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8 Dec Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Marylou Atwell ]
7 Dec Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Mark Odell ]
7 Dec Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Rodney Murray ]
7 Dec Lapland Longspur [Edward Crawford ]
7 Dec Nuthatches at Cape Henlopen [Edward Crawford ]
7 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - DE SU home, Dec 7, 2016 [Rob Blye ]
6 Dec Bombay Hook Christmas Bird Count [Andrew Ednie ]
3 Dec Re: de-birds Digest - 1 Dec 2016 to 2 Dec 2016 (#2016-295) [ ]
29 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2016) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov Ashland Nature Center (28 Nov 2016) 22 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov Ashland Nature Center (26 Nov 2016) 53 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov Lesser Canada Geese [Gerry Teig ]
29 Nov Cackling Goose [David and Joy Peters ]
28 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Nov Black-throated Gray Warbler in MD [Jerald Reb ]
27 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2016) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2016) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 25th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
22 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Nov Important Update Regarding the Eurasian Wigeon at Assawoman [Tim Freiday ]
22 Nov Ashland Nature Center (22 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Nov Ashland Nature Center (21 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Nov Ashland Nature Center (20 Nov 2016) 55 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Nov 2016 DE Rarities Roundup Results [Tim Freiday ]
21 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2016) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2016) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Nov Greater White-fronted Goose [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
19 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2016) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Nov Ashland Nature Center (19 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 18th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
19 Nov Eastern Meadowlark [Jerry ]
18 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2016) 49 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Nov 2016 DE Rarities Roundup [Tim Freiday ]
18 Nov Ashland Nature Center (18 Nov 2016) 54 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Nov Re: DOS Seawatch this Saturday [Anthony Gonzon ]
17 Nov Ashland Nature Center (17 Nov 2016) 56 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2016) 38 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Nov DOS Seawatch this Saturday [Christopher Bennett ]
16 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2016) 76 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Ashland Nature Center (16 Nov 2016) 74 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Greater White-fronted Geese [Rodney Murray ]
16 Nov Leucistic American Robin - Dover [Paul Nasca ]
15 Nov Delaware Rarities Roundup and Sparrow Search Results [Tim Freiday ]
15 Nov sussex county bird club and salt sparrows [Tim Freiday ]
15 Nov Northern Flicker - Centerville Road ["Mike D." ]
15 Nov Northern Flicker - Centerville Road ["Mike D." ]
15 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2016) 25 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Nov Ashland Nature Center (15 Nov 2016) 61 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Nov DOS Conservation Award - Seeking Nominations [Matthew Sarver ]
14 Nov Bombay Hook Closed for Hunting [Jerald Reb ]
14 Nov REMINDER: November DOS Meeting - this Wednesday at Ashland Nature Center [Anthony Gonzon ]
14 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2016) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Nov Ashland Nature Center (12 Nov 2016) 71 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2016) 134 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2016) 98 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Nov Cave Swallow over Coverdalw Farm Preserve [Jim White ]
12 Nov Juvenile Goshawk [John and Sandra Janowski ]
11 Nov Upcoming Birding Events with Delaware Nature Society [Tim Freiday ]
11 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 11th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2016) 91 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov Ashland Nature Center (11 Nov 2016) 67 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov November DOS Meeting - Wed. Nov. 16 at Ashland Nature Center [Anthony Gonzon ]
10 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2016) 106 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Nov Ashland Nature Center (10 Nov 2016) 63 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Nov Ashland Nature Center (09 Nov 2016) 2 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Nov Orange-crowned Warbler - Pickering Beach Road [Christopher Bennett ]
8 Nov Ashland Nature Center (08 Nov 2016) 51 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Nov Ashland Nature Center (07 Nov 2016) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Nov Ashland Nature Center (06 Nov 2016) 103 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2016) 71 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2016) 153 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Nov Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR, November 6, 2007 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
7 Nov Ashland Nature Center (05 Nov 2016) 92 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2016) 53 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Nov Sunrise at Fowler Beach ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
5 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2016) 175 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]

Subject: Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Marylou Atwell <matwellx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:55:39 -0500
That must have been a awesome sight to see!  Thank you for the recap.     I
love those wrens!   And I will have to wait to see what the ones I have at
my place wind up doing if the same thing should happen!   You are so lucky
to have seen it!

Marylou
Talleyville/Wilmington


On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Rodney Murray  wrote:

> I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
> my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
> interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
> wren.
>
> Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
> motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
> partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
> chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.
>
> The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
> to disappear for a while.
>
> I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
> almost one-half hour, but it did!
>
> Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
> once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.
>
> Rod Murray   Middletown DE
>
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Subject: Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Mark Odell <jmarkodell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:28:42 -0500
Rod,

I'm sure that I speak for many others as well as myself when I say thanks
for making my day.

Great observation.

Thanks for sharing it.


Mark Odell
Angola, DE

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Rodney Murray  wrote:

> I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
> my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
> interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
> wren.
>
> Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
> motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
> partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
> chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.
>
> The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
> to disappear for a while.
>
> I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
> almost one-half hour, but it did!
>
> Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
> once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.
>
> Rod Murray   Middletown DE
>
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>

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Subject: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:50:23 -0500
I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
wren.

Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.

The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
to disappear for a while.

I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
almost one-half hour, but it did!

Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.

Rod Murray   Middletown DE

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Subject: Lapland Longspur
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:56:45 -0500
Thanks to a previous post, Mark Odell and I went up to Cartanza Road near 
Little Creek hoping to see a Lapland Longspur and we were in luck. There were 
big flocks of Horned Larks feeding in the fields and we spent about an hour 
scanning the fields for accompanying longspurs. We had just given up and were 
packing the scopes in the truck when a longspur landed on the road about 30 
feet in front of us! A life bird for both of us. Did not see the Snow buntings. 


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Subject: Nuthatches at Cape Henlopen
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:49:32 -0500
Yesterday afternoon next to the Bike Barn at Cape Henlopen State Park, there 
was a trifecta of nuthatch types feeding together in the closest pine tree: 
Brown-headed, Red-breasted, and White-breasted. 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - DE SU home, Dec 7, 2016
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:57:29 -0500
See Ebird checklist below of rather mundane yard birds.

We moved here in late March 2016. One of our first home improvement efforts
was to install several feeders in both the front and back yards. We live in
a wooded neighborhood with plenty of trees and cover in the yard. We offer
black oil sunflower, mixed milo, millet, cracked corn, nyjer, meal worms,
sugar water and suet. For the first six months our feeders and yard were
full of birds - even all summer we had activity. Then a month and a half
ago the activity declined to almost nothing. No birds at the feeders for
days or weeks at a time. I realize that a successful foraging strategy for
song birds involves using multiple food sources on a frequent and rotating
basis. For some reason that I cannot figure out, the local birds excluded
our yard from their rotations.

We thank God that our birds have returned and we hope and pray that they
will continue.

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
610 213-2413 mobile

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Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM
Subject: eBird Report - DE SU home, Dec 7, 2016
To: rwb226 AT cornell.edu


DE SU home, Sussex, Delaware, US
Dec 7, 2016 7:30 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Carol and Rob observing the yard from kitchen and dining
room. Note that this is the first time in a month that we have had much
bird activity. We are curious as to why we have had virtually no birds at
our feeders and in the yard since lat October and now we are overwhelmed.
Many eastern grey squirrels in the yard. We also observed 5 white-tailed
deer, all apparently does, eating holly berries in our yard and across the
street.
15 species

Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  40
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S32903924

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa)

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Subject: Bombay Hook Christmas Bird Count
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:31:36 -0500
Greetings Fellow Birders, 

The 77th annual Bombay Hook count will be on Sunday, December 18th. This is
the longest continuous count in the state and has a reputation for unusual
finds including several single state records like Common Ground Dove and
Hammond's Flycatcher. The count area is from Woodland Beach to Kitts
Hummock, west to Dover and Smyrna. I need help covering the Dover area this
year. If interested please contact me, I can provide maps, hotspots, and
checklists. If you want to join the count, we have several groups in the
Bombay Hook refuge. I'm leading owling at 4 am, last year we had 7 species
in 2.5 hours! I can't promise anything, you never know what will happen with
owls. We'll meet for daytime birding at the refuge headquarters at 7 am to
divide up into parties. If you have a desire to bird "outside the box"
contact me for other area leaders. 

The goal is to top the 143 species mark set in 1983.  If interested, call me
on my cell at 302-463-0113 or home at 302-792-9591. You can also email me at
this address. 

Good birding, 
Andy

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Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 1 Dec 2016 to 2 Dec 2016 (#2016-295)
From: Lucia Morrison <000003617e09ae0f-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:15:01 -0500
Andy- Harleson I can't find, but there is, of course,  Harbeson
 
 
In a message dated 12/3/2016 12:01:18 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
LISTSERV AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU writes:

There  are 3 messages totaling 338 lines in this issue.

Topics of the  day:

1. Common Raven flyover at Harry's Pond 12/1
2.  Burton's Island on December 2 -- flurry of passerines
3. RBA:  Birdline Delaware, December 2nd, 2016

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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:27:41 -0500
From:    Amy O'Neil  
Subject: Common Raven flyover at Harry's  Pond 12/1

I apologize for the late notice.  Yesterday morning I  went birding at 
Harry's Pond (at the back side of the Target shopping complex  at Rte. 202 & 
Naaman's). 

I stepped out of my car at 7:30am and  noticed a large flock of crows far 
out over the shopping center. It caught my  attention because I usually only 
see three or so near the pond any given  morning. I noticed three birds 
approaching flying toward the pond, which I assumed were the locals flying in, 

so I didn't really look at them until I  heard a distinct croak - at which 
point I very nearly dropped my phone on the  pavement as I snapped to 
attention. I immediately saw that the lead bird was  much larger than the two 
following it, more hawklike in shape, with a large wedge/club-shaped tail. As I 

got on it with binoculars it croaked a second  time. The two American Crows 
in pursuit were loudly cawing and chasing it like  they do with Hawks. At 
this point they were flying fairly low and I had good  views of them until 
they sailed just over the treeline in a NE direction  toward Concord High 
School.  By the time I looked back over toward the  large group of crows, they 
had disappeared.  I never saw the raven again,  but I did stop by the pond 
again for a few minutes in the afternoon, and saw  the three "local" Amer. 
Crows flying silently over the pond. 

Also of  note at Harry's, there have been a large number of Hooded 
Mergansers here - up to 18 just yesterday afternoon. Also a pair of Ruddy and a 

pair of Ring-necked  Ducks.

In the trees nearest the balance beam there has occasionally  been a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a flock of about 20 Cedar Waxwings, and both 
kinglets. 

The local Belted Kingfisher is there daily, and usually the  Red-shouldered 
Hawk. 

Below is the eBird checklist from yesterday  morning. 

Good birding,
Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington  

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32816964


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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:02:51 +0000
From:    Mike Bowen  
Subject: Burton's Island on December 2 -- flurry  of passerines

I usually don't have quite the energy to walk the entire  loop trail on 
Burton's Island in Delaware Seashore State Park near Indian  River Inlet, but 
today I did.
It was (as usual!) pretty quiet and the wind  was blowing strongly from the 
west. The first surprise was a (Red) Fox Sparrow  perched near the marsh, 
then I encountered a flurry of passerines in a shrubby  area that was 
entirely protected from the wind: 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a male Red-breasted 

Nuthatch, White-throated and Swamp Sparrows and, best of  all, two different 
Orange-crowned Warblers.  One of the Orange-crowns was  quite yellow in 
front, but the one I managed to get in a (poor) photo was the  drabber one.
The eBird checklist, which contains some photos, for those  interested, is 
at:   http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32819673 D. H. Michael  Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301)  530-5764
16A Rodney Ave.Dewey Beach, DE 19971Phone:  302-226-3241

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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:48:20 -0500
From:    Andrew Ednie  
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 2nd,  2016

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 2, 2016
*  DEST1612.02

*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED  GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute  Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern  Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked  Duck
Redhead
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black  Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded  Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern  Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern  Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great  Egret
Cattle Egret
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered  Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied  Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled  Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least  Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American  Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's  Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Eastern  Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet  Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Belted  Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
COMMON RAVEN
Horned  Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh  Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown  Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
LAPLAND  LONGSPUR
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm  Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Seaside  Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned  Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern  Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline:  Birdline Delaware
Date: December 2, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie  302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie  (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby  Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, December  2nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware 
Museum
of Natural History  in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 334 species,  which ties the previous unofficial list record.

