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Updated on Saturday, October 25 at 03:18 PM EST
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Ashy Tailorbird,©Barry Kent Mackay

25 Oct Siskins [Michael A Smith ]
24 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 163 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Oct 2014) 129 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 24th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
24 Oct Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, 10/25/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct White throated sparrow [Ellen Wright ]
23 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Oct 2014) 24 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct Yard Birds [David and Joy Peters ]
22 Oct Flint Woods Walk [joe sebastiani ]
21 Oct Re: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors ["sally o'byrne" ]
21 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 105 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct Bombay Hooked [Colin Campbell ]
21 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit [Christopher Bennett ]
21 Oct Sussex: Western Kingbird at Indian River Marina [Tim Schreckengost ]
20 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct Orange-cr. Warbler & White-cr. Sparrow in Hockessin [Amy White ]
19 Oct Eastern Meadowlarks [Edward Crawford ]
19 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Oct White Pelican at Prime Hook [Bill Fintel ]
19 Oct DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Prime Hook NWR Headquarters Results [Tim Schreckengost ]
19 Oct Sussex Co: American White Pelican at Prime Hook HQ on 10/18/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Oct 2014) 94 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 168 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 17th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
17 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 186 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Oct 2014) 206 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct Cape Henlopen State Park Birdwalk Oct21 ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
17 Oct Ashland Big Sit: The Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct Re: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
17 Oct Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Oct Middle Run: Orange-crowned, Lincoln's, and Finches [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct DOS Local Patch Trip - Prime Hook HQ on October 18, 2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
16 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct Christmas Bird Counts 2014/2015 ["Amy O'Neil" ]
16 Oct Indian River Inlet Sea Watch [Christopher Bennett ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct DOS Monthly Meeting - Speaker change - Meeting Still On [Bill Stewart ]
15 Oct Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
14 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Oct CHSP 10.14 Birdwalk results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Sunday along the Coast ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Oct 2014) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Steve and Laura Huber at DVOC on Thursday night 16 OCT 204 [Steve Kacir ]
13 Oct Book sale before Wednesday's DOS meeting [Ian Stewart ]
13 Oct Reminder - DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15 [Bill Stewart ]
13 Oct Brandywine Creek Late Warbler Field Trip, 10/12/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
12 Oct Late Report from Chincoteague NWR (VA) and Bombay Hook NWR (DE) [Les Brooks ]
12 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Oct 2014) 73 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit [Christopher Bennett ]
11 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Oct Carousel Park birds [Ian Stewart ]
10 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 10th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
10 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Oct Bucktoe Big Sit - "Deadwood Birders" [joe sebastiani ]
10 Oct Big Sit at Ashland Tomorrow (10/11) [Derek Stoner ]
10 Oct Lunchtime rush at White Clay -- 11 warbler sp, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch [Alan Kneidel ]
10 Oct My Yard [Sharon Lynn ]
9 Oct Little Creek, Kent County shorebirds [Alan Kneidel ]
9 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Oct 2014) 523 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Oct 2014) 86 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit Info [Christopher Bennett ]
9 Oct Big Sit at DEEC [Derek Stoner ]
8 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]

Subject: Siskins
From: Michael A Smith <michael.a.smith AT VILLANOVA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:50:30 +0000
I just spent 5 minutes watching a group of 7 Pine Siskins work over my 
neighbor's hemlock at the corner of Cleveland and Sharpless in Brandywine 
Hundred. A passing sharpie ignored them. 




And in a belated report, last Sunday I had a flyover Ross's Goose in with about 
2 dozen Canada Geese at moderate height. Through binoculars for a minute or so, 
this individual was 1/2 the size (1/3 the bulk) of the Canadas. Very short 
neck. Of course I did not see the bill and face but size and proportions 
strongly suggested Ross's. Can I rule out a runt Snow Goose or a hybrid? No. 
But I am wondering if there were or will be other reports of Ross's in with 
Canadas. 




Michael Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Villanova University
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 163 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:55 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             74            154
Turkey Vulture              12            137            331
Osprey                      22            559           2684
Bald Eagle                   4            114            287
Northern Harrier            17            171            235
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            715           1192
Cooper's Hawk                1            104            177
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            53            439            891
Merlin                      13            210            451
Peregrine Falcon             6            254            515
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              8             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     163           2915           7106
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Christopher Rowe, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver,
                  Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Christopher, Rob, and Vince for helping with the count
today! Visitors include George, Diane and David, plus 24 others. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy, clcv 20-90%, temp 14-19C, vis 20km, NNW, NW wind 10-15mph,
gusting to 25mph.


Raptor Observations:
Ospreys still moving through, good N. Harrier flight (3 adult male), great
Am. Kestrel flight along with Merlin and Peregrines going through. Majority
of birds coming across low on the water south of the platform. 
Four Bald Eagles: 2 adult, 1 immature, 1 unknown age. 
One resident adult Bald Eagle. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Oystercatcher, Wood Duck, Common Loon (34), Gannet (4), Parasitic Jaeger
(1), WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (1), Brown Thrasher, Pine Siskin (30), DC
Cormorant (2,400). FOX SPARROW feeding on ground by the pines near the
parking lot. 

Predictions:
Sunny, high 67F, west wind 9-13mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Oct 2014) 129 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:10:06 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1            162            170
Turkey Vulture              32            159            159
Osprey                       1             68            234
Bald Eagle                   0            115            207
Northern Harrier             1             54            100
Sharp-shinned Hawk          46            643           1247
Cooper's Hawk               11            108            187
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             49             72
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             24            128            159
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             1            140            321
Merlin                       0             12             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            4             14             41
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     129           1729           6529
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Debra Palermo, Joe Russell, Kim Steininger, Pat Goodman,
                  Sharon Helmerich, Will Almeida

Visitors:
8 Visitors!


Weather:
Strong NW winds, temperature high of 19 C, cloud cover ranged from 5 to
80%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Black Vulture, 32 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 1 Northern Harrier(gray
ghost), 46 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 8 Red-shouldered Hawks,
24 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel.
4 Unid. Accipiters

Non-raptor Observations:
520 Canada Geese, 12 Duck sp., 31 Double-crested Cormorants, 10 Great Blue
Heron, 12 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, lots of Yellow-rumped
Warblers; Chipping, Field and White-throated Sparrows, 7 Purple Finches

Predictions:
Predicted  be similar to today 
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 24th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:11:29 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 24, 2014
* DEST1410.24
	
*Birds mentioned
CACKLING GOOSE
ROSS’ GOOSE
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet 
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Parasitic Jaeger
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Blue-headed Vireo
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 24, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 24th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list increased to 322 species.

New this week was a WESTERN KINGBIRD found at Burton's Island behind the
North Marina at Indian River Inlet n Tuesday. Unfortunately, that bird has
not been reported since, possibly another one-day-wonder. Also reported at
Burton's has been GREEN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON plus NELSON'S and
SALTMARSH SPARROW along the marsh edge. 

Nearby Indian River Inlet had a seawatch this weekend that had a couple of
PARASITIC JAEGERS flying offshore. Also seen was BRANT plus NORTHERN
PINTAIL, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and COMMON LOON flying by. 12 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were found in the inlet. Terns seen included CASPIAN, ROYAL, and
COMMON TERN. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and LEAST SANDPIPER were found on
the jetty. The copes of trees at the South Inlet Parking Lot had
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and HOUSE WREN.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found last week along the Dike Trail at the
headquarters of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton and
Saturday. That bird was seen later in the week flying over and roosting at
Fowler's Beach. SNOW GEESE were also seen at Fowler's Beach, a single ROSS'S
GOOSE was found along the Prime Hook Beach Road. Late lingering BLACK
SKIMMERS were seen at Fowler's Beach along with COMMON, CASPIAN, and ROYAL
TERNS. Shorebirds seen at Fowler’s included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, both
YELLOWLEGS, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying
along the dunes. Sparrows continue to be the highlight at Fowler's Beach
with several NELSON'S plus SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were also reported
was WHITE-CROWNED and a VESPER SPARROW at the 90° turn. 20 EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS were seen in the fields in front of Prime Hook headquarters. A
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Broadkill Beach. Also reported was
CATTLE EGRET along Bakersfield Rd., AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and 65 ROYAL
TERNS were found at Mispillion Inlet.

ORANGE-CROWN WARBLERS were seen at opposite ends state. One was found at
Prime Hook along the Boardwalk Trail while another was found in a yard off
Center Mill Road in Yorklyn. Also reported in Yorklyn was a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW.

Winter finches are arriving in mass. Delaware is going into a purple haze,
with PURPLE FINCHES seen throughout the state. This past week, finches were
reported in Yorklyn, Port Penn, Georgetown, Laurel, Dover, Prime Hook, White
Clay Creek State Park, Middle Run Natural Area, and Brandywine Creek State
Park. Also reported has been PINE SISKINS flying over Chapel Street in
Newark. Another bird was photographed in a yard at Port Penn. A flight of 25
SISKINS were reported at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch.

A CACKLING GOOSE was reported flying over Newark Reservoir. Late warblers
around the reservoir included a BLACK-THROATED GREEN and PALM WARBLER.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS are being seen there. A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen
along the White Clay Creek. Late land birds at White Clay Creek State Park
included SWAINSON'S THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER. Also reported was YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW

Another ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Smyrna. Thousands of SNOW GEESE are beginning to arrive there.
Waterfowl reported there included PIED-BILLED GREBE, HOODED MERGANSER, 3
BUFFLEHEAD, and 70 RUDDY DUCK. A high count of 27 MARBLED GODWITS was
reported on the salt flats opposite Sheerness Pool along with 350 AMERICAN
AVOCETS. Other shorebirds seen included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, plus STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON was seen at Bear Swamp. SEASIDE SPARROW and MARSH WREN were
found along the Boardwalk Trail. WILD TURKEY was seen at Finis Pool and
NORTHERN BOBWHITE was found at the Allee House. Also seen was GRAY-CHEEKED
and HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PALM WARBLER. A pair of
RING-NECKED DUCKS were found in the retention pond at the South on-ramp of
Route 1 in Smyrna.

Another RING-NECKED DUCK was found at the Wolfe's Neck Sewage Treatment
Plant near Midway between Lewis and Rehoboth Beach. Eight RUDDY DUCKS were
also seen there along with NORTHERN SHOVELER and GADWALL.

A late BLUE HEADED VIREO along with SWAINSON'S and HERMIT THRUSH seen along
the Walking Dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park. BROWN PELICAN, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, and 6 COMMON TERNS were seen at The Point. BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and CHIPPING SPARROWS were also
found in the pines by The Point.  Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found
at Gordon's Pond along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Landbirds seen included
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, and both species of KINGLET. Birders on
the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are reporting BLACK and SURF SCOTERS offshore, plus
NORTHERN GANNETS, ROYAL TERNS and RED-THROATED LOONS. 

A VESPER SPARROW was found at Granogue along the Brandywine Creek on
Wednesday. WINTER WREN and RUBY CROWNED KINGLET were found at Flint Woods
along with a flyover BALD EAGLE. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed in the marsh
at Ashland Nature Center. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also found along with
LINCOLN’S SPARROW at Ashland.

LINCOLN’S SPARROW was also found that Reedy Point Bridge along with
SWAINSON'S THRUSH and EASTERN PHOEBE. A MERLIN was seen hunting there. BALD
EAGLE and TREE SWALLOWS are still being seen at the ABA headquarters in
Delaware City. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in downtown Wilmington from the
18th floor of an office building along Delaware Ave. 

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was reported yesterday afternoon at Ashland Nature
Ctr., Hawkwatch. A big flight of raptors on Monday included 12 species with
a late BROAD-WINGED HAWK plus PEREGRINE FALCON, along with 36 RED-TAILS and
10 RED SHOULDERED HAWKS. 12 PALM WARBLERS were seen at the Hawkwatch on
Tuesday, PURPLE FINCHES are being seen there almost daily.

