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30 Jan Re: nice congregation of big gulls --- Pioneer dredge ponds [Debora A Jarrell ]
29 Jan nice congregation of big gulls --- Pioneer dredge ponds [Alan Kneidel ]
29 Jan Kent Co: Rough-legged Hawk near Dover Air Force Base [Tim Schreckengost ]
29 Jan Re: DE RBA GroupMe text alerts [Tim Schreckengost ]
29 Jan Bird Walk at Brandywine Creek [Andrew Ednie ]
28 Jan DE RBA GroupMe text alerts [Tim Schreckengost ]
28 Jan DOS meeting [bunker17 ]
27 Jan Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird continues School Bell Road, Bear [Michael Moore ]
27 Jan Red-throated loon [Sandy Spence ]
27 Jan Yellow-headed Blackbird continues School Bell Road, Bear [Christopher Heckscher ]
25 Jan COMMON REDPOLL flock (30-40) at Cape Henlopen this afternoon [Vince Gambal ]
23 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 23rd, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Jan Update: COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow! [Michael Moore ]
23 Jan possible Western Tanager in Newark -- White Clay SP 1/23 [Alan Kneidel ]
23 Jan Bombay Hook and Port Mahon 1/19 [Alan Belford ]
23 Jan Brandywine Creek Birdwalk [Andrew Ednie ]
21 Jan FW: [de-birds] COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow! [Christopher Heckscher ]
21 Jan COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow! [Michael Moore ]
20 Jan Alapocas Walk ["sally o'byrne" ]
20 Jan DOS Meeting Cancelled [joe sebastiani ]
20 Jan DOS Owl Trip Cancelled ["Amy O'Neil" ]
20 Jan Re: de-birds Digest - 18 Jan 2015 to 19 Jan 2015 (#2015-18) [Alan Dages ]
20 Jan Cape Henlopen --Razorbills, Common Redpoll 1/20/14 [Alan Kneidel ]
19 Jan Alapocas, not Alpacas! ["sally o'byrne" ]
19 Jan Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Alapocas ["sally o'byrne" ]
19 Jan Sora out of the question for January? [Kyle Chelius ]
19 Jan DOS CBC Chili Party, 1/21/2015 [Holly Merker ]
18 Jan Paulo Boute to speak at DVOC on January 22 [Steve Kacir ]
18 Jan Lewes Block House Pond [John Hoyt ]
17 Jan Yellow headed blackbird! [John Bradley ]
17 Jan Re: Common Redpolls [Patrick Millar ]
17 Jan Common Redpolls [Michael Moore ]
16 Jan Nice Birds today [Sharon Lynn ]
15 Jan DOS Head Start Field Trip Results [ ]
14 Jan Saturday Seawatch at Indian River Inlet [Christopher Bennett ]
14 Jan DOS January Meeting- Chili Night - Wed. Jan. 21, 2015 [Bill Stewart ]
14 Jan Port Penn Common Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck [Rodney Murray ]
13 Jan 2 Bald Eagles in Dover on Silver Lake [Debora A Jarrell ]
13 Jan Re: Ring-necked Pheasants ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
12 Jan Weekend birding along Rte 9 [Vince Gambal ]
12 Jan Ring-necked Pheasants [Rodney Murray ]
11 Jan Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook, NWR And Indian River Inlet, DE, January 10th, 2015 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
9 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 9th, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]
9 Jan Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO [Maurice Barnhill ]
8 Jan Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO [Christopher Heckscher ]
8 Jan Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO [Christopher Heckscher ]
7 Jan eBird Hotspots at Port Mahon Rd. consolidated [Michael Bowen ]
7 Jan Preliminary Cape Henlopen CBC Results [ ]
6 Jan DVOC Annual Members Meeting - 8 Jan 2015 [Steve Kacir ]
5 Jan Cape Henlopen 1/4/15 [Andrew Ednie ]
5 Jan Re: Port Mahon - Snowy Owl [Marylou Atwell ]
5 Jan Re: back yard bird list on ebird [joe sebastiani ]
5 Jan Port Mahon - Snowy Owl [Marcy Stutzman ]
4 Jan Correction: Loggerhead Shrike at Bergold Lane [Alissa Kegelman ]
4 Jan Northern Shrike [Alissa Kegelman ]
4 Jan American Tree Sparrows [Rodney Murray ]
3 Jan Continuing Rarities at Indian Inlet [Gina Sheridan ]
3 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 2nd, 2015 [Andrew Ednie ]
2 Jan Little Gull at Indian River - credit to Michael Bowen [Alan Kneidel ]
2 Jan pre-Rehoboth CBC sightings -- rare gulls, harlequin, rough-legged, snowy owl report [Alan Kneidel ]
2 Jan ADMIN: Yahoo and AOL users [ ]
2 Jan Re: back yard bird list on ebird [ ]
2 Jan Re: Rejected posting to de-birds@LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU [ ]
2 Jan Re: back yard bird list on ebird [Hugh McGuinness ]
2 Jan back yard bird list on ebird [susan ruth marengo ]
2 Jan more about insects, really..... ["sally o'byrne" ]
1 Jan DOS Backyard Birding Challenge [Joe Sebastiani ]
31 Dec Middle Run 2014 Birding Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
31 Dec Cape Henlopen CBC Boat Trip - full [ ]
29 Dec Milford Christmas Count [Andrew Ednie ]
29 Dec Re: Glaucous Gull [ ]
29 Dec Sussex: Little Gull at the Indian River Inlet [Tim Schreckengost ]
29 Dec Re: January 4 [Hugh McGuinness ]
29 Dec January 4 [susan ruth marengo ]
28 Dec Glaucous Gull [Deborah Climie ]
28 Dec Continuing Rarities [Michael Moore ]

Subject: Re: nice congregation of big gulls --- Pioneer dredge ponds
From: Debora A Jarrell <debiannj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 01:42:12 +0000
You might need permission to go there.  I think that's actually private 
property.  If it is private property, and you get permission, please let us 
know because they might give us all permission provided we don't flood the 
place with birders and block their trucks.  I know it used to be private 
property when I used to work in Georgetown and drive there every day - I had a 
friend who drove a truck for the company that used to own it, and I would take 
him from Georgetown to that place every day that I worked so his wife could 
have their car, and I wouldn't be driving back from Georgetown at 1 AM alone. 

Debi 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Alan Kneidel"  
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:32:58 PM 
Subject: [de-birds] nice congregation of big gulls --- Pioneer dredge ponds 

DE-Birders, 

If you are like me, you've been longing for a new "accessible" gulling 
location. I stumbled across a nice congregation (1,000+) of gulls at dusk 
today roosting on the frozen Pioneer dredge ponds near the Dover AFB. The 
majority were Ring-bills, with hundreds of Herring and dozens of Greater 
Black-backed. 

Southbound on Route 1 there is a pull-off drive at the south end of the 
northern pond where you can stop safely and scope. The southern pond, which 
also had 100s of gulls, is a bit more challenging. All you can really do is 
briefly scan from the shoulder of exit 91. 

Map of access road: 

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zuw_t2AbB568.k-pH_h0AR9i8 

If you are in the mood for looking through big gulls for Glaucous and 
Iceland Gulls etc., I recommend giving it a shot. I've also heard that 
there are lots of gulls on Silver Lake in Dover as well. 

As Tim mentioned, I was lucky enough to have the recently-hard-to-find 
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK fly right over my head while I was stopped at exit 91 
scanning the south pond. 

-- 
Alan Kneidel 
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources 
Delaware State University 
980-254-2706 
Subject: nice congregation of big gulls --- Pioneer dredge ponds
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:32:58 -0500
DE-Birders,

If you are like me, you've been longing for a new "accessible" gulling
location. I stumbled across a nice congregation (1,000+) of gulls at dusk
today roosting on the frozen Pioneer dredge ponds near the Dover AFB. The
majority were Ring-bills, with hundreds of Herring and dozens of Greater
Black-backed.

Southbound on Route 1 there is a pull-off drive at the south end of the
northern pond where you can stop safely and scope. The southern pond, which
also had 100s of gulls, is a bit more challenging. All you can really do is
briefly scan from the shoulder of exit 91.

Map of access road:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zuw_t2AbB568.k-pH_h0AR9i8

If you are in the mood for looking through big gulls for Glaucous and
Iceland Gulls etc., I recommend giving it a shot. I've also heard that
there are lots of gulls on Silver Lake in Dover as well.

As Tim mentioned, I was lucky enough to have the recently-hard-to-find
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK fly right over my head while I was stopped at exit 91
scanning the south pond.

-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: Kent Co: Rough-legged Hawk near Dover Air Force Base
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:23:27 -0500
Birders,

Alan Kneidel reports a Rough-legged Hawk at the Pioneer Dredge Ponds, which
are at the southern most point of the Dover Air Force Base.

Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/kzP7l

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Re: DE RBA GroupMe text alerts
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:05:54 -0500
Birders,

As a follow-up, I know that some folks may not want to receive
notifications all of the time. There are ways to mute the group for both
GroupMe app users and for those who receive text messages. Just check out
the links below.

