*December 30, 2016
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 30, 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 the last report of 2016, on Friday, December 30th, this is Birdline
Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The
unofficial Delaware year list remains at 335 species.
He back! The CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week continues to be seen
in the West Rehoboth area behind Tangier's Outlet. The bird has been seen
off Road 271 (the Holland Glade Road) at the intersection with Hebron Road.
A good place to look is at the parking lot for the Breakwater and Junction
Birders looking for the CRESTED CARACARA also discovered an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER at the south trailhead of Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State
Park. This trail is accessed off N. Ocean Dr. in Rehoboth Beach. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen yesterday, plus MARSH WREN, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, and CHIPPING SPARROW. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was sitting on Gordon's
Pond. A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen off The Point at Cape Henlopen
State Park. The Nuthatch trifecta: RED-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and
WHITE-BREASTED was seen at the Seaside Nature Center in Cape Henlopen.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE plus COMMON EIDER was found at Indian River
Inlet. LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, and all three species
of SCOTER: BLACK, WHITE-WINGED, and SURF, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON,
HORNED GREBE, and NORTHERN GANNET were also reported. PURPLE SANDPIPER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were found on the jetty. In the inlet was
BONAPARTE'S GULL and FORSTER'S TERNS. Nearby Burtons Island at the North
Marina had 70 BRANT plus BUFFLEHEAD, GOLDENEYE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
HORNED GREBE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in the marina.
A GREATER SCAUP was seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, along
with 75 CANVASBACK, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Four REDHEADS continue
to be seen at Spring Lake off Route 1 near Rehoboth, with RING-NECKED DUCK
and HOODED MERGANSER. A GREAT EGRET was seen at Bay Vista. MUTE SWAN,
AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSER and 125 RUDDY
DUCK were found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. CHIPPING
SPARROW was also found at this location.
Two ROSS'S were among the 70,000 SNOW GEESE off Prime Hook Beach. TUNDRA
SWAN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BUFFLEHEAD plus 8 bald Eagles were also seen.
AMERICAN KESTREL was seen perched, PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen in the
woods, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found by the
headquarters of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. These birds were also seen flying over
Whitehall Neck Road near the Bombay Hook Hunting Club. A EURASIAN WIGEON was
seen on Monday at Bear Swamp. CACKLING and ROSS'S GOOSE were found among
2000 SNOW GEESE at Leatherbury Flats opposite Shearness. Shorebirds this
week included a MARBLED GODWIT at Raymond Pool, along with 5 AMERICAN
AVOCET, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Other
waterfowl found included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER,
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and
PIED-BILLED GREBE. A SEASIDE SPARROW was seen in the marsh, PILEATED
WOODPECKER was reported at Finis Pool. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen hovering
over Whitehall Neck Road. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along Cartanza Road
near Little Creek today.
A NASHVILLE WARBLER was found yesterday at the forest restoration area in
Fort DuPont State Park near Delaware City. This was a good area for
half-hardy passerines including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, both
GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, and FOX SPARROW.
Raptors seen in the area included PEREGRINE FALCON, BALD EAGLE,
RED-SHOULDERED and COOPER'S HAWK. To access Fort DuPont, you have to come in
from the south over the Reedy Point Bridge. The bridge in Delaware City will
be out for several more months.
A flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS flying down the Delaware River at the
Delaware City waterfront by ABA headquarters included a male LONG-TAILED
DUCK yesterday. 30 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were also seen on the Delaware
River. GREAT EGRET and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Canal Pond along Cox
Neck Road. CATBIRD and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were also found at Thousand
Acre Marsh. Stave's Landing and The Rocks Wildlife Area below Odessa had a
nice collection of waterfowl including 4 MUTE SWAN with TUNDRA SWAN,
PINTAIL, RING-NECKED DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT.
The previous reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be coming to a feeder at
Little Falls Village off Centerville Road near Prices Corner. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road. An AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen hovering over the fields at Brandywine Creek State Park Two
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen coming to
birdfeeders in Brookside near Newark.
A pair of PALM WARBLERS were found at the University of Delaware Ag Farm. A
GREEN-WINGED TEAL was flushed from the middle wetlands area, plus GREAT BLUE
HERON. BROWN CREEPER and WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH were found in the woods. 40
AMERICAN PIPIT and 2 HORNED LARK were found in the ag farm fields on Monday.
BARRED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark along with 5
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found at the White Clay
Creek disc golf course off New London Rd. with RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and FOX
Two HORNED GREBES were seen from the Route 82 Causeway at Hoope's Reservoir
near Greenville. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen at the Hillside Mill Cove
along with 11
AMERICAN COOT. Over 300 RING-NECKED DUCK continue be sitting on Hoopes's
reservoir along with AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen
hopping along Hillside Mill Road. HOODED MERGANSER and KINGFISHER was found
at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike
Happy New Year's everybody! Thanks to those that contributed this week,
including, Joy and Dave Peters, Ginny Schiavelli, Jeff Holmes, Sean
O'Connor, Leo Custer, Tim Boucher, Kurt Schwarz, Richard Julian, Ray
Hendricks, Lauren Merlo, Marc Ribaudo, Kelley Schaffer, Sean McCandless,
Jean-Marie Guathier, Andy McGann, Amy and Jim White, Anthony Gonzon, Nancy
Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Kim Steininger, Phil
Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, 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, Joe Swertinski,
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 good birding!
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