*March 24, 2017
* DEST1703. 24
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eurasian Collared Dove
Great Horned Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: March 24, 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 Friday March 24th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 185 species this week. EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, and FOX
SPARROW were widely reported throughout the state
There are now two PAINTED BUNTINGS being reported in the northern Delaware
area. A male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen near Newark, but due to
privacy issues, at an undisclosed location. A female PAINTED BUNTING was
seen Monday at an undisclosed location in North Wilmington, but has not been
seen since. This might be an unprecedented year for PAINTED BUNTINGS, other
reports include one at a feeder feeder in Aberdeen, Maryland, Norfolk,
Virginia, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
The previously reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milton continues to be seen. That bird was reported on Monday
along Cods Road near the intersection with Prime Hook Road. On Wednesday,
the bird was seen along Wells Road just past the intersection with
Buttonwood Road. Also, reported in the area near Fowler's Beach Road were
ROSS'S GOOSE and 2 CACKLING GEESE. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Prime Hook
Beach Road and at Cods Road intermittently. This may be the same bird that
was previously seen by Prime Hook headquarters. Across the road from where
the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen on Cods Road were shorebirds including 8
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, and WILSON'S SNIPE. New this week was a
EURASIAN WIGEON at Grave's Farm Road off Broadkill Beach Road.
Shorebirds along the Broadkill Beach Road continue be seen including 70
AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A GREAT HORNED OWL
nest is being seen on the Osprey platform at the sharp turn for Island Farms
Road. Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a LAUGHING GULL was seen at Beach
Plum Island, at the south end of Broadkill Beach. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
was seen in a yard off Cods Road near the intersection with Prime Hook Beach
Road. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen along Cods
Road. A VIRGINIA RAIL was reported along Fowler's Beach Road along with
AMERICAN KESTREL, TREE SWALLOW, FOX SPARROW, and 6 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.
AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported at dusk at Little Neck Wildlife Area off
Prime Hook Beach Road. Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
were reported at Mispillion Inlet at Slaughter's Beach.
A pair of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen near Millsboro along Cannon
Road just west of Route 5 near a Long Neck. MUTE SWAN was seen at Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island along with GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON,
SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. Also reported
was a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE at McCabe Street in Selbyville.
A RAZORBILL continues to be seen at the mouth of Indian River Inlet. BLACK
and SURF SCOTER plus 29 LONG-TAILED DUCKS Continue to be seen along with
GREAT CORMORANT, 8 HORNED GREBES, RED-THROATED, and COMMON LOON. PURPLE
SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were on the rocks. BONAPARTE'S,
LAUGHING, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were also found at the inlet. A flock
of 175 BRANT was seen at Burtons Island along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A PINE WARBLERS were found at Thompson's Island in
Delaware Seashore State Park near Dewey Beach, along with BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, plus RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
New this week was six GLOSSY IBIS at Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State
Park. Shorebirds seen there included 8 AMERICAN AVOCET plus LESSER and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS. PINE WARBLER, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and CHIPPING
SPARROW were seen in the woods. On the pond were 27 AMERICAN WIGEON plus
GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and PINTAIL. A GREAT HORNED OWL is nesting on
the Osprey platform at the north end of the Gordon's Pond Trail. The first
PURPLE MARTINS of the year were reported in Cape Henlopen at the Seaside
Nature Center. A big flock of feeding NORTHERN GANNETS were seen off the
Fort Miles lookout. HORNED GREBE, SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER were seen around the park. Two COMMON EIDER were reported from the
Cape May-Lewes Ferry among a flock of 20 SURF and 60 BLACK SCOTERS. 15
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen along the Breakwater plus 30 NORTHERN
GANNETS were following the boat.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen coming to a feeder in Lewes. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was seen coming to a feeder near Harbeson, along with RUSTY
BLACKBIRD. 64 WOOD DUCK were seen on the pond there along with 8 WILD
A big flock of 10,000 SNOW GEESE along the Smyrna-Leipsic Road included a
single ROSS'S GOOSE on Sunday. AMERICAN KESTREL, AMERICAN PIPIT and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK were seen along Whitehall Neck Road outside of Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The peak count was 106 AMERICAN
AVOCETS at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook, along with GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS. WILSON'S SNIPE was seen at Bear Swamp. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was
calling by the park visitor center at dusk. REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, and
RING-NECKED DUCK were seen at Bear Swamp along with HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN were seen at Raymond Pool.
20 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Pickering Beach, east of Dover along
with a MARSH WREN. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported at Cheswold.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported along Mifflin Street in Dover. A BARRED
OWL was calling at night near Lake Como in Smyrna.