If you are using the app, follow these guidelines for your phone type here:

http://help.groupme.com/home

Follow these if you are receiving texts:

http://help.groupme.com/entries/515051-SMS-Commands

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com


On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM, Tim Schreckengost <
timschreckengost AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> As some of you know, the old DE RBA text group got hacked a couple weeks
> ago. I believe it was hacked because the group was public and anyone could
> join. I disbanded the group and then reformed it as a private group, where
> I have to manually add members. If you would like to be added to this
> group, feel free to send me an email off list. You can either use the
> GroupMe app or receive text messages. With that said, here are a few rules
> I would like all members to follow:
>
> - Please use this group for reporting rare and notable bird sightings
> throughout the state of Delaware. Notable sightings for counties are
> acceptable as well. Please be as specific as possible in your first post
> (species and exact location), so additional messages are not needed.
> -If you have a question regarding a post, please send the original poster
> a private message, or post to the DE Birds listserv or Facebook Group. I
> would like to keep this DE RBA limited to sightings only, no conversations.
> If I feel that you are posting unnecessary content, I will send you a
> private message.
> - If you are unsure if what you are posting is worthy of the DE RBA, it
> most likely is not. Generally, birds "flagged" on eBird are worthy of
> posting on this group.
> -Initial postings of rare birds are acceptable. Continuing reports should
> be posted on the DE Birds listserv and Facebook groups.
>
> After I add you to the group, send a simple "Hi" to the group, so GroupMe
> doesn't kick you out. The group is in "office mode" for now, until the
> majority of folks get added. If you have any questions, comments, or
> concerns, just shoot me an email.
>
> Cheers,
> Tim Schreckengost
> Elkton, MD
> (814) 952-2934
> www.nemesisbird.com
>
Subject: Bird Walk at Brandywine Creek
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:37:26 -0500
The monthly bird walk at Brandywine Creek State Park is this Saturday,  Jan
31st. Sorry for the confusion, I misread my calendar last week. We'll be
meeting on the observation deck at the nature center at 8 am. A Hairy
Woodpecker has been hanging out at the feeders. Weather permitting, we'll
try to walk down to the creek to look for Common Merganser, check the fields
for larks, and watch for raptors. This is a great time of year to see birds
without having to look through leaves.  Price is right, entrance to the park
is free this time of year. 

Good birding, 

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: DE RBA GroupMe text alerts
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:56:47 -0500
Birders,

As some of you know, the old DE RBA text group got hacked a couple weeks
ago. I believe it was hacked because the group was public and anyone could
join. I disbanded the group and then reformed it as a private group, where
I have to manually add members. If you would like to be added to this
group, feel free to send me an email off list. You can either use the
GroupMe app or receive text messages. With that said, here are a few rules
I would like all members to follow:

- Please use this group for reporting rare and notable bird sightings
throughout the state of Delaware. Notable sightings for counties are
acceptable as well. Please be as specific as possible in your first post
(species and exact location), so additional messages are not needed.
-If you have a question regarding a post, please send the original poster a
private message, or post to the DE Birds listserv or Facebook Group. I
would like to keep this DE RBA limited to sightings only, no conversations.
If I feel that you are posting unnecessary content, I will send you a
private message.
- If you are unsure if what you are posting is worthy of the DE RBA, it
most likely is not. Generally, birds "flagged" on eBird are worthy of
posting on this group.
-Initial postings of rare birds are acceptable. Continuing reports should
be posted on the DE Birds listserv and Facebook groups.

After I add you to the group, send a simple "Hi" to the group, so GroupMe
doesn't kick you out. The group is in "office mode" for now, until the
majority of folks get added. If you have any questions, comments, or
concerns, just shoot me an email.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: DOS meeting
From: bunker17 <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:34:46 -0500
We hope to see you tonight at Ashland Nature Center for the DOS meeting. We 
begin at 630 pm with chili night. Jim White will host our annual Christmas Bird 
Count wrap up. 



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird continues School Bell Road, Bear
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:09:20 -0500
The blackbird super flock on School Bell Road is truly astounding. I think 
there could easily be a quarter of million birds. It's the largest super flock 
I have ever seen. At times the sky literally was blacked out. Mostly Grackles 
and Red Wings, but a few Cowbirds mixed in as well. 


It took me over 45 minutes of searching through this massive flock, but 
eventually I did find an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird. One tip if the 
birds all have their heads down, is that the Yellow-head as a large yellow spot 
on its vent which was actually fairly conspicuous and something you could look 
for if they are all tail up. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 27, 2015, at 1:32 PM, Christopher Heckscher  
wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Kitt Heckscher
> Newark, DE
Subject: Red-throated loon
From: Sandy Spence <sandyspence325 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:07:25 -0500
There is a red-throated loon in the pond at the end of Main Boulevard at
the Villages of Five Points.  He had a nice lunch of a fish about 12 inches
long. Has been here over an hour.  There's also a lonely bufflehead who has
been here about ten days.
Sandy Spence, Lewes
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird continues School Bell Road, Bear
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:32:32 +0000
This morning I combed through about 50,000 - 70,000 blackbirds on School Bell 
Road in Bear and relocated the adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird (and possibly 
a juvenile or female bird) after about 20 mins of searching. I observed the 
adult from the church parking lot as it foraged in the mowed grass adjacent to 
the property and not far from my vehicle. As far as I can tell, the normal 
routine of this flock is to break up mid-day and spread throughout the 
surrounding landscape of NCCO from School Bell Road westward to at least the 
fields along Walther Road and north along the Christiana River. They then 
return in late afternoon to re-group until the following day. However, not 
always do they regroup in such great numbers and sometimes they are almost 
completely absent, so it's a bit unpredictable as to whether or not they will 
be present on any particular day. Much of the corn remains un-harvested in the 
fields adjacent to the church. When that corn is eventually cut, the birds may 
become more permanent for a few days. So mornings and late afternoons seem to 
be the best bet for anyone hoping to find the Yellow-headed Blackbird. 




Kitt Heckscher
Newark, DE
Subject: COMMON REDPOLL flock (30-40) at Cape Henlopen this afternoon
From: Vince Gambal <0000009a8147fdd9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:35:49 -0500
At the end of a walk around the tip of Cape Henlopen, Rachael Shapiro and I 
spotted a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS perched in the scrubby deciduous trees at 
the end of the path leading to the beach from the Point Parking Lot. We got a 
good 45 second view and confirmed with each other what we were seeing--bright 
red forehead patch, black "soul patch" under bill and some with reddish wash. 
They flew off towards the tip of the Cape along the beach. 


Three birders from Maryland that we spoke with earlier on the beach and 
confirmed that they saw the same flock of 30 to 40 individuals (with perhaps a 
few goldfinches mixed in). They reported seeing the Redpolls perched on low 
beach grasses in the close dunes as well as flying out over the beach and water 
a few times. This was a lifer bird for all five of us. 


Earlier, while waking around the point, Rachael and I saw numerous red throated 
loons--several within a few feet of the beach which gave great close up views 
through binocs. Several male surf scoters were almost as close in and their 
bills were illuminated by the low afternoon sun. Also at the point, we saw 
two--possibly three-- grey seal pups swimming just off shore eyeing us. We kept 
looking to see if they'd come up on the beach, but we never saw that they did. 


Other birds included red breasted mergansers, common loon, a lone gannet, the 
usual suspect gulls, sanderlings and a lone dunlin mixed in with the 
sanderlings, chickadees, and juncos. 


Overall a great mild day walking around the Point.

Vince Gambal
Lewes
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 23rd, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:18:23 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 23, 2015
* DEST1501.23
	
*Birds mentioned
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose 
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
COMMON EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE
Sora
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
SNOWY OWL
Short-Eared Owl
Saw-Whet Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Palm Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
WESTERN TANAGER
Eastern Meadowlark
Boat-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
COMMON REDPOLL
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 23, 2015
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, January 23rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. Sorry that the birdline did not go out
last week, I was having computer problems. After 2 hours on the phone with
Verizon, those issues seem to be resolved. The unofficial Delaware annual
list annual list increased to 175 species this week.

A bird reported this this afternoon was a possible WESTERN TANAGER at the
parking lot in Walter Carpenter Recreational Area north of Newark. This area
is off Route 896 and part of White Clay Creek State Park. The bird
reportedly flew off, but if confirmed, this would be a first state record
and long overdue. 

An invasion has started from the great white north. COMMON REDPOLLS and more
winter finches are moving into the state! COMMON REDPOLLS was first reported
at Indian River Inlet, then at Cape Henlopen State Park and at Mike Moore's
feeder in Bay Pointe near the Summit Bridge in Glasgow on Wednesday. In
Delaware, these sightings are just a few birds, but in New Jersey flocks of
30-50 REDPOLLS were reported at either end of Long Beach Island, from
Barnegat Light to Holgate. In Cape May, 25 REDPOLLS were in South Cape May,
including the feeders at the Northwood observatory and a flock of 13 birds
were seen at South Cape May Meadows. REDPOLLS were also seen at Avalon and
Reeds Beach. Back in Delaware, PINE SISKINS were reported at Brandywine
Hundred along Grubb Road, Hockessin and at White Clay Creek State Park.
SISKINS were also reported downstate at Indian River Inlet, Cape Henlopen
and Broadkill Beach. PURPLE FINCH was found at a feeder in Georgetown and
along the C&D Canal west of Summit Bridge. 

Several SNOWY OWLS are still being reported. Downstate, individual reports
include the dunes at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park and north of
Indian River Inlet. SNOWY OWL continues to be reported intermittently form
Whitehall Neck Road going to the entrance to Bombay Hook NWR in Smyrna. The
best place continues to be Port Mahon Road, where 4 birds, a young male and
3 young females were seen at dusk yesterday. Those birds were reported near
the tank farm. Also reported at Port Mahon have been 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS,
GREAT HORNED OWL along the treeline, and a BARN OWL flying over the marsh.
Both AMERICAN BITTERN and an immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen,
along with GREAT EGRET. PEREGRINE FALCON and immature COOPER'S HAWK were
reported by the second pier. Also reported were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
EASTERN MEADOWLARK and SAVANNAH SPARROW. 

