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Updated on Thursday, August 28 at 03:15 PM EST
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Northern Waterthrush,©Julie Zickefoose

28 Aug Harrier ["Burns, Angel L. (DNREC)" ]
28 Aug Brandywine Creek Bird Walk [Andrew Ednie ]
27 Aug Little Creek -- Wilson's Phalaropes, thousands of shorebirds 8/27/14 [Alan Kneidel ]
26 Aug Kent Co - Buff-breasted and White-rumped Sandpipers, etc. at Bombay Hook NWR (8/26/2014) [Tim Schreckengost ]
26 Aug Nearby Field Trip Saturday August 30 [Patricia Valdata ]
26 Aug Nighthawks [Carolyn DAmico ]
26 Aug Last Heron Survey of 2014 ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
24 Aug Nighthawks [Andrew Ednie ]
24 Aug Carousel Park birds [Ian Stewart ]
22 Aug RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 22nd, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
22 Aug Belated Fenwick Island report [Peter De Gennaro ]
22 Aug Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd. [Maurice Barnhill ]
22 Aug Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd. ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
22 Aug Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd. [Maurice Barnhill ]
21 Aug DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd. [Sandy Spence ]
20 Aug Welcoming ABA to Delaware [Patricia Valdata ]
20 Aug Re: World Shorebirds Day Celebration with the ABA - 9/6 [Eileen McLellan ]
20 Aug Broadkill and Fowlers Beach ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
20 Aug World Shorebirds Day Celebration with the ABA - 9/6 [Bill Stewart ]
18 Aug White Clay Creek SP [Rodney Murray ]
17 Aug LARK SPARROW - Lighthouse Road, Smyrna and Black Tern at Bombay Hook [Todd Frantz ]
17 Aug FW: Godwits, Dewey Beach [Andrew Ednie ]
15 Aug RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 15th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
15 Aug Admin: Listserv system unavailable tomorrow 8 AM - 2 PM [L Larson ]
14 Aug Delaware Backyard Birding Challenge [Joe Sebastiani ]
13 Aug Fall Warbler Workshop at Ashland on August 16 [Derek Stoner ]
12 Aug Recent Sussex Co sightings [Mike Hudson ]
12 Aug ADMIN: Computer scam ["Bell, Tyler" ]
12 Aug Computer scam [AMROE ]
11 Aug Re: Lawrence's Warbler / historical DE records ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
11 Aug Results: DOS Field Trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Aug 9, 2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
10 Aug Hummingbird Celebration on August 16 at Ashland [Derek Stoner ]
10 Aug Unsubscribe [Catherinr Ziel ]
10 Aug White Ibis -- Bombay Hook Saturday [Rick Borchelt ]
9 Aug Egrets at PHB [Mary Bigelow ]
9 Aug Tricolored Heron [Deborah Climie ]
9 Aug RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 8th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
8 Aug Also closed. [Colin Campbell ]
8 Aug Re: Lawrence's Warbler / historical DE records [Jeffrey Gordon ]
8 Aug Ashland Covered Bridge out [joe sebastiani ]
8 Aug Lawrence's Warbler [joe sebastiani ]
7 Aug ADMIN: AOL.com users ["Bell, Tyler" ]
6 Aug DOS Shorebird Field Trip to Bombay Hook NWR, Saturday August 9 [Frank Rohrbacher ]
6 Aug DVOC informal Summer Meeting and Youth Birding Celebration on Saturday 9 Aug 2014 [Steve Kacir ]
6 Aug American Bittern at Fowler Beach [Sharon Lynn ]
6 Aug Sedge Wrens at Bombay Hook [Taj Schottland ]
6 Aug Prime Hook Beach Road [Sharon Lynn ]
3 Aug Big June Final(ly) Report! [Christopher Bennett ]
2 Aug Aug 22-23 Lewes Pelagic Still a Few Foks Short [Paul Guris ]
2 Aug RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 1st, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
1 Aug Sandwich Tern at Gordons Pond [Christopher Bennett ]
1 Aug Delaware Seashore State Park; Fresh Pond [Mike Hudson ]
31 Jul Evening Heron Survey ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
29 Jul Bombay Hook [Taylor McLean ]
29 Jul Woodland Beach -Taylor's Gut [Taylor McLean ]
29 Jul Gordon's Pond--GULL-BILLED TERN [Mike Hudson ]
29 Jul World Shorebirds Day, September 6th [Laura Chamberlin ]
28 Jul Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Wednesday ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
27 Jul Broadkill Road Flats [Taylor McLean ]
27 Jul Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd. [Taylor McLean ]
26 Jul Brandywine Creek results 7/26/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
26 Jul Test [Taylor McLean ]
26 Jul Fwd: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014 [Taylor McLean ]
25 Jul Brandywine Birdwalk [Andrew Ednie ]
20 Jul Re: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd. [pdiacont ]
20 Jul Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd. [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Jul RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 18th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
16 Jul kestrel at ILG ["sally o'byrne" ]
16 Jul Dickcissel life bird help? ["Amy O'Neil" ]
15 Jul Belize help requested [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
13 Jul Sussex - Sandwich Tern at Prime Hook Beach Rd. [Tim Schreckengost ]
12 Jul RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 11th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Jul Middletown Birds [Rodney Murray ]
11 Jul DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - Tomorrow at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m. [Bob Rufe ]
10 Jul Broadkill Beach Marsh ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
8 Jul Special Summer DVOC Meeting this Thursday Night featuring Cassinia [Steve Kacir ]

Subject: Harrier
From: "Burns, Angel L. (DNREC)" <Angel.Burns AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:49:29 +0000
There was a female harrier by the nature center at Brandywine Creek State Park 
this afternoon enjoying the strong winds. It was nice to watch. 


Angel Burns
Newark, DE


Angel L. Burns
Park Superintendent
Brandywine Creek State Park
(302) 577-3534
Subject: Brandywine Creek Bird Walk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:33:34 -0400
The monthly bird walk at Brandywine Creek will be this Saturday, August
30th. We'll meet at 8 am at the park nature center, all are welcome. The
park is getting a few migrants right now, warblers like Blue-winged and
Chestnut-sided, nighthawks, cuckoos, flycatchers, and vireos. Last week I
added a new species to my park list-Least Sandpiper. There are numerous
exposed sandbars along the creek. The walk will be until 10:30, cover about
2 miles. Wear bug repellant and boots for wet grass. The walk is free, but
park entrance fees are in place. 

 

Good birding, 

Andy

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Little Creek -- Wilson's Phalaropes, thousands of shorebirds 8/27/14
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:22:55 -0400
DE-Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux and I did a thorough survey of the Little Creek impoundments
in Kent County this evening. After assessing the scene from the Little
Creek observation tower, we made our way to the access road off of
Pickering Beach Road (which is gated). By first walking to the end of that
road and then bushwhacking along the overgrown dike, we were able to
eventually get unobstructed 360 degree views of the surrounding flats.

Thousands of shorebirds and waders were within close viewing range, with
highlights including 8 basic plumage WILSON'S PHALAROPE and dozens of
PECTORAL and STILT SANDPIPER. In stark contrast to nearby Bombay Hook, the
most abundant species was LESSER YELLOWLEGS, with an estimated 1,500
individuals.

A full list of species observed from this location can be seen here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19592735

Precise location of phalaropes and viewing location can be seen on this
google map:

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zuw_t2AbB568.kupe5ITZ7joU

Although not as manicured and accessible as the more heavily visited
refuges in Delaware, I encourage all birders to get out and check this
hotspot! It cannot be beaten right now. Who knows what is out there,

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: Kent Co - Buff-breasted and White-rumped Sandpipers, etc. at Bombay Hook NWR (8/26/2014)
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:49:11 -0400
Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux, Alan Kneidel, and I birded Bombay Hook for a few hours
today. Highlights among 82 species were a lone Buff-breasted Sandpiper,
three White-rumped Sandpipers, and three Marbled Godwits in Raymond Pool.
We started at mid-tide and birds were pouring into Raymond. If you plan on
birding Bombay Hook this fall, be sure to go near high tide, because there
will be loads of shorebirds in Raymond. Otherwise, the birds will likely be
out feeding in the marsh.

Complete list with a Buff-breasted Sandpiper photo here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19581892

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Nearby Field Trip Saturday August 30
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:37:05 -0400
Cecil County's master of identifying little green jobs will lead a field
trip at Turkey Point (Elk Neck SP) this coming Saturday (weather
permitting):

 

Please join peerless warbler finder Sean McCandless at Turkey Point, where
the fall warblers are plentiful. Be prepared for a round-trip hike to the
Point, a distance of about two miles. The pace will be leisurely. Most of
the walking is on a gravel road with good footing, but there are a few hilly
sections. Wear comfortable shoes/boots for walking. Bring drinks and/or
snacks. Sunscreen and bug spray are strongly recommended.

Meet at the Turkey Point Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m. for a half-day trip. From
the town of North East (Exit 100 on I-95), go south on Rt. 272 about 11
miles. The road ends at the parking lot. 

 

Pat Valdata

Elkton, MD

 
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Carolyn DAmico <carolyndamico AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:02:20 -0400
Just spied 8 nighthawks traveling over the back field at dusk -
1st of the migratory season here in Landenberg!
Subject: Last Heron Survey of 2014
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:24:33 +0000
I will be conducting the last evening survey of the herons and egrets using Pea 
Patch Island this Wednesday from Battery Park in Delaware City. The survey will 
begin at 5:41 pm. The survey lasts for 2.5 hours - ending 1/2 hour after 
sunset. The August survey is usually a bit laid back with the number of birds 
counted being relatively light - compared to the peak months of May and June. 
And it is a lot warmer than the February and March surveys. We usually have 
lots of time to look for other birds including migrating Bobolinks, Common 
Nighthawks and other birds. After the survey a group of us go to dinner 
afterwards. The plan this year is to try the new restaurant in town "Lewinsky's 
in Clinton." Please come out and join us for the whole survey and dinner 
afterwards or just part of the survey. We won't be back out here until the end 
of February and I'm guessing (based on the past decade) that almost none of you 
want to join me then. 




See you Wednesday!



Chris Bennett

Natural Resource Planner

Environmental Stewardship Program

Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
Subject: Nighthawks
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:48:30 -0400
There was a big flight of Nighthawks over Brandywine Creek State Park this
evening. It started with 6 birds flying north. They were soon joined by 50
birds swirling over the valley. That flock took off, followed by a flight of
92 birds, and then about 20 birds. A total of about 168 nighthawks, plus
chimney swifts and 6 bats. 

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Carousel Park birds
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:00:41 -0400
I had a pleasant hour at Carousel Park, Newark this morning where there was
a lot of bird activity, especially in my favourite corner where the stream
enters the lake (near Old Linden Hill Rd car park). A new warbler for the
year for me was Blackburnian, but there were also several chestnut-sided
and redstarts, plus a magnolia and Louisiana waterthrush. Also great looks
at two Baltimore orioles, several red-eyed vireos and a white-eyed. Just
past the corner there is a great trail off to the left which runs goes
along a valley floor. It has nice habitat on both sides, and here I saw
several more of the same warblers (could have been the same birds) and a
hummingbird feeding in the jewelweed.

-- 
Ian Stewart
Newark, DE, 19716
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 22nd, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:58:33 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* August 22, 2014
* DEST1408.22
      	
*Birds mentioned
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose
Northern Pintail
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
MISSISSIPPI KITE
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Black Necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Olive Sided Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Sedge Wren
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black -throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Bobolink
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: August 22, 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, August 22nd this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list increased to 304 species this week. Highlights were some
interesting shorebirds and 20 species of warbler.

New this week was a LARK SPARROW near Smyrna. That bird was seen along
Lighthouse Road, between Route 6 and Route 9 East of town. To find this bird
take Lighthouse Road east of the Boondocks Restaurant, it was last seen at
house #668. There are lots of birds in this area including BLUE GROSBEAK,
HORNED LARK, and BOBOLINK. Also seen was SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the pond in
front of Boondocks.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen not far from the site, at Finis Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. That bird was seen next to an EASTERN
WOOD-PEEWEE for good comparison. Also reported at Bombay Hook was a
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Finis Pool. The previous reported SEDGE WREN was
last reported on Wednesday west of the ALLE HOUSE, along with GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW. SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, and NORTHERN PINTAIL were found at the
refuge. A BLACK TERN with ROYAL AND CASPIAN TERNS was reported at Raymond
Pool. Shorebirds seen included over 100 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-BELLIED and
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED and STILT SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.

A second report of BAIRD'S SANDPIPER coming from Sussex County this season
was received from a field pond south of Milton on Diamond Farm Road off
Route 5. Now is the prime time to find this species of sandpiper passing
through the state through to the end of September. Several MARBLED GODWITS
were seen in the state this weekend. A pair was seen at Bombay Hook in
Raymond Pool. Another GODWIT was reported at Fowler's Beach and Broadkill
Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. A third MARBLED GODWIT was
reported on the bayside in Dewey Beach, an unusual location for the species.

