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1 Apr Black Vulture Hatching Now [Bob Bryant ]
1 Apr Local notes [Colin Campbell ]
1 Apr SESA [Nancy Cunningham ]
1 Apr RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 31st, 2017 [Andrew ednie ]
29 Mar Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Mar Pine Warbler at our feeders [Joan Wheeler ]
29 Mar Middle Run Tree Planting this Saturday April 1st [Tim Freiday ]
28 Mar Spring Migration [Rob Blye ]
28 Mar Barred Owls have returned [Jerry ]
28 Mar Osprey returns to nest [Maureen McFadden ]
28 Mar Yellow-throated Warblers [Rodney Murray ]
28 Mar Re: de-birds Digest - 25 Mar 2017 to 27 Mar 2017 (#2017-67) [susan ruth marengo ]
27 Mar Re: Raptor Migration Today [Jerald Reb ]
27 Mar Raptor Migration Today [Jerald Reb ]
25 Mar Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Mar 2017) 288 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Mar Veolia [Colin Campbell ]
18 Mar RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 17th, 2017 [Andrew ednie ]
18 Mar Painted Bunting [Debbie Beer ]
11 Mar DOS March Meeting 3/15: What eBird can do for you & what you can do for eBird [Anthony Gonzon ]
11 Mar Herb Cutler [Andrew ednie ]
11 Mar RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 10th, 2017 [Andrew ednie ]
27 Feb Pink-Footed Goose- yes! [Sharon Lynn ]
27 Feb Heron Survey dates and Falcon Cam [Andrew Homsey ]
27 Feb Re: de-birds Digest - 24 Feb 2017 to 25 Feb 2017 (#2017-44) ["sheilaannand ." ]
26 Feb Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago [Jerald Reb ]
26 Feb Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago [Jerald Reb ]
26 Feb Re: Pink-footed Goose in Milford [Colin Campbell ]
26 Feb Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago [Jerald Reb ]
26 Feb Pink footed Goose from two days ago [Michael Moore ]
26 Feb Re: Pink-footed Goose in Milford [Jerald Reb ]
26 Feb Pink-footed Goose in Milford [Michael Moore ]
25 Feb Eurasian Collared-Dove in Selbyville [ ]
24 Feb Live video of black vulture nest. [Bob Bryant ]
24 Feb Snow Buntings at Cape Henlopen [Bob Bryant ]
24 Feb A DE Big Day [Colin Campbell ]
23 Feb Red-headed Woodpecker [Nancy Cunningham ]
23 Feb First Pine Warbler of the Season ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
22 Feb shrike continues, Sussex Co. - 2/21 [Billy Weber ]
22 Feb Live video of black vultures- Indeed an egg tonight [Bob Bryant ]
21 Feb Live video of black vultures- Perhaps an egg tonight [Bob Bryant ]
21 Feb Live video of black vultures- Perhaps an egg tonight [Bob Bryant ]
20 Feb Sandhill cranes, Worcester Co, MD ["T.J. Myers" ]
19 Feb Middle Run Valley Park - Update [Tim Freiday ]
19 Feb Reedy point bridge is closed [Andy Urquhart ]
18 Feb Bombay Hook and area [Marie Gardner ]
18 Feb collared Snow Geese [Joe Hanfman ]
18 Feb snow geese [Lloyd ]
17 Feb An invitation - Join us on a Presidential Bird Walk on President's Day! [Bill Stewart ]
17 Feb RSHA [Colin Campbell ]
16 Feb Loon at Augustine [Debbie Beer ]
14 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count [joe sebastiani ]
14 Feb Northern Shrike [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
14 Feb DOS meeting reminder - Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review [Anthony Gonzon ]
12 Feb Iceland Gull on UD Farm [Katherine Bird ]
12 Feb Yellow-headed Blackbird on Staves Landing Road [ ]
11 Feb Birds around Felton Today [Jerald Reb ]
11 Feb DOS Annual Chili Night & CBC Wrap-up [Anthony Gonzon ]
10 Feb RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 10th, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
8 Feb not SNOW but SNGO [Kevin Bronson ]
8 Feb Belted Kingfisher [Jerry ]
8 Feb GWFG and others at Raymond Pool Bombay Hook NWR [Kevin Bronson ]
7 Feb American Birding Association Seeks Headquarters Manager ["Bell, Tyler" ]
7 Feb Great Horned Owl [Jerry ]
5 Feb Razorbills [Nancy Cunningham ]
4 Feb St.Anne's Pond Levels RD Middletown [ ]
3 Feb RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 3rd, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
3 Feb Black-backed Oriole in PA [Jerald Reb ]
3 Feb Red-breasted Nuthatch - Hockessin, DE [Amy White ]
29 Jan Re: Common Raven ["sally o'byrne" ]
29 Jan Re: Common Raven [Jerald ]
29 Jan Common Raven [Ken Wat ]
28 Jan A good yard morning [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
28 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 27th, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
25 Jan Seeking Redheads at Newark Reservoir, New Castle DE [Debbie Beer ]
24 Jan Keep an eye out for the one-eyed GBBG in New Castle County [Andrew McGann ]
21 Jan First bird of the Trump era [Rodney Murray ]

Subject: Black Vulture Hatching Now
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:20:54 -0400
The first of two black vulture eggs laid in a shed near Middle Run that is 
monitored by Tri-State Bird Rescue has begun to hatch. The pip was first seen 
about 4:45 PM today. Motion was seen on the other side of the egg shell as the 
chick began what will probably be a strenuous, 25 to 30 hour hatching sequence. 
Real time video is streaming at http://chimneyswifts.net/tristate/ . 


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Subject: Local notes
From: Colin Campbell <birder72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:46:03 -0400
I scoped a couple of places of local interest (to me, anyway) today.

The channel marker in the Delaware River at Claymont, visible from Gov.
Printz Blvd at Rolling Road, held 22 Cormorants. The 5 on the top level
were Great Cs, all having the breeding white thigh patch and face and pale
bills. The lower decks had 17 Double-crested Cs, a few of which sported
obvious double crests. The concrete base had stick nests and, as I watched,
a DCCO came in and added 'stuff''. They have nested here the past few years
and seem increasingly to be colonizing coastal locations northwards.
Another Great C came in with a fish and fed another adult on the structure
top. Hmm. A sign of pairing off? They are slowly expanding their breeding
range south from their Canadian strongholds into coastal New England. A
somewhat large gap twixt there and here, but I'll keep an eye open - they
have been reported in DE as late as the first week in May.

I've been watching the Bald Eagle nest on Gov Printz Blvd, on the top of
the cellphone tower high above Ellmore Auto (next door to the Post Office),
for some time. I think they built it last year but failed to breed
successfully. Earlier today I watched an adult ripping a fish apart and
feeding it to an invisible someone in the nest. A few hours later, I tried
again. The best place to see this nest - at least, to have a chance of
seeing what's in it - is by scope from the entrance to Fox Point SP. On the
second sighting, the wee reptilian head and shoulders of a chick begging
for more food was, for me, the equivalent of seeing a new DE species. I was
ecstatic. Surely this must be one of the most urban eagle nests in New
Castle Co? And now, a successful one!

The Osprey circling over Bellevue SP, normally a great sight at any time,
paled in comparison. We need an Osprey platform at a proper location at Fox
Point SP (the sign for the old, useless one is still there) and ....
perhaps now at Bellevue SP?

Colin Campbell
Claymont, DE

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Subject: SESA
From: Nancy Cunningham <nancy_c8899 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:11:07 +0000
There's about 30 or so Semipalmated Sandpipers working the field where Prime 
Hook Rd & Cods Rd intersect. Also Kildeer and Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs. 


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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 31st, 2017
From: Andrew ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:24:49 -0400
RBA

* Delaware

* Statewide

*March 31, 2017

* DEST1703. 31

            

*Birds mentioned

Brant

Snow Goose

Ross's Goose

Tundra Swan

Mute Swan 

Wood Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon

Northern Shoveler

EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Ring-necked Pheasant

Red-throated Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Northern Gannet

BROWN BOOBY

Great Cormorant

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Virginia Rail

Clapper Rail

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

American Oystercatcher

American Avocet

Black-bellied Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Purple Sandpiper 

Pectoral Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Razorbill

DOVEKIE

Bonaparte's Gull

Laughing Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Iceland Gull

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Eurasian Collared Dove 

Great Horned Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Purple Martin

White-eyed Vireo

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Winter Wren

Marsh Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

American Pipit 

Louisiana Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Pine Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

PAINTED BUNTING

Eastern Meadowlark

Rusty Blackbird

Purple Finch

 

Hotline: Birdline Delaware

Date: March 31, 2017

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 March 31st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to exactly 200 species this week. New arrivals included SNOWY and
CATTLE EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CASPIAN TERN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and
BARN SWALLOW, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, plus YELLOW-THROATED and PRAIRIE WARBLER.

 

The previously reported male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen in
northern Delaware. This bird is being seen at 1853 Dixie Line Rd., south of
Newark. To reach this location, take Route 896 south from I-95 in Newark to
Old Baltimore Pike. Turn west onto Old Baltimore Pike and drive to the north
turn onto Dixie Line Road. The house is on the west side, look for the
feeders on the porch. This male PAINTED BUNTING makes intermittent visits to
the feeders but sometimes disappears for several hours. The homeowner has
been accommodating to birders and accepting donations of bird seed.

 

Another new bird this weekend was a BROWN BOOBY on a tugboat off Reedy Point
below Delaware City on Saturday. The bird was photographed sitting on the
railing of the Linda Morton tugboat out on the Delaware River, but
reportedly the bird flew off at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon not to be
seen again. The best place for looking for the BOOBY on the boats was from
the Reedy Point jetty. A flock of 19 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen in the
inlet on Sunday. OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, and PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at the
Reedy Point Bridge.

 

The Heron watch at Veterans Park in Delaware City on Wednesday night found
the first CATTLE EGRET and LITTLE BLUE HERONS of the season. Count totals
included 15 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 11 CATTLE EGRETS, 21 SNOWY EGRETS, 120 GREAT
EGRETS, and 12 GLOSSY IBIS. Also reported was RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, and BALD EAGLE.

 

A EURASIAN "COMMON" GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the Ashton Tract at
Thousand Acre Marsh, along with MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, COMMON MERGANSER, and AMERICAN COOTS. Birds at the Ashton Tract on
Saturday included VIRGINIA RAIL and GLOSSY IBIS. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
was reported with PINE WARBLER and WINTER WREN. The first CASPIAN TERN of
the season was found at the Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach with 2
LAUGHING GULLS. The mud flats at the Port Penn impoundments have provided
excellent habitat for shorebirds including 9 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS with
DUNLIN, 35 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 25 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 65 WILSON'S SNIPE.
Red throated Loon was seen at AUGUSTINE BEACH. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was
seen along Dutch Neck Road. A dozen WILSON'S SNIPE plus GREEN-WINGED TEAL
were found at Grier's Pond.

 

Heading downstate, a DOVEKIE was reported at Indian River Inlet briefly on
Saturday. RAZORBILL continues to be seen at the inlet along with BLACK
SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and HORNED GREBE. GREAT
CORMORANT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, and SANDERLING were reported
on the jetty. Offshore, a big flock of NORTHERN GANNETS were seen, with an
estimated count of over 300 birds. A big flock of over 100 BRANT were seen
at Burtons Island along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, GREAT EGRET, and both
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE.

 

The first true neotropical migrants have arrived back in Delaware. New
sightings this week included LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES at Ponders Tract near
Georgetown, plus at Trap Pond State Park, and Hitch Pond Branch near Laurel.
Other WARBLERS at Trap Pond included YELLOW-THROATED, YELLOW-RUMPED, and
PINE plus CHIPPING SPARROW, WINTER WREN and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was found at Ellis Pond. Four WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
were found in the farm fields along Wooten Road, between Trap and Trussum
Pond. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was also seen at the Pete Gum Tract of the
Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and PINE WARBLER were at the Big Fields
area of the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel.

 

A single EURASIAN WIGEON was found with AMERICAN WIGEON at Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. MUTE SWAN was seen at Mulberry Landing
along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL. On the ponds were 40 RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, and HORNED GREBE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, PILEATED WOODPECKER,
and PINE WARBLER were found in the woods. EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen
again this week along McCabe Street in Selbyville.

 

A pair of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were reported at feeders along coastal
Delaware. One ORANGE-CROWNED was seen at Lewes and the other was seen at Bay
Vista. Herring Creek on Angola Neck had 8 GREAT plus 4 SNOWY EGRETS along
with CLAPPER RAIL and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

 

The first SNOWY EGRET of the season was seen at Broadkill Beach along with
150 AMERICAN AVOCETS and PEREGRINE FALCON. GREAT HORNED OWL was seen nesting
on the Osprey platform at Island Farms. The first YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER of
the season was reported at Turkle Pond near Prime Hook headquarters along
WITH PINE WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE. Only WILD TURKEY was seen along Cods
Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, no PINK-FOOTED
GOOSE was reported this week. Good numbers of shorebirds are being to be
seen at Fowler's Beach including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN,
and both YELLOWLEGS. There were 5 BONAPARTE'S GULLS along with FORSTER'S
TERN reported on the flats. MARSH WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, SAVANNAH SPARROW,
and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen along the edges. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER
continues to be seen at Mispillion Inlet.