This week there's been  a pair of hummingbirds found New Castle County. A
hummingbird identified as  a RUBY-THROATED was banded at a feeder near
Hockessin and a RUFOUS  HUMMINGBIRD was banded near Middletown. Both of 
these
birds were on private  property that are not accepting visitors, but keep
those feeders up because  there are rare hummingbirds in the area! A
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also  seen at the Hockessin site. 

Also new this week was 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS  found at Cartanza Road near
Little Creek. A large flock of HORNED LARK also  included 4 SNOW BUNTINGS. A
big flock of SNOW GEESE was also in the area.  On Sunday, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS
were seen at Cartanza Road. Nearby, at the  horse pasture south of Little
Creek on Route 9 were 5 CATTLE EGRETS. Two  SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along
the Port Mahan Road. Along the Pickering  Beach Road were YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, FOX SPARROWS, and 14 EASTERN TOWHEE.  A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was
seen in Camden-Wyoming. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was  reported in Frederica. 

HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWITS were again  reported at Shearness Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near  Smyrna. Those birds were seen 
with
approximately 330 AMERICAN AVOCETS and  100 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Other
shorebirds reported included SEMIPALMATED  PLOVER, WESTERN and LEAST
SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Good  numbers of both LESSER and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS are still being seen. GREATER  WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING
GOOSE were seen from the Shearness Tower over  the weekend, but have not 
been
reported since. Waterfowl included TUNDRA  and MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL,  BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. PEREGRINE  FALCON was seen flying over the
impoundments along with a peak count of 12  BALD EAGLES. Three late GREAT
EGRETS were seen. Birds found in the early  morning included AMERICAN
WOODCOCK and BARRED OWL. 12 NORTHERN BOBWHITE  were also seen.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Mike Castle  trail along the C&D
canal off Cox Neck Road near Delaware City. This  bird was seen in the brush
by the parking lot at the gate to the dirt road.  Also seen were EASTERN
BLUEBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and CEDAR WAXWING. GRAY  CATBIRD was also seen at
Grier's Pond near Thousand Acre Marsh. Five GREAT  EGRETS were seen at the
Ashton Tract. A single BRANT was seen among CANADA  GEESE at the St. Anne's
Church Road retention pond, south of Middletown.  Four RUDDY DUCKS were also
seen on the pond and EASTERN MEADOWLARK was in  the fields.

COMMON RAVENS continue be reported Northern Delaware,  mostly from their
stronghold in at Ashland Nature Center near Yorklyn.  Recently, there've 
been
reports from Alapocos Woods and a new location at  Harry's Pond at the
Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. Also, Harry's  Pond had 2
RING-NECKED DUCK, 12 HOODED MERGANSER, 2 RUDDY DUCK and a  DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. A REDHEAD was seen among BLACK DUCK on Hoopes's  Reservoir near
Centreville from the Route 82 Causeway. Also reported were  100 RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Two  COMMON MERGANSERS
were seen along the Christiana River from I-95.

A  rare VESPER SPARROW was found at Ashland Nature Center's hawk watch  on
Monday and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at Ashland on Thursday.  HERMIT
THRUSH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE were  also
reported. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES continues to come to the White's  feeder 
on
Center Mill Rd., near Yorklyn. A nice group of raptors Brandywine  Creek
State Park included BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, COOPER'S HAWK, and  MERLIN,
plus EASTERN SCREECH-OWL. Also seen were PILEATED WOODPECKER and a  female
PURPLE FINCH.  PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen in Claymont  for only the
second time in 20 years. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to  come to 
feeders
in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road.

A SAW-WHET OWL  was found at Middle Run Natural Area near trail marker 10 in
the predawn  hours on Monday along with GREAT HORNED OWL and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK. A  flyover HORNED LARK was found at Middle Run, plus BROWN
THRASHER, BLUEBIRD,  and SAPSUCKER. A PALM WARBLER was found in the middle
wetlands at the  University of Delaware farm with KILLDEER and 
RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK. A  YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found by Townsend Hall. Another
BLACK-CAPPED  CHICKADEE was found today coming to a feeder in Brookside  
near
Newark

NELSON'S and SALTMARSH SPARROWS plus MARSH WREN continue  to be found at
Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near  Milton. SURF and
BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER and  RED-THROATED LOON were seen
at Fowler's. Shorebirds fouond included  BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A  flock of 230 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were found at Broadkill Beach marsh along  with HOODED MERGANSER and
BUFFLEHEAD.

BLACK and SURF SCOTER were  seen at Indian River Inlet, along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN GANNET,  and SANDERLING. BONAPARTE'S GULL and
FORSTER'S TERNS were seen in the  inlet. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the
marsh by the South campground  along with SEASIDE, NELSON'S and SALTMARSH
SPARROW, and PALM WARBLER plus a  calling CLAPPER RAIL. 120 BRANT were seen
at the South Marina. Today, 2  ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found on the
Burton's Island Trail with  RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and
FOX SPARROW. 

A  CACKLING GOOSE was still being seen on Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach
along  with HOODED MERGANSER. MUTE SWAN was reported at Assawoman Wildlife
Area,  along with AMERICAN WIGEON GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
AMERICAN  COOT, plus HOODED and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. Three BALD EAGLES were
seen in  the area, plus KINGFISHER and 5 BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES.

A flock of 30  SNOW BUNTINGS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen at 
The
Point at  Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER,  and COMMON LOON was seen on the water. 30 AMERICAN PIPIT were
seen flying  over. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in 
the
pine  trees.

Also downstate, PURPLE FINCH was seen at Old Landing near  Rehoboth Beach. A
RUSTY BLACKBIRD was photographed near Harleson. A PALM  WARBLER was found in
a yard near Hollyville along Route 5, west of Lewes.  

The Delaware Hawk Watch season came to a close this week. Ashland  Nature
Center had 9 BALD EAGLES yesterday, for a total of 440 for the  season. Cape
Henolpen Hawk watch had 10 BALD EAGLES on Sunday for 409 for  the season. 
Who
would believe you would see that many BALD EAGLES in a  season about 40 
years
ago! A GOLDEN EAGLE and MERLIN were seen at Ashland  on Monday. There were
migrating RING-BILLED GULLS and GREAT BLUE HERONS  seen this week. Cape
Henlopen had LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GANNETS,  WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and
COMMON MERGANSER this week. PINE SISKIN was seen  on Saturday and 20 SNOW
BUNTINGS were at the hawk watch on Monday. The last  PEREGRINE FALCON was
reported as the storm approached on Tuesday at Cape  Henlopen. Thanks for
another great season!

And thanks to everybody  that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen,
Mike Smith, Amy O'Neil,  Al Guarente, Wayne Longbottom, Andrew Bogush,
Shannon Modla, Alex Wiebe,  Amy White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard,
Christine Stevens, Dick  Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, 
Bob
Edelen, Ian Stewart,  Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil
Thompson, Hank Davis, Joe  Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, 
Ken
Wat, Frank Lenik, Alissa  Kegelman, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, 
Sue
Gruver, Joe Swertinski  and Colin Campbell. Special thanks to our two hawk
counters, Hannah  Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. 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 Nov 2016) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:31:48 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            218            406
Turkey Vulture               4            671           1202
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            146            409
Northern Harrier             0             67            165
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            143           1049
Cooper's Hawk                0             48            195
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              0            157            224
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             1              5            285
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                       6           1539           8014
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Dennis for assisting with the count!
1 visitor



Weather:
Overcast and drizzle in the morning then rain showers through the
afternoon, temp 15-17C, S wind 14-16mph, gusting to 30mph, vis 10km


Raptor Observations:
Not much moving in the bad weather, a few vultures, one Sharp-shinned Hawk
and a Peregrine Falcon.
Count ended at noon due to rain.


Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gannet, Scoters. 


Predictions:
Rain likely before 11am, then chance of rain in the afternoon, warm with a
high of 65F, S wind 10-15mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (28 Nov 2016) 22 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:48:04 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            220            263
Turkey Vulture               7            220            299
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                   2            171            431
Northern Harrier             1             47            112
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            206           1172
Cooper's Hawk                4             61            368
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            207            371
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              3            331            587
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              9
American Kestrel             0              4            296
Merlin                       1              2             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             25
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             11             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      22           1505           6279
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Jim Lewis

Weather:
Partly cloudy with light south winds. 

Raptor Observations:
1 GOLDEN EAGLE!

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (26 Nov 2016) 53 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:28:59 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7            215            258
Turkey Vulture               9            212            291
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                  10            161            421
Northern Harrier             3             45            110
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            198           1164
Cooper's Hawk                1             56            363
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8            198            362
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              9            314            570
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              4            296
Merlin                       0              1             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             25
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             11             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      53           1439           6213
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Jared Zaruba, Peter Wilner

Visitors:
16


Weather:
Cloudy with NW winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Good number of BALD EAGLES, and RED-TAILED HAWKS moving through. 

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Lesser Canada Geese
From: Gerry Teig <gerryteig AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:04:29 -0500
On Nov 16 I posted pictures of possible Cackling Geese seen on Nov 14 at
Harry's Pond off 202 near the PA border on the DE birding facebook page.  I
also posted the picture on a couple of other bird ID sites.  The general
opinion is that they are Lesser Canada Geese, subspecies parvipes.  Does
anyone know how common this subspecies is in DE?
I don't know if this link to the facebook picture will work, but here it is:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208383577734112&set=gm.792117584277250&type=3&theater 


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Subject: Cackling Goose
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:26:58 +0000
A cackling goose was seen on Silver Lake in Dewey in among Canada geese this 
afternoon. It was very close to shore next to the pull-off area. 


Joy Peters
Dover, Delaware
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:42:27 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               17            218            406
Turkey Vulture              20            667           1198
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   1            146            409
Northern Harrier             0             67            165
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            142           1048
Cooper's Hawk                2             48            195
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              1            157            224
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      41           1533           8008
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Bronson

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Ann Dinkel, Paul Kane, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin,Ann,Alissa, and Paul for their help. 2 visitors


Weather:
South wind all day at 1-5 mph., temp 7-12c., clcv 80-100%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
TV's coming in again at the Point, 1-B. Eagle, 1-Red-Tailed Hawk and a few
BV's

Non-raptor Observations:
40 Snow Buntings at the Point in the morning another group of about 20 in
the afternoon landed on the dunes in front of us.Gannets, Scoters,DCCO's
and Red-Throated Lons moving a bit more today.

And a seal eating a huge fish directly in front of the platform!

Predictions:
90% chance of rain. Breezy and warmer, high 62. South wind 15-25 mph
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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler in MD
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:07:33 -0500
Hello all,

For those who don't regularly check the Maryland alerts, there is currently a 
Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace MD. It has been seen mostly in 
and around Tydings Memorial Park. I searched unsuccessfully for it yesterday, 
but Kurt Schwartz refound the bird a few minutes ago at the Tydings boat ramp. 


Jerald

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2016) 50 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:35:35 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10            201            389
Turkey Vulture              18            647           1178
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                  10            145            408
Northern Harrier             0             67            165
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            142           1048
Cooper's Hawk                0             46            193
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              9            156            223
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      50           1492           7967
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson, Lynn Smith

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin and Lynn for their help. 7 visitors


Weather:
wind NW/WNW/NW, 2-6 mph, temp. 6-9c, clcv 0-30%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
TV's came in to the Point from the North, BV's were in a kettle and left to
the SW. Our resident Bald Eagle was very busy chasing and fighting with the
intruders. 10 migrating BE and 2 locals. 9 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
little birds were very quiet and the sea birds were way down

Predictions:
mostly sunny, high in 50's, wind South 5-10
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Nov 2016) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:03:09 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 26, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                9            191            379
Turkey Vulture              11            629           1160
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   5            135            398
Northern Harrier             1             67            165
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            139           1045
Cooper's Hawk                0             46            193
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              1            147            214
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      28           1442           7917
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dennis, and Vince for helping with the count today!
34 visitors



Weather:
Overcast in the morning then partly cloudy through the afternoon, temp
8-10C, strong NNW / N winds 12-16mph gusting to 25mph, vis 18km



Raptor Observations:
Vultures moving through, along with a Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk and
Red-tailed Hawk. Five Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Goose, Common Merganser (6), Bonaparte's Gull, Pine Siskin, DC
Cormorant (90)



Predictions:
Sunny, high 51F, NW wind 10-15mph

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 25th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:48:34 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*November 25, 2016
* DEST1611.25
	
*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
EURASIAN WIGEON
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail
Clapper Rail
American Avocets
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwits
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs 
Bonaparte Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 25, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, November 25th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
remains at 332 species. 

