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12 Feb DOS Annual Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review - Wed. Feb 17 [Anthony Gonzon ]
12 Feb Sandhill Cranes at the Ashton Tract [John and Sandra Janowski ]
11 Feb Carolina Chickadee [Jerry ]
11 Feb House Finch (male) [Jerry ]
11 Feb White-breasted Nuthatch [Jerry ]
10 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count [joe sebastiani ]
10 Feb Bald Eagle [Marie Gardner ]
8 Feb Turtle rescue [Patricia Valdata ]
8 Feb Feb 6 Cape May Pelagic Results - SKUUUUUAAAAA!!! [Paul Guris ]
8 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Dover AFB [Dave Kerr ]
8 Feb Photo Study Of Birds In Delaware, February 7th, 2016 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
7 Feb Snowy Owl, Dover AFB [Dave Kerr ]
7 Feb Yesterday's Pelagic [Michael Moore ]
7 Feb Mega Canada Goose Flock [ ]
6 Feb White fronted geese in Middletown [Alan Kneidel ]
6 Feb Cackling Geese at Battery Park [Alan Kneidel ]
5 Feb RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 5th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
5 Feb Rusty Blackbirds at Bellevue SP ["Amy O'Neil" ]
5 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Mariano Mazal ]
5 Feb Raven Viewing In Yorklyn ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
5 Feb Re: Raven in Yorklyn and Access [joe sebastiani ]
5 Feb Re: Raven in Yorklyn and Access [joe sebastiani ]
4 Feb Raven in Yorklyn and Access ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
4 Feb RT. 9 Perusing Update [ ]
3 Feb RT. 9 Perusing [ ]
3 Feb Delaware Goose-a-thon - Saturday, Februrary 27th [Alan Kneidel ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Michael Moore ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Jerald Reb ]
2 Feb Message from DNREC Re: Raven day 2 - parking [joe sebastiani ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Jerald Reb ]
2 Feb Re: Raven day 2 - parking [joe sebastiani ]
2 Feb Raven day 2 [joe sebastiani ]
2 Feb Snowy owl at museum parking lot Dover Air Force base [Diane Kane ]
2 Feb DOS sponsored art show, "On the Edge" ["sally o'byrne" ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Diane Kane ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl [Jerald Reb ]
2 Feb Snowy Owl [Michael Moore ]
1 Feb Re: Blue Birds at Glasgow Park [Mariano Mazal ]
1 Feb Raven in Yorklyn [Joe Sebastiani ]
1 Feb Pileated Woodpecker, North Wilmington, Brandywine Hundred [Msn ]
1 Feb Brandywine Bird Walk [Andrew Ednie ]
31 Jan Blue Birds at Glasgow Park [Mariano Mazal ]
30 Jan Tri-Colored Heron [Sharon Lynn ]
29 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 29th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
29 Jan Barred Owl [Jerry ]
29 Jan Augustine Beach [ ]
29 Jan Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans [Steve ]
29 Jan Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans [Andrew Ednie ]
28 Jan Goose, swan bonanza on Staves Landing [Alan Kneidel ]
28 Jan Augustine Beach Redhead [ ]
28 Jan Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
28 Jan Lapland Longspur Along Whitehall Neck RD. [Chris Ro ]
28 Jan Gordon's Pond Trail [Ken Wat ]
28 Jan Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, Saturday Jan 30th. [Andrew Ednie ]
28 Jan The Great Horned Owl [Jerry ]
27 Jan Lincoln's Sparrow [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
23 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 22nd, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Jan Re: Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today [Jerald Reb ]
22 Jan Re: Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today [Dave ]
22 Jan Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today [Bill Fintel ]
22 Jan Re: de-birds] Rusty Blackbird? [Joan M Wheeler ]
22 Jan Re: Rusty Blackbird? [Meghann ]
22 Jan Rusty Blackbird? [Joan Wheeler ]
21 Jan Great Horned Owl [Jerry ]
21 Jan Pileateds [susan ruth marengo ]
21 Jan Brown Creeper [Jerry ]
20 Jan Red-bellied Woodpecker [Jerry ]
20 Jan Pileated [Lloyd ]
19 Jan Black-capped Chickadee [Jerry ]
19 Jan REMINDER - DOS Meeting Tomorrow Night featuring "What Do Birds Eat?" with Ashley Kennedy [Anthony Gonzon ]
19 Jan Mid-winter bird walk - Blue Ball Barn ["sally o'byrne" ]
16 Jan Late afternoon Barred Owl [Jerry ]
15 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 15th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
15 Jan Clay-colored Sparrow - Milford Neck [Alan Kneidel ]
13 Jan DOS/SBC Sea Watch [Christopher Bennett ]
12 Jan Jan 20 DOS Meeting - What Do Birds Eat? [Anthony Gonzon ]

Subject: DOS Annual Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review - Wed. Feb 17
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:29:45 -0500
Greetings birders!

 

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their!

 

Don't let the bone-chilling temps and blustery winds coming this weekend
leave you in the cold.  And if Valentine's Day wasn't spicy enough for you,
grab that special someone or just a birding buddy and warm back up with a
nice bowl of fresh chili and take a seat next Wednesday at 6:30 PM at
Ashland Nature Center where DOS proudly presents a recap to the 116th CBC
season.

 

Come join us as Master MC Jim White will host the night's activities in
reviewing the 2015 National Audubon CBC's from Delaware.  Listen in as each
Count Circle's Compiler reports on the birds, effort and surprises
discovered during this 116th CBC, the longest running citizen science
project in North America!  PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 6:30 PM for
our chili festivities.  The formal meeting begins at 7:30 PM.

 

It is also our traditional Chili Night and we encourage you to bring your
favorite crock-pot chili and some fresh bread.  If you plan on contributing
your heralded chili and or bread, please contact Kelley Nunn at
kelley.nunn AT gmail.com.

 

We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public, bring
your appetite and grab a birding friend or two and plan on attending
Wednesday night, February 17th!

 

More details and directions can be found at
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/delaware-christmas-bird-count-reports-and-annu
al-chili-night/

 

Don't miss one of the most social meetings of the year!

 

Anthony Gonzon

DOS Program Chair

Middletown, DE


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes at the Ashton Tract
From: John and Sandra Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:36:08 -0600
 A pair of Sandhill Cranes gave a nice flight display above the wetlands 
(Thousand Acre Marsh) this afternoon around 3:45. What brought my attention to 
the soaring pair was another crane calling to them from the ground. Best place 
to observed them is from the new platform. A little bit of the Platte River 
scene right here in Delaware! 



John Janowski
Port Penn

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Subject: Carolina Chickadee
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:25:51 -0500
Not many birds out today due to the cold high winds. Even I didn’t last more 
then 10 minutes. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/24667003220/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks for viewing!

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE

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Subject: House Finch (male)
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:22:35 -0500
Another unexpected visitor to my feeder.  A male House Finch.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/24961510965/in/dateposted-public/

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE

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Subject: White-breasted Nuthatch
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:49:08 -0500
This White-breasted Nuthatch was a pleasant surprise yesterday in my yard 
feeding with several Dark-eyed Junco’s. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/24311913274/in/photostream/

Thanks for viewing and stay warm!

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE.

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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:06:05 +0000
Dear Birders: This Friday through Monday is the annual Great Backyard Bird 
Count (GBBC). This is a worldwide birding survey that takes place anywhere on 
earth. You can bird in your yard, a park, a refuge, or anywhere you choose. All 
you need to do is enter your sightings into www.ebird.org 
or the Great Backyard Bird Count website: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. The data 
all goes to the same place. Enter as many lists as you like. If you have never 
entered your sightings into the system before, you will need to make a free 
on-line account. New this year is that you will be able to directly upload 
photographs onto your checklists, which is a fun way to share your photos with 
other birders, and science. I encourage you to get out and bird anywhere this 
Friday through Monday, enter your data, and we'll see how many species are 
reported for Delaware. 


If you are so inclined, the Delaware Nature Society is offering a few programs 
associated with the GBBC. Registration is required and can be done by calling 
(302) 239-2334 or visiting www.delnature.org. 


GBBG Kickoff Breakfast and Birding
Leader: Derek Stoner
Friday, 8am-11am
Meeting at Ashland Nature Center
Member/Non-member: $15/$22
Enjoy a homemade breakfast at Ashland Nature Center, and then bird some of the 
property, as well as Coverdale Farm Preserve. 

Registration Required

GBBC Kent County Birding
Leader: Joe Sebastiani and Matt Babbitt
Special Guests: Chris and Karen Bennett
Saturday, 8am to 4pm.
Meet at either Abbott's Mill Nature Center or Ashland Nature Center. Van 
transportation provided from there. 

Member/Non-member: Call for prices.
Take a van trip to look for Snowy Owl, and then travel to coastal birding 
hotspots such as Little Creek Wildlife Area and Bombay Hook National Wildlife 
Refuge to find wintering waterfowl, raptors, and many other species. 

Registration Required

Feed the Birds (For amilies with children of all ages)
Leader: Jenel Edwards
Saturday, 10 to 11:30am
Ashland Nature Center
Member/Non-member: $7/$12
Take a family hike and visit the nature center feeders to see who is coming in! 
Learn how to make suet and heart-y treats for all the feathered friends at your 
house. 

Registration Required


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
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Subject: Bald Eagle
From: Marie Gardner <00000133d8ee0ba7-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:59:29 +0000
Hi birders,
This morning driving down Old Baltimore Pike (Newark) towardsChristiana Road 
saw a Bald Eagle relatively close to that intersection. 

It was great to see in the newly snow covered trees.
Managed to get a few photos.

Good birding,Marie Z. GardnerNewark

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Subject: Turtle rescue
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:43:45 -0500
I saw this on Facebook. Could be useful if you are planning to go birding
along Delaware Bay after the storm:

 

Calling all turtle lovers in Delaware! We need your help. Today, we received
our 6th Diamondback Terrapin in that is a casualty of the last snow storm
and the... recent high tides that we have been experiencing. The main intake
of turtles has been from

Slaughter Beach, Delaware, we have received 4 adults and a call about 1
hatchling. All have been hypothermic and a few have succumbed to predation.
The latest hatchling came in today from

Port Mahon--Little Creek, De. (pictured) If you are at any of the beaches
this week and throughout the weekend and come across any turtle that is out
on the beach or road, please call us as soon as possible....Vickie (302)
632-0304 or Cathy (302) 270-9256. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!
The sooner we can get these terrapins into rehab, the greater chance of
their survival...Thank you!

 

Pat Valdata

Elkton, MD

 


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Subject: Feb 6 Cape May Pelagic Results - SKUUUUUAAAAA!!!
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:31:42 -0500
(I'm cross-posting this to the Delaware list since virtually all of the
good birds were in DE's claimed pelagic waters.)

Our pelagic out of Cape May on Sat, Feb 6 was a resounding success with the
best bird of the trip being, hands down, a GREAT SKUA.  The last accepted
record for New Jersey was in 2000.