 

Over 1000 NORTHERN GANNET were reported off Fowler's Beach in Delaware Bay
on Sunday. There's been a huge influx of NORTHERN GANNET along the coast
this week with birds seen up into the Delaware Bay at SHORTS BEACH and the
DUPONT NATURE CENTER at Mispillion Inlet. 800 GANNETS were reported at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk watch in Cape Henlopen State Park. 75 GANNETS were as far
north as Little Creek Wildlife Management Area from the central tower in
Kent County.

 

Six PIPING PLOVERS were reported at The Point at Cape Henlopen along with
100 BRANT plus AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and SANDERLING. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
was seen at the Seaside Nature Center. The first PRAIRIE WARBLER of the year
was found at the north end of the Gordon's Pond Trail along with BLUEGRAY
GNATCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and 8 PINE WARBLERS. 100 SNOW
GEESE continue be seen on Gordon's Pond along with PIED-BILLED GREBE.

 

Large numbers of seabirds use the mouth of Delaware Bay as a Spring staging
ground for their northern migration, birders from the Cape May-Lewes ferry
reported 400 SURF, 600 BLACK and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS along with
RED-THROATED LOON and GANNET. In immature ICELAND GULL was seen along the
Breakwater jetty from the ferry along with BRANT BONAPARTE'S GULL, FORSTER'S
TERN, and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

 

More waterfowl were reported at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area this
week including over 700 GREEN-WINGED TEAL with several BLUE-WINGED TEAL and
WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. BONAPARTE'S and
LAUGHING GULLS were seen at the impoundments. PINE WARBLER, BROWN THRASHER,
FOX SPARROW, plus RUBY -ROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were found in the
woods.

 

The first SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER of the season was found at Shearness Pool
in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. 150 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were seen at Raymond Pool. Also reported was PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, and WILSON'S SNIPE. Six BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at
Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. A single ROSS'S GOOSE with SNOW GEESE was
seen at Raymond point. Both MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER
SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE were
seen at Shearness Pool. Six GREAT EGRET were seen along the auto route along
with over 400 GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus 300 NORTHERN SHOVELER. The first
WHITE-EYED VIREO the season was seen behind Finis Pool along Raymond Neck
Road. Four AMERICAN KESTRELS were reported along the Smyrna-Leipsic Road.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen this week at the feeders by the Bombay Hook
visitor center. WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS were also reported in Cheswold and
Smyrna. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also found at this latter location.

 

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were reported at Ashland Nature Center and
Hoope's Reservoir. Two male PURPLE FINCH were seen Wednesday at the bird
blind at Ashland along with RUSTY BLACKBIRD. WOOD DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER,
and OSPREY was seen flying over Red Clay Creek. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was
reported at the White's feeder along Center Mill Road. Waterfowl reported at
Hoope's Reservoir included 2 LESSER SCAUP along the Route 82 Causeway. Other
waterfowl included BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, AMERICAN WIGEON, WOOD DUCK,
and PIED-BILLED GREBE. 

 

Three REDHEADS included two drakes were reported at Newark Reservoir. A male
LONG-TAILED DUCK was also reported along with COMMON MERGANSER. This area is
also a good place to see migrating raptors including RED SHOULDERED HAWK and
MERLIN. Two PURPLE Martins were seen it Glasgow. A BARN SWALLOW was seen
with a flock of TREE SWALLOWS at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on
Saturday. There was also an incredible count of 214 WOOD DUCK flying out of
the Horseshoe Pond at Middle Run Saturday morning along with GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, COMMON MERGANSER, and flyover KILLDEER. BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE
continues to be reported at Middle Run this week along with YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, CHIPPING and FOX SPARROW plus a flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. TUNDRA
SWAN was seen flying over at the University of Delaware ag farm. Seven
WILSON'S SNIPE were found at the pond. Three PINE WARBLERS plus BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continue be coming to a feeder in
Brookside, south of Newark. BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEE continues to be seen also
at the Summit bridge area of the C&D canal zone. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was
reported at Lums Pond State Park. GREAT EGRET and RUDDY DUCK were found on
Lums Pond.

 

A single CANVASBACK and HORNED GREBE were found at Harry's Pond at the
Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. GREEN-WINGED TEAL and COMMON
MERGANSER were found at Brandywine Creek State Park. OSPREY and NORTHERN
HARRIER was seen flying over the fields by the entrance to the park. WOOD
DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER were also found at Breck's Mill along the
Brandywine Creek. The PEREGRINE FALCONS in downtown Wilmington are now
incubating five eggs from their nest box on the Brandywine building
overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

 

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Judy Montgomery,
Teddy Burke, Dane Hauser, Sally Fintel, Marie Dziembowska, Jason Wood, Kurt
Davis, Barry blust, Zach Baer, Richard Julian, Chris Bennett, Anthony
Gonzon, Colin Campbell, Dean Coffin, Marie Gardner, Brian McCaffrey, Keith
Leonard, David Fees, Terry Chike, Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin,
Nancy Cunningham, Bob Edelen, Rob Blye, Jason Wood, John Long, Dick
Plambeck, Mike Moore, Joe Sebastiani, Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig,
Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa
Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Hank Davis, John Skibicki, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Rachel Shapiro, Nancy Goggin, Tim Freiday,
Frank Lenik, Joe Russell, and Joe Swertinski. 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: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Mar 2017) 16 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:56:23 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2017
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             28             28
Turkey Vulture               9            261            261
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                   0             10             10
Northern Harrier             1              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2              6              6
Merlin                       1              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                      16            331            331
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 1 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman

Visitors:
1


Weather:
wind N 13, temp 12c

Raptor Observations:
Osprey, 2 B. Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:

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




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Subject: Pine Warbler at our feeders
From: Joan Wheeler <sojourner143 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:30:39 -0400
Yesterday, we had a Pine Warbler at our sunflower and suet feeders in
Glasgow.
Joan Wheeler

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Subject: Middle Run Tree Planting this Saturday April 1st
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:14:22 -0400
Hello DE Birders, 

Last Saturday was our volunteer preparation day for the Middle Run Spring 2017 
tree planting which is coming up this Saturday, April 1st. We had an excellent 
morning of birding, with over 50 species recorded. Any time you get more than 
50 species at Middle Run, it’s safe to say migration is happening. We had 
many tree swallows, first of year chipping sparrows and barn swallow. We had a 
couple groups of flyover Common Mergansers, and had Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, 
and Cooper’s Hawk along with American Kestrel. 


One interesting finding was the discovery of a freshly killed but not eaten 
Barn Owl. It had severe puncture wounds, and we hypothesized that it was killed 
by a Great Horned Owl. We have at least one pair of Great-Horned Owls nesting 
in that area, and they are very territorial birds. They also likely have young 
right now making them even more aggressive. While it is sad that the Barn Owl 
was killed, it is very interesting to know that they do occur in the area. 


The crown jewel of our birding last Saturday however came from the super secret 
Horseshoe Pond. We took participants there for a survey of the roosting Wood 
Ducks, and had an amazing 215 Wood Ducks take off from the Pond. This is the 
highest concentration of Wood Ducks I have ever seen by far. If volunteers this 
Saturday are interested in checking the Horseshoe Pond out, we will arrange a 
field trip to the pond at a later date. 


The tree planting this Saturday will take place this Saturday April 1st rain or 
shine, and it looks like it will rain so dress accordingly. Rubber boots and 
rain gear are recommended. The planting will begin at 9:00 AM, and we will 
check the field for birds briefly at 8:00 AM. This planting will take place in 
the fields oat the intersection of Polly Drummond Road and Smith Mill Road. The 
nearest street address is: 


385 Polly Drummond Hill Rd
Newark, DE 19711
39.722978, -75.712154

If you are coming from the west, be sure to take Polly Drummond Road as Smith 
Mill Road does not go through. All are welcome and we ask that if you have a 
shovel, an empty gallon jug, and work gloves that you please bring them. We 
will have some of these items available to those who don’t have them. Light 
snacks and refreshments will also be provided. The planting will finish up 
around noon; be prepared for a morning of camaraderie and good stewardship of 
the land! 


Happy Birding,
Tim Freiday
Middle Run Project Coordinator

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Subject: Spring Migration
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:26:33 -0400
My wife and I went to Cape Henlopen State Park this morning for the first
of year Tuesday morning bird walk on the north end of Gordon's Pond trail
led by Richard Julian. We were greeted by a few new arrivals including two
prairie warblers that we heard singing, a brown thrasher, at least one
osprey, a tree swallow and one blue grey gnatcatcher. Lots of singing pine
warblers which have been back for several weeks. Northern gannets were
putting on a distant display over the ocean but visible from the trail once
we got out of the woods. See the full checklist at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35490000

There was a red-breasted nuthatch at the Nature Center feeder but we missed
piping plover at the Point.

This afternoon we walked across the street to Herring Creek to check on the
bald eagle nest in Hazard Bay, visible form the edge of the marsh. One
eagle was roosting in the copse of pines next to the nest and we think we
say the head of the other eagle on the nest. In addition to pine warbler we
saw several new arrivals including both great and snowy egret, heard at
least two clapper rails, a dozen Forster's terns and an osprey on a nest
platform. View the full checklist at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35499216


*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
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Subject: Barred Owls have returned
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:06:07 -0400
This male Barred Owl is a frequent visitor and I’m hoping to see their babies 
this Spring. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/33562192901/in/dateposted-public/

Photo taken March 27, 2017 by Jerry Hull of Clayton, Delaware

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Subject: Osprey returns to nest
From: Maureen McFadden <maureen AT LWCANJ.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:14:24 -0400
Osprey (one so far) back at nest on cell phone tower on Denny Rd in Bear
and finally the spring peepers are peeping! Perhaps it really is spring?
Maureen in Bear


On Mar 28, 2017 10:45 AM, "Rodney Murray"  wrote:

At least two very active and very vocal Yellow-throated Warblers
are currently working the tall pines just west of Turkle Pond at Prime
Hook.  Several Pine Warblers here, too.
Rod Murray   Middletown DE

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warblers
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:44:53 -0400
At least two very active and very vocal Yellow-throated Warblers
are currently working the tall pines just west of Turkle Pond at Prime
Hook.  Several Pine Warblers here, too.
Rod Murray   Middletown DE

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Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 25 Mar 2017 to 27 Mar 2017 (#2017-67)
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:29:06 -0400
Happy Spring All,

At least in Chester PA where I work the chippies are back and hanging
around the parking lot.  Scored a Sharpie up there yesterday as well.

Susan Marengo

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>   1. Raptor Migration Today (2)
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> Date:    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:27 -0400
> From:    Jerald Reb 
> Subject: Raptor Migration Today
>
> Hello all,
>
> Spring raptor migration picked up today, and I observed a total of 8
> species from my yard. Full list below:
>
> 3 Black Vulture
> 35 Turkey Vulture
> 1 Bald Eagle
> 3 Osprey
> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 3 Cooper's Hawk
> 2 SSHA/COHA
> 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> 3 Red-tailed Hawk
> 2 Hawk Sp. (Both probably Red-shouldered).
>
> I also saw a single Tree Swallow, a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls, and
> possibly heard a Chipping Sparrow.
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> Jerald
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> Date:    Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:48:44 -0400
> From:    Jerald Reb 
> Subject: Re: Raptor Migration Today
>
> Sorry, I forgot to add my location. This was in Frederica.
>
> Jerald
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 27, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> >
> > Hello all,
> >
> > Spring raptor migration picked up today, and I observed a total of 8
> species from my yard. Full list below:
> >
> > 3 Black Vulture
> > 35 Turkey Vulture
> > 1 Bald Eagle
> > 3 Osprey
> > 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> > 3 Cooper's Hawk
> > 2 SSHA/COHA
> > 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> > 3 Red-tailed Hawk
> > 2 Hawk Sp. (Both probably Red-shouldered).
> >
> > I also saw a single Tree Swallow, a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls,
> and possibly heard a Chipping Sparrow.
> >
> > Jerald
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Raptor Migration Today
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:48:44 -0400
Sorry, I forgot to add my location. This was in Frederica.

Jerald

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> On Mar 27, 2017, at 3:44 PM, Jerald Reb  wrote:
> 
> Hello all,
> 
> Spring raptor migration picked up today, and I observed a total of 8 species 
from my yard. Full list below: 

> 
> 3 Black Vulture
> 35 Turkey Vulture
> 1 Bald Eagle
> 3 Osprey
> 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
> 3 Cooper's Hawk
> 2 SSHA/COHA
> 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> 3 Red-tailed Hawk
> 2 Hawk Sp. (Both probably Red-shouldered).
> 
> I also saw a single Tree Swallow, a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls, and 
possibly heard a Chipping Sparrow. 

> 
> Jerald
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Raptor Migration Today
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:44:27 -0400
Hello all,

Spring raptor migration picked up today, and I observed a total of 8 species 
from my yard. Full list below: 


3 Black Vulture
35 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
3 Osprey
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
3 Cooper's Hawk
2 SSHA/COHA
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Hawk Sp. (Both probably Red-shouldered).

I also saw a single Tree Swallow, a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls, and 
possibly heard a Chipping Sparrow. 