If you're looking for the BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and MARBLED GODWIT, check out
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge which is had a plethora of species this
last week. Highlights included seven species of tern including GULL BILLED
and BLACK TERN, plus LEAST, CASPIAN, COMMON, ROYAL, and BLACK SKIMMER. There
is been a huge roost of egrets at Broadkill Beach impoundment that flock at
9 TRICOLORED HERONS, along with 550 GREAT EGRETS 710 SNOWY EGRETS, and 10
GREEN HERONS. Besides the previously mentioned GODWIT there was also
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, and WESTERN
SANDPIPER seen at Fowler's Beach. A winter plumage BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen
at Prime Hook Beach Road. RED BREASTED MERGANSER, LITTLE BLUE HERON, GLOSSY
IBIS, plus BLACK-CROWNED AND YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also reported
at Fowler's. The marsh there produced both SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SPARROW.
AMERICAN AVOCETS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Broadkill Beach along
with a SNOW GOOSE. A flight of over 300 BANK SWALLOWS, plus GREAT HORNED OWL
and COMMON NIGHTHAWK were also reported at dusk from Broadkill Beach. A
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found along the boardwalk trail near headquarters.
Also reported was WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

The first MISSISSIPPI KITE of the season was seen from the hawk watch at
Ashland Nature Center on Wednesday. Also reported there was RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK today. A WARBLING VIREO was found at Ashland on Saturday. Warblers
reported there this week included BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA,
CANADA, PRAIRIE, BLACK AND WHITE, and AMERICAN REDSTART.

More flycatchers reported this week included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
today at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. LEAST FLYCATCHERS have been
seen there sporadically all week. Also reported was a HOODED WARBLER by
trail marker 6. Other warblers reported included BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA,
YELLOW, CANADA, and BLACKBURNIAN. BOBOLINKS, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE
were also reported. WORM-EATING and KENTUCKY WARBLER, along with LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH and NORTHERN PARULA reported at White Clay Creek State Park.
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and BARRED OWL were found at Wedgewood Road.

LEAST FLYCATCHER was also reported from Brandywine Creek State Park, along
with BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. Warbler seen included
BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK AND WHITE, CANADA, PRAIRIE, and AMERICAN
REDSTART. BANKS SWALLOWS were sitting on the wire by the entrance booth.
SOLITARY and SPOTTED SANDPIPER reported along the Creek.

A ROYAL TERN was seen along the Delaware River at Fox Point State Park,
along with CASPIAN TERNS. This is an uncommon sighting that far up the
river, although they do wander as far north as Philadelphia. LITTLE BLUE
HERON was reported at Marl Pit Road in southern New Castle County.

More ROYAL TERNS were seen at Port Mahon, those birds were seen at the old
bait store. Also reported was over 100 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WILLET. A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported at the Aquatic
Center. Another HOODED WARBLER was found west of Dover at Fork Ranch Nature
Preserve, near Delaware State University.

16 species of shorebird were seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck
Wildlife Area. Those birds included BLACK-NECKED STILT, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
SPOTTED, SOLITARY, WHITE-RUMP, PECTORAL, WESTERN, and 11 STILT SANDPIPERS.
Good numbers of SNOWY EGRETS along with GREAT EGRET and GLOSSY IBIS were
reported. The pinewoods along the marsh had YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PINE
WARBLER and several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES.

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was also reported at Cape Henlopen State Park in the
woods behind Herring Point. Also seen there was a BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLER plus PRAIRIE and PINE WARBLER. COMMON and ROYAL TERNS were seen at
Cape Henlopen along with 2 BLACK TERNS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at The
Point. Shorebirds included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PIPING PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING. Ten BLACK SCOTERS were seen on the Bayside.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported along Route 54 near Fenwick Island.
AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the nearby marsh. Assawoman Wildlife Area
continues to have MUTE SWANS present. BROWN PELICANS were seen flying up the
coast at Bethany Beach.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Todd Frantz, Mike
Bowen, Bob Ringler, Carol James, David Fees, Peer DeGennaro, Nancy Goggin,
Ian Stewart, Sally O'Byrne, Rod Murray, Colin Campbell, Matt Boone, Chris
Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim
Schreckengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Jim Austin-Cole, Maurice Barnhill, Joe
Russell, Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland. 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: Belated Fenwick Island report
From: Peter De Gennaro <degennap AT BC.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:32:52 -0400
8/19 - I had an Upland Sandpiper in a small grassy field off of Route 54
near Fenwick Island on the MD/DE line. Some record photos:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/14963213596

https://www.flickr.com/photos/connecticutpete/

I also had an American Bittern in the nearby marsh among the more expected
birds.

Peer DeGennaro
Naugatuck, CT
Subject: Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:12:36 -0400
Prime Hook Refuge has neither the resources nor the manpower to maintain 
a road for very long. Whatever the intent may be, I fear that it won't 
be long before the current road is closed to anything other than foot 
traffic.

On 8/22/2014 10:33 AM, Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) wrote:
> The notice on the DelDOT website 
http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=5363&month=9&year=2014 
also contains the following statement "Should the right-of-way be vacated, the 
Refuge plans to maintain a public access to the waterfront for wildlife 
viewing, photography, fishing, etc. in addition to preserving public safety." 

>
> While I am not making an official statement for DelDOT or the Refuge, I 
believe the intent is for the portion of the road within refuge boundaries to 
be turned over to them (similar to Creek Rd that has been 'vacated' by DelDOT 
and been incorporated into White Clay Creek State Park). The end of the 
Fowlers, beyond the bridge and that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy, would not 
be maintained as a road, but would be replaced with a boardwalk or some other 
access to the beach. 

>
> Glen Lovelace III
> Seaford, DE
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Maurice 
Barnhill 

> Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 10:09 AM
> To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: Re: [de-birds] DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.
>
> It may be worth noting that they are apparently proposing to abandon much 
more than the part of the road which is flooding now. My rough estimate using 
Google Maps is that the road would be closed rather close to the farm with the 
diking. Not many people are going to walk regularly from there to the Beach 
carrying the telescope that is necessary to get very much there. I think that 
in practice, this proposal would stop most of the birding now done at Fowler 
Beach. 

>
> On 8/21/2014 8:26 AM, Sandy Spence wrote:
>> In case you are interested,  DelDot will have a hearing at their
>> Georgetown offices from 1-3 on Sept. 10 re a proposal to "vacate" 1.5
>> miles of Fowler Beach Road within Prime Hook NWR. I understand that
>> means they will drop it from the state road system,  due to flooding
>> from sea level rise that makes it inappropriate to continue using
>> public funds to maintain. (The last part is my interpretation of their
>> intent, not what I saw in the announcement. ) They did indicate the
>> Refuge will maintain a path for birders and others to walk to the beach.
>> Sandy Spence
>>
>>
>
> --
> Maurice Barnhill
> Newark, DE
>
>


-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:33:52 +0000
The notice on the DelDOT website 
http://www.deldot.gov/public.ejs?command=PublicNotice&id=5363&month=9&year=2014 
also contains the following statement "Should the right-of-way be vacated, the 
Refuge plans to maintain a public access to the waterfront for wildlife 
viewing, photography, fishing, etc. in addition to preserving public safety." 


While I am not making an official statement for DelDOT or the Refuge, I believe 
the intent is for the portion of the road within refuge boundaries to be turned 
over to them (similar to Creek Rd that has been 'vacated' by DelDOT and been 
incorporated into White Clay Creek State Park). The end of the Fowlers, beyond 
the bridge and that was damaged in Hurricane Sandy, would not be maintained as 
a road, but would be replaced with a boardwalk or some other access to the 
beach. 


Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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

Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 10:09 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.

It may be worth noting that they are apparently proposing to abandon much more 
than the part of the road which is flooding now. My rough estimate using Google 
Maps is that the road would be closed rather close to the farm with the diking. 
Not many people are going to walk regularly from there to the Beach carrying 
the telescope that is necessary to get very much there. I think that in 
practice, this proposal would stop most of the birding now done at Fowler 
Beach. 


On 8/21/2014 8:26 AM, Sandy Spence wrote:
> In case you are interested,  DelDot will have a hearing at their 
> Georgetown offices from 1-3 on Sept. 10 re a proposal to "vacate" 1.5 
> miles of Fowler Beach Road within Prime Hook NWR. I understand that 
> means they will drop it from the state road system,  due to flooding 
> from sea level rise that makes it inappropriate to continue using 
> public funds to maintain. (The last part is my interpretation of their 
> intent, not what I saw in the announcement. ) They did indicate the 
> Refuge will maintain a path for birders and others to walk to the beach.
> Sandy Spence
>
>


--
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: Re: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:08:34 -0400
It may be worth noting that they are apparently proposing to abandon 
much more than the part of the road which is flooding now. My rough 
estimate using Google Maps is that the road would be closed rather close 
to the farm with the diking.  Not many people are going to walk 
regularly from there to the Beach carrying the telescope that is 
necessary to get very much there.  I think that in practice, this 
proposal would stop most of the birding now done at Fowler Beach.

On 8/21/2014 8:26 AM, Sandy Spence wrote:
> In case you are interested,  DelDot will have a hearing at their Georgetown
> offices from 1-3 on Sept. 10 re a proposal to "vacate" 1.5 miles of Fowler
> Beach Road within Prime Hook NWR. I understand that means they will drop it
> from the state road system,  due to flooding from sea level rise that makes
> it inappropriate to continue using public funds to maintain. (The last part
> is my interpretation of their intent, not what I saw in the announcement. )
> They did indicate the Refuge will maintain a path for birders and others to
> walk to the beach.
> Sandy Spence
>
>


-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: DelDot hearing on closing part of Fowler Rd.
From: Sandy Spence <sandyspence325 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:26:30 -0400
In case you are interested,  DelDot will have a hearing at their Georgetown
offices from 1-3 on Sept. 10 re a proposal to "vacate" 1.5 miles of Fowler
Beach Road within Prime Hook NWR. I understand that means they will drop it
from the state road system,  due to flooding from sea level rise that makes
it inappropriate to continue using public funds to maintain. (The last part
is my interpretation of their intent, not what I saw in the announcement. )
They did indicate the Refuge will maintain a path for birders and others to
walk to the beach.
Sandy Spence
Subject: Welcoming ABA to Delaware
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:04:00 -0400
I hope you don't mind a post from an "outlander," but the Cecil Bird Club is
going to welcome our new neighbors, the American Birding Association, on
September 3 with a party in Elkton, MD.

We would like to invite Delaware birders to attend, and would appreciate an
RSVP (so we know how big a cake to buy). The announcement follows.

Cheers,
Pat

Please Join Us in Welcoming the American Birding Association to the
Mid-Atlantic
3 September 2014
7-9 p.m.

Senior Center
Cecil County Administration Building
200 Chesapeake Boulevard
Elkton, MD

The American Birding Association (ABA) is relocating its headquarters to
historic Delaware City, Delaware, in September. One of the premier birding
organizations in North America, the ABA represents the birding community and
supports birders through publications, conferences, workshops, tours,
partnerships and networks. Its education programs promote birding skills,
knowledge, and development of a conservation ethic. We are thrilled to have
them so nearby!

The Cecil Bird Club invites you to help us welcome the ABA as our new
neighbor. Please join us at our September meeting. Light refreshments,
coffee and soft drinks will be provided.
Our program for the evening will include two brief presentations:
.	Cecil County birding hotspots presented by Cecil Bird Club President
Sean McCandless
.	Meet your new ABA neighbors presented by ABA President Jeff Gordon

There will also be ample opportunity to explore areas of mutual interest,
make new friends, and visit with old ones. 

Please RSVP to Pat Valdata at pvaldata AT zoominternet.net by 25 August 2014.
Subject: Re: World Shorebirds Day Celebration with the ABA - 9/6
From: Eileen McLellan <emclellan11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:32:29 -0400
On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Bill Stewart  wrote:

> Good Afternoon DE-Birders,
>
> In celebration of the 1st World Shorebirds Day. the American Birding
> Association will be hosting a field trip at Bombay Hook NWR from 8:00 to
> 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 6th.  The field trip will be led by George
> Armistead and co-led by Bill Stewart.  The event is free, refuge daily fees
> are in effect.  Bring your duck stamp for free entrance into the refuge.
>
> Be part of the international network of shorebird scientists,
> conservationists, and enthusiasts participating in the first annual World
> Shorebirds Day!  This event invites us all to celebrate and count
> shorebirds where we live, and raise awareness about the conservation issues
> they are facing around the world.   Global shorebird counting, species
> awareness and building ID skills is the overall mission of World Shorebirds
> Day as well as learning about the habitats that sustain their amazing
> migration flights. The event is a wonderful opportunity for people of all
> skill levels to contribute to data on shorebird populations at sites
> worldwide and broaden their skill set on shorebird identification.  With
> over 300 sites participating worldwide, plan to be part of the fun while
> representing Delaware as a globally important  shorebird migration region.
>
> Participants should meet in the Nature Center parking lot and bring water
> and a snack plus bug spray.
>
> Hope to see many of you there!
>
> Bill Stewart
> Director of Conservation and Community
> American Birding Association
>
Subject: Broadkill and Fowlers Beach
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:27:58 +0000
Nancy Goggin and I visited Broadkill and Fowlers this morning. Started off slow 
at Broadkill Beach marsh, but eventually a single Marbled Godwit and 3 Black 
Terns in basic plumage showed up. Other shorebirds included both yellowlegs, BN 
Stilts, one SemiP Plover, peeps, including mostly semis and a few each of 
Western and Least. All birds seen at Broadkill were on the north side of the 
road. At Fowlers there was a nice assortment of shorebirds (4 Dunlin, a few 
oystercatchers, turnstones, Sanderlings, 1 identified Western SP and a few 
dozen SemiP SPs, 1 spotted SP, BB Plovers, 1 SB Dowitcher, and both yellowlegs) 
and terns (Caspian, Royal, Forster's and Least.) Also 3 Black Skimmers, loads 
of Seaside Sparrows, 1 Saltmarsh Sparrow, and several Clapper Rails crossing 
the road. No unusual waders or gulls at either location. 