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at the north jetty of Indian
River Inlet. That bird is with 100 LONG-TAILED DUCK, plus  100  SCOTER:
mostly SURF but including 6-8 BLACK and a single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER last
week. A small flock of GREATER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEADS were also present.
PURPLE SANDPIPERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES continue to be seen on the rocks. A
peak of 7 GREAT CORMORANTS was seen on the jetty tower. BONAPARTE'S and
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were also reported. An AMERICAN BITTERN was
reported by Bottom Hills Drain, the big slough on the north side of the
inlet, TREE SWALLOWS were seen flying over the south inlet parking lot.
ORANGE-CROWNED and PALM WARBLER were reported by the green dumpster across
from the Center for Inland Bays. COMMON GOLDENEYE and GREATER SCAUP were
found at the Burton's Island causeway, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS with
DUNLIN were seen walking along the shoreline opposite the marina, and RUDDY
DUCK and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were among the docks. 

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE and CACKLING GOOSE were among the
geese at Prime Hook NWR this week. Both the WHITE-FRONTED and ROSS'S GOOSE
were found along Cods Road. Also reported was a GOLDEN EAGLE at Prime Hook
Beach Road, plus an immature GLAUCOUS GULL. 45 WILD TURKEYS were reported in
the fields near the intersection with Route 1. There were still a good
number of shorebirds being seen along Fowler's Beach Road, including 30
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and
400+ DUNLIN. A flock of 50 SURF SCOTERS offshore included one WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER. TREE SWALLOW was also seen at Fowler's Beach, along with BOAT-TAILED
GRACKLE and AMERICAN KESTREL. A PURPLE FINCH was reported at the Prime Hook
headquarters feeders.

COMMON EIDER and RAZORBILL was seen at Cape Henlopen State Park. The EIDERS
were seen by the Harbor of Refuge Light. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were
also reported. All three species of nuthatch: WHITE-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED,
and RED-BREASTED were also found in the park by Ft. Miles. Birds seen from
the Cape May-Lewes ferry this week included 180 SURF SCOTER, plus 4
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, along with RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE, and
BONAPARTE'S GULL. RING-NECKED DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS with 10 AMERICAN
COOTS and 20 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were found on Block Pond behind Beebe
Hospital on Park Ave. in Lewes. 

The previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at Wolfe's Point
Waste Treatment Plant. Nearby, A WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS reported at a feeder
in Midway. An OSPREY was photographed along Indian River east of Millsboro.
Also reported there was HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. Silver Lake in
Rehoboth Beach has been mostly frozen over, but 250 CANVASBACK were seen
there along with 30 RUDDY DUCK, 2 RING-NECKED DUCK, and a DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. CEDAR WAXWINGS were reported at Silver Lake and in Dewey Beach.
Two MUTE SWANS, plus 75 AMERICAN WIGEON and 35 HOODED MERGANSERS were seen
at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK,
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and WINTER WREN were also reported. 10 HOODED
MERGANSERS and a RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Old Landing near Rehoboth
Beach. BROWN THRASHER was also found there. A MERLIN was reported along
Route 30 near Milton.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge still has TUNDRA SWAN, HOODED
MERGANSER, LESSER SCAUP, and RUDDY DUCK. A SORA was reported by the pond
along the Boardwalk Trail. Usually a rare bird in Delaware during winter,
this is the third SORA reported the season. AMERICAN BITTERN and WILSON'S
SNIPE were seen by Bear Swamp. BALD EAGLE, PEREGRINE FALCON, MERLIN, and
AMERICAN KESTREL were also reported there this week. AMERICAN PIPIT and
HORNED LARK were seen along the entrance road. Over 200 HORNED LARK with 4
SNOW BUNTINGS was found after the fresh snow along Cartanza Rd. north of
Little Creek. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was found at Bergdoll Road by Dover Air
Force Base along Route 9. 

A SAW-WHET OWL responded to a call along Bennett's Pier Road in Milford Neck
Wildlife Area. Although difficult to find, this bird has been in the area
now for several weeks. A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Little Creek Wildlife
Management Area. AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also
seen there, along with a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. Waterfowl was mostly
frozen out but included NORTHERN SHOVELER and AMERICAN COOT. Over a thousand
COMMON MERGANSERS plus RING-NECKED DUCK and COOT were counted on Silver Lake
in Dover. Those birds were confined to the open water behind McGlynn's Pub
off North States Street. A pair of BALD EAGLES was also seen there having
dinner.

A private home in Hockessin had a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE coming to the feeder
for the second winter in a row. A private home near Greenville, north of
Wilmington, reported PURPLE FINCH, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, and WINTER WREN. PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at Woodland Park near
Price Corner. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported at Pike Creek golf course.
MUTE SWAN was reported at Carousel Park. Six RING-NECKED DUCKS and 3
AMERICAN COOTS were found at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center.
Another COOT with four RUDDY DUCKS was found at Battery Park in New Castle.

A LONGTAILED DUCK and a female COMMON GOLDENEYE were found on the Delaware
River at Port Penn. RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen along Route 9 near
Thorntown Road. GRAY CATBIRD was found at Ft DuPont near Delaware City.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chandler Wiegand ,
Karen Harris, Mike Moore, Ian Stewart, Nancy Cunningham, Joshua Barth, Vince
Gambal, Bob Brereton, Katie McDonough, Rich Rieger, Rocklin Reb, Chuck
Brandt, Rod Murray, John Long, Joel Martin, Chris Rowe,  Chris and Karen
Bennett, Debi Jarrell, Frank Rohrbacher, Kyle Chelius, Diane Kane, Sue
Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Colin Campbell, John Hoyt, Alan Kneidel,
Taj Schottland, Tim Schreckengost, Brian McCaffrey, Rod Murray, Sally
O'Byrne, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, Maurice Barnhill,
and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call
your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Update: COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow!
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:00:36 -0500
UPDATE:  The Common Redpoll I discovered at my feeder on Wednesday  morning
stayed almost the entire day gorging mostly on black oil sunflower seeds.  I
last saw it at 9:30 AM on Thursday and have not seen it since, despite a lot
of activity at my feeder.  I assume it has moved on but will report if it
reappears.  

 

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies

(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

Voices of Delaware Birds 
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

Birds of the Gilbert Water Ranch

(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

AZFO Rare Bird Photos 
(http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)

 

 

 

 

Greetings

 

This morning I was stunned and amazed when a male Common Redpoll appeared at
my Nyjer Feeder.  I do not even have any Goldfinches coming to this feeder,
but do have large flock of House Finches.  My house is about 4 miles W of
Summit Bridge on the N side of the Canal, just this side of the MD border.  

 

You can view my photo here:

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rRBAkpK_-HKfEBBJZkX4ztMTjNZETYmyPJy0li
ipFm0?feat=directlink

 

Unfortunately, my feeders are not visible from the road and I care for my
elderly mother in my house, so I cannot open the house to birders right now.
If it does become a long staying bird, I will try to make some arrangements
for limited availability.  

 

Anyway, I am convinced the Redpoll invasion in real.  Keep your eyes on your
feeders.  With the snow coming, more birds are driven to feeders.  Keep them
full and clean.

 

I will also cross post this to the Facebook page.  

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE (note that this is my mailing address town, I live closer to
Glasgow geographically)

Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies

(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

Voices of Delaware Birds 
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

Birds of the Gilbert Water Ranch

(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

AZFO Rare Bird Photos 
(http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)

 

 

 

 
Subject: possible Western Tanager in Newark -- White Clay SP 1/23
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:32:51 -0500
DE-Birders,

Chandler Wiegand just called to report a possible female-type Western
Tanager from the Carpenter Recreation Area parking lot in White Clay Creek
SP.

He said it moved on, but if anyone is free and in the mood for a chase, it
might be worth poking around.

-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: Bombay Hook and Port Mahon 1/19
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:18:12 -0500
Some family members and I managed a short afternoon trip to Bombay Hook on 
Monday. The refuge was largely frozen but we did have a variety of the usual 
ducks, swans, harriers, etc. 

Our most exciting sightings came in the evening at Port Mahon and some more 
time to spent there would have been helpful for those who are thinking about 
going. Highlights included: 

2 Short-eared OwlsSnowy Owl Calling Great-horned OwlN. HarriersCooper's 
HawkFlyby N. Goshawk 

Good Birding!
Alan BelfordSaranac Lake, NY 		 	   		  
Subject: Brandywine Creek Birdwalk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:17:03 -0500
The monthly birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park will be this Saturday at
8 am. If the weather is too horrific, we'll just sit and watch the feeders,
bring your own coffee. Brandywine Creek is off Addams Dam Road near the
intersection for Rts. 100 & 92 near Greenville. The walk is free and there
is no entrance fee. 

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: FW: [de-birds] COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow!
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:02:53 +0000
Since Hoary Redpoll has been seen in this region recently, I thought I would 
post this article on Redpoll ID (by Ron Pittaway and Jean Iron) recently posted 
on the Ontario Birds listserve (and updated since the first edition in 1992), 
in preparation for the imminent Great Delaware Redpoll Invasion of 2015 
(fingers crossed :). Anyway, I thought some folks might find it interesting 
whether or not redpolls show at your feeder: 


http://www.jeaniron.ca/2015/redpollsRP.htm


Kitt Heckscher
Newark


________________________________________
From: Delaware Birding [de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] on behalf of Michael Moore 
[mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:38 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow!