A big flight of raptors were seen at Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch on the weekend.
A flight of Falcons on Sunday included 85 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 16 MERLIN, and
4 PEREGRINE. Waterfowl moving offshore included BRANT, SNOW GEESE, BLACK and
SURF SCOTERS, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON. Also seen were CACKLING
GOOSE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES continue to be found in the pines by the Hawkwatch.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bill Stewart, Joel
Martin, Anthony Gonzon, Chris Bennett, Colin Campbell, Amy White, Sally
O’Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue
Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Tom Laeser, Andy
Urquhart, Marie Gardner, Ed Huestis, Ed Crawford, Jerry AmEnde, Maurice
Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this
season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your
sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, 10/25/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:34 -0400
The monthly Birdwalk sponsored by Brandywine Creek State park will be
tomorrow, October 25th. We'll start at the park nature center at 8 am. Park
entrance fees are still in effect.  I had PURPLE FINCH and PALM WARBLER in
the park last weekend. This is a good time to start looking for Fox Sparrow.
Looks like we'll be getting some good weather, be sure to wear boots!

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:45 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15            161            169
Turkey Vulture               4            127            127
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   2            115            207
Northern Harrier             2             53             99
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            597           1201
Cooper's Hawk                3             97            176
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             41             64
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk              6            104            135
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             2            139            320
Merlin                       1             12             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      57           1600           6400
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
No Visitors.  Thanks Joe Sebastiani for stopping by and Joe Russel and
Carol Spease for withstanding the elements and helping me scan the skies
all day!


Weather:
Strong NW winds, rain until 11 and 100% cloud cover all day.  Temperature
high of 13.1 C.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Golden Eagle at 2:17!
15 Black Vultures, 4 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
19 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 6
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle, 2 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin

Non-raptor Observations:
642 Canada Geese, 1 Cackling Goose in a skein of 26 geese, 26
Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets;
Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers; Chipping, Field, Song and White-throated
Sparrows, 4 (female/immature) Purple Finches.

Predictions:
Predicted to be much warmer with similar strong NW winds.  Should be a
great day for migration.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: White throated sparrow
From: Ellen Wright <warwick8154 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:02:40 -0400
I heard a White throated sparrow at my property in Warwick Maryland near
Middletown Delaware today. This afternoon I saw one. After last winters
extreme weather this summer seemed too short to me. At least fall and
winter brings White throated sparrows a very welcome sight.

Ellen Wright
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:10:02 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4             69            149
Turkey Vulture               0            125            319
Osprey                       9            537           2662
Bald Eagle                   0            110            283
Northern Harrier             2            154            218
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            686           1163
Cooper's Hawk                2            103            176
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4            386            838
Merlin                       5            197            438
Peregrine Falcon             4            248            509
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      30           2752           6943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Lorraine Logan, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Lorraine for assisting with the brief count today!
3 visitors



Weather:
Rain throughout the morning, overcast, temp 13-14C, vis 15km, strong NNW
wind at 18-25mph. 


Raptor Observations:
No observation until 1200 due to rain. Osprey, Harriers, Cooper's Hawk, and
falcons moving through low on the water to the south of the platform. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (12), Red-throated Loon (3), Brown Pelican (2), Snow Goose,
Brant (7), Greater Yellowlegs, DC Cormorant (680).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 67F, NW wind at 16mph

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:10:33 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             65            145
Turkey Vulture               0            125            319
Osprey                       2            528           2653
Bald Eagle                   1            110            283
Northern Harrier             7            152            216
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            686           1163
Cooper's Hawk                5            101            174
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4            382            834
Merlin                       0            192            433
Peregrine Falcon             2            244            505
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      28           2722           6913
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for assisting with the count in the blustery wind! Plus 8
other visitors. 



Weather:
Overcast, temp 15-16C, vis 20km, very windy with NE, ENE winds at 15-20mph
gusting to 25mph. 


Raptor Observations:
Few migrants with the high winds, some seen passing high overhead and
others low along the trees. Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk,
Kestrel and Peregrines moving. One adult Bald Eagle, plus one resident
adult eagle seen. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Good scoter flight with Black Scoter (1,200) and Surf Scoter (700), Brant
(14), Great Blue Heron, Brown Creeper, White-throated Sparrow, Pine Siskin
(25), DC Cormorant (60). 


Predictions:
40% chance of rain, high 58F, NW wind 25-28mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Oct 2014) 24 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:23 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1            146            154
Turkey Vulture               9            123            123
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   0            113            205
Northern Harrier             4             51             97
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            578           1182
Cooper's Hawk                2             94            173
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             39             62
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk              0             98            129
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            137            318
Merlin                       0             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      24           1543           6343
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 11:45:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Weather:
Today brought strong North winds, 100% cloud cover and lots of
precipitation.  Temperature high of 12.6 C, full visibility for the short
day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Black Vulture, 9 Turkey Vultures, 4 Northern Harriers, 7 Sharp Shinned
Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks and 1 American Kestrel streamed by soaked.



Non-raptor Observations:
82 Canada Geese, 1 Wood Duck, 8 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10
White-throated Sparrows, and 1 Purple Finch.

Our resident Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawks,and Cooper's Hawk were
loud and active in the rain and an Adult Bald Eagle was spotted entering
the creek.

Predictions:
Predicted to have morning showers and be cooler than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Yard Birds
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:33:48 -0400
We had our first dark-eyed junco under our feeders this morning, and then just 
now a female purple finch in our back yard in North Dover. 


Joy Peters
Dover, Delaware
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: Flint Woods Walk
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:55:18 +0000
Tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird walk, starting at 8am 
at the Twaddell Mill Road entrance to the property. Follow Twaddell Mill Road 
east of rt. 52 in Centreville and look for the small road sign for the turn 
into the preserve. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
The sparrows were well represented last week, so it should be another good 
showing in the new meadow habitats that have been created. This preserve is 
private, and is only accessible through guided walks from the Delaware Nature 
Society. We appreciate your membership in the Society if you attend. I hope to 
see you tomorrow. 



Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: Re: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:46:19 -0400
I would like to add that one Rusty Blackbird was also seen at Ashland Hawk 
Watch yesterday. There might have been a few that I didn’t identify, but one 
posed for me, showing off his bright white eye and sounding off his very high 
peep note. 


Sally O'Byrne




On Oct 21, 2014, at 8:10 PM, Hawkcount.Org Reports  
wrote: 


> Ashland Nature Center
> Hockessin, Delaware, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture               36            132            140
> Turkey Vulture              35             75             75
> Osprey                       0             67            233
> Bald Eagle                   3            111            203
> Northern Harrier             2             43             89
> Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            529           1133
> Cooper's Hawk               11             84            163
> Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
> Red-shouldered Hawk         10             32             55
> Broad-winged Hawk            1             34           3511
> Red-tailed Hawk             36             80            111
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
> Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
> American Kestrel             3            127            308
> Merlin                       1             11             22
> Peregrine Falcon             1             12             14
> Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
> Unknown Buteo                4             14             36
> Unknown Falcon               1              4             14
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
> Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
> 
> Total:                     187           1375           6175
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 07:30:00 
> Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
> Total observation time: 7.5 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne
> 
> Observers:        Kim Steininger
> 
> Visitors:
> 1
> 
> 
> Weather:
> slight S,SW,SE winds, Temperature high of 16.8 C, cloud cover ranged from
> 40 to 100%, full visibility all day.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 36 Black Vultures, 35 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
> 43 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 10 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1
> Broad-winged Hawk, 36 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1
> Peregrine Falcon.
> 
> 4 Unid. Buteo, 1 Unid. Falcon
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 263 Canada Geese, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 18 Song
> Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 16 White-throated Sparrows,
> 1 Purple Finch, 2 Pine Siskins
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
> Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
> www.delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:10:13 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13            145            153
Turkey Vulture              39            114            114
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   2            113            205
Northern Harrier             4             47             93
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            571           1175
Cooper's Hawk                8             92            171
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             39             62
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             18             98            129
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             9            136            317
Merlin                       0             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                2             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     144           1519           6319
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
No visitors


Weather:
no winds in the morning, slight WNW,NW and SW winds to finish off the day. 
Temperature high of 20.7 C, cloud cover ranged from 0% to 90%, full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
13 Black Vultures, 39 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Northern Harriers,
42 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 8 Cooper's Hawks, 7 Red-shouldered Hawks, 18
Red-tailed Hawks, 9 American Kestrels.

2 Unid. Buteos

Non-raptor Observations:
169 Canada Geese, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 12 Palm Warblers, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 14
Chipping Sparrows, 4 Field Sparrows, 8 Savannah Sparrows, 2 Song Sparrows,
20 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Dark-eyed Junco, 6 Purple Finches
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:10:39 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               36            132            140
Turkey Vulture              35             75             75
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   3            111            203
Northern Harrier             2             43             89
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            529           1133
Cooper's Hawk               11             84            163
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             32             55
Broad-winged Hawk            1             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             36             80            111
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3            127            308
Merlin                       1             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             1             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                4             14             36
Unknown Falcon               1              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     187           1375           6175
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Kim Steininger

Visitors:
1


Weather:
slight S,SW,SE winds, Temperature high of 16.8 C, cloud cover ranged from
40 to 100%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
36 Black Vultures, 35 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
43 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 10 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1
Broad-winged Hawk, 36 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1
Peregrine Falcon.

4 Unid. Buteo, 1 Unid. Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
263 Canada Geese, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 18 Song
Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 16 White-throated Sparrows,
1 Purple Finch, 2 Pine Siskins
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 105 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:10:31 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             65            145
Turkey Vulture              39            125            319
Osprey                       6            526           2651
Bald Eagle                   3            109            282
Northern Harrier            15            145            209
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            680           1157
Cooper's Hawk                5             96            169
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              7             11
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6            378            830
Merlin                       4            192            433
Peregrine Falcon             5            242            503
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     105           2694           6885
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Ann, Dennis and Vince for helping with the count today! Plus
15 other visitors. 



Weather:
Cloudy in the morning turning partly cloudy, temp 16-20C, vis 20km, wind
light S, W, NE, N.  

Raptor Observations:
Vultures coming in from the point and moving south, good N. Harrier flight,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Red-tailed Hawk along with a
few falcons. 3 Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Black Scoter (930), Surf Scoter (150), DC Cormorant (765), Common Loon,
Red-throated Loon, Field Sparrow, Junco, Blue-headed Vireo.


Predictions:
Rain, high 64F, N wind 15-25mph. 

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

Subject: Bombay Hooked
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:49:06 -0500
In a huge test of will-power, I forsook Helen's Sausage House this morning to 
get to Bombay Hook early via Rt 1. My arrival appeared to coincide with the 
arrival of the first big flock of Snow Geese which were wiffling down into the 
corn stubble fields along the entrance road - Whitehall Neck (Rd85). The sight 
and sound were magic - I estimated about 3,000 birds and they appeared to have 
had a productive breeding season, up there on Bylot Island, Nunavut, as there 
were many family groups with 3-4 young. I was unable to pick out a Ross's Goose 
but I did see later in the BH log that one had been found at that same 
location. Later (high tide) they moved en masse to the bayshore side of 
Shearness Pool, forming a glistening white line too far off for another shot at 
an oddball. 

 
110 Avocets were dozing in Raymond and another 50 were in Shearness; the latter 
were accompanied by 10 Marbled Godwit, a good deal less than the 27 I'd had on 
the 16th, although there was a log entry by a well-known local birder that 
there had been 25 yesterday. A single Coot and a Merlin were noted. A stroll 
around the Allee House provided some fun. A small stunted tree at the rear of 
the house held 6 spp of sparrow - White-throated, White-crowned (4), Field (3), 
Song, Swamp and Savannah - as well as the inevitable House Sparrow at that 
location. A moment of sheer exuberance occurred when a covey of 15 Bobwhites 
suddenly arrived in the weedy field there. The biggest party I've seen in BH 
for many, many years. In trying to get a photo of one on the ground, I seemed 
to flush ones and twos for about 5 minutes without photographic success, 
needless to say. The Visitor Center also had 3 White-crowned Sparrows, all 
juveniles - as were the Allee House birds. Phoebes were everywher! 

 e as has been the case locally for the past 3 weeks. Time now for a Say's.
 