Good birding,

Dave

David Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: World Shorebirds Day Celebration with the ABA - 9/6
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:25:09 -0400
Good Afternoon DE-Birders,

In celebration of the 1st World Shorebirds Day. the American Birding 
Association will be hosting a field trip at Bombay Hook NWR from 8:00 to 11:00 
AM on Saturday, September 6th. The field trip will be led by George Armistead 
and co-led by Bill Stewart. The event is free, refuge daily fees are in effect. 
Bring your duck stamp for free entrance into the refuge. 


Be part of the international network of shorebird scientists, conservationists, 
and enthusiasts participating in the first annual World Shorebirds Day! This 
event invites us all to celebrate and count shorebirds where we live, and raise 
awareness about the conservation issues they are facing around the world. 
Global shorebird counting, species awareness and building ID skills is the 
overall mission of World Shorebirds Day as well as learning about the habitats 
that sustain their amazing migration flights. The event is a wonderful 
opportunity for people of all skill levels to contribute to data on shorebird 
populations at sites worldwide and broaden their skill set on shorebird 
identification. With over 300 sites participating worldwide, plan to be part of 
the fun while representing Delaware as a globally important shorebird migration 
region. 


Participants should meet in the Nature Center parking lot and bring water and a 
snack plus bug spray. 


Hope to see many of you there!

Bill Stewart
Director of Conservation and Community
American Birding Association
Subject: White Clay Creek SP
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:07:49 -0400
I actually saw as many Kentucky Warblers (2) and YB Cuckoos (2) as I saw
joggers (4) at WCCSP this morning.  Not a ton of action, but the KY
Warblers were very cooperative...saw them about 150 yds south of the
pumping station.

Rod Murray, Middletown
Subject: LARK SPARROW - Lighthouse Road, Smyrna and Black Tern at Bombay Hook
From: Todd Frantz <tfrantz75 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:15:25 -0400
This afternoon we observed a first winter Lark Sparrow feeding on the road
edge near 668 Lighthouse Road, Smyrna; southwest of Boondock's Restaurant.
The bird had obvious white outer tail feathers and was associating with a
Chipping Sparrow. We first spotted the bird around 12:30-12:45 on the way
to lunch but only were able to get brief looks.  We stopped again around
2:45-3 PM and we were able to relocate the bird still feeding along the
road edge.  When cars pass the bird picks up and flies up to the near by
wires or disappears into the soybean field but returned with in 2 or 3
minutes each time.  Photos were obtained.

At Bombay Hook we were able to find the continuing Sedge Wren as well as a
Black Tern feeding over the mudflats opposite Shearness Pool at low tide.

Good Birding!

Todd Frantz and Meg Frantz
Hightstown, NJ
Subject: FW: Godwits, Dewey Beach
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:06:48 -0400
Hi everybody, 
Mike Bowen reports 2 Marbled Godwits on the bayside of Dewey Beach. Nice
pics!

Andy

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Bowen [mailto:dhmbowen AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:23 AM
To: Andy Ednie
Subject: Godwits, Dewey Beach

Hi Andy:

Because I'm still not able to post to DE-Birds from my yahoo.com address,
I'm sending this info to you>

There were two Marbled Godwits on the bayside beach south of Dewey Beach
this morning (8/17) at 8:00 a.m.  Feeding with Sanderlings and Turnstones.
I've not seen Godwits here before.

I photographed one of the two birds and embedded the photo in my eBird
checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19493221

Cheers

Mike Bowen
Bethesda, MD, and Dewey, DE

D.H. Michael Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, MD  20817
Telephone: (301) 530-5764
e-mail:  dhmbowenATyahooDOTcom




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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 15th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:11:25 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* August 15, 2014
* DEST1408.15
      	
*Birds mentioned
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose
Northern Shoveler
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Merlin
YELLOW RAIL
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Eastern Screech Owl
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Veery
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Canada Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Bobolink

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: August 15, 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, August 15th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list increased to 304 species this week. Highlights were 23 species
of shorebirds and 13 species of warbler as fall birds begin to arrive.

New this week was a report of a YELLOW RAIL flying across the roadway at
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird was described as
a small brown bird with trailing white wing patches that disappeared into
the marsh grass. Although previous reported at the refuge, this is about a
month earlier than formerly reported. Also reported at the refuge was an
immature WHITE IBIS at Sheerness Pool on Saturday afternoon. That bird is
not been relocated. The previous reported pair of SEDGE WREN across the
Allee House continue to sing in the backend of the refuge.

Shorebirds continue to be the highlight at Bombay Hook this week, with over
10,000 birds present. Over 600 AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Raymond Pool along
with one HUDSONIAN GODWIT last Friday. A peak count of 675 SEMIPALMATED
PLOVERS was reported with 50 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Also seen was STILT,
WESTERN, WHITE-RUMP, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER along with LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER. Waders seen included LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON,
BLACK-CROWNED and immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW
GOOSE, and RUDDY DUCK were seen at Sheerness Pool. WILD TURKEY was seen by
Finis Pool. Other birds seen included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, BANK and
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and BOBOLINK. A GREEN HERON was found by a pond in
Dover. 

Fall migration is starting to get underway. There has been an influx of the
warblers seen this week. Early arrivals at Middle Run Natural Area near
Newark included BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, PALM, and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, along
with OVENBIRD. Found today was a singing WINTER WREN. An OSPREY was seen
flying in a kettle of Turkey Vultures at Milford Crossroads. A YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO was also reported near Glasgow. 

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, with both NORTHERN and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were
found at Ashland Nature Center near Hockessin. VEERY, WARBLING VIREO and
WILLOW FLYCATCHER were also reported. Carousel Park near Marshallton
reported WARBLING VIREO, OVENBIRD, and PRAIRIE WARBLER along with a flyover
CLIFF SWALLOW. The pond there and SNOW GOOSE, MUTE SWAN, and both SPOTTED
and SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

Six species of warbler were found at Brandywine Creek State Park this
weekend INCLUDING BLUE-WINGED, BLACK AND WHITE, PRAIRIE, AMERICAN REDSTART,
and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Also found was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO,
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and EASTERN SCREECH OWL. SPOTTED and SEVERAL SOLITARY
sandpipers were found along the Brandywine Creek. At Northminster in
Brandywine Hundred, a northern Harrier was seen flying over. BLACK AND WHITE
WARBLER and REDSTARTS were seen at Bellevue State Park along with PURPLE
MARTINS.

Another interesting sighting this week was a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at the
headquarters building in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton.
Two BLACK TERNS were seen in the marsh there. There is been a plethora of
good sightings at Prime Hook corresponding to the ABA Avocet Youth Camp at
Cape Henlopen this week. Other birds seen included two RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS at Fowler's Beach along with PIPING PLOVER, WHIMBREL, and in the
marsh there was a single SALTMARSH SPARROW with several SEASIDE SPARROWS. A
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen catching a frog at Prime Hook Beach
Road. Terns seen there included LEAST, CASPIAN, ROYAL, and BLACK SKIMMER.
Shorebirds seen included RUDDY TURNSTONE WESTERN WILLET, and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER. 75 AMERICAN AVOCETS and 5 BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Broadkill
Marsh 25 STILT SANDPIPERS were seen there along with a basic plumage
BONAPARTE'S GULL. A MERLIN was seen flying through being mobbed by PURPLE
MARTINS. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen at Mispillion Inlet along with
SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Terns there is included ROYAL, LEAST and 6 COMMON TERNS.

A peak count of 8 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were seen from the Cape May - Lewes
Ferry. Several people reported this pelagic species from the ferry this
week. A second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also reported from the
ferry. There was an interesting collection of birds on the breakwater
jetties included 25 GREAT EGRETS, 50 SNOWY EGRETS and 150 DOUBLE CRESTED
CORMORANT.

Eleven BLACK with a single SURF SCOTER, plus RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were
reported at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. On the beach were PIPING
PLOVER, WILLET, SANDERLING, TURNSTONE, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Terns
included LEAST, CASPIAN, ROYAL, and COMMON TERN. There was a big flock of
TREE SWALLOWS at the point estimated 500 birds with several BARN and PURPLE
MARTINS mixed in. A pair in immature WHITE IBIS was also reported flying
over. 

The new trail to Gordon's Pond from Herring Point at Cape Henlopen State
Park has provided birders easy access to previously unseen habitat. Reported
at Gordon's Pond this week was NORTHERN SHOVELER, BROWN PELICAN,
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Shorebirds included
BLACKBELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, and 3BLACK
TERNS. The woodlands around the pond produced YELLOW and PINE WARBLER and
flyover BOBOLINK.

BROWN PELICAN was also found at Savages Ditch in Delaware Seashore State
Park below Dewey Beach. Also seen there were 10 TRICOLORED HERONS flying
over, plus GREEN HERON and GLOSSY IBIS. Tern seen included FORSTER'S,
CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick
Island. PILEATED WOODPECKER and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were also seen.
Several MUTE SWANS are still being seen at the impoundments. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, George Wrangham,
Amy and Kathleen O'Neil, Doug Gill, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Holly
Merker, Bill Stewart, Mike Hudson, George Armstead, Chandler Wiegand, Derek
Stoner, Sue Gruver, Mike Bowen, Tim Schrenkengost, Desiree Narango, Maurice
Barnhill, Joe Russell, and Taj Schottland. 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: Admin: Listserv system unavailable tomorrow 8 AM - 2 PM
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:44:41 -0400
 
DE-Birds members,

I've just learned that there will be some work tomorrow on the Princeton 
computing infrastructure which will affect the Princeton LISTSERV systems. Due 
to this work, the system may be unavailable for up to six hours, 8 AM - 2 PM. 
It is possible that the system will be up sooner, but please don't expect it. 


This will affect the DE-Birds mailing list, as well as the NJBIRDS mailing list 
and the JerseyBirds mailing list. Be prepared to use alternate means if you 
want to get word out about a noteworthy bird report tomorrow morning. 


I'm sorry for any inconvenience and for the short notice. 
Have a good day in the field,

Laurie Larson
Princeton
 
Subject: Delaware Backyard Birding Challenge
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:44:33 -0400
I haven't updated everyone on the 2014 Delaware Backyard Birding Challenge in a 
while, but now that fall migration is starting, the yard is a good place to 
bird. 


If you aren't aware of this annual event, this is a friendly competition where 
your try to find as many species of birds from your yard. Flyovers count, but 
you have to be in your yard while you see it. Same thing with heard only birds. 
They can be singing outside your yard, but you need to be in your yard while 
you hear it. 


So far this year, here are the top five yard-birders in Delaware and the # of 
species: 


Philip Thompson - 95 species
Sharon Lynn - 94 species
Amy White - 88 species
B Griffin - 87 species
Bill Stewart - 79 species

It isn't too late to join the 2014 Challenge. Just go to eBird.org and enter a 
checklist for your yard, then go to Explore Data, Yard Totals, Add a Yard, and 
pick the location for your yard from the checklist you just entered. Pretty 
easy. 


Also, if you don't use ebird and want to participate, just send me your 
year-list for your yard and I will add you to the competition. 


Good luck yardbirding. You never know what will fly over or land in your trees. 


Joe Sebastiani
Subject: Fall Warbler Workshop at Ashland on August 16
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:31:46 +0000
Greetings DE-Birders:

Good reports of early Fall migrant warblers are coming in this week, with a 
Blackburnian Warbler, Canada Warblers, and Black-and-white Warblers along the 
Middle Run Birding Trail on Monday, nimbly spotted and documented by Taj 
Schottland. At Ashland Nature Center, the season's first Chestnut-sided 
Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush showed up in the 
past two days. With a shift to Northwest winds and the changing of the seasons, 
many more warblers are on their way in coming weeks. 


The Delaware Nature Society (DNS) is running a double-header of events on 
Saturday, with the Hummingbird Celebration in the morning and a "Fall Warbler 
Preparation" workshop in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00pm. The warbler 
workshop will feature Hank Davis's outstanding warbler photos, warbler 
specimens from the Delaware Museum of Natural History shared by Dr. Jean Woods, 
and a discussion of top tips and tactics for "Fall Warblering." 


The public is invited to participate in this workshop that is geared to 
de-mystifying Fall Warblers and getting prepared to make the most of this 
seasonal songbird spectacle. To learn more about registration for the event, 
contact the DNS registrar at 302-239-2334 or email 
dnsinfo AT delawarenaturesocity.org . 