The highlight of late November in Delaware is the return of waterfowl. This
week, 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 5 CACKLING GEESE were found on
Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with 18 HOODED MERGANSERS. A pair of
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen in the corn stubble along Route 9 in
Lewes, along the Freeman Memorial Highway heading towards the ferry
terminal. BRANT was reported at Long Neck. 

The sea watch at Indian River Inlet on Saturday found 2 COMMON EIDERS, an
immature male plus hen along with 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 175 SURF SCOTERS,
and 19 BLACK SCOTERS. Also reported was BRANT, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GREATER
SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Also, seen
offshore were a peak count of 617 RED-THROATED LOONS, 72 COMMON LOONS, 420
NORTHERN GANNETS, and 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS. A highlight of the sea watch was
an immature BLACK SKIMMER flying along the shoreline plus LAUGHING and
BONAPARTE'S GULL, FORSTER'S and ROYAL TERN. On the rock jetty were PURPLE
SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and SANDERLING. A pair of
GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the inlet on Thursday. At nearby Burtons island
causeway were BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BRANT, and 4 BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERONS. An AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET were flushed from the
marshes at the South Inlet Campground. NELSON'S, SALTMARSH, and SEASIDE
SPARROW were seen in the marsh, along with MARSH WREN and PALM WARBLER. 

A raft of 125 AMERICAN WIGEON included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island plus 3 late BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 100
GADWALLS, PINTAIL, and NORTHERN SHOVELER. Other waterfowl found included
LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, 110 RUDDY DUCK, and 3
PIED-BILLED GREBES. The woodland surrounding the impoundments at Assawoman
had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER calling plus BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and CHIPPING
SPARROW. The refuge also had a high count of seven BALD EAGLES. The nearby
ponds along Route 54 W. of Fenwick had GREAT EGRET, AMERICAN COOT, and
BUFFLEHEAD.

More BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and lots of scoters,
including 400 SURF, 9 WHITE-WINGED, and 250 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at
Bethany Beach. A big flight of 300 RED-THROATED LOONS were flying south,
along with 4 HORNED GREBES and a ROYAL TERN. A lone TREE SWALLOW was seen
sitting on the beach. 

SURF, WHITE-WINGED, and BLACK SCOTER were found at Herring Point in Cape
Henlopen State Park, along with RED-THROATED LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, and 2
HORNED GREBES. There were 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach. A late
OSPREY was seen as the walking dunes at Cape Henlopen along with WHITE
BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and CHIPPING SPARROW. Gordon's Pond at
Cape Henlopen had a late STILT SANDPIPER plus GREAT EGRET along with
BUFFLEHEAD, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. GREAT HORNED OWL was
calling from the woods. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen at
Roosevelt inlet in Lewes on Sunday.

Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton had 50
SURF SCOTERS offshore plus sightings of BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED and HOODED
MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK with COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON. 40
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were found plus RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and 300
DUNLIN. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen along the beach with ROYAL
and FORSTER'S TERN. A flock of 20 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the beach and
in the marsh were both NELSON'S and SALTMARSH SPARROW. 375 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were at Broadkill Marsh, plus 10 GREATER and 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Two
RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Broadkill Beach on Sunday. 42 HOODED
MERGANSERS were seen at Turkle Pond along with 3 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 50
WOOD DUCK. 

Five COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen off South Slaughter's Beach, along with
WHITE-WINGED and 188 SURF SCOTERS and 38 RED-THROATED LOONS. BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER and a CLAPPER RAIL were seen near the duPont Nature Center at
Mispillion Inlet. 

A pair of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were founded at feeders in Sussex County
this week. One was seen west of Lewes, and the other bird was seen at Bay
Vista near Rehoboth Beach. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were seen
at Thompson's Island, along with 4 HOODED MERGANSERS in the Rehoboth-Lewes
Canal. PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and FOX SPARROW were reported in
a yard near Harbleson. a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen at Herring
Creek Nature Preserve along with HOODED MERGANSER and BELTED KINGFISHER.

More geese were found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
There was a peak count of 9 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 4 CACKLING
GEESE. A late BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen today, plus TUNDRA and MUTE SWANS,
GADWALL, PINTAIL, SHOVELER, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Other waterfowl included
BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. The big flock of 350 AMERICAN
AVOCETS continue to include 3 HUDSONIAN and 10 MARBLED GODWIT with
LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. There was a flock of 90 BLACK
BELLIED PLOVERS on Raymond Pool. Bear Swamp had more GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPER. 40 WOOD
DUCK were seen at this Finis Pool, plus a big flock of 55 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
There were 40 BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS with 2 KILLDEERS along Whitehall Neck
Road plus HORNED LARK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Four late CATTLE EGRETS were seen opposite Little Creek Wildlife Management
Area south of Little Creek along Route 9. FOX and SAVANNAH SPARROW were
reported at Pickering Beach, along with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. SNOW GOOSE
and BALD EAGLE were seen flying overhead. CHIPPING SPARROW and RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH were seen in Dover by Silver lake. An EASTERN SCREECH OWL was
visiting a box near Camden-Wyoming.

A BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was seen at the top of the sledding hill in
Ashland Nature Center yesterday. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, PURPLE FINCH and
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER continued be reported in Ashland along with COMMON
RAVEN. Hoope's Reservoir had 200 RING-NECKED DUCKS plus HOODED MERGANSER,
BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, COOT and BELTED KINGFISHER. Late evening at the
reservoir produced BARN, BARRED, and GREAT HORNED OWL. Nine HOODED
MERGANSERS plus RUDDY DUCK and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were seen at Harry's
Pond in the Brandywine Town Center.  A pair of CACKLING GEESE were among the
Canada's at the Winterthur Ponds off Route 100 and Adams Dam Road.
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was reported at Brandywine Creek State Park. 

A flock of 50 WOOD DUCK were found at the Horseshoe Pond at Middle Run
Natural Area near Newark. a late GRAY CATBIRD was seen there along with
SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLUEBIRD, FOX and CHIPPING SPARROW.
BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER was also seen on Newark Reservoir.

Another BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen coming to a feeder at Bay Pointe
near Summit Bridge an unusual occurrence for Delaware's coastal plain. Four
BLACK-CAPS were reported at the Canal Zone Wildlife Area west of Summit
Bridge. Four RUDDY DUCKS were seen at the St. Ann's Church Retention Pond
near Middletown. AMERICAN KESTREL was reported along Levels Road nearby.

Blow the canal, a RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the Augustine Beach boat
ramp, this is the same place where this species was found last year. Also
reported were along with 2 LAUGHING and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 4 BALD
EAGLES, and a SAPSUCKER. 15 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at the headwaters of
Augustine Creek. Three PIED-BILLED GREBES, 17 GREAT EGRETS and an AMERICAN
COOT were found at the Ashton Tract.  A pair of calling VIRGINIA RAILS were
at Grier's Pond on Dutch Neck Road. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was found at
Dragon Run in Delaware City. 

The high winds on Sunday produced 16 BALD EAGLES at the Ashland Nature
Center Hawk Watch on Sunday, along with 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS and an AMERICAN
KESTREL. A late OSPREY was seen on Saturday. A nice flight of Red-shouldered
Hawks was reported on Wednesday. TUNDRA SWANS were seen today flying over
and a CACKLING and SNOW GOOSE were with Canada's on Tuesday. 

The Cape Henlopen Hawk watch had 15 BALD EAGLES on Wednesday and MERLIN seen
on Sunday and Tuesday. There were big flights of seabirds along the coast
including Scoter, Loons, Gannets and Cormorants. GREATER SCAUP, 8 REDHEAD
and 46 BUFFLEHEAD were seen from the watch on Wednesday. Also reported this
were TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW GOOSE, GREAT CORMORANT, and PARASITIC JAEGER. 

The only report of WILD TURKEY this week was in Harbleson, they all must be
hiding. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Andy McGann,
Andrew Bogush, Jim Lenhard, Shannon Modla, Alex Wiebe, Charlie Plumpton,
Josh Jones, Andrew Albright, Amy White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard, Bert
Filemyr, Brian McCaffrey, Christine Stevens, Dick Plambeck, Chris and Karen
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bob Edelen, Ian Stewart,
Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil Thompson, Brian Henderson,
Joe Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Frank Lenik, Art
Zdancewic, Rob Blye, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and
Dave Fees. Special thanks to our two hawk counters, Hannah Greenberg and Jen
Ottinger. 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 (22 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:38:05 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            178            366
Turkey Vulture              15            586           1117
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                  15            118            381
Northern Harrier             1             64            162
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            138           1044
Cooper's Hawk                1             46            193
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              7            144            211
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      41           1361           7836
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Kate Fleming, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Kate, Sue, and Dennis for helping with the count on this cold,
windy day!
14 visitors



Weather:
Clear skies, temp 4-8C, strong W, WNW winds turning NW in the afternoon
(12-20mph), vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Nice flight of Bald Eagles (15) in the morning, several Turkey Vultures
passing through, and a good number of Red-tailed Hawks. Two resident adult
Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Good number of Bufflehead (74), Hooded Merganser (4), Parasitic Jaeger, a
steady flight of Forster's Terns (250) in the late afternoon and an awesome
push of Red-throated Loon (570) in the last hour of observation.  

Predictions:
The wind will finally decrease, sunny, high 48F, NW wind 5-10mph

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Subject: Important Update Regarding the Eurasian Wigeon at Assawoman
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:17:16 -0500
Hello Fellow DE Birders,

One thing I forgot to mention in my write up yesterday is that Assawoman 
Wildlife Area is closed for hunting this time of year, except on Sundays. It is 
important to respect this, because without hunters the deer population would 
get out of hand and habitat damage would ensue. Additionally, much of the 
state's revenue for conservation comes from the sale of hunting licenses. I 
apologize if anyone went searching and was turned away today as a result. I do 
believe this bird and more like it will stick around in the area until 
everything freezes hard, so check it out this Sunday or one in the future if 
you are so inclined. 


Happy birding,
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (22 Nov 2016) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:13:26 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               12            203            246
Turkey Vulture               2            175            254
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                   4            143            403
Northern Harrier             3             40            105
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            189           1155
Cooper's Hawk                1             52            359
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            177            341
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              9            290            546
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              4            296
Merlin                       0              1             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             25
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             10             32
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      41           1308           6082
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        David Beattie, Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
11


Weather:
Cold and breezy with the winds coming from the W/NW. Partly cloudy skies
parted to clear blue by the end of the day. Gusts up to 22 MPH. 

Raptor Observations:
9 RED-TAILED HAWKS moved through today. Our local RED-TAILED HAWKS continue
to be seen daily, including the Northern RED-TAILED HAWK which has been
seen almost daily for the past few weeks. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of other birds were on the move today. We had over 150 RING-BILLED
GULLS move past the hill early, swirling in tornado like groups. Over 450
CANADA GEESE moved past, mixed in with them were 1 SNOW GOOSE and 1
CACKLING GOOSE. 

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with a high in the upper 40's. Winds look like they are
finally starting to slow down, NW winds 5-8 MPH are predicted. 
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (21 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:01:02 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5            191            234
Turkey Vulture               0            173            252
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                   6            139            399
Northern Harrier             0             37            102
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            181           1147
Cooper's Hawk                1             51            358
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            175            339
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             13            281            537
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             1              4            296
Merlin                       1              1             34
Peregrine Falcon             1              5             25
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             10             32
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      30           1267           6041
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani

Weather:
Partly cloudy with winds ranging from N to NE to NW. Gusts up to 35 MPH.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (20 Nov 2016) 55 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:54:34 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7            186            229
Turkey Vulture              12            173            252
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                  16            133            393
Northern Harrier             4             37            102
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            180           1146
Cooper's Hawk                1             50            357
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            174            338
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              8            268            524
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             1              3            295
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             24
Unknown Accipiter            3              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             10             32
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                1              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      55           1237           6011
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Andy Ednie, Dan Walker, George Harrison, Tom Raub

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Cool cloudy day with gusts up to 39 MPH. 

Raptor Observations:
High numbers for BALD EAGLES with 16 migrating past the hill. 

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: 2016 DE Rarities Roundup Results
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:37:59 -0500
Hello Fellow DE Birders,

We conducted the annual DE Rarities Roundup in Sussex County yesterday, and had 
a fun day of birding despite the cold and windy conditions. As mentioned, we 
were combing the coastal habitats to try and turn up a vagrant bird for the 
state. Many participants assisted in counting birds in different territories, 
and as a result we had good coverage of the southern parts of coastal DE. 


