             22
Turkey Vulture              10            166            442
Osprey                       4              6             13
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             0             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             19             19
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            115            117
Merlin                       1             30             31
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0             11             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             10             12

Total:                      23            393            715
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
1


Weather:
very light wind from the ESE, temp 11-15c, no clouds, visb 18-20k

Raptor Observations:
4 Osprey flying very high to the North, plus all the locals

Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers,Thrasher,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Apr 2015) 123 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:04:15 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2015
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0             18
Turkey Vulture              11            156            432
Osprey                       0              2              9
Bald Eagle                   0              3             10
Northern Harrier             9             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6             17             17
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            76            113            115
Merlin                      11             29             30
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               5             11             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             10             12

Total:                     123            370            692
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Paul Kane

Visitors:
25


Weather:
light winds from WNW/NW/N temp. 12-15c, clcv 90-40%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
a really nice Kestrel(77) and Merlin(11) flight, many local Osprey and one
B. Eagle and osprey fight over a fish.

Non-raptor Observations:
our special friend the Pararie Warbler is back showing off and singing to
us, hundreds of Gannets, Scoters, Greater yellow Legs, Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers,
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: RBA:Birdline Delaware, April 10th, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:26:26 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 10, 2015
* DEST1504.10
	
*Birds mentioned
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
REDHEAD
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Bald Eagle
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin 
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Laughing Gull 
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black and White Warbler
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 10, 2015
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 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and PINE WARBLERS
were seen throughout the region. New shorebirds are starting to arrive! The
unofficial Delaware annual list jumped up by 6 birds to 214 species this
week. The first RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD of the year was reported today in
Lewes!

A REDNECKED GREBE was seen at Hoopes reservoir on Saturday. That bird was
seen at the Hillside Mill Rd. Cove near Mt. Cuba observatory. Look across
the pond for the bird, molting into breeding plumage. Also at the reservoir
were 40 COMMON MERGANSERS, 30 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
BUFFLEHEAD, and WOOD DUCK.

RED-NECKED GREBES were also seen at Indian River inlet, One bird was seen at
the inlet on the west side of the bridge and the other was seen on the
backside of Bottom Hills Drain near North Marina from the hill by the
causeway. Also seen was TRICOLORED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, plus
COMMON LOON, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a peak count of 38
OSPREY. HORNED GREBES were seen in breeding plumage at North Marina. The
previously reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at the jetty,
along with 3 LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS plus a WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen migrating north along the shore. PURPLE
SANDPIPER is still being seen on the jetty.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and WILLET was reported at Fenwick Island. A LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Bethany Beach. Eight WILD TURKEYS were seen
in James Farm on Cedar Neck along with HERMIT THRUSH and YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER.  Lots for AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen flying along the coast today,
11 were seen at Tower Rd in Delaware Seashore State Park. Another 20 were
reported at Dewey Beach. 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen coming to a yard at Bay Vista on Tuesday.
That yard also had YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER and CEDAR WAXWINGS. A male
PURPLE FINCH was reported at another feeder near Lewes. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES are still coming to a feeder in Midway, PILEATED WOODPECKER was
also seen there.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen flying out over the ocean from the Cape Henlopen
Hawkwatch on Monday. Several BONAPARTE'S GULLS were also seen, along with
over 200 NORTHERN GANNETS. PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were
seen along the shoreline. Swallows were seen flying along the coast
including PURPLE MARTIN, BARN, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.
BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in the pines by the
Hawkwatch, along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and PINE WARBLER. Four
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at the Monroe Avenue pond. CATTLE
EGRET was seen along route nine in Lewes opposite Cape Henlopen High School.

At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, the first BLACK SKIMMER
of the year was found along Prime Hook Beach Road on Tuesday. Approximately
50 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen there. Also reported were GREAT and
SNOWY EGRET, plus GLOSSY IBIS. Waterfowl seen included WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN
WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and BUFFLEHEAD.
Nearby, a VESPER SPARROW was reported off Cods Road. Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Broadkill Marsh. TRICOLORED and
LITTLE BLUE HERON reported at the Prime Hook headquarters area also seen
there was 6 BLACK-NECKED STILT and 2 WILLET. A single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was seen on the ponds along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER
SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.