With gas at $288.9 at the Wawa south of Smyrna and massive cabbages (mine was 
18lb) and cauliflower - and now broccoli - for only $2 at Wicks Potato Farm on 
Rt9 - it was a very satisfactory and fruitful (veggieful?) morning. 

 
Colin Campbell
Claymont, DE
 
Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:44:22 -0400
Hello,

I'm finally getting around to reporting our results to the Big Sit website
and want to make sure I don't forget anyone from the participant list.
Here is the list of people I can remember (I'm getting old):

Anthony Gonzon
Bruce Peterjohn
Alex Lameroeux
Sharon Lynn
Jenn Ottinger
Sue Gruver
Tim Schrekengost
Alan Keidel
Christopher Rowe

If you were there - or you are on the list above and know who I'm missing
please let me know.

THANKS.

Chris
Subject: Sussex: Western Kingbird at Indian River Marina
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:51:23 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel reports a Western Kingbird at the Indian River Marina, which is on 
the north side of the inlet. 


As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:10:02 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             63            143
Turkey Vulture               8             86            280
Osprey                       6            520           2645
Bald Eagle                   1            106            279
Northern Harrier             7            130            194
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            664           1141
Cooper's Hawk                2             91            164
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1            372            824
Merlin                       6            188            429
Peregrine Falcon             1            237            498
Unknown Accipiter            1              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      43           2589           6780
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Diane Kane, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
6
thanks to Kevin and Diane for their help


Weather:
wind, ssw/s/wsw/s/w/wsw 1-6 mph, temp 11-19c, clcv 30/80/60%, visb 20k,

Raptor Observations:
a very slow Raptor day. A few Sharp-Shinned Hawks came through high and to
the South, Harriers started the day with 4, our 2 local B. Eagles only made
a short visit

Non-raptor Observations:
1352-DCCO's many of which came in to the South and quickly disappeared
behind the Dune.Vultures came in high from the North and went South.

another minus one for the catbird and a yummy lunch for the Merlin

Predictions:
partly cloudy, high 72,SSW wind at 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:10:52 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             96            104
Turkey Vulture               0             40             40
Osprey                       1             67            233
Bald Eagle                   4            108            200
Northern Harrier             0             41             87
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27            486           1090
Cooper's Hawk                8             73            152
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             22             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk              8             44             75
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            124            305
Merlin                       1             10             21
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            3             10             37
Unknown Buteo                4             10             32
Unknown Falcon               1              3             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      66           1188           5988
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Mike Gardner

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Hank Davis, Jean Woods, Mike Gardner,
                  Sarah Luca

Visitors:
20


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Orange-cr. Warbler & White-cr. Sparrow in Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:58:48 +0000
This morning while birding around our yard I had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 
feeding in the seedheads of goldenrod flowers, in a swale in our meadow. It 
stuck around for at least a half-hour, long enough for Jim to come out and 
watch it for awhile, too. We also saw lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm 
Warblers, and both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets. The fields and 
edge habitat were full of many sparrows -mostly Song Sparrows, but also quite a 
few Chipping Sparrows as well as Field Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow. 


Also, at our feeder area around noon today we had a single, juvenile 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, as well as several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. 


Yesterday (Sunday), we had 2 female PURPLE FINCHES at one of our sunflower 
feeders. 


And last Saturday (Oct 11 -sorry for not reporting) I had a RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH at the feeder. It stayed around briefly, but has not been seen since. 





Amy White: Center Mill Road  AT  Snuff Mill Road; Hockessin, DE 
Subject: Eastern Meadowlarks
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:32:18 -0400
At about 4:30 pm today, there were about 20+ meadowlarks in the fields just 
before the headquarters building at Prime Hook NWR. Some were in the short 
brushy trees right next to the road so I got very good views before they flew 
off. Nice. 

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:10:34 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             60            140
Turkey Vulture               0             78            272
Osprey                       9            514           2639
Bald Eagle                   8            105            278
Northern Harrier            12            123            187
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            657           1134
Cooper's Hawk                1             89            162
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             18             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            85            371            823
Merlin                      16            182            423
Peregrine Falcon             4            236            497
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             14
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     146           2546           6737
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Art Zdancewic, Diane Kane,
                  Douglas Winkleman, Rich Downs, Ruth Kaufman, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Alex, Ruth, Douglas, Diane and Rich for assisting with
the count! 
36 visitors



Weather:
Mostly to partly cloudy, temp 11-15C, vis 20km, strong N, NW winds
20-25mph.


Raptor Observations:
Mostly falcons moving with the strong winds, great Kestrel flight, Merlins
and Bald Eagles (8), a surprising lack of Sharp-shinned Hawks. Most raptors
coming low over the water south of the platform. 


Non-raptor Observations:
CACKLING GOOSE (1 flying with 3 Canada Goose), Black Duck (100), Pintail
(100), Green-winged Teal (80), Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Canada Goose
(40), Dunlin (80), Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Greater Yellowlegs, DC
Cormorant (1350).

Monarchs 85


Predictions:
Sunny, high 64F, SW wind 5-10mph

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

Subject: White Pelican at Prime Hook
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:56:51 -0400
Sally and I were leading a Prime Hook FT today for the Refuge, and had been
alerted to the White Pelican posted by Tim Shreckingost, and first spotted
by Julie McCall. We searched the waters off the Boardwalk Trail, but did
not find it.

Then at Fowler Beach, a White Pelican flew up the DE Bay shoreline harassed
by a Herring Gull. It was very close, and everyone got great looks as it
proceeded in to the impoundment waters south of Fowler Beach Rd.

It set down in scope view next to a Great Blue, which it dwarfed, then
later we saw it flying west, possibly out of the Refuge.

Today was a great migration day for kinglets, waxwings, yellow rumps, and
sapsuckers, plus a late Magnolia Warbler. We also had a late flock of about
12 Royal Terns, and all told at least 7 Bald Eagles.

Bill and Sally Fintel
Lewes, DE
Subject: DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Prime Hook NWR Headquarters Results
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:42:18 -0400
Birders,

I lead a DOS Local Patch Birding Series walk at the Prime Hook NWR
Headquarters yesterday afternoon with the help of Alex Lamoreaux.
Highlights were excellent views of Belted Kingfishers, Forster's Terns,
Great Horned Owl, and an American White Pelican! We tallied 59 species in 2
hours and 52 minutes.

A summary with photos can be seen here:


http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/dos-local-patch-birding-series-prime-hook-nwr-headquarters/ 


eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20269408

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Sussex Co: American White Pelican at Prime Hook HQ on 10/18/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:15:31 -0400
Birders,

While leading the DOS Local Patch Trip at the Prime Hook HQ yesterday 
afternoon, Julie McCall alerted us to an American White Pelican she found off 
the boardwalk trail. All walk participants got decent scope views. The bird was 
best viewed through the trees along the boardwalk trail. Julie had the bird in 
open water, but we only had views through dense vegetation. The bird could be 
anywhere around the HQ or Prime Hook in general. I hope it sticks around for 
others to see it today. I apologize for the late post. 


I'll post a full walk summary later today.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Oct 2014) 94 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:10:04 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             96            104
Turkey Vulture               1             40             40
Osprey                       1             66            232
Bald Eagle                  11            104            196
Northern Harrier             1             41             87
Sharp-shinned Hawk          35            459           1063
Cooper's Hawk               16             65            144
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             15             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk             10             36             67
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             9            123            304
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            1              7             34
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      94           1122           5922
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Dan Walker, Emily Baisden, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
8 Visitors.
Thanks Kim, Dan and Em for helping me scan the skies!


Weather:
Beautiful crisp fall day, with some breathtaking clouds. Average wind speed
reached a high of 7mph during the 11-12 hour. Westerly winds turning
West-Northwest from 11 on.  Temperature high of 20.8 C, cloud cover ranged
from 20% to 90%.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
7 Black Vultures, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Osprey, 11 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern
Harrier, 35 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 16 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks,
10 Red-tailed Hawks, 9 American Kestrels.

1 Unid. Accipiter

Non-raptor Observations:
160 Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron, 6 Ring-billed Gulls, 130 American
Crows, 3 Palm Warblers,   
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 1 White-throated Sparrow.

Large murder of crows pestering Red-tails and Bald Eagles all day.

16 Monarchs

Predictions:
Predicted to be much cooler with strong WNW winds.  Should be a fantastic
day for migration!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 168 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:10:45 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             52            132
Turkey Vulture               0             78            272
Osprey                      29            505           2630
Bald Eagle                   9             97            270
Northern Harrier            13            111            175
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            657           1134
Cooper's Hawk                5             88            161
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             16             29
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            30            286            738
Merlin                      18            166            407
Peregrine Falcon            17            232            493
Unknown Accipiter            1              7             14
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              6             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     168           2400           6591
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Art Zdancewic, Bill Stewart,
                  Bruce Peterjohn, Diane Kane, Paul Kane, Ruth Kaufman,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
George O'Shea and 34 others


Weather:
wind wsw/nnw/nw/n/nw, 2-9mph, temp. 17-22c, clcv 80/70/0/10/20/30/80, visb.
20k

Raptor Observations:
slow flight in the am,flight picked up in the pm. Nice flight of Falcons,
Sharp-Shinned Hawks,Eagles and Harriers

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-Breasted and Brown-Headed Nuthatches, Common Loons,1-G. Yellow
Legs,21-Forster terns, 572 DCCO's and a huge flight of Monarchs----358!!!

Predictions:
gusty NW winds 20-30 mph, high 65 P. Cloudy
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 17th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:33 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 17, 2014
* DEST1410.17
	
*Birds mentioned
CACKLING GOOSE
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
Brown Pelican
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
POMARINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Wood Peewee
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Boat-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 17, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 17th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. October into November is a time for
mega-rarities, and this week added two new birds to the year list. This
unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 321 species.

New this week has been a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD coming to a private yard west of
Camden-Wyoming off Bryant Corner's Road. The bird has been present all week,
but was last seen on Tuesday before the storm. In related news, another
hummer, reported as a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was visiting a yard in Bay
Vista near Rehoboth Beach. Keep those nectar feeders up, now's the time for
rare hummingbirds to show up!

Another new bird was a POMARINE JAEGER flying past the Cape May - Lewes
ferry chasing gulls. That bird was seen by a birder heading to Cape May to
see the VERMILLION FLYCATCHER reported there. On the same trip, a PARASITIC
JAEGER was seen off the stern following the wake. COMMON LOON, ROYAL TERN,
and over 400 CORMORANTS were seen on the trip. BLACK SCOTER, SNOWY EGRET and
BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at the ferry terminal. NORTHERN GANNET was also
seen from the ferry this week. 

BLACK SCOTER was also seen at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, along
with ROYAL and CASPIAN TERNS. A flight of 30 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS landed
on the point last Friday. Cape Henlopen is a great place to catch late
lingering migrants. A late WOOD THRUSH was seen along the Salt Marsh Nature
Trail. RED-EYED VIREO, BLACKPOLL and PINE WARBLERS were seen on the weekly
bird walk, along with GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, plus RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. PALM WARBLER was seen at Gordon's Pond, along with
SALTMARSH SPARROW. On the pond were large numbers of GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS
and 2 GLOSSY IBIS. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also hunting nearby. Four immature
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS with 7 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, including one
adult were seen at the Monroe Ave pond off the Freeman Highway. 

The copes of trees at the south side of Indian River Inlet had an
interesting collection of landbirds at this migrant trap. BLUE HEADED VIREO,
both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET and 3 BROWN CREEPERS, along
with a female PURPLE FINCH were found there. A BONAPARTE'S GULL and 12
CASPIAN TERNS were seen out over the inlet. A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was seen at
Burton's Island, across from the North Marina. Lots of warblers were seen
there including BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
3 PALM, and 6 PINE WARBLERS. Also seen were CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and
DARK-EYED JUNCO. TRICOLORED HERON and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen
out in the marsh. PHILADELPHIA and RED-EYED VIREO were seen at the James
Farm Nature Preserve on Cedar Neck near Ocean View. A late WOOD THRUSH was
also seen there. Warblers reported included AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN
PARULA, BLACK AND WHITE, PALM, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and 5 BLACK THROATED
BLUE WARBLERS. Also reported was late BOBOLINK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. GREEN
HERON was reported at the Rehoboth Golf Park.