Good warblering,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Recent Sussex Co sightings
From: Mike Hudson <birdman96 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 21:40:44 -0400
Hi All,

The American Birding Association's young birder camp, Camp Avocet, has been in 
session since Sunday, and the birding has been awesome so far! 


We kicked off with some birding around our base in Lewes; lots of expected 
southern DE species like BLUE GROSBEAK, CLAPPER RAIL, and INDIGO BUNTING have 
been present. Bill Stewart and one of the campers had two flyover WHITE IBISES 
at about 4:45 on Sunday (10th); they were not seen landing anywhere. 


Yesterday (Monday, 11th) we birded around the Prime Hook area starting at 
Broadkill Marsh. Among the expected shorebirds and terns, we had several 
flyover GLOSSY IBIS, around 75 AMERICAN AVOCETS, about 25 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 
one flyover MERLIN picked out by George Armistead and seen by Holly Merker and 
myself. We then went over to Prime Hook Beach rd, where some highlights 
included a still-slightly-fuzzy EASTERN WILLET, a single BONAPARTE'S GULL in 
basic plumage, one CASPIAN TERN, and several BANK SWALLOWS picked out, again, 
by George Armistead. We spent a much longer time at Fowler Beach; during that 
time, we had two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS loafing out by the breach, several 
more GLOSSY IBIS, one PIPING PLOVER, one WHIMBREL, one juvenile SALTMARSH 
SPARROW just before the canal along with many SEASIDE SPARROWS. The sparrows 
were spectacularly cooperative perching for a lot of cool photos, videos, etc. 


I will try to post another update later in the week; in the meantime, good 
birding! 


Mike Hudson
ABA Camp Avocet
Subject: ADMIN: Computer scam
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:54:07 +0000
This type of post, though meant well, does not fall within the purview of 
DE-Birds. Please do not reply to this email unless you do so offlist. Virus 
alerts and phishing scams do not belong on the DE-Birds list. 


Tyler Bell
DE-Birds Listowner

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: AMROE >
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:37 PM
Subject: [de-birds] Computer scam

I have had several phone calls recently that I think are scams; i. e.
someone who is trying to take over my computer or place a "virus" on it.
My son just had a similar call yesterday.
The caller appears to be a male, with a foreign accent and says he is
calling to help me with a problem with my computer. I asked for a phone
number once and got a New York number, which I have not called, nor do I
plan to do so.
Sandy
Subject: Computer scam
From: AMROE <amroe AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:37:05 -0400
I have had several phone calls recently that I think are scams; i. e. 
someone who is trying to take over my computer or place a "virus" on it. 
My son just had a similar call yesterday.
The caller appears to be a male, with a foreign accent and says he is 
calling to help me with a problem with my computer. I asked for a phone 
number once and got a New York number, which I have not called, nor do I 
plan to do so.
Sandy
Subject: Re: Lawrence's Warbler / historical DE records
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:51:22 +0000
Joe and Jeff,

I reported through DE-Birds a sighting of a male LAWA on 5/5/2006 out at Little 
Creek. Here is the my original post. 


" Went out to the Little Creek WMA after dinner to try my luck at finding 
warblers late in the day. 


While there was not much singing going on, there was a lot a activity in a 
small area by the first pond along the dirt road just before the tight bend on 
the way to the observation tower. The warblers were concentrated in the willow 
oaks across from the pond. Had numerous Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, 
Black and White, Northern Parula, one Blue-winged, one Black-throated Blue, and 
astonishingly, a Lawrence's Warbler. 


The first time I picked it up the views were somewhat limited, but another 45 
minutes later, just about the time I was about to leave at about 7 o'clock, I 
heard a three or four note buzz that had the quality of the later half of the 
Blue-wing's song. It flew into a small tree right along the pond with fantastic 
views. Then it joined the mixed flock in the willow oaks. While it fed more 
frantically than all the other warblers, it still rewarded me with some fine 
views. It was all yellow beneath except for under the tail, had two white wing 
bars and a black throat and eye mask. It's back was yellow-green. 


I've never had such luck with warblers so late in the day, and the Lawrence's 
was my first. 


David Fees
Seaford, DE"


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

Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 3:29 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Lawrence's Warbler / historical DE records

Joe and DE-Birders,

First, great find by Joe and thanks for spreading the word quickly!

Clearly, Lawrence's Warblers have seldom been recorded in Delaware. The only 
one I can remember was in Spring in Alapocas Woods in the late 1970's, when I 
had only recently started birding (and hadn't yet seen a "pure" Golden-winged, 
if there is such a thing). I remember it like it was yesterday, its glowing 
golden yellow plumage setting off its coal black bib and mask as it worked 
through the tulip and oak canopy. Actually, I remember it better than I 
remember stuff that actually happened yesterday. :-P 


 Looking through the North American Birds archives online at SORA 
(https://sora.unm.edu/) I found this in Vol 33, No 5, which covered the Spring 
migration for 1979 (and was called American Birds at the time): 


"Lawrence's hybrids were found in Alapocas Woods, Del., Apr 29-30 (R. West) for 
one of the few Delaware records..." (The full issue can be downloaded as a PDF 
here: https://sora.unm.edu/node/2608) 


It was remarkable that this bird hung around long enough for a decent number of 
us to chase and refind it, given the (comparatively) primitive channels we had 
for sharing rare bird info at the time. Phone trees, anyone? Without answering 
machines. Bleah. Still, it was a great bird and a great early welcome for me 
into the terrific community of Delaware Birding. It's so amazing to see how 
that community has grown and evolved. 


Anybody else got any other LAWA info for DE?

Also, North American Birds is still a great resource for birders, published 
by...who is it again?...oh yeah, the American Birding Association and edited by 
Delmarva's own Ned Brinkley. More info here: http://www.aba.org/nab/ 


Again, congratulations, Joe.

Good birding,

Jeff

PS: Sorry for all the "old fogey" stuff in this message. I'll try to keep a lid 
on that. 


Jeffrey Gordon
President
American Birding Association
Colorado Springs, CO
jgordon AT aba.org
www.aba.org

719-884-8226 direct line  AT  office
302-388-4444 cell


On Aug 8, 2014, at 12:17 PM, joe sebastiani  
wrote: 


> I found a female Lawrence's Warbler at Ashland today at about 1:30pm at the 
fire ring area near Wildflower Brook, which is the little creek in the middle 
of the property, a short walk past the nature center. I will embed photos on my 
eBird report later, and I have already put them on the Delaware Facebook page. 
Just getting all of the bird reporting bases covered! 

> 
> I couldn't find any reports for this species for Delaware in the usual 
sources. Does anyone know of this hybrid Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler 
being reported in the state before? 

> 
> 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: Results: DOS Field Trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Aug 9, 2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:17:44 -0400
Birders,

Taj Schottland, John Janowski, and I led at least 13 birders (counted from
a photo) around Bombay Hook NWR for the annual DOS Shorebird Field Trip on
Saturday, August 9th. As a group, we tallied 72 species (full list below)
with Sedge Wren, Stilt Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, and thousands of peeps
and other shorebirds in as highlights!

We started the day off by searching for the Sedge Wrens near the Allee
House. We were not disappointed as a lone male sang his way to the top of a
shrub for all to enjoy. We also saw numerous Bobolink and Bank Swallows
near the Allee House. Next, we made our way around Bear Swamp where we had
great looks at Stilt Sandpipers and Black- and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.
From there, we hit Shearness Pool. We dipped on White Ibis and Least
Bittern, but came away with Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, and a variety of other
birds. Lastly, we drove to Raymond Pool to find 20+ cars and a ton of folks
scanning the flats. Did they find a mega? Nope, just two different groups
birding the hook. Darn. Well, we didn't find anything crazy either, just
about 10,000 Semipalmated Sandpipers, over a 1,000 Short-billed Dowitchers,
and a ton of other shorebirds. If you're in the area, it's well worth a few
scans around high tide to see the shorebird spectacle.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a good time on Saturday. We definitely had fun
showing everyone new birds and teaching shorebird identification.

For those of you on the trip, reply to this email if you would like me to
share the eBird Checklist with you.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com


Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Kent, US-DE
Aug 9, 2014 7:00 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.7.6 72 species Snow Goose 2 Canada Goose 160 Tundra Swan 1 Wood Duck 6 Mallard 30 Wild Turkey 1 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Blue Heron 15 Great Egret 25 Snowy Egret 60 Little Blue Heron 1 Green Heron 5 Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 Glossy Ibis 16 Black Vulture 3 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 3 Bald Eagle 2 Clapper Rail 2 American Coot 1 American Avocet 650 Black-bellied Plover 45 Semipalmated Plover 675 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 50 Lesser Yellowlegs 45 Stilt Sandpiper 4 Least Sandpiper 15 Semipalmated Sandpiper 10000 Western Sandpiper 3 Short-billed Dowitcher 1200 Bonaparte's Gull 1 Laughing Gull 18 Ring-billed Gull 1 Caspian Tern 3 Forster's Tern 19 Royal Tern 1 Mourning Dove 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 White-eyed Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 13 Tree Swallow 59 Bank Swallow 2 Barn Swallow 6 Tufted Titmouse 1 Sedge Wren 1 Marsh Wren 4 Carolina Wren 2 American Robin 1 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 2 Cedar Waxwing 1 Common Yellowthroat 6 Eastern Towhee 3 Field Sparrow 2 Blue Grosbeak 5 Indigo Bunting 6 Bobolink 6 Red-winged Blackbird 40 Common Grackle 2 American Goldfinch 14 House Sparrow 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19379982 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Hummingbird Celebration on August 16 at Ashland
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:15:59 -0400
Delaware Birders: You are invited to the Second Annual Hummingbird Celebration 
next Saturday, August 16. The program will be held at the Ashland Nature Center 
in Hockessin from 9:00am to Noon, and will feature a variety of presentations 
to celebrate the peak of Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration and the upcoming 
hummingbird rarity season. 

 
Professional photographer Hank Davis will present "Capturing a Digital 
Hummingbird," showcasing his amazing photos of hummingbirds from locations both 
near and far away, including Cuba, Costa Rica, and Arizona. 

Nancy Bell of Gateway Garden Center will share a program on "Native Plants for 
Hummingbirds" and showcase a variety of prime plants for attracting 
hummingbirds to your backyard landscape. 

Charles Shattuck of Wild Birds Unlimited will present "Feeders for 
Hummingbirds" and explain the best methods for locating and maintaining 
feeders. Participants will be able to view a full selection of feeders that are 
available through the WBU store. 

 Dr. Jean Woods of the Delaware Museum of Natural History will be showing 
specimens of a variety of hummingbird species that show up in our region-- 
including the rarities. This family-friendly event will feature educational 
stations with native plants for attracting hummingbirds to your garden, 
hummingbird artwork and photography, and hummingbird crafts for the kids. 
Guided walks will be offered to look for hummingbirds visiting the feeders and 
flowers. 

This program is a partnership between Wild Birds Unlimited, Gateway Garden 
Center, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Delaware Nature Society, Delmarva 
Ornithological Society, and Tri-State Bird Rescue. To register for the program 
(free for DNS members and a nominal $5 for non-members), contact the Delaware 
Nature Society at 302-239-2334, or dnsinfo AT delawarenaturesociety.org The event 
is limited to the first 75 participants registered, and pre-registration is 
required. Good hummingbirding, Your Hummingbird Celebration Hosts: Amy and 
Kathleen O'Neil, Sarah and Zoe Yost, Hank Davis, Judy Montgomery, Jean Woods, 
Nancy Bell, Charles Shattuck, and Derek Stoner 
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Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:32:48 -0400
Sent from my iPad
Subject: White Ibis -- Bombay Hook Saturday
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:22:43 -0400
While surveying for coastal dragonflies and damselflies at Bombay Hook NWR 
yesterday, Beth Johnson and I stopped by the Allee House for crippling views of 
both continuing Sedge Wrens, one extended viewing from about 4 feet away while 
it scolded us. A four-wren day ( w House, Carolina, and Marsh ) is always a 
good day on the DE coast. 


At least two of the Black Vultures hanging out on the roof of the house are 
recent fledglings w extensive down still sticking through the dark feathers on 
their heads. 


And while watching the egret flock build and the "super moon" rise over the 
marsh, we also picked out about a dozen juvenile White Ibis in the hundreds of 
egrets in Shearness Pool. 

Subject: Egrets at PHB
From: Mary Bigelow <tramaire AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:49:22 -0400
Driving along Prime Hook Beach Road today, we saw more than 100 egrets (common 
and snowy), the most we've ever seen here. 


Mary and Tim Bigelow

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Tricolored Heron
From: Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 12:56:24 -0400
There was a tricolored heron at fowlers beach rd down near the reedy edge
near the sandbar. Also,a white rumped at broadkill beach Rd.

Jeff Climie
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 8th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:56:13 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* August 8, 2014
* DEST1408.08
      	
*Birds mentioned
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-billed Plover
Semipalmated Plover 
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
WHITE-WINGED DOVE
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Willow Flycatcher
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
SEDGE WREN
Marsh Wren
Veery
LAWRENCE'S WARBLER
Yellow Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: August 8, 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, August 8th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list annual
list remained at 303 species this week. 