Greetings



This morning I was stunned and amazed when a male Common Redpoll appeared at
my Nyjer Feeder.  I do not even have any Goldfinches coming to this feeder,
but do have large flock of House Finches.  My house is about 4 miles W of
Summit Bridge on the N side of the Canal, just this side of the MD border.



You can view my photo here:



https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rRBAkpK_-HKfEBBJZkX4ztMTjNZETYmyPJy0li
ipFm0?feat=directlink



Unfortunately, my feeders are not visible from the road and I care for my
elderly mother in my house, so I cannot open the house to birders right now.
If it does become a long staying bird, I will try to make some arrangements
for limited availability.



Anyway, I am convinced the Redpoll invasion in real.  Keep your eyes on your
feeders.  With the snow coming, more birds are driven to feeders.  Keep them
full and clean.



I will also cross post this to the Facebook page.



Mike Moore

Newark, DE (note that this is my mailing address town, I live closer to
Glasgow geographically)

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com



Websites:

 
Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies
(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

  Voices of Delaware Birds
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

  Birds of the
Gilbert Water Ranch
(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

  AZFO Rare Bird
Photos (http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)
Subject: COMMON REDPOLL on private property in Glasgow!
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:38:25 -0500
Greetings

 

This morning I was stunned and amazed when a male Common Redpoll appeared at
my Nyjer Feeder.  I do not even have any Goldfinches coming to this feeder,
but do have large flock of House Finches.  My house is about 4 miles W of
Summit Bridge on the N side of the Canal, just this side of the MD border.  

 

You can view my photo here:

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/rRBAkpK_-HKfEBBJZkX4ztMTjNZETYmyPJy0li
ipFm0?feat=directlink

 

Unfortunately, my feeders are not visible from the road and I care for my
elderly mother in my house, so I cannot open the house to birders right now.
If it does become a long staying bird, I will try to make some arrangements
for limited availability.  

 

Anyway, I am convinced the Redpoll invasion in real.  Keep your eyes on your
feeders.  With the snow coming, more birds are driven to feeders.  Keep them
full and clean.

 

I will also cross post this to the Facebook page.  

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE (note that this is my mailing address town, I live closer to
Glasgow geographically)

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

 
Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies
(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

  Voices of Delaware Birds
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

  Birds of the
Gilbert Water Ranch
(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

  AZFO Rare Bird
Photos (http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)

 

 

 

 
Subject: Alapocas Walk
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:49:51 -0500
At the moment the snowy/rainy weather looks like it will hold off till the 
afternoon, so I will be at Blue Ball Barn at 8:30 for the DOS field trip. If it 
looks miserable at 7 am or due to start raining soon, I may change my mind. If 
that is the case, I will send out an email at 7:30am 


I hope to see a few of you in the morning,

Sally O'Byrne
Subject: DOS Meeting Cancelled
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:18:04 +0000
Due to the Winter Weather Advisory and 1 - 3" of snow expected tomorrow, we 
have decided to postpone the monthly DOS meeting at Ashland Nature Center. The 
meeting will now be held next Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm. Please plan on 
making your chili next week, and we will see you on the 28th. 


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: DOS Owl Trip Cancelled
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:15:56 -0500
Unfortunately the DOS' annual Owl Trip scheduled on Sunday, February 1st has 
been cancelled for this year. 


I apologize for the inconvenience, but invite you to join us for many other 
field trips we have scheduled through early September of this year. 


Amy O'Neil
Field Trip Chair
Delmarva Ornithological Society


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 18 Jan 2015 to 19 Jan 2015 (#2015-18)
From: Alan Dages <adages AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:35:35 -0500
Hello Sally

I'll try to be there at 8:30 am. 

Did you look over my minutes to the CC meeting?

Alan

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automatic digest system 

Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:01 AM
To: de-birds AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: de-birds Digest - 18 Jan 2015 to 19 Jan 2015 (#2015-18)

There are 4 messages totaling 101 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. DOS CBC Chili Party, 1/21/2015
  2. Sora out of the question for January?
  3. Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Alapocas
  4. Alapocas, not Alpacas!

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Date:    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:03:40 -0500
From:    Holly Merker 
Subject: DOS CBC Chili Party, 1/21/2015

Hello Delaware Birders,
It's that time of year when all are invited to come out and share a meal, 
drinks, and good conversation at the annual DOS Delaware CBC Report Meeting! 

The gig is:
this Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30pm at Ashland Nature Center.

Remember, you do not have to have been a participant in the CBCs to come join 
the fun of the evening! 


If you are thinking of bringing some chili to share (soup is fine, too, if 
chili is not your thing), please RSVP to me what you are bringing: 

HCybelle AT gmail.com
                        (you are not required to bring any food to attend)

Hope to see you there!
Cheers~
Holly Merker

--
*Holly Cybelle Merker*
*Downingtown, PA*
*HCybelle AT gmail.com *

------------------------------

Date:    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:45:02 -0500
From:    Kyle Chelius 
Subject: Sora out of the question for January?

I was at Bombay Hook today on the Boardwalk trail and as I passed over the 
bridge at the "Pond (brackish)" (as described on the map), I heard a bird 
"shriek" - best word for it. I turned to look and got a quick glimpse of a 
small bird - probably about the size of my hand, short wings - and I was left 
with the impression of a dark, almost black, back with white spots. 

 
I got home and looked at rails and herons on Cornell's site and the sound that 
was closest was the Sora "whinny" sound. 

 
Then, I looked at the Refuge's bird list and they are not even listed for 
winter. 

 
Anyone have any ideas?
 
Side note - did see a great horned owl near the Shearness Tower.
 
thanks,
 
Kyle
 

 		 	   		  

------------------------------

Date:    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:03:55 -0500
From:    sally o'byrne 
Subject: Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Alapocas

I will be leading a mid-Winter Alpacas walk on Wednesday, Jan 21 from 8:30 to 
11:30. It is advertised as a beginner bird walk, but that is another way of 
saying we will take our time, and spend as much time as the group wants on the 
birds we come across. We start at the Blue Ball Barn parking lot (no park fee) 
by Rt 202 and walk down to the Brandywine, seeing field and forest and river 
edge. Today the cliff’s waterfall was frozen, making an incredible sight for 
Northern Delaware. 


At the moment, the weather forecast calls for a light mix of rain and snow. 
That would not be enough to stop me. I will post tomorrow evening to confirm or 
cancel, and if it is a truly rainy day I will cancel early on Wednesday. 


Sally O'Byrne

------------------------------

Date:    Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:42:04 -0500
From:    sally o'byrne 
Subject: Alapocas, not Alpacas!

Dear Fellow birders,

Hank Davis pointed out that either my mind was on South America or the 
Spellcheck on my computer switched the words Alapocas and Alpacas. 


We will be walking at Alapocas State Park, not riding alpacas……..


Yep, it was spellcheck - did to me again as I was composing this!

Sally

p.s.  hope to see some of you on Wednesday.

------------------------------

End of de-birds Digest - 18 Jan 2015 to 19 Jan 2015 (#2015-18)
**************************************************************
Subject: Cape Henlopen --Razorbills, Common Redpoll 1/20/14
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:26:39 -0500
De-Birders,

I spent the first few hours of light at Cape Henlopen today in hopes of
turning up a redpoll. I successfully had 1 COMMON REDPOLL circle over my
head for about 30 seconds at the bayside of the point parking lot. It gave
a near full display of vocalizations, including its "djip" series, a
rattle, and a rising zipper call. Now is the time to be looking for
redpolls as they are currently being seen throughout the mid-Atlantic south
to NC.

A walk around the point interspersed with periodic ocean scanning yielded
one group of 5 RAZORBILLS moving south. The utterly placid waters yielded
excellent views of a variety of waterfowl.

Checklist below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21433755

-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: Alapocas, not Alpacas!
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:42:04 -0500
Dear Fellow birders,

Hank Davis pointed out that either my mind was on South America or the 
Spellcheck on my computer switched the words Alapocas and Alpacas. 


We will be walking at Alapocas State Park, not riding alpacas……..


Yep, it was spellcheck - did to me again as I was composing this!

Sally

p.s.  hope to see some of you on Wednesday.
Subject: Mid-Winter Bird Walk at Alapocas
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:03:55 -0500
I will be leading a mid-Winter Alpacas walk on Wednesday, Jan 21 from 8:30 to 
11:30. It is advertised as a beginner bird walk, but that is another way of 
saying we will take our time, and spend as much time as the group wants on the 
birds we come across. We start at the Blue Ball Barn parking lot (no park fee) 
by Rt 202 and walk down to the Brandywine, seeing field and forest and river 
edge. Today the cliff’s waterfall was frozen, making an incredible sight for 
Northern Delaware. 


At the moment, the weather forecast calls for a light mix of rain and snow. 
That would not be enough to stop me. I will post tomorrow evening to confirm or 
cancel, and if it is a truly rainy day I will cancel early on Wednesday. 


Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Sora out of the question for January?
From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:45:02 -0500
I was at Bombay Hook today on the Boardwalk trail and as I passed over the 
bridge at the "Pond (brackish)" (as described on the map), I heard a bird 
"shriek" - best word for it. I turned to look and got a quick glimpse of a 
small bird - probably about the size of my hand, short wings - and I was left 
with the impression of a dark, almost black, back with white spots. 

 
I got home and looked at rails and herons on Cornell's site and the sound that 
was closest was the Sora "whinny" sound. 

 
Then, I looked at the Refuge's bird list and they are not even listed for 
winter. 

 
Anyone have any ideas?
 
