RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 10th, 2017


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

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 10, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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