Jerald


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Mar 2017) 288 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:28:31 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 25, 2017
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               11             25             25
Turkey Vulture             242            252            252
Osprey                       0              0              0
Bald Eagle                  10             10             10
Northern Harrier             3              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                8              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              4              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4              4              4
Merlin                       4              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                     288            315            315
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Bruce Peterjohn

Visitors:
5


Weather:
15-22c., light wind from the S/SW

Raptor Observations:
10 Juv. Bald Eagles-migrating, 3 Adult B. Eagle-not migrating, Osprey,
Red-Tailed Hawks, Kestrel, Merlin

Non-raptor Observations:
800+ N. Gannets, 1220+ Tree Swallows,Pine Warblers, Brown-Headed Nuthatch
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)




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Subject: Veolia
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:16:19 -0400
Drake Blue - winged Teal and American Coot on ponds at Veolia Water Treatment 
Plant on Hay Rd, Wilmington. American Kestrel and ad. male N. Harrier by road 
there too. 

Colin  Campbell
Claymont, DE

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 17th, 2017
From: Andrew ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:34:39 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*March 17, 2017
* DEST1703.17
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan 
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Piping Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper 
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Razorbill
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Iceland Gull
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech-owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
PAINTED BUNTING
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 17, 2017
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 March 17th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. Happy St Patrick's Day everybody, while the
official bird of Ireland is the Lapwing, the unofficial bird of St Patrick's
Day is the Guinness Swallow. The new unofficial Delaware year list increased
to 183 species this week.

The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen last Saturday, but the
flock of Snow Geese it was associated with was spooked by a BALD EAGLE and
everything flew off to the west. Luckily, the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE and the
flock of SNOW GEESE retuned and was seen on Thursday and today. The flock
was seen along Cods Road, just north of the intersection with Prime Hook
Beach Road. Also along Cods Road in the wet field were 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS
(the first of the year!) with KILLDEER and WILSON'S SNIPE. GREATER and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen at Thirteen Curves Road. Waterfowl seen included
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a female COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER,
RUDDY DUCK and TUNDRA SWAN. A flock of 26 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at
Broadkill Beach Road. A PINE WARBLER was photographed at Deep Branch Road.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SANDERLING were seen at the
DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet near Slaughter's Beach. 

The snowstorm that rocked the state on Tuesday brought a plethora of unusual
sightings at feeders through the state. The most unusual was a male PAINTED
BUNTING that appeared at a feeder in the south Newark area. This was the
second sighting of this bird in the area, but is not a regular feeder
visitor. Birders in the area should be watching thickets were the PAINTED
BUNTING may be lurking. Also reported were 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at
feeders, one in the Middletown area and the other was in Lewes. Two PINE
WARBLERS were coming to a feeder in Brookside, near Newark, along with
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Large
numbers  FOX SPARROWS were seen at feeders in Claymont, Brandywine Hundred,
Fairfield Crest in Newark, Smyrna, Dover, and Harbeson. A CHIPPING SPARROW
was at a feeder in Bear. A flock of 20 EASTERN TOWHEES were hungrily
foraging berries off shrubs at front of the Hockessin library on Wednesday
evening. A PURPLE FINCH was reported at Deerhurst in Brandywine Hundred. 

At Ashland Nature Center, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was coming to the bird blind
feeders, along with FOX SPARROW. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was heard singing at
the sledding hill. COMMON MERGANSER was seen along the Red Clay Creek. A red
phase EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was poking out of a wood duck box by the marsh.
KILLDEER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PILEATED WOODPECKER
were also reported. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen walking across the parking
lot at Ashland this morning. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at Middle
Run Natural Area near Newark on Monday evening before the snowstorm. There
was also a calling GREAT HORNED OWL. RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, and EASTERN PHOEBE were seen this week. 

A pair of REDHEADS were seen on Newark Reservoir this week, along with
AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS. RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK were seen at Hoopes'
Reservoir, along with a calling BARRED OWL. A pair of COMMON MERGANSERS were
on the ponds along the White Clay Creek Golf Course at Delaware Park in
Stanton. A peak count of 16 WOOD DUCKS were reported at the Peterson Urban
Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. Six breeding plumage GREAT CORMORANTS were
seen on the green channel marker along the Delaware River off Governor
Printz Blvd. in Claymont. 

OSPREYS were seen at the mouth of Shellpot Creek off Hay Road in Wilmington
and at Lum's Pond State Park in New Castle Co.. There were also reports from
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna and at Keybox Road in
Delaware Seashore State Park. BALD EAGLES were seen nesting on the on the
cellphone tower above Ellmore's Auto Repair, Governor Print Blvd in
Edgemoor, along I-495 in New Castle, and at Churchman's Marsh. The nest
opposite Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook was blown down during the storm but
there is no word yet on the fate of the nestlings. 

40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Lums Pond State Park, along with WILD
TURKEY and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. A WILSON'S SNIPE was photographed at
Glasgow Park off Route 40. GRAY CATBIRD was seen at the Mike Castle trail
along the C&D Canal. 10 GREAT EGRETS were seen at the Canal Pond off Cox
Neck Road near Delaware City, along with WOOD DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER.
BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen at Dragon Run, along with GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
SHOVELER, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus more
GREAT EGRETS. AMERICAN KESTREL and TREE SWALLOWS were reported flying over
Delaware City. 

WILSON'S SNIPE was also seen at Grier's Pond off Dutch Neck Road in Thousand
Acre Marsh. EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Ashton Tract. LESSER YELLOWLEGS
and SNIPE were seen at the Port Penn impoundments, with 250 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL. A pair of LESSER SCAUP were seen off Augustine Beach on Sunday.
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying yesterday evening at the Baxter Tract off
Route 9 near Odessa. There is still lots of waterfowl at Hangman's Creek
near Stave's Landing Road, south of Odessa, including TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL,
AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK and AMERICAN COOT. 

At Bombay Hook, AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen at Raymond Pool along
with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. WILSON'S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. A
GREAT EGRET and BARRED OWL were found at Finis Pool. Waterfowl seen included
TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK plus COMMON, RED-BREASTED and
HOODED MERGANSER. Over 100 AMERICAN COOTS were at Shearness Pool, along with
a PIED-BILLED GREBE. SAVANNAH, FOX and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were reported,
along with WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Other
raptors included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON and an AMERICAN
KESTREL seen along Whitehall Neck Road. 

A BARN OWL was reported this evening calling over a yard outside of Smyrna.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were in a yard near
Cheswold. A female PURPLE FINCH was photographed at a feeder near
Camden-Wyoming. LESSER and GREATER SCAUP were seen off Port Mahon, along
with RUDDY DUCK. DUNLIN was along the shoreline. BLUE-WINGED TEAL and WOOD
DUCKS were at Frederica. KILLDEER and WILSON'S SNIPE were found in the
field. Also seen was an EASTERN PHOEBE. 

The first PIPING PLOVER of the season was seen at The Point at Cape Henlopen
State Park. NORTHERN GANNET, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON, plus SURF SCOTER
were seen offshore. BROWN-HEADED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were at the
Seaside Nature Center, along with EASTERN PHOEBE, PINE WARBLER, CHIPPING and
FOX SPARROW. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Gordon's
Pond, along with a GREAT HORNED OWL that continues to be seen nesting on an
Osprey platform. 

A RAZORBILL continues to be seen off Indian River Inlet, along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and BLACK SCOTER. An ICELAND and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen at the jetty, along with PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE and SANDERLING. A TRICOLORED HERON continues to be seen at
Burton's Island behind the north marina, along with both PIED-BILLED and
HORNED GREBES. There is a very large flock of 450 BRANT in the area, seen at
the inlet and Savage's Ditch. 

A few CANVASBACK were seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach over the
weekend. The REDHEADS at Spring Lake near Dewey Beach were not reported this
week. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, PINE WARBLER and HERMIT THRUSH were reported at
Thompson's Island. PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER with 38
BUFFLEHEADS were seen at West Bay Park on Angola Neck. 

EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE continues to be seen in Selbyville. EASTERN PHOEBE,
PINE WARBLER and CHIPPING SPARROW were art Redden Forest near Georgetown. A
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was visiting a feeder at Woodland Ferry near Seaford. 

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Derek Stoner, Colin
Campbell,  Lana Glass, Robin Irizary, Marie Gardner, Brian McCaffrey,
Carlton Groff, Keith Leonard, David Fees, Debbie Beer, Adrian Binns, Terry
Chike, Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin, Nancy Cunningham, Rob Blye,
Jason Wood, John Long, Dick Plambeck, Mike Moore, Joe Sebastiani, Phil
Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Bill
Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg,
John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Rachel Shapiro, Nancy
Goggin, Ian Stewart, Tim Freiday, Frank Lenik, Joe Russell, and Joe
Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email mailto:ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding! 

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Subject: Painted Bunting
From: Debbie Beer <debbeer1023 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:46:23 -0400
Hi all,
I just saw Andy Ednie's weekly list, including Painted Bunting seen at a
feeder in Newark.

I'd greatly appreciate any additional details about this bird. I'd love to
tick it! Email me at debbeer1023 AT gmail.com.

Many thanks,
Debbie Beer

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Subject: DOS March Meeting 3/15: What eBird can do for you & what you can do for eBird
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:15:22 -0500
Greetings all,

Please join the Delmarva Ornithological Society next Wednesday for our monthly 
meeting!  In addition to our regular monthly program, we will have a 
pre-meeting showing of the newly released short documentary entitled "Feast on 
the Beach" which DOS helped to produce.  We will also be announcing the 
recipient of our annual Conservation Award!  Don't miss it! 


Forget that you lost an hour of sleep this weekend or that Mother Nature can 
decide whether it's winter or spring and join us for an evening with a great 
presentation just in time to prep for spring migration!  Welcome fellow DOS 
members Holly Merker and Joe Sebastiani as they describe the benefits of eBird. 


Learn how to use eBird and how this online bird sightings database can help you 
as a birder. eBird has added a lot of new capabilities recently, from uploading 
photos and audio, to creating a personal sightings profile, to notifications 
about rarities, and much more. Easy and fun to use, eBird is the perfect 
complement to your binoculars and field guide, and if you want to know where 
the birds are…just as important. Holly Merker and Joe Sebastiani will share 
the benefits of eBird with you, with a Delaware focus. 


Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September through May 
at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE. Social hour and refreshments are at 
7:00pm, followed by the meeting and presentations at 7:30pm. If you’d like to 
bring snacks to share or contribute photographs to the pre-meeting slideshow, 
please contact our meeting hostess, Kelley Nunn at: kelley.nunn AT gmail.com. 


I hope to see you there!

Anthony Gonzon
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Subject: Herb Cutler
From: Andrew ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:38:49 -0500
Delaware Birders, 
It is with great sadness that I received word of the passing of Herb Cutler
at the age of 96. Herb and his spouse, Betty were mainstays of Delaware
birding for over a half century. Herb joined the Delaware Valley
Ornithological Club (DVOC) in 1939, the same year he started the Bombay Hook
Christmas Count. He was a charter member of the Delmarva Ornithological
Society, along with his brother Dave. Herb and Betty often attended
Rendezvous at Camp Arrowhead, participated on Christmas Counts and did an
annual Spring Run through the state in May. 

He spoke at DOS meetings about optics in conjuncture with his business,
Cutler Cameras. Herb was a Navy flight instructor at Pensacola during WWII.
Condolences to his wife Betty and children, Rick, David, and Cheryl.  I hope
other birders will share their thoughts and story's about Herb, truly a
gentleman and always fun to be with in the field. 

Good birding, 
Andy

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 10th, 2017
From: Andrew ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:17:58 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*March 10, 2017
* DEST1703.10
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
ROSS'S GOOSE
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan 
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Razorbill
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Iceland Gull
Eastern Screech-owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
COMMON RAVEN
Tree Swallow
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
Seaside Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 10, 2017
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 March 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 181 species this week.

The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was last seen the afternoon of
Wednesday, March 8th, but has not been reported since. The PINK-FOOT has
been a large flock of SNOW GEESE along Cods Road near the intersection with
Prime Hook Beach Road. This is private property, you can observe the geese
from the road and make sure your cars been pulled off to the shoulder. The
bird might still be in the area since difficult to pick out through all the
snow geese. Other geese reported included ROSS'S GOOSE at Cods Road and a
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE among SNOW GEESE at Draper Road. Twenty WOOD DUCK were
seen in the Creek off Draper Road near the intersection with 13 Curves Rd.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE located near the headquarters at Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton has not been seen. GREAT EGRET was seen in the
marsh, along with 8 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 25 AMERICAN AVOCETS, WILSON'S
SNIPE, 100 GREATER and 85 LESSER YELLOWLEGS from the Observation Point
Trail. Waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, and
30 BUFFLEHEAD. All this waterfowl has attracted raptors, including a peak
count of 17 BALD EAGLES plus 25 BLACK VULTURE, PEREGRINE FALCON, and
AMERICAN KESTREL. Land birds reported included BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN
PHOEBE, and 6 PINE WARBLERS near Turkle Pond. A WILLET was seen along the
Fowler's Beach Road, plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN.
MARSH WREN, SAVANNAH and SEASIDE SPARROW were found along the path to the
beach. HOODED MERGANSERS were found in the canal by the bridge. GREATER
SCAUP, SURF SCOTER, and RUDDY DUCK were seen at Broadkill Beach along with
AMERICAN AVOCETS. An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen at DuPont nature Center
at Mispillion Inlet along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported along 13 Curves Rd. on Sunday. Other
reports included ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at Lewes, Bay Vista, and a new
report from Assawoman Wildlife Area just past the entrance gate. Other birds
at Assawoman included and TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, RING-NECKED
DUCK, and HOODED MERGANSER.