The woods along the Fowler's Beach Road also had a nice collection of late
migrants including RED-EYED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, both KINGLETS, MAGNOLIA
and BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING. Three NELSON'S SPARROWS
were seen along the marsh edge. CASPIAN and ROYAL TERN, WILLET and DUNLIN
were seen on the sandbar. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen in the
impoundment. SNOW GEESE were seen at Prime Hook Beach Road along with LEAST
SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and BLACK SKIMMER. The woods had
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a flyby MERLIN. AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be
seen at the Broadkill Beach Marsh. TRICOLORED HERON and 6 PIED-BILLED GREBES
were seen from the headquarters area. Landbirds there included a flyby BARN
SWALLOW, BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER, OVENBIRD and PALM WARBLER, and a late
BOBOLINK. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported at the McCabe Nature Preserve.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue be seen at the
refuge along with 18 MARBLED GODWIT. Other shorebirds seen at the refuge
included: BLACKBELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER WILLET STILT, LEAST,
PECTORAL, and WHITE RUMPED-SANDPIPER, plus SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Waders
this week included 2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 3 GLOSSY IBIS, and a BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON along with the usual GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS. Over 1200 SNOW
GEESE were reported at the refuge, along with large numbers of PINTAIL,
WIGEON, and a few BLUE-WINGED TEAL. There was over 50 RUDDY DUCKS in
Sheerness Pool. 16 WILD TURKEYS were reported on the road to Finis Pool.
Taylor's Gut at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area had AMERICAN COOT and 3
PIED-BILLED GREBES.

The Pickering Beach side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area continues
to have an excellent collection of birds including AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACKBELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both YELLOWLEGS, plus STILT, LEAST,
and 50 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Six PIED BILLED GREBES and RUDDY DUCK were
reported along with AMERICAN COOT. A MARSH WREN was also found among the
reeds. Large numbers of ROYAL TERNS are now being seen along the Port Mahon
Road; over 100 were counted on Monday, along with 10 CASPIAN TERNS. 45
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS with SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were found in the parking
lot at the boat ramp at Port Mahon. Also reported was PALM WARBLER and
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, plus CAPE MAY and PALM WARBLER reported at Middle
Run Nature Preserve at Newark this week. ACACKLING GOOSE was seen there
today. Also seen there was PINE SISKIN by the pines by TriState Bird Rescue
Center and PURPLE FINCH. Other birds reported included LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, and HERMIT THRUSH. A late
BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at Middle Run on Tuesday, along with COOPER'S
and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, OSPREY, and BARRED OWL. Nearby Newark Reservoir had
AMERICAN WIGEON and NORTHERN PINTAIL, along with BLACK VULTURE, COOPER'S and
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Carousel Park in Pike Creek had a RUDDY DUCK and
PIED-BILLED GREBE on the pond, along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a single
SPOTTED SANDPIPER. 

Flint Woods Nature Preserve in Centerville reported WOOD THRUSH and PINE
SISKIN with HOUSE and WINTER WREN, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, plus
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and PALM WARBLER. Brandywine Creek State Park had
CHIMNEY SWIFT and several BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. Seven species of warbler were
seen including BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, PARULA, MAGNOLIA, and PALM.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen by the
entrance booth, other birds reported included NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE,
and OSPREY. 35 WOOD DUCKS were seen by the Winterthur Ponds at Route 100. 28
WOOD DUCKS were seen at Hoopes' Reservoir. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen at
Brandywine Creek and at Fox Point State park. 

EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE and 3 PALM WARBLERS were seen at Gambacorta Marsh in New
Castle. A yard in Port Penn had a dead VEERY on Tuesday, also reported was a
live BLUE-HEADED VIREO and both species of KINGLET. A BONAPARTE'S GULL was
seen from the ABA headquarters in Delaware City among LAUGHING GULLS. Also
reported there were BLACK VULTURE and 3 BALD EAGLES.

A VESPER SPARROW was found at Ashland Nature Center on Saturday, during the
Big Sit. Despite the rain 68 species were reported including BLACK AND WHITE
and MAGNOLIA WARBLER, PURPLE FINCH, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK. The Cape
Henlopen Big Site started out with SWAINSON'S THRUSHES flying overhead in
the pre-dawn hours. Other land birds reported included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and RED-EYED VIREO, along with LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, OYSTERCATCHER and PARASITIC JAEGER. 

PARASITIC JAEGER has been almost a daily occurrence at the Cape Henlopen
Hawk Watch this week. The first RED-THROATED LOONS are starting to migrate
past the hawk watch. Also, big flocks of seaducks at starting to move south,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen several days, along with hundreds of SURF and
BLACK SCOTERS. A BROWN PELICAN was seen on Tuesday, TUNDRA SWAN and SNOW
GEESE were seen on Wednesday. The best hawk flight was last Sunday with good
numbers of FALCONS; 16 KESTREL, 11 MERLIN, and 12 PEREGRINES, plus 46 OSPREY
and 6 BALD EAGLES. A small flight of late BROAD-WINGED HAWKS went through
today. 

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were also seen today at Ashland Hawk Watch. But, the real
star was the first GOLDEN EAGLE of the season that past by Ashland on
Sunday, along with 72 SHARPIES, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS and 7 BALD EAGLES. Also
seen at the hawk watch this week was SCARLET TANAGER, KILLDEER, PALM WARBLER
and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Brian McCaffrey,
David Fees, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Joel Martin, Sam Roberts, Ian
Gardner, Vincent De Sanctis, Chris Bennett, Colin Campbell, Amy O'Neil,
Sally O'Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner,
Rich Clifton, Richard Julian, Hank Davis, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell.
Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and
Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 186 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:10:48 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15             52            132
Turkey Vulture              25             78            272
Osprey                      20            476           2601
Bald Eagle                   4             88            261
Northern Harrier             9             98            162
Sharp-shinned Hawk          58            615           1092
Cooper's Hawk               14             83            156
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            7             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            16            256            708
Merlin                       6            148            389
Peregrine Falcon             9            215            476
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             13
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     186           2232           6423
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Sharon Lynn,
                  Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Ann, Alex, and Vince for helping with the count!
Visitors include Ruth Draper, Josh, Rich and 21 others. 



Weather:
Clear skies in the morning turning partly cloudy, temp 15-24C, vis 20km,
wind WNW, NW, and WSW. 

Raptor Observations:
Vultures moving through along with Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, and Kestrels. A late push of Broad-winged Hawk, and 2 Red-shouldered
Hawks, Four Bald Eagles: 2 immature, 1 sub-adult, 1 unk age.



Non-raptor Observations:
Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Parasitic Jaeger, Goldfinch, Eastern
Bluebird, DC Cormorant (905).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 68F, W wind 15-18mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Oct 2014) 206 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               61             89             97
Turkey Vulture               6             39             39
Osprey                       6             65            231
Bald Eagle                  13             93            185
Northern Harrier             6             40             86
Sharp-shinned Hawk          67            424           1028
Cooper's Hawk                9             49            128
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             13             36
Broad-winged Hawk            2             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk             10             26             57
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            21            114            295
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             33
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     206           1028           5828
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani, Kim Steininger, Pat Goodman,
                  Sally O'Byrne, Taj Schottland

Visitors:
No visitors. 
Thanks Joe, Kim, Taj, Joe, Pat, Sally for all your help scanning the skies!


Weather:
Slight Southwest winds, temperature high of 22.5 C, 100% cloud cover that
opened up to about 25% by the end of the day, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
61 Black Vultures, 6 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 13 Bald Eagles, 6 Northern
Harriers, 67 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 9 Cooper's Hawks, 3 Red-shouldered Hawks,
2 Broadwinged Hawks, 10 Red-tailed Hawks, 21 American Kestrels.

1 unid. Accipiter, 1 unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
288 Canada Geese, 1 Palm Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Chipping
Sparrows, 6 Savannah Sparrows, 
1 Song Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin

13 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen State Park Birdwalk Oct21
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:55:57 +0000
There will not be a bird walk at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday Oct. 21.

The plan is to continue the weekly bird walks on Tuesday Oct. 28 into early 
November. 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: Ashland Big Sit: The Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:04 +0000
Greetings DE-Birders:

The Eighth Annual Ashland Big Sit held this past Saturday, October 11th held 
many surprises, not the least of which was how long the rain lingered into the 
morning! Here is a brief recap of the day: 


Ashland Hawk Watcher Will Almeida and I reached the summit of Hawk Watch Hill 
at 6:01am, huddled under the rain-lashed tent and quickly realized that hearing 
nocturnal flight calls would be impossible-primarily because no sane bird would 
be flying in those conditions. We did hear a few tree crickets chirping, 
though. 


At 6:25am, I coaxed an Eastern Screech-owl to respond to my whistled owl call, 
offering proof that there were birds out in the heavy rain. Species #1. 


At 6:51am, the rather muted dawn chorus began with Eastern Towhees, 
White-throated Sparrows, and Song Sparrows sputtering through their pursed and 
rain-soaked beaks. One of the best birds of the day landed on the nearby grassy 
trail and put in a brief appearance: Vesper Sparrow, a new species for the 
Ashland Big Sit all-time count. 


It took quite a while for the dark gray dawn to give way to conditions that 
would allow birds to be resolved into more than just gray shapes, so the adult 
Bald Eagle spotted by Ryan and the Wood Ducks flying by were welcome sights 
that were easy to identify. At the 9:00 o'clock hour we'd reached a tally of 33 
species, compared to all the prior years in which we always had surpassed the 
50 species mark by that same time. 


The rest of the day provided highlights like the "falcon flurry" of Peregrines, 
Merlins, and Kestrels that passed by on jet-fueled wings, late neo-tropical 
migrants like Scarlet Tanager and Magnolia Warbler, and new arrivals like 
Purple Finch and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The best bird of the day may be the 
Great Egret perched on distant treetop, that stayed for more than four hours 
misty rain . The egret is a new species for the Ashland Big Sit, bringing our 
cumulative total to 112 species. 


But as always the big highlight is the great people and the amazing food that 
made the day so enjoyable. Thanks to all the excellent dishes that fueled us 
through the rainy and cold day, the birding crew was well-fortified for the 
bird-spotting challenge. 


The final bird of the day observed was an American Woodcock that flushed from 
the grass at dusk, where it had likely spent the day hunkered down and 
roosting. Species #68 for the day in thirteen hours of observation. Lots of 
excellent reports came in from regional Big Sits on Saturday, as well as the 
day after for locations that chose the Sunday option. We will see how the final 
tallies shape up for the 200-plus teams participating worldwide. 


A special thanks to Kim Steininger, Judy Montgomery, Molly Daly, Damon Orsetti, 
Bill Stewart, Tom and Ryan Lazlo, Hilary Sullivan, Dan Walker, and Kelley Nunn 
for contributing significant time and skill to the Big Sit effort, helping us 
add species during a rain-challenged day. A total of 47 people visited the hill 
during the day, and we appreciate all who lent their eyes and ears to the Big 
Sit effort. 


Good Birding,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Re: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:48:22 +0000
I would like to add that the Seaford CBC needs a couple new area leaders. 
Preferably I would like to find a volunteer interested in learning a territory 
and covering it in future years (rather than some of the ad hoc coverage I have 
cobbled together the last few years). If interested, please contact me 
off-list. As always, all volunteers of any skill level are welcome. 


Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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

Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 10:38 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count

Now that the DOS CBC dates have been announced, I am pleased to announce the 
dates of the two Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Sussex Bird Club. 


The Seaford CBC - first held in 1983 - will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015. 
Glen Lovelace is the compiler for this count and he will provide updates about 
the count as the date approaches. Glen can be contacted by email at 
glen.lovelace AT state.de.us. 


