*December 23, 2016
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 23, 2016
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, December 23rd, this is the Holiday edition of Birdline Delaware
from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial
Delaware year list remains at 335 species.
Two awesome raptors were found in Delaware this week! A CRESTED CARACARA was
photographed at the south end of the Gordon's Pond Trail off Ocean Drive in
Rehoboth Beach on Sunday. This would be the third state record of the
species, including the previous report from the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch
last September. Somewhat less exciting but still a great fine, was an OSPREY
perched along Thompson's Bridge Road at Brandywine Creek State Park. This
time a year, most OSPREYS are in the Caribbean.
Another awesome find was a EURASIAN WIGEON on Saturday at the Hillside Mill
Cove of Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville. The bad weather in the area
grounded lots of ducks including 4 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 GADWALLS, CACKLING
GOOSE, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. There were as a high count of 460
RING-NECKED DUCK with LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, 14 HOODED and 8
COMMON MERGANSERS plus BELTED KINGFISHER. Later this week, 2 HORNED GREBES
were also found on the reservoir.
Gulls at the Wilmington Landfill at Cherry Island included 3 ICELAND and a
GLAUCOUS GULL, plus 13 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and several LAUGHING GULLS.
Large numbers of waterfowl were seen at the nearby Veolia Waste Treatment
Plant included 300 RING-NECKED DUCK, 60 LESSER SCAUP, 40 BUFFLEHEADS, 9
COMMON MERGANSERS, 80 RUDDY DUCK, 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 45 GADWALLS, 250
SHOVELER, 7 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 40 AMERICAN COOT, and a solo
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. 300 FISH CROW were seen flying over the waste treatment
plant. Probably the most surprising was 2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES.
The invasion year of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
continues. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were seen at a feeder in Claymont, Middle
Run Natural Area, Pike Creek, Center Mill Road, and Hockessin. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was seen at Shipley Road in Brandywine Hundred, Walnut Ridge,
Granogue, Coverdale Farms, Fairfield Crest, and Brookside in Newark.
EASTERN PHOEBE was seen along the White Clay Creek at Hopkin's Bridge with
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FOX SPARROW and 22 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. SCREECH and
GREAT HORNED OWLS were found predawn hours. BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, and
FIELD SPARROW were found at Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road.
COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on Newark Reservoir. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
was reported at Christine Manor.
PURPLE FINCH was found at Granogue off Smith's Bridge Road along with
SAPSUCKER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 2 KILLDEERS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and
PILEATED WOODPECKER were seen at Brandywine Creek State Park. HOODED
MERGANSER was seen on the Winterthur Ponds along Route 100. CHIPPING SPARROW
and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were found at Auburn Heights State Park in Yorklyn.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Ashland Nature Center along with 7 COMMON
MERGANSERS on the Red Clay Creek. An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was
reported this week at a private residence in Pike Creek.
Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at the entrance gate to Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge along with a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on Sunday. These
birds were seen along the brushy hedgerow on the north side of Whitehall
Neck Road. Eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were photographed flying over
Whitehall Neck Road near Bombay Hook on Monday. 25,000 SNOW GEESE were found
at the refuge on Sunday with 6 ROSS'S GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE. Other
waterfowl at the refuge included 100 TUNDRA SWAN, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD,
HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. The previous
reported WILLET was seen again this weekend at Shearness Pool along with 5
AMERICAN AVOCET, DUNLIN, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Three AMERICAN
WOODCOCK were reported at the refuge. Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were
seen at Bear Swamp. A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed harassing a HOODED
MERGANSER at the Boardwalk trail, hovering over the bird for nearly 3
minutes, plus MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL for the falcon trifecta.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WILD TURKEY and RUSTY
BLACKBIRD were found at Finis Pool. FOX, WHITE-CROWNED, and AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW were reported. Owls seen this weekend included BARN, EASTERN
SCREECH, GREAT HORNED, BARRED, and SHORT-EARED.
GREAT EGRET and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were found at Woodland Beach Wildlife
Area along Route 9, north of Bombay Hook. 15 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND
LONGSPUR with over 100 HORNED LARK were reported along Cartanza Road, north
of Little Creek. SHORT-EARED OWL and AMERICAN BITTERN were found at Port
Mahan. Waterfowl seen there included REDHEAD, BLACK SCOTER, and
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at Kitts Hummock with
2000 SNOW GEESE. A MUTE SWAN was found at the Tilcon gravel pits.
PIED-BILLED GREBE and 35 COMMON MERGANSERS were found on Silver Lake in
Dover. EASTERN PHOEBE was reported at the Delaware State University campus.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported at Cheswold and Milford. Another
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Lebanon Landing along the St. Jones
River south of Dover.
This been an incredible year for ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, with nine
sightings in the state this week! Besides two at Bombay Hook and one in
Dover, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Cedar Creek wharf near
Slaughter's Beach. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, along with another YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Two more ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported
at feeders in the Lewes - Rehoboth Beach area. Another ORANGE-CROWNED was
photographed at a feeder at the Creekside neighborhood in Millville, west of
Bethany Beach. The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER previous reported at the North
Marina at Indian River Inlet was photographed this week. Also reported was a
PINE WARBLER in the backyard at Dagsboro.