This was not the only highlight, though.  We had a gull that looked pretty
good for THAYER'S GULL but due to review of the photos and not having every
mark lining up (as one wants for an East Coast Thayer's), we are leaving
this one unidentified.  Alcids put on a good showing with nearly 200
DOVEKIES, over 20 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, flocks of flyby RAZORBILLS, and a
cooperative COMMON MURRE on the way back in.  We also had over a dozen
NORTHERN FULMARS including one dark morph birds.  The NORTHERN GANNET and
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE show at the back of the boat was astounding, causing
photographers to fill cards and wonder how they heck they were going to
sort all of those shots when they got home.  On top of all that, the
weather was very pleasant for a February NJ boat trip sailing 60 miles off
of the coast, where the water was over 50 degrees!

Not everything was wine and roses, however.  Although some of our leaders
were able to identify a few whales, none were particularly cooperative.  It
took us longer to find the Dovekies than I expected hence what I thought
was a low number for the conditions. (Yes, I deem nearly 200 as "low" in
these conditions.)  And one of our leaders (no names mentioned but let's
just call him M. Lanzone ... or better yet Mike L.) made an ill fated
attempt to listen for whales by dropping the wireless microphone
overboard.  Still, it was one heck of a day.

Here are the final tallies of what was seen beyond the Cape May jetties.

Surf Scoter 14
White-winged Scoter 13
Black Scoter 3
Surf/Black Scoter 32
Red-throated Loon 23
Common Loon 59
Northern Fulmar 15
Northern Gannet 85
Great Skua 1
Dovekie 195
Common Murre 1
Razorbill 109
Atlantic Puffin 21
Black-legged Kittiwake 12
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Ring-billed Gull 14
Herring Gull 50
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Iceland (Kumliens) Gull  poss kumlien X thayer 1  (TBD)
Great Black-backed Gull 65

Fin Whale 2
Minke Whale 1


Although our winter schedule is over, we'll be starting back up in May with
trips out of Cape May, Lewes, Brooklyn, and 3 trips in the Outer Banks over
Memorial Day weekend aboard the famed Country Girl!  Hopefully we'll see
some of you aboard at a great time of year to be at sea.


-PAG

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Dover AFB
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 15:27:18 -0500
I was remiss in not thanking the two young gentlemen from Philly (Merck),
whom we met late Saturday afternoon at Port Mahon in the search for Short-eared 
Owls. 


They had seen the Snowy on Saturday morning, and kindly provided us specific
guidance where they had observed it from the museum grounds.

So, thanks, guys!


Dave

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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds In Delaware, February 7th, 2016
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:08:31 -0600
Briton Parker and I went to Delaware today to try and photograph birds. We
started at Bombay Hook and Port Mahon and then drove to the Indian River
Inlet. We came back to Bombay Hook stopping at both Prime Hook and
Fowler's Beach. We enjoyed an awesome sight of thousands of Snow Geese
feeding in a
couple of fields near Fowler's Beach. We saw seventeen different
Red-tailed Hawks throughout the day. We also saw well over one hundred
Northern Shovelers in the bay adjacent to the Prime Hook Beach Road.
Another highlight for us were the five different Gray Ghosts among the
nine Northern Harriers spotted throughout the day. To see the Photo Study
and a list of species seen, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/Delaware%20Feb%207th,%202016/DelawareFeb7_16.html

Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA

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Subject: Snowy Owl, Dover AFB
From: Dave Kerr <dsktc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:19:42 -0500
We found this Snowy Owl this morning at Dover AFB.

Standing in the public-access area of the Air Mobility 
Museum and looking NNW, we found the Snowy perched on the roof of one 
of the large hangers to the left of the water tower.
We had searched the runway areas in vain until I checked
the rooflines.

A scope was required to find the bird, and we were able
to show it to a gentleman and his son from Florida.

Dave Kerr
Carlisle, PA

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Subject: Yesterday's Pelagic
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:26:58 -0500
Greetings

 

Since it seems like bird reports for Delaware are getting relatively scarce,
I thought people who do not subscribe to eBird alerts would like to know
about yesterday's pelagic trip off Lewes that produced some pretty
spectacular birds.

 

I did not go on the trip, but reported to eBird in Sussex County waters
were:

 

Northern Fulmar (5 Sussex)

Great Skua (1 Sussex)

Dovekie (143 Sussex)

Atlantic Puffin (17 Sussex)

Black-legged Kittiwake (10 Sussex)

Thayer's Gull (1 Sussex)

 

Photos accompanied all these species in the eBird checklist.  The Thayer's
was a nice adult and the photos look totally convincing to me.  

 

I do not know what was seen in Maryland waters as these trips usually spend
time off both states.  

 

Wish I could have gone!

 

I hope someone who went could provide complete details.  Vicarious birding
is better than no birding at all!

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

 


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Subject: Mega Canada Goose Flock
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:40:44 -0500
The Mega Canada Goose Flock is assembling Nicely  AT  the NW corner of 301 & 
Armstrong Corner RD just north of Middletown. 2 Greater White-fronted Geese 
were found yesterday.... Take a look today! 


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Subject: White fronted geese in Middletown
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:47:24 -0500
2 Adult Greater White-fronted Goose in mega flock of Canadas at corner of 301 
and Armstrong Corner in Middletown. Easily seen with scope from shoes and 
clothes drop off red box on 301. 



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Subject: Cackling Geese at Battery Park
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:01:44 -0500
There are two Cackling Geese floating just off shore (200 feet) of the beach at 
Battery Park in New Castle, mixed in with Canadas. Look for the proportionally 
small bill, small size, and white ring around the base of the neck. 


Alan Kneidel

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 5th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:34:22 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* February 5, 2016
* DEST1602.05
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
 EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler 
Northern Pintail 
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback 
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup 
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Egret
TRICOLORED HERON
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
SNOWY OWL 
Barred Owl
Short-Eared Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin
American Kestrel
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
American Pipit
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 5, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, February 5th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list is up to
171 species. 

New this week is been a COMMON RAVEN in Yorklyn at the old, defunct NVF
factory. This is at the intersection of Route 82 and the Yorklyn Rd. at the
bridge over the Red Clay Creek. The RAVEN was seen on the afternoon of
Tuesday, February 2 and has been seen in the early morning and afternoon the
last three days. The NVF factory is private property that is under
demolition and a superfund site, no access is allowed. If you're parked
along the Yorklyn Road, you might hear a gentle tapping on you window, and
the police officer will say "Nevermore". Parking is at a premium and this is
a very heavy traffic area, birders are now allowed to park at the Yorklyn
Village Office on Gun Club Road on Yorklyn Road just before the bridge.
Thanks to Jim White, Joe Sebastiani, Chris Bennett, Laura Lee, and Anthony
Gonzon.

The previously reported SNOWY OWL was seen again today at the Dover Air
Force Base from the Air Mobile Command (AMC) Museum in Dover. You can access
the museum off of Route 9, south of Dover. Walk out to the flight line and
scan the runway to find the owl. Once again, the air force base is an active
military site; there is no parking along Route 9. An AMERICAN KESTREL was
also seen at the base. 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen this week at Port Mahon. That bird was sitting
with the ducks along the bayshore. Other waterfowl seen included a raft of
GREATER SCAUP plus BLACK and SURF SCOTER. Also reported was BARN OWL and 2
SHORT-EARED OWLS.

A couple of new birds this week were a pair of BALTIMORE ORIOLES that showed
up at feeders this week. A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen at Little Falls
in Prices Corner coming to peanut feeder. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen
in a yard in Cheswold.

The previous reported LAPLAND LONGSPUR continues to be seen along Whitehall
Neck Road, that's the entrance road to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Smyrna. That bird is been seen with about 200 HORNED LARK. A LAPLAND
LONGSPUR with HORNED LARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS was seen today along Hurd
Road at Dutch Neck Road near Bombay Hook. Waterfowl reported at Bombay Hook
included about 150 TUNDRA SWAN, plus GADWALL, AMERICAN WIDGEON, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. The only
shorebirds reported were KILLDEER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and DUNLIN. A LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported opposite Sheerness Pool.

The BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was again seen 13 Curves Rd. at Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton. GREAT EGRET and MERLIN were also seen. Eight
AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen the frozen
Prime Hook Beach Road. 32 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen in a wet field off
Draper Road. AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along Little Neck Road. RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were reported off Deep Branch Road. 20 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were
seen off Oyster Rocks Road, plus KILLDEER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. . 

Nearby, at the Mispillion Inlet were TUNDRA SWANS and a big raft of SCAUP,
plus SURF and BLACK SCOTER and RED-THROATED LOON. A number of shorebirds are
still being seen here including 30 BLACKBELLIED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and
DUNLIN.

A COMMON EIDER is still being seen at Indian River inlet along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL. The previously reported HARLEQUIN DUCK has not been
reported since last week. Shorebirds on the jetty included PURPLE SANDPIPER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN. A TRICOLORED HERON was reported at the Burton's
Island Causeway at the North Marina. A female COMMON GOLDENEYE was also seen
there with two PIED-BILLED GREBES.

A big flock of 240 BRANT were seen at Massey's Landing at the end of Long
Neck, east of Millsboro. LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and BUFFLEHEAD were
also reported along with COMMON LOON. GREATER YELLOWLEGS was also seen at
Massey's.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near
Fenwick Island. This is still an excellent spot for waterfowl including MUTE
SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the
pines.

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach had a peak count of 112 CANVASBACK plus RUDDY
DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER. A ROSS'S GOOSE with SNOW GEESE was seen flying
over Old Landing near Rehoboth. 

Cape Henlopen State Park had HORNED GREBE plus RED-THROATED and COMMON
LOONS. SCOTERS included BLACK and SURF plus BUFFLEHEAD. The NUTHATCH
trifecta: RED-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and WHITE-BREASTED, were reported at
the Seaside Nature Center. BONAPARTE'S GULLS were reported at The Point.

A WILSON'S SNIPE was seen along Route 14 west of Harrington. A high count of
45 CHIPPING SPARROWS was reported at the Seaford golf course. Three
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in western Sussex Co at the Pete Gum
Tract of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area. Some other birds reported there
included PINE SISKIN, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FOX SPARROW, GRAY CATBIRD, WINTER
WREN and PILEATED WOODPECKER.  