The Milford CBC - first held on January 5, 2002 (the 2001 CBC season) - will be 
held on Sunday, December 28, 2014. I am hoping to add a component for new and 
beginning birders and will post details in the near future if I can pull it 
together. I can be contacted via email at cpb2564 AT gmail.com. 


Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:37:47 -0400
Now that the DOS CBC dates have been announced, I am pleased to announce
the dates of the two Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Sussex Bird
Club.

The Seaford CBC - first held in 1983 - will be held on Friday, January 2,
2015.  Glen Lovelace is the compiler for this count and he will provide
updates about the count as the date approaches.  Glen can be contacted by
email at glen.lovelace AT state.de.us.

The Milford CBC - first held on January 5, 2002 (the 2001 CBC season) -
will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2014.  I am hoping to add a component
for new and beginning birders and will post details in the near future if I
can pull it together.  I can be contacted via email at cpb2564 AT gmail.com.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Middle Run: Orange-crowned, Lincoln's, and Finches
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:15:50 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
While the movement of neo-tropical migrants through our region has slowed to a 
trickle, the shorter-distance migrants are now arriving to keep the birding 
interesting. 

 
This week on the Middle Run Birding Trail, Sam Roberts and crew discovered an 
Orange-crowned Warbler near Trail Marker 4 and I re-located the bird yesterday 
while giving Sue Welles a tour of the trail. The bird likes to feed low in the 
goldenrod thickets and hover-glean like a kinglet. Orange-crowned is warbler 
species #32 recorded during this Fall's migration on the Middle Run Birding 
Trail. 

 
Sue and I also found a Lincoln's Sparrow feeding on grass seeds near Trail 
Marker 4 yesterday. Other arriving birds being observed this week include 
Purple Finches and Pine Siskins. Things are shaping up for a good season for 
"winter finches" and we can only hope a few crossbills and redpolls follow them 
South. 

 
Raptor movement through Middle Run continues to be steady, with numbers of the 
expected Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks, along with Ospreys, Bald 
Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, and American Kestrels. 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
 		 	   		  
Subject: DOS Local Patch Trip - Prime Hook HQ on October 18, 2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:27:34 -0400
Birders,

I will be leading a DOS Local Patch Trip at the Prime Hook Headquarters 
tomorrow (October 18, 2014) at 3:00 PM. We will meet in the parking lot. 
Targets include late migrants, sparrows, and waterbirds. I hope you can join 
me! 


Feel free to contact me off list for specific directions.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:10:48 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             28             36
Turkey Vulture               5             33             33
Osprey                       6             59            225
Bald Eagle                   1             80            172
Northern Harrier             1             34             80
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            357            961
Cooper's Hawk                1             40            119
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              0             16             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             93            274
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      33            822           5622
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Mike Gardner

Visitors:
No visitors.
Thanks Carol for your day long help and Mike for covering for me!


Weather:
Slight SE winds all morning, switching to Westerly/Southwesterly winds as
the day went on.  Temperature high of 20.2 C, full cloud cover in the
morning ending with 25%. Full visibility all day  

Raptor Observations:
3 Black Vultures, 5 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern
Harrier, 14 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 American Kestrels.

Non-raptor Observations:
103 Canada Geese, 108 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Palm Warbler,     2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, 9 Chipping Sparrow, 6 Savannah Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrows, 1
White-throated Sparrow,      1 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Scarlet Tanager
10 Monarch's

Predictions:
Predicted to be similar temperatures as today with Westerly winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:10:08 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6             37            117
Turkey Vulture              12             53            247
Osprey                      14            456           2581
Bald Eagle                   2             84            257
Northern Harrier             4             89            153
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            557           1034
Cooper's Hawk                7             69            142
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              1             14             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            240            692
Merlin                       6            142            383
Peregrine Falcon            14            206            467
Unknown Accipiter            1              5             12
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      91           2046           6237
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Lorraine Logan, Mark Odell, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Mark, Lorraine, and Rob for helping with the count! 
14 visitors



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 18-23C, vis 20km, SW wind turning W in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
A good flight of Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, 2 Bald
Eagle. One resident adult Bald Eagle


Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Warbler, Blue Jays, Common Loon, Downy Woodpecker, DC Cormorant
(370).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 73F, west wind at 10mph

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

Subject: Christmas Bird Counts 2014/2015
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:14:55 -0400
Greetings DE-birders,

I'm forwarding the below announcement from Jim White listing the 2014/2015 CBC 
information. 


Good counting,

Amy O'Neil
DOS Field Trip Co-chair

If you are like me you are trying not to think of how soon the great autumn 
weather will slip by and give way to the dreary and possibly even white days of 
winter. Luckily we have winter birding and the annual Christmas Bird Counts to 
look forward to, to ease the agony. 


The DOS sponsors five counts – Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Rehoboth 
and Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook. All of the counts are looking for birders to 
participate. Contact the appropriate count compiler if you are interested in 
joining any or all of this year’s Christmas counts. New birders are always 
welcome – just bring snacks and good cheer. 

 
The counts are free to all participants.
 
Bombay Hook – 14 December 2014 – Compiler Andy Ednie (302) 792-9591 
ednieap AT verizon.net 

 
Middletown – 21 December 2014 – Compiler Anthony Gonzon 302-598-5893 
atgonzon AT verizon.net 

 
 
Wilmington –27 December 2014 – Compiler Jim White (302) 593-9622 
hylajwhite AT aol.com 

 
Rehoboth –3 January 2015 – Compiler Sally O’Byrne(302) 945-3236 
salobyrne AT gmail.com 

 
Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook- 4 January 2015 - Compiler Frank Rohrbacher
(302) 475-5771 rohrbaf AT aol.com
 
 
Jim White
DOS Christmas Count Coordinator 302-593-9622
 
Subject: Indian River Inlet Sea Watch
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:28:46 -0400
Join Anthony Gonzon and I this Saturday on the south side of Indian River
Inlet for the first DOS-SBC Sea Watch of the 2014-2015 season.  The sea
watch begins at 8 am.  Park in the Southeast Day Area parking lot on the
south side of the inlet and walk out along the inlet to the beach.  We will
ID and count all seabirds passing the inlet between 8 am and noon.  You are
welcome to join us for the whole period, just drop in for a few minutes or
any amount of time in between.  During lastast year's October watch we
had 22 species - including all three scoters, Common Loon, Northern Gannet
and 9 Parasitic Jaegers.

I hope you can make it.  If not we will be conducting the sea watch each
month through March.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:10:06 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                9             25             33
Turkey Vulture              14             28             28
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   8             79            171
Northern Harrier             2             33             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            343            947
Cooper's Hawk                4             39            118
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              1             16             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             4             91            272
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             1             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      58            789           5589
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie

Visitors:
1 visitor
Thanks David for your help scanning the skies in the rain!


Weather:
Slight variable Southeastern winds, temperature high of 23.7 C, it drizzled
between 8 and 9, and from 11 to 3, causing a loss of full visibility
between 8-9,and 11-12.

Raptor Observations:
9 Black Vultures, 14 Turkey Vultures, 8 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
15 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 American
Kestrels, and 1 Peregrine Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
126 Canada Geese, 7 Wood Ducks, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 3 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, 2 Palm Warblers, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Chipping Sparrows, 4
Savannah Sparrows, 1 Song Sparrow, and 2 White-throated Sparrows

1 Monarch

Predictions:
Predicted to be cooler than today, chance of rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:10:35 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   6             71            163
Northern Harrier             0             31             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            328            932
Cooper's Hawk                4             35            114
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              2             15             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             5             87            268
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      21            731           5531
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.92 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Slight winds SE,S,SSE,SE,E,SE, temperature high of 25.6 C, full visibility
all day.

Raptor Observations:
6 Bald Eagles(1 adult heading South, 5 immature heading East), 2 Sharp
Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Red-tailed
Hawks, and 5 American Kestrels

Non-raptor Observations:
148 Canada Geese, 3 American Black-duck, 1 Great-blue Heron, 1 Killdeer, 1
Palm Warbler, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 11 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Savannah
Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows

8 Monarchs
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:10:28 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   1             65            157
Northern Harrier             1             31             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            326            930
Cooper's Hawk                4             31            110
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             31
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             82            263
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      11            710           5510
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Ed Rohrback, Joe Russell, Mike Smith

Visitors:
3 


Weather:
Slight winds SW,S, SE from 12 on.  Temperature high of 16.5 C, Drizzle in
the morning turning into steady rain, with a loss of visibility later in
the day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, 3 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks,
and 2 American Kestrels.

Non-raptor Observations:
122 Canada Geese, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm
Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:10:14 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       2            442           2567
Bald Eagle                   0             82            255
Northern Harrier             0             85            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            536           1013
Cooper's Hawk                0             62            135
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            237            689
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon             2            192            453
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      14           1955           6146
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Maureen for helping with the count and putting up with
the rain. 
6 visitors.


Weather:
Overcast with intermittent rain through the morning, then rain in the
afternoon. Temp 21-23C, vis 10km, wind SSE, S. 


Raptor Observations:
Very slow with rain showers. A few Sharp-shinned Hawks passed through
between rain showers, along with a couple of Osprey and Peregrine. 
No observations after 12EST


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (2), Red-throated Loon (1), Chipping Sparrow, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, DC Cormorants moving through (2,300)


Predictions:
Early morning showers, cloudy high 73, SW wind 10-15mph.

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

Subject: DOS Monthly Meeting - Speaker change - Meeting Still On
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:08 -0400
Good Evening,

Our scheduled speaker for tonight's meeting, Dr. David La Puma, has had to 
cancel and reschedule for our December meeting due to illness. 


Our meeting is still on with a wonderful presentation " Cuba and It's 
Birdlife", presented by Joe Sebastiani. Our Book Sale will begin at 6:30 with 
refreshments at 7:00. There will also be a short slideshow on Lights Out! 
Wilmington prior to Joe's presentation. 


Looking forward to seeing everyone with an armload full of great bird books 
from Howard Brokaw's estate! 


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:01:52 +0000
Tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird walk, starting at 8am 
at the Twaddell Mill Road entrance to the property. Follow Twaddell Mill Road 
east of rt. 52 in Centreville and look for the small road sign for the turn 
into the preserve. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
This preserve is private, and is only accessible through guided walks from the 
Delaware Nature Society. We appreciate your membership in the Society if you 
attend. I hope to see you tomorrow. If it is pouring rain, please assume it is 
cancelled. Joe 



Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       4            440           2565
Bald Eagle                   2             82            255
Northern Harrier             2             85            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            526           1003
Cooper's Hawk                2             62            135
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              2             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            237            689
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon            10            190            451
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      50           1941           6132
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Anne, Dennis, and Alex for helping with the count! Plus 16
visitors.



Weather:
Partly cloudy skies, temp 22-24C, vis 20km, light S winds.


Raptor Observations:
Slow flight with the south wind. Mostly Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Peregrine
Falcon, a few Ospreys, and a couple of Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and
Kestrels. Two immature Bald Eagles. One resident adult Bald Eagle. 


Non-raptor Observations:
TUNDRA SWAN (23), Snow Goose (40), Parasitic Jaeger (2), Black Scoter
(340), Surf Scoter (102), White-winged Scoter (1), DC Corm (520).
 

Predictions:
Showers likely after 2pm, high 75F, SE wind 15-20mph

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

Subject: CHSP 10.14 Birdwalk results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:18:11 +0000
Below is the summary of birds seen and heard on the Tuesday, Oct. 14 Cape 
Henlopen State Park bird walk. 