Today, a LAWRENCE WARBLER was found behind Ashland Nature Center. Lawrence's
is the cross between BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and one of the
rarest hybrids to be found in the state. To find this bird, go to Ashland
off Barley Mill and Brackenville Rd. Walk behind the center to the fire ring
at Wildflower Brook, this is the creek that cuts through the center of the
property. Hopefully, the warbler will still be there. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH
and AMERICAN REDSTART were also seen at Ashland this week, along with
EASTERN SCREECH OWL, VEERY, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at the feeder. If
you're going to Ashland, remember that covered bridge is out between Route
82 and Barley Mill Road.

Downstate, a pair of SEDGE WRENS were found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Smyrna. Those birds were found past the gate to the Allee House
on the left-hand side of the road in the brush. Found on Wednesday, those
birds were still singing yesterday. A tremendous number of shorebirds are
being seen at the refuge, reported this week were 530 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 75
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 500 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and 50 STILT SANDPIPER. Other
birds seen included BLACK NECKED STILT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, plus SPOTTED, SOLITARY, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. A winter plumage
BONAPARTE'S GULL is still being seen along with several CASPIAN TERNS. Two
TUNDRA SWANS plus LESSER SCAUP and RUDDY DUCK were seen at Sheerness Pool.
LEAST BITTERN was seen at both Sheerness and Bear Swamp. Also at Bear Swamp
was BLACK-CROWNED and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Other waders included
GLOSSY IBIS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GREEN HERON plus hundreds of SNOWY and
GREAT EGRETS. People looking for the SEDGE WREN also found a dozen BOBOLINK,
plus GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. Other birds reported in the park included WILLOW
FLYCATCHER, BANK SWALLOW, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Up to
eight BALD EAGLES were reported plus RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and WILD TURKEY.

Another exciting bird this week was a late report of a possible WHITE-WINGED
DOVE near Rehoboth Beach. That bird was seen along the roadside at Canal
Pointe, off Route one just north of the intersection with Rehoboth Avenue.
If anybody gets any further reports please give me a call here at the
Birdline.

A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was reported at the east end of the Broadkill Beach Road
on the north side. There were 3 STILT SANDPIPERS at the Broadkill Beach
marsh along with AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, and RUDDY TURNSTONE.
12 BANK SWALLOWS were also reported flying over the road. Both AMERICAN and
LEAST BITTERN were found this week at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Milton. The AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the marsh off Fowler's Beach
Road. LEAST BITTERN was reported on the south side of the Prime Hook Beach
Road. Some other birds at Fowler's Beach included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER,
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and
DUNLIN. Terns included LEAST, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN. MARSH WREN and
SEASIDE SPARROW reported in the marsh. WILLET and BLACK SKIMMER were seen at
Prime Hook Beach Road.

TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park,
along with GREEN HERON and GLOSSY IBIS also seen there was BLACK-NECKED
STILTS and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. LEAST and COMMON TERN were also reported.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were in the woods. Five BLACK SCOTERS were seen at
Lewis Beach along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and SANDERLING. LEAST and
ROYAL TERNS were also seen at the beach. BROWN PELICANS were seen at Indian
River Inlet, along with COMMON TERNS. Five MUTE SWANS were found at
Assawoman Wildlife Area. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was also heard calling there.
BLACK SKIMMERS were found at Fenwick Island.

Lots of LITTLE BLUE HERONS and recently been reported. Besides the usual
feeding grounds of Thousand Acre Marsh and the Port Penn impoundments, these
birds have been wandering far and wide in New Castle County. Reports this
week includes birds at a retention pond in New Castle, at the ShopRite pond
along Four Seasons Pkwy in Newark, Middletown, and at the wood duck pond in
White Clay Creek State Park. Other birds were found in both Bombay Hook and
Prime Hook.

More birds on the move included a high count of 75 BANK SWALLOWS in a flock
of TREE and BARN SWALLOW at the Blue Diamond dirtbike track near New Castle.
This spot is off Hamburg Road, between Route 13 and Route 9, just north of
the intersection with route 1. Also seen there were 21 KILLDEER.

More KILLDEER were seen flying over Auburn Heights in Hockessin, five were
reported. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and WILLOW FLYCATCHER were also found there.
GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen flying over Middle Run Natural Area in Newark.
That's only the second record for that site. BANK SWALLOW was also reported.
AMERICAN REDSTART was found, along with YELLOW and PRAIRIE WARBLER, plus
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLES have been abundant along
the bird trail. More birds at White Clay Creek State Park included MUTE SWAN
along Pleasant Hill Road. BLACK VULTURE was seen flying over. Also reported
was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

Migrant warblers are beginning to turn-up at Brandywine Creek State Park.
AMERICAN REDSTART and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER were found in the Freshwater
Marsh Preserve. Also reported was LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Thompson's
Bridge. other birds seen along the creek included GREEN HERON, SPOTTED
SANDPIPER, EASTERN SCREECH OWL, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

Charles E Price Park in Middletown still has GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS and
EASTERN MEADOWLARK. The swallow flock there included several BANKS and a
CLIFF SWALLOW. CLIFF SWALLOW was also seen at the Port Penn impoundments off
Route 9. Port Penn impoundments had a plethora of sandpipers including 2
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Also reported has been
SPOTTED and WESTERN SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and CASPIAN TERN.
Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City had 20 CASPIAN TERNS and a NORTHERN
BOBWHITE. PIED-BILLED GREBE and LEAST BITTERN were at Grier's Pond. Also
seen there were flyover BALD EAGLE and a MARSH WREN.

Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area had 5 CASPIAN TERNS reported.
Shorebirds included 15 RUDDY TURNSTONES, uncommon in this location, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Port Mahon had
BLACK-NECKED STILTS, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
SANDERLING, and 8 ROYAL TERNS. BANK and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW were seen.
SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were found in the reeds. In Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area, STILT SANDPIPERS were found along with
BLACK-NECKED STILTS and GLOSSY IBIS.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Doug Gill, Chris
Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Alissa Kegelman, Desiree Narango, Becky Meister, Holly
Merker, Frank Meranghi, Jeff Shenot, Joette Borzik, Chris Hugosson, Chandler
Wiegand, Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Abby Walter, Jerald Reb,
Mike Bowen, Wayne Longbottom, Gail Johnson, William Keim, and Taj
Schottland. 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: Also closed.
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:14:10 -0500
Joe's note on the closure of the Ashland Covered Bridge reminded me that on 
Tuesday all roads leading to wetland areas at the Ted Harvey Conservation Area 
(Logan Lane Tract) were closed to vehicular traffic due to "Trash and 
Vandalism". Access was still available for pedestrians and cyclists. 

 
Bumper sticker of the day: "I'd rather be on I-495".
 
Colin Campbell
Claymont, DE
Subject: Re: Lawrence's Warbler / historical DE records
From: Jeffrey Gordon <jeffgyr AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:28:44 -0600
Joe and DE-Birders,

First, great find by Joe and thanks for spreading the word quickly!

Clearly, Lawrence's Warblers have seldom been recorded in Delaware. The only 
one I can remember was in Spring in Alapocas Woods in the late 1970's, when I 
had only recently started birding (and hadn't yet seen a "pure" Golden-winged, 
if there is such a thing). I remember it like it was yesterday, its glowing 
golden yellow plumage setting off its coal black bib and mask as it worked 
through the tulip and oak canopy. Actually, I remember it better than I 
remember stuff that actually happened yesterday. :-P 


 Looking through the North American Birds archives online at SORA 
(https://sora.unm.edu/) I found this in Vol 33, No 5, which covered the Spring 
migration for 1979 (and was called American Birds at the time): 


"Lawrence's hybrids were found in Alapocas Woods, Del., Apr 29-30 (R. West) for 
one of the few Delaware records..." (The full issue can be downloaded as a PDF 
here: https://sora.unm.edu/node/2608) 


It was remarkable that this bird hung around long enough for a decent number of 
us to chase and refind it, given the (comparatively) primitive channels we had 
for sharing rare bird info at the time. Phone trees, anyone? Without answering 
machines. Bleah. Still, it was a great bird and a great early welcome for me 
into the terrific community of Delaware Birding. It's so amazing to see how 
that community has grown and evolved. 


Anybody else got any other LAWA info for DE?

Also, North American Birds is still a great resource for birders, published 
by...who is it again?...oh yeah, the American Birding Association and edited by 
Delmarva's own Ned Brinkley. More info here: http://www.aba.org/nab/ 


Again, congratulations, Joe.

Good birding,

Jeff

PS: Sorry for all the "old fogey" stuff in this message. I'll try to keep a lid 
on that. 


Jeffrey Gordon
President
American Birding Association
Colorado Springs, CO
jgordon AT aba.org
www.aba.org

719-884-8226 direct line  AT  office
302-388-4444 cell


On Aug 8, 2014, at 12:17 PM, joe sebastiani  
wrote: 


> I found a female Lawrence's Warbler at Ashland today at about 1:30pm at the 
fire ring area near Wildflower Brook, which is the little creek in the middle 
of the property, a short walk past the nature center. I will embed photos on my 
eBird report later, and I have already put them on the Delaware Facebook page. 
Just getting all of the bird reporting bases covered! 

> 
> I couldn't find any reports for this species for Delaware in the usual 
sources. Does anyone know of this hybrid Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler 
being reported in the state before? 

> 
> 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: Ashland Covered Bridge out
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:55:39 +0000
If anyone is actually planning to come to Ashland any time soon, the Covered 
Bridge is closed for repairs. Sorry, I forgot to mention that. 


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: Lawrence's Warbler
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 18:17:10 +0000
I found a female Lawrence's Warbler at Ashland today at about 1:30pm at the 
fire ring area near Wildflower Brook, which is the little creek in the middle 
of the property, a short walk past the nature center. I will embed photos on my 
eBird report later, and I have already put them on the Delaware Facebook page. 
Just getting all of the bird reporting bases covered! 


I couldn't find any reports for this species for Delaware in the usual sources. 
Does anyone know of this hybrid Blue-winged X Golden-winged Warbler being 
reported in the state before? 


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
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Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 16:17:35 +0000
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Subject: DOS Shorebird Field Trip to Bombay Hook NWR, Saturday August 9
From: Frank Rohrbacher <ROHRBAF AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:13:15 -0400
The Annual August DOS Field Trip will be run Saturday, August 9 at Bombay  
Hook NWR.  It is a half day trip that will meet at the headquarters at 7:30  
AM and end around noon.  It is billed as a beginner's shorebird trip but  
all are welcome.  This year I will not be able to participate as I have not  
fully recovered from knee replacement surgery.  I want to thank John  
Janowski and Taj Schottland for agreeing to fill in for me.  
 
This is the time of year when rarities are most likely to be  found so the 
more trained eyes sorting through the shorebirds the better.   On this trip 
15+ common shorebirds are usually seen and studied and in past  trips 
rarities such as American Golden-Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Baird  Sandpipers, 
Hudsonian and Marbled Godwits, Ruffs and Upland Sandpipers have been  seen.  
Other birds often seen at Bombay Hook NWR this time of year are Clapper Rails, 

White-faced Ibis, White Ibis, Gull-billed Tern, Yellow-breasted  Chat, 
Least Bittern, Common Gallinule , Blue Grosbeak and Sedge Wren.
 
The weather forecast for Saturday looks perfect but bring plenty of  
liquids, a hat and sun screen as well as plenty of bug spray.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware
Subject: DVOC informal Summer Meeting and Youth Birding Celebration on Saturday 9 Aug 2014
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:59:29 -0400
Attention birders! 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) August informal summer meeting 
has been transformed into a Youth Birding Celebration, complete with field 
trips, lunch for a modest donation (proceeds from sales to benefit the DVOC 
Youth Birding Committee and Annual DVOC Photo Contest) and a scholarship award 
ceremony celebrating the first ever recipient of the DVOC Youth Birding 
Committee's Adam J Sabatine Memorial Scholarship Award: James Haley Familetti. 
This informal meeting takes place at a special place, day of the week and time: 
Saturday Aug 9, 2014 with field trips and events from 7am through 7pm, maybe 
even longer. 


The Adam J. Sabatine Memorial Scholarship Award:
Meet scholarship award recipient James Haley Familetti, who will be presented 
with The Adam J. Sabatine Memorial Scholarship Award, by Mr. David Sabatine, 
Adams father. This scholarship will enable James to attend Camp Avocet in 
Lewes, Delaware this summer. Learn how you can apply for this scholarship and 
the opportunity for an amazing birding experience! 


View the flyer for more information: 

http://dvoc.org/Committees/YouthBirding/Resources/DVOCYouthBirding%20AnnouncementAug2014%20Event.pdf 


The day's schedule begins with Green Lane Area field trips from 7am-12pm.
Lunch will be served from 12pm through 1:30pm
Afternoon field trips start at around 1pm and will end in time for participants 
to attend the scholarship ceremony. 

The scholarship ceremony and celebration will begin at 3pm 
At 7pm the celebration will retire to the Butcher and Barkeep in Harleysville 
for those who want to extend their celebrations and socializing. 


All events and field trips will meet at the Snyder Road Pavilion of Green Lane 
Park. Similarly, the Snyder Road pavilion will be the site for the lunch and 
for the award ceremony. Field trips will meet there before heading out to local 
hotspots around Green Lane. 