Side note - did see a great horned owl near the Shearness Tower.
 
thanks,
 
Kyle
 

 		 	   		  
Subject: DOS CBC Chili Party, 1/21/2015
From: Holly Merker <hcybelle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:03:40 -0500
Hello Delaware Birders,
It's that time of year when all are invited to come out and share a meal,
drinks, and good conversation at the annual DOS Delaware CBC Report Meeting!
The gig is:
this Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6:30pm at Ashland Nature Center.

Remember, you do not have to have been a participant in the CBCs to come
join the fun of the evening!

If you are thinking of bringing some chili to share (soup is fine, too, if
chili is not your thing), please RSVP to me what you are bringing:
HCybelle AT gmail.com
                        (you are not required to bring any food to attend)

Hope to see you there!
Cheers~
Holly Merker

-- 
*Holly Cybelle Merker*
*Downingtown, PA*
*HCybelle AT gmail.com *
Subject: Paulo Boute to speak at DVOC on January 22
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:11:14 -0500
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday January 22 at 
the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the 
program "Birding in Brazil" by Paulo Boute. 


All who have an interest are invited to attend; the program is free with no 
admission charged. Club meetings will begin at 7:30PM and are held at the 
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 
19103. A pre-meeting dinner takes place at Asia on the Parkway, not far from 
the Academy. More details and directions to the Academy and Asia on the Parkway 
can be found on the DVOC website: http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm 


Paulo Boute and Birding in Brazil: 

Paulo Boute was born in a ranch near Iguassu Falls. Since a very early age he 
was, literally, in touch with the Brazilian Birds. His older brother used to 
collect birds, so Paulo often had the chance of holding those birds with his 
own hands! The back yard was full of fruit trees that attracted lots of birds: 
tanagers, thrushes and parakeets. 

Paulo's parents were great sponsors of his passion for birds. His father was 
from Russia, and his mother from Ukraine. Both kept telling him how nature in 
Brazil was special compared to their homelands. At the age of 17 years old 
Paulo Boute moved to Mato Grosso, where he started work as a tour guide in the 
Pantanal. 


Paulo became the most experienced guide for the Pantanal with almost 30 years 
of field experience. Paulo has led more than a thousand trips to the Pantanal. 
Paulo's life list for Brazil includes 1,260 Birds. Paulo has inspired others to 
follow his tracks and is very proud to have dedicated his life to preserving 
Brazil's avifauna. Paulo spends much of his time in the field; guiding tours at 
the Pantanal, Amazon/Atlantic Forest or the Brazilian Northeast. When he is not 
guiding tours, he teaches birdwatching and presents lectures, his most recent 
lecture was at the distant Brazilian state of Roraima. Traveling with Paulo is 
a wonderful opportunity to learn about birds and nature, and also to enjoy 
life! 




We hope to see you at this next meeting! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Lewes Block House Pond
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:56:53 -0500
This morning at the Block House pond in Lewes there were the following:
Canada Goose - many
Mallard - 8
Northern Shoveler - 20
Ring-necked Duck - 2
Hooded Merganser - 2
American Coot - 10

John Hoyt
Lewes

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Yellow headed blackbird!
From: John Bradley <johnbradley1987 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:03:37 -0500
Hello Delaware Birders:

Pardon the posting from PA residents.  But we live in Lincoln University,
just 15 minutes from the Delaware border near Jennersville Hospital.
Upon coming home a little while ago from birding Southwestern Chester
County, Beth spotted phenomenal flocks of Blackbirds in the crowns of many
trees on our property.   The lighting was perfect, and we spotted a single
male Yellow Headed Blackbird at the top of a Sycamore tree.
So if you are in the area or on the PA side of Newark,  keep your eyes open!

John and Beth Bradley
Lincoln University PA
Subject: Re: Common Redpolls
From: Patrick Millar <patrick.millar AT GMX.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:38:21 -0500
Perhaps of interest (since they're just across the bay) - Cape May is also 
reporting Redpoll: 



http://cmboviewfromthecape.blogspot.com/2015/01/week-in-review-10-16-january-2015.html 


There must be a small movement along the coast. Hopefully they make it a bit 
further inland in coming weeks. 


Patrick Millar
Southern Chester County, PA

> On Jan 17, 2015, at 5:20 AM, Michael Moore  wrote:
> 
> I read this post on the Maryland listserv. Not sure if they are referring to 
DE but it sounds like the pines at the S end of the inlet. I asked for further 
info. Is there an Indian River Inlet in Maryland? 

> 
> "Bill, Alex Gulbrandsen and I had great looks, through binoculars and scope, 
at 5 Common Redpolls while birding Indian River Inlet yesterday. They landed on 
the rocks in front of Bill and Alex for the first look. Then, having missed 
seeing the birds, I found them in the pines. There was at least one adult male 
in beautiful color. 

> A great way for me to return to birding. 
> 
> Karen Harris 
> Talbot Co, MD"
> 
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Common Redpolls
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:20:47 -0500
I read this post on the Maryland listserv. Not sure if they are referring to DE 
but it sounds like the pines at the S end of the inlet. I asked for further 
info. Is there an Indian River Inlet in Maryland? 


"Bill, Alex Gulbrandsen and I had great looks, through binoculars and scope, at 
5 Common Redpolls while birding Indian River Inlet yesterday. They landed on 
the rocks in front of Bill and Alex for the first look. Then, having missed 
seeing the birds, I found them in the pines. There was at least one adult male 
in beautiful color. 

A great way for me to return to birding. 

Karen Harris 
Talbot Co, MD"

Mike Moore
Newark, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Nice Birds today
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 01:45:33 +0000
John Hoyt, Sue Gruver, and I co-led the monthly Bird Walk at Prime Hook NWR 
this morning.  We had a total of 62 species, and nice attendance.  We had 
some notable birds. 

Along the Dike Trail, we had a GRAY CATBIRD.  We had several TREE SWALLOWS at 
Fowler Beach. We had a nice gull along Prime Hook Beach Road. It was the size 
of a Herring Gull, all white, no gray or black anywhere. It had a 
heavy pink bill with a black tip, and pink legs. We feel this was 
a GLAUCOUS GULL. 

  
Later, Sue and I went to the Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant, where we 
saw a BLACK-HEADED GULL. 

  
Sharon Lynn 
Rehoboth Beach 
Subject: DOS Head Start Field Trip Results
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:34:29 -0500
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, I led the DOS Head Start Field Trip.   When 
I left that day it was 10 degrees at 'the Park and Ride' it was 13  degrees 
and ultimately the temperature topped out at 23 degrees with a brisk  
breeze.  However, 7 participants joined me at the 'Park and Ride' and  others 
joined me along the route so we had a total of 13-14 participants at  various 
points during the trip.  The first stop was at Bombay Hook  NWR.  At the 
headquarters we got great looks at a Fox Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow. The 

impoundments were frozen so we left there and  stopped on Whitehall Neck 
Road for numerous Horned Larks, Eastern Meadowlarks,  American Pipits and one 
Lapland Longspur.  At Port Mahon Road, we did not  find the Rough-legged 
Hawk or the Snowy Owl. We missed the  Loggerhead Shrike at the Dover Air Force 
Base and also missed the  shorebirds and gulls at Fowler Beach and Prime 
Hook Road as all of the  impoundments were frozen, so we moved on to Indian 
River Inlet.  
 
There, the Harlequin Duck, all three Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Purple  
Sandpipers, both Loons and Red-breasted Mergansers were seen by  all.  An 
Orange-crowned Warbler and a Palm Warbler were seen just  before the Marina on 
the north side of the inlet.  At Cape Henlopen Point  at the state park, we 
got great looks at a Snowy Owl but missed the Snow  Bunting.  Finally, after 
a quick unsuccessful look for the Loggerhead  Shrike, we  joined several 
photographers looking for the Snowy Owl,  but no Snowy or Short-eared Owls.  
However, we had spectacular  looks a Barn Owl as it hunted in the marsh only 
100 feet away in good  light.  After a few minutes it appeared to make a dive 
for prey and  disappeared in the marsh grass to end the trip..  
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware
 
 
Subject: Saturday Seawatch at Indian River Inlet
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:27:26 -0500
The DOS - Sussex Bird Club Seawatch will be held this Saturday from 8 am to
Noon from the Southeast Day Area at Delaware Seashore State Park (that's
the south side of the inlet).  With luck we should see Harlequin Duck,
Common Eider, Razorbill and assorted gulls among the more common sea ducks,
loons and other sea birds.  Join us for the whole 4 hours or any portion of
that time period.  Hope to see you there.

Chris Bennett and Anthony Gonzon
Subject: DOS January Meeting- Chili Night - Wed. Jan. 21, 2015
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:21:26 -0500
Good Evening DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their next monthly 
meeting on Wednesday, the 21st of January, our Annual Chili Night and CBC 
Wrap-up and Review. PLEASE NOTE the earlier start time of 6:30 for our chili 
festivities. 


DE Christmas Bird Count Reports & ANNUAL CHILI NIGHT !!

Come join us as Master MC Jim White will host the night's activities in 
reviewing the 2014 National Audubon CBC's from Delaware. Listen in as each 
Count Circle's Compiler reports on the birds, effort and surprises discovered 
during this 115th CBC, the longest running citizen science project in North 
America! It is also our traditional Chili Night and we encourage you to bring 
your favorite crock-pot chili and some fresh bread. If you plan on contributing 
your heralded chili and or bread, please contact Holly Merker at 
 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public, bring 
your appetite and grab a birding friend or two and plan on attending next 
Wednesday night, the 21st! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   January 21st Meeting

6:30 PM Chili Night - please feel free to bring chili or bread or a beverage to 
share amongst our members. 