Behind the Nature Center:
Brown-headed Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow-rumped 
Warblers (many), Pine Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed 
Cowbird, Red-wing Blackbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina 
Wren (vocal), Eastern Towhee (vocal), Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue 
Jay, Eastern Bluebird, House Finch, Cooper's hawk, Turkey Vulture, Tree Swallow 


Up at The Point:
Royal Tern, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Double-crested 
Cormorant, Osprey, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Northern Mockingbird 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:10:45 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       4            436           2561
Bald Eagle                   0             80            253
Northern Harrier             1             83            147
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            500            977
Cooper's Hawk                0             60            133
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            235            687
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon             2            180            441
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       8           1891           6082
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thanks to Kevin and Bruce for enduring the rain with me and 14 others


Weather:
another rainy day at Cape. On and off light rain all morning, we left at
noon due to heavy rain. wind SE/ESE 4.9-5.7

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
1-Brown Pelican, 755- Black Scoter, 178 Surf Scoter, 560 DCCO'S,1 Parastic
Jaeger,

Predictions:
partly cloudy, high 75 wind SSE 10-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Sunday along the Coast
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:19:03 +0000
Almost all of the passerine migration had passed me by, as I've had no time 
this fall to get out and about. Sunday was a pleasant exception as I took my 
son to a soccer tournament where he was refereeing. While he was doing his 
thing, that afforded me an opportunity to bird the Indian River Inlet, Burton's 
Island, and James Farm Ecological Preserve. The front that passed through 
overnight Saturday brought a nice wave of late and early migrants to eastern 
Sussex County. 


At the inlet I had one Bonaparte's Gull among the expected other gull and tern 
species. In the small copse of pines near the south jetty, I found a 
Blue-headed Vireo, both kinglet species, a group of Brown Creepers and a lone 
female PURPLE FINCH feeding on the ground under the pines. At Burton's Island I 
had several clusters of warblers including Palm, Pine, B&W, BT Green, and many 
Yellow-rumps. Also had a SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and thought that was a rather 
late-in-the-season sighting until I learned that the Cape Henlopen Big Sit had 
numerous Swainson's flying over before dawn the day before. Some migrants on 
the early side were Winter Wrens, WT Sparrows and two Juncos all FOS for me. 


Heading to James Farm around 10:30, I was not expecting as much given the 
lateness, but it turned out to be even more productive with 10 species of 
warbler, including Blackpoll, Parula, BT Green, 4 male and 1 female BT Blues 
all together and mostly feeding near or on the ground, Palm, and Redstart, a 
Wood Thrush, a first year Baltimore Oriole, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and two FOS 
Sapsuckers. A Peregrine blasted by over the trees and a Bobolink was seen in 
the weedy field across from the parking lot. 


A nice mix of late Neotropical migrants and early wintering birds.

Good birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Oct 2014) 118 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:10:34 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       2             53            219
Bald Eagle                   7             64            156
Northern Harrier             8             30             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk          72            323            927
Cooper's Hawk                8             27            106
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             31
Broad-winged Hawk            1             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              3             13             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             6             80            261
Merlin                       1              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            4              5             32
Unknown Buteo                1              6             28
Unknown Falcon               1              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     118            699           5499
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Greg Ajamien, Jay Dobrzynski, Kim Steininger,
                  Maureen Markow

Visitors:
25


Weather:
Light E to NE winds.  Cool but sunny.

Raptor Observations:
First Golden Eagle of the season!

Non-raptor Observations:
1,276 Canada Geese, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 486 Blue Jay, Savannah
Sparrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Steve and Laura Huber at DVOC on Thursday night 16 OCT 204
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:17:09 -0400
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets this Thursday Oct 16 at 
the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the 
program "Birding the Glades" by Steve and Laura Huber. 


All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


Birding the Glades: 

Steve and Laura Huber will be returning to share with us their observations and 
photographs of the Everglades and the surrounding South Florida area. The 
program will include sightings from several accessible parts throughout the 
Everglades, various Wildlife Management Areas, The Audubon Society Corkscrew 
Sanctuary, Lake Trafford, and the Ding Darling Wildlife preserve. In addition 
there will be a segment on invasive species and how they have severely affected 
the Everglades. 



Steve and Laura Huber:

A retired professor of physics and engineering and retired pianist, Stephen 
Huber founded Photowild 4 years ago and has been concentrating efforts on 
photographing birds and other wildlife. Now located in the Adirondack Mountains 
Steve and his wife, Laura, have been avid birders since 2008 and members of the 
Wyncote Audubon Society since 2009. Specializing in national parks, NWR’s, 
WMA’s , and remote areas, their latest adventure was to the Everglades and 
other parts of Southern Florida during the month of February 2013. 



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Book sale before Wednesday's DOS meeting
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:00:05 -0400
To add extra spice to Wednesday’s meeting we will be selling a selection of
mostly bird-related books from the personal collection of the late Howard
Brokaw. Howard was a justifiably-revered figure among birders in Delaware
and beyond and was one of only a handful of people to achieve the trifecta
of being a president, honorary member and fellow of DOS. Owning one of
Howard’s books is like owning a piece of our history!


The books were generously donated by Howard’s family and all proceeds will
benefit DOS. Some of the books are genuine classics (including first
editions), and some are autographed. For a complete list of the books in
the October sale visit the DOS homepage at http://www.dosbirds.org/ then
click on the link beside the picture of Howard for information and prices.
If you scroll down further there are links to commercial sites giving an
image and more info for each book. The rest of the books will be sold
before the November meeting.


The sale will take place in the Ashland foyer at 630pm, just before the
scheduled meeting. Cash or check only, and please bring your own bag. This
is a great opportunity to get some wonderful gifts prior to the holiday
season or to treat yourself to a special book, knowing that all the
proceeds go to DOS!


Please contact Jean Woods (jwoods AT delmnh.org, 302-658-9111 x 314 if you
have any questions, or myself as a second option.


Ian Stewart
Newark, DE
Subject: Reminder - DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:55:00 -0400
Subject: DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15

Good Morning,
The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their 2nd monthly 
meeting this Wednesday the 15th, featuring guest speaker Dr. David La Puma. 
David is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New 
Jersey and is also an ornithologist who specializes in radar ornithology and 
conservation of endangered species. David's presentation is "Forecasting 
Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms" - As Dr. La Puma notes, "Our observational 
relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in this most recent 
century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us to visualize 
birds in ways never before possible. This ability has led to both a wealth of 
new knowledge, as well as many new questions. We will spend the hour talking 
about how radar technology can be used to study habitat used by migrant 
songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about the 
behavior of Snowy Owls." 


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


As an added treat and opportunity, DOS will be selling a wide selection of 
bird-related books kindly donated by Howard Brokaw's family, with all proceeds 
benefiting DOS. The books will be on sale in the foyer from 6:30 onwards, cash 
or check please, no credit cards accepted. 



Delmarva Ornithological Society   October 15th Meeting

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


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Brandywine Creek Late Warbler Field Trip, 10/12/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:58:30 -0400
The DOS field trip to Brandywine Creek State park in northern Delaware had
beautiful, clear, cool  weather. It was the first time this season that I
had to wear a jacket. The morning sunrise had a mini hawk flight with 2
Red-tails, 2 Harriers, an adult Bald Eagle and a kestrel flying past.
Working the entrance booth marsh, I offered free breakfast at Lucky's Coffee
Sop to anybody that could find a Harris' Sparrow. Unfortunately no takers,
but we did see an adult White-crowned Sparrow, immature male Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, and a stunning Blue-headed Vireo. 

 

From the nature center parking lot, we walked the lower rock wall above the
roadway and It was covered in birds, Savannah Sparrows, Bluebirds, Flickers,
and eastern Palm Warblers. A sapsucker was found in a cherry tree by the
disc golf course, along with a Black-throated Green Warbler. We worked the
edge of the Freshwater Marsh Preserve, which was filled with birds. At the
north end  we had Northern Parula, Magnolia, and Black-throated Blue
warblers. We ended the day by the campfire area behind the nature center
with 2 Dark-eyed Juncos. 

 

My only regret  is that this will be the last time we'll see  many of these
species until next springtime, winter is on its way! Below is a list, I
think my numbers are conservative. 

 

Andy

-------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, US-DE

Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: DOS field trip, :Last Gasp for Warblers" 10 participants

58 species

 

Canada Goose  65

Great Blue Heron  1     flew over entrance booth

Turkey Vulture  2

Osprey  1

Northern Harrier  2     migrating south high up in early morning

Red-tailed Hawk  3

Mourning Dove  4

Eastern Screech-Owl  1 calling

Chimney Swift  1

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  4

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  9

Pileated Woodpecker  1

American Kestrel  1

Eastern Phoebe  5

Blue-headed Vireo  4

Blue Jay  6

American Crow  4

Tree Swallow  50

Carolina Chickadee  9

Tufted Titmouse  4

White-breasted Nuthatch  4

Carolina Wren  5

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1     heard only

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  11

Eastern Bluebird  7

Hermit Thrush  1

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  3

European Starling  20

Cedar Waxwing  12

Common Yellowthroat  1

Northern Parula  1

Magnolia Warbler  1

Black-throated Blue Warbler  3, 2 adult male, (my favorite warbler)

Palm Warbler  5 along rock wall

Yellow-rumped Warbler  17

Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  6

Chipping Sparrow  36

Field Sparrow  5

Savannah Sparrow  15

Song Sparrow  6

Swamp Sparrow  4

White-throated Sparrow  25

White-crowned Sparrow  2 at entrance booth

Dark-eyed Junco  2

Northern Cardinal  8

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2,  good looks!

Indigo Bunting  2, drab plumage

Red-winged Blackbird  30

Eastern Meadowlark  7, in field in front of nature center. Good count!

Common Grackle  10

House Finch  4

American Goldfinch  3

 

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Late Report from Chincoteague NWR (VA) and Bombay Hook NWR (DE)
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:51:52 -0700
Hello everyone!

Sorry for late report.  


Returned from Ocean City, MD, trip with a busted laptop. Still had a great time 
and visited both Chincoteague NRW and Bombay Hook NWR. I also briefly visited a 
couple other locations in between. Relatively slow birding but still super to 
feel the salt air and sun shine. My photo editing has just started. Just a few 
new pictures posted. The links are below if you care to have a look. 



Red Fox & Peregrine Falcon (Bombay Hook NWR)

http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/wildlife/a-red-fox-on-the-trail-nfp-s/ 



http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/raptors/a-falcon-in-the-sun-nfp-s/ 


Song Sparrow (Chincoteague NWR)

http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/fall-song-sparrow-nfp-s/ 



I saw the following at Chincoteague NWR

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier (Female)
DC Cormorant

Belted Kingfisher 

Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron (First time I have seen one here)
White Ibis (Immature)

Tricolor 

Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellowlegs
Common Grackle
Song Sparrow
(The deer and elk must know hunting season is here as I found none!)



I saw the following at Bombay Hook NWR

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier (Female)
Peregrine Falcon

DC Cormorant
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yelowlegs
Dunlin
Peeps
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Mallard
American Black Duck

Northern Pintail (Female)

Northern Shoveler (Female)

Forster's Tern
Savanna Sparrow (?) (Need to look a bit closer)


Non birds
White Tailed Deer
Red Fox

I will post when I have more (hopefully) images.


Best birding!

Les Brooks
Glen Allen, VA
http://www.natures-finest-photography.com
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:10:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             31            111
Turkey Vulture               3             41            235
Osprey                      46            432           2557
Bald Eagle                   6             80            253
Northern Harrier             7             82            146
Sharp-shinned Hawk          24            500            977
Cooper's Hawk                3             60            133
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            16            235            687
Merlin                      11            136            377
Peregrine Falcon            12            178            439
Unknown Accipiter            1              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     131           1883           6074
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Martin Sokouch, Melody Schultz,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Martin, Melody, Sue, Alex, Ian, and Rich for helping with the
count this afternoon!
34 Visitors



Weather:
Clear skies in the morning turning cloudy after noon, temp 14-18C, vis
20km, wind ENE, E 10-12mph decreasing to 5mph late in the day.


Raptor Observations:
Good flight of Ospreys, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Kestrels, Merlin, and
Peregrines. Six Bald Eagles: 3 juvenile, 2 immature, 1 unk age. Two
resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter,
Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter (1), Parasitic Jaeger, Lesser Black-backed
Gull, DC Cormorant (1300).


