* January 13, 2017
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Yellow-breasted Chat (found dead)
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 13, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
For 2017 on January, Friday the 13th, this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial
Delaware year list stands at 155 species this week.
The previous reported ROSS'S GOOSE was seen with 5 CACKLING GOOSE at
Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred during the snowstorm on Saturday.
Those birds were look for on Sunday after the big freeze without success.
Only a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found.
There have been no further sightings of CRESTED CARACARA, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, or SNOWY OWL after last weekend's snowstorm
that left a foot of snow in Sussex County. The storm did influence birds
coming to feeders: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Bay Vista along
with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE and PALM WARBLER were reported at
Hollyville, west of Lewes, an EASTERN PHOEBE shivering in the cold was seen
with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES at a
feeding station west of Georgetown. Another PINE WARBLER with CHIPPING and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW plus PURPLE FINCH were seen at Cheswold. PINE WARBLER,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen coming to a
feeder in Brookside, near Newark.
Northern Delaware had several sightings of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES including
Shipley Road plus Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred, Brandywine Creek State
Park, Yorklyn, Middle Run, Bay Pointe, and the C&D Canal at Summit Bridge.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at Christiana Manor in Newark with
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
was also reported in Camden-Wyoming. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was also seen
coming to White's feeder in Yorklyn.
There were several sightings of SNOW BUNTINGS in Kent County after the storm
including seven at Cartanza Road north of Little Creek with 90 HORNED LARK.
SNOW BUNTING was found at South Bowers Beach and on the Shearness Pool Road
at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Bombay Hook on the bayside of Shearness along
with DUNLIN. The previously intermittently reported flock of 8 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen again today at Shearness Pool. Other waterfowl
scene included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Night
Heron Island. SAVANNAH, FOX and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were seen along the
Dike Road. A pair of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at the feeder by the
evergreens on private property near the entrance gate. A GRAY CATBIRD was
found in the woods behind Finis Pool.
People looking for the SNOWY OWL in South Bowers Beach found a raft of 20
GREATER SCAUP plus COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and
COMMON LOON. Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and DUNLIN with
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES were seen along the beach. BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE and
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the fishing pier along Port Mahan. ROSS'S and
CACKLING GOOSE were seen with the large flock of SNOW GEESE at Barrett's
Chapel near Frederica. ROSS'S GOOSE was also seen flying over Johnny Cake
Landing Road, west of Frederica today. Yellow PALM WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
and BROWN THRASHER were also seen near Frederica. AMERICAN PIPIT was seen
off Carpenters Bridge Road.
A COMMON EIDER was reported at Indian River Inlet on Monday. The big flock
of birds of waterfowl off the jetty included BRANT, 75 LONG-TAILED DUCK and
110 BUFFLEHEAD with 5 WHITE-WINGED, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, GREATER SCAUP,
and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Four PURPLE SANDPIPERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING
were seen on the jetty along with GREAT CORMORANT.
REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER was seen at
Spring Lake. 140 CANVASBACKS were seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. The
NUTHATCH trifecta, RED-BREASTED. BROWN-HEADED, and WHITE-BREASTED continues
to be seen at the Cape Henlopen State Park Seaside Nature Center, along with
Jones Crossing Landfill, off Hardscrabble Road between Georgetown and
Seaford continues to have ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS reported with 3 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An estimated 500 TUNDRA SWANS were seen with
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK.
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE were found along the Boardwalk
Trail at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. AMERICAN KESTREL
was reported at the Little Neck Wildlife Area off Prime Hook Beach Road.
Waterfowl reported included WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. GREATER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN were also seen. A raft
of 20 GREATER SCAUP were seen off Broadkill Beach
An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen today along Cedar Swamp Road, off
Route 1 past the sharp 90 degree turn at Taylor's Bridge. RED-THROATED LOON
continues to be seen at the Augustine Beach boat ramp, south of Port Penn. A
drake COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen there on Sunday along with several
BUFFLEHEADS. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen at the Ashton Tract on Saturday
along with GRAY CATBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN
and both GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY CROWNED KINGLET.
A massive flock of birds feeding on berries at the C&D canal west of Summit
Bridge included 175 CEDAR WAXWINGS with 300 AMERICAN ROBIN along with
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and 10 PURPLE FINCHES. A freshly
dead YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found along the roadside. COMMON MERGANSERS
were found in the canal and seen flying over.
Newark reservoir had COMMON MERGANSER, with a pair of WOOD DUCK and COMMON
GOLDENEYE. AMERICAN PIPIT was seen on the grassy edges of the path. BARRED
OWL was found at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. BROWN THRASHER and FOX
SPARROW were seen near the Tri-State Bird Rescue buildings. There was also a
flight of 64 FISH CROW. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and BROWN
THRASHER were reported at White Clay Creek State Park.
Hoopes's reservoir near Greenville had GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, 220
RING-NECKED DUCKS, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 10 AMERICAN COOTS, plus HOODED and
COMMON MERGANSER. BALD EAGLE and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen hunting along
the shoreline. 30 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen flying over the Ashland Nature
Center along the Red Clay Creek. Birders going to Ashland be aware that the
covered bridge over at Brackenville Road is closed. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
was reported at Brandywine Creek State Park.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Gina Sheridan,
William Anderson, Dick Plambeck, John Long, Shannon Modla, Dave Mellow, Andy
McGann, Steve Graff, Kyle Klotz, Mike Moore, Brian McCaffrey, Dean Coffin,
Frank Lenik, Joel Martin, Nancy Goggin, Amy and Jim White, Derek Stoner, Joe
Sebastiani, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Phil Thompson, Jerald and
Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn,
Sue Gruver, Joe Russell, and Joe Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs
your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
email@example.com. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
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