A hen COMMON EIDER is still being seen at Indian River Inlet with 40
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and a single
COMMON GOLDENEYE. Both RED-THROATED AND COMMON LOONS, HORNED GREBE, and
NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore. FORSTER'S TERNS, PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were at the jetty, plus 2 GREAT CORMORANTS. Two
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach along with BOAT-TAILED
GRACKLES. A PALM WARBLER was reported at the South campground.
A peak count of 90 CANVASBACKS were found on Silver Lake at Rehoboth Beach
with RUDDY DUCK and 11 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS. Four REDHEADS and 3
RING-NECKED DUCKS were found at the Spring Lake condominiums off Route 1
between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Four HOODED MERGANSERS were found on the
Lewes- Rehoboth Canal at Thompson's Island in Delaware Seashore State Park.
RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found on Thompson's Island.
The Nuthatch trifecta was found at Cape Henlopen State Park with single
RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED plus 20 BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES. All three
species of scoter, including WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen off Fort Miles in
A calling SEDGE WREN was found at the wooden bridge along the Big Stone
Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area on Wednesday, plus calling VIRGINIA
RAIL. WILD TURKEY, EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK were also reported at Milford Neck. Eight BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
were found at Bennett's Pier. Milford Neck also had a mimic thrush trifecta
with 9 BROWN THRASHERS and a GRAY CATBIRD. Two LONG-EARED OWLS were heard
calling at night at Milford Neck.
Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along Lighthouse Road going to Mispillion
Inlet, along with 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 2 CLAPPER RAIL. A ROSS'S
GOOSE was reported with SNOW GEESE flying over at Slaughter's Beach. A
CACKLING GOOSE was reported at Bower's Beach. A calling KING RAIL was found
along New Wharf Road at Swan Creek. Two more CATBIRDS were reported at
residential neighborhoods near Milford.
PURPLE FINCH was found at Killen's Pond State Park near Frederica along with
AMERICAN PIPIT, WINTER WREN, PILEATED WOODPECKER, SAPSUCKER, and a CHIPPING
SPARROW at the old orchard along Paradise Valley Road. Two PIED-BILLED
GREBES were found on Killen's Pond along with AMERICAN KESTREL and
PEREGRINE. Four WOOD DUCKS were found on Abbott's Mill Pond with 29
GADWALLS, HOODED MERGANSER, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. 175 HORNED LARK were
found in the fields around Abbott's Mill plus 9 CHIPPING SPARROWS.
A GLOSSY IBIS was found today at Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach
Wildlife Area. A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus HORNED and PIED-BILLED
GREBE were seen at the Augustine Creek Causeway along Route 9, south of Port
Penn. A female COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen at Augustine Beach along with
BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and AMERICAN COOT. RED-THROATED LOON has
returned to Augustine Beach along with COMMON LOON and HORNED GREBE. Another
RED-THROATED LOON was found at the Delaware City waterfront by ABA
headquarters. Eight CANVASBACKS were seen on the Delaware River at Collins
Beach in Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area below Odessa.
A pair of WOOD DUCK were found at the Broad Dike Marsh in New Castle along
with AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and HOODED MERGANSER. GRAY CATBIRD and FOX
SPARROW were along the pedestrian trail. A KILLDEER was on the ballfield at
the George Reed Middle School. NORTHERN SHOVELER, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were seen along the Delaware River at Battery
BALD EAGLES were reported this week attempting nesting on top of a cell
phone tower along Gov. Prince Boulevard in Edgewood. Nesting was attempted
here last year but was unsuccessful. This is an interesting location in an
urban area. To get some perspective on the numbers, 13 EAGLES were counted
on a single scan at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook on the Christmas count on
Sunday. 16 BALD EAGLES were found at Milford Neck Wildlife Area on
Wednesday. Compare this to the 1970s, when there were only four pairs in the
One extralimital report was a COMMON RAVEN flying over the conservatory at
Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found at
Bucktoe Nature Preserve.
Happy Holidays to everybody! Thanks to everybody that contributed this week,
including, Gale Janiszewski, Neil Dougherty, John Chaney, Sean O'Connor,
Howard Highly, Jean Woods, Andy Urquhart, Matt Sarver, Ryan Lazlo, Bill
Hicks, John Long, Rob Blye, Jane Henderson, Bert Filmyr, Mike Rosengarten,
Linda Dempsey, Kitt Heckscher, Joel Martin, Rod Murray, Randy Murphy, John
Dunn, Andy Fayer, Shannon Skalos, Jeff Climie, Joy Peters, Jeff Buler, Amy
and Jim White, Dick Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Nancy
Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart, Kim
Steininger, Mike Hudson, Gary and Judy Charles, Mike Moore, Phil Thompson,
Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat,
Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Racheal Shapiro, John Skibicki, Teddy Burke,
Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Colin Campbell, Joe Swertinski, Joe
Russell, and Jason Wood. 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 Peace on Earth and good birding!
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