A first-year ICELAND GULL was seen sitting on the rocks at Indian River
Inlet, along with PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN.
A single RAZORBILL continues to be seen at the inlet last weekend along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, and BLACK SCOTER. NORTHERN GANNET, HORNED GREBE,
RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, and GREAT CORMORANT were seen offshore. Five
BONAPARTE'S GULLS were reported feeding in the inlet. A TRICOLORED HERON was
seen at Burton's Island with PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBES. Waterfowl
reported included COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Landbirds reported at Burton's Island included GRAY
CATBIRD, PINE WARBLER, and FOX SPARROW.

Two REDHEAD plus HOODED MERGANSER continue to be seen at Spring Lake
condominiums along Route 1 between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. EASTERN PHOEBE
and HERMIT THRUSH were seen at Thompson's Island. Six CANVASBACK were seen
on Silver lake in Rehoboth. The Nuthatch trifecta, BROWN-HEADED,
RED-BREASTED, and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were reported at a feeder in Dewey
Beach. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN THRASHER, and PURPLE FINCH were coming
at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach. LAUGHING GULLS were again reported at
Cupola Park in Millsboro along with PIED-BILLED GREBE. A flock of 175 BRANT
was seen at the Okie Preserve along Long Neck on Indian River Bay. HORNED
GREBE and COMMON LOON were found at the marina in Massey's Landing at the
end the Long Neck.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the beach at Herring Point in Cape
Henlopen State Park. SNOW BUNTINGS continue to be seen at The Point along
with SURF and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and
both RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at the
Hawkwatch parking lot and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was at the Seaside Nature
Center along with PINE WARBLER. A GREAT HORNED OWL nesting on a Osprey
platform was seen at the north end of the Gordon's Pond Trail. GADWALL and
AMERICAN WIGEON were seen on Gordon's Pond. A big flock of 350 NORTHERN
GANNETS were seen off of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry on Sunday. Ten GREAT
CORMORANTS and five BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen along the jetty

There's been an influx of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH reports this week, either
the birds are getting more active or already starting their northern
migration. Downstate, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Indian Beach,
Cape Henlopen, Angola Neck, Hollyville, Milford, and Smyrna. In northern
Delaware, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at the Ashton Tract on Sunday, plus
Glasgow, North Star, Yorklyn at the White's feeder, Tattnall School,
Deerhurst, Shipley Road, and Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred, and Brookside
in Newark. A single PINE WARBLER continues to be seen at the feeder in
Brookside.

The first OSPREY in New Castle County was seen at Lum's Pond State Park
south of Glasgow. Downstate, OSPREY was also seen at Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge, White's Creek near Ocean view, and at the Seaford boat ramp
along the Nanticoke River.

A SORA was seen at the Pickering Beach side of Little Creek Wildlife
Management Area, standing at the edge of the marsh. Waterfowl scene included
72 TUNDRA SWANS plus WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, and BUFFLEHEAD. EASTERN SCREECH OWL was found looking out of the wood
duck box. FOX SPARROW and GRAY CATBIRD were along the roadway. A group of 23
KILLDEER were found in the field along the Port Mahan Road. WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS were reported at Cheswold and coming to a feeder in Smyrna. That
yard in Smyrna also had PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, GRAY CATBIRD, BARRED OWL,
and a calling SAW-WHET OWL on Tuesday evening.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported along the Dyke Road at Raymond pool in Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna on Sunday. A BARN OWL was seen
flying past the entrance gate at Bombay Hook at dusk on Saturday. There also
six calling AMERICAN WOODCOCK in the field by the entrance gate. Waterfowl
at Bombay Hook is increasing in numbers, including MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, a
peak of 45 WOOD DUCK, WIGEON, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and all three mergansers: HOODED, COMMON, and
RED-BREASTED. There was also over 100 AMERICAN COOTS at Shearness Pool. 48
AMERICAN AVOCETS were counted at Raymond Pool. KILLDEER was seen during
courtship activities along the observation road. WILSON'S SNIPE was found at
Bear Swamp. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported at the feeders near the
visitor center. 40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found at Finis Pool, along with
PILEATED WOODPECKER, PINE WARBLER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. A NORTHERN
BOBWHITE was found dead along Whitehall Neck Road, probably hit by car.

Northern Delaware continues to have a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE invasion with
birds seen at Summit Bridge, Bay Pointe development near Glasgow, Brookside
in Newark, Middle Run Natural Area, and Paper Mill Road plus Grubb Road in
Brandywine Hundred.

The C&D canal area at Summit Bridge reported MUTE SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK and
LESSER SCAUP, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and AMERICAN COOT at the dog training pond.
BLACK VULTURE and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were seen with the fields along with
EASTERN MEADOWLARK. PIED BILLED GREBE was also seen at Beck's Pond in Bear.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife
Area on Sunday with SAVANNAH, FOX, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. GREAT EGRET
along with TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
PINTAIL, GREEN WINGED TEAL, and BALD EAGLE were seen over Thousand Acre
Marsh GREAT EGRET and WILSON'S SNIPE were seen at Grier's Pond off Dutch
Neck Road. KILLDEER, WILSON'S SNIPE, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were
seen at the Port Penn impoundments with a peak count of 115 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL. Two RED-THROATED LOON plus a HORNED Grebe were seen at Augustine
Beach, south of Port Penn along with BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON MERGANSER. Ten
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen at the Augustine Creek Causeway along Route
9.

Four GREAT EGRETS were seen at Dragon Run marsh in Delaware City. Waterfowl
reported included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 MUTE SWAN and 20 WOOD DUCK plus
RING`-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK was reported from Veterans Park in Delaware City. SHOVELER,
GADWALL, and LESSER SCAUP were seen on the C& D Canal from the Mike Castle
Trail.

GREAT EGRET was also reported at Gambacorta marsh in New Castle. Two GREAT
CORMORANT were seen near Claymont on the green buoy off I-495 on the
Delaware River. In Wilmington, 12 WOOD DUCKS were found at Breck's Mill near
Greenville. Six COMMON MERGANSERS were found by the entrance gate to Hagley
Museum. GADWALL, HOODED MERGANSER, and 5 AMERICAN COOTS were seen at Harry's
Pond at Brandywine Town Center, along with a red shouldered Hawk.

The previous reported COMMON RAVEN was again found on Sunday at the NVF
plant in Yorklyn. The first TREE SWALLOW of the year was reported at Ashland
Nature Center on Wednesday. Red shouldered Hawk and PILEATED WOODPECKER were
seen from the Hawk watch area. American KESTREL was seen hunting over
Brandywine Creek State Park. Yellow bellied SAPSUCKER was found at Bellevue
State Park this week along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, white breasted
nuthatch, bluebird, and Golden crowned Kinglet. 

A big flock of 75 WOOD DUCK were found at the Horseshoe Pond in Middle Run
Natural Area near Newark. New birds there included SAVANNAH SPARROW, BROWN
THRASHER, and HERMIT THRUSH. BARRED OWL continues to be found in the woods
along the creek. Four WOODCOCK were peenting and displaying at Middle Run
this week.

Courtship display for American Woodcock is cranking up as springtime
approaches. WOODCOCKS were reported calling at the White's yard from the
hilltop bench at sunset in Yorklyn plus at nearby Coverdale Farms WOODCOCK
were displaying at dusk at Ashton Tract on Wednesday. WOODCOCK was also
displaying in Smyrna and at along the Pickering Beach Road.

Early EASTERN PHOEBES were reported at Coverdale Farms, Yorklyn, Grubb Road
in Brandywine Hundred, Middle Run, Christine Manor, Beck's Pond, Lum's Pond,
Summit Bridge, Bombay Hook, Little Creek Wildlife Area's Davy Crockett
Tract, and at Prime Hook headquarters and the Black Farm Trail. In western
Sussex County PHOEBES were reported at the Pete Gum Tract along with
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW and BROWN THRASHER.

The PEREGRINE FALCONS have laid three eggs at the Brandywine Building in
downtown Wilmington. You can watch the activity on the falcon cams from the
Delmarva Ornithological Society webpage.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Richard Clifton, Ken
Bass, Diane Kane, Beverly Corelle, Keith Leonard, Frank Marenghi, Tom
Johnson, David Fees, Debbie Beer, Amelia Dugan, Kitt Heckscher, Alan Young,
Amy O'Neil, Terry Chike, Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin, Steve
Graff, Nancy Cunningham, Rob Blye, Susie Ball, Jason Wood, John Long, Dick
Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore, Joel Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe
Sebastiani, Zoe Yost, Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and
Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa Kegelman, Kelley
Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver,
Rachel Shapiro, Ian Stewart, Tim Freiday, Frank Lenik, Andy McGann, Joe
Russell, and Joe Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings.
Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
mailto:ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you
good birding! 

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Subject: Pink-Footed Goose- yes!
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:34:40 -0500
A group of us are currently getting great views at the intersection of Cods 
Toad and Fowler Beach Road. 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

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Subject: Heron Survey dates and Falcon Cam
From: Andrew Homsey <andrew.homsey AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:48:23 -0500
Hi all,

Thanks to Chris Bennett for his amazing work on the Pea Patch Island
Heronry Survey.

Please note the 2017 survey dates and times are on the web at:
http://www.dosbirds.org/pea-patch-heron-survey/

And while you're there, check out the amazing Wilmington Falcon Cam!

http://www.dosbirds.org/committees/conservation/wilmington-peregrine-falconwatch/ 



Good birding,
Andrew Homsey
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Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 24 Feb 2017 to 25 Feb 2017 (#2017-44)
From: "sheilaannand ." <sheila.annand AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:24:00 +0000
     Karen Barker and I went to Middle Run last evening just before dusk
hoping for a woodcock sighting based on Tim F's tip.  We stopped at the
table in the clearing that you can see, on the left, from the parking lot.
It was only a few minutes before we heard the call just beyond the snag in
the adjacent clearing.  Between dusk and dark, 15 minutes or so, we got
clear views of the calling bird and several display flights right over our
heads.  Excellent!
Sheila Smith


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>   1. Eurasian Collared-Dove in Selbyville
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> Date:    Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:04:46 -0500
> From:    Frank Rohrbacher 
> Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Selbyville
>
> I went down to Selbyville early this morning and found at least two pairs
> near the intersection of McCabe Road and S. William's Road.  Before I sent
> this note, I checked and found that Dave Fees beat me to this find and
> reported them there yesterday on eBirds.  None the less, I decided  to put
> my
> two cents in.  For  the last few years, we were down to  only two birds
> remaining from a colony that ten years ago sported 19-20  birds.  So if you
> haven't added this bird to your Delaware List, this  might the be the year
> to try
> again.
>
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Subject: Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:25:14 -0500
Just left. The flock spooked a little bit ago and moved to the second field 
from the intersection. The Pink-footed Goose was in the back of the flock near 
the woods as of 5 minutes ago. 


Jerald

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> On Feb 26, 2017, at 11:56 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
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> Greetings
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> All we know now is that the photo of the Pink-footed Goose was taken 2 days
> ago at Prime Hook.  
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> Mike
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> Michael C. Moore
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> Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com  
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Subject: Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:58:23 -0500
Pink-footed Goose is currently at the corner of Cods and Fowler Beach Rd. 

Jerald

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> On Feb 26, 2017, at 11:56 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
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> Greetings
> 
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> 
> All we know now is that the photo of the Pink-footed Goose was taken 2 days
> ago at Prime Hook.  
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> Mike
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> Michael C. Moore
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> Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com  
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Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose in Milford
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:22:27 -0600
 Yes - the only DE record (surprisingly) is from 1 November, 1953 at Bombay 
Hook NWR. Several of us have been looking for one of these for the past few 
winters. Colin Campbell. 

 

On 02/26/17, Jerald Reb wrote:

Thanks Mike! Please keep us posted on the location. If I remember correctly 
there is one previous record from the 1950s, so this would be a second state 
record. 


Jerald

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> On Feb 26, 2017, at 11:36 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
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> Greetings
> 
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> 
> A photo of a Pink-footed Goose in a large flock of Snow Geese in Milford was
> just posted to Facebook by Richard Brekenridge. 
> 
> 
> 
> All I know now is it was taken in Milford. I am trying to get a more
> precise location but wanted to alert people in the area to scan those goose
> flocks!
> 
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> 
> I believe this is a potential first (= long overdue) state record.
> 
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> Michael C. Moore
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Subject: Re: Pink footed Goose from two days ago
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:13:24 -0500
To anyone looking for the bird,

I'm sure there are multiple flocks of Snow Geese at Prime Hook, but there was a 
big flock yesterday on Draper Rd. near the intersection with 13 Curves Rd 
(which I now regret not scanning through more thoroughly). That might be a good 
place to start looking for the goose. 


Jerald

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> Greetings
> 
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> 
> All we know now is that the photo of the Pink-footed Goose was taken 2 days
> ago at Prime Hook.  
> 
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> Mike
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Subject: Pink footed Goose from two days ago
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:56:41 -0500
Greetings

 

All we know now is that the photo of the Pink-footed Goose was taken 2 days
ago at Prime Hook.  