All teams reported a total of 86 species combined, with a few notable findings. 
A saltmarsh sparrow was found once again at Fowler Beach, but due to the wind, 
passerine birding was less than optimal and no other salt sparrows or LeConte's 
sparrows were found. It's a good time of year for them though so it's 
definitely worth checking your tidal marsh patches at high tide! 


Although the songbirds were quiet, there was a good bit of waterfowl around. 
The nice thing about looking at ducks is just that: you can look at them. You 
don't have to hear them or try to differentiate their movement from the swaying 
tree limbs. They will be around as long as it's the right time of year, and 
currently they are filtering in from the north as it begins to get colder. 


One of the best places to look for ducks down state is Assawoman Wildlife Area. 
This Important Birding Area has several fresh and brackish ponds, along with 
some salty bays which many ducks use for shelter and feeding. In addition, it 
has a lot of nice forested habitat for songbirds. We had our best luck with the 
ponds however, which hold many species and individuals of both dabbling and 
diving ducks. While scanning the pond south of the observation tower, we 
noticed several late Blue-Winged Teal! 


The two ponds near the observation tower and the one slightly hidden pond to 
the northeast constitute the bulk of the duck activity. In order to get to the 
third pond, you need to walk through the gate that heads north just before the 
road turns towards the tower. Continue along that road for about a half a mile 
and it will turn to the right (east). It will then take you past the north edge 
of the pond which is visible to the north of the tower. Beyond that pond is the 
third pond. Between these three ponds, there is always a flock of Gadwall and a 
flock of American Wigeon. Often they are mostly segregated. This was the case 
on Sunday as there were a total of 8 American Wigeon on the first two ponds 
(along with about 150 Gadwall), and a large flock of about 120 AMWI ( and about 
30 GADW) on the third pond. 


It was starting to get dark as we got to this large group of American Wigeon, 
but we diligently began to scan through them. They were moving together and 
foraging actively, so it was difficult to sift through them effectively. Our 
persistence paid off though, when we came across a single first year male 
Eurasian Wigeon! I was half-way expecting to find one of these here, and there 
may have been more. Alan Kneidel and I had 3 here this past January, and it is 
a reliable spot for this species. This is probably because of the nature of the 
habitat, with the non-tidal fresh ponds in juxtaposition with the tidal 
saltwater bay. This configuration is very similar to Cape May State Park, where 
EUWI can be seen during much of the year. 


All in all, we made the most of a difficult day of birding and had a great time 
doing so! These strong winds associated with the strong high pressure system 
have a good potential to bring western vagrants in. This system is very similar 
to the one which caused the invasion of Franklin's Gulls last year. Get out 
there and bird, because every day has the potential to be a Rarities Round Up! 
Have a good Thanksgiving everyone! 


Happy Birding,
Tim Freiday
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2016) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:15:12 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            178            366
Turkey Vulture               0            571           1102
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            103            366
Northern Harrier             1             63            161
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            137           1043
Cooper's Hawk                0             45            192
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              6            137            204
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       1             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                       8           1320           7795
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Kevin Bronson

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Kevin and Ann for enduring the cold and wind


Weather:
once again freezing cold and high winds. wind WNW/N/W/ 20 mph with much
higher gusts. temp 2-4c, clcv 20%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
a few Red-tailed Hawks struggling with the wind.

Non-raptor Observations:
98 Buffleheads, 6-Tundra Swans

Predictions:
more wind and cold.  Sunny and breezy. NW 15-20 mph with higher gusts. high
46
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2016) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 12:53:33 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            178            366
Turkey Vulture               0            571           1102
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            103            366
Northern Harrier             0             62            160
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            137           1043
Cooper's Hawk                0             45            192
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              0            131            198
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             11            299
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                       0           1312           7787
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Kevin Bronson

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Freezing cold and super windy !!! wind NW/WNW with gusts over 25 mph.  tmep
4-6c., clcv 60-50%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
NONE

Non-raptor Observations:
only a few gulls and Scoters

Predictions:
more of the same. high 45, sunny, West wind 15-25 mph with high gusts
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:49:20 -0500
We were able to spot 6 of the Greater White-fronted Geese mixed in with
CAGO from the Sheerness Observation Tower. We also were able to find one
Hudsonian Godwit mixed in with the CAGO.

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2016) 18 Raptors
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Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:44:52 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            178            366
Turkey Vulture               9            571           1102
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            103            366
Northern Harrier             2             62            160
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            137           1043
Cooper's Hawk                1             45            192
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              3            131            198
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             1              9            354
Merlin                       1             11            299
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      18           1312           7787
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Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Diane Kane, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
thank you to Anne, Diane and Vince. Also Lynn M.,Sydney and George, 24
visitors


Weather:
wind from S/SSW at 4-10 mph, temp 15-18c, clcv 0-10%, visb 15k

Raptor Observations:
a very slow day for raptor migration 

Non-raptor Observations:
we did our own sea watch. many,many Gannets, Gulls, Terns, Black Scoter,
Surf Scoters moving and over 500 Red-Throated Loons

Predictions:
party sunny, very windy from the West 25-35 mph with stronger gusts. high
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (19 Nov 2016) 30 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:42:35 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4            179            222
Turkey Vulture               8            161            240
Osprey                       1              1            176
Bald Eagle                   2            117            377
Northern Harrier             3             33             98
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            178           1144
Cooper's Hawk                0             49            356
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            174            338
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              3            260            516
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              4             24
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             35
Unknown Buteo                0             10             32
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      30           1182           5956
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        

Visitors:
24 Visitors. 


Weather:
Unseasonably warm day with light winds changing throughout the day coming
from the W, SW, E and N. Clear skies until the end of the count when clouds
started to blow in. 

Raptor Observations:
The morning started out incredibly slow, but our first bird was a beautiful
male NORTHERN HARRIER around 10:45 AM which lazily flew over, showing off
it's buoyant flight. During the 2-3 PM hour, a raptor picked up out over
the donut, initially completely throwing me off until I realized this was a
very late OSPREY flying through. The bird flew across the sky, gaining
height by the notch before streaming south. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The COMMON RAVENS were seen early in the day, getting mobbed by 6 AMERICAN
CROWS. 

Predictions:
A very different day tomorrow - high in the 40's with winds coming from the
west with gusts up to 45 MPH. 
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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 18th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:13:01 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*November 18, 2016
* DEST1611.18
	
*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black Vulture
Osprey
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Virginia Rail
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs 
Parasitic Jaeger
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
CAVE SWALLOW
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren 
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
NELSON'S SPARROW
Seaside Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 18, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, November 18th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 332 species. 

New this week was a CAVE SWALLOW seen flying over Burrow's Run Natural Area
near Yorklyn. This bird was seen from the Ashland-Clinton Road on Saturday.
This land is all part of Delaware Nature Society property but has limited
access. Nearby, a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH have been
coming to a feeder at the White's house along Center Mill Road.

There are now at least three BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEES in northern New Castle
County. One BLACK-CAP continues to be seen at Ashland Nature Center along
with PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN. There was a big flock of 40 CEDAR
WAXWINGS at Ashland this week, along with GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN
CREEPER and WINTER WREN.

Another BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was found at Christine Manor in Newark, also
with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Eight FOX SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH along with a
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were found that Middle Run Natural Area along Possum
Park Road. A lingering BROWN THRASHER was also seen with HERMIT THRUSH,
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. PILEATED WOODPECKER,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and GREAT HORNED OWL were found in the woods. Five
CHIPPING SPARROWS were reported along Fox Den Road near Middle Run. A
PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen hanging in a vine eating wild grapes along the
roadside. 

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found along Whitehall Neck Road with a mixed
flock of over 1000 other blackbirds. As many as 8 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE been
reported at Sheerness Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Smyrna, viewed from Frink tower. Several domestic geese have also been seen
mixed in with the flocks of Canada geese, plus over 1000 SNOW GEESE. Three
HUDSONIAN and 13 MARBLED GODWITS with 360 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at
Sheerness. Other shorebirds included 70 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS with a single
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, DUNLIN, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER. PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting shorebirds over the
impoundments. Waterfowl returning to the refuge including TUNDRA SWAN,
HOODED MERGANSER, and BUFFLEHEAD, along with RUDDY DUCK, MUTE SWAN, GADWALL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and AMERICAN WIGEON. A SNOWY
EGRET along with several GREAT EGRETS were seen at the refuge, plus a single
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Bear Swamp. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and
LAUGHING GULLS were on Leatherbury Flats along with FORSTER'S TERNS. A SNOW
BUNTING was found along the dyke road along with HORNED LARK. MARSH WREN was
found along the Boardwalk Trail. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in the
brush by the Allee House. 

Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the dog training area at Milford
Neck Wildlife Area, along with several YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.  A lingering
EASTERN PHOEBE was found, along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH,
and FOX SPARROW. A late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was found in the yard near
Frederica. A flock of 10 SNOW BUNTINGS was found along the Port Mahon Road
along with ROYAL TERN. There were 40 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS found in the
gravel parking lot by the boat ramp at Port Mahon on Monday. NORTHERN
BOBWHITE was found in the Little Creek Wildlife Management Area off
Pickering Beach Road, RUDDY DUCK was found on the impoundment along with
FORSTER'S TERN.

Fowler's Beach continues to be a great spot for birds, 20-30 SNOW BUNTINGS
were seen along the beach. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was found at the woods edge.
NELSON'S, SALTMARSH, and SEASIDE SPARROW continue to be found in the marsh.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was flushed along the path. One birder was lucky enough
to have an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK fly by while watching for the sparrows.
Shorebirds seen included 120 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
SANDERLING, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and 4 WESTERN SANDPIPER. Two LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, BONAPARTE GULL and FORSTER'S TERNS were found along the
beach. Offshore was LONG-TAILED DUCK and a raft of SURF SCOTERS. Other
waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN and 20 HOODED MERGANSER. The waterfowl also
attracted the attention of 5 BALD EAGLES. 

There were 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and RUDDY
TURNSTONE at the Dupont Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet. Five HORNED
GREBES were seen along with rafts of BLACK and SURF SCOTERS. 40 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS and 13 ROYAL TERNS were at the harbor, plus a peak count of 155
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES were invading the area. 

A flock of geese at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton included
a single CACKLING GOOSE. 50 WOOD DUCK were found on the refuge. LESSER SCAUP
was found at the Cods Road bridge. Waterfowl reported at Prime Hook Beach
included SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and
RUDDY DUCK. NORTHERN GANNET, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON were seen over the
bay. More AVOCETS and LAUGHING GULL were seen along Prime Hook Beach Road
along with TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Broadkill Beach. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen
at Little Neck. BARRED OWL was heard calling, and HOODED MERGANSER was seen
on Turkle Pond. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found on the Pine Loop. FOX
SPARROW and BROWN CREEPER were along the Blue Goose Trail.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported flying over the hawk watch at Cape Henlopen
State Park on Thursday. A flock of 30 SNOW BUNTINGS continues be seen at The
Point. A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen offshore on Sunday. There were 63 ROYAL
TERNS counted at The Point along with FORSTER'S TERNS. Waterfowl seen
included 45 BRANT, RED-BREAST MERGANSER, SURF SCOTER, plus RED-THROATED and
COMMON LOON. A CATTLE EGRET was found sitting on the fishing pier on Monday.
Nine LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Herring Point, plus
SANDERLING along the beach. COMMON LOON, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS were seen
offshore.

LONG-TAILED DUCK and BLACK SCOTER reported that Indian River Inlet. A pair
of HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and BALD EAGLE were seen at
Thompson's Island. Nine LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BRANT and BUFFLEHEADS were seen
at the Okie Preserve on Long Neck looking out onto Indian River Bay. West of
Lewes, a group of 4 CATTLE EGRETS were found in a field near Harbison, south
of Route 9. Five WILD TURKEYS were found west of Millsboro along Carney Camp
Road. 

A pair of COMMON RAVENS has been reported this past week at Ashland Nature
Center and in Yorklyn. Another COMMON RAVEN was found heard calling and seen
along Greenhill Avenue in downtown Wilmington. Perhaps this bird was
displaced from the recent massive fire at Bancroft Mills last week, a site
where the RAVENS were seen carrying nesting material last spring.

A pair of HOODED MERGANSERS were seen at Hoope's Reservoir, along with 2
BALD EAGLES. 16 WOOD DUCKS were seen at the Route 100 ponds at Winterthur
Museum. Nine HOODED MERGANSERS plus 2 RUDDY DUCKS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT,
and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at Harry's Pond in the Brandywine Town
Center along Concord Pike. A BARRED OWL was seen sitting on a bird feeder in
Brandywine Hundred near Namaan's Creek.