For those who get a late start or want to explore the Green Lane area on their 
own, check out this Google Map: 

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=ztz3xJriVkCw.kwNZiSTRpm10

Detailed information on the field trips is available on the DVOC website: 
http://www.dvoc.org/FieldTrips/FieldTrips2014/FieldTrips2014.htm

Additional information can be found on the DVOC website as well: 
http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm

All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend functions of the DVOC. 
Attendance is free, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. We hope 
to see you there! 


Good birding, 
Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President

setkacirgmail.com
Subject: American Bittern at Fowler Beach
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:24:27 -0400
I just observed and photographed an AMERICAN BITTERN at close range at the 
curve right before the bridge at Fowler Beach. Maybe it is the same one Sue 
Gruver saw in June? 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sedge Wrens at Bombay Hook
From: Taj Schottland <tsurfbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:00:40 -0400
On Monday, two birders observed and reported to eBird a pair of singing
Sedge Wrens at the Allee House at Bombay Hook NWR.  I went down yesterday
and observed the two birds in the same location, just beyond the Allee
house where the field opens up on both sides of the dirt road. Both were
singing incessantly.

A photo can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88981103 AT N07/14832488881/

Cheers,
-Taj

-- 
Taj Schottland
Avian Biologist
Cardno ENTRIX
CELL: 802-258-1200
EMAIL: taj.schottland AT cardno.com
Subject: Prime Hook Beach Road
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:49:26 -0400
Lovely morning here on Prime Hook a Beach Road. 
Lots of birds feeding. Highlights-
Juv. White Ibis feeding with Egrets on North side
1 Juv. Little Blue Heron on North side
3 American Avocets
6 Bonaparte's Gulls
2 Spotted Sandpipers
6 Black-Necked a Stilts
70 Great Blue Herons- I love spectacles!
Least Sandpipers
Semipalmated Sandpipers
Semipalmated Plovers
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstones

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach
 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Big June Final(ly) Report!
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:42:47 -0400
I apologize for not getting this info out sooner - but better late than
never.  I posted the final totals from the June Challenge back in July.
Seems like only yesterday,  And I have finally tallied the totals from our
Delaware only version of the June Challenge - "Big June."
Hope you can join us next year.  Want to limit
your carbon footprint?  Compete in the limited geographical area category.


New Castle County - Cumulative Total 138

 Derek Stoner                     127

Judy Montgomery            126

Joe Sebastiani                   122

Christopher Rowe            115

Bill Stewart                        100

Kar Degeiso                         86

Chris Bennett                       86

Kelly Stringham                   79

Bob Bryant                           58

David Beattie                       47

Dottie Boyles                       44

Doris Boyles                         44


 New Castle County Limited Geographic Area


Derek Stoner – Middle Run            84

Ian Stewart – Coverdale Farm      59

Linda Rossell – Winterthur            59

Amy O’Neil – Bellevue SP               54

Amy White – Coverdale Farm       41


 Kent County - Cumulative total 161

 Chris Bennett                     159

Dottie Boyles                       84

Doris Boyles                         84

Joel Martin                           46

David Beattie                       34


 Sussex County - Cumulative Total 159


 Sue Gruver                         139

Sharon Lynn                       135

Chris Bennett                     120

Jean Shaw                          117

John Long                           101

Bob Edelen                           55

Dottie Boyles                       53

Doris Boyles                         53


 Cumulative Total for Delaware – 196 species

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Aug 22-23 Lewes Pelagic Still a Few Foks Short
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:14:54 -0400
We're still hoping to get enough folks for our overnight trip pelagic out
of Lewes, DE on Fri-Sat, Aug 22-23.

This is the time of year for summer specialty birds.  On our past two trips
we've seen Black-capped Petrel twice and Herald (Trinidade) Petrel once.
 We've seen White-faced, Band-rumped, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, South
Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Bridled Tern multiple times.  More
common species include Cory's, Audubon's, and Great Shearwaters, Wilson's
Storm-Petrel, and Red-necked Phalarope.

The trip is scheduled to leave Fisherman's Wharf in Lewes on Friday night
at 10:00 PM and return on Saturday around 4:00 PM, and the cost is $225 per
person which includes the tip for the mates.

If you're interested or have questions, give us a call or drop us an email.
 Hope to see you aboard.


-PAG

-- 







*Paul A. GurisSee Life PaulagicsPO Box 161Green Lane, PA
18054215-234-6805www.paulagics.com paulagics.com
 AT gmail.com info AT paulagics.com
*
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 1st, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:49:49 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* August 1, 2014
* DEST1408.01
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Snow Goose
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
WHITE IBIS
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
Common Gallinule
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Dunlin
RUFF
Short-Billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
SANDWICH TERN
Black Skimmer
Black-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-Will's-Widow
Willow Flycatcher
American Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Seaside Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Dickcissel
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: August 1, 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, August 1st this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list annual
list increased to 303 species this week. 

Shorebird numbers have greatly increased!  New this week were 3 HUDSONIAN
GODWITS among the 350 AMERICAN AVOCETS at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen along the
grassy edges of the pool yesterday. Thousands of peep were seen, including
14 WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS. A high of 45 STILT
SANDPIPERS were seen at Sheerness Pool along with 17 BLACK-NECKED STILTS and
several LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also reported were WILLET, both YELLOWLEGS,
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and thousands of
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. SNOW GOOSE and TUNDRA SWAN continue to be seen at
Sheerness Pool. Terns seen last week included uncommon GULL-BILLED and LEAST
TERN. Also found was CASPIAN TERNS and a lone BONAPARTE'S GULL. Hundreds of
waders are being seen including LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS,
and GREEN HERON. LEAST BITTERN was seen at Bear Swamp along with a single
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON with 3 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. The first
BOBOLINKS of the season were reported along Whitehall Neck Road and in the
grass along the dikes. Other land birds included GRASSHOPPER SPARROW,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, YELLOW, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. SEASIDE SPARROWS are
still being seen in the marsh.

More shorebirds are being seen at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Milton. A RUFF was seen one day last week, but not seen again. WHIMBREL and
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Fowler's Beach, along with
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, several WILLETS
including one "WESTERN" WILLET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, RED KNOT, SANDERLING, and
DUNLIN. A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen there today at Fowler's along with
CASPIAN, ROYAL, and LEAST TERN, plus BLACK SKIMMER. BONAPARTE'S GULL was
also seen here. WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were reported out over the Delaware
Bay from the end of Fowler's Beach Road.

Hundreds of waders were reported along the Prime Hook Beach Road including
TRICOLORED HERON. An immature WHITE IBIS was seen flying over the
headquarters with GLOSSY IBIS today. STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Broadkill
Beach marsh, along with LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and 8 BLACK-NECKED STILTS.

There were 3 WHITE IBIS reported along the Route 9, the Freeman Hwy  at
Monroe Avenue in Lewes. Those birds were last seen on Friday, July 25 on the
ponds behind the antique shop. This is private property so viewing is only
allowed from the roadside at the picket fence. PIPING PLOVERS and AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS are still being seen at The Point in Cape Henlopen State
Park. The flats behind The Point on the bayside had SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, RED KNOT, and SPOTTED, WESTERN, LEAST, and
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. A peak count of 21 BLACK and 2 SURF SCOTERS were
counted from The Point parking lot, along with a female RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER. The merganser and some of the scoters were up on the beach. Terns
at the point included 30 ROYAL plus CASPIAN, COMMON, LEAST and BLACK
SKIMMER. There was also a PEREGRINE FALCON hunting in the area. A
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found the park along with the usual BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH. COMMON NIGHTHAWK and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW were found at dusk.

Lots of terns being seen at Gordon's Pond this week. Access to the pond is
now possible from the trail at Herring Point going to the observation
platform, and then south to Whiskey Beach. A SANDWICH TERN was seen at
Gordon's Pond today. GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS have also been reported.
Last week there were at least 5 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS and a COMMON TERN
reported. Three BROWN PELICANS were reported flying out over the ocean.

TRICOLORED HERON, WHIMBREL, and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were reported at
Savages Ditch in Delaware Seashore State Park. Three BROWN PELICANS were
also seen flying over here. 12 BROWN PELICANS were seen at Bethany Beach,
along with a flyby SANDWICH TERN. MUTE SWANS were reported at Assawoman
Wildlife Area. AMERICAN REDSTART and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER were reported
at Fresh Pond State Park near Ocean View.

Some interesting migrants downstate included PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Turkle
Pond in Prime Hook. A black and white warbler was seen at Tussock Pond near
Laurel. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen in the retention pond near Seaford. In
New Castle County, DICKCISSEL is still being reported at the Charles E Price
Memorial Park in Middletown.

Another BONAPARTE'S GULL was reported at Port Mahon, along with ROYAL TERNS
at the old bait shop. Shorebirds seen there included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, WHITE-RUMPED and WESTERN SANDPIPER. NORTHERN HARRIER was
seen flying over the marshes. SEASIDE SPARROW and BOBOLINK were also
reported.

Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area had an impressive 120
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. Among the peep were 4 WESTERN SANDPIPERS. A good
variety of swallows were reported including NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED and BANK
SWALLOW. Three CLIFF SWALLOWS were reported over the Leipsic River Bridge.

Two CLIFF SWALLOWS were also seen at Battery Park in New Castle among the
multitude of migrating swallows there. Two MUTE SWANS were seen at Carousel
Park. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported in Hockessin at the Wells Fargo
retention pond. WILLOW FLYCATCHER was reported at Auburn Heights.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was a backyard migrant off of Paper Mill Road near
White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. Along the creek were AMERICAN
REDSTARTS and a PRAIRIE WARBLER. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK has been present at
Hopkins Bridge. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen at dusk at the Carpenter
Recreational Area. Middle Run Natural Area also had a male AMERICAN
REDSTART, possibly a migrant, along with BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and BARRED OWL.

AMERICAN KESTREL, BLUE GROSBEAK, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were found in the
fields in front of the nature center at Brandywine Creek State Park. A
female AMERICAN REDSTART was seen along the Freshwater Marsh Preserve.
SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS have been reported along the Brandywine
Creek. Also found were several calling EASTERN SCREECH and a BARRED OWL.

Lots of shorebirds are being seen at Thousand Acre Marsh including
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER. Several CASPIAN TERNS are also
being reported. A possible KING RAIL was seen at the Reedy Point Bridge.
COMMON GALLINULE and LEAST BITTERN were reported at Grier's Pond. Also seen
there were flyover LITTLE BLUE HERONS and CATTLE EGRETS and YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT.

The Heron survey at Delaware City last week at high numbers of waders
commuting to Pea Patch Island. A peak count of 558 LITTLE BLUE HERONS was
reported, about twice the normal number. Also seen were good numbers of
SNOWY EGRETS. On the flipside, low numbers of BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS
were seen, along with no YELLOW-CROWNS or TRICOLORED HERON. CASPIAN TERNS
were seen out over the Delaware River. And, over 1000 AMERICAN CROW were
found in Delaware City that evening.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Barb Hiebsch,
Taylor McLean, Chris and Karen Bennett, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Mike
Hudson, Brian Henderson, Leo Custer, Chandler Wiegand, Suzie Ball, Brian
Quindlen, Nick Pulcinella, Rachael Shapiro, Tim Freiday, Derek Stoner,
Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Alan Kneidel. 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: Sandwich Tern at Gordons Pond
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:47:48 -0400
Last evening Karen and I took a walk from Herring Point to the Observation
Platfrom at Gordons Pond.  We saw good numbers of shorebirds - both
yellowlegs, Least, Semipalmated and Western Sandpiper, Short-billed
Dowitcher, Semipalmated Plover, flocks of Snowy Egrets, Cattle Egrets and
Glossy Ibis heading south and an adult and juvenile Sandwich Tern.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Delaware Seashore State Park; Fresh Pond
From: Mike Hudson <birdman96 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:20:22 -0400
Hi All,

I birded the Fresh Pond portion of the Delaware Seashore today, starting at 
about noon. I biked about 4 miles of trail and encountered 38 species. 


There were a lot of species that are probably fairly expected around here: 
EASTERN KINGBIRDS, a WHITE-EYED VIREO, and many BLUE GROSBEAKS. 


Other birds that struck me as more interesting included the flocks on 
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH flitting in the trees along the entrance road in a mixed 
flock of songbirds which also included a juvenile AMERICAN REDSTART and singing 
PINE WARBLER. A PILEATED WOODPECKER flew over as I was heading towards the 
first fork in the trail. 


The waterbirds were not very numerous, and there were surprisingly few SNOWY 
EGRETS. There was a single SPOTTED SANDPIPER flying around where the canal 
meets the inland bay. 


Good Birding,

Mike H.