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     

Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Port Penn Common Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:10:40 -0500
This morning I ventured out on the dyke that runs past the C+D Canal,
Augustine, and Cedar Swamp Wildlife Areas headquarters in Port Penn and
found a male Long-tailed Duck in the middle of the DE River among 200+
Canada Geese.  Much closer to shore, floating and diving near several
Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks was a lone female Common Goldeneye.
Later, on the south side road along the C+D canal near the Maryland border,
I managed to spot a Winter Wren and two female Purple Finches.  All along
that road were also a number of the common Woodpeckers, Bluebirds, C
Waxwings, RC Kinglets, common sparrows, etc.  Very birdy there today.

Rod Murray    Middletown DE
Subject: 2 Bald Eagles in Dover on Silver Lake
From: Debora A Jarrell <debiannj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:14:09 +0000
On my way to work about 3:50 pm today, I spied 2 bald eagles devouring some 
hapless bird near the Christmas tree that floats on the lake on the southbound 
side of the lake, by the bridge. 

  
Debi Jarrell 
Dover 
Subject: Re: Ring-necked Pheasants
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:46:23 +0000
There are three sites in Delaware that offer guided pheasant hunts - where pen 
raised pheasants are released prior to being hunted. One is on Dutch Neck Road 
- the source of the pheasants seen in and around 1,000 Acre Marsh. One is 
located on Edgewater Farm Road just north of Little Creek. I saw a pheasant 
there last June. The third is located near Millsboro. I'm pretty sure all of 
the pheasants we see in Delaware are escapees from these three farms and 
possibly others. 


Chris Bennett
Milford, DE

-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Rodney 
Murray 

Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 11:43 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Ring-necked Pheasants

2 male RN Pheasants were on the side of the road at the intersection of 
thorntown rd and Rt 9...my bet is that they are escapees ...RN Pheasants have 
often been seen in that vicinity over the years 


Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Weekend birding along Rte 9
From: Vince Gambal <0000009a8147fdd9-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:47:09 -0500
It's been a while since I've pisted since my email was no longer compatible 
with this site for a while. Let's see how this goes. 


Bergold Lane produced no loggerhead shrike. Even with specific directions from 
Alissa K and multiple passes at different times of the day. But I did see 
meadowlarks in good numbers in the cornfields closest to Rte 9. A nice colorful 
surprise on a cold day and in numbers like I've never seen before--a dozen or 
so in each of several flocks. 


Little Creek Wildlife Refuge was beautiful with all the ice. The ice 
concentrated hundreds of coots in a tight pack near the end of the drive me 
road. Walking beyond that dirt lot I saw a short eared owl flying in the 
distance. Farther up I flushed a bittern and juvenile black crowned night 
heron. Best view I've ever had of a bittern! 


Port Mahon was also iced in and beautiful. I thought I saw a snowy owl flying 
towards me along the road, but it turned out to be a great egret. A nice 
surprise this time of the year. In the same area a flock of a dozen bluebirds 
perched on the wired then forreged the ground below. 


Along Little Creek Road, between Rte 9 and Quaker Lane, there was a huge flock 
of horned larks right on the shoulders of both sides of the road and extending 
out into the adjacent field. Estimate 200. Nice show until a car zipped by me 
and flushed them back into the fields by the big silo. Good to see them in such 
good numbers. 


Vince Gambal
Lewes
Subject: Ring-necked Pheasants
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:43:23 -0500
2 male RN Pheasants were on the side of the road at the intersection of
thorntown rd and Rt 9...my bet is that they are escapees ...RN Pheasants
have often been seen in that vicinity over the years

Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook, NWR And Indian River Inlet, DE, January 10th, 2015
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:44:23 -0600
Briton Parker and I were able to get to Delaware yesterday on a very cold
yet sunny day. Most of the water in Bombay Hook NWR was frozen but we did
see lots of raptors and passerines. Port Mahon had a few Northern Harriers
coursing the marsh but because of the ice we saw no shorebirds or
waterfowl. The Indian River Outlet at Bethany Beach had lots of waterfowl
and sandpipers and we were able to get some very nice pictures. To see the
Photo Study and a list of the species seen, please click on the following
link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookJan10th_15/DelawarBirdsJan10th_15.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 9th, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:23:42 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 9, 2015
* DEST1501.09
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose 
Brant
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
SORA
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer 
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock
LITTLE GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Razorbill
DOVEKIE
Great Horned Owl
SNOWY OWL
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet Owl
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Sedge Wren 
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
Common Yellowthroat
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Nelson Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Rusty Blackbird 
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 9, 2015
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, January 9th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This is some crazy weather! It went for 66
degrees on Sunday to 8 degrees yesterday. The unofficial Delaware annual
list annual list increased to 167 species this week.

The hot spot for rare birds in Delaware continues to be Indian River Inlet,
where a DOVEKIE was found on Saturday. That bird came into the inlet with
the incoming tide to the delight of multiple birders on the Rehoboth
Christmas Count. The DOVEKIE swam up to the jetty, climbed up and
disappeared into the rocks never to be seen again! Also reported at the
inlet were RAZORBILL and the continuing young drake HARLEQUIN DUCK. The
LONG-TAILED DUCK flock reached 150 birds. All three species of SCOTER,
including 200 SURF, 20 BLACK and a single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were also
reported. The large flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS at the
inlet included a LITTLE GULL and two BLACK-HEADED GULLS. A COMMON TERN, rare
in Delaware during the winter, was also seen. Several LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS were also seen on the beach! Also reported were RED-THROATED and
COMMON LOONS, HORNED GREBE, BRANT, GREAT CORMORANT, and NORTHERN GANNET.
RUDDY TURNSTONE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, and SANDERLING were found on the jetty.

Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a NASHVILLE WARBLER were found in the brush
by the Center for Inland Bays, along the road to the North Marina at Indian
River Inlet. This is located across from the green dumpster at the park
maintenance building on the south side of the road. Also reported was the
dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Delaware Seashore State Park south of Dewey
Beach this bird was seen at the Conquest Road parking area.

SNOWY OWLS continue be seen at Port Mahon this week. Only one SNOWY was seen
sitting in the marsh from the fishing pier, but later moved to the back end
of the marsh by the tree line. Later in the week, the OWL was seen at the
field before you come to the tank farms on the Port Mahon Road. SHORT-EARED
OWL was also seen flying out over marsh. PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be
seen at the navigation tower at the second pier. An immature COOPER'S HAWK
was also reported at the old wharf. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on
the old breakwater. BLACK SCOTER was seen at the mouth of the Mahon River.
AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET were reported in the marsh, along with
CLAPPER RAIL, MARSH WREN, SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW.

The previous reported LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues to be seen at Bergdoll
Road, opposite Dover Air Force Base along Route 9. SHORT-EARED OWL was also
seen, along with PEREGRINE FALCON. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was also found out in
the field. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found coming to a feeder near
Magnolia this week. Unfortunately this bird is on private property and not
accessible to the public. 

In northern Delaware, we have bad news. The previously reported RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD in Brandywine Hundred was last seen on Wednesday and now
considered MIA. That bird was at the home of Alissa Kegelman, who we'd like
to thank as a fellow birder and host. Hopefully the little guy took off for
warmer climates with her shiny new ankle bracelet. 

Also in northern Delaware, good news is that a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
reported among the flock of redwings and grackles at School Bell Road in
Bear off US Route 40. The blackbirds frequent the uncut corn field, which
you can view from the parking lot of the Union United Methodist Church on
School Bell Rd. NORTHERN HARRIER and RED-TAILED HAWK have also been seen
scaring birds in the area. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was reported coming to a
feeder at a house off School Bell Rd. Another BLAVCK-Cap was reported in
Newark off Paper Mill Rd.

Back downstate, a EURASIAN WIDGEON was found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near
Fenwick Island. Waterfowl found there included 75 AMERICAN WIGEON, 150
GADWALL, 20 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 30 AMERICAN COOT. Also reported by the
observation tower were several VIRGINIA RAIL and a SORA. Two PIED-BILLED
GREBES were seen along the creek, along with a flushed AMERICAN WOODCOCK. A
late GREEN HERON was found at the Muddy Run Track of Assawoman off Double
Bridge Road. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and PINE WARBLER was also found at
Assawoman.

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach continues to have good numbers of waterfowl.
Peak counts this week included 200 CANVASBACK, 100 RUDDY DUCK, 20 HOODED
MERGANSER, plus NORTHERN SHOVELER and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The only REDHEAD
reported was one along Indian River at Oak Orchard near Millsboro. Wolfe's
Neck Sewage Treatment Plant had a BLACK-HEADED GULL on Monday along with
NORTHERN SHOVELER. 10 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen in the fields around the
facility. TREE SWALLOW and BROWN THRASHER were found on Long Neck near
Millsboro at the Merion Okie Preserve

RAZORBILLS were found at Cape Henlopen State Park on Sunday. One was seen at
the point, and three were seen flying past the swimming beach. Cape Henlopen
also had a tremendous NORTHERN GANNET show on Sunday, with almost 2000 birds
seen moving along the coast offshore. 200 SURF SCOTERS were counted at Cape
Henlopen, along with 10 BLACK SCOTER, LONGTAILED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Two CACKLING GEESE were seen in a flock of SNOW
GEESE flying over the fishing pier. A flock of 75 SNOW BUNTINGS was found at
The Point, along with a few SAVANNAH SPARROWS. A SEDGE WREN was found by the
Salt Marsh Spur Nature Trail, along with VIRGINIA RAIL. GRAY CATBIRD was
found in the brush by Fort Miles. The park also had record numbers of
nuthatch this year, with 104 BROWN-HEADED, 7 RED-BREASTED, and7
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. 20 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen on the ballfield. A
CHIPPING SPARROW was found in Lewes.