 

Mike

 

 

Michael C. Moore

Newark, DE

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Subject: Re: Pink-footed Goose in Milford
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:55:46 -0500
Thanks Mike! Please keep us posted on the location. If I remember correctly 
there is one previous record from the 1950s, so this would be a second state 
record. 


Jerald

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Subject: Pink-footed Goose in Milford
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:36:30 -0500
Greetings

 

A photo of a Pink-footed Goose in a large flock of Snow Geese in Milford was
just posted to Facebook by Richard Brekenridge.  

 

All I know now is it was taken in Milford.  I am trying to get a more
precise location but wanted to alert people in the area to scan those goose
flocks!

 

I believe this is a potential first (= long overdue) state record.

 

Mike Moore

 

Michael C. Moore

Newark, DE

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2016 Dragonfly Society of the Americas Meeting
 

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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Selbyville
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:04:46 -0500
I went down to Selbyville early this morning and found at least two pairs  
near the intersection of McCabe Road and S. William's Road.  Before I sent  
this note, I checked and found that Dave Fees beat me to this find and  
reported them there yesterday on eBirds.  None the less, I decided  to put my 
two cents in.  For  the last few years, we were down to  only two birds 
remaining from a colony that ten years ago sported 19-20  birds.  So if you 
haven't added this bird to your Delaware List, this might the be the year to 
try 

again.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware  

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Subject: Live video of black vulture nest.
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:29:37 -0500
Second egg laid at 11:39 AM today (2/24/17). First hatching expected in about 
37 days. 


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Subject: Snow Buntings at Cape Henlopen
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:25:15 -0500
Snow buntings at Cape Henlopen State Park. About 40 on dunes visible from 
benches at north end of Park. 


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Subject: A DE Big Day
From: Colin Campbell <birder72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:10:43 -0500
An unexpected e-mail from Scott, a long-time NJ birding buddy whom I hadn’t
seen in too long a time, suggested that we re-kindled the fun and
excitement that a group of us had had doing a DE Big Day on a chosen day in
each month of the year to see if we could get 100 bird species.

I knew that I had written an article on our adventures that year in
Cassinia, the journal of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC)
and, on looking it up, was amazed to find that it was in 2003, fourteen
years ago. To me, after 29 years here in America, that’s the main problem
with the USA – it’s such a dynamic and bloody wonderful place to be, time
passes far too rapidly. My article is on-line, thanks to the wonderful
archival team headed up by DVOC’s Bert Filemyr so, if you’re in the mood
for a reason why we did this then, have a look at it:

http://dvoc.org/CassiniaOnLine/Cassinia70/C70_37_46.pdf

The current team decided that January was the obvious kick-off month for
2017, then the problems immediately set in. Scott was wrestling with a
family bereavement and his new shift patterns, Joe was skiing in Wyoming,
Alison was retiring the day after I was off birding to the Philippines for
the rest of the month. Yes, the US of A is dynamic. So, the start date was
February 22. The day before yesterday.

An overcast day, glimmers of sun here and there, mild, dry and a gentle
wind from the west. We did not do pre-dawn or post-sunset owling, railing
or woodcocking. In retrospect, we should have. We finished with 91 species.
And we were actively birding from 7am to 6pm. Inevitably, we had other
notable omissions, especially in the sparrow and heron families. The
missing 9 spp were there, of course, it’s just that we were not.

Our route was north to south, Delaware City to Indian River Inlet (IRI),
sadly by-passing Helen’s Sausage House, but hoping to capitalize on recent
findings in that eastern part of the state.

Without asking Alison, Scott and Joe for their input, my top three birds of
the day were Yellow-headed Blackbird (Stave’s Landing Road), Black-headed
Gull (Wolfe Neck Water Treatment Plant – see below), and 3 Razorbills at
Indian River Inlet. All excellent DE rarities.

Next in line were the 24 spp of ducks, geese and swans (esp. the Redhead on
Spring Lake and Greater Scaup at IRI), the single Avocet (Raymond Pool), an
awesome hanging Peregrine on top of one of the towers at the IRI Bridge, 12
Bonaparte’s Gulls at Wolfe Neck TP, Tree Swallows over Hangman’s Run and
Gray Catbird at Ashton Tract.

Colin Campbell

Note: the offices at the Wolfe Neck Water Treatment Plant are currently
closed – ironically because of a faulty toilet! – which means permission to
enter needs to be obtained from the manager in the temporary buildings on
the right before you go through the gate. Thanks.

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker
From: Nancy Cunningham <nancy_c8899 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:20:59 +0000
Around noon today at Thompson Island, I heard and saw a Red-headed Woodpecker. 
I was with Julie Memmolo who heard it but did not see it. We also saw a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. 


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Subject: First Pine Warbler of the Season
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:54:24 +0000
Spring is here?

Heard and saw my first Pine Warbler of the season at Cape Henlopen State Park 
(in pines across from Officer's Club). 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
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(302) 645-6852

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Subject: shrike continues, Sussex Co. - 2/21
From: Billy Weber <robot.stories AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:58:09 -0500
The adult Northern Shrike at Prime Hook NWR appeared briefly in the middle of 
the field adjacent to the headquarters building yesterday morning (2/21) at 
8:30am. It flew into the hedgerow by the entrance road and then pursued a small 
passerine at least a hundred feet into the air before abandoning chase and 
flying over the trees to the west. 


Billy Weber
Nazareth, PA

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Subject: Live video of black vultures- Indeed an egg tonight
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:32:19 -0500
First egg laid 11:28 PM. Watching for more. Last year the second came 2 days 
later. 


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Subject: Live video of black vultures- Perhaps an egg tonight
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:36:21 -0500
A vulture pair returned to the shed where they nested last year and where they 
have mated repeatedly over the last week. One adult appears to be settling in 
for the night with behavior reminiscent of previous egg laying activity. The 
other adult nuzzled and then left the shed. As of 8:30 PM, the presumed female 
is resting on her "nest." 


Last year the first egg was not laid until March 2nd, but mating at the nest 
this year was much earlier. So I’m watching closely tonight. (No guarantees!) 
Last year the first egg was laid at 10:13 PM on March 2nd from a horizontal 
position. The second egg was laid on March 5th at about 9:45 AM from an upright 
position we had not observed before. Google "black vultures tristate. for live 
video. 


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Subject: Live video of black vultures- Perhaps an egg tonight
From: Bob Bryant <0000026a887c7513-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:26:46 -0500
A vulture pair returned to the shed where they nested last year and where they 
have mated repeatedly over the last week. One adult appears to be settling in 
for the night with behavior reminiscent of previous egg laying activity.  The 
other adult nuzzled and then left the shed. As of 8:30 PM, the presumed female 
is resting on her "nest." 


Last year the first egg was not laid until March 2nd, but mating at the nest 
this year was much earlier.  So I’m watching closely tonight.  (No 
guarantees!)  Last year the first egg was laid at 10:13 PM on March 2nd from a 
horizontal position.  The second egg was laid on March 5th at about 9:45 AM 
from an upright position we had not observed before. Live video is available 
at http://chimneyswifts.net/tristate/?page_id=294. Or google "black vultures 
tristate."  


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Subject: Sandhill cranes, Worcester Co, MD
From: "T.J. Myers" <maximum2 AT IX.NETCOM.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:24:48 -0500
Hi All -

I know this is a bit south of Delaware, but thought you might be interested 
that about 9:00 AM this morning we saw 3 sandhill cranes in flight as we were 
driving along Rte 113 near the town of Snow Hill, MD. Despite the fact that we 
were driving, we got a good look at them (they were fairly low); extended necks 
and clearly not great blue herons. 


Keep an eye out in Delaware since they may be heading north with all this warm 
weather of late! 


TJ Myers
Rehoboth Beach

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Subject: Middle Run Valley Park - Update
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:30:14 -0500
Hello fellow Delaware Birders,

 It has been a little while since I last posted about Middle Run, but with the 
birds beginning to migrate and spring well on its way I figured I would inform 
you about some of the goings on there. I have been working to clear some of the 
invasive species out of the birding trail in an effort to rescue some native 
plantings that were planted. Without knocking the invasive species back, many 
of these plants would be shaded out or choked by vines. In clearing some areas 
of invasive species, we are opening up the habitat and knocking back 
succession. While this may look a little bit rough at first, it gives native 
grassland species a chance to expand and reclaim some areas formerly dominated 
by invasive species. This clearing also creates more of a mosaic of habitats, 
which is attractive to many species of birds and animals. By planting native 
species and protecting them from deer, we are promoting biodiversity at Middle 
Run. 


 There will be a couple of opportunities to help out with the Delaware Nature 
Society and New Castle County Parks mission to help conserve biodiversity at 
Middle Run this spring. We have a tree planting event coming up on Saturday 
April 1st, and a preparation day on Saturday March 25th. Both of these events 
will take place at the fields at the corner of Polly Drummond Road and 
Smithmill Road. The Pre-Planting event will involve cleaning up the area and 
getting cages prepared to use for the trees, as well as getting some bird boxes 
set up. We will bird the area for about an hour in the morning at 8:00 AM 
before getting started, checking for sparrows and ducks and such in the 
vicinity. The tree planting itself begins at 9 AM, and will run until noon. 
More details on that event to follow. If you are interested in participating in 
either of these two events, please e-mail me at tim.freiday777 AT gmail.com. 


 While working out at Middle Run, I have had a number of exciting bird 
sightings. We have a feeder set up near Trail Marker 4, and there have been 
some excellent birds in the area. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE has been visiting 
the feeder regularly, and has been joining the Carolina Chickadees and Tufted 
Titmouse on the feeder for a parid trifecta. Also present near the feeders and 
in the field near Trail Marker 5 has been BROWN THRASHER and FOX SPARROW. 
Eastern Towhee, Field and Song Sparrows have also been regular in the area. 
There are several HERMIT THRUSH in the area, and the Barred Owls and 
Great-Horned Owls have been very vocal and sometimes visible in the mornings 
and at dusk. Also at dusk, look for AMERICAN WOODCOCK displaying near Trail 
Marker 4. The waterfowl migration is really heating up, with the first flocks 
of Northern Pintail and Snow Geese seen flying NW recently. The Horseshoe Pond 
near Polly Drummond has had Common and Hooded Mergansers, Ring-Necked D! 

 ucks, American Black Ducks, Mallards, and Wood Ducks recently. I had a fun 
encounter with several AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and a FOX SPARROW here a couple 
of days ago, but have not seen these birds since. 


The other day I was checking the ducks at the Horseshoe Pond, and all of them 
had flushed on my approach except the Wood Ducks. I could hear the Wood Ducks 
whistling, and as I was walking around the border of the pond they took off. I 
was watching them fly away and all of a sudden the flock of six split and one 
of the ducks crash-landed into the pond. I looked up and to my surprise there 
was a PEREGRINE FALCON flying right over head! It powerfully flew towards 
another Wood Duck and was just about to grab it when the duck took evasive 
action and dodged the Peregrine. The falcon then gained altitude and headed off 
to the Northwest. I presume this was a migrating bird who was attracted by the 
other waterfowl and then tried for dinner. The raptor migration is underway as 
well, with Red-Shouldered Hawk, Red-Tailed, and Cooper’s Hawks seen at Middle 
Run lately, as well as variable numbers of both Black and Turkey Vultures. In 
addition to the PEFA the other day, there was! 

 a Merlin sighting in the park recently. Get out and bird this week, the 
migration season is upon us! Also the last day of the Great Backyard Bird Count 
is tomorrow, so get those sightings on eBird if you are an eBirder. 


Happy Birding,
Tim Freiday
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Subject: Reedy point bridge is closed
From: Andy Urquhart <000000c02f6624dc-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:14:12 -0500
People coming from the north going to Augustine wildlife area might like to 
know that Reedy point bridge is closed. Continue south and turn toward Port 
Penn. 


Andy Urquhart 



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Subject: Bombay Hook and area
From: Marie Gardner <00000133d8ee0ba7-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:18:15 +0000
This morning there was a small flock of Snow Geese seen from Taylors 
BridgeRoad.  Two larger flocks of Snow Geese seen were off of Whitehall Neck 
Road, notfar from the entrance to Bombay Hook. 

In the Refuge was one Great Blue Heron, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, 
N.Shovelers,and N.Pintails also seen this morning. 


Good birding,
Marie Z. GardnerNewark

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Subject: collared Snow Geese
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:23:11 -0500
This morning I found 8 collared Snow Geese at Bombay Hook. They were in a
flock of about 5000 Snow Geese and one Ross's Goose.
The oldest of the collared Snow Geese is at least 7 1/2 years old.

Details on the banded Snow Geese are as follows:
XE42 adult F, banded 8/2016, Bylot Island, Canada;
UP99 adult F, banded 8/2015, Bylot Island;
UU30 adult F, banded 8/2016, Bylot Island;
TA51 adult F, banded 8/2011, Bylot Island;
TY30 adult F, banded 8/2012, Bylot Island;
UX07 adult F, banded 8/2016, Bylot Island;
XC20 adult F, banded 8/2016, Bylot Island;
UM70 adult F, banded 8/2016, Bylot Island.