Some waterfowl at Tubs Mill Pond near Milford included BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
WOOD DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, with 40 RING-NECKED DUCK. A RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK was reported in the area. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found at Big Stone
Beach along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, BROWN THRASHER, and PINE WARBLER.
A SANDHILL CRANE was found last Sunday calling at Dragon Run Marsh near
Delaware City. Good numbers of waterfowl were seen on the marsh including
WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and
HOODED MERGANSER. Four GREAT EGRET were found along with WILSON'S SNIPE plus
3 WOODCOCKS were flushed along the trail. A HORNED GREBE in breeding plumage
along with PIED-BILLED GREBE and COMMON MERGANSER were seen at Lums Pond
State Park. 60 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found feeding along the pond's edge
along with a GREAT EGRET.
Shorebird numbers of beginning to increase at the Port Penn impoundments of
Augustine Wildlife Area along Route 9, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 6 WILSON'S
SNIPE were seen there along with LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. WILSON'S
SNIPE and KILLDEER were seen at Augustine Beach in the field in front of the
Augustine Inn. A HORNED GREBE was seen on the Delaware River along with
GREATER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD. WILSON'S SNIPE was also seen at Grier's Pond
off Dutch Neck Road along with WOOD DUCK and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. A
RING-NECKED PHEASANT was found at the west end of Dutch Neck Road, possibly
an escapee from the nearby game farm.
A LAUGHING GULL was reported at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh with
4 GREAT EGRETS, AMERICAN WIGEON, COMMON MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus
AMERICAN COOT. Raptors seen included SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON,
and AMERICAN KESTREL. GRAY CATBIRD continues to be seen in the woodland.
10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported near Smyrna along with WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW and PINE WARBLER. Feeders had PINE SISKIN. A calling American
WOODCOCK was found near Smyrna. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was also calling near
Middletown. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues to be seen coming to a
feeder in Middletown, along with BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE and four American
tree sparrow was.
Three REDHEADS, two drakes and a hen, were found at Newark Reservoir on
Monday along with 23 COMMON MERGANSERS. An OSPREY was seen flying over
Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. Also reported was BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS with FOX SPARROW. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
were also reported at the University of Delaware ag farm by the chicken
coop's. HORNED LARK and AMERICAN PIPIT were calling over the fields. The
wetlands had WILSON'S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and KILLDEER plus a female
AMERICAN WIGEON on Saturday and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also reported at the pond at the west end of Banning
Park in Newport along with AMERICAN WIGEON and a nesting RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported at Ashland Nature Center on Tuesday.
COMMON MERGANSER and 75 WOOD DUCKS were seen on the Red Clay Creek. EASTERN
MEADOWLARK continues to be reported at the Sledding Hill. EASTERN SCREECH
OWL was seen in the nest box by the visitor center marsh. American WOODCOCK
was reported at Center Mill Road at dusk on Monday.
AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, and WOOD DUCK were all seen at Hoopes's
Reservoir along with PIED-BILLED GREBE. AMERICAN WIGEON was seen just north
of Rockland Mills at Brandywine Creek State Park along with WOOD DUCK,
HOODED, and COMMON MERGANSER. SAVANNAH and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were seen
along the entrance road near the intersection with the Hawk Watch Road. 63
RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at Blue Rocks Pond near Rock Manor Golf Course
on Saturday. PURPLE FINCH was reported from a yard along Weldin Road in
Brandywine Hundred. GREAT CORMORANTS continue be seen along the Delaware
River. Six GREAT CORMORANTS were reported at the green channel marker along
Gov. Prince Boulevard in Claymont. An immature GREAT CORMORANT was seen
flying by Fox Point Park in Edgemoor along with 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and
a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Richard Julian, Chris
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Gabriel Mapel, Sally O'Byrne, Colin Fluharty, Colin
Campbell, Dean Coffin, Marie Gardner, Brian McCaffrey, John Mercer, Joe
Sedransk, Rich Clifton, Mike Bowen, Keith Leonard, David Fees, Terry Chike,
Desiree Narango, Andy Dunn, Joel Martin, Nancy Cunningham, Bob Edelen,
Michael Smith, Rob Blye, Jason Wood, John Long, Dick Plambeck, Mike Moore,
Joe Sebastiani, Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb,
Ken Wat, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Alissa Kegelman, Kelley Nunn, Hannah
Greenberg, Hank Davis, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver,
Rachel Shapiro, Nancy Goggin, Tim Freiday, Frank Lenik, Joe Russell, and Joe
Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email mailto:email@example.com. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!
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