Birds reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton included a
flock of 50 AMERICAN AVOCETS found at Broadkill Marsh on Sunday, along with
4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 18 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and 6 FORSTER'S TERNS. Broadkill
impoundment had CACKLING GOOSE, SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, and RED BREASTED
MERGANSER. A ROUGH LEGGED HAWK and 2 BLUE-WINGED TEALS were also reported at
Prime Hook. AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, KILLDEER, and AMERICAN PIPIT were
found along Cods Road. A NELSON SPARROW was reported at Oyster Rock Road.
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were found at Prime Hook Beach Road. WOOD DUCK was
found by Turkle's Pond along with 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Four PILEATED
WOODPECKERS were also found in the pinelands.

Winter Finch numbers were not widely reported this week. PINE SISKINS were
found only at Cape Henlopen State Park and Indian River Inlet. PURPLE
FINCHES were widely disseminated, reported at Cape Henlopen Seaside Nature
Center, Portsville near Laurel, and at Augustine Creek near Port Penn.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at the feeder in Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were found along the
dike road at the refuge. A single GREATER YELLOWLEGS was the only shorebird
reported, as the ponds begin to freeze up. Waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN,
HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. A good variety of raptors were seen
including BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and KESTREL. BLACK
CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 

A SAW-WHET OWL was reported at the Baxter Track in Augustine Creek Wildlife
Area along Route 9 south of Port Penn. GREAT HORNED OWL is also nesting
close by along Vance Neck Road. LONG-EARED OWLS continue to be seen at
Coverdale Farm near Centerville. This is private property and arrangements
to see these birds can be made to Ashland Nature Center. Also reported at
Coverdale Farms were EASTERN PHOEBE, SAVANNAH SPARROW and EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

Several RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were reported in northern Delaware including at
Brandywine Creek State Park, ABA headquarters in Delaware City, along the
Pike Creek Golf Course, Covered Bridge Farms in Newark, and at White Clay
Creek State Park. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS seem to be increasing numbers over
the last 10 years.

Newark Reservoir had 400 SNOW GEESE flying over, plus 16 COMMON MERGANSERS.
BLACK VULTURE was also seen. A MUTE SWAN was seen along Pleasant Hill Road
in White Clay Creek State Park. Hoopes Reservoir near Greenville had
RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED
GREBE.

A flock of 15 SNOW BUNTINGS continues to be seen at the fishing point along
the Delaware River in Fort DuPont. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen at Augustine
Creek along Route 9. A BROWN THRASHER was found at Augustine Beach. Six
BUFFLEHEAD were seen on the Delaware River there. An AMERICAN KESTREL was
reported at Staves Landing Road. An EASTERN PHOEBE was reported in a
backyard near Blackbird State Forest, southeast of Townsend. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Hannah Greenberg,
Corie Irvine, Frank Meranghi, Amy O'Neil, Laura Balascio, Alex Lamoreaux,
Sarah MacLellan, Kitt Heckscher, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Mike Smith,
Randy Murphy, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, John Long, Bill Chambers,
Bruce Dudek, Jacob Barkett, Michael Bowen, Kelly Nunn, Mike Rosengarten,
Joel Martin, Alissa Kegelman, Anthony Gonzon , Chris Rowe,  Hugh McGuinness,
Patrick Newcombe, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Alan Kneidel, Taj
Schottland, Tim Schreckengost, Brian McCaffrey, Rod Murray, Jeff Gordon,
Sally O'Byrne, Holly Merker, Jim White, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Brian
Henderson, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs
your sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:57:58 -0500
Joe Russell and I found the Yellow-headed Blackbird again this morning 
along School Bell Road.

On 1/8/2015 9:29 AM, Christopher Heckscher wrote:
> The large blackbird flock has re-assembled along School Bell Road in Bear 
(unfortunately, it has also re-assembled at my feeders!). This morning I had a 
single Yellow-headed Blackbird in the field directly across the street from the 
church and School Bell Academy. A male harrier was buzzing the crowd which 
helped kick the group up a few times, as most of the corn there remains uncut. 
Now if I could just get that blackbird to take safflower.... 

>
> Kitt Heckscher
> Newark
>
>
Subject: Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:09:30 +0000
Chris Bennett pointed out that I forgot to mention age and sex. The bird I saw 
was an adult male perched near the road and right in the sun. I am convinced if 
I had my camera handy, I would have never seen the bird ;) 


Kitt Heckscher
Newark
Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Bear NCCO
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:29:51 +0000
The large blackbird flock has re-assembled along School Bell Road in Bear 
(unfortunately, it has also re-assembled at my feeders!). This morning I had a 
single Yellow-headed Blackbird in the field directly across the street from the 
church and School Bell Academy. A male harrier was buzzing the crowd which 
helped kick the group up a few times, as most of the corn there remains uncut. 
Now if I could just get that blackbird to take safflower.... 


Kitt Heckscher
Newark  
Subject: eBird Hotspots at Port Mahon Rd. consolidated
From: Michael Bowen <00000093c811ac57-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:05:23 -0500
Hi Delaware birders.

Joe Sebastiani pointed out to me that there have been two different 
eBird Hotspots along Port Mahon Rd. in Kent County, and that both 
have had many checklists associated with them.  Joe and I agreed that 
since most birders bird the whole road up to the turnaround/dead end, 
there is no need to have two Hotspots -- one will suffice.

I  have now merged the two Hotspots together into a single Hotspot 
called "Port Mahon Rd."  If you have birded here and used eBird, you 
will find that your checklists now belong to this single Hotspot no 
matter which of the two original Hotspots you used to record 
sightings. If you use Explore Data and then Explore Hotspots in eBird 
you will see that the consolidated Hotspot has 901 checklists 
associated with it, representing an impressive 231 species.

If you have questions about this Hotspot or any Hotspot in Delaware, 
please let me know at dhmbowen AT yahoo.com. Also, feel free to suggest 
a better name for a Hotspot or let me know if the positioning of a 
Hotspot is incorrect.  Thanks.

Michael Bowen
Bethesda, Maryland
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia



D.H. Michael Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, MD  20817
Telephone: (301) 530-5764
e-mail:  dhmbowenATyahooDOTcom
Subject: Preliminary Cape Henlopen CBC Results
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 07:07:40 -0500
On Sunday, January 4, 2015. the Cape Henlopen-Prime Hook CBC was run.   
About 40 people participated.  They were met by a wet, foggy morning with  
20-30 mph SW winds that made birding tough. Fortunately, the rain ended early 

and though the wind continued it was very warm, 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit  
and the boat to the jetties and icebreakers went out as scheduled.
 
Even though conditions in the field were trying at best, the total number  
of species recorded was 143 with one area still out.  The highlights  were 5 
Ross's Geese, 4 Cackling Geese, 2 Blue-winged Teal, a  Rough-legged Hawk, 
American Avocets, Long-billed Dowitchers, a Western  Sandpiper, a Little 
Gull, a Black-headed Gull, a Glaucous Gull, 4  Razorbills, 7 Owls (no Snowy), 
all 5 common wrens, Nelson's Sparrow, Lincoln's  Sparrow, Purple Finches and 
Pine Siskins.  
 
Many half-hardy species like Common Yellowthroats, Palm Wablers and Eastern 
 Phoebes were absent as both Wild Turkey and Northern Bobwhite.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware  
 
Subject: DVOC Annual Members Meeting - 8 Jan 2015
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 17:10:03 -0500
Happy New Year Birders!

The DVOC Annual Members Meeting will take place this Thursday January 8th at 
Jenkins Arboretum, with a snow date arranged for the next week if the weather 
forces a cancellation. All who have an interest in birds are invited to attend. 
The Annual Members Meeting is usually a favorite for DVOC members and guests, 
remembered fondly for the snacks and drinks arranged by President Phil Witmer 
and Membership Chairperson Bonnie Witmer as well as for the short historical 
talks presented by Treasurer and Archivist Bert Filemyr. We hope as many 
members as possible will attend, but I would also stress that membership is not 
required to attend this meeting of the DVOC (or any other). The evening's 
program is free and there is no admission charged. 


The annual meeting begins at 7:30PM and will feature the election of DVOC 
Officers and Council Members for 2015, election of Fellows and Honorary 
Members, reports by the Treasurer and Trustees, and other matters of interest. 
Afterwards, Bert Filemyr will present a short program on one of the founders of 
the DVOC: Spencer Trotter. The club then adjourns for socializing, drinks and 
snacks. 


This year, the Annual Members Meeting will again be held at Jenkins Arboretum, 
631 Berwyn Baptist Rd, Devon, PA 19333. 