A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was see today along the Biddle Trail at the C&D Canal
Area near Delaware city. A pair of COMMON YELLOWTHROATS were found near
Thousand Acre Marsh, one was seen at the east side of the Reedy Point Bridge
and the other was seen at the Ashton Tract. Also seen at the Ashton Tract
were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD and RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH. There was also a flight of 30 TREE SWALLOWS on Sunday. Six
KILLDEER were found in the marsh along with 24 GREAT EGRETS, and MUTE SWAN.
Ten LESSER SCAUP were seen on the Port Penn Impoundments. Two WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS were found there along the roadside. Augustine Beach had 2 RUDDY
DUCKS and LAUGHING GULLS.

The Ashland Nature Center Hawk watch has a big flight of 29 BLACK and 45
TURKEY VULTURES on Monday. Big flights of RED-TAILED plus RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS were seen over the weekend. There were 13 BALD EAGLES counted at the
watch on Sunday. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen yesterday and today. An AMERICAN
WOODCOCK was seen flying across the field late last Saturday. 

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch on Thursday. Late
Osprey were seen twice this week. A peak count of 10 Bald eagles and a
merlin were seen last Saturday. The hawk watch is also a great place to
watch the ocean, seen this week was WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HORNED GREBE,
PARASITIC JAEGER, BONAPARTE'S and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and SNOW
BUNTING. Two unusual WOODPECKERS were seen this week, RED-HEADED and a
PILEATED WOODPECKER.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Amy and Jim
White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard, Ian Gardner, Glen Gerada, Bert
Filemyr, Al Guarente, Keith Maley, Gary Chapin, Dave Wilbur, Homer
Trecartin, Colin Campbell, Brian McCaffrey, Christine Stevens, Dick
Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bob Edelen, Ian Stewart,
Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil Thompson, Pam Orris, Amy
O'Neil, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken
Wat, Frank Lenik, Rob Blye, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, and Dave Fees. Special thanks to our two hawk counters, Hannah
Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. Also thanks to Mike Bowen and Alan Kneidel for
their help. 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: Eastern Meadowlark
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:01:53 -0500
Spotted a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks in a field along Raymond Neck Road near 
Bombay Hook NWR. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/30295557374/in/dateposted-public/

Photo by Jerry Hull, Clayton, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2016) 49 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:53:42 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3            178            366
Turkey Vulture              36            562           1093
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            103            366
Northern Harrier             2             60            158
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            136           1042
Cooper's Hawk                0             44            191
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              5            128            195
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      49           1294           7769
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Paul Kane, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Paul for assisting with the count today! Visitors include
Roger Stoner and the Lancaster County PA bird club, plus 18 others.



Weather:
Clear, sunny, no clouds, temp 11-17C, light N, NNW winds, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Several groups of Turkey Vultures passing through to the south, a couple of
Harriers in the morning, and a few Red-tailed Hawks. Overall relatively
quiet. Two resident adult Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Another good flight of Red-throated Loon in the afternoon, Parasitic
Jaeger, Forster's Tern, Horned Lark (1), White-winged Scoter, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, DC Cormorant (360).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 63F, S wind 10-15mph

========================================================================
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Subject: 2016 DE Rarities Roundup
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:06:08 -0500
Hello fellow DE Birders,

The final plans for the Rarities Roundup scheduled for this Sunday November 
20th are beginning to coalesce. Mega rarities continue to be seen in the 
region, with a Gray Kingbird seen in Kent County MD and a Tropical Kingbird 
found in Lancaster County PA. It's time for DE to get in on the action! Here is 
the tentative roster for the rarities roundup: 


Team 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------Location 


Tim Freiday, Liz Day, Liz Tymkiw, Armando Aispuro-----------------Assawoman, 
Indian River Inlet, Burton's Island, Prime Hook 

Malanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard---------------------------------------CHSP - 
Gordon's Pond 

John Long, Rachael Shapiro---------------------------------------------CHSP - 
North Section, the Point, Herring Point, etc 

Sue Gruver, Kevin Bronson---------------------------------------------CHSP - 
Hawk Watch 

Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenburg---------------------------------------Big Stone 
Beach Road, Dupont Nature Center 

Rob Blye and company---------------------------------------------------Prime 
Hook? 


The more eyes in the field the better, so if you are considering joining the 
adventure please contact me! Unfortunately it seems like the weather may be a 
bit of a challenge, with a high temperature of 48 and NW winds at 10-20 mph 
predicted. This will make birding challenging, but may blow in some strange 
birds. Sunrise is at 6:47 AM and sunset is at 4:44 PM. For those of you 
considering using the high tide to search for salt sparrows, rails and wrens 
pushed up to the edges of the marsh, high tide at Indian River Inlet is 
predicted to be 1:23 PM. 


All participants should submit their sightings to eBird, and try to obtain 
photo evidence of any rarities that you turn up. We are all going to meet up 
for dinner at the Dogfish Head Brew Pub after sundown, around 5:30 PM. Let me 
know if you plan on joining us for the dinner so that I can make reservations. 


Happy Birding!
Tim Freiday
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (18 Nov 2016) 54 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:36:12 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16            175            218
Turkey Vulture               1            153            232
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   4            115            375
Northern Harrier             1             30             95
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            174           1140
Cooper's Hawk                1             49            356
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8            169            333
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              7            257            513
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             1              4             24
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             35
Unknown Buteo                1             10             32
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      54           1152           5926
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Carol Spease, David Beattie, Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
24 visitors. Thanks to the Lancaster County PA bird club for stopping by
and spending the morning with me! 


Weather:
Clear blue skies with light NW winds. Warm day with a high in the upper
60's. 

Raptor Observations:
The morning proved to be great for raptor migration. A juvenile NORTHERN
HARRIER flew by low, showing off it's beautiful buffy plumage.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and RED-TAILED HAWKS are continuing to move through. A
PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted kettling with a group of vultures before
heading off to attack and local RED-TAILED HAWK. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The COMMON RAVENS really put on a show for us today! They were spotted
twice. The second time they were quite territorial, chasing off a
RED-TAILED HAWK, and then a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. 

Predictions:
Another warm day, with a high of 66. Blue skies and light SW winds. 
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Subject: Re: DOS Seawatch this Saturday
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:22:54 -0500
For anyone in New Castle Co. that is interested in a carpool to the sea watch 
tomorrow, please contact me directly, offline by this 6:00 this evening.  I am 
not offering a carpool, but I can assist in connecting folks that are 
interested.  Please provide a number where you can be reached. 


Good birding and I hope to see many folks at the Sea Watch!

Anthony Gonzon
Middletown, DE

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On Nov 17, 2016 12:25 PM, Christopher Bennett  wrote:
>
> Anthony Gonzon and I will be conducting the first DOS Seawatch of the 
> 2016-17 winter season this Saturday between 8 am and Noon from the south 
> side of Indian River Inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park.  We usually set 
> up either in the northernmost dune crossing (just south of the fenced in 
> maintenance yard) or right on the beach next to the inlet.  We will be 
> counting all of the gannets, loons, ducks and other sea birds that pass by 
> the inlet.  With luck we'll spot an eider or two, a Harlequin Duck, a 
> jaeger or a Little or Black-headed Gull.  Come out and join us for the 
> entire survey or just drop in and hang out for a bit.  The flight is 
> usually best between 8 and 10, and then slows down between 10 and noon.  If 
> you have a spotting scope bring it along - many of the birds are often well 
> beyond binocular range - though quite a few birds do pass fairly close to 
> shore - and often come in and land right in the inlet.  Entrance fees are 
> still in effect at Delaware State Parks so if you do not have an annual 
> permit you will need to pay the self-service entry fee.  I hope you can 
> join us. 
>
> Chris Bennett 
> MIlford, DE 
>
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (17 Nov 2016) 56 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 19:26:05 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               24            159            202
Turkey Vulture               9            152            231
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   6            111            371
Northern Harrier             2             29             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            160           1126
Cooper's Hawk                1             48            355
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            161            325
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              4            250            506
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             1              3             23
Unknown Accipiter            1              4             35
Unknown Buteo                0              9             31
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      56           1098           5872
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
14


Weather:
Clear blue skies with moderately strong NW winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Huge kettles of BLACK and TURKEY VULTURES are continuing to be seen. Some
flying to incredibly high altitudes before streaming south. BALD EAGLES
filled the sky today, in the morning we had two migrating with a NORTHERN
HARRIER. One PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted kettling high above a group of
vultures before streaming off. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The COMMON RAVEN pair were seen a few times throughout the day, despite the
fact that they were silent. 

Predictions:
Warm day with a high near 66 and calm winds. 
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2016) 38 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:28:46 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4            175            363
Turkey Vulture              24            526           1057
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   1            103            366
Northern Harrier             2             58            156
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            133           1039
Cooper's Hawk                0             44            191
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              3            123            190
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              4              8
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      38           1245           7720
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue for helping out today and keeping me company!
8 visitors



Weather:
Clear skies, temp 11-15C, N, NNW wind 10mph, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
The clear blue skies made it tough to find birds today. Turkey Vultures
made up most of the flight, one Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle along with a
few Red-tailed Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
A good flight of Red-throated Loons today, Bonaparte's Gulls, Bufflehead,
Snow Bunting, Greater Yellowlegs, DC Cormorant (105). 

Predictions:
More of the same, clear, high 62F, N wind at 10mph

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Subject: DOS Seawatch this Saturday
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:25:26 -0500
Anthony Gonzon and I will be conducting the first DOS Seawatch of the
2016-17 winter season this Saturday between 8 am and Noon from the south
side of Indian River Inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park.  We usually set
up either in the northernmost dune crossing (just south of the fenced in
maintenance yard) or right on the beach next to the inlet.  We will be
counting all of the gannets, loons, ducks and other sea birds that pass by
the inlet.  With luck we'll spot an eider or two, a Harlequin Duck, a
jaeger or a Little or Black-headed Gull.  Come out and join us for the
entire survey or just drop in and hang out for a bit.  The flight is
usually best between 8 and 10, and then slows down between 10 and noon.  If
you have a spotting scope bring it along - many of the birds are often well
beyond binocular range - though quite a few birds do pass fairly close to
shore - and often come in and land right in the inlet.  Entrance fees are
still in effect at Delaware State Parks so if you do not have an annual
permit you will need to pay the self-service entry fee.  I hope you can
join us.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2016) 76 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:48:22 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10            171            359
Turkey Vulture              31            502           1033
Osprey                       1             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   5            102            365
Northern Harrier             4             56            154
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            130           1036
Cooper's Hawk                7             44            191
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              4              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk             14            120            187
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      76           1207           7682
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Larry Sharp, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Larry and Kaye for helping with the count! 
5 visitors



Weather:
Clear skies until 12:30 when it became overcast, then clearing late in the
afternoon, temp 12-18C, light NW, W winds, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
A good push of Turkey Vultures and Red-tailed Hawks today, several Cooper's
Hawks, Harriers and five Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR flew over the parking lot calling this morning, Pine
Siskin, Red-throated Loon, Gannet, Bonaparte's Gull, DC Cormorant (65).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 60F, N wind 15mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (16 Nov 2016) 74 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:26:59 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               33            135            178
Turkey Vulture               9            143            222
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   4            105            365
Northern Harrier             3             27             92
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            155           1121
Cooper's Hawk                1             47            354
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            158            322
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              9            246            502
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             34
Unknown Buteo                0              9             31
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      74           1042           5816
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Frank Rohrbacher, Joe Russell, Nina DePinto, Peter Wilner

Visitors:
10


Weather:
Variable west winds. Clouds changing from 0% to 100% within the first 2
hours. 

Raptor Observations:
Mostly Vultures seen moving today. 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS early in the day. 

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Sunny with a high near 59 with NW winds.
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:22:34 -0500
The eight GWF Geese are still easily seen from the Shearness Ob Tower in
Bombay Hook.   Also, the 3 Hudsonion and 8 Marbled Godwits were obvious as
well.

That huge mixed flock of assorted black birds was swarming all over the
Raymond Neck Road ag fields, but I could not locate the previously reported
Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Rod Murray, Middletown DE

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Subject: Leucistic American Robin - Dover
From: Paul Nasca <63crows AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:23:12 -0500
This morning I spied a  LEUCISTIC AMERICAN ROBIN while leaving the DelDOT
administrative building on S. Bay Road in Dover. The bird was with a loose
flock of other AMRO feeding in the mowed grass and low trees on the north
end of the front public parking lot.

The bird was cooperative, allowing me to get a few good record photographs
with my phone while "sneaking up" on it with the car.