-- 
Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: snow geese
From: Lloyd <patch10 AT MAIERASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:26:18 -0500
There are at least 1000 snow geese on Staves Landing Rd in two large, 
but separate flocks.  10:30 am Saturday, Feb. 18th

Lloyd Maier

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Subject: An invitation - Join us on a Presidential Bird Walk on President's Day!
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:26:41 -0500
PRESIDENT’S DAY SPECIAL!  DUCKS AT A DISCOUNT!  EVERYTHING PRICED TO MIGRATE!

If you're looking for a great birding break on what is predicted to be a mild 
President's Day morning, here's a very special, FREE opportunity. 


Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association (ABA), along with 
myself, President of Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS), have arranged for 
special access to some prime waterfowl watching spots in the Odessa, DE area, 
just east of Middletown. We are looking forward to a fabulous morning of great 
birding, featuring wonderful waterfowl! Details to sign up and join us are 
below: 


"PRESIDENT'S DAY PRESIDENTIAL BIRD WALK"

HOSTS: Jeffrey Gordon, President of the ABA & Bill Stewart, President of the 
DOS 

WHEN: Monday, February 20th
WHERE: Delaware Wild Lands Robert’s Farm in New Castle County (private 
property) & Odessa Water Farm (special permission access) 

TIME: 9:00 AM - Noon
FREE!
REGISTRATION REQUIRED AND LIMITED: This field trip is open to the first 25 
people responding via email to bstewart AT aba.org  
(simply reply to this email) with their name, email address and phone number. 
Full trip details will be forwarded upon registration. 


Bonus: all data collected will be added to the Great Backyard Bird Count in its 
final day! 


Good birding and Happy Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend!

Bill Stewart


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Subject: RSHA
From: Colin Campbell <birder72 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:15:45 -0500
Red-shouldered Hawk at Harry's Pond, Brandywine Town Center, 8am today.
Colin Campbell

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Subject: Loon at Augustine
From: Debbie Beer <debbeer1023 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:52:09 -0500
Hello to Gina Sheridan. I may have seen the same loon that you did today,
at Augustine close to jetty. (I was there around 4:30 pm).

Do you have any photos I could see? I wasn't sure it was Red-throated...

You can email me directly at Debbeer1023 AT gmail.com.

Apologies to the group for singular question... I don't have Gina's email.

Thanks, Debbie

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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:42:13 +0000
Dear Delaware Birders:

This coming Friday through Monday is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, 
http://gbbc.birdcount.org/. It is a good time to go birding anywhere, whether 
it is your yard, nearby park, or National Wildlife Refuge, in an effort to join 
in the worldwide effort to take a mid-winter "snapshot" of bird distribution 
and abundance. During what I think is the "most boring month of all", it is a 
good excuse to get outdoors and bird for a cause. 


The Delaware Nature Society is running field trips in conjunction with the GBBC 
this Friday and Saturday. Registration is required for both of these 
opportunities. Please call (302) 239-2334 ext. 134 to register. 


Coverdale Farm Breakfast and Birding
Friday, February 17
Led by Joe Sebastiani and Jim White
8am - 11am
DNS members $15/non-members $22
Enjoy a hot breakfast, then walk this beautiful 350-acre property to search for 
birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. 


Kent County Birding Tour
Saturday, February 18
Led by Joe Sebastiani and Matt Babbitt
8am-4pm
DNS members $20/non-members $30
Meet at either Ashland Nature Center or Abbott's Mill Nature Center, then 
travel by van to coastal refuges in Kent County, DE including Little Creek 
Wildlife Area, Bombay Hook, and other places to see lots of waterfowl, raptors, 
wintering songbirds, and rarities that are being reported. 


If you choose to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count on your own, just 
go birding anywhere you want and enter your bird sightings into the above 
website, or into www.ebird.org. It all goes to the same 
place. In 2016, there were 132 species reported in Delaware during the 4-day 
count, and 685 checklists were submitted. That is a lot of birding! 


If you are a regular eBird user, you will notice that there are some species 
that are flagged right now that normally aren't. This is in an effort to remove 
historically confusing species from the checklist used during the Great 
Backyard Bird Count. During the event, there will be a LOT of people 
contributing their sightings to the Count who do not regularly bird or use 
eBird, so this reduction of the checklist is meant to prevent people from being 
overwhelmed with species choices. Species that are flagged over this period 
include: Redhead, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, 
American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, 
White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Purple 
Finch, and Pine Siskin. The temporary removal of these birds from the list is 
to give beginners a shorter menu of choices to select birds that are in their 
backyard. Thank you for your patience. 


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: Northern Shrike
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <Adinkl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:19:29 -0500
Good Morning all,

 

I took a walk around the boardwalk trail at Prime Hook this morning.  In
addition to lots of Bald Eagles, I was treated to a Northern Shrike on the
path very close to the parking lot.  

 

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Lewes, DE


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Subject: DOS meeting reminder - Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:38:11 -0500
NOTE - this meeting begins early at 6:30 PM and will be held at the ABA 
Headquarters in Delaware City (NOT at Ashland Nature Center). 


Please join DOS for our annual Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review tomorrow 
night at the American Birding Association headquarters in Delaware City! 


PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 6:30 PM for our chili festivities. The 
formal meeting begins at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be held at the Headquarters 
of the American Birding Association. 


Come join us as Master MC Jim White will host the night’s activities in 
reviewing the 2016 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! 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  tomorrow 
night, Wednesday, February 15th! 


Good birding,

Anthony Gonzon
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Subject: Iceland Gull on UD Farm
From: Katherine Bird <kbird AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:06:07 -0500
Today around noon, Billy Kaselow and I spotted a pale juvenile Iceland Gull
in a mixed flock of about 200 gulls (mostly RBGU and HEGU) in a field on
the University of Delaware Farm. The field in question was just south of
the BIRL lab and northeast of the ecology woods. The gull was viewed on the
ground about 50 feet from the dirt road, as well as in the air as the flock
moved south towards the large walnut trees. The gull was not re-sighted
after this. Multiple flocks continued to move periodically around different
areas of the farm.

Completely off-white body with low contrast mottling, pure white primaries,
with a black bill. No brown trailing edge on secondaries or primaries. No
contrast between mantle and rest of body. Could not note leg color or iris
color.

Katie Bird
Newark, Delaware

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*University of Delaware 2018*
*Wildlife Conservation & Ecology Major*

*Journalism MinorBlue Hen Birding Treasurer*
*Honors Program*

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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird on Staves Landing Road
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:28:51 -0500
This morning just before noon, I found an adult male Yellow-headed  
Blackbird in a mixed flock of about 75 blackbirds working the corn stubble on 
the 

south side of the road near the end of the road.  
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Subject: Birds around Felton Today
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:40:03 -0500
All,

Today I decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and go birding around 
Felton. I started at Roesville Road, where I was able to easily find the local 
Savannah and Field Sparrows. I did not see the overwintering Yellow Palm 
Warbler today, but I didn't spend much time looking for it. Birding was slow 
for the most part, so I decided to walk over to Coursey Pond, where Dave Fees 
and I had some good ducks on the Milford CBC. 

 I first tried from the boat launch parking lot, but I was unable to find so 
much as a Canada Goose there. Continuing on, I ventured into the back end of 
the Waterside neighborhood, which is currently undeveloped and provides a nice 
view of parts of the lake hidden from the parking lot. While walking, I 
stumbled across a large flock of juncos, which, to my surprise contained 6-7 
Chipping Sparrows, an uncommon bird in the winter. I tried for my year bird 
White-breasted Nuthatch here, but they continue to elude me. A small flock of 
Cedar Waxwings was a nice consolation prize though. When I finally got down to 
the lake, at first all I saw were a handful of Canada Geese and a few Mallards. 
A few Bald Eagles flew over, and a Pileated Woodpecker called from the woods. 
As I was just about to leave, a small group of ducks flew in and landed. Upon 
getting them in my scope, I was surprised to see that they were Wood Ducks! A 
second group flew in, bringing the total to about 15; some w! 

 ere clearly already in pairs, ready to begin breeding in the next few weeks. 
The groundhog says six more weeks of winter, but the birds are the superior 
meteorologists in my opinion. Spring is almost here! 


Jerald

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Subject: DOS Annual Chili Night & CBC Wrap-up
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:20:51 -0500
Greetings all,

Please join DOS for our annual Chili Night and CBC Wrap-up and Review this 
Wednesday at the American Birding Association headquarters in Delaware City! 


PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 6:30 PM for our chili festivities. The 
formal meeting begins at 7:30 PM. This meeting will be held at the Headquarters 
of the American Birding Association. 


Come join us as Master MC Jim White will host the night’s activities in 
reviewing the 2016 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! 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 15th! 


Good birding,

Anthony Gonzon
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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 10th, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:17:05 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*February 10, 2017
* DEST1702.10
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan 
Gadwall
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Great Cormorant
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
DOVEKIE
RAZORBILL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Common Raven
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 10, 2017
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 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 167 species this week.

A peak count of 4 RAZORBILLS were reported at Indian River Inlet, along with
a DOVEKIE briefly on Sunday. A single RED-NECKED GREBE plus HORNED GREBES
were seen offshore with NORTHERN GANNET, GREAT CORMORANT, RED-THROATED and
COMMON LOONS. LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTER with 80 BUFFLEHEADS
were reported at the Inlet. PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and
SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 7 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were reported on the beach along with BALD EAGLE. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON plus 300 BRANT and HOODED MERGANSER were found at Burton's Island. Two
more RAZORBILLS were found at Tower Road in Delaware Seashore State Park on
Wednesday. 16 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Indian River Bay from
Quillen's Point off Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View, along with KILLDEER and
35 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE. 275 BRANT were seen on Indian River Bay, along with
45 BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are now being reported all three counties in
Delaware. This week, a single WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Block
House Pond behind Beebe Hospital in Lewes off Savannah Road. Another
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Milton with a CACKLING and several hundred SNOW GEESE. Eight WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE continue be seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
In New Castle County, 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Levels Road Pond
off St. Ann's Church Road, south of Middletown.

Back in Sussex County, the previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to
be seen at the Wolfe's Point sewage treatment plant behind Midway, between
Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. 225 CANVASBACK were seen on Silver Lake in
Rehoboth. HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK was seen at Spring Lake
condominiums off Route 1 near Dewey Beach.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area with 125 AMERICAN
WIGEONS, plus MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER
SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A MARSH WREN was found along the
pond edge. AMERICAN PIPIT was heard flying over. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and
EASTERN BLUEBIRD were found in the woods.

A flock of over 100 SNOW BUNTINGS continues be seen at the point at Cape
Henlopen State Park. Five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen from Herring
Point. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, and 30
GANNETS were seen offshore. FOX SPARROW, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH were seen coming to the feeders at the Seaside Nature Center.
Gordon's Pond, north of Rehoboth had AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, and BUFFLEHEADS.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported coming to a yard near at Bay Vista
near Rehoboth on Tuesday. PURPLE FINCH was found at landing near Lewes.
White breasted NUTHATCH and BROWN THRASHER were found at the Canal Pointe
development in West Rehoboth. PINE WARBLER was reported at a feeder at
Wharton's Bluff near Dagsboro.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Fowler's Beach at dusk at Prime Hook. Four
AMERICAN WOODCOCK and two GREAT HORNED OWLS were found at Little Neck
Wildlife Area along the Prime Hook Beach Road. Eight AMERICAN AVOCETS were
seen at the Broadkill Marsh on Sunday, along with GREATER SCAUP off
Broadkill Beach. AMERICAN WIGEON, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD,
and HOODED MERGANSER were seen off the Observation Point Trail near Prime
Hook headquarters, along with an AMERICAN KESTREL.

Four AMERICAN AVOCETS and a MARBLED GODWIT were reported at Raymond Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN,
and WILSON'S SNIPE were reported at Bear Swamp. AMERICAN WOODCOCK continue
be found calling by headquarters in the early morning. A SHORT-EARED OWL was
seen flying opposite Raymond Pool on Sunday. BARRED OWL was reported at
Finis Pool, along with GRAY CATBIRD. Raptors seen included MERLIN, PEREGRINE
FALCON, and BALD EAGLE. Waterfowl scene included TUNDRA SWAN, CACKLING
GOOSE, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, PINTAIL, SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and
COMMON MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK.

BARN OWL was found along the Port Mahan Road. A red phase EASTERN SCREECH
OWL was found in a wood duck box Little Creek. EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN
THRASHER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER were found on private gameland near Kitts
Hummock. Waterfowl found included AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and
BUFFLEHEAD. Tub Mill Pond near Milford had two RING-NECKED DUCK plus TUNDRA
SWAN, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen at Bay Vista, Angola Neck, Wharton's Bluff
and Broadkill Beach. RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH reported
coming to a feeder near Camden-Wyoming. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were also
found in Northern Delaware at Glasgow, Newark, Yorklyn, Brandywine Hundred,
and the Ashton Tract near Port Penn. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported
at Lums Pond, Yorklyn, and Middle Run near Newark. A PINE WARBLER was seen
coming to a feeder near Port Penn. The previous reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE
continues to come to a feeder at the Village of Linden Parkland off Milltown
Road in west Wilmington.