Baltimore City, MD 
Subject: Evening Heron Survey
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:18:09 +0000
I was joined last night by 9 volunteers in Delaware City to conduct the 6th 
Evening Heron Survey of the season. We had great weather - temps in the 70s, 
clear skies and almost no winds and surprisingly very few biting insects until 
mosquitos emerged after sunset. As is usual in July the first hour was fairly 
slow, the second hour was really hectic and the last half hour slowed down 
considerably. We ended up counting 1745 birds - 1694 heading to the heronry and 
51 leaving the heronry. Black-crowned Night-Heron and Glossy Ibis numbers were 
a bit below the average. The other species that were observed were all above 
average for our July surveys (we done July Surveys every year since 2004). We 
did not see Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4th time we've seen none) or Tricolored 
Heron (we've only ever seen one in all of our July surveys). One of the 
interesting observations was a large number of small white herons/egrets flying 
into the heronry from New Jersey. Some of these were definitely Identified as 
Snowy Egrets. The others were recorded as unidentified. I'm pretty sure they 
were not Cattle Egrets - and the fact that there were no adult Little Blue 
Herons mixed in the flocks - makes me suspect that most if not all of these 
birds were Snowy Egrets. Below are the totals for each species. The numbers are 
displayed as follows: 


Species Birds flying to the herony/Birds flying from the heronry:Total Recorded 
- Average 2004-2013 



Great Blue Heron                             20/11:31 - 22.7
Little Blue Heron                              558/4:562 - 274.2
Great Egret                                       124/16:140 - 118.6
Cattle Egret                                      593/2:595 - 455.9
Snowy Egret                                     73/2:75 - 49.1
Black-crowned Night-Heron         8/11:19 - 35.4
Glossy Ibis                                         56/1:57 - 79.2
Unidentified Night-Heron              0/1:1 - 6.0
Unidentified White Heron             262/3:265 - 49.7
Total                                                   1694/51:1745 - 1096.8

Other birds seen during the survey included Canada Goose, American Black Duck, 
Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Bald Eagle (at least 4), Red-tailed 
Hawk, Caspian Tern (including one that thought it was a Black Skimmer - dipping 
its lower bill in the river for quite a distance as it flew (presumably taking 
a drink?), Forster's Tern, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull and thousands of 
Crows including hundreds of NOISY juvenile American Crows roosting in the trees 
around Battery Park. 


We have one more survey left in 2014. We will be back out at Battery Park on 
Wednesday 27 August. I'll post the details as we get closer to the date. 


Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9230
Fax: (302) 739-6967
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Bombay Hook
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:32:39 -0400
Nice views of Stilt Sandpipers; and many Dowitchers mostly in the distance. The 
shorebird setup at Shearness Pool looks good! 

Jul 29, 2014
Bombay Hook - Raymond's Pool & Shearness Pool
Traveling
1 miles
120 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
45 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
12 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
1 Glossy Ibis
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
3 Bald Eagle
5 Clapper Rail
17 Semipalmated Plover
14 Black-necked Stilt
30 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
6 Greater Yellowlegs
27 Lesser Yellowlegs
200 Semipalmated Sandpiper
5 Western Sandpiper
3 Least Sandpiper
28 Stilt Sandpiper
350 peep sp.
800 Short-billed Dowitcher
7 Caspian Tern
12 Forster's Tern
1 Mourning Dove
1 Blue Jay
2 Fish Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Bank Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
25 swallow sp.
3 Marsh Wren
1 American Robin
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch

Good shorebirding!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Woodland Beach -Taylor's Gut
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:41 -0400
Dear Fellow Birders:
I had the opportunity to study a few shorebirds at low tide at Taylor's Gut 
north of Bombay Hook. 

Jul 29, 2014
Woodland Beach - Taylor's Gut
Traveling
0.25 miles
140 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
6 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
2 Clapper Rail
120 Semipalmated Plover
5 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Greater Yellowlegs
24 Lesser Yellowlegs
400 Semipalmated Sandpiper
4 Western Sandpiper
700 peep sp.
27 Short-billed Dowitcher
16 Forster's Tern
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Chimney Swift
2 Bank Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
8 swallow sp.
6 Marsh Wren
1 Blue Grosbeak
2 Indigo Bunting
7 Red-winged Blackbird

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Gordon's Pond--GULL-BILLED TERN
From: Mike Hudson <birdman96 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:49:32 -0400
Hi all,

I was at Gordon's Pond from about 9:40 until 1:20 today. I walked most of the 3 
mile trail and then turned around and walked back. With 51 species, it was 
quite a good day. 


The best birds were probably two of the many terns seen from the observation 
platform. An adult GULL-BILLED TERN flew by twice over a period of about twenty 
minutes. It was flying a large circuit around the portion of the pond/mudflats 
between the deck and the island, when I saw it. At one point it looked like it 
and landed among a small knot of terns behind the island, but I never refound 
it, so I can't be sure. Shortly after the Gull-billed's first circuit, a BLACK 
TERN flew by. It looked like it had flown in from the marshes closer to the 
parking lot, and it was moving pretty quick. It looked like it crossed the 
trail and flew back towards the grassy marsh between the park and Rehoboth. 


Other birds of note included multiple LEAST TERNS, both SHORT-BILLED and 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and several BROWN-HEADED 
NUTHATCHES. 


Good birding! 

Mike H
Baltimore City, MD
Subject: World Shorebirds Day, September 6th
From: Laura Chamberlin <lchamberlin AT MANOMET.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:08:06 +0000
Hi all,
Is anyone participating in World Shorebirds Day? If you aren't familiar, there 
is still time to register for the First Annual World Shorebirds Day on 
September 6th. I just looked on the website and there are 235 events 
registered, but none in Delaware. 


You can register an event at http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ It can be 
as informal as you and your scope, or you can lead a walk/event. There is a 
particular focus on monitoring events, highlighting the importance of 
monitoring and teaching more people how to count shorebirds. There is also a 
group of artists around the world who will be sketching shorebirds. 


I haven't yet established anything for this day, but let me know if you are 
interested in collaborating. 


Laura


Laura Chamberlin
Celebrate Delaware Bay Coordinator
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Wilmington, DE
Cell: 302-922-0682
lchamberlin AT manomet.org
www.celebratedebay.org
Subject: Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Wednesday
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:45:02 +0000
I will be conducting the second to last evening heronry survey in Delaware City 
this Wednesday evening beginning at 6:17 pm in Battery Park at the end of 
Clinton Street. The survey begins two hours before and ends 30 minutes after 
sunset (8:17 pm). During the survey we count every individual heron, egret and 
ibis we see flying to and from the heronry on Pea Patch Island. In the past we 
have usually have counted around 1,000 birds, though we have seen as many as 
1800 and as few as 560. If you can identify the 9 species of herons, egrets and 
ibis in flight you are welcome to come out and help us count. If you don't feel 
confident identifying birds, you are more than welcome to help us spot birds or 
just come out and enjoy the flight. July is the best month for practicing your 
identification of immature Little Blue Herons - of which there are usually 
quite a few mixed in with large mixed species flocks. We also usually see Bald 
Eagles, Osprey, Swallows, Caspian Terns and other birds during the survey. 


I hope you will be able to come out and join us.

Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9230
Fax: (302) 739-6967
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Broadkill Road Flats
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:57:11 -0400
Jul 27, 2014
Prime Hook NWR--Broadkill Marsh
Traveling
0.5 miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1

Comments: The side of the road that is closest to Bombay Hook ( west-nw?) had 
decent shorebird habitat. The other side of the road was full of water and not 
so good. 

11 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
14 Snowy Egret
240 white egret sp. -- Far away from the road, a Large heronry on the side of 
the road closest to Bombay Hook 

1 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
7 Black-necked Stilt
1 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
8 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
18 Semipalmated Sandpiper
2 Stilt Sandpiper
2 Short-billed Dowitcher
4 Laughing Gull
2 Least Tern
33 Forster's Tern
2 Purple Martin
6 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
2 Marsh Wren
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd.
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:18:17 -0400
Start time: 7:30 am
Jul 27, 2014
Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd.
Traveling
1 miles
150 Minutes
Observers: 1
Comments: Nice habitat for shore birds at low tide
3 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
8 Snowy Egret
1 Cattle Egret
1 Glossy Ibis
4 Osprey
12 Clapper Rail
4 Black-bellied Plover
7 Semipalmated Plover
2 American Oystercatcher
2 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
19 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Willet
1 Willet (Western)
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
18 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
14 Ruddy Turnstone
16 Sanderling
27 Semipalmated Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
3 Dunlin
40 peep sp.
7 Short-billed Dowitcher
30 Laughing Gull
2 Ring-billed Gull
8 Herring Gull
18 Great Black-backed Gull
6 Least Tern
24 Forster's Tern
1 Royal Tern
16 Black Skimmer
1 Mourning Dove
36 Tree Swallow
9 Barn Swallow
2 House Wren
2 Marsh Wren
8 Common Yellowthroat
2 Saltmarsh Sparrow
22 Seaside Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
16 Red-winged Blackbird
26 Common Grackle
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Good birding!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Brandywine Creek results 7/26/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:44:23 -0400
Greetings, 
We had a nice walk along the Brandywine today. Highlights were a SOLITARY
SANDPIPER and 3 GREEN HERON, one in juvenile plumage. A SCREECH OWL was
trilling along the opposite bank. Seems like there are a lot of SCARLET
TANAGERS around this year. Coming back to the nature center, we had a large
number of PURPLE MATINS perched on the dead tree branches. A MEADOWLARK flew
by and we ended with nice looks at BLUE GROSBEAK, still an unusual species
in Delaware's Piedmont. Thanks to the naturalist , Katie for helping out.
Here's our complete list:

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, US-DE
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     overcast, rain shower.
51 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  18
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  6
American Robin  17
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Ovenbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  6


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Test
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:10:23 -0400
Testing my de birds account. Please disregard.

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:27:07 -0400
> From: Taylor McLean 
> Date: July 26, 2014 at 11:18:03 AM EDT
> To: DE-Birds 
> Subject: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014
> 
> 
> Jul 26, 2014
> Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond
> Traveling 1.5 miles
> 60 Minutes
> 
> Comments: Pretty decent shorebird habitat (and pretty good habitat for White 
Ibis), but not a lot of birds. Below is the list. 

> 22 Canada Goose
> 18 Great Egret
> 11 Snowy Egret
> 1 Green Heron
> 3 Glossy Ibis
> 1 Osprey
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
> 6 Greater Yellowlegs
> 3 Lesser Yellowlegs
> 7 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
> 7 Least Sandpiper
> 5 peep sp.
> 18 Laughing Gull
> 7 gull sp.
> 6 Forster's Tern
> 3 Mourning Dove
> 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
> 2 Fish Crow
> 2 crow sp.
> 28 Purple Martin
> 2 Barn Swallow
> 1 Carolina Chickadee
> 2 Gray Catbird
> 7 Common Yellowthroat
> 2 Eastern Towhee
> 3 Northern Cardinal
> 7 Blue Grosbeak
> 3 Indigo Bunting
> 4 Red-winged Blackbird
> 1 House Finch

> Taylor McLean
> Towson, MD
> mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Brandywine Birdwalk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:04:28 -0400
The monthly walk at Brandywine Creek State park will be this Saturday. We'll
meet at the nature center at 8 am. Last weekend I had Green heron, Spotted
Sandpiper, Kestrel and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There were 3 screech owls
trilling along the creek in the early morning. Highlight was a single female
Redstart. The walk is free but park fees are in effect if you don't have a
seasonal pass, $3 for in-state, $7 for out-of-state vehicles. The walk
usually lasts 2-3 hours. 

 

Good birding, 

Andy

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Re: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
From: pdiacont <pdiacont AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:38:13 -0400
Heading down that way tomorrow and for a week or so.


Sent from my Galaxy S®III

-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Schreckengost
Date:07/20/2014 3:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
Birders, Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland found a male Ruff along Fowler Beach Rd. It is before the bridge on the south side of the road. As the messenger, Tim Schreckengost Rochester Mills, PA (814) 952 - 2934 nemesisbird.com Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:27 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland found a male Ruff along Fowler Beach Rd. It is 
before the bridge on the south side of the road. 


As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 18th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:45:56 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* July 18, 2014
* DEST1407.18
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black -crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
WHITE IBIS
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-will's-widow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
LEAST FLYCATCHER
Warbling Vireo
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Grasshopper Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak

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

For Friday, July 18th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remains at 302 species this week. 

For the last two days, WHITE IBIS have been seen near Lewes, Delaware. Those
birds were seen near the Freeman Highway Bridge going over the Lewis-
Rehoboth canal. You may remember that last year at this time over 100 WHITE
IBIS were seen flying between the Broadkill Beach marsh and the outer
breakwater at Cape Henlopen State Park. This might be a start of another
major influx!

Some birds this week at Cape Henlopen included a GULL-BILLED TERN with
PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and WHIMBREL at the point. There was
also returning RED KNOTS. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, CEDAR WAXWING, and PINE
WARBLER were seen by the Seaside Nature Center. Four WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
were seen offshore. COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a singing CHUCK WILLS WIDOW were
reported at the campground. PIPING PLOVERS have also fledged chicks down at
Gordon's Pond were 2 BROWN PELICANS were seen flying by. SPOTTED SANDPIPER
was seen at the pond plus 43 GLOSSY IBIS, 15 SNOWY EGRET and GREEN HERON.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen in the woods by the pond.