Best birds,
Paul Nasca
Dover

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Subject: Delaware Rarities Roundup and Sparrow Search Results
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:13:37 -0500
Hello fellow DE Birders,

We conducted our Sparrow Search at Middle Run in the fields near Polly Drummond 
Road and Fox Den Road yesterday, and had a very good time wandering the fields. 
Seven species of sparrow were seen during the morning, and good numbers of some 
were found. We had a Brown Thrasher, which are getting more and more scarce as 
the winter nears. An interesting Carolina Wren with a very short tail was seen, 
and caused some excitement. The best sightings we had were of the Red Fox 
Sparrows though, which were calling and singing in some areas. They were being 
sneaky at first, but eventually we got excellent views of some and counted no 
less than 8 individuals! Complete checklist here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32538122

The Rarities Roundup in Sussex County is slated for this Sunday November 20th. 
This date is approaching fast, so if you are interested in participating and 
haven't e-mailed me yet please do so soon. Birding is really heating up in the 
area recently with many good birds being seen. Some notables include the salt 
sparrows at Prime Hook, Greater White-Fronted Geese and Yellow-Headed Blackbird 
at Bombay Hook, and many other really nice sightings popping up around the 
region. Weird hummingbirds and Say's Phoebe are being seen in the region, and 
we're hoping to turn something of that caliber up this weekend. The more eyes 
in the field the better, so I encourage you to join us as we scour Sussex 
County for rarities! 


Happy Birding,
Tim Freiday
Middle Run Project Coordinator 

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Subject: sussex county bird club and salt sparrows
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:49:19 -0500
Hello DE Birders,

I had the opportunity to talk about my research with rails at the Sussex County 
Bird Club this past weekend, and had an excellent time downstate. We took a 
walk at Cape Henlopen, and got to see some Brown-Headed Nuthatches and Hermit 
Thrush, among other cool birds. Everyone at the Bird Club is very nice, and 
they put together some great walks and programs. If you live downstate or enjoy 
birding in Sussex, I highly recommend joining the Sussex Bird Club. 


While I was down south, I had the opportunity to visit Prime Hook National 
Wildlife Refuge and check out Fowler Beach to try to find the salt sparrows 
that were found recently by Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Jen Ottinger. I timed 
my visit with high tide, which was at 7:00 AM, thinking the high waters would 
make these birds more visible. The tides were not very high at Fowler however, 
as the hydrology is much different than the tide stations I checked nearby 
(Mispilion River and Indian River Inlet). I heard Savannah Sparrows when I 
first pulled up, and got out and began birding. I heard Hooded Mergansers doing 
their mating call, a descending growl. I found a pale Ipswich Savannah Sparrow 
with the SAVS, and made my way out towards the beach. One Saltmarsh Sparrow 
perched up with the SAVS, and I got nice looks at that but didn't have any 
other sparrows on the way out to the beach. There was a Virginia Rail foraging 
on the edge of a marsh island, which is always cool to s! 

 ee.

I was nearing the bay when I heard wing beats from something taking off from 
the marsh, and turned around expecting to see a Clapper Rail. To my surprise a 
juvenile Northern Goshawk which was missing multiple tail feathers took off 
from the marsh, and flew awkwardly about 200 meters away to land back in the 
marsh! Out on the bay, there were Surf Scoters and Bufflehead, and I had a 
small group of Brant and some Northern Gannet. I walked around for a while and 
then made my way back to the car. On the way, I heard a Seaside Sparrow chip on 
the north side of the road and began hearing the tseeps of Saltmarsh and 
Nelson's Sparrows as well. I patiently waited for movement and was rewarded as 
the mixed flock of salt sparrows flew between tall patches of salt marsh 
cordgrass to feed on the seed heads, yielding clear albeit slightly distant 
views. As I was talking to some birders at the water control structure, I was 
amazed to see an American Bittern take off from the marsh and! 

  fly by about 50 meters away.

It was an excellent day of birding down in Sussex, and I was very glad to meet 
some of the members of the Sussex Bird Club. I look forward to helping out with 
some more walks down there in the future. 


Cheers,
Tim

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Subject: Northern Flicker - Centerville Road
From: "Mike D." <Depriscoservices AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:25:29 -0500
I spotted this Northern Flicker today on Centerville Rd. I've been working at a 
private residence along the road which has been pretty active with bird 
activity. Lots of hawks, a couple falcon sightings, and I've even heard an 
Eastern Screech Owl calling in the morning on 2 different occasions in the past 
month. I will continue to post any good shots I get. This Flicker was pretty 
far away, and I had to use my camera's digital zoom to get this picture, hence 
the shotty resolution. 


http://tinypic.com/r/2viihrs/9

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Subject: Northern Flicker - Centerville Road
From: "Mike D." <Depriscoservices AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:22:48 -0500
I spotted this Northern Flicker today on Centerville Rd. I've been working at a 
private residence along the road which has been pretty active with bird 
activity. Lots of hawks, a couple falcon sightings, and I've even heard an 
Eastern Screech Owl calling in the morning on 2 different occasions in the past 
month. I will continue to post any good shots I get. This Flicker was pretty 
far away, and I had to use my camera's digital zoom to get this picture, hence 
the shotty resolution. 


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2016) 25 Raptors
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Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:30:58 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3            161            349
Turkey Vulture              16            473           1004
Osprey                       0             43           3317
Bald Eagle                   2             96            359
Northern Harrier             1             52            150
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            127           1033
Cooper's Hawk                1             37            184
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              2            106            173
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      25           1131           7606
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dennis and Vince for helping with the count today!
3 visitors



Weather:
Overcast in the morning then clearing during the afternoon, temp 10-15C, N,
NNW wind 10mph, vis 18km


Raptor Observations:
Mostly vultures moving through, a couple of Red-tailed Hawks and two Bald
Eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Winter
Wren, Tundra Swan, DC Cormorant (60). 


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 62F, W wind 8-10mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (15 Nov 2016) 61 Raptors
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Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:28:23 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14            102            145
Turkey Vulture               5            134            213
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   6            101            361
Northern Harrier             1             24             89
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18            143           1109
Cooper's Hawk                3             46            353
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          6            155            319
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              8            237            493
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             34
Unknown Buteo                0              9             31
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      61            968           5742
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Bob Strahorn, Hank Davis, Ian Stewart, Joe Sebastiani,
                  Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
10


Weather:
NW winds with a partly cloudy sky. 

Raptor Observations:
The day started off with a distant NORTHERN HARRIER and COOPER'S HAWK
interacting and kettling together to a high altitude before heading
southwest. Our local MERLIN made an appearance in the afternoon, harassing
two different SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS as they attempted to migrate through. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Our two COMMON RAVENS showed up mid-morning and circled around each other,
staying in view for a few minutes. The BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was noticed
late in the day visiting the feeders. 

Predictions:
Mostly sunny with W winds. 
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Subject: DOS Conservation Award - Seeking Nominations
From: Matthew Sarver <matt AT MATTHEWSARVER.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:36:34 -0500
Dear Delaware Birders,

The Conservation Committee of the Delmarva Ornithological Society is
currently seeking nominations for the DOS Conservation Award. This award
was established in 2001 to recognize outstanding contributions to bird
conservation in the Delmarva area. Individuals, non-profit organizations,
and businesses are eligible.

To submit a nomination, please email a one page or less description of the
nominee and award justification to me prior to December 1st.  Thank you!

Good birding!
Matt

DOS Conservation Chair

-- 
Matthew Sarver
Sarver Ecological, LLC
6 Walnut Ridge Rd
Greenville, DE 19807
724-689-5845
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Subject: Bombay Hook Closed for Hunting
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:56:15 -0500
Hello all, 

Parts of Bombay Hook will be closed over the next few months for hunting. The 
dates are below: 


Back section (Bear Swamp, Allee house, Finis):
Nov. 16, Dec. 12 and 15,  Jan. 16 and 20. Closed until 1:00 pm Dec. 17.

The front section (Raymond, first half of Shearness) will be closed on November 
18th. The road is closed just past the Visitor center. Access is on Dutch Neck 
Rd. By the Allee house. 


The front section was closed today, but I still managed to find the previously 
reported Greater White-fronted Geese in Shearness. I missed them on repeated 
scans through the flock of Canadas, but all eight flew over a few minutes 
later, landing in the closed off section (hopefully the hunters didn't get 
them). 


Jerald


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Subject: REMINDER: November DOS Meeting - this Wednesday at Ashland Nature Center
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:16:56 -0500
Greetings all,

Take a break from your Thanksgiving Day planning and join DOS for our monthly 
meeting next Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Ashland Nature Center, near Hockessin. 


This month we have a great invited speaker talking about something that peaks 
there interest of many birders, photographers and nature lovers! If you've 
never been to a meeting, come find out what DOS is all about. Bring a friend or 
two and relax! 


Improving the View: Wildlife Viewing Enhancements with Denise Husband

The recent addition of a new wildlife viewing platform at the Ashton Tract of 
Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn is bringing people closer to the 
spectacular resources that the Delaware Bayshore has to offer and providing 
new opportunities to engage with our diverse wildlife. 


Join Denise Husband as she describes what it takes to plan, design and 
construct these amenities, how the considerations of all potential users are 
incorporated, and some of the limitations faced throughout the process. 
Additionally, learn about some of the new and exciting enhancements that are 
currently in planning and on the horizon for the Delaware Bayshore! 


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. 


Find more details at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/improving-view-wildlife-viewing-enhancements-denise-husband/. 


I hope to see many of you there!

Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair
Middletown, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2016) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:42:53 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            158            346
Turkey Vulture               0            457            988
Osprey                       0             43           3317
Bald Eagle                   0             94            357
Northern Harrier             0             51            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            127           1033
Cooper's Hawk                0             36            183
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              0            104            171
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                       0           1106           7581
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, John Long, Kevin Bronson, Ruth Draper

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin and Ann for enduring this day.  Also, John and Ruth. 6
visitors


Weather:
very light wind SW/S/SE, temp 8-14c, clcv 20-95%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
none, nada, nothing

Non-raptor Observations:
Horned Grebe, P. Jaeger

Predictions:
NW wind 5-10, 50% chance of rain, high 55
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (12 Nov 2016) 71 Raptors
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Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:09:10 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             59            102
Turkey Vulture              11             84            163
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   0             81            341
Northern Harrier             2             22             87
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            111           1077
Cooper's Hawk                3             39            346
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         11            142            306
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             30            185            441
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             1              2            294
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                0              8             30
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      71            746           5520
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Kelley Nunn, Steve Grunwald

Visitors:
49 Visitors. 


Weather:
Cool with NW winds and bright blue skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Raptors were high and difficult to spot, mostly RED-TAILED HAWKS migrating.
1 male AMERICAN KESTREL moved past the hill, and 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS were
some highlights. Early on I noticed an adult BALD EAGLE sitting on the
ground in the field across from the hill. It seemed it had found a deer
carcass to snack on. It was quickly joined by 2 other adult BALD EAGLES and
a few AMERICAN CROWS. As the day went on at least 6 BALD EAGLES visited the
carcass, along with numerous AMERICAN CROWS and TURKEY VULTURES. It was a
great treat to see the COMMON RAVENS also join the group feasting in the
field. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Huge groups of COMMON GRACKLES migrated past. One AMERICAN WOODCOCK flew
low across the field late in the day. The BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE is still
being seen on and off at the feeder. 
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2016) 134 Raptors
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Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:32:22 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5            158            346
Turkey Vulture              75            457            988
Osprey                       0             43           3317
Bald Eagle                   4             94            357
Northern Harrier             4             51            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            127           1033
Cooper's Hawk                4             36            183
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              3              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk             24            104            171
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       0             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            1              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              3             37
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     134           1106           7581
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Dennis Foley, Diane Kane,
                  Lynn Smith

Visitors:
thank you to Art,Lynn,Ann,Diane and Dennis for their help. 24 visitors


Weather:
wind W/NW 2-8mph, no clouds all day long, temp. 8-17c., visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
nice flight of 24 Red-Tailed Hawks, one Red-Shouldered Hawk flew low and
directly over the platform giving us a great view, first day of no Osprey.

Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Buntings, Red-headed Woodpecker, 

Predictions:
sunny in the morning, 50% chance of showers in the afternoon. South wind
5mph
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2016) 98 Raptors
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Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:23:11 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               11            153            341
Turkey Vulture              48            382            913
Osprey                       1             43           3317
Bald Eagle                  10             90            353
Northern Harrier             2             47            145
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            114           1020
Cooper's Hawk                2             32            179
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk             12             80            147
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             0              8            353
Merlin                       1             10            298
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             10
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      98            972           7447
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Donna Hoyt, John Hoyt, Sally O'Byrne,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Frank, Sally, Gina, Dennis, John and Donna for
assisting with the count today!
Visitors include the Brooks Birding Club from Wheeling, WV and 32 others



Weather:
Clear skies all day, temp 6-9C, NE, N, NNW wind 10mph, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures seen coming across the bay, several Sharp-shinned Hawks and
Red-tailed Hawks, a Red-shouldered Hawk and a Merlin, ten Bald Eagles. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Pintail, Bufflehead, Pileated Woodpecker, Winter Wren, DC Cormorant (100).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 60F, west wind 5-10mph

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Subject: Cave Swallow over Coverdalw Farm Preserve
From: Jim White <00000263627e8a19-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 14:28:12 -0500
 I was just surprised by a close flyby of a Cave Swallow at my house on the 
Coverdale Farm Preserve. It was flying at eye level (I was on the hill over 
looking the Burrows Run Valley) heading south. It was flying straight down 
Ashland Clinton Rd. I did not get photos as it was gone before I knew it. 


 

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Subject: Juvenile Goshawk
From: John and Sandra Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:22:36 -0600
 At 10:30 a.m. I had a juvenile Goshawk checking out my feeders. It dwarfed a 
nearby Cooper's Hawk. 



Pine Valley Farms near Port Penn
 
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Subject: Upcoming Birding Events with Delaware Nature Society
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:17:51 -0500
Hello Fellow Birders,

Well the weekly Tuesday walks at Middle Run have wrapped up for this season. 
But don't despair! There are more birding events that you can participate in 
coming up soon. Here are three fun and exciting events to check out if you are 
itching for some birding! 


Sparrow Search - This Monday 11/14/16 I will be exploring the fields at Middle 
Run off of Polly Drummond Road in search of sparrows and other late fall 
passerines, as well as to check out the newly planted areas. This walk will be 
a bit more involved than our traditional walks, as it will be about twice as 
much ground to cover (roughly 2.5 miles) and will require crossing the Middle 
Run Creek. Meet me at the corner of Polly Drummond Road and Smith Mill Road 
(39.723044, -75.712338) at 8:00 AM and we'll walk around until about 11 AM. 
Hopefully we'll turn up something interesting! 


The annual Rarities Round Up is coming up, with the current date for Delaware 
set for Sunday November 20th. This event is more of a coordinated birding blitz 
than a guided event, where all participants will be assigned or will choose an 
area in Sussex county to bird hard in attempts of turning up something unusual. 
I envision us all birding our respective areas in the morning and then meeting 
up for lunch at Mr. P's Pizza in Lewes to discuss the plan of attack for the 
afternoon. Mr. P's is an excellent pizza shop with a wide variety of local 
craft beer on tap, but is a cash-only establishment. Please e-mail me if you 
are interested in joining us for this adventure so we can plan out what spots 
to hit. 


There will also be an upcoming Owl Prowl at Middle Run, where we will try to 
find roosting owls in the afternoon. More details on that event will follow. 
Delaware Nature Society thanks the New Castle County Parks Department for 
helping to fund these events, and for being a great partner in wildlife 
conservation and environmental education. 


Happy Birding,
Tim Freiday
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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 11th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:00:00 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*November 11, 2016
* DEST1611.11
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead 
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Northern Harrier
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE
Virginia Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Still Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
COMMON RAVEN
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Cedar waxwing 
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Black-And-White Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
NELSON'S SPARROW
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
DICKCISSEL 
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 11, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Veterans Day, Friday, November 11th, this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware
year list remains at 330 species. 

The new trail at Fowler Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge has
already proved to be a bonanza for birders. A flock of 10 SNOW BUNTINGS was
seen on Saturday along with SALTMARSH and NELSON'S SPARROW. COMMON and
RED-THROATED LOONS were seen offshore, along with a BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK,
plus RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER. The VIRGINIA RAIL was flushed from
the marsh along with MARSH WREN. Other landbirds include flyover AMERICAN
PIPIT, EASTERN MEADOWLARK plus PALM WARBLER, SAVANNAH and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. A big flock of 110 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen, along with
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILLDEER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, SANDERLING, LEAST
SANDPIPER, and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. FORSTER'S TERNS were seen
flying over the marsh along with flyby MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON. Prime
Hook Beach Road had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, plus a
late SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. LESSER SCAUP, and a female LONG-TAILED
DUCK were seen at Prime Hook Beach, along with a BONAPARTE'S GULL. SURF
SCOTERS were seen off of Broadkill Beach, along with 30 SANDERLING.

A flock of 40 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at The Point in Cape Henlopen State
Park on Thursday. Waterfowl scene included BRANT, GREATER SCAUP, plus all
three species of SCOTER, SURF, WHITE-WINGED, and BLACK. There were also
FORSTER'S, ROYAL and 3 COMMON TERNS with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the
beach and flyby NORTHERN GANNET. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were
found in the woods along with EASTERN BLUEBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and PINE
WARBLER. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS reported at Gordons
Pond. Land birds scene included MARSH WREN plus RUBY-CROWNED and
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was reported coming to a yard at Bay Vista. Four
RUDDY DUCKS were reported at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. A GOLDEN EAGLE
was seen flying along the coast at Indian Beach and  BROWN CREEPER was in
the pines. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Wharton's Bluff near
Millsboro. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found
at Herring Creek along Angola Neck. The first PURPLE FINCHES of the season
were found coming to the feeders at Harbleson along with RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen at Greenwood.

SURF and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER were seen at Indian River Inlet. Twenty RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen
on the jetty plus a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. A pair of GREAT CORMORANT were at
the inlet, along with FORSTER'S and ROYAL TERN and 3 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A
big flock of 50-200 BRANT was reported at Cedar Neck near Bethany Beach.
James Farm Eco-Preserve on Cedar Neck had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER along with
HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER WREN, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. KINGFISHER, COMMON
LOON, LAUGHING GULL, and FORSTER'S TERN were seen off of Quillen's Point on
Cedar Neck. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, with BLACK and SURF SCOTER were seen
off Bethany Beach along with NORTHERN GANNET. ROYAL and FORSTER'S TERNS were
seen flying along the coast. MUTE SWAN and PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported in
Assawoman Wildlife Area.

A late CATTLE EGRET was seen at Shearness Pool yesterday and today at Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, along with several GREAT EGRETS.
Three HUDSONIAN GODWITS was also reported with12 MARBLED GODWITS and over
600 AMERICAN AVOCETS . Also reported were BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL and STILT
SANDPIPER. A BRANT and 4 CANVASBACKS were reported at the refuge on Sunday
along with MUTE SWAN, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RUDDY DUCK,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, and GADWALL. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS with PURPLE
FINCH were reported at the visitor's center. EASTERN MEADOWLARK and AMERICAN
PIPIT were seen in the fields.

WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in Dover along with
CHIPPING SPARROW and BROWN CREEPER. Four RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES plus a
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found at Old Dover High School. 26 ROYAL with
a solitary FORSTER'S TERN were seen at Port Mahon. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
was found yesterday at the parking lot at Little Creek Wildlife Management
Area along the Pickering Beach Road. 

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE continues to be seen at Ashland Nature Center along
with PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN. A FOX SPARROW was reported, along with a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW that was previously banded last year was recaptured
at the bird banding site on Monday. COMMON LOON was seen flying over in
migration at Ashland today.

Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center had 5 RING-NECKED DUCK, 2 HOODED
MERGANSER, AMERICAN COOT and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
and WINTER WREN were seen along Naaman's Creek. Newark Reservoir has SNOW
GOOSE and PIED-BILLED GREBE on Saturday and 3 BUFFLEHEAD on Sunday. WOOD
DUCK was reported at Middle Run Natural Area along with PURPLE FINCH and
PINE SISKIN. There was also COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS
along with flyover AMERICAN PIPIT. PURPLE FINCH was also reported at
Christine Manor.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD and an immature BALTIMORE ORIOLE were found at Ft DuPont
State Park yesterday. Remember, you can't get to Ft DuPont from Delaware
City, the bridge is out over the canal. To access Ft DuPont, you have to
drive north on Route 9 from the Reedy Point Bridge. The Ashton Tract off
Thorntown Rd near Port Penn continues to be a prime birding area. Thousand
Acre Marsh had MUTE SWAN, RUDDY DUCK and 8 GREAT EGRET'S. WILSON'S SNIPE was
flushed by the viewing platform. There were also flyover BALD EAGLE and
NORTHERN HARRIER. Over 300 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were counted along the
wood edge along with a single LINCOLN'S and FOX SPARROW. Both KINGLETS were
reported along with BROWN CREEPER. Grier's Pond had BLUE-WINGED and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus AMERICAN WIGEON. 12 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at the Port
Penn impoundments with 3 FORSTER'S TERNS.

A single BRANT was in a flock of CANADA GEESE flying over Silver Run Natural
Area along Route 9 near Vance Neck Road. RUDDY DUCK, LAUGHING GULL, and
FORSTER'S TERNS were seen at Augustine Beach. Hangman's Creek along Route 9
south of Odessa had a nice collection of ducks including AMERICAN WIGEON,
SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and RUDDY DUCK.

The first LONG-EARED OWL of the season was reported this week, but location
was not revealed due to ecological sensitivity. The first SHORT-EARED OWL
was reported at the west side of Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.
EASTERN SCREECH OWL was found in the early morning at Harbeson. Another
Screech Owl was calling mid-morning at the Ashton Tract on Sunday. GREAT
HORNED OWL is heard calling at Cape Henlopen State Park and at Prime Hook.
BARRED OWL was reported at Old Dover High School near Silver Lake.

Last weekend were banner days at both Hawkwatches in Delaware. The Ashland
Nature Center Hawkwatch had two GOLDEN EAGLES with 20 BALD EAGLES on Sunday
along with 10 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. 21 RED-SHOULDERS were seen on Saturday.
Ten BALD EAGLES plus 45 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a PEREGRINE FALCON were
reported on Monday. COMMON RAVEN, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN were all
reported from the hawkwatch this week. Also reported was the first AMERICAN
TREE SPARROW the season on Tuesday.

The Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch had 19 BALD EAGLES plus a single GOLDEN EAGLE on
Monday along with AMERICAN KESTREL and MERLIN. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen
at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday. A big flight of hawks on last Saturday included
32 RED-TAILS, 38 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 8 NORTHERN HARRIER. Also reported
this week was all three scoters from the hawkwatch along with COMMON LOON
and NORTHERN GANNETT. A high single day count of 880 DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANTS was reported along with a single GREAT CORMORANT. Other waterfowl
seen included LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and ROYAL TERN were seen on
the beach. Cape Henlopen had the rare nuthatch trifecta with WHITE BREASTED,
RED BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH this week plus 4 PINE SISKINS.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen, Frank
Marenghi, Homer Trecartin, Mark Chandler, Colin Campbell, Howard Eskin,
Brian McCaffrey, Diane Kane, Christine Stevens, Rachael Shapiro, Nancy
Cunningham, Mark Nale, Connor Farrrell, Kathy Richardson, Dick Plambeck,
Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Anthony Gonzon, Gerry Teig, Bob Edelen, Ian
Stewart, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil Thompson, Derek
Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Hank Davis, Sharon Furlong, Barbara Ricciardi,
Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Frank Lenik, Rob Blye, Teddy
Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell and Dave Fees.
Special thanks to our two hawk counters, Hannah Greenberg and Jen Ottinger.
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 (11 Nov 2016) 91 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:00:07 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13            142            330
Turkey Vulture              27            334            865
Osprey                       2             42           3316
Bald Eagle                  11             80            343
Northern Harrier             4             45            143
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            104           1010
Cooper's Hawk                2             30            177
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk             12             68            135
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              7
American Kestrel             1              8            353
Merlin                       2              9            297
Peregrine Falcon             2              4            284
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             10
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      91            874           7349
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Rob Schroeder, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
thank you to Sharon, and Rob. 21 visitors


Weather:
wind NNW/N 8-12 mog., temp 14-17c, clcv 10-40%,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
nice Red-Tailed Hawk flight(12), 15-Sharp-Shinneds, 11 migrating B. Eagles

Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Geese, Gannets, BH and RB Nuthatch, Pipits flew over calling,

Predictions:
colder, high of 50, sunny, N/W wind  5-10
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (11 Nov 2016) 67 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:59:50 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13             57            100
Turkey Vulture              14             73            152
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                  12             81            341
Northern Harrier             4             20             85
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            100           1066
Cooper's Hawk                2             36            343
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          6            131            295
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              3            155            411
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             1              1            293
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                1              8             30
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      67            675           5449
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Ed Rohrbach, Frank Rohrbacher, Gerry Teig, Jeff Chambers,
                  Joe Russell, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
10 Visitors. 