COMMON RAVEN was also reported flying over Middle Run along with WOOD DUCK
and COMMON MERGANSER BARRED OWL continues be found in the Middle Run Valley.
Land birds included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN
THRASHER, and FOX SPARROW. Another BARRED OWL was reported at Christine
Manor near Newark along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
was seen at Coverdale Farms near Ashland Nature Center.

A MUTE SWAN was found on Hoopes's Reservoir near Greenville. Other waterfowl
included AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. Four PIED-BILLED GREBES and 25 AMERICAN COOT found at the
Hillside Mill Cove. BARRED OWL continues to be calling along the Hillside
Mill Road. 15 HOODED MERGANSERS and 60 RING-NECKED DUCKS plus a COOT was
found at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. Five
CACKLING GOOSE continue be seen among the CANADA GEESE at Bellevue State
Park in Brandywine Hundred.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was photographed near Churchman's Marsh on private lands
along the White Clay Creek, along with two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. A flock of 28
COMMON MERGANSERS plus RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER were seen at
the White Clay Creek White Clay Creek Golf Course at Delaware Park. A BROWN
THRASHER was reported Woodlands Park near Prices Corner.

A female EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered with over hundred AMERICAN WIGEON at
Hangman's Creek along Stave's Landing. Waterfowl there included 150
RING-NECKED DUCK, 25 RUDDY DUCK, plus TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, PINTAIL,
SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. Four BALD EAGLES were
reported along Stave's Landing Road along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK. At the
nearby Odessa water treatment plant was PIED BILLED GREBE plus 170
RING-NECKED DUCK, two LESSER SCAUP, along with BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER
and RUDDY DUCK. Two COMMON GOLDENEYE were found along Route 9 at the
Appoquinmink Creek bridge. HORNED GREBE was found at the Silver Run bridge.
Two RED-THROATED LOONS were found at the pumphouse along Route 9 at
Augustine Creek.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at Grier's Pond along Dutch Neck Road on
Thursday during the snowstorm. Six PIED-BILLED GREBES and AMERICAN COOT were
found at Thousand Acre Marsh. Lots of waterfowl have now returned to the
Ashton Tract off Thorntown Road. Highlights there included RING-NECKED DUCK,
COMMON MERGANSER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus 500
NORTHERN PINTAILS with SHOVELER and AMERICAN WIGEON. Also reported was
KILLDEER, MERLIN, and six BALD EAGLES. The woodlands at the Ashton Tract
produced GRAY CATBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, along with FOX, WHITE CROWNED,
and CHIPPING SPARROW.

Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen flying along the Delaware River at
Delaware City waterfront. Three COMMON LOONS were found at Fort DuPont along
with CATBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS. Two MUTE SWANS plus
4 WOOD DUCK were found at Dragon Run marsh along with GADWALL, WIGEON,
SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED and a RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER. An EASTERN PHOEBE was found on the south side of Lums Pond along
with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, John Hoyt, Will
McPhail, Steve Graff, Nancy Cunningham, Nancy Goggin, Rob Blye, Susie Ball,
Tom Roth, Teddy Burke, Jason Wood, John Long, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore,
Sean O'Connor, Christine Anderson, Joel Martin, Amy, James and Jim White,
Joe Sebastiani, Dave Mellow, Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald
and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Chuck Brandt, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa
Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Sue Gruver, Hank Davis, Tim Freiday, Elizabeth Day, Frank Lenik,
Desiree Narango, Joe Russell, and Joe Swertinski. 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: not SNOW but SNGO
From: Kevin Bronson <000003b1cf891cb4-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:06:04 -0500
It was brought to my attention that I made an error in my last post. I did not 
see a SNOW today. I meant to say SNGO (Snow Goose.) I did NOT see any owls 
today. Sorry for my mistake 


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Subject: Belted Kingfisher
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:50:51 -0500
Photographed this distant and uncooperative female Belted Kingfisher at Bombay 
Hook NWR this morning. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/32639511222/in/dateposted-public/

Photograph by Jerry Hull of Clayton Delaware taken 2/8/2017

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Subject: GWFG and others at Raymond Pool Bombay Hook NWR
From: Kevin Bronson <000003b1cf891cb4-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:59:48 -0500
Today (Feb. 8th 2017) eight GWFG (Greater White-fronted Geese) decided that I 
was finally worthy enough to be shown their Greatness. Also at Raymond Pool 
with the GWFG was a MAGO (Marbled Godwit) which was associating with eight AMAV 
(American Avocets) and fourteen GRYL (I will let you figure this one out.) 
There were also the usual suspects such as NOSH, NOPI, GWTE, CANG, SNOW, etc. 
This was during the noon hour. 


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Subject: American Birding Association Seeks Headquarters Manager
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 21:03:08 +0000
FYI, not too far away!

Tyler Bell
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu


American Birding Association Seeks Headquarters Manager

The American Birding Association (www.aba.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit 
headquartered in Delaware City, is seeking a full-time manager for its home 
office operations. 


Founded in 1969, the ABA inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. 
We have an international membership of 13,000 and a variety of programs that 
support our mission. We offer a flexible, supportive, and varied work 
environment. 


We are looking for a personable, organized, experienced professional to manage 
our Delaware City headquarters operations and support offsite staff and 
volunteers. 


Principal duties include:

Help keep membership services and other functions coordinated and flowing 
smoothly and on time between ABA HQ and off-site staff. Perform and/or oversee 
printing, mailing, shipping and similar office functions. 


Staffing visitor center, answering phones, and coordinating staffing (paid and 
volunteer) at ABA headquarters with goal of providing excellent customer 
service and keeping consistent, appropriate opening hours for both phone 
callers and walk in visitors. 


Manage visitor services and small retail operation (in store and online). 
Maintain inventory and generate appropriate financial reports. Develop new 
products for store. 


Oversee maintenance and use of office facilities and systems (phone, computer, 
etc) 


Serve as Secretary for the ABA Board; support and facilitate quarterly board 
meetings and committee functions. 


Important qualifications include:

Organization, punctuality, and reliability

Excellent communications skills, written and oral

Excellent computer skills and comfort with developing new systems and basic 
troubleshooting of existing ones. 


Attention to finances; ability to use resources efficiently and work to 
increase revenue. 


Desire to work with a team to fulfill the ABA's mission of inspiring all people 
to enjoy and protect wild birds. While expertise in bird identification is not 
required for this position, developing an understanding of the needs and wants 
of the birding community is essential for long term success. Most important is 
a drive and desire to provide helpful, informative service to our members and 
guests. 


The successful applicant will report to and work closely with the ABA 
president. The position will involve managing a half-time visitor/member 
services employee. 


This will be a full-time staff position based in Delaware City with benefits 
including health and dental insurance. Pay rate is dependent on experience. 


To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter which directly 
addresses your qualifications for this position. Please send your materials to 
jobs AT aba.org no later than February 15, 2017 and include "ABA HQ Manager" in 
the subject line. 

93 Clinton St., P.O. Box 744, Delaware City, DE 19706 * 302.838.3660 * 
800.850.2473 * www.aba.org/join 


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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:31:17 -0500
Pleasantly surprised when I spotted one of my Great Horned Owls in the woods 
today in Clayton, DE. The female was in the area and I could see her off in the 
tops of trees, but too many branches to get a shot. As always, she only stays 
around for a couple minutes before she flies off. This male was still calling 
out an hour later. I believe this is my first sighting of these two this year. 
They are nesting again close by this year, but getting to the nest would 
require me to get to close and I don’t want to disturb them. I’ll just 
settle seeing them finding me. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/32717288996/in/dateposted-public/

Photo by Jerry Hull of Clayton, DE.

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Subject: Razorbills
From: Nancy Cunningham <nancy_c8899 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:08:35 +0000
At the Indian River Inlet this afternoon there were 4 Razorbill, Red-throated 
and Common Loons, Northern Gannet, Bonapartes Gull, Red-necked Grebe, Black 
Scoter and expected sandpipers. 


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Subject: St.Anne's Pond Levels RD Middletown
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:18:52 -0500
Greater White-fronted Goose among Canadas floating around the pond.

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 3rd, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 21:42:22 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* February 3, 2017
* DEST1702.03
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan 
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
RAZORBILL
Bonaparte's Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech-Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
COMMON RAVEN
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
"Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird	
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 3, 2017
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 3rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
remains at 162 species this week.

A COMMON RAVEN was seen over Alapocos Run State Park, north of Wilmington on
Sunday, the second sighting this year. Alapocos Run State Park is off US
Route 202 opposite Bancroft Mills where the birds were seen this time last
year. Three RING-NECKED DUCKS and a COOT were seen off Blue Rocks Pond near
Rock Manor Golf Course. RING-NECKED DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PIED-BILLED
GREBE and COOT were seen at the Blue Ball Pond. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was
seen in the brush near Blue Ball Barn and 110 SNOW GEESE was seen flying
over. CACKLING GEESE were again seen at Bellevue State Park.

GREATER SCAUP and a pair of male REDHEADS were seen at Hoopes's Reservoir in
Greenville. Those birds were seen with 150 RING-NECKED DUCK, 3 BUFFLEHEADS,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER from the Route 82 Causeway.
Three RUDDY DUCK, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and 25 AMERICAN COOTS were seen at
the Hillside Mill Cove, along with 3 BALD EAGLES. A pair of BALD EAGLES was
seen along the creek at Brandywine Creek State Park, along with NORTHERN
PINTAIL and COMMON MERGANSER.

The previous reported REDHEADS at Newark Reservoir were not seen this week,
but MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK, and 8 COMMON MERGANSERS were reported. HOODED
MERGANSERS were seen at the Bean Pond at Middle Run Natural Area near
Newark. BARRED OWL was found in the Middle Run valley. Land birds included
PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WINTER
WREN, and FOX SPARROW. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen hunting behind Christiana
Mall.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be seen at the Village of Lindell
Parkland off Mill Creek Road. PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
BROWN CREEPER, and WINTER WREN were seen at Ashland Nature Center.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also seen at the White's feeder off Center Mill
Road with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, plus MERLIN and EASTERN SCREECH OWL.

A SHORT-EARED OWL made an impromptu visit to Shearness Dike in Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna on Sunday. BARRED OWL continues to be
seen at Finis Pool. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were doing their courtship dance in
the field on the left past the entrance gate on Wednesday morning. Also
reported was PEREGRINE FALCON at Raymond Pool, AMERICAN KESTREL at Raymond
Neck Road, and MERLIN on Whitehall Neck Road. The previous reported eight
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue be seen at Raymond Pool. Other
waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and all three species of
MERGANSER, HOODED, COMMON, and RED-BREASTED. AMERICAN COOTS were seen by the
Daly Pullout. The previous reported MARBLED GODWIT has been seen in
intermittently in the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool along with GREATER
and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and WILSON'S SNIPE. Two BONAPARTE'S and a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported by the marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
was found at Raymond Pool. RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FOX SPARROW and PILEATED
WOODPECKER were found at Finis Pool.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen flying with a flock of SNOW GEESE over Frederica.
BROWN THRASHER, BROWN CREEPER, with RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
and EASTERN TOWHEE were found at the Delaware State University campus.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL with 20 BONAPARTE'S GULL'S continues to be seen at the
Wolfe Point Sewage Treatment Plant behind Midway near Rehoboth Beach. Silver
Lake in Rehoboth Beach had a peak count of 250 CANVASBACKS along with RED
BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
and HOODED MERGANSER were found at Spring Lake along Route 1 north of Dewey
Beach. Thompson's Island, behind Spring Lake condominiums added 2 BELTED
KINGFISHER, plus  YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, and CEDAR WAXWING. Eagle Creek near Bay Vista at
COMMON GOLDENEYE and 52 RUDDY DUCKS. 

A RAZORBILL was seen at Indian River Inlet today. LONG-TAILED DUCK, HOODED
MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BRANT, and all three species of SCOTER,
WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK were seen at the inlet this week. BONAPARTE'S
and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on the beach. RUDDY TURNSTONE and
PURPLE SANDPIPER with SANDERLING and DUNLIN were on the jetty along with
GREAT CORMORANT. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found in the pines by the inlet
bridge.

MUTE SWAN was reported with TUNDRA SWAN at Assawoman Wildlife Area near
Fenwick Island. GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and HOODED MERGANSER were found on
the ponds. MARSH WREN and EASTERN TOWHEE were found along the edges.

Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Gordon's Pond in Cape
Henlopen State Park on the marsh side opposite bench # 5. GADWALL, SHOVELER
and BUFFLEHEAD were found on the pond. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found in
the woods. Two immature drakes and a hen COMMON EIDER were seen at the
Harbor of Refuge lighthouse. A flock of the 113 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at
the Cape Henlopen point on Monday along with BRANT, COMMON and RED-THROATED
LOONS, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and NORTHERN GANNET. PURPLE FINCH, FOX
SPARROW, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found at feeders at the Seaside
Nature Center. Birders on the Cape May Lewes Ferry reported 16 GREAT
CORMORANTS, 120 NORTHERN GANNETS, HORNED GREBE, LONGTAILED DUCK, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER while crossing over to New Jersey. There was also a
PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the harbor jetty.

A PINE WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continue be coming to feeders at
Wharton's Bluff near Millsboro. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen today at
the Bethany Beach Nature Center. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in
a yard near Lewes. All three species of NUTHATCHES, WHITE-BREASTED,
RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED were coming to a feeder at on in Angola Neck.
EASTERN TOWHEES were found in the Camelot development of Rehoboth Beach.