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Lum's Pond State Park near
Glasgow along with a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also seen
at the Newark Reservoir. On the reservoir were COMMON GOLDENEYE and COMMON
MERGANSERS. Ten WOOD DUCKS were found on White Clay Creek near Newark, plus
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

150 COMMON MERGANSERS were on Hoope's Reservoir along with 200 RING-NECKED
DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, 5 RUDDY DUCK, and 14 HOODED MERGANSER,
along with a BELTED KINGFISHER. Harry's Pond in the Brandywine Town Center
had RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER. 10 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at
the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in downtown Wilmington. MUTE SWAN was
seen at Carousel Park, along with GRAY CATBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, and AMERICAN KESTREL

PINE SISKINS are still coming to Amy and Jim White's feeder in Yorklyn off
Center Mill Road also seen there were 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a flyover American Pipit were reported at
Coverdale Farms. A MERLIN was also found at Brandywine Creek State Park
along with SAVANNAH, FIELD, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS plus EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS. Also along the Brandywine at First State National Monument were
GRAY CATBIRD, WINTER WREN, EASTERN TOWHEE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and SAVANNAH
SPARROW. A flock of 16 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was found at Bellevue State Park
today. Those birds were in the woods between the main office and the garden
plots. 

AMERICAN COOT was seen at Battery Park in New Castle. A RED-THROATED LOON
and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at AUGUSTINE BEACH, south of Port
Penn. A peak count of 13 BALD EAGLES was reported from the Aston Tract at
Thousand Acre Marsh of Thorntown Road. MUTE SWAN, GADWALL and PIED-BILLED
GREBE were reported at Dragon Run near Delaware City. A PURPLE FINCH and a
PINE WARBLER were seen at a feeder in Port Penn along Pole Bridge Rd. A
BARRED OWL was also reported at Augustine Creek. Collins Beach had 47
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a RUBY CROWNED KINGLET.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Ginny Schiavelli,
David Bridge, Amy O'Neil, Armas Hill, Joe Swertinski, Jim and Amy White,
David Fees, Steve Collins, Bob Suchomel, David Sandler, Gerry Teig, John
Long, Jerald Reb, Ken Wat, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Alan Kneidel, Chandler Weigand Tim Freiday,
Andy McGann, Joel Martin, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Remember, the
birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or
email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you
good birding!

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Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds at Bellevue SP
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:22:54 -0500
After a nice and relatively quiet morning birdwalk at Bellevue, I decided to 
drive down the garden plot road on my way out to check for Rusty Blackbirds. I 
initially found a mixed flock of mostly Common Grackles, starlings, and a 
handful of Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds. But once they 
dropped down out of the trees to forage by the roadside, I found two male & one 
female Rusty Blackbird! Encouraged, I came back with my teenager in the 
afternoon (around 4pm), and with some patience we found a flock of 16 Rusties, 
again foraging by the edge of the road. There was also a much larger mixed 
flock of Red-wings, grackles, etc. close by, and some of the Red-wings flew in 
to join the Rusty flock. 


I'm very happy to see them back at Bellevue. I looked for them diligently last 
year with no success, even though the year before that there had been a 
nice-sized flock. I think probably the ground was frozen for so much of last 
winter that they must have chosen a different spot. It will be good to have a 
positive report for the Rusty Blackbird Blitz! 

 
If you go to see them, the best thing to do is park at the lot at the 
headquarters just past the entrance booth and walk down the paved road to the 
garden plots. You can also drive down the garden plot road just behind the 
green barn where there are some parking spaces, then walk back up the road 
toward the HQ. The flock has been feeding along the edge of the road and in the 
garden plots, and often perching in the trees that line the road. You will 
probably hear them before you see them. 


Make sure you don't stop your car anywhere along the paved road or walk off the 
road into the private garden plots. The flock seems pretty used to joggers/dog 
walkers/etc., so they're not too flighty, and when they do move, they tend to 
come back fairly soon. 


Good birding,

Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington 

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:33:08 -0500
Anybody knows if the Snowy Owl is still  AT  DAF?  I was hoping to drive by
there tomorrow to see this magnificent creature.

Thanks,
Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 5:06 PM, Michael Moore  wrote:

> If you want to see my bad photo of the Snowy Owl, you can see it here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27265052
>
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerald Reb [mailto:jrebelboy AT gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 4:53 PM
> To: Michael Moore
> Cc: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [de-birds] Snowy Owl
>
> I forgot to mention that I also had a possible Iceland Gull flying
> overhead.
> I didn't see it well enough to confirm it, but it might be worth checking
> out the ponds at Tilcon.
>
> Jerald
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 2, 2016, at 4:02 PM, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> >
> > The owl was still sitting in the same place, on top of the box at 3:50.
> >
> > Jerald
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
> >>
> >> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air
> Force Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower.
> Sitting on a gray metal box. I have photos.
> >>
> >> Mike Moore
> >> Newark, DE
> >>
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Subject: Raven Viewing In Yorklyn
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:25:10 +0000
Birders hoping to add Common Raven to their Delaware State List - REJOICE! I 
have updated information about parking and viewing at the location where the 
Raven has been hanging out in Yorklyn. As of this morning it is now OK for 
birders to park next to the Yorklyn Village Main Office building at 200 Gun 
Club Road. Gun Club Road intersects with Yorklyn Road just south of the Post 
Office. Park cars on the paved area just to the south of the white office 
building - near the bulldozers. Once you park your car you are allowed to walk 
Gun Club Road between the office and Yorklyn Road and then approximately 100 
yds past the entrance into the office parking area. The remainder of the road 
is privately owned and birders should not walk on the private road. We have 
also been granted permission to walk in the field behind the office and parking 
area. However, do not wander off Gun Club Road and in or around any of the 
buildings. If you go in search of this bird please follow the rules so that we 
do not lose this access. Good Luck with your search. 


Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19963
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Subject: Re: Raven in Yorklyn and Access
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:40:17 +0000
I reworded the name of the eBird hotspot for the Raven stakeout location as 
follows: stakeout Common Raven, Yorklyn (2016) (roadside access only). 


Sorry about the change, I needed to follow specific formatting for this.

Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org



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From: joe sebastiani 
Sent: Friday, February 05, 2016 11:26 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: RE: Raven in Yorklyn and Access

For eBird users that try to find the Raven, I just created a hotspot called 
Yorklyn Raven Stakeout (restricted access). If you have birded there prior, go 
ahead and merge your checklists with this hotspot. If it doesn't show up on 
your phone or computer, it might take a day for it to appear. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org



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From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Bennett, 
Chris (DNREC) 

Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:59 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Raven in Yorklyn and Access

Just wanted to pass along the latest information on access to the site where 
the Common Raven is being seen in Yorklyn. According to Laura Lee, Park 
Superintendent at the Auburn Heights Preserve, the NVF site where the Raven has 
been hanging out is 1.) private property not owned by the state, 2.) an active 
construction/demolition site, 3.) includes multiple hazards to anyone who might 
trespass onto the site and 4.) contains contaminants from its long industrial 
history that are in the process of being remediated. Therefore, access to the 
site is prohibited. At present the only public parking in Yorklyn is a few 
roadside spaces near the post office and a small parking lot off the road 
behind the post office. The post office is located at 1149 Yorklyn Road. If you 
go to look for this bird your options for viewing are limited to the shoulders 
of public roads. If you go to Yorklyn in pursuit of this great bird, good luck 
in your search and do so safely. 


Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19963
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Subject: Re: Raven in Yorklyn and Access
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:26:09 +0000
For eBird users that try to find the Raven, I just created a hotspot called 
Yorklyn Raven Stakeout (restricted access). If you have birded there prior, go 
ahead and merge your checklists with this hotspot. If it doesn't show up on 
your phone or computer, it might take a day for it to appear. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org



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From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Bennett, 
Chris (DNREC) 

Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:59 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Raven in Yorklyn and Access

Just wanted to pass along the latest information on access to the site where 
the Common Raven is being seen in Yorklyn. According to Laura Lee, Park 
Superintendent at the Auburn Heights Preserve, the NVF site where the Raven has 
been hanging out is 1.) private property not owned by the state, 2.) an active 
construction/demolition site, 3.) includes multiple hazards to anyone who might 
trespass onto the site and 4.) contains contaminants from its long industrial 
history that are in the process of being remediated. Therefore, access to the 
site is prohibited. At present the only public parking in Yorklyn is a few 
roadside spaces near the post office and a small parking lot off the road 
behind the post office. The post office is located at 1149 Yorklyn Road. If you 
go to look for this bird your options for viewing are limited to the shoulders 
of public roads. If you go to Yorklyn in pursuit of this great bird, good luck 
in your search and do so safely. 


Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19963
302-739-9230


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Subject: Raven in Yorklyn and Access
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:58:57 +0000
Just wanted to pass along the latest information on access to the site where 
the Common Raven is being seen in Yorklyn. According to Laura Lee, Park 
Superintendent at the Auburn Heights Preserve, the NVF site where the Raven has 
been hanging out is 1.) private property not owned by the state, 2.) an active 
construction/demolition site, 3.) includes multiple hazards to anyone who might 
trespass onto the site and 4.) contains contaminants from its long industrial 
history that are in the process of being remediated. Therefore, access to the 
site is prohibited. At present the only public parking in Yorklyn is a few 
roadside spaces near the post office and a small parking lot off the road 
behind the post office. The post office is located at 1149 Yorklyn Road. If you 
go to look for this bird your options for viewing are limited to the shoulders 
of public roads. If you go to Yorklyn in pursuit of this great bird, good luck 
in your search and do so safely. 


Chris Bennett
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Subject: RT. 9 Perusing Update
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:41:56 -0500
Mention and it will come. Today, A / The Red-throated Loon made an appearance 
off of Augustine Beach floating where the tide takes it. Also, Ashton Tract had 
a conservative count of 13 Bald Eagles just off the observation deck.Good 
Birding! 


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From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:44:27 -0500
I'm lucky to live a mile from Dutch Neck RD, 1000 Acre Marsh, Port Penn 
Impoundments and Augustine WMA. A peruse today finally turned up some Ducks and 
a sizeable flock of Tundra Swans. A flock of approximately 75 Common Mergansers 
along with Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe and a single Red-breasted 
Merganser were in the Augustine area. The Swans were roosting just south of 
Union Church RD and totalled about 75 individuals. Geese are starting to spread 
out as the snow melts with several medium sized flocks along the way. This of 
course bodes well for Goose - a - Palooza in the near future. I also had my 
first large flock of blackbirds in several weeks so maybe a Yellow-headed 
Blackbird or some other prize is lurking. Grier's Pond is starting to thaw so 
now is the perfect time to look for American Bittern hunting the edges. The 
recent hen Redhead and male Common GoldenEye  AT  the Augustine boat ramp seem to 
have moved on. In addition, I don't believe the Red-! 

 throated Loon that stayed for several weeks has been seen either. Most know, 
but those that don't, this area is Bald Eagle central especially from the 
Ashton Tract Observation Deck. Good Birding! 


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Subject: Delaware Goose-a-thon - Saturday, Februrary 27th
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:36:48 -0500
DE-Birders,

I would like to invite you all to participate in a new birding event,
dubbed the Delaware Goose-a-thon on Saturday, February 27th.

Brought to you by the birders at NemesisBird.com, this will be a one day
extravaganza of rare goose searching. The vision is to assemble mobile
one-vehicle teams to cover territories throughout Delaware, locating goose
flocks and picking through them thoroughly. We will also be reaching out to
birders in MD and VA to see if there is interest in expanding this to a
Delmarva-wide event.

If you would like to participate, please e-mail me privately, and be sure
to mention any territories you prefer to cover.

Check out this article on NemesisBird.com for more details.

http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/goose-a-thon2016/

Mark your calendars and stay tuned,

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:06:15 -0500
If you want to see my bad photo of the Snowy Owl, you can see it here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27265052 

Mike Moore
Newark, DE

-----Original Message-----
From: Jerald Reb [mailto:jrebelboy AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 4:53 PM
To: Michael Moore
Cc: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Snowy Owl

I forgot to mention that I also had a possible Iceland Gull flying overhead.
I didn't see it well enough to confirm it, but it might be worth checking
out the ponds at Tilcon.

Jerald

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 2, 2016, at 4:02 PM, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> 
> The owl was still sitting in the same place, on top of the box at 3:50.
> 
> Jerald
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
>> 
>> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air
Force Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower.
Sitting on a gray metal box. I have photos. 
>> 
>> Mike Moore
>> Newark, DE
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
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From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:52:41 -0500
I forgot to mention that I also had a possible Iceland Gull flying overhead. I 
didn't see it well enough to confirm it, but it might be worth checking out the 
ponds at Tilcon. 


Jerald

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 2, 2016, at 4:02 PM, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> 
> The owl was still sitting in the same place, on top of the box at 3:50.
> 
> Jerald
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
>> 
>> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air Force 
Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower. Sitting 
on a gray metal box. I have photos. 

>> 
>> Mike Moore
>> Newark, DE
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Message from DNREC Re: Raven day 2 - parking
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:38:00 +0000
-------- Original message --------
From: "Vickers, Charles R. (DNREC)"
Date:02/02/2016 4:02 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: joe sebastiani
Subject: RE: Raven day 2 - parking

Greetings. Just a reminder to all about the circumstances surrounding the 
Common Raven location at the former NVF plant in Yorklyn. This is an active 
contaminated construction site. Most of the buildings are in the process of 
being demolished and additional site work is underway. The parking area 
referred to below (near the water quality trailer) may not be available for 
much longer based on the demolition activity. Also as a reminder to all most of 
this area is private property and the road is public. There are a few public 
parking spaces near the Post Office just down the road. 


Good birding to all...ron

Ron Vickers, Manager
Land Preservation Office
Division of Parks and Recreation
89 Kings Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
302-739-9237 office
302-222-4749 mobile
302-739-3817 fax
charles.vickers AT state.de.us
www.destateparks.com


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sebastiani 

Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 3:19 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Raven day 2 - parking

There has been a request for parking directions regarding the NVF Plant in 
Yorklyn. The plant is opposite the Yorklyn Post Office just west of Route 82 on 
Yorklyn Road. There is a dirt road with a "road closed" sign adjacent to the 
plant, and parallel to the Red Clay Creek. You can drive in there and park. The 
employee who works with water quality is aware of the Raven and has been 
pleasant to birders. His office is a trailer near the end of this dirt road and 
you can park there. (39.807217, -75.674750). Another option which is equally as 
good is to drive down the new brick roadway into the plant area. This is just 
east of the Post Office on Yorklyn Road. Drive back there, and park by the 
office near the railroad tracks. (39.806167, -75.673312). Do not drive up the 
hill beyond this point, since it is a posted private drive and there are 
residences up there. Please contact me with any questions. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org


From: joe sebastiani
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 2:59 PM
To: de-birds AT Princeton.EDU
Subject: Raven day 2

So, there were several people that staked out the old NVF Plant Ruins today in 
Yorklyn without seeing the Raven return, including myself early this morning. 
Jim White, however, was having his lunch there, and just about when he was 
ready to leave, he heard it calling. I was right there in the area, got there 
quickly, and we saw the bird perched up on the rusty water tower in the back of 
the property calling vigorously, preening, and walking on the railing. Again, 
we photographed and videotaped it. We saw it at about 1:18 pm. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
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From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:02:43 -0500
The owl was still sitting in the same place, on top of the box at 3:50.

Jerald

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> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
> 
> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air Force 
Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower. Sitting 
on a gray metal box. I have photos. 

> 
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
> 
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Subject: Re: Raven day 2 - parking
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:19:00 +0000
There has been a request for parking directions regarding the NVF Plant in 
Yorklyn. The plant is opposite the Yorklyn Post Office just west of Route 82 on 
Yorklyn Road. There is a dirt road with a "road closed" sign adjacent to the 
plant, and parallel to the Red Clay Creek. You can drive in there and park. The 
employee who works with water quality is aware of the Raven and has been 
pleasant to birders. His office is a trailer near the end of this dirt road and 
you can park there. (39.807217, -75.674750). Another option which is equally as 
good is to drive down the new brick roadway into the plant area. This is just 
east of the Post Office on Yorklyn Road. Drive back there, and park by the 
office near the railroad tracks. (39.806167, -75.673312). Do not drive up the 
hill beyond this point, since it is a posted private drive and there are 
residences up there. Please contact me with any questions. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org


From: joe sebastiani
Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 2:59 PM
To: de-birds AT Princeton.EDU
Subject: Raven day 2

So, there were several people that staked out the old NVF Plant Ruins today in 
Yorklyn without seeing the Raven return, including myself early this morning. 
Jim White, however, was having his lunch there, and just about when he was 
ready to leave, he heard it calling. I was right there in the area, got there 
quickly, and we saw the bird perched up on the rusty water tower in the back of 
the property calling vigorously, preening, and walking on the railing. Again, 
we photographed and videotaped it. We saw it at about 1:18 pm. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
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Subject: Raven day 2
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:59:01 +0000
So, there were several people that staked out the old NVF Plant Ruins today in 
Yorklyn without seeing the Raven return, including myself early this morning. 
Jim White, however, was having his lunch there, and just about when he was 
ready to leave, he heard it calling. I was right there in the area, got there 
quickly, and we saw the bird perched up on the rusty water tower in the back of 
the property calling vigorously, preening, and walking on the railing. Again, 
we photographed and videotaped it. We saw it at about 1:18 pm. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
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Subject: Snowy owl at museum parking lot Dover Air Force base
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:30:16 -0500
Sue Gruver and I are enjoying a good look at the snowy owl sitting exactly 
where Michael Moore described earlier today, thanks Michael! 


Diane J Kane,
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Subject: DOS sponsored art show, "On the Edge"
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:17:34 -0500
Please come to the DOS sponsored art show this Friday, February 5 at the 
Wilmington Public Library entitled, “On the Edge”. Naturalists who are also 
artists use their creativity to show the intricacies and beauty of the natural 
world in this Mixed Media show. 


There is a reception from 5:30 to 8 pm at the library where you can meet the 7 
artists who are exhibiting. Much of the work will be for sale. 


If you are interested in volunteering to help serve the refreshments - or if 
you would like to contribute some ‘goodies’, please let me know. Hope to 
see you there! 


Sally O’Byrne
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:07:12 -0500
I am going to run up there in a half an hour. Can someone give me specifics as 
I am not familiar with this location, thanks! Diane 


Diane J Kane,
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> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:58, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> 
> This is at the AMC Museum, correct?
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
>> 
>> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air Force 
Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower. Sitting 
on a gray metal box. I have photos. 

>> 
>> Mike Moore
>> Newark, DE
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:58:17 -0500
This is at the AMC Museum, correct?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 2, 2016, at 10:52 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
> 
> For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air Force 
Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower. Sitting 
on a gray metal box. I have photos. 

> 
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
> 
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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:52:47 -0500
For those not on GroupMe, I am looking at a Snowy Owl at the Dover Air Force 
Base looking north west from the plane area toward the control tower. Sitting 
on a gray metal box. I have photos. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

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Subject: Re: Blue Birds at Glasgow Park
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:05:59 -0500
Deane and Ken, thank you so much for your kind feedback.  On my next walks
I'll definitively explore the woods trail and will pay more attention to
the blue bird sounds.

Now crossing fingers for an opportunity to see the elusive Painted Bunting
recently spotted in Bear!

Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 12:10 PM, DEAN  wrote:

> Congrats on this find.  Bluebirds are one of my favs. They become sort-of
> commonplace in the spring & summer, but not so much at this time of year.
>
> If you are close enough and take some time to view them, try to listen for
> their voice.  It is very soft and really nice.  I am new to bird watching
> also, so I can't recognize them by voice alone (yet) but I did get to hear
> a few recently that i had in my binoculars so I spent some extra time
> listening to them.
>
> The bluebird is also a conservation success story because their nubmers
> were greatly reduced by the 70's or so. . . and then people started putting
> up special nest boxes for them and they have rebounded very nicely.
> Deane Coffin
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Mariano Mazal" 
> *To: *de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> *Sent: *Sunday, January 31, 2016 5:35:42 PM
> *Subject: *[de-birds] Blue Birds at Glasgow Park
>
>
> At Glasgow Park trail (Bear) close to mile marker 1.7 we found today around
> 430p at least four blue birds perching at nearby trees and sipping water
> from the melt pools.  As a birding newbie I am quite excited as I had not
> seen blue birds before.  I'll try to return tomorrow with my camera to
> sneak some pics.
>
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Subject: Raven in Yorklyn
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:56:45 -0500
I posted this on Facebook, eBird, and the DE Rare Bird Alert, but thought I 
would put it here too in case you aren't following any of these outlets. 


Today, while birding at the Lodge at Ashland Nature Center, I heard what I 
thought MIGHT be a distant Common Raven. I decided to drive over to the spot to 
get a little closer. While pulling out of the lot, I saw Jim White and we both 
went over to Sharpless Road on the north side of Ashland. When we arrived and 
got out of the car, we clearly heard a Raven calling from up the road at a spot 
about 300 yards west of Route 82. We walked up the road. Across the street from 
where there is a large cut stump with green paint dots on it, a Raven and a 
Red-tailed Hawk flew off the ground, presumably from a carcass. A Turkey 
Vulture was perched in the trees above the spot. The Raven was approximately 
the same size as the Red-tailed Hawk. The Raven flew off, and landed in some 
nearby treetops and called, which I captured on video (see links below). It 
then flew in the direction of Yorklyn. Jim and I then drove over there, and 
when we arrived at the Yorklyn NVF plant ruins, we saw a large corvid fly in 
and perch on the building. We were able to get some photos at this point. It 
then flew off, and banked around the north end of the building and disappeared. 
We thought it might have flown into one of the open windows to perch inside the 
building. A group of birders arrived a short while later, and we could not 
relocate it. The NVF plant is located directly across the street from the 
Yorklyn Post Office on Yorklyn Road, just west of Route 82. Both this location 
and the location where we initially discovered it on Sharpless Road might be 
good places to check for those who wish to relocate it tomorrow. 


Video with audio recordings of the calls can be found here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27251748. 


Photographs of the bird can be found here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27251744. 


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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker, North Wilmington, Brandywine Hundred
From: Msn <phoenixlady AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:57:37 -0500
A pileated woodpecker is having a field day right now in one of our trees in 
our backyard in the Brandywine Hundred area, North Wilmington (off Weldin 
Road). I believe there was another report of a pileated woodpecker in the area 
several days ago. 


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Subject: Brandywine Bird Walk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:30:55 -0500
The Brandywine Creek Bird Walk on Saturday had 10 hardy souls out in the
cold with temperatures from 27 to 41 degrees. We had great looks at a pair
of RED-TAILS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS and Winter sparrows. The marsh by the
entrance booth produced SAVANNAH, FIELD, SWAMP, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. 

After the walk, we went to White's feeders to add PINE SISKINS and got
better looks at AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Thanks Amy!

The list is below:

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, Delaware, US Jan 30, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Comments:     monthly walk at the park. clear cold, snow on the ground
prevented much overland walking.
31 species

Canada Goose  66
Mallard  4     in Wilson's Run
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Herring Gull  1     flying over VC
Mourning Dove  12
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  4
American Tree Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  18
White-throated Sparrow  19
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Blue Birds at Glasgow Park
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:35:42 -0500
At Glasgow Park trail (Bear) close to mile marker 1.7 we found today around
430p at least four blue birds perching at nearby trees and sipping water
from the melt pools.  As a birding newbie I am quite excited as I had not
seen blue birds before.  I'll try to return tomorrow with my camera to
sneak some pics.

Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE
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Subject: Tri-Colored Heron
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:10:14 -0500
Good morning! I can hardly believe it, but I have just photographed a 
TRI-COLORED HERON against the marsh on the north side of the Burton's Island 
Causeway. Maybe it is the same one Mike Smith saw at the beginning of the 
month. 

Not a lot of ducks around, but there are BUFFLEHEADS, one COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Also HORNED GREBE and PIED-BILLED GREBES. 

Also 5 GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach



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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 29th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:30:27 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 29, 2016
* DEST1601.29
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Harlequin Duck
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper 
American Woodcock
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Horned Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Brown Thrasher
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
SNOW BUNTING
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
PAINTED BUNTING
Eastern Meadowlark
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

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

For Friday, January 29th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list is up to
170 species. 

Some unusual birds appeared at feeders after the snowstorm this weekend. The
highlight was a reported male PAINTED BUNTING appearing briefly at a feeder
near Glasgow. That bird was seen in the snow on Monday morning and again in
the afternoon but has not been seen since. The feeding station was located
off Old County Road, southwest of the intersection with Route 896, below
Route 40 (Pulaski Hwy). 

A bird originally identified as a NASHVILLE WARBLER was refound and ID'd as
an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER today. That bird is in the pines by the disc golf
course at Walter Carpenter Recreation Area at White Clay Creek State Park
north of Newark. Thanks Tim!

There was a peak count of 24 PINE SISKINS coming to the White's feeder in
Yorklyn off Center Mill Road, along with AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Three
CHIPPING SPARROWS were under the eaves of the lodge at Ashland Nature Center
after the snow. A BROWN THRASHER was coming to a feeder at Pike Creek. An
EASTERN TOWHEE was seen at a feeder in Hockessin. A FOX SPARROW was
photographed at a feeder in Brandywine Hundred near Shipley Road. A MERLIN
was seen flying through Claymont on Monday, at the intersection of Harvey
Road and Philadelphia Pike. 

Downstate, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to come to a feeder near Cheswald
and an immature bird was at a yard in Wyoming. PURPLE FINCH and a PINE
WARBLER are still coming to a feeder near Port Penn. Another CHIPPING
SPARROW was seen at the Golf Park in Rehoboth Beach. 

More interesting birds reported due to the snowstorm were LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
SNOW BUNTING, and 8 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS along Whitehall Neck Road, the
entrance road for Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Those
birds were photographed with about 250 HORNED LARK. 

A bird reported to be a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported at Bombay Hook along
the Finis Pool Road. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and MARSH WREN were found along
the Shearness Dike. Four MUTE SWANS were seen in Sheerness Pool along with
BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and 25 COMMON MERGANSERS. A LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the bayside of Sheerness. An AMERICAN BITTERN
was seen at the bayside of BEAR SWAMP. BARN OWLS were seen flying into the
picnic pavilion by the visitor center at dusk. BARRED OWL was seen at Finis
Pool. Also reported were PEREGRINE FALCON and a peak count of 24 BALD
EAGLES. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were seen yesterday.


BREWER'S BLACKBIRD continues to be report along 13 Curves Rd. at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge at Milton. FOX SPARROW and GREAT EGRET were also
seen. A pair of WOOD DUCKS were seen along Deep Branch Road plus AMERICAN
KESTREL, HORNED LARK, and CEDAR WAXWING. LESSER YELLOWLEGS and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK were seen at Prime Hook, 

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL with 10 BONAPARTE'S GULLS continues to be seen at
the Wolfe's Neck Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. Also reported were 50
NORTHERN SHOVELER, 18 BUFFLEHEAD and 24 RUDDY DUCK. This is restricted
access. A peak count of 30 CANVASBACKS was reported on Silver Lake in
Rehoboth Beach, along with 2 RUDDY DUCKS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.

The previous reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at Indian
River Inlet, along with a hen COMMON EIDER. Other waterfowl seen at the
inlet included BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus SURF and BLACK SCOTER. Four
GREAT CORMORANTS continue be seen on the jetty towers. NORTHERN GANNETS,
RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS were seen offshore. Shorebirds seen included 2
PURPLE SANDPIPERS plus RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING and DUNLIN. A high count
of 150 BONAPARTE'S GULLS was reported. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, COMMON LOON
plus BALD EAGLE and COOPER'S HAWK were seen at the north marina. 

A pair of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park
with SANDERLING and DUNLIN at the point. BROWN-HEADED and a single RED
BREASTED NUTHATCH and CEDAR WAXWING were seen by the Seaside Nature Center.

Eight BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS with KILLDEER and DUNLIN were seen along Long
Neck near Massey Landing. BUFFLEHEAD, BELTED KINGFISHER and FOX SPARROW were
seen at the Okie Preserve. PIED-BILLED GREBE and HOODED MERGANSER were seen
in a Cupola Park in Millsboro. This area had extensive flood damage after
the storm.

A big raft of scoters off of the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet
had 2 WHITE-WINGED plus 150 SURF and 25 BLACK SCOTERS. Other waterfowl seen
included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, PINTAIL, plus both GREATER and LESSER SCAUP.
CLAPPER RAIL was seen along marsh. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting at the
inlet. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was reported along Lighthouse Road. A ROSS'S
GOOSE was spotted along Route 1 near Fredericka. 

In northern Delaware, there is been an influx of COMMON MERGANSERS. Hoope's
Reservoir had 80 COMMON and 45 HOODED MERGANSER, along with 200 RING-NECKED
DUCK and five RUDDY DUCK. Two COMMON MERGANSERS were also seen along the
Brandywine Creek at Smith's Bridge. COMMON MERGANSER and a hen COMMON
GOLDENEYE plus RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Newark Reservoir. 10 COMMON
MERGANSERS plus BALD EAGLE and AMERICAN KESTREL were reported at the
PETERSON URBAN WILDLIFE REFUGE in downtown Wilmington.

A hen REDHEAD was seen yesterday and a drake COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen today
at the boat ramp at Augustine Beach near Port Penn, along with BUFFLEHEAD
and RUDDY DUCK. Canal Pond near Delaware City had 13 MUTE SWANS and over 100
AMERICAN COOTS.  A GRAY CATBIRD was seen along the C&D Canal near Delaware
City. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was photographed in Bear. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including Bill Fintel, Frank
Rohrbacher, Maureen Markow, Patrick Tomb, John Long, Jerald Reb, Brian
McCaffrey, Edward Rohrbach, Ken Wat, Amy White, Joe Sebastiani, Derek
Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Alan Kneidel, Alex
Lamoreaux, Casey Weissburg, Tim Freiday, Joel Martin, Maurice Barnhill, and
Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Barred Owl
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:29:39 -0500
The latter part of 2015 and so far early into 2016 birding for me has been hit 
and miss. Today I dredged through the snow looking for woodpeckers and couldn't 
find one. Couldn't find the red fox and I could hear the 


Great Horned Owls deep into the woods. As much as I wanted a Great Horned Owl 
shot I was too wet and cold. As I was about to come out of the woods I heard a 
familiar sound. This Barred Owl was just sitting 


there as if he was waiting for me. The sun was hazy now so I had to up the ISO 
and hope for the best. Took four shots to get this one. Now if I could just 
have a hot bowl of chili I'd be set for the night! *grin* 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/24379908550/in/dateposted-public/

Jerry Hull
Clayton, Delaware

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Subject: Augustine Beach
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:13:08 -0500
Augustine Beach is seeing an uptick in Duck activity. Yesterday a Redhead and 
today a brilliant Male Common GoldenEye along with Ruddy Duck and Bufflehead. 
The GoldenEye was foraging close to RT.9 just south of the Beach and easily 
viewed from the car blind. Good Birding. 


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Subject: Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
From: Steve <miami.07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:32:52 -0500
With other states working aggressively to eliminate or reduce their Mute Swan 
populations, the long-term plan is that the species will be sustained at 
manageable levels in select critical (and often small) habitats, such as the 
Delaware Bay. 



http://www.npr.org/2014/03/11/288751372/a-plan-to-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition 


steve cottrell


> Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:03:35 -0500
> From: ednieap AT VERIZON.NET
> Subject: Re: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
> To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> 
> The aforementioned pond at Delaware City is locally known as the Canal Pond.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Bennett,
> Chris (DNREC)
> Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:29 PM
> To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
> 
> Frank,
> 
> Would it really be all that terrible to spend a year searching for birds in
> Delaware and never seeing a Mute Swan?
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Frank
> Rohrbacher
> Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:03 PM
> To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
> 
> I  understand that Colin Campbell has suggested that the more mature birders
> in Delaware should join in a contest and run a Big Year in  1916.  I got 
> this information from word of mouth and not on de-birds.   I don't use Face 
> Book so I may have missed his announcement (Colin, you use Face  Book???).  
> I know that Colin lost the Big Year  of 1991 and I understand his desire to
> redeem himself but setting the  mature bar at 60 years old seems a bit low
> if us more mature birders are going  to have a chance.  Heck, Joe Swertinski
> is older then that - do  you want to lose to him again?
>  
> Enough of harassing Colin.  Yesterday, I decided to add Mute Swan  and
> American Coot to my year list.  I have watched over the years as  the state
> has reduced the numbers of Mute Swans from hundreds to a few dozen  state
> wide - not counting the pets at Assawomen, Carousal Park et  al.  So I went
> to the center of the wild Mute Swan population in  Delaware at the unnamed
> pond off of Clinton Road opposite the Dragon Run  Marsh.  This is about 3/4
> of a mile west of the  intersection of  Clinton Road and Route 9 outside
> Delaware City.  Drive past the marsh, park  and climb the dike north of the
> the marsh. 
>  I counted 13 Mute Swans  and 100+ American Coots in the pond.
>  
> Frank Rohrbacher
> Wilmington, Delaware
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Subject: Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:03:35 -0500
The aforementioned pond at Delaware City is locally known as the Canal Pond.

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Subject: Re: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans

Frank,

Would it really be all that terrible to spend a year searching for birds in
Delaware and never seeing a Mute Swan?

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Rohrbacher
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:03 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans

I  understand that Colin Campbell has suggested that the more mature birders
in Delaware should join in a contest and run a Big Year in  1916.  I got 
this information from word of mouth and not on de-birds.   I don't use Face 
Book so I may have missed his announcement (Colin, you use Face  Book???).  
I know that Colin lost the Big Year  of 1991 and I understand his desire to
redeem himself but setting the  mature bar at 60 years old seems a bit low
if us more mature birders are going  to have a chance.  Heck, Joe Swertinski
is older then that - do  you want to lose to him again?
 
Enough of harassing Colin.  Yesterday, I decided to add Mute Swan  and
American Coot to my year list.  I have watched over the years as  the state
has reduced the numbers of Mute Swans from hundreds to a few dozen  state
wide - not counting the pets at Assawomen, Carousal Park et  al.  So I went
to the center of the wild Mute Swan population in  Delaware at the unnamed
pond off of Clinton Road opposite the Dragon Run  Marsh.  This is about 3/4
of a mile west of the  intersection of  Clinton Road and Route 9 outside
Delaware City.  Drive past the marsh, park  and climb the dike north of the
the marsh. 
 I counted 13 Mute Swans  and 100+ American Coots in the pond.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Subject: Goose, swan bonanza on Staves Landing
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 20:07:21 -0500
Birders,

For at least the last three days Staves Landing Road off of Route 9 in NCCO has 
had an immense flock of Canada and Snow Geese as well as dozens of Tundra 
Swans. The Canadas and Snows are segregated but the swans are mixed right in 
with the Snows. All right along the road and easy to view. Nothing unusual this 
evening. 1200 Canada, 10000 Snow, and 60 swans. 


Definitely worth checking out. And if you're in the market for Mute Swans, a 
family of four (the same that bred there?) is looking jolly good in Shearness 
Pool. 


Alan Kneidel

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Subject: Augustine Beach Redhead
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:26:25 -0500
I had a single hen Redhead just off the Augustine Beach boat ramp this evening. 
Not expecting this species at this loction caused a short circuit in my ID 
skills. Good Birding! 


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Subject: Re: Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:29:07 +0000
Frank,

Would it really be all that terrible to spend a year searching for birds in 
Delaware and never seeing a Mute Swan? 


-----Original Message-----
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Rohrbacher 

Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2016 2:03 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Mature Birders' Big Year and Mute Swans

I  understand that Colin Campbell has suggested that the more mature  
birders in Delaware should join in a contest and run a Big Year in 1916. I got 

this information from word of mouth and not on de-birds.   I don't use Face 
Book so I may have missed his announcement (Colin, you use Face  Book???).  
I know that Colin lost the Big Year  of 1991 and I understand his desire to 
redeem himself but setting the  mature bar at 60 years old seems a bit low 
if us more mature birders are going  to have a chance.  Heck, Joe Swertinski 
is older then that - do  you want to lose to him again?
 
Enough of harassing Colin.  Yesterday, I decided to add Mute Swan  and 
American Coot to my year list. I have watched over the years as the state has 

reduced the numbers of Mute Swans from hundreds to a few dozen  state wide - 
not counting the pets at Assawomen, Carousal Park et  al.  So I went to the 
center of the wild Mute Swan population in  Delaware at the unnamed pond 
off of Clinton Road opposite the Dragon Run  Marsh.  This is about 3/4 of a 
mile west of the  intersection of  Clinton Road and Route 9 outside Delaware 
City.  Drive past the marsh, park  and climb the dike north of the the marsh. 
 I counted 13 Mute Swans  and 100+ American Coots in the pond.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Subject: Lapland Longspur Along Whitehall Neck RD.
From: Chris Ro <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:50:15 -0500
I found a very cooperative Lapland Longspur among hundreds of Horned Larks 
along the road. I recently did a rarity chase covering 6 states up to 
Provincetown, MA and relied heavily on each states listserv. I say this because 
it reminded me not everyone uses Facebook or text messaging to report 
interesting sightings. My new year's resolution is to utilitze the DE listserv 
as a main communication tool going forward. Good biring. 


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Subject: Gordon's Pond Trail
From: Ken Wat <kenw70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:55:37 -0500
The Gordon's Pond Trail suffered damage from this past storm and looks like 
only a portion of it will remain open until the repairs are made. Here is the 
article on Delawareonline. 




http://www.delawareonline.com/story/weather/2016/01/27/gordons-pond-trail-damaged-close-repairs/79421150/ 



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Subject: Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, Saturday Jan 30th.
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:44:47 -0500
The monthly Birdwalks at Brandywine Creek State Park resume this Saturday.
We'll meet at the observation deck at the park HQ at 8 am. The feeders were
very active with the recent snowfall. This walk may be short, depending on
the amount of snow still on the ground. I had a pair of Common Mergansers on
the creek on Monday after the storm. This walk is free and open to the
public.

Andy Ednie 
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Subject: The Great Horned Owl
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:05:38 -0500
Seems the snow hasn’t dampened the spirit of the Great Horned Owl. Looking 
forward to a spring full of both Great Horned & Barred Owlets. 


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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:38:58 -0500
Went to Bombay Hook this morning with Dave & Joy Peters. As we turned to go
down toward Finis Pool, on the right side just past the tiny creek, there
were several species of sparrows near the road. We saw a Lincoln's Sparrow
and a Field Sparrow in the mix.
Also, saw a Lesser Black-backed Gull on the bay side of Sheerness.

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 22nd, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:29:42 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 22, 2016
* DEST1601.22
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
LAUGHING GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
SNOWY OWL
Barred Owl
Short-Eared Owl
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird 
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
NASHVILLE WARBLER
Pine Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Pine Siskin

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

For Friday, January 22nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list is up to
168 species. Sorry for the delay in circulating the Birdline this week, I've
been having computer problems. 

A SNOWY OWL was reported yesterday in Dover. The owl was seen sitting on the
wing of the plane in the flight-line at the Air Mobility Command (AMC)
Museum at Dover Air Force Base. Access to the Museum is from Route 9, south
of Dover. There been to reports of SNOWY OWLS on the Delmarva Peninsula in
Maryland, at Crisfield and the Kent Narrows and 4-5 SNOWY OWLS were reported
on Long Island. This might not be a major flight like the last two years,
but there are good numbers in New England. If you're looking for the owl, be
aware that the museum and access to the flight-line is closed on Mondays. 

Another raptor, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported on Monday at the
intersection of Limestone and Valley Road in Hockessin. The bird flew across
the road showing pale gray back and barred under parts. This is just south
of the Pennsylvania state line, near Tweed's Park.

The winter weather has brought an influx of warbler sightings. A NASHVILLE
WARBLER was reported at Walter Carpenter Recreational Area disc golf course
at White Clay Creek State Park, north of Newark. A PINE WARBLER is still
coming to a feeder in Newark off the E. Chestnut Hill Rd. in Brookside. Two
different PINE WARBLERS, an adult male and a juvenile female, were coming to
a feeder near Port Penn at the headwaters of Augustine Creek off Pole Bridge
Road.

The previous reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at Indian
River Inlet, along with a hen COMMON EIDER. Other waterfowl seen at the
inlet included BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, plus SURF and
BLACK SCOTER. A pair of GREAT CORMORANTS continue be seen on the jetty
towers. NORTHERN GANNETS, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS were seen offshore.
Shorebirds seen included 2 PURPLE SANDPIPERS plus RUDDY TURNSTONE,
SANDERLING and DUNLIN. A high count of 60 BONAPARTE'S GULLS was reported
with 3 FORSTER'S TERNS. There was also PEREGRINE FALCON hunting in the area.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfe's Neck Sewage
Treatment Plant near Midway. This is restricted access. A couple of
CANVASBACKS were seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with 2 RUDDY
DUCKS and 10 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS earlier this week. Only gulls were
found on Silver Lake since the big freeze on Tuesday. A couple of BROWN
THRASHERS were reported: at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach and the Golf
Park at Bay Vista off of Country Club Road. FOX SPARROW was seen at this
latter location.

Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a single LAUGHING GULL were found at the
beach at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes. Waterfowl seen there included
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, plus HORNED GREBE and 3
TUNDRA SWANS flying off the point. The point parking lot had lots of
passerine activity on Friday before the storm, hundreds of AMERICAN ROBINS
and CEDAR WAXWINGS eating cedar berries. PINE SISKIN, RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were coming to feeders at the Seaside Nature Center.

At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, 21 AMERICAN AVOCETS were
reported along Prime Hook Beach Road along with GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS. A ROSS'S GOOSE was found among 2000 SNOW GOOSE from Draper Road.
Waterfowl reported included GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON,
SHOVELER, GREEN WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and all three
MERGANSERS: HOODED, COMMON, and RED-BREASTED. PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen
at Prime Hook Beach and Oyster's Rock Road. A MERLIN was reported at this
latter location. Two AMERICAN PIPITS were seen off Round Pole Road near
Milton. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported off Ponder Road near Ellendale.
KILLDEER and RING-NECKED DUCKS were found at the ponds at Gravel Hill.

A female LONG-TAILED DUCK and 18 RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Other waterfowl reported included
210 TUNDRA SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, GADWALL, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, WIGEON,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. A pair of BARN OWLS
were seen flying into the picnic pavilion by the visitor center at dusk.
There was a peak count of 5 BALD EAGLES reported. Eight BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERONS were seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. 

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Port Mahon marsh, along with MARSH WREN. A
single SHORT-EARED OWL was seen flying by the fishing pier at dusk. A
SAW-WHET OWL was reported calling in downtown Dover.  YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER was also in Dover. BARRED OWL was reported at Big Stone Beach. The
previous reported Clay-colored sparrow was not found along Scott's Corner
Road, but BROWN THRASHER, FOX SPARROW, WINTER WREN, and PILEATED WOODPECKER
were found.

GREAT HORNED OWLS reported calling in Milford and Lewes. Two GREAT HORNED
OWLS were reported in a yard in Clayton. Four EASTERN SCREECH OWLS were
heard calling at Milford Neck Wildlife Area on Sunday. EASTERN SCREECH OWL
flew across Route 82 along the Red Clay Creek, south of Ashland Nature
Center on Wednesday night. Another EASTERN SCREECH OWL was photographed in a
yard near Yorklyn.

Two CACKLING GEESE were found at Hillside Mill cove on Hoopes Reservoir
among the thousands of CANADA GEESE. Also reported were BUFFLEHEAD, 18
LESSER SCAUP, 83 RING-NECKED DUCKS plus COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER.
CACKLING GOOSE was also seen on the fairways at DuPont Country Club near
Fairfax. The previous reported 9 PINE SISKINS are still coming to Jim and
Amy White's feeder in Yorklyn off of Center Mill Road. Middle Run Natural
Area near Newark had RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

The previous reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue be seen at Lum's Pond
State Park, south of Glasgow. These birds are still being seen in the Area 1
by the Go Ape training course. You can access this area off of Howell School
Road. Another adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported in Blackbird State
Forest off Dexter Corner Road along with a couple BROWN CREEPERS.

The previously reported 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS are still hanging in at Grier's
Pond near Thousand Acre Marsh on Dutch neck Road. A BUFFLEHEAD was seen at
Augustine Beach near Port Penn. Seven RUDDY DUCKS and DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT were reported at Battery Park in New Castle along with GRAY
CATBIRD and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including Greg Inskip,
Jessica Shahan, Mason Sieges, Armas Hill, Scott Reynolds, Andrew Harrington,
John Long, Andrew Albright, Tammy Schwaab, Marion Weidermann, Colin
Fluherty, Jerald Reb, David Fees, Randy Murphy, Rachael Shapiro, Ken Wat,
Teddy Burke, Jim Lenhard, Amy and Jim White, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg,
Derek Stoner, Carol Ralph,  Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver,
Alan Kneidel, Chandler Weigand, Tim Freiday, Joel Martin, Maurice Barnhill,
and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please call
your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:08:55 -0500
Any word on whether or not the owl has been seen today?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 22, 2016, at 8:06 PM, Bill Fintel  wrote:
> 
> I received a report with photos of a Snowy Owl at the Dover AMC museum this
> afternoon. I know the individual, Peter Zoll, and he is right on with bird
> identification. So you may want to follow up on this great sighting....
> 
> For Peter's photos see   http://billfintel.blogspot.com/
> 
> Bill Fintel
> Lewes, DE
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today
From: Dave <hiyadave AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:10:25 -0500
I wonder if he flew in on his own or hitched a ride on the biplane ...

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 8:06 PM, Bill Fintel 
wrote:

> I received a report with photos of a Snowy Owl at the Dover AMC museum this
> afternoon. I know the individual, Peter Zoll, and he is right on with bird
> identification. So you may want to follow up on this great sighting....
>
> For Peter's photos see   http://billfintel.blogspot.com/
>
> Bill Fintel
> Lewes, DE
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Subject: Snowy Owl at Dover AMC Museum today
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:06:51 -0500
I received a report with photos of a Snowy Owl at the Dover AMC museum this
afternoon. I know the individual, Peter Zoll, and he is right on with bird
identification. So you may want to follow up on this great sighting....

For Peter's photos see   http://billfintel.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Re: de-birds] Rusty Blackbird?
From: Joan M Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:25:22 -0500
Wonderful to hear, thanks to everyone who responded. 

Meghann  wrote:
>Sure is.  I've had them as yardbirds not too far from you, usually as part of 
a blackbird flock.  Nice spot! 

>
>Meghann Matwichuk
>
>Hockessin, DE
>
>
>On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:30 PM, Joan Wheeler  wrote:
>
>During my Project Feederwatch watch, I had a pile of male cowbirds in the
>hanging flat feeder (millet), who were then joined by a slightly larger
>bird with very similar coloring (but no brown head). It took me a moment to
>realize that it was not a cowbird, but it was not as large as a grackle.
>It wasn't iridescent like grackles, either, but it did have a yellow
>eye. It took me a while to realize that I was not seeing a "normal" feeder
>bird so did not get a photo.
>
>It pecked at the millet, then moved on to the shrubs.  It didn't hang
>around very long.
>
>I want to call this a Rusty Blackbird. Is that possible?
>
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From: Meghann <spyturtle008 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:40:27 -0500
Sure is.  I've had them as yardbirds not too far from you, usually as part
of a blackbird flock.  Nice spot!

Meghann Matwichuk
Hockessin, DE

On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:30 PM, Joan Wheeler 
wrote:

> During my Project Feederwatch watch, I had a pile of male cowbirds in the
> hanging flat feeder (millet), who were then joined by a slightly larger
> bird with very similar coloring (but no brown head). It took me a moment to
> realize that it was not a cowbird, but it was not as large as a grackle.
> It wasn't iridescent like grackles, either, but it did have a yellow
> eye. It took me a while to realize that I was not seeing a "normal" feeder
> bird so did not get a photo.
>
> It pecked at the millet, then moved on to the shrubs.  It didn't hang
> around very long.
>
> I want to call this a Rusty Blackbird. Is that possible?
>
> Joan Wheeler
> Glasgow, DE
> sojourner143 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Rusty Blackbird?
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:30:15 -0500
During my Project Feederwatch watch, I had a pile of male cowbirds in the
hanging flat feeder (millet), who were then joined by a slightly larger
bird with very similar coloring (but no brown head). It took me a moment to
realize that it was not a cowbird, but it was not as large as a grackle.
It wasn't iridescent like grackles, either, but it did have a yellow
eye. It took me a while to realize that I was not seeing a "normal" feeder
bird so did not get a photo.

It pecked at the millet, then moved on to the shrubs.  It didn't hang
around very long.

I want to call this a Rusty Blackbird. Is that possible?

Joan Wheeler
Glasgow, DE
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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:01 -0500
It’s been about a week since I last saw this Great Horned Owl. While walking 
through the woods today I was surprised to see this owl high in the top of a 
tree. He would fly from tree to tree as if he was following me. I wasn’t 
anywhere near their nest, if fact I was going in the opposite direction. I 
don’t believe he would actually swoop down toward my head, but I still keep 
my eye on him just in case. I did have one moment that startled me a little 
today. As I turned heading for home I had to walk under the tree where he was 
perched when all of a sudden I heard a crash behind me. He had been perched on 
a dead limb and when he took off it broke off landing behind me. It wasn’t a 
huge limb, but I would imagine it could have done some damage if it had landed 
on my head. I won’t be doing that again. 


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Everyone stay safe this weekend!

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE


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Subject: Pileateds
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:21:48 -0500
I live in Brandywine 100 and every year a pileated woodpecker comes to our
neighborhood.  It calls and calls and calls.  Once it decides that this is
not a good "hook up" place he/she moves on.  I am glad to hear that two
were able to find each other.

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Subject: Brown Creeper
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:05:10 -0500
This Brown Creeper, ID provided by Derek Stoner, showed up this morning while I 
was trying to photograph woodpeckers. 


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Thanks for looking and thank you Derek!

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE

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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:40:37 -0500
Captured this Red-bellied Woodpecker this morning in Clayton, DE

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Clayton, DE

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Subject: Pileated
From: Lloyd <patch10 AT MAIERASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:54:59 -0500
I am watching a pair of pileated woodpeakers right outside my window.  
I've never seen two together before.
I'm in Oakwood Hills backing up to Quail Ridge near McKean High school.

Lloyd Maier

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Subject: Black-capped Chickadee
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:03:50 -0500
A little warmer today with strong wind gusts, but that didn't keep a few 
Black-capped Chickadees from perching in our Japanese Magnolia Tree while 
visiting their feeders along with a few Dark-eyed “Slate-colored” 
Junko’s. 


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Subject: REMINDER - DOS Meeting Tomorrow Night featuring "What Do Birds Eat?" with Ashley Kennedy
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:01:07 -0600
Before the snow hits, how about spending an informative evening with DOS and 
forget about buying your milk and bread for a moment?? Join DOS tomorrow, 
January 20th to learn about how citizen science in contributing to bird 
conservation in a new and exciting way! 



And while you're at it, how about bringing a friend to the meeting! Meetings 
are, as always, free and open to anyone that wants to join us! 


What Do Birds Eat? Examining bird dietary choices to improve avian conservation 
efforts 


Although insects serve as a vital food source for most terrestrial bird 
species, particularly while breeding, we still don't know much about which 
insects birds prefer as prey. To address this, Doug Tallamy's lab at the 
University of Delaware has launched a citizen science project inviting birders 
across the country to contribute photos of birds with insects in their bills. A 
better understanding of avian food webs will help us better manage landscapes 
for avian conservation. Join Ashley as she provides some insight into this 
important component of bird conservation. 


Ashley Kennedy is a first-year entomology PhD student in Doug Tallamy's lab 
at the University of Delaware. Although new to birding, she is trained in 
insect taxonomy and identification and excited to learn more about how birds 
and insects interact. 


Delmarva Ornithological Society - January 20 Meeting

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



Meeting begins at 7:30 PM 


Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE

More details at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/jan-20-700-pm-birds-eat-examining-bird-dietary-choices-improve-avian-conservation-efforts/ 


I hope to see many of you there!

Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair
Middletown, DE

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Subject: Mid-winter bird walk - Blue Ball Barn
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:37:25 -0500
Finally we have some winter weather appropriate to a Mid-winter bird walk! Wear 
your long johns and your warmest jacket, and join me at Blue Ball Barn on 
Wednesday morning as we look for winter birds in the fields and forests of 
Alapocas Woods. We will take the time to look for common birds, so if you 
aren’t sure if its a titmouse and you want some basics, you would be welcome. 
If you can pick out a Pine Sisken by its flight call, you would be welcome as 
well - in fact, that would add to our day list, for sure. We will have great 
looks at one of the tallest ice/water falls in Delaware, and you may get a 
chance look for cryptic birds hiding in the Winter foliage. 



Join us:    Blue Ball Barn, off of Rt 202 and 141.     8:30 am

Sally O’Byrne
302-584-4783

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Subject: Late afternoon Barred Owl
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:02:10 -0500
Went out yesterday afternoon looking for small birds, but only saw a few 
white-throated sparrows and a elusive red-breasted woodpecker. On the way out 
of woods a male Barred Owl landed in a tree close by. It only took him a couple 
minutes to decide I wasn’t all that interesting so off he flew heading back 
to his nest. The female hasn’t been out of the nest lately so hoping someone 
more familiar with Barred Owls can tell me when Barred Owl lay her eggs. Either 
way, I won’t go near the nest in fear they will move on or if there are eggs 
they might freeze. 



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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 15th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:01:20 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 15, 2016
* DEST1601.15
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Forster's Tern
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Horned Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
ORNAGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
Nelson's sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 15, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, January 15th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list is up to
157 species.

This has been a great week for birding in the state. The previously reported
drake HARLEQUIN DUCK and hen COMMON EIDER were seen at Indian River Inlet.
Also seen were 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, NORTHERN GANNET, GREAT CORMORANT, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON.
15 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the jetty along with RUDDY TURNSTONE and
SANDERLING. The previous reported first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was seen flying
over the South Campground. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the North
Inlet beach. Approximately 400 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were found at the inlet on
Thursday with a FORSTER'S TERN. The previously reported LITTLE GULL was not
seen this week, but one was reported at the Delaware Bayshore in Cape May
instead.