Weather:
Breezy day with winds from the W changing to NW through the day. Perfect
sky!

Raptor Observations:
We had a strong showing of migrating BALD EAGLES - 10  migrating by within
the first 2 hours. A late AMERICAN KESTREL flew past the hill in the
afternoon. We had two very large groups of BLACK VULTURES and TURKEY
VULTURES kettle to high altitudes before streaming off in small groups. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The wind caused most of the songbirds to stay quiet and low, but large
groups of AMERICAN CROWS and COMMON GRACKLES were still seen flying around.


Predictions:
Much cooler than today with the high in the 40's. NW winds 7 to 10 MPH. 
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Subject: November DOS Meeting - Wed. Nov. 16 at Ashland Nature Center
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 03:08:38 -0500
Greetings all,

Take a break from your Thanksgiving Day planning and join DOS for our monthly 
meeting next Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Ashland Nature Center, near Hockessin. 


This month we have a great invited speaker talking about something that peaks 
there interest of many birders, photographers and nature lovers! If you've 
never been to a meeting, come find out what DOS is all about. Bring a friend or 
two and relax! 


Improving the View: Wildlife Viewing Enhancements with Denise Husband

The recent addition of a new wildlife viewing platform at the Ashton Tract of 
Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn is bringing people closer to the 
spectacular resources that the Delaware Bayshore has to offer and providing 
new opportunities to engage with our diverse wildlife. 


Join Denise Husband as she describes what it takes to plan, design and 
construct these amenities, how the considerations of all potential users are 
incorporated, and some of the limitations faced throughout the process. 
Additionally, learn about some of the new and exciting enhancements that are 
currently in planning and on the horizon for the Delaware Bayshore! 


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. 


Find more details at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/improving-view-wildlife-viewing-enhancements-denise-husband/. 


I hope to see many of you there!

Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair
Middletown, DE


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2016) 106 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:08:30 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15            129            317
Turkey Vulture              55            307            838
Osprey                       2             40           3314
Bald Eagle                  13             69            332
Northern Harrier             6             41            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             89            995
Cooper's Hawk                2             28            175
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              7             56            123
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              7
American Kestrel             0              7            352
Merlin                       0              7            295
Peregrine Falcon             1              2            282
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             10
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     106            783           7258
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Larry Sharp, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Larry and Sharon for assisting with the count today! 
10 visitors



Weather:
Cool and windy, clear skies most of the day, temp 8-13C, NNE, N, NNW wind
9-14mph with gusts, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Good vulture migration today, several Harriers and Red-tailed Hawks, one
Peregrine Falcon, 13 Bald Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Red-breasted Merganser, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Shoveler, Long-tailed
Duck, White-wined Scoter, Great Cormorant (1), DC Cormorant (250).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 62F, NW wind 15-20mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (10 Nov 2016) 63 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:23:26 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             44             87
Turkey Vulture               6             59            138
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   6             69            329
Northern Harrier             2             16             81
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             89           1055
Cooper's Hawk                1             34            341
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         25            125            289
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             12            152            408
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                0              7             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      63            608           5382
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        

Visitors:
7 visitors. 


Weather:
Strong NW winds with partly cloudy skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Strong movement of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS! Our local MERLIN seems to be
sticking around, it was seen harassing a migrating SHARP-SHINNED HAWK this
afternoon. A juvenile NORTHERN HARRIER flew just a few feet over the
meadow. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Huge groups of COMMON GRACKLES are migrating, some flying so low I could
hear their wingbeats!

Predictions:
Cool, sunny day with NW winds. 
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (09 Nov 2016) 2 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:08:28 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             41             84
Turkey Vulture               2             53            132
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   0             63            323
Northern Harrier             0             14             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             81           1047
Cooper's Hawk                0             33            340
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            100            264
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              0            140            396
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                0              7             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                       2            545           5319
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Kelley Nunn

Weather:
Rainy day

Raptor Observations:
Very little raptor movement. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Songbirds were all over the feeders. 
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler - Pickering Beach Road
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:15:12 -0500
I had very nice looks at an Orange-crowned Warbler this morning near the
small Fish and Wildlife gravel parking lot on the south side of Pickering
Beach Road.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (08 Nov 2016) 51 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:40:34 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             41             84
Turkey Vulture               4             51            130
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   2             63            323
Northern Harrier             0             14             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9             81           1047
Cooper's Hawk                2             33            340
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         11            100            264
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             16            140            396
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                0              7             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      51            543           5317
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Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        David Beattie

Visitors:
15 Visitors. 


Weather:
Fairly warm day with mostly clear skies and W/SW winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Slower day for raptor migration than this past weekend. RED-TAILED HAWKS,
and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS still dominated the migration. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A new species to add to the Hawk Watch list today! An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
stopped by for just a few seconds before flying off. COMMON GRACKLES, and
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are definitely on the move!

Predictions:
Light NW winds - chance of rain between 9AM and 2PM. 
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (07 Nov 2016) 118 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:27:53 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             34             77
Turkey Vulture               5             47            126
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                  18             61            321
Northern Harrier             2             14             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13             72           1038
Cooper's Hawk                4             31            338
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         14             89            253
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             45            124            380
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              8
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             1              2             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             33
Unknown Buteo                3              7             29
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              7             44

Total:                     118            492           5266
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Frank Rohrbacher, Hank Davis, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
5 Visitors


Weather:
Clear blue skies with NE to N winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Strong migrations! RED-TAILED HAWKS are really on the move. 

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (06 Nov 2016) 103 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 17:14:22 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             24             67
Turkey Vulture              14             42            121
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                  20             43            303
Northern Harrier             0             12             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             59           1025
Cooper's Hawk                3             27            334
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             75            239
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             36             79            335
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              8
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             21
Unknown Accipiter            1              2             33
Unknown Buteo                3              4             26
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              4             41

Total:                     103            374           5148
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Mike Gardner

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Kim Steininger, Peter Wilner,
                  Sharon Helmerich

Visitors:
17 Visitors. 


Weather:
NW winds with cloudy skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Strong day for migration overall, with a strong showing from BALD EAGLES
and RED-TAILED HAWKS. 2 GOLDEN EAGLES!

Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2016) 71 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 14:50:48 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10            114            302
Turkey Vulture              33            252            783
Osprey                       1             38           3312
Bald Eagle                   4             56            319
Northern Harrier             3             35            133
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             85            991
Cooper's Hawk                5             26            173
Northern Goshawk             1              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              3             49            116
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              6
American Kestrel             0              7            352
Merlin                       0              7            295
Peregrine Falcon             0              1            281
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             10
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      71            677           7152
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Larry Sharp, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Larry for helping with the count! 
12 visitors



Weather:
Clear most of the day turning partly cloudy in the afternoon, temp 11-17C,
light WNW, NW, N winds, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Turkey and Black Vultures made up the majority of the count, Sharp-shinned
Hawks and Cooper's Hawks moving through along with a few Red-tailed Hawks,
four Bald Eagles and one Goshawk. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Lesser Black-backed Gull, White-breasted
Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch, DC Cormorant (230).


Predictions:
Showers after 11am, high 60F, W wind 10-15mph

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2016) 153 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:08:23 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               32            104            292
Turkey Vulture              86            219            750
Osprey                       5             37           3311
Bald Eagle                  19             52            315
Northern Harrier             0             32            130
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             74            980
Cooper's Hawk                1             21            168
Northern Goshawk             0              1              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              4             46            113
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              6
American Kestrel             1              7            352
Merlin                       1              7            295
Peregrine Falcon             0              1            281
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             10
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     153            606           7081
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Kevin Bronson, Larry Sharp, Lynn Smith

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin,Ann,Lynn and Larry for their help with the count, 8
visitors


Weather:
wind NNE/N 2.37 mph, temp 8-12c., clcv 5-10%, visb 20k,

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle, 19 Migrating Bald Eagles, 2 locals. At one point we had 6
Bald Eagles in a kettle coming off the water.
A lot of Turkey and Black Vultures moving. We had 3 different kettles of
vultures--one of 48,19 and 20. Coming out of the kettle and then streaming
off to the SW.

Non-raptor Observations:
BH and RB Nuthatch, Gannet,Bluebirds, White-Winged Scoter,345 DCCO's
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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR, November 6, 2007
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 17:26:28 -0600
Briton Parker and I were able to get to Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna,
Delaware yesterday. There was lots of sunshine but most of the birds were
out on the tidal flats. Nevertheless, we did get some photos. Also,Briton
and I photographed some of the same birds while standing next to one
another and I have included some of these images in this Photo Study. To
see the pictures please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookNov6_16/BombayHookNov6_16,html.html

Regards,
Howard

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

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (05 Nov 2016) 92 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 06:56:36 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16             21             64
Turkey Vulture               2             28            107
Osprey                       0              0            175
Bald Eagle                   6             23            283
Northern Harrier             6             12             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18             51           1017
Cooper's Hawk                9             24            331
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         21             65            229
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk             14             43            299
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              6
American Kestrel             0              0            292
Merlin                       0              0             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              1             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             32
Unknown Buteo                0              1             23
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             38

Total:                      92            271           5045
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Dennis Murphy, Gina Sheridan, Hank Davis, Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
38 Visitors. 


Weather:
N winds changing to W by the end of the day with clear blue skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Raptors were on the move today! We had a great day for NORTHERN HARRIERS, 6
moving throughout the day, with 2 being beautiful grey ghosts.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were
steadily moving through. 

Non-raptor Observations:
We had our first PINE SISKINS of the season, with 2 singular birds flying
over, one stopping briefly in one of our bare trees before moving on.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES are still being seen on the feeders. The COMMON
RAVEN pair was back today! We picked them up in a stack of birds, with the
Ravens being on the top and bottom with Red-tailed hawks, and Sharp-shinned
Hawks in between. 
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2016) 53 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:30:39 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             72            260
Turkey Vulture              14            133            664
Osprey                       6             32           3306
Bald Eagle                   5             33            296
Northern Harrier             8             32            130
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             71            977
Cooper's Hawk                1             20            167
Northern Goshawk             0              1              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              3             42            109
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              5
American Kestrel             0              6            351
Merlin                       2              6            294
Peregrine Falcon             0              1            281
Unknown Accipiter            1              1             10
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1             35
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      53            453           6928
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thank you to Art and Kevin for helping with the count. 22 visitors


Weather:
way too much wind from the NW/N at 3.4-7.6 with many very strong gusts.
temp 13-16c, clcv 40-95%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
all raptors very distant and to the South of us. A few Harriers came in
very low over the dunes. 

Non-raptor Observations:
slow day due to the cold and wind. Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, 880-DDCO's,
BH and Rb Nuthatch

Predictions:
colder, high low 50's, Sunny wind orth 10-15 mph
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Subject: Sunrise at Fowler Beach
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2016 02:44:50 +0000
?With today being the last day before switching to standard time, the sun did 
not poke above the bay until 7:33am. A beautiful calm morning, although a tad 
nippy. Marsh wrens were quite vocal, and I saw at least 8 of them along the 
gravel road past the bridge. Halfway to the beach I had a Saltmarsh Sparrow and 
an Atlantic race of Nelson's Sparrow. 8 sparrow species in all. Also flushed a 
Virginia Rail along the way to the beach. 



The best surprise was a flock of 10 Snow Buntings along the new, broad beach. 
They seemed to approve of the habitat alteration. 



Here is the my e-bird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32389640? 



Good birding,


David Fees

Seaford DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2016) 175 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 16:05:57 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               34             62            250
Turkey Vulture              40            119            650
Osprey                       6             26           3300
Bald Eagle                   7             28            291
Northern Harrier             8             24            122
Sharp-shinned Hawk          38             70            976
Cooper's Hawk                8             19            166
Northern Goshawk             0              1              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk             32             39            106
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              5
American Kestrel             1              6            351
Merlin                       1              4            292
Peregrine Falcon             0              1            281
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             34
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     175            400           6875
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Bruce Peterjohn, Larry Sharp, Rob Schroeder,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Bruce, Rob, and Larry for helping with the count
today!
36 visitors



Weather:
Clear skies all day, temp 11-17C, light NNW, N winds, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Vultures moving through in good numbers, a very nice Red-tailed Hawk
flight, several Harriers, seven Bald Eagles. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Great Cormorant (3), White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Blue-winged Teal,
Green-winged Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Greater Scaup, Meadowlark, Common
Grackle (700), DC Cormorant (320).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 63F, NW wind 15mph

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Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)




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