A male BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was found along Thirteen Curves Road between
Draper and Cods Road near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. WOOD DUCK and
CACKLING GOOSE were also seen along Thirteen Curves Road. A flock of 75
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen on Fowler's Beach with GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
and DUNLIN. TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW GOOSE, BUFFLEHEAD, and plus SURF and BLACK
SCOTER were seen offshore. Two "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK were found along the Fowler's Beach Road, plus MARSH WREN at the
bridge, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and BARRED OWL at dawn along the road curve.
RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER were reported at Prime Hook Beach Road
along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 25 COMMON
MERGANSERS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were found at Turkle's Pond. AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS were "peenting" at dawn by the Prime Hook headquarters.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was found at along the Nanticoke River at the Pete Gum
Tract in Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, and the mimic thrushes including CATBIRD and BROWN
THRASHER. This is also a great spot for raptors including BARRED OWL,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and BALD EAGLE. A flock of AMERICAN PIPITS were seen
near Milford along Cedar Creek Road.

A LONG-EARED OWL was heard calling at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE is also coming to a feeder in the Bay Pointe
development. The C&D canal Wildlife Area West of Summit Bridge had a BARRED
OWL plus 2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.

Three RED-THROATED LOONS and 300 SNOW GEESE were seen off Augustine Beach
near Port Penn. GREAT EGRET continues at Grier's Pond off Dutch Neck Road.
Waterfowl is beginning to return to the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh
including COMMON MERGANSER, SHOVELER, and 50 NORTHERN PINTAILS. There was
also six BALD EAGLES and a COOPER'S HAWK reported. CHIPPING SPARROW was
found at the Ashton Tract on Sunday.

Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Ponds of Bayberry along
St. Ann's Church Road, south of Middletown. That make "Speckle-bellies" in
all three counties in the state! BROWN CREEPERS were found at Blackbird
State Forest.

It is being reported that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources is
closing the Redden Forest rest stop parking lot due to illegal activities.
This will make for difficult birding for Southern specialties like YELLOW
THROATED, PROTHONOTARY, and WORM EATING WARBLER during the early spring.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Billy Weber, Mike
Bowen, Armas Hill, Jason Wood, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Kim Steininger, Bill
Telfair, Jim Fioventuro, Jared Clarke, John Dunn, Andy McGann, Keith
Leonard, John Long, Mike Moore, , Rod Murray, Rob Blye, Diane Kane, Wayne
Longbottom, Dick Plambeck, Joel Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Tim Freiday, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and
Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe
Russell, and Rachel Shapiro. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings.
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Subject: Black-backed Oriole in PA
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:35:19 -0500
All,

There is currently a Black-backed Oriole in Sinking Spring, PA (about 2 hours 
from Smyrna). The provenance is somewhat questionable, but if accepted by the 
ABA records committee, this would be a first for the ABA area (a record from 
California in the early 2000's was rejected). More details can be found here: 
http://blog.aba.org/2017/02/abarare-black-backed-oriole-pennsylvania.html 

If you chase this bird, please follow the rules laid out in the post.

Jerald

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Hockessin, DE
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 16:14:22 +0000
Red-breasted Nuthatch at our suet feeders this morning (First-of-Year for our 
yard). 

Spotted by our son James and then seen by the rest of us. 

We hadn't seen one in our yard since the fall, when we had one or two here 
every day for a couple of months. 


-Amy & Jim White 
White Yard C 
Hockessin, DE 

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Subject: Re: Common Raven
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:31:49 -0500
There have been sightings of the Raven several times, but none seen carrying 
sticks that I’m aware of. I walked around Bancroft Mills and Alapocas Park 
this afternoon and saw no Ravens. They may be in the area, but I don’t know 
when they start actively setting up territories. I believe they were seen 
carrying sticks in March in 2016. 


Sally




> On Jan 29, 2017, at 11:52 AM, Jerald  wrote:
> 
> Has anyone been to Bancroft Mills this year to see if the Ravens are
> nesting again?
> 
> Jerald
> 
> On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM, Ken Wat  wrote:
> 
>> A Common Raven flew over me this morning while birding at Alapocas near
>> Bancroft Mills.  The birds were very active this morning.  Had views of
>> Pileated, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Down, Hairy Woodpeckers and a lot of
>> Robins, Starlings and Juncos.
>> 
>> 
>> Ken Wat
>> Newark, DE
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Subject: Re: Common Raven
From: Jerald <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:52:31 -0500
Has anyone been to Bancroft Mills this year to see if the Ravens are
nesting again?

Jerald

On Sun, Jan 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM, Ken Wat  wrote:

> A Common Raven flew over me this morning while birding at Alapocas near
> Bancroft Mills.  The birds were very active this morning.  Had views of
> Pileated, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Down, Hairy Woodpeckers and a lot of
> Robins, Starlings and Juncos.
>
>
> Ken Wat
> Newark, DE
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Subject: Common Raven
From: Ken Wat <kenw70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:03:54 -0500
A Common Raven flew over me this morning while birding at Alapocas near
Bancroft Mills.  The birds were very active this morning.  Had views of
Pileated, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Down, Hairy Woodpeckers and a lot of
Robins, Starlings and Juncos.


Ken Wat
Newark, DE

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Subject: A good yard morning
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <Adinkl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:38:58 -0500
On this gloomy morning, my yard was buzzing with some good birds.  In
addition to the chickadees, Titmouse, junco and white throated sparrows:

 

Red Breasted Nuthatch

White breasted nuthatch

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Downey

Red Bellied woodpecker

Goldfinches

 

Ann Dinkel

Red Mill Pond

Lewes, DE

 


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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 27th, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:44:15 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 27, 2017
* DEST1701.27
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan 
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Black-bellied Plover
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
RAZORBILL
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
Lapland Longspur
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
"Sharp-Tailed Type" Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 27, 2017
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, 27th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 162 species this week.

During the nor'easter last weekend, a LAUGHING GULL was reported at the
parking lot at Frawley Stadium in downtown Wilmington. Additionally, a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was found there on Wednesday. A pair of COMMON
MERGANSERS were seen on the Brandywine Creek opposite Wilmington Hospital

A RAZORBILL was seen flying by the point at Cape Henlopen State Park on
Wednesday. BRANT, BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus SANDERLING and
DUNLIN were also reported FOX and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen found at the
Seaside Nature Center along with all three species of NUTHATCH,
WHITE-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and RED-BREASTED. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was
found at the Gordon's Pond Trail, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and
CHIPPING SPARROW.

A winter plumage adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfe
Point Sewage Treatment Plant at Midway with 5 BONAPARTE'S GULL'S. Eight WILD
TURKEYS were seen outside the plant on Sunday. Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach
had 475 CANVASBACKS, plus LESSER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK.

COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, BRANT, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, SURF and
BLACK were reported at Indian River Inlet. HORNED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT,
and both COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS were seen offshore. PURPLE SANDPIPER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. A single FORSTER'S
TERN was seen feeding in the inlet.

EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area along with 4 MUTE
SWANS. Other waterfowl reported included AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, PINTAIL,
plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. 50 wild turkeys were seen in the fields at
Assawoman, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the woods.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLER were reported at Wharton's Bluff near
Frankfurt along Indian River. A flock of 25 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen
at Indian River during the storm. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
also found at Bethany Beach Nature Center along with an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER. A flock of 42 WOOD DUCK were seen in the pond near Angola. Only
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the waste treatment site near
Hardscrabble.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also found at the headquarters at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. There were no reports of NORTHERN
SHRIKE this week. SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Oyster Rock Road. A
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found along Prime Hook Beach Road with DUNLIN.
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were also reported, along with LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL. ROSS'S GOOSE was reported with SNOW GEESE along the
Fowler's Beach Road plus at Deep Branch Road. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA
SWAN, BRANT, GADWALL, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. "SHARP-TAILED TYPE" SPARROWS were reported at Fowler's Beach and
Prime Hook Beach along with MARSH WREN, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen at Fowler's Beach Road. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD,
RED-THROATED LOON, SANDERLING, and 4 HORNED GREBES were seen off Broadkill
Beach. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the field off Cove Neck
Road near Milton.

Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen off Lighthouse Road going to
Mispillion Inlet. RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Kitts Hummock. Ten EASTERN
MEADOWLARK were reported at the Pickering Beach Road. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS
were found among 300 HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near the town of Little
Creek, along with AMERICAN KESTREL.

MARBLED GODWIT was again found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Smyrna. The bird was seen on the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool from the
Frink Tower. Waterfowl scene included 170 TUNDRA SWAN, SHOVELER, GADWALL,
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK. PEREGRINE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL were
reported along with several BALD EAGLES. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was
found at the refuge during the storm on Saturday. Landbirds scene included
EASTERN PHOEBE, FOX, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

The retention pond at the South Smyrna on-ramp to Route 1 had a REDHEAD with
8 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Saturday. On Sunday, only 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were
found. BARRED OWL was found Saturday at the town at Cheswold.

A male CANVASBACK was found at the spillway to Augustine Creek along Route
9, south of Port Penn on Saturday. RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on
Sunday. Also reported was BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON, and HOODED MERGANSER. A group
of 14 GREAT EGRETS were seen Saturday at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre
Marsh. TUNDRA SWAN and PINTAIL were also reported, along with a GRAY
CATBIRD. GREAT EGRET was also seen Wednesday at Grier's Pond along Dutch
Neck Road. A MERLIN was found at the Gray Fox Farms. Three RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported at Blackbird State Forest opposite the headquarters
building. 

Newark Reservoir continues to have 2 drake REDHEADS plus LESSER SCAUP,
COMMON MERGANSER and RING-NECKED DUCK. You can access the reservoir from
Paper Mill Road just past the bridge over White Clay Creek. There is ample
parking and a pathway up the hill. A BARRED OWL was reported at Toad Hill in
Bear. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the E-Building of Christiana Hospital.

RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED
GREBE continue be seen at Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville. BARRED OWL was
seen at the Hillside Mill Cove.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be seen at the Village of Linden
Parkland off Milltown Road between Newark in Wilmington. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported this week in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported this week at Shipley Road near Weldin
Rd., Center Mill Road near Yorklyn, and Bay Pointe, south of Glasgow. A
female PURPLE FINCH was also reported at Bay Pointe. 

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Jason Wood,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Bob Edelen, Armas Hill, Judy Montgomery, Duane Kornbau,
Andy McGann, John Long, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore, , Rod Murray, Jim
Lenhard, Sean O'Connor, Gwen Moore, Christine Anderson, Kitt Heckscher, Joel
Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe Sebastiani, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry
Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell, totally Hochhausler and Rachel
Shapiro. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
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Subject: Seeking Redheads at Newark Reservoir, New Castle DE
From: Debbie Beer <debbeer1023 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:51:24 -0500
Hi friends,
I'd like to look for the Redhead ducks that have been seen frequently at
Newark Reservoir.

I've never been there, and wondering about parking and reservoir access. Is
it a far walk to view the water? All information is greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Debbie Beer
Delaware County, PA

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Subject: Keep an eye out for the one-eyed GBBG in New Castle County
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:36:18 +0000
Hey all,

I took a quick look at the birds at Augustine Beach, near Port Penn in New
Castle County, on Sunday afternoon. It was still very foggy with heavy
mist, and there wasn't much to see bird-wise. However, the one
non-Ring-billed Gull loafing with the Ring-bills was a rather unique and
impresssive first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull.

I didn't realize what I was seeing at first, but on closer inspection, this
bird had experienced a serious trauma to the right side of its face, and
seems to have lost its right eye. I don't think that it's necessarily in
need of rescue, because it seemed to be otherwise in decent health. At
least for now.

But I spent some time observing this bird. I'm impressed with its
toughness. The other side of its face is perfectly normal, and as I sat
there watching it, it reminded me of the Batman villain Two-Face. Scary on
one side, handsome on the other.

Additionally, one of the coolest things about birds with unique injuries is
that they can become recognizable INDIVIDUALS to birders. (I'm sure birds
are always capable of discerning and remembering other members of their
species individually.) But for us humans, these gross injuries or
deformities allow us to easily discerned them from the anonymous multitudes
of their conspecifics. It's similar to the color-coded leg bands that
ornithologists use in their mark-resight studies, only more natural. Quite
a few years ago, I recall a unique Great Egret in Pennsylvania that many
birders enjoyed keeping tabs on through a summer on the Susquehanna River.
That bird was recognizable from the fact that it had lost one leg just
below the ankle joint.

Here's a quick video clip of this GBBG:

https://vimeo.com/200610615

So, if you're in the vicinity of Port Penn, keep an out for the one-eyed
Great Black-backed Gull.

Good birding,
Andy
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Subject: First bird of the Trump era
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:34:12 -0500
   Just for the record, moments after our new Commander-in-Chief was sworn
in yesterday, I took a peek through the kitchen window to note my first
bird seen under the new administration.  Lo and behold, it was a FOY
Chipping Sparrow searching under the feeder for tidbits that either God or
I had provided.

   I had hoped for something a tad more dramatic like a Bald Eagle or, ...
or even a Turkey Vulture.

Rod Murray, Middletown DE

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