The marsh from the South Campground at Indian River Inlet produced NELSON'S
SPARROW along with SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SPARROW. Also reported was SEDGE
and MARSH WREN. The previous reported PRAIRIE WARBLER continues to be seen
at the North Marina along with a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. A TRICOLORED HERON
was seen flying over the North Marina at Bottom Hills Drain. BUFFLEHEAD and
a female COMMON GOLDENEYE were reported at Burton's Island. Savages Ditch at
Delaware Seashore State Park had HORNED GREBE and 50 SURF SCOTERS on the
ocean side. On the bayside were 70 BRANT, 100 BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER and a single LONG-TAILED DUCK. Shorebirds included 4 BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, 500 DUNLIN, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Also seen were 2 FOX SPARROWS.

There is been a big flock of blackbirds reported off 13 Curves Rd. at Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Yesterday, that flock produced a
single BREWER'S BLACKBIRD plus 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. This is the first
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD seen in the state in five years, which use to be a
regular occurring species near the town of Leipsic. This habitat is
excellent for BREWER'S with farm yards and cattle pens. Also reported at
Prime Hook were ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE. A total of 12 WOOD DUCKS were
reported, with AMERICAN COOT, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. 31 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were reported at the Broadkill Marsh with GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SANDERLING,
and DUNLIN. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was reported along the Prime Hook Beach
Road along with GREAT EGRET. PURPLE FINCH and PILEATED WOODPECKER was also
reported at Prime Hook Beach Road. CLAPPER RAIL was reported at Oyster Rocks
Road.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported at Wolfs Neck Sewage Treatment Plant
near Midway along with 4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS plus 75 NORTHERN SHOVELER.
Wolfe's Neck has limited access and is not open on weekends. Silver Lake in
Rehoboth Beach had CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. A
BROWN THRASHER was reported on Angola Neck, plus a report of a SAW-WHET OWL.
LESSER SCAUP were reported at Gravel Hill's Pond. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
has been seen intermittently at Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach since
Christmas.

A peak count of 3 EURASIAN WIGEONS with of 170 AMERICAN WIGEONS was reported
at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Other waterfowl included
MUTE SWAN, CACKLING GOOSE, 300 GADWALL, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and 20
HOODED MERGANSERS with PIED-BILLED GREBE. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and PILEATED
WOODPECKER were found at Assawoman along with a PINE WARBLER.

PINE SISKIN and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were reported at Cape Henlopen State
Park along with the omnipresent BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES. HORNED GREBE, SURF
SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and BONAPARTE'S GULL were also reported at
Cape Henlopen. A peak count of 10 GREAT EGRETS were seen at Gordon's Pond,
at the south side of Cape Henlopen State Park. Also reported were
PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and FORSTER'S
TERN. The woods at Gordon's Pond had BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and a GRAY
CATBIRD.

A "EURASIAN" GREEN WINGED TEAL was photographed on Saturday at Bear Swamp in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird was seen at the
northeast corner of the pool. A late GREAT EGRET continues to be seen at
Bombay Hook. Waterfowl seen included CACKLING GOOSE, 135 TUNDRA SWAN,
GADWALL, SHOVELER, 30 AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and 18
COMMON MERGANSER. Shorebirds included a high count of 21 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, plus GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a WESTERN SANDPIPER. Large flocks of
HORNED LARK are being seen along Whitehall Neck Road, with 55 AMERICAN
PIPITS. A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen at a feeder in Cheswold along with
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

A sparrow photographed near Big Stone Beach along Scott's Corner Road in
Milford Neck Wildlife Area today appears to be a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. Good
numbers of waterfowl were seen at Big Stone Beach, all three species of
SCOTER were reported plus 75 GREATER and 4 LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON
and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RED-THROATED LOON, and 3 NORTHERN GANNETS.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the beach. Shorebirds included GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN. Seven BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen
in the woods along with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. A
COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen at Bennett's Pier along with SURF SCOTER,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RED-THROATED LOON, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.

The previous reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in New Castle County.
Two were seen at Blackbird State Forest along Maryland Line Road. One was a
stunning adult with full red head. Another subadult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER
with nearly complete red head continues to be seen at Lum's Pond State Park
at Area 1 near the Go Ape training course. 

Two LITTLE BLUE HERONS continue to be seen at Grier's Pond on Dutch Neck
Road at Thousand Acre Marsh. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen at the Aston
Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh off Thorntown Road. BUFFLEHEAD and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were reported at the Port Penn Impoundments. Noxontown
Pond near Middletown had 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES plus RUDDY DUCK and both
RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSER. Owl reports included BARRED OWL at
Augustine Creek plus both SCREECH and GREAT HORNED OWL.

A drake CANVASBACK was seen on Newark Reservoir on Wednesday along with MUTE
SWAN and BONAPARTE'S GULL. RED-SHOULDERED and COOPER'S HAWKS plus SAVANNAH
SPARROW were also reported. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also reported at the
University of Delaware's Townsend Hall this week. Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were
found at the Ag farm along with a flyover BALD EAGLE. Also seen were
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and HERMIT THRUSH. Middle
Run Wildlife Area near Newark had FOX SPARROW.

A PURPLE FINCH and several PINE SISKINS continue be seen at the White's
feeder near Yorklyn also Center Mill Road. WINTER WREN and COOPER'S HAWK
were reported at Ashland Nature Center along with a flyover flock of 90 SNOW
GEESE. 

Hoope's Reservoir in Greenville had 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES along with
RINGNECKED DUCK, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Harry's Pond at Brandywine
Town Center had 5 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and an AMERICAN
COOT. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park along with
EASTERN BLUEBIRD and GRAY CATBIRD. A PINE WARBLER has been coming to a
feeder in Brandywine Hundred off Weldin Road. GREAT CORMORANTS were seen on
the green channel marker in the Delaware river off I-495 in Claymont. A
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and GRAY CATBIRD were also seen off the Broad Dike trail
at Old New Castle. 

Lots falcon reports were reported this week. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen
chasing pigeons and starlings over Christiana Hospital near Stanton. Another
PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the Reedy Point Bridge. A MERLIN was seen
flying over the White's yard in Yorklyn. AMERICAN KESTREL was reported at
Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area, near Greenwood at Todd's Chapel Road, and along
Bakersfield Road near Milton. Another MERLIN was reported in downtown
Rehoboth Beach.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including Earl Blansfield,
Vince Gambel, Ken Rosenthal, Andy McGann, Mary Erickson, Bill Stewart,
Carlton Groff, Jerald Reb, Kathleen Foster, Mary EricksonDavid Fees, Randy
Murphy, Matt Delpizzo, Frank Marenghi, John Baird, David Farner, Robert
Blye, Rachael Shapiro, Ken Wat, Teddy Burke, Jim Lenhard, Chris and Karen
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Amy and Jim White, Jeff  and Liz Gordon, Kelley
Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Mike Bowen, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Chris
Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Alan Kneidel, Alex Lamoreaux, Chandler
Weigand, Tim Freiday, Joel Martin, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell.
Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into
302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy
Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow - Milford Neck
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:11:22 -0500
A Clay-colored Sparrow was photographed today by Eric Blansfield near the 
intersection of Scott's Corner Rd and Rd 123; near Milford Neck Wildlife Area. 
It is entirely possible that the bird will stay in the same general area and 
could be worth investigating. This report was gleaned from the Delaware Birding 
Facebook page. 


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Subject: DOS/SBC Sea Watch
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:49:48 -0500
The previously scheduled Sea Watch field trip scheduled for this Saturday
HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY.  The sea watch is held at the Southeast Day Area
of Delaware Seashore State Park - that is the big parking lot and bathhouse
on the south side of Indian River Inlet - from 8 am to Noon.  Leaders for
this trip are Chris Bennett and Anthony Gonzon.  We usually set up in the
northernmost pedestrian crossing - but the severe scarping to the dunes
caused by the October storm caused the park staff to close the crossings.
If the crossing has been repaired we will set up in the crossing (it
provides an elevated viewing platform and can offer some protection from
the wind) so look for us there first.  If the crossing is still closed we
will set up the watch at the north end of the dunes next to the inlet.  To
get to this spot take the paved walkway (between the fenced in area with
the big crane and the portable toilets) towards the inlet, walk towards the
ocean and look for us among the dredge pipes.  The survey is a count of all
the birds we see passing north and south of the inlet so we count
everything.  During previous surveys we have seen lots of sea ducks - Surf
and Black Scoters (and occasionally a few White-winged), Scaup, Long-tailed
Duck, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common and Red-throated Loons,
Northern Gannets and Great Cormorant.  In addition to these birds we hope
to see the continuing Harlequin Duck and Common Eider, Glaucous, Iceland,
Black-headed and/or Little Gull and Razorbill.

I apologize for the change in date - but hope that you can still come out
and join us.  You can come out for the entire four hours or just hang out
with us for part of the survey.  The first two hours usually produce the
majority of the birds we see, though on the flip side, we often get a nice
surprise in the last hour (one time it was a little gull and another time
it was an Eared Grebe.)  Anthony and I look forward to seeing you.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE

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Subject: Jan 20 DOS Meeting - What Do Birds Eat?
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2016 16:07:16 -0700
Recuperating from Christmas Bird Counts??  A little fatigued from the holiday 
season??  Join DOS this month on Wednesday, January 20th to learn about how 
citizen science in contributing to bird conservation in a new and exciting way! 


And while you’re at it, how about bringing a friend to the meeting!  
Meetings are, as always, free and open to anyone that wants to join us! 


What Do Birds Eat? Examining bird dietary choices to improve avian conservation 
efforts 


Although insects serve as a vital food source for most terrestrial bird 
species, particularly while breeding, we still don’t know much about which 
insects birds prefer as prey. To address this, Doug Tallamy’s lab at the 
University of Delaware has launched a citizen science project inviting birders 
across the country to contribute photos of birds with insects in their bills. A 
better understanding of avian food webs will help us better manage landscapes 
for avian conservation.  Join Ashley as she provides some insight into this 
important component of bird conservation. 


Ashley Kennedy is a first-year entomology PhD student in Doug Tallamy’s lab 
at the University of Delaware. Although new to birding, she is trained in 
insect taxonomy and identification and excited to learn more about how birds 
and insects interact. 


Delmarva Ornithological Society - January 20 Meeting

7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share
for our Social 1/2 hour) Meeting begins at 7:30 PM Ashland Nature Center -
Hockessin, DE

More details at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/jan-20-700-pm-birds-eat-examining-bird-dietary-choices-improve-avian-conservation-efforts/ 


I hope to see many of you there!

Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair
Middletown, DE

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