Once again last week, a SANDWICH TERN was reported at Fowler's Beach along
with Royal and LEAST TERN, plus BLACK SKIMMER. Shorebirds included
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and RED KNOT. Broadkill marsh at Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milton has been a hotbed of activity. Over 40 AMERICAN AVOCETS
with BLACK-NECKED STILT have been reported there waders included LITTLE BLUE
HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. The headquarters area at Prime Hook had a male
AMERICAN REDSTART by the end of the boardwalk trail. This is a rare bird in
southern Delaware during breeding season. Also reported was YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Grasshopper sparrows was
seen in the field in front of the headquarters.

More BROWN PELICANS were seen at Indian River Inlet. Also reported there was
3 WHIMBREL and over 50 COMMON TERNS. A YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON was
reported at Burton's Island with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. LEAST BITTERN and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at the Bethany Beach nature trail off
Route 26. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported James Farm's Ecological
Preserve off Quillen's Point Road.

Shorebirds in Western Sussex County included a pair of DUNLIN and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER at the Bridgeville pond off of Route 13 near Seaford. That pond
also HAD LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna continues to be a hotbed
for shorebirds. BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCET were reported along
with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus SPOTTED, WESTERN, PECTORAL,
and STILT SANDPIPER. TUNDRA SWAN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool.
LEAST BITTERN with BLACK and YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON were reported at
Bear Swamp. A CATTLE EGRET was seen swimming in Shearness. A peak count of
10 BALD EAGLES, mostly immatures, were reported on the sandbar in Sheerness
Pool.

Four MUTE SWANS were seen at Thousand Acre Marsh. A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen
crossing Reedy Point Road. Numbers of CASPIAN TERNS are increasing at both
Thousand Acre and Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area
with a peak count of eighteen. There is also been an increase of swallow
activity, with a single BANK SWALLOW seen among 400 TREE SWALLOWS. CLIFF
SWALLOWS were still on nest at Taylor's Bridge, a new location for the
state!

New this week was the arrival of LEAST FLYCATCHER at Middle Run Natural Area
in Newark. YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO continue to be seen there
along with YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and OVENBIRD. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was
seen at Wedgewood Road in White Clay Creek State Park. Also reported was
VEERY and WARBLING VIREO.

There were over 70 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS banded at a yard in Georgetown
over 2 hours last weekend. This place is abuzz with Hummers due to planting
and 24 feeding stations. Which just goes back the saying "if you build it -
they will come". This yard in Georgetown also has SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE
GROSBEAK, and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER feeding a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD chick.
Thanks Chuck.

A pair of RED-TAILED HAWK babies were rescued from their nest on the
underside of the I-495 bridge over the Christiana River in Wilmington. Those
guys were taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue for safety. More than just humans
have been affected by that bridge closure. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at
the Greater Wilmington Airport. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bob Rufe, Chris
and Karen Bennett, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, Dave Carter,
Ed Hastings, Glen Lovelace, Sally O'Byrne, Rachael Shapiro, Chuck Fullmer,
Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Alan Kneidel. 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: kestrel at ILG
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:48:48 -0400
Yesterday when flying into the New Castle County Airport in the middle of the 
storm, I spied a kestrel flying over the taxi-way and was able to follow it 
until it appeared to go into the eves of one of the working hangers. I remember 
a few years back, a kestrel was documented nesting in one of the buildings at 
the Dover Air Force Base. 


If any of you are flying Frontier Airways in the next couple of weeks, keep 
your eye out for it. 


Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Dickcissel life bird help?
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:26:35 -0400
I have out of town visitors who would love to add a Dickcissel to their life 
lists. 


Can anyone confirm if the Dickcissels at Charles E. Price Memorial Park are 
still singing along the entrance road to the park? 


I haven't seen any July eBird reports of them there, but I saw that they were 
listed in the Birdline this past week. I wasn't sure where they were seen (or 
heard) in the park, though. 


Thanks very much. 

Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington 
Subject: Belize help requested
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <adinkl AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:50:12 -0400
Hello all,

 

My husband (a non-birder) and I are planning to visit Belize next year.  Any
recommendations for hotels (other than Chan Chich), must see places and any
other suggestions or cautions?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Ann

 

Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG, MMngt.

Training and Operations Consulting Services

Lewes, DE

www.tocservices.com  

 
Subject: Sussex - Sandwich Tern at Prime Hook Beach Rd.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:37:09 -0400
Birders,

Alan Hunter Kneidel reports a Sandwich tern on a sandbar at very end of
Prime Hook Beach Rd. with other terns and laughing gulls.

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 11th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:45:10 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* July 11, 2014
* DEST1407.11
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Bobwhite
WILSON'S STORM PETREL
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling, 
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
GLAUCOUS GULL
Black Tern
Least Tern
Common Tern
SANDWICH TERN
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Acadian Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Marsh Wren
Veery
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole

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

For 7/11 on Friday, July 11th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware
annual list increased to 302 species this week.

Hurricane Arthur hit southern Delaware last weekend, with sightings of
WILSON'S STORM PETRELS off Cape Henlopen State Park and Fowler's Beach in
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. New this week was a pair of SANDWICH
TERNS that showed up at Fowler's Beach on Sunday, a nice addition along with
LEAST, ROYAL and FORSTER'S TERN plus BLACK SKIMMER. Lots of shorebirds were
also seen at Fowler's, including BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
both YELLOWLEGS, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, DUNLIN,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, RED KNOT, and SANDERLING, plus LEAST, SEMIPALMATED and
WESTERN SANDPIPER. The marsh also had CLAPPER RAILS with downy young, MARSH
WREN, and SEASIDE SPARROW. A pair of BALD EAGLES were seen overhead.
Shorebirds seen at Prime Hook Beach Road included 65 AMERICAN AVOCETS and
BLACK-NECKED STILTS, plus a BLACK TERN still in full breeding plumage. 

Cape Henlopen Point had LEAST and ROYAL TERN plus PIPING PLOVER and
OYSTERCATCHER.  Twelve BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the jetty of the inner
breakwater, a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was up on the beach. BLACK and
SURF SCOTERS were seen from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, along with WILSON'S
STORM PETREL. Four PIPING PLOVERS were found at Gordon's Pond, at the north
end of Rehoboth Beach. The flats there also had a pair of BLACK-NECKED
STILTS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. A
peak count of 66 SNOWY EGRETS, 69 GLOSY IBIS and 2 GREEN HERONS was
recorded. The marsh on along the Lewes-Rehoboth canal had 2 dozen SEASIDE
SPARROWS. 

The all-white possible GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed along the bayshore at
Dewey Beach. Twelve COMMON TERNS were seen at the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
BROWN PELICAN was seen offshore at Bethany Beach.  Another SANDWICH TERN was
found at Assawoman Wildlife Area loafing on a sand bar. Five MUTE SWANS and
CATTLE EGRETS were also seen. 

New shorebirds this week at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge included
SOLITARY, SPOTTED, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. BLACK-NECKED STILT and
AMERICAN AVOCETS were also reported. The previously reported TUNDRA SWAN
continues to be seen at Shearness Pool. NORTHERN BOBWHITES were reported at
the entrance gate. Waders included 110 GREAT EGRETS, 35 SNOWY EGRETS, 2
LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 40 GLOSSY IBIS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, LEAST
BITTERN and GREEN HERON were also seen. Ten WESTERN SANDPIPERS were reported
at Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 

BLACK-NECK STILT was still on nest at Little Creek Wildlife Area.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were reported there. 

CHAT, ORCHARD ORIOLE and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were reported at the Westtown
Pump Station off Industrial Road in Middletown. There were still DICKCISSELS
at the Charles E. Price Park off Levels Road south of Middletown.
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were also seen, the park also
had a flock of CATTLE EGRETS. 

A pair of WORM-EATING WARBLERS was found along Thompson Station Road at
White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. These might be nesting or early
migrant, either way they're rare in the Delaware piedmont at this time of
year. Also reported were 25 OVENBIRDS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN
REDSTART. THRUSH along Thompson Station Road included 18 VEERY and 20 WOOD
THRUSH. A BARRED OWL continues to be found at Middle Run. 

An AMERICAN REDSTART was also found along the Brandywine Creek at the First
State National Monument. VEERY, OVENBIRD, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were
also reported. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was there and at Thompson Bridge in
Brandywine Creek State Park. A BLUE GROSBEAK was by the nature center at
Brandywine Creek. WARBLING VIREO was heard downtown at the Wilmington and
Brandywine Cemetery.  BLUE GROSBEAK plus both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOOS were at Ashland Nature Center. Also reported were RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, David Fees, Jerald Reb, Amy O'Neill, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Eric Hartshaw, Jeff Shenot, Holly
Merker, and Alan Kneidel. 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: Middletown Birds
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:08:20 -0400
Took a jaunt around the wilds of Middletown this morning, and I guess the
best birds were two YB Chats belting out their remarkable repertoires in
the trees and tangles beside the gravel road which leads to the Westown
pumping station (off Industrial Drive).  Also there were several Field
Sparrows, a single Grasshopper Sparrow, Orchard Orioles, among other usual
species.

In a field near Chas. Price Mem. Park was a small flock of Cattle Egret.
In the park itself was at least one of the continuing Dickcissels, perched
as usual atop one of the small trees near the entrance.  E Meadowlarks and
Grasshopper Sparrows abound.

Rod Murray, Middletown
Subject: DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - Tomorrow at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m.
From: Bob Rufe <rrufe1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:25:33 -0400
Quick Update ...


Some have asked - the trip is free and open to the public.


I took a scouting run yesterday. Southbound migrants have returned and are 
plentiful in the impoundments. One of the highlights was the season's first 
Pectoral Sandpiper (Bear Swamp Pool), and the first Stilt Sandpipers 
(Shearness) reported from BBH. 



There were few shorebirds reported on the sign-in log, so they must have just 
started to arrive. 



Avocet ~ 75
Short-billed Dowitcher ~ 3000
Least Sandpiper ~ 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper ~ 250
Western Sandpiper ~ 10  
Semipalmated Plover ~ 4
Spotted Sandpiper ~ 2
Lesser Yellowlegs ~ 450
Greater Yellowlegs ~ 15
Killdeer ~ 7
Black-necked Stilt ~ 2
Pectoral Sandpiper ~ 1


The DOS-sponsored trip meets at BBH NWR headquarters at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday 
and will end at noon. Bugs were not bad at all! 



I will have two prizes - one for the most life birds spotted by a participant; 
and a new category - the most life birds spotted by one participant for someone 
else. To be awarded at the trip's conclusion at noon. Carpools encouraged. 



Cheers!


Bob.







 
  
    
                  

36th Annual Trip! 



Our annual search for early returning migrants. 


The target is 15 different species of shorebirds - sometimes a rarity or two 
appears. 



But our real goal is showing every species of bird to every participant, 
especially beginners. 



Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat; drinks and a snack. Half Day Trip.



 Entrance fees in effect.



Post trip tally rally and optional lunch at Boondocks, Smyrna.


Bob Rufe, Trip Leader 
rrufe1 AT aol.com 
302-998-9298

    
             
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Subject: Broadkill Beach Marsh
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:20:46 +0000
I stopped by Broadkill Beach marsh and Fowler Beach this morning before work. 
Notable at Broadkill were 20-30 Stilt Sandpipers and double that many avocets. 
There were also 20 or so SB Dowitchers and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs mixed in or near 
the Stilts for size, structure, and bill comparison. Seems kind of early for 
Stilts, especially that many. Had three Dunlin at Fowler, with one in alternate 
plumage. 


Good birding,

Dave
Subject: Special Summer DVOC Meeting this Thursday Night featuring Cassinia
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:48:54 -0400
Hello birders!

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) is presenting a special informal 
summer meeting which is all about the DVOC's flagship publication, the journal 
"Cassinia." 


Bert Filemyr will present a brief program putting the journal "Cassinia" into 
context, both historical and modern. An enthusiastic historian of ornithology, 
Bert's programs are always entertaining and informative. Anyone with an 
interest in the history of ornithology in the Delaware Valley and greater 
Philadelphia region will enjoy this talk. 


Steve Kacir will present a brief and entertaining program titled "It's Easy to 
Write for 'Cassinia'" which will give an overview of some of the types of 
articles that have seen print in "Cassinia." Steve will also detail how one 
might easily turn a day's twitching into a submission for the general notes 
section and how to expand upon a personal experience for a more detailed 
article: from the sublime to the absurd - pick your flavor! 


Editor Dave Long and the Cassinia Committee will then break the attendees up 
into brainstorming groups and creative development sessions. Be a part of 
history! Let's make this the best Cassinia since the first issue was printed in 
1901! 


The DVOC meeting takes place this Thursday, 10 July 2014 and begins at 7:30PM 
at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. All who have an interest 
are invited to attend; the program is free with no admission charged. 
Similarly, both members and nonmembers are encouraged to submit articles, 
photos and local bird record notes to "Cassinia" -- contact DVOC Editor Dave 
Long for more information: 


More details can be found on the DVOC website -- http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm

Directions to the Schuylkill Center -- 
http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/aboutus/directions.html 


"Cassinia" Website -- http://www.dvoc.org/Publications/Cassina/Cassinia.htm

Archives of "Cassinia" -- http://www.dvoc.org/CassiniaOnLine/Index.htm

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com