Predictions:
Cloudy with a chance of showers after 11am, high 70F, SE wind 5-10mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Oct 2014) 73 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:10:43 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       4             51            217
Bald Eagle                   3             57            149
Northern Harrier             3             22             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            251            855
Cooper's Hawk                8             19             98
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            1             30           3507
Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            20             74            255
Merlin                       4              8             19
Peregrine Falcon             4             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      73            581           5381
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Bill Stewart, Damon Orsetti, Dan Walker, Derek Stoner,
                  Hilary Sullivan, Holly Merker, Judy Montgomery,
                  Kim Steininger, Molly Daly, Tom Lazlo

Visitors:
Thanks everybody for making THE BIG SIT such a fantastic day, despite the
elements, we had great company, too much tasty food and great looks at
birds!
I am sure I am missing a few, sorry: Tom and Ryan Lazlo, Dan Walker, Judy
Montgomery, Kim Steininger, Bill Stewart, Damon Orsetti, Hilary Sullivan,
Molly Daly, Holly Merker, Derek Stoner, Kelly Nunn


Weather:
Overcast all day and rain until 10, with an evening drizzle.  Slight
Northerly winds, Temperature high of 12.3, besides the first hour full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
FALCONS!
4 Osprey, 3 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 26 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 8
Cooper's Hawks, 1 Broad-wing Hawk, 20 American Kestrels, 4 Merlins, 4
Peregrine Falcons

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was THE BIG SIT, around 68 species, officially posted by Derek
Stoner.

Canada Goose, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Great Egret, American
Woodcock, all of the "expected" Raptors, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned
Owl, all of the eastern woodpeckers(no red-head), Eastern Phoebe,
Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Black and
white, Magnolia, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers; Chipping, Field, Vesper,
Savannah, Song, and White-throated Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager and Purple
Finch.

1 Monarch.
White-tailed Deer, Eastern Grey Squirrel, Groundhog, Raccoon, Eastern
Cottontail
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:48:08 -0400
I will post a more detailed report later today, but after 11 hours of wet
and wind on the Cape Henlopen hawkwatch yesterday - 20 or so intrepid
birders tallied a grand total of 75 species.  In addition to the birds that
Jen mentioned in her hawk watch report we also had a Cape May Warbler and
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the last hour.  Not a bad total considering the
miserable conditions most of the day.

Join Anthony and I next week at Indian River Inlet at 8 am for the first
Sea Watch of the season.  I'll have more details about that shortly as well.

Chris Bennett
warm and dry in Milford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:10:13 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               0             38            232
Osprey                       3            386           2511
Bald Eagle                   0             74            247
Northern Harrier             0             75            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            476            953
Cooper's Hawk                0             57            130
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            219            671
Merlin                       3            125            366
Peregrine Falcon             2            166            427
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       8           1752           5943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Anthony Gonzon, Bruce Peterjohn, Chris Bennett,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to all the awesome volunteers that came out to help with the Big
Sit: Sue, Sharon, Anthony, Bruce, Christopher, Alex, Ian, Alan, Laura, Tim
and Stephan Lorenz from High Lonesome Bird Tours. Special thanks to Chris
Bennett for coordinating the event and being a fantastic leader throughout
the difficult weather conditions.   


Weather:
Overcast and rain all day with a few short periods without rain, temp 14C,
vis 3-15km, winds NE 5-10 early then 15-20mph in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
Very few migrants including a few Osprey, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon.
Several Peregrine and a couple of Osprey were seen flying in the vicinity
of the hawk watch throughout the day but not moving through on migration. 
 

Non-raptor Observations:
The BIG SIT was today. Aprroximately 70 species observed including:
Parasitic Jaeger, Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Surf Scoter, Black
Scoter, Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Waterthrush,
Black-throatd Green, Common Yellowthroat, House Wren, DC Cormorant. The
official Big Sit count will be posted by Chris Bennett on DE Bird.


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 64, N wind 10-15mph.

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

Subject: Carousel Park birds
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:32:46 -0400
Motivated by Alan's post from yesterday I spent an hour at Carousel Park,
Wilmington, this afternoon and found it to be also jumping with birds,
especially in the woods around the 'magic triangle' where the stream leads
into the lake. I counted at least 17 yellow-rumped warblers,5 ruby-crowned
kinglets, and a single junco, all of which were new fall birds for me. Also
3 winter plumage chipping sparrows which I guess are migrants (?), and a
swamp sparrow. On the lake were 2 pied-billed grebes and a female ruddy
duck, and feeding in the shallows were a lesser yellowlegs and spotted
sandpiper.I love it when you go to a familiar place but see a new set of
birds!

Ian Stewart
Newark, DE
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 10th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:46:45 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 10, 2014
* DEST1410.10
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
PARASITIC JAEGER
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Peewee
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush 
Gray Catbird
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark Eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
PURPLE FINCH

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 10, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remains at 318 species.

This has been a banner week at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch, with almost
non-stop activity all week! The highlight has been sightings of PARASITIC
JAEGERS almost daily, including 4 birds, 3 light phase and a dark phase bird
on Monday. Those birds were seen offshore chasing ROYAL TERNS and LAUGHING
GULLS. Also reported were COMMON LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, BLACK and SURF
SCOTER Lots of waterfowl was moving offshore, including 33 WOOD DUCKS,
AMERICAN WIGEON, and PINTAIL. There was also a high count of 12 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS along
the beach. Landbirds included LINCOLN'S SPARROW, INDIGO BUNTING, and both
RED-BREASTED and BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH. WARBLERS seen included MAGNOLIA,
CAPE MAY, and BLACKPOLL. 

Cape Henlopen State Park also had a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in the brush by
The Point, along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, and BLUE
GROSBEAK. BLACK SCOTERS were along the bayside breakwater. CASPIAN and ROYAL
TERNS were at The Point. A DARK-EYED JUNCO was among the CHIPPING SPARROWS
at Ft. Miles. There was also 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITE and a flyover BOBOLINK.
WHITE-EYED VIREO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PINE WARBLERS
were at the Walking Dunes. A GREEN HERON was seen at Gordon's Pond, along
with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, CASPIAN TERNS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS.

There was a huge hawk flight on Thursday at Cape Henlopen, with a late push
of 67 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 250 SHARP-SHINED HAWKS, plus 21 COOPER'S HAWKS
and 31 NORTHERN HARRIERS. There was also a big flight of FALCONS with 60
AMERICAN KESTRELS, 36 PEREGRINE FALCONS, and 12 MERLIN. A peak count of 31
BALD EAGLES was at the hawkwatch on Sunday, plus 31 MERLIN, 8 PEREGRINE and
47 KESTRELS. Totals for the week included 250 OSPREY and 50 NORTHERN
HARRIERS. It was a tough week for GRAY CATBIRDS as several were seen in the
talons of hawks as they flew past the platform. 

Another early arrival was a HORNED GREBE with a PIED-BILLED GREBE at the
south impoundment of Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Milton. The marsh at Broadkill had 116 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus WILLET and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Waders seen included LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY
IBIS. SNOW GEESE were seen at Fowler's Beach, along with SURF SCOTER and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was found along with
several BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, plus LEAST SANDPIPER,
SANDERLING and DUNLIN. The sandbar had 80 BLACK SKIMMERS, plus 150 FORSTER'S
and 3 ROYAL TERNS. Fowler's Beach Road had 6 NELSON'S SPARROWS walking right
in the roadway, including both Midwestern and Maritime races, along with
SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW. This has always been a great place to observe
all 3 species of marsh sparrow together in the fall. 

Some other landbirds around Prime Hook included a late BLUE-WINGED and
CANADA WARBLER in the Pinelands. Warblers around headquarters included PINE,
PALM, PRAIRIE, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
BOBOLINK, INDIGO BUNTING, and BLUE GROSBEAKS were also reported.  Eastwind
off Cods Road had a late EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-EYED
VIREO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK
AND WHITE, and BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and GREEN HERON
were seen with 100s of egrets along Prime Hook Beach Road, along with
AMERICAN WIGEON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. 

A late OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported in a yard in Lincoln.
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen there and at a feeder in Lewes. A
birder at Old Landing reported a windfall of birds in her yard, including
SCARLET TANAGER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and NORTHERN PARULA. Overhead were
BROAD-WINGS, NORTHERN PINTAIL and a WILLET. 

The number of MARBLED GODWITS at Bombay Hook National wildlife refuge keeps
increasing, with a peak count of 18 this week, plus 400 AMERICAN AVOCETS.
Also reported were 50 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, WILSON'S SNIPE, plus STILT, WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported, along with BALD
EAGLES and PEREGRINE FALCONS. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen from
the Boardwalk Trail. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen by the visitor's center.


The south sides of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area continue to be a
great birding area. This area is accessed through the locked gate off the
Pickering Beach Road. Among the 100's of peep were 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, plus
2 WHITE-RUMPED and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, plus 25 CASPIAN TERNS. Four BALD
EAGLES were in the area, plus PEREGRINE. BLUE GROSBEAK, MARSH WREN and
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were found in the weeds. 

Fork Branch Nature Preserve off the Delaware State University campus in
Dover had a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, plus BLACKPOLL, PARULA BLACK-THROATED
BLUE and GREEN. A PALM WARBLER and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were found in a
yard in Cheswold. 

A possible ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Hopkins Bridge in White
Clay Creek State Park, feeding along the woods edge. Also seen were REDSTART
and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. Birds at Nine Foot Road today included 11 species of
WARBLER: CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT SIDED, BLACKPOLL,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and about 30 PALM WARBLERS, male PURPLE FINCH
and a MARSH WREN by the farmhouse pond. WILD TURKEY was also reported at
White Clay. Migrants are still be seen at the nearby Middle Run Natural area
off Possum Park Rd. including BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREO, along with
REDSTART, PARULA, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. 

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was also seen at Brandywine Creek State Park by
the entrance booth, along with BLUE GROSBEAK. A PALM WARBLER along with
YELLOW-RUMPS was seen at Ramsey Road. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported in
Deerhurst. BARRED OWL and a late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD were still
present at Shortwood off Grubb Road. 

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was photographed at Ashland Nature Center. Other
sparrows included SWAMP and WHITE-THROAT. BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREO
were also reported, along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, REDSTART, PINE,
PALM and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. PURPLE
FINCH and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were seen today. 

The hawk watch at Ashland had 22 BROAD-WINGS on Sunday, plus 40
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 13 BALD EAGLES. There were a total of 150 SHARPIES
and 35 BALD EAGLES for the week. Also seen were flyover COMMON LOONS and
CORMORANTS. 

SNOW GEESE were reported flying over Delaware City this week. BLUE-HEADED
VIREO and SAPSUCKER were found along the Mike Castle Trail on the north side
of the C&D Canal. WINTER WREN and REDSTART were found in the woods along the
south side of the Reedy Point Bridge. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at
Grier's Pond at Thousand Acre Marsh. There were still 3 CATTLE EGRETS left
at the cattle farm on Rd 30 off Route 9, north of Fleming's Landing. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Ken Bass, Steven
Courtney, Jim Austin-Cole, Bill Stewart, holy Merker, Abby Walters, Chandler
Wiegard, Joel Martin, Amy O'Neil, Sally O'Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe,
Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich Clifton, Richard Julian, Sue Gruver,
Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe
Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer
Ottinger and Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings!
Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net.
Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:10:55 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       1             47            213
Bald Eagle                   2             54            146
Northern Harrier             1             19             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            225            829
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            11             54            235
Merlin                       1              4             15
Peregrine Falcon             0              6              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      28            508           5308
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Debra Palermo, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
No visitors today.
Thanks Deb and Pat!


Weather:
Almost no wind all day.  Temperature high of 15.1 C, 100% cloud cover,
which brought a drizzle from noon on.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Slow raptor movement due to overcast and lack of wind.
1 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 12 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11
American Kestrels, 1 Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
It seemed the night brought a new community of birds.  The cloud cover and
late day rain brought a good deal of late day warbler/sparrow activity, and
a female/immature purple finch was spotted at the feeders, the first of the
season!