PECTORAL and LEAST SANDPIPER plus SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were reported at
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The first BLACK-NECKED
STILT of the season was found there on Saturday. SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and WILSON'S SNIPE were also reported, along with
BONAPARTE'S GULL and FORSTER'S TERN. Two MUTE SWANS continue to be seen at
Sheerness Pool along with 16 TUNDRA SWAN, plus BLUE WINGED TEAL, 40
RING-NECKED DUCKS, flyover COMMON, GOLDENEYE, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN COOT and
PIED-BILLED GREBE. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were reported at Bear Swamp.
BARN OWL was reported in the early morning. Landbirds at Finis pool included
a BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER, BROWN THRASHER, PALM, and PINE WARBLER and LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, plus RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

AMERICAN AVOCET was also seen flying along the shore at Big Stone Beach on
Saturday, along with LAUGHING GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS. HOODED MERGANSER,
NORTHERN SHOVELER and GREEN-WINGED TEALS were also seen. Large numbers of
SURF SCOTER were seen offshore. PINE WARBLERS were found in the woods.
WHITE-CROWNED and CHIPPING SPARROWS were coming to a feeder near Cheswold.

A late REDHEAD was found at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. A CATTLE EGRET was
seen in the field across from the aquatic center  off Route 9. A big flock
of gulls in a field off Hurd Road, north of Leipsic included about 200
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. 

The first GREEN HERON the season was found at Carousel Park near Pike Creek.
Two MUTE SWANS continue be seen on the pond there along with 2 RING-NECKED
DUCKS. The first BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER of the season was found at Lum's
Pond State Park. 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS reported at Folley Pond in Banning
Park. Another RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen coming to a yard at Bay pointe near
Summit Bridge.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Ashland Nature Center, along with
PINE and PALM WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. COMMON MERGANSERS were
still being seen along Red Clay Creek. AMERICAN KESTREL has also been in the
area. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH WAS ALSO SEEN AT Coverdale Farms, plus SAVANNAH
SPARROW. 

Another YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found today at the Hopkins Bridge Nature
Center in White Clay Creek State Park. PINE and PALM WARBLERS plus LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH were also reported. A BARRED OWL was fishing along the creek,
just stocked with trout. A pair of HORNED GREBES, plus COMMON MERGANSER are
still being seen at Newark Reservoir. 

The first HOUSE WREN of the season was reported at Delaware City, along with
BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER. COMMON LOONS in breeding plumage was seen flying up
the Delaware River. LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying out
to Pea Patch Island. A HORNED GREBE plus RINGNECKED and WOOD DUCK were seen
at Dragon Run, along with NORTHERN SHOVELER and GADWALL. A singing WINTER
WREN was also reported. 

PECTORAL SANDPIPER was also found at Port Penn Impoundments of Augustine
Beach Wildlife Area other shorebirds seen there included 50 YELLOWLEGS, both
GREATER and LESSER, plus DUNLIN and WILSON'S SNIPE. Eight CASPIAN TERNS were
also reported along with FORSTER'S TERNS and BONAPARTE'S GULL. The Baxter
track of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area had a FOX SPARROW along with PINE
WARBLER and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. AMERICAN COOTS were seen at the Levels
Road pond in Middletown. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was found at the Charles Price
Park.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen off of Fox Point State Park. GREATER YELLOWLEGS
was also seen flying up the river, along with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. PINE
SISKINS continue be seen at Canterbury Hills in Hockessin. SISKINS were also
seen last weekend coming to a feeder in Walnut Ridge near Centerville.

The Cape Henlopen Hawk watch had good numbers of MERLINS passing through
this week, along with a few AMERICAN KESTRELS. An intruder PEREGRINE FALCON
has been seen around the nest box on the Brandywine building in downtown
Wilmington. This might be a young bird from previous years that had a
failure to launch. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Jerry AmEnde, Mike
Moore, Bob Rufe, Jim White, Matt Sarver, Judy Montgomery, Bruce Peterjohn,
Karen and Chris Bennett, Kevin Bronson, Jim Austin-Cole, Joel Martin,
Rachael Shapiro, Jeff Gordon, George Armstead, Hannah Greenberg, Amy and
Kathleen O'Neil, Peter Hall, Gary and Judy Charles, Phil Thompson, Brian
McCaffrey, Sally O'Byrne, David Fees, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich
Clifton, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, John Long, Bill Stewart, Ian
Stewart, Alan Kneidel, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Maurice Barnhill, and
Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware