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24 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Apr 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Apr Re: Hummers & Turkey [Lloyd ]
24 Apr Hummers & Turkey [John & Sandy Janowski ]
23 Apr FOY RT Hummingbird in Camden DE [Hannah McLennan ]
23 Apr FOY Hummingbirds [Mary Lukaszewski ]
23 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Apr 2014) 46 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Apr First Hummer sighting of the season [Diane Freebery ]
23 Apr Flint Woods Walk Tomorrow (4/24) [Derek Stoner ]
23 Apr test [Rodney Murray ]
22 Apr HELP! Birding program with Road Scholar April 2 8- May 2 [Jim Rapp ]
22 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2014) 40 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Apr DVOC Warbler Workshop Apr 25-26: Special Time and Place [Stephen Kacir ]
21 Apr Middle Run Walk Tomorrow (4/22) [Derek Stoner ]
21 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2014) 17 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Apr 2014) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Apr Re: Nesting Sharpie [susan ruth marengo ]
20 Apr Southern New Castle and Northern Kent Co., Saturday 4-19-14 [Frank Marenghi ]
19 Apr Re: Interesting Birds [pdiacont ]
19 Apr Interesting Birds [David and Joy Peters ]
19 Apr White Clay Creek 4/19 [Maurice Barnhill ]
19 Apr Chester Co., Bucktoe Creek Preserve walk [Joe Sebastiani ]
18 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 18th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
18 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Apr 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Apr FOY Ruby-Throated Hummingbird [Sharon Lynn ]
17 Apr Re: Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) - male & female [Marcy Stutzman ]
16 Apr Flint Woods walk [joe sebastiani ]
16 Apr Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction [Bob Rufe ]
16 Apr Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction [Bob Rufe ]
16 Apr DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip (Sat 4/19) [Bob Strahorn ]
16 Apr Middle Run and Ashland Migrants [Derek Stoner ]
15 Apr DOS Meeting Photo Slideshow [Kelley Nunn ]
14 Apr Spring Fever [Colin Campbell ]
14 Apr Sighting along Route 1 [Lorraine Logan ]
14 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Apr 2014) 12 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Apr Middle Run Walk Tomorrow (4/15) [Derek Stoner ]
14 Apr Admin: Listserv problems [L Larson ]
14 Apr Fw: [David and Joy Peters ]
14 Apr REMINDER: DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide [Bill Stewart ]
14 Apr Re: FOY Chimney Swift ["sally o'byrne" ]
14 Apr DOS May 10, 2014 Spring Roundup [John & Sandy Janowski ]
14 Apr FOY Chimney Swift [John Hoyt ]
13 Apr Photo Study Of A Common Teal And Other Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent, DE), 4/13/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
13 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Apr 2014) 48 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Apr FOY Hummer [Susan Gruver ]
13 Apr Trap Pond This Morning ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
13 Apr White Clay Creek 4/13 [Maurice Barnhill ]
12 Apr Re: New Arrivals in Sussex Co [Joanne Howl ]
13 Apr New Arrivals in Sussex Co ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
12 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Apr 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Apr Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) - male & female [Marcy Stutzman ]
11 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 11th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Apr Wind Map for Forecasting Bird Migration [Derek Stoner ]
11 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Apr 2014) 78 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Apr National bird & wanna be national bird []
11 Apr Birding N. Del yesterday 4/10 [Clifford Hence ]
10 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Apr 2014) 15 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Apr today at thompson island [Diane Kane ]
10 Apr Wild Turkey Hockessin [Dennis Barrowclough ]
10 Apr I'm blue over you.... [Ben Tebbens ]
9 Apr Re: Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds ["Carolyn D'Amico" ]
9 Apr DOS April Meeting - The Warbler Guide [Bill Stewart ]
9 Apr Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
9 Apr FOY hummingbird [ELLEN WRIGHT ]
9 Apr New Castle Co: Greater White-fronted Goose, Caspian Terns, etc. [Tim Schreckengost ]
8 Apr Birds at Cape Henlopen today [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
8 Apr HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Apr 2014) 31 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Apr movie tonight at Theatre N ["sally o'byrne" ]
8 Apr Re: DE migration [Maurice Barnhill ]
8 Apr DE migration [Diane Kane ]
7 Apr Banning Park Rusty Blackbirds ["sally o'byrne" ]
7 Apr Middle Run Bird Walk Tomorrow, 4/8 [Derek Stoner ]
7 Apr Extralimital Marshall Bridge Preserve Map RE: [de-birds] Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014 [Jessica Provinski ]
7 Apr Brooding Barred Owl [Bob Bryant ]
7 Apr Marshall Bridge Preserve, Sunday, April 6, 2014 [Joan Beatty ]
7 Apr Birding Sussex on the Weekend ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
6 Apr DE Bayshore Yesterday...Many FOYs [Jacob Hall ]

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Apr 2014) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:04:11 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              14            213            213
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             1             34             34
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            109            109
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1            299            299
Merlin                       5             63             63
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                      21            763            763
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Lorraine Logan

Visitors:
4


Weather:
wind NNW, 13.0/11.5/9.4 mph, temp 10-12c,clcv -none, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler, Greater Yellow Legs,Great Egrets,Towhee

Predictions:
wind SE, 60% chance of afternoon rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Re: Hummers & Turkey
From: Lloyd <patch10 AT MAIERASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:11:39 -0400
I've often had Chickadees at my hummerbird feeder.  They seem to like to 
drink the water in the little cup.  Maybe it gets a little splash of 
syrup.   Lloyd Maier

John & Sandy Janowski wrote:
> Also had my FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) yesterday. Although I've had 
my feeders up for about 2 weeks the first to enjoy them was a pair of Carolina 
Chickadees. I've never seen this before. 

>
> Another first is a Wild Turkey (male/tom) at Joy Run which flows north into 
the C&D Canal. Where was this bird during the Breeding Bird Atlas study? It's 
good news to see this species which now spans the entire width of Delaware from 
Summit to Reedy Point (Scott Run). 

>
> John Janowski
>
Subject: Hummers & Turkey
From: John & Sandy Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:04:35 -0400
Also had my FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) yesterday. Although I've had 
my feeders up for about 2 weeks the first to enjoy them was a pair of Carolina 
Chickadees. I've never seen this before. 


Another first is a Wild Turkey (male/tom) at Joy Run which flows north into the 
C&D Canal. Where was this bird during the Breeding Bird Atlas study? It's good 
news to see this species which now spans the entire width of Delaware from 
Summit to Reedy Point (Scott Run). 


John Janowski
Subject: FOY RT Hummingbird in Camden DE
From: Hannah McLennan <hmclennan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:28:49 -0400
Despite high winds blowing the hummingbird feeder back and forth, a brave
little female had a nice long visit. 

 

Hannah McLennan

Camden, DE
Subject: FOY Hummingbirds
From: Mary Lukaszewski <mlukas AT SPRINTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:45 -0400
We have had multiple hummers stopping to "gas up" on their way to who knows 
where for about a week.. So far, the longest one has stayed is one day. They 
have all been male RT. 

Last year our first hummer arrived on April 17 so this year's arrivals are 
right on schedule is spite of the colder spring. 


Hope some of the hummers will soon choose to stay for the summer.

Mary Lukaszewski
Georgetown DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Apr 2014) 46 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:22 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              17            199            199
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier            10             33             33
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            109            109
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            298            298
Merlin                      11             58             58
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              8              8

Total:                      46            742            742
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger

Visitors:
5


Weather:
very strong winds from the WNW, 11.8-13.9 mph with many stronger gusts.
temp 11-12c, clcv 10%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
all 10 Harriers were male. Merlins came from over Fort. Miles and came
through low just inside the dunes. All the birds were having a struggle
with the wind

Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler,14 Great Egrets, 313 DCCO's, 4 Greater
Yellowlegs,Ruby-Throated Hummingbird went zooming by,

Predictions:
sunny and windy, NW 20mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: First Hummer sighting of the season
From: Diane Freebery <chickadeedee25 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:21:32 -0400
Hi all -- exciting event -- saw our first hummer of the year -- a male RT -
in our backyard here on Delaplane Av., in Newark -- at South end of Middle
Run Natural Area.
Remains to be seen if he is just migrating or if he is one of ours
returning from last year.

Good Birding!
Diane Freebery
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Tomorrow (4/24)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:17:33 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

 

You are invited to attend the Flint Woods bird walk tomorrow morning
(Thursday the 24th)  at 8:00am. All are welcome.   Sally O'Byrne will be
leading this week's walk.

 

This private preserve is only open during guided walks led by the
Delaware Nature Society. The entrance to the meeting location is 3/4
mile down Twaddell Mill Road from Rt. 52 in Centreville, on the
right-hand side.  Look for the "Flint Woods" sign at the entrance gate. 

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 
Subject: test
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:36:01 -0400
Since the list serve will no longer take my yahoo email, am trying this out.
Rod Murray, Middletown
Subject: HELP! Birding program with Road Scholar April 2 8- May 2
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:38:25 +0000
Delaware Technical Community College needs a knowledgable birding guide to 
assist Bill Fintel with a Road Scholar program next week, April 28 - May 2. 





To discuss pay, housing, etc., please contact Wendy Feller (contact information 
below). 



Jim Rapp 
dlitedirector AT comcast.net 
443-614-0261 
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wendy Feller"  
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:44:13 PM 
Subject: Re: Birding program with Road Scholar 

Jim- Thank you so much for your generous offer to help us advertise! 
Below is a brief description of the program and I have also attached the 
Itinerary as well which lists specific dates and times of activities. 
Any help with the excursions would be appreciated!!! 

BIRDING DELAWARE'S SEASHORES- April 28-May 2, 2014 
Host site is the Brighton Suites in Rehoboth Beach, DE 

Immerse yourself in the birding oasis of Delaware Bay shores, marshes 
and coastal woodlands — a rich habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, 
raptors, warblers and finches. Experience such great birding sites as 
Bombay Hook and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuges, and Cape Henlopen 
State Park. Led by experts who have lived and birded the area for more 
than 25 years, this adventure is designed for beginning and experienced 
birders, and typically, well over 100 species of birds are observed. 

Highlights 
* On a mile-long hike along Gordon's Pond that begins and ends at the 
ocean, get arm's-length views of Great-blue herons, plovers and more 
than a dozen species of shorebirds. 
* Explore wooded swamps looking for Prothonotary Warblers and the 
elusive Pileated Woodpecker. 
* Experience historic Cape Henlopen, the direct flight path of thousands 
of raptors migrating along the coast. 
* Take a Pontoon Boat Ride at Trap Pond to hear the bird song and catch 
a glimpse of birds on the water. 


Thank you, again, 
Wendy Feller 
Project Coordinator 
Corporate and Community Programs 
Delaware Technical Community College 
Jack F. Owens Campus 
21179 College Drive 
Georgetown, Delaware 19947 
302-259-6366 
302-858-5451 (fax) 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Apr 2014) 40 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:04:31 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              37            182            182
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            104            104
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            298            298
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      40            696            696
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley

Visitors:
9


Weather:
wind S/SSE, 3.4-8.2, temp 15c,clcv 50-35% and hazy,visb. 15-18k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler, 195 DCCO's,35 Gannet,Brown-headed Nuthatch,

Predictions:
wind-WNW, which is good, but at 24 mph, maybe too much
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: DVOC Warbler Workshop Apr 25-26: Special Time and Place
From: Stephen Kacir <kacir AT MAIL.MED.UPENN.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:41:48 -0400
Hello birders, 

This week's DVOC meeting will not take place at the usual time and place. 
Instead, DVOC and Friends of Heinz Refuge (FOHR) are celebrating migration with 
a two-part Warbler Workshop on Apr 25-26 and follow-up Warbler Walks on Apr 27. 
The entire event from start to finish is free of charge and open to the public. 
Guests and interested parties are encouraged to attend. There is no advance 
pre-registration necessary for any of these events. 


On Friday April 25, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, authors of the new 
Princeton University Press book, "The Warbler Guide," will present a classroom 
session presenting the tools for identifying warbler vocalizations in a program 
titled, "Warblers: Identifying and Learning Vocalizations." This program will 
take place at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum at 7:00PM. 


On Saturday April 26, Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle will lead a field 
session at Belleplain State Forest in NJ. During this field session, Tom and 
Scott will help birders put the lessons from the classroom session into 
practice in the field. The field session meets at the Wawa near the northern 
intersection of NJ Route 47 and NJ Route 347 at 6:45AM. Afterwards, attendees 
will follow the leaders in to Belleplain State Forest for the field session. 


Address of the meeting location: 
Wawa Food Market
3904 New Jersey 47
Dorchester, NJ 08316

Google Map for the Meeting Location: http://goo.gl/maps/8mzZA 

On Sunday April 27, volunteers from DVOC and FOHR will lead Warbler Walks 
inspired by Scott and Tom's works and lessons at John Heinz NWR at Tinicum. 
Meet at the refuge visitor center at 8:00AM. Leaders for these bird walks 
include Debbie Beer, Rob Bierregaard, Gregg Gorton, Steve Kacir, Sandra Keller, 
Butch Lishman, Steve Mattan, Patty Rehn, Keith Russell and Linda Widdop. Due to 
the likelihood of good participation, we have plans to break into three groups 
for the walks, covering the best parts of the refuge in terms of migrant 
activity. 


Please join DVOC and FOHR for as many of these events as you can!  

More information is available on the DVOC Website: 
http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Programs2014.htm




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

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


Scott Whittle: 
Scott Whittle has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and 
educator. He has an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, is a 
fellow of the MacDowell Colony, has held the New York State Big Year record, 
and has birded throughout the United States. He lives in Cape May, NJ where he 
leads workshops and pursues his passion for birds and photography. 




"Warblers: Identifying and Learning Vocalizations" 
Identifying the warblers and other species singing in the field is one of the 
most enjoyable and satisfying aspects of birding. However learning and 
remembering the important ID points of difficult and similar vocalizations can 
be challenging. 


Sonograms are an important tool that can be used to understand what makes a 
vocalization unique and how to differentiate similar-sounding species. This 
lecture or workshop explains what sonograms are and shows how they can be very 
helpful in identifying potentially confusing bird vocalizations. 


The talk also explains how understanding a song’s structure, and the 
characteristics of the Elements and Phrases that make up the song, can speed up 
the identification process and make it easier to remember all kinds of 
vocalizations. There will also be a discussion of how to use a song finder to 
quickly identify a singing warbler using the objective, easy-to-hear qualities 
of a song. 


The authors will also explain a simple 3-step memorization system that he has 
used many times to memorize 300 or more songs for a trip to a new country. 


In addition, if time permits, there will be a discussion of how to study and 
identify the vocalizations of groups of similar-sounding species, such as 
western thrashers, and also how to learn the very short chip and flight calls 
of warblers and other species. 



This special Warbler Workshop is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Heinz 
Refuge (FOHR) and DVOC. 

Subject: Middle Run Walk Tomorrow (4/22)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:59:08 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

 

Jim White will be leading the weekly bird walk at Middle Run Natural
Area near Newark tomorrow(4/22)  morning. 

 

Tomorrow morning's walk will begin at 8:00am from the parking lot at the
end of the gravel driveway off of Possum Hollow Road.  Just follow the
signs for the Middle Run Birding Trail.

 

Migration conditions over the past couple days have been favorable, with
South winds returning after a solid five days of North winds.  Come on
out to look for newly-arrived birds in the area and enjoy an Earth Day
morning afield.

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Apr 2014) 17 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:04:37 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              15            145            145
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            101            101
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            298            298
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      17            656            656
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Diane Kane

Visitors:
3


Weather:
light wind,N/NNE, temp 10-13c, clcv 10%,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Prairie Warbler has returned in all his handsome glory and was singing to
us,

Predictions:
wind- South at 13mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Apr 2014) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:04:10 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture              40            130            130
Osprey                       0              5              5
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             0             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             99             99
Cooper's Hawk                1             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             14
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            298            298
Merlin                       0             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5

Total:                      41            639            639
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bruce Peterjohn

Observers:        

Weather:
light wind NW/N

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Re: Nesting Sharpie
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:10:09 -0400
This morning   I noticed a sharpie (short neck, short, square tail).
He/She broke off a small branch/stick, inspected it and flew off with it in
the general direction in which we have been hearing shrill hawk like cries
for a while now.

Too bad it is not something that hunts squirrels -- we are totally overrun
and the fox, despite trotting through the development in broad daylight
does not seem to be making much of a dent in them.

Susan Marengo
Brandywine Hundred
Subject: Southern New Castle and Northern Kent Co., Saturday 4-19-14
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:33:30 -0400
I spent the whole day birding Saturday from Middletown to Bombay Hook. At the 
Levels Rd business park in Middletown I had at least two singing Grasshopper 
Sparrows, a singing Vesper Sparrow, and several singing Meadowlarks. A number 
of Savannah sparrows in the area as well. Found two Greater Yellowlegs using 
the small mitigation "pond" behind the lumber yard. Next door, at Charles Price 
park were a few more Meadowlarks, a lot more Savannahs, and a Horned Lark 
(carrying food). One drake Blue-winged Teal was in the pond. I was surprised to 
see a fly-over Bonaparte's Gull heading WNW with a purpose. 


I then went over to the two bridges along Rte 9 near Appoquinimink Wildlife 
Area where I heard two King Rails calling. There were at least four Cliff 
Swallows investigating the nests under one of the bridges, doing their best to 
keep the Tree Swallows out of them! Also had two Marsh Wrens calling, along 
with the expected species. 


Next I checked out Cedar Swamp WMA, which I hadn't been to in a number of 
years. By lunchtime it was fairly slow here but highlights were singing Swamp 
and Field Sparrows, a couple Ovenbirds, and a Hairy Woodpecker. At least 3 Bald 
Eagles flying around and at one point chasing each other. 


I got to Bombay Hook around 1pm and stayed until 6. Highlights here included a 
great variety of shorebirds at Bear Swamp, including no less than five American 
Golden Plovers with the hundreds of Black-bellied Plovers. I also saw a few 
Pectoral Sandpipers, Snipe, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Greater 
and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plovers, hundreds of Dunlin, a couple of 
vocalizing Willets, and a few Short-billed Dowitchers. About 75 American 
Avocets continued looking sharp in Raymond pool. I scanned all the teal 
thoroughly but did not see the previously reported Common (Eurasian) Teal. 
Landbirds were pretty scare but the Parsons Point trail had an interesting 
diversity including a White-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Gnatcatches, 
White-throated Sparrows, a Screech Owl (gray phase), and a lingering Winter 
Wren. 62 species at the hook for the afternoon. Photos and ebird lists for the 
day should be posted in a couple of days. 


Good Birding,

Frank Marenghi
Annapolis, MD


 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Interesting Birds
From: pdiacont <pdiacont AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:50:02 -0400
Ted Harvey not sure where that is


Sent from my Galaxy S®III

-------- Original message --------
From: David and Joy Peters  
Date:04/19/2014  4:19 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Subject: [de-birds] Interesting Birds 

Hi, All

We just got back from birding Bombay Hook and vicinity. Everything was pretty 
typical at Bombay Hook, although we were delighted to find a lone male 
blue-winged teal close by in Shearness Pool. 


We also went to Ted Harvey, and perhaps this is old news since we’ve been 
away for a couple weeks, but there is a great horned owl nesting on an opsrey 
platform with two fledglings. The platform is on the right a little before you 
reach the turnaround near the beach. It’s easiest to spot it on the return 
trip, in which case it’s on the left. It’s comfortably out in the marsh so 
the owls are not in the least disturbed by stopping to look. 


Joy Peters
Dover DE
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: Interesting Birds
From: David and Joy Peters <trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:19:40 -0400
Hi, All

We just got back from birding Bombay Hook and vicinity. Everything was pretty 
typical at Bombay Hook, although we were delighted to find a lone male 
blue-winged teal close by in Shearness Pool. 


We also went to Ted Harvey, and perhaps this is old news since we’ve been 
away for a couple weeks, but there is a great horned owl nesting on an opsrey 
platform with two fledglings. The platform is on the right a little before you 
reach the turnaround near the beach. It’s easiest to spot it on the return 
trip, in which case it’s on the left. It’s comfortably out in the marsh so 
the owls are not in the least disturbed by stopping to look. 


Joy Peters
Dover DE
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: White Clay Creek 4/19
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:18:48 -0400
Joe Russell and I were out along a portion of White Clay Creek this 
morning.  Of interest were 1 perched Cooper's Hawk, 2 Barred Owls, 1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, our first Northern Parula at the Creek, continuing 
Pine Warblers, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, and 1 Common Yellowthroat.  As 
usual for this time of year, the most abundant transient was Trout 
Fisherman.

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: Chester Co., Bucktoe Creek Preserve walk
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:44:37 -0400
The bird walk at Bucktoe Creek Preserve will be led by Hank Davis this Sunday 
at 8am. This 300-acre privately-owned preserve is open only during guided walks 
and is located at 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA in southern Chester Co. The walk 
is about 3 miles and the lasts approximately 3 hours. Walks are sponsored by 
the owner of the preserve and the Delaware Nature Society, and if you attend 
these free walks, we encourage you to become a member. 


By the way, I am leading a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains this Monday 
through Friday for wildflowers, birds, and the incredible explosion of spring. 
We have space for 1 or 2 more participants. If you are interested, please let 
me know. 


Joe Sebastiani
Delaware Nature Society
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, April 18th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:34:20 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* April 18, 2014
* DEST1404.18
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED "COMMON" TEAL
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
TRICOLORED HERON
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Glossy Ibis
SANDHILL CRANE
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
Sora
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Piping Plover
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-Billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Ovenbird
Prothonotary Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Vesper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 18, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, April 18th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
added 20 birds reaching 228 species. New species this week included, GREEN
HERON, SORA, CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD,
BANK SWALLOW, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED VIREO, HOUSE WREN, WOOD THRUSH,
OVENBIRD, PROTHONOTARY and PRAIRIE WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. A few
late lingers like DARK EYED JUNCOS are still being seen at feeders in yards.

The previous reported EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED "COMMON" TEAL was again reported
on Sunday at Bear Swamp in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
That bird is continues to be seen in the impoundment opposite the Bear Swamp
sign along the east Dike. A TRICOLORED HERON was reported at Raymond Pool on
Monday evening. Thousands of shorebirds are arriving at "The Hook" this week
including 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER with over 300 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Also
seen was 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS with over hundred AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus
thousands of DUNLIN included 6 SEMIPALMATED and 5 LEAST SANDPIPER. Also
reported were SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILLET, SANDERLING, and WILSON'S
SNIPE. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported at Finis Pool along with NORTHERN
PARULA and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Other species seen included WHITE-EYED
VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and the
first HOUSE WREN of the season. A few late lingering BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY
DUCK continue to be seen along with PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
WOOD DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT.

Last weekend, a SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over Ashland Nature Center
from the Hawk Watch on Saturday. Also reported from the Hawk Watch was 5
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS plus a nice flight of swallows that included CHIMNEY
SWIFT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, BARN, and CLIFF SWALLOW. A flight of warblers
in the rain at Ashland on Wednesday included PROTHONOTARY and
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, both rare for this location, plus PALM, PINE,
NORTHERN PARULA, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. A BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was
reported at Coverdale Farms, off Way Road.

The first BLUE-HEADED VIREO the year was reported at White Clay Creek State
Park near Newark on Sunday. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and PALM
WARBLER were also reported there. A GREEN HERON was seen flying over the
White Clay on Thursday. An AMERICAN PIPIT was heard flying over at Middle
Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road on Wednesday. Also reported at Middle
Run were LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM and PINE WARBLER, and NORTHERN PARULA.
There was also flyover BALD EAGLE and BLACK VULTURE.

A calling SORA was heard at Grier's Pond near Thousand Acre Marsh below
Delaware City on Saturday. GREEN HERON was also seen, along with SNOWY
EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, and GLOSSY IBIS. WILSON'S SNIPE and
CASPIAN TERN were also seen along with COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, GRAY CATBIRD,
and BROWN THRASHER. Further south, a pair BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen
sitting on the Delaware River at Augustine Beach. WHITE-EYED VIREO,
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and PINE WARBLER were found at the Baxter Track along
Route 9. Three CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen at the nests underneath the
Appoquinimink Bridge on Route 9. A KING RAIL was also heard calling here and
there were three SNIPE out in the marsh.

Early migrants at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge this week included
EASTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, and OVENBIRD. YELLOW-THROATED, PRAIRIE,
and PINE WARBLERS continued to be reported at Turkle Pond. VESPER SPARROWS
were reported at the sharp turn to the headquarters building. Shorebird
numbers along Prime Hook Beach Road have been phenomenal. Over 800 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS were reported along with DUNLIN, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and
PECTORAL SANDPIPER. WILSON'S SNIPE was reported at Broadkill Marsh along
with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. Other waterfowl included over
400 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1200 NORTHERN SHOVELER, plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL and
SNOW GOOSE.

One of the outstanding areas for early migrants is western Sussex County,
where the first OVENBIRD and PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were reported last
weekend at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel. Also seen were EASTERN
KINGBIRD, NORTHERN PARULA, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER plus a singing WINTER
WREN. A pair of VESPER SPARROWS were found along Wooten Road below Trap
Pond, along with the first GRASSHOPPER SPARROW of the season.

A late CANVASBACK was seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with
several RUDDY DUCKS. There were still 7 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, plus SURF SCOTER
and LESSER SCAUP at Indian River Inlet. BUFFLEHEAD was seen at Savages Ditch
in Delaware Seashore State Park. PIPING PLOVERS were reported away from the
traditional areas at Dewey Beach

RING-NECKED DUCKS were reported at the central tower in Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area, along with five BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Lots of
waterfowl there consisted mostly of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and AMERICAN
COOT. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at the powerline cut Pickering
Beach Road. Several PINE WARBLERS were also seen. A BANK SWALLOW was
reported at the gravel pits at the Route 9 overpass along Route 1 south of
Dover. BONAPARTE'S GULLS were also seen. AMERICAN AVOCET and WILLET were
reported at the south end of the Logan Tract near Kitts Hummock along with
LITTLE BLUE HERON.

Lots of people are reporting RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS in their yard this
week. Sightings were from Cheswold, Lewes, and Old Landing near Rehoboth
Beach. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were also seen in Cheswold. An early WOOD
THRUSH was reported near Lewes. WILD TURKEYS were seen this last week
walking along Delaware Route 1 near the Middletown exit. BARRED OWL was
calling off Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred. CHIMNEY SWIFTS were reported
flying over downtown Wilmington. News that hit the local airwaves was that
the PEREGRINE FALCONS nesting on the Brandywine building in downtown
Wilmington hatched 4 chicks this week.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Howard Eskin, Mike
Bowen, Lynn McDowell, Becky Meister, Earl West, Brian Moyer, Mason Sieges,
Dane Houser, Laura Young, Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, Rich Clifton, Colin
Campbell, Phil Thompson, Sally O'Byrne, Amy O'Neil, Chris Rowe, Dave
Beattie, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Judy
Montgomery, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Joe Russell and Maurice Barnhill.
Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your reports into
302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy
Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Apr 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:04:49 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       0            598            598
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Weather:
wind-EAST,temp 7c, clcv 100%, visb 18

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Kites, kites, everywhere. It was kite day at Cape Henlopen and that is all
I saw flying in the sky
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: FOY Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:37:31 -0400
I am thrilled to report that I am watching my FOY yard RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD at the feeder.  A gorgeous male.  Spring is here at last.

 

Sharon Lynn

Rehoboth Beach
Subject: Re: Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) - male & female
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT NETSCAPE.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:40:50 -0400
This message is from Jerry am Ende, who is having problems posting to the 
listserve. I like his pictures a lot! But unfortunately, I cannot get to the 
URL he provided. Maybe others can. Joe Sebastiani? Maybe you can chime in on 
the female? 



Here's his message:

----------------------------------------
First, my disclaimer: I'm much more of a photographer than a birder.

I read the note about the Common Teal female with much interest as I've been 
seeing male quite regularly at Bear Swamp Pool. This morning (4/17/2014) I 
photographed the male and the female he appeared to be paired with. The photo 
is here: 


http://bit.ly/RswIKP

Is the female a Green-winged Teal or a Common Teal? I don't know, but I'd love 
to hear from someone that knows. 


Finally, I have a yahoo.com email address so this message may-or-may-not make 
it to the listserv. Copying Marcy Stutzman (the original poster) on this note. 
Marcy, could you post this note if it doesn't make it to the listserv? 


...Jerry
----------------------------------------

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Subject: Flint Woods walk
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:02:10 -0400
Tomorrow, Thursday, April 17, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird 
walk at 8am. 


 

The preserve is located along Twaddell Mill Road, east of Route 52 in 
Centreville, DE. Travel about ¾ mile down Twaddell Mill Road and look for the 
Flint Woods Sign. The preserve can be reached from Route 100 north of Smith 
Bridge Road as well. Travel north of Smith Bridge Road on Route 100, make a 
left on Twaddell Mill Road, and proceed until you see the Flint Woods sign. 


 

There are plenty of new arrivals this week, and we will walk for 2 or 2.5 hours 
to look for woodland, thicket, and meadow species. All are welcome, and this 
walk is free for Delaware Nature Society members, and $10 for non-members. 


 

Joe Sebastiani

Seasonal Program Team Leader

Delaware Nature Society

www.delawarenaturesociety.org

P.O. Box 700

Hockessin, DE 19707

(302) 239-2334 ext. 115

fax (302)239-2473

joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org

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

 
Subject: Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction
From: Bob Rufe <rrufe1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:49 -0400
Hi Everybody,


I offered a few items to Bill Stewart for a Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction, 
and he said "OK. Will you run it?" I said "OK." What was I thinking? 



So... here's the scoop.


We will hold a Silent Auction at the regular DOS May meeting to benefit the 
Delaware Birdathon. 



I will bring a few "Preview" items to tonight's meeting, and I would encourage 
others to do the same, to display on one of the tables in the back of the 
meeting room. You may place a "Reserve" or "Minimum Bid" if you fear suffering 
a case of Seller's (Donor's) Remorse. A short writeup on a note card would be 
helpful. 



Examples are any related birding items - books, artwork, and one current 
offering includes a new GoreTex WindStopper jacket by The North Face. 



Questions? Drop me a note.


Bob Rufe
Delaware Birdathon Committee
Subject: Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction
From: Bob Rufe <rrufe1 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:35:49 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Everybody,


I offered a few items to Bill Stewart for a Delaware Birdathon Silent Auction, 
and he said "OK. Will you run it?" I said "OK." What was I thinking? 



So... here's the scoop.


We will hold a Silent Auction at the regular DOS May meeting to benefit the 
Delaware Birdathon. 



I will bring a few "Preview" items to tonight's meeting, and I would encourage 
others to do the same, to display on one of the tables in the back of the 
meeting room. You may place a "Reserve" or "Minimum Bid" if you fear suffering 
a case of Seller's (Donor's) Remorse. A short writeup on a note card would be 
helpful. 