679 Canada Geese, 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Blue-headed
Vireo, 6 Palm Warblers, 1 Female Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Black-throated
Green Warbler, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, 6 Savannah Sparrows,
1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Female/Immature Purple Finch

Predictions:
Predicted to be similar temperature as today, rainy in the morning. 
Tomorrow is The Big Sit, please come out and join in on the fun!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:10:58 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               0             38            232
Osprey                       6            383           2508
Bald Eagle                   0             74            247
Northern Harrier             3             75            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            476            953
Cooper's Hawk                1             57            130
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            219            671
Merlin                       3            122            363
Peregrine Falcon             2            164            425
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      18           1744           5935
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for hanging out at the watch with me! 
7 visitors. 


Weather:
Overcast with intermittent rain, temp 17-18C, vis 20km decreasing to 10km,
light E winds. Steady rain after 1pm EST


Raptor Observations:
Very few raptor migrants seen today with Ospreys, Harriers, and a few
falcons. Observations ended at 1pm EST due to rain.


Non-raptor Observations:
Fantastic Great Blue Heron migration with groups of 6-36 seen through the
morning; total of 112 GB Heron for the day. Common Loon, Kingfisher, Black
Scoter, Wigeon, Pintail, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warbler, DC Cormorant
(1440).
A group of 30 Oystercatchers seen flying north of the radar tower. The
Oystercatchers were later observed on the beach at The Point. 

Predictions:
Rain through the morning with a chance of rain in the afternoon, temp 64F,
N wind 14-20mph.

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

Subject: Bucktoe Big Sit - "Deadwood Birders"
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:53:06 +0000
If you care to work on your Chester County, PA list, I will be leading the Big 
Sit at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA. Park at the first 
parking lot and the Sit will be at the shelter by the bird feeder. I plan to be 
there by 6am, unless it is heavy rain. Join us if you would like to scan the 
skies for hawks, nearby thickets for skulking warblers and sparrows, and the 
feeders for your first Purple Finch of the fall. We will make grilled breakfast 
sandwiches in the morning, and will grill up some lunch as well. Feel free to 
stop by and help the Bucktoe "Deadwood Birders" try to find as many species as 
we can from our 17&1/2 foot diameter circle, and have some fun too. 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: Big Sit at Ashland Tomorrow (10/11)
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:20 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

Tomorrow will be the 7th Annual Big Sit at the Ashland Hawk Watch, jointly 
hosted by the Delaware Nature Society and the Delmarva Ornithological Society. 
This annual celebration of fall migration and the best of 
birding-meets-tailgating has become a great tradition in Delaware. 


The official count will begin at 6:00am, as we try for nocturnal flight calls 
and owls, followed by the dawn chorus. Will Almeida, the 2014 Ashland Hawk 
Watcher, will be captaining the Big Sit and helping us find the migrants. 
Kelley Nunn, last year's hawk watcher, will be lending her skills as well as we 
bring together a team of experienced birders for this friendly birding 
competition. 


For those attending the Ashland Big Sit, please note that you must park in the 
main parking lot and walk up the hill from there. The parking area at the 
Overnight Lodge is closed due to a group that is staying in the Lodge. Thanks 
for cooperating with this request. 


Given the forecast of rain showers overnight and lingering into the morning, it 
should be a very interesting Big Sit day. Fortunately there is a large tent 
atop Hawk Watch Hill where we can be protected from the rain and keep scanning 
the skies. 


Best wishes to all the Big Sit participants, wherever you may be this weekend. 
With eyes on the sky at Ashland, Bucktoe, Cape Henlopen, and DEEC ( and 
elsewhere around the region and the world), there will be plenty of Fall 
migrants found and enjoyed by all. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Delaware Nature Society Family Program Coordinator, Delmarva Ornithological 
Society Outreach and Publicity Coordinator 

Subject: Lunchtime rush at White Clay -- 11 warbler sp, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:21:30 -0400
DE-Birders,

The Neotropical faucet is still flowing! I took a lunch break walk in White
Clay Creek State Park today and found the area *overrun* with birds. I
covered the area along Fairhill School Drive/Nine Foot Road, which comes
off of Thompson Station Road. I focused around the farm pond and the
invasive thickets above the entrance road (there is a bike trail that
bisects these thickets spot).

100+ migrants easy, including 11 species of warbler, PURPLE FINCH, and a
MARSH WREN at the farm pond. Here's an ebird checklist with additional
details and some photos.

This is a great spot, and shares many of the features that make Middle Run
such a superb birding location. The clouds and drizzle seem to be keeping
birds active today, so get outside if you can!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20188916

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: My Yard
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:17:50 -0400
After enjoying an incredible morning from my deck yesterday- 40 species,
with a nice raptor flight- AMERICAN KESTREL, COOPER'S HAWK, SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OSPREY, BALD
EAGLE, and NORTHERN HARRIER- I thought it could not get any better.

 

This morning brought a flurry of activity behind my house.  I have a large
Black Gum tree, and the berries are extremely attractive to many species of
birds.  Earlier, there were RED-EYED VIREOS, AMERICAN ROBINS, GRAY CATBIRDS,
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD,BROWN THRASHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN
FLICKERS, HAIRY WOODPECKER, DOWNY WOODPECKERS, and a YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER among others enjoying the fruit.

 

I had a large number of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, plus a nice NORTHERN PARULA
in my Holly tree.  26 GREAT BLUE HERONS flew over the house.  A COMMON LOON
flew low over the yard. An EASTERN PHOEBE came by briefly to check out the
activity.

 

 

I was thrilled with that!  But birds just seemed to keep coming, so I
stepped back out before heading to work.

 

The woodpeckers were still in the Black Gum tree, along with many AMERICAN
ROBINS.  But wait, there was also a SWAINSON'S THRUSH!  Now there were 3
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS!  And I was happy with one! I went to get my
camera, and there was a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.  This was getting
silly!  I looked down in the Holly tree and a PURPLE FINCH was sitting
there.  Then a RED-TAILED HAWK, flew low over the trees before landing.
The only birds that seemed to care were the BLUE JAYS.

 

If you have a Black Gum tree, watch it!  I look forward to this time of
year.  My yard list stands at 119 species for 2014.

 

Sharon Lynn

Rehoboth Beach 
Subject: Little Creek, Kent County shorebirds
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:12:24 -0400
DE-Birders,

Things have slowed down considerably at the south impoundment at Little
Creek. I swung by there Tuesday morning, and most of the waders, terns, and
gulls have cleared out. I did still have 8 species of shorebird, including
a few each of Pectoral, White-rumped and Stilt Sandpiper. Most numerous
species were Lesser Yellowlegs and Semipalmated Sandpiper. So... still
worth checking.

I wrote an article for Nemesis Bird about the shorebird/waterbird spectacle
at Little Creel this past September. Many of you played significant roles
in turning up some of the good birds there, and might derive some enjoyment
from reading it.

Here is a link to the piece. Enjoy.


http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/little-creek-delawares-shorebird-hotspot-2014/ 


Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Oct 2014) 523 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:10:38 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               1             38            232
Osprey                      32            377           2502
Bald Eagle                   9             74            247
Northern Harrier            31             72            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk         251            475            952
Cooper's Hawk               21             56            129
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk           67             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            60            217            669
Merlin                      12            119            360
Peregrine Falcon            36            162            423
Unknown Accipiter            1              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     523           1726           5917
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Carol Cwiklinski,
                  Lorraine Logan, Ruth Kaufman, Steve Small, Susan Gruver,
                  Tim Schreckengost

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Lorraine, Ruth, Ann, Alex, Tim and also Steve and Carol from
Snickers Gap for assisting with the count!
Rich plus 22 other visitors



Weather:
Clear to partly cloudy, temp 17-23C, vis 23km, very light N winds turning W
late in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk flight, and good push of Broad-winged Hawks,
Harriers (2 adult male), Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons. Great morning
flight with falcons coming through later in the day. One Merlin carrying a
Catbird in its talons flew right over the platform. A Peregrine was also
seen taking a Catbird in mid-air over the dunes just east of the platform!
Nine Bald Eagles: 2 juv, 4 imm, 2 adult, 1 unk


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger (2), Wood duck (33), Common Loon, Red-bellied Woodpecker
(7), Song Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler (2), Blackpoll
Warbler, Catbird (-2), 
DC Cormorant (163)

Monarch 31


Predictions:
Mostly cloudy, high 64, NE wind 5-10mph, chance of rain after 1pm

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Oct 2014) 86 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:10:01 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             16             24
Turkey Vulture               9             14             14
Osprey                       2             46            212
Bald Eagle                   4             52            144
Northern Harrier             2             18             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          49            213            817
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              1             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             43            224
Merlin                       1              3             14
Peregrine Falcon             1              6              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      86            480           5280
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Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease

Visitors:
20 Visitors.

Thanks Carol for your day long help!


Weather:
Varying calm Southerly and Westerly winds, Temperature high of 20.9 C,
cloud cover varying all day from as little as 10% to 95% with full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
10 Black Vultures, 9 Turkey Vultures, 2 Ospreys, 4 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern
Harriers, 49 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk,
1 Red-tailed Hawk, 5 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
616 Canadian Geese, 19 Duck sp., 4 Common Loons, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1
Brown Thrasher, 1 White-throated Sparrow.

1 Female American Kestrel was perched on a snag on sledding hill for most
of the day and was seen successfully hunting, tearing at prey and preening.


6 Monarchs

3 White-tailed Deer, a mother and two young were spotted this morning
passing through Sledding hill.

Predictions:
Much cooler than today with potential late evening rain
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Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit Info
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:23:56 -0400
Just wanted to let anyone planning to join us on the hawkwatch Saturday for
the Cape Henlopen Big Sit that the hawkwatch parking lot will be locked –
the pavilion is rented – and we will need to park in the bathhouse lot.  To
get to the bathhouse lot drive past the big open field on the right and
continue straight past the road the goes off on the left.  After the 90
degree lefthand turn at the stop sign turn into the second entrance on the
right and turn left when you enter the lot.  Straight ahead you will see a
short path that goes through a small stand of trees to the picnic pavilion
area.  Take this path and then turn right and you will see the steps up to
the hawkwatch.  It looks to be a little damp on Saturday – but I’m sure the
birding (perhaps not the hawkwatching) is going to be great!!


 Chris
Subject: Big Sit at DEEC
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:05:10 +0000
All sitters - big and small,

Join us at DEEC on Saturday, 11 October 2014 for the 4th Annual DEEC Big Sit. 
We will start at 6:00 AM and sit until it gets too dark to see or make up birds 
~ 7:30 PM. DEEC is located at the Wilmington River Front just south of the 
Wilmington Blue Rocks Stadium and next to the large Delmarva Power gas tank 
that sports a mural of a ground nesting Great-Blue Heron. 


Our count circle will be at the Christina River Overlook on the Tidal Pond 
Boardwalk (marsh side of the center). Scrambled eggs and scrapple will be 
served between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. 

Be there or be square!

Jim White
302.593.9622


Delaware Nature Society
Associate Director, Land & Biodiversity Management
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, Delaware 19707
302.593.9622
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:10:50 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6              6             14
Turkey Vulture               4              5              5
Osprey                       6             44            210
Bald Eagle                  12             48            140
Northern Harrier             0             16             62
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            164            768
Cooper's Hawk                1             10             89
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              6             29
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9             40
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             38            219
Merlin                       0              2             13
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      71            394           5194
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Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
5 Visitors thanks for the company and the eyes on the skies!


Weather:
At times strong, varying Southerly winds, Temperature high of 22.2 C,
cloudless skies in the morning turning into about 50% cloud cover afternoon
on, with full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Today was a great day to catch Bald Eagles, 12 migrated by and most hung
around for a while before making their way SW. I also have begun to count
migrating vultures.
6 Black Vultures, 4 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 12 Bald Eagles, 29 Sharp
Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk,
8 American Kestrels,
1 Peregrine Falcon.
1 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
44 Canadian Geese, 2 Belted Kingfishers made a vocal appearance, 1 Brown
Thrasher visibly foraged all day on the path either leading to the hill or
behind it, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Savannah Sparrow,
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2 Indigo Buntings.

7 Monarchs

Predictions:
Predicted to be cooler than today with strong West winds
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Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org