Examples are any related birding items - books, artwork, and one current 
offering includes a new GoreTex WindStopper jacket by The North Face. 



Questions? Drop me a note.


Bob Rufe
Delaware Birdathon Committee
Subject: DOS Lums Pond State Park Field Trip (Sat 4/19)
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:32:54 -0400
I will be leading a Delmarva Ornithological Society half day field trip to
Lums Pond State Park this Saturday. Meet at the parking lot in front of
Glasgow High School at 7:30 am. The high school is on Rt. 896 south of
Newark (1901 South College Ave.) about half way between I-95 and Rt. 40.
Park fees 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: Middle Run and Ashland Migrants
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:19:30 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:  
 
Yesterday morning's walk on the Middle Run Birding Trail turned out to be an 
interesting outing in terms of bird activity. Our first hour yielded plenty of 
sightings of displaying birds like Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, and Field 
Sparrow, while Tree Swallows competed actively for nest boxes. We saw a migrant 
Osprey headed north, and heard the elusive Louisiana Waterthrushes. But then 
the rain showers came just after 9:00am and turned off the bird show! 

 
Back at Ashland Nature Center, the heavy rains kept bird activity hopping, and 
Joe Sebastiani spotted a Prothonotary Warbler in the trees outside the 
building. While searching for the Prothonotary later, I located a 
Yellow-throated Warbler that Joe and Amy O'Neil got to view as well. Both 
warblers are rare records at Ashland, with its extensive long-term bird survey 
list. These notable birds were joined by Pine, Palm, and Yellow-rumped warblers 
as they fed in the rain. 

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

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

Thank you and see you tomorrow night!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        John Hoyt

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

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

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

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



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



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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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“Jerseybirds.” To manage your subscription, please use the following 
information (it supersedes anything you may have saved in the past). 


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How to UNSUBSCRIBE:
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Subject: Fw:
From: David and Joy Peters <trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:54:31 -0400
Hi! http://certifiq.nl/_best.video.google.com?asjwjqek=6352372&ifidere=191768 

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


Good Morning DE-Birders,

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


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

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

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

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

See You All There!

Good birding,

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




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


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







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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding.

John Janowski


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


John Hoyt
Lewes, DE

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

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

Regards,
Howard


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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic

Visitors:
20


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

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

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

Predictions:
Monday

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

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


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


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


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


Also vocal Turkeys at several locations.

Good birding,

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

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



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



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



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



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



Joanne


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



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


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

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

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

Good Birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE

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


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


Good Birding,

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
13


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

Raptor Observations:


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

Predictions:
Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: April 11, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Ed Crawford, Rich
Clifton, Andrew Leidig, Jon Olivares, Keith Maley, Jacob Hall, Colin
Campbell, Phil Thompson, Gary and Judy Charles, Sally O'Byrne, Amy O'Neil,
Alan Kneidel, Desiree Narango, Becky Kirn, Erin and Chris Rowe, Dave
Beattie, Thomas Galaskewicz, Nancy Steckle, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Joe
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Kathy Barrowclough, Tim Schreckengost, Sue Gruver,
Diane Kane, Rachael Shapiro, Ann Dinkle, Barb Saffir, and Maurice Barnhill.
Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your reports into
302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy
Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript


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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Good wind-watching,
 
Derek Stoner


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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        

Visitors:
Paul Kane,Diane and David Weber


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

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

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

Predictions:
Saturday

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Lorraine Logan

Visitors:
7


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

Raptor Observations:


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

Predictions:
Friday

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

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

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

 

Kathy Barrowclough

 

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

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

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

Good birding,
Carolyn D'Amico


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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


Joe Sebastiani
Delaware Nature Society

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

Ellen Wright
Warwick, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ann

 

Ann Marie Dinkel

Red Mill Pond

Lewes, DE

 

302-381-4220

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel

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

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

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

Predictions:
Wednesday

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

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


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



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

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

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

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


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


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


Good birding,

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

 

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

 

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

 

Good birding,

 

Derek Stoner

 

Conservation Project Coordinator

Delaware Nature Society

derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org

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


Jessica Moore Provinski
The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County
Land Stewardship Coordinator -Sponsorship Coordinator
610-347-0347 ext 103
www.tlcforscc.org
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Shop The Market at Liberty Place: April 16 from 5-8pm-They will donate 15%
of all sales to TLC! 

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


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

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


 
Joan Beatty


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



 
Joan Beatty

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


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


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


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


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


Sunday - Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Bethel

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


Good birding,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Jake Hall
 Washington, DC