A link to directions to Jenkins Arboretum can be found here: 
http://www.jenkinsarboretum.org/docs/permanent/directions_to_jenkins.pdf

More information is also available on the DVOC Website: 
http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2015/Programs2015.htm



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Cape Henlopen 1/4/15
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:33:49 -0500
Greetings everybody, 
I did the Cape for Frank Rohbacher's CBC yesterday. Joined by Sharon Lynn
(without clipboard), Chris Rowe, Hugh McGuinness, and Patrick Newcombe, we
totaled 76 species, a little above average. The best was an awesome Gannet
show along the coast. We had a combined total of 1930 Gannets!  I had 300
sitting on the water off Herring Point in the morning, Hugh counted 1400
flying past the swimming beach, Sharon and Chris had big flocks flying past
the point. Four Razorbills were seen, at the point and off the swimming
beach.  We also had almost 200 Surf Scoters, but only 8 Black scoters and no
White-wings. Good numbers of Red-throated Loons, plus 3 Oldsquaw and 2
Greater Scaup. There were 2 species new to the area, 2 Cackling Geese in a
flock of snow geese going over and 5 Shovelers flying over. 5 Lesser
Black-backed Gulls were found.

We had a record count of 104 Brown-headed Nuthatches! There were flocks
everywhere, plus 7 White-breasted Nuthatch and 7 Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Other dickey birds included 116 Chickadees and 35 Titmice, plus Carolina and
Winter Wren, both Kinglets, Brown Creepers, Bluebird and Hermit Thrush.
Highlights included a Sedge Wren in the marsh by the Salt Marsh spur trail,
Pine siskins, and Snow buntings. The feeding station by the nature center
had seed but construction has scared away the birds. Savannah Sparrows were
found at the point, but none could be turned into an Ipswich. 

Weather was incredible warm but blustery. There were 20-30 surfers at
Herring Point, Cowabunga !

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Re: Port Mahon - Snowy Owl
From: Marylou Atwell <matwellx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:35:52 -0500
Thanks Marcy!


On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 8:20 AM, Marcy Stutzman 
wrote:

> 20150105, 8:15am:  Dave Brenneman is at Port Mahon to take pictures of the
> Snowy Owls. He asked me to pass this along:  On the road into Port Mahon
> before reaching the bay, there is a path to an old/dilapidated photo blind
> that overlooks the big pond.  Stop at the path to the blind, but look left
> towards the marsh about 45 degrees. There is one Snowy Owl within view.
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD
>
Subject: Re: back yard bird list on ebird
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:06:01 +0000
I should have mentioned that anyone that would rather not use eBird can email 
their annual yard list to me at the end of the year, and you can participate 
that way. As others have said, eBird is really easy to use once you get the 
hang of it, and we encourage it. Enjoy the backyard birding! Joe 




-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of susan ruth 
marengo 

Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 1:25 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] back yard bird list on ebird

Hi

I put my yard on ebird. Usually i see the bird and go in and write it down on a 
5x7 card. 


Am I missing something here - it looks like i need lots of documentation (time, 
date, who with, why in yard, how long in yard, was i explaining to kids that 
pogo sticks + trampolines are not a good combination, etc -- 


It seem like all the boxes are starred / required --

Am i making this too complicated, clicking on the wrong tab, or just being lazy 
(always a possibility) 


Thanks much -- appreciate your outlining the "rules" for seeing/hearing -- that 
helps. 


susan ruth
Subject: Port Mahon - Snowy Owl
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT NETSCAPE.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:20:35 -0500
20150105, 8:15am: Dave Brenneman is at Port Mahon to take pictures of the Snowy 
Owls. He asked me to pass this along: On the road into Port Mahon before 
reaching the bay, there is a path to an old/dilapidated photo blind that 
overlooks the big pond. Stop at the path to the blind, but look left towards 
the marsh about 45 degrees. There is one Snowy Owl within view. 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD
Subject: Correction: Loggerhead Shrike at Bergold Lane
From: Alissa Kegelman <alissakegelman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 18:49:05 -0500
Correction: 
I meant to post the previously reported Loggerhead Shrike was seen today on 
Bergold Ln. (not Northern ) 

Sorry for the mistake.
Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Alissa Kegelman <alissakegelman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:16:08 -0500
The previously seen Northern Shrike was found again today on Bergold Rd. in the 
field opposite the DAFB 

hoop house/chain link fence. I saw it first perched on the power line then it 
flew down to hawk insects and went back to perch on cattails. Heard calling a 
noisy rattle and sharp call. Photos taken. 

Subject: American Tree Sparrows
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:33:55 -0500
      This morning at Bombay Hook, two American Tree Sparrows were found in
the scrub along the road just beyond the spot where the Night-Herons roost
at Bear Swamp.   They were foraging with a few Song Sparrows, one Field
Sparrow, and a few Chipping Sparrows.

Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: Continuing Rarities at Indian Inlet
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:08:52 -0500
Happy New Year DE Birders!

At 7:50 AM this morning (Saturday, 01/03/15), Dennis and I saw the dark
morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK perched on a powerline north of the Keybox Road
Beach Access. Jim White's CBC team were on the bird as we pulled up.

From the handicapped fishing pier nearest to the north side parking lot of
Indian River Inlet, there was a large flock of Bonaparte's Gull that
contained  one adult BLACK-HEADED GULL. The BHGU that was conveniently
resting on the water (some 20 meters away).

This gull flock dispersed and began heading out to sea. Around that same
time, Frank Rohrbacher reported seeing a LITTLE GULL off the South Jetty.
However, the LIGU soon departed, and we were never able to see it.

Later on the South Jetty, we met Mike Bowen and his companion Ann. All of
us enjoyed excellent views of the 1st year HARLEQUIN DUCK that hauled out
the water and stood on the North Jetty. Other birds seen by the four of US
included FORSTER'S TERN, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF
SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
BUFFLEHEAD, DC CORMORANT, GREAT CORMORANT -1, and BOAT TAILED GRACKLE. We
also the BLACk-HEADED GULL flying upriver.

After Mike Bowen informed us where he had found an Orange-crowned Warbler
yesterday, Dennis and I drove over to the marina and parked by the
dumpsters t(located across the street from the Center of Inland Harbors).
After working the coastal scrub for ten minutes, we successfully relocated
the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. This bird was practically in the exact spot
where Mike had seen it yesterday. Thanks to Mike, Dennis and I had our
first DE state lifer of the new year.

On our return drive northward, we saw an adult PEREGRINE FALCON perched on
a seawatch tower on the southern city limits of Dewey Beach.

Good birding to all in 2015,

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 2nd, 2015
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:18:29 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 2, 2015
* DEST1501.02
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Osprey
Bald Eagle
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
Red-shouldered Hawk
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
Virginia Rail
Sora
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
LITTLE GULL
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Forster's Tern
Eurasian Collared Dove
SNOWY OWL 
Barred Owl
Long Eared Owl
Short-Eared Owl
Saw-Whet Owl
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Pheobe
Tree Swallow
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 2, 2015
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, January 2nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. Happy New Years to everybody out there and
enjoy starting those Big Years! The unofficial Delaware annual list is
starting at 146 species this week.

Indian River Inlet has been inundated with GULLS this week. Over 1000
BONAPARTE'S GULLS have been seen feeding in the inlet. Among the gulls has
also been seen the dainty LITTLE GULL, plus BLACK-HEADED GULL. 3 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported on the beach. The first year drake
HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen. COMMON EIDERS continue to be seen
intermittently. Also reported have been LONG-TAILED DUCKS, BLACK and SURF
SCOTERS, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and BUFFLEHEAD. PURPLE SANDPIPER,
SANDERLING, and RUDDY TURNSTONE have been seen on the jetty along with GREAT
CORMORANT. RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON plus NORTHERN GANNET have been seen
offshore.

A dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported north of Indian River Inlet at
Delaware Seashore State Park by Key Box Road. A MERLIN was also seen.
GREATER YELLOWLEGS and GREAT HORNED OWL were seen at Burton's Island. Silver
Lake in Rehoboth Beach had 200 CANVASBACK, 100 RUDDY DUCKS, and 10 HOODED
MERGANSERS. A SEDGE WREN was found at Thompson's Island, plus WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCH. A ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed Mulberry Knoll Road among the
flock SNOW GEESE near Old Landing in Rehoboth Beach.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island.
MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, and lots of GADWALL were found there. Landbirds
included BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, WINTER WREN, and HERMIT THRUSH.
A pair of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES were seen in Selbyville on the roof of the
public library at McCabe and Main Street.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was reported at Bower's Beach. This might be the same bird
that was previously reported at Fowler's Beach. Also reported at Fowler's
were 4 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Some more birds from Prime Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Milton included 14 REDHEAD plus CANVASBACK, HOODED
MERGANSER, and AMERICAN WIGEON at Prime Hook Beach Road. Two OSPREY were
also seen. Shorebirds seen included 28 AMERICAN AVOCETS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
hundreds of DUNLIN, and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. GREAT EGRET was seen at
Prime Hook headquarters along with 18 TREE SWALLOWS. HORNED GREBE and
RED-THROATED LOON were seen off Broadkill Beach along with GREATER SCAUP,
SURF and BLACK SCOTER, plus over 200 RUDDY DUCK.

Seven WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS with BLACK and SURF SCOTER were seen at Cape
Henlopen State Park. A flock of 120 SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at The Point.
Also reported were RED-THROATED LOON, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and BRANT.
BROWN-HEADED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were found at the campground. Also
reported was AMERICAN BITTERN. A CHIPPING SPARROW was reported at a feeder
along Pilottown road.

CHIPPING SPARROW was also reported near Georgetown along with BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH plus PURPLE
FINCH is coming to a feeder near Harbleson. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and PINE
WARBLER were reported at Hitch Pond Rd., east of Seaford.

SNOWY OWL was reported at Port Mahon today. A light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
has also been seen in the area. Also reported was PEREGRINE FALCON on the
navigational tower by the second pier. SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen out the
marsh. DUNLIN, RUDDY DUCK, and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were found along Port Mahon
Road. The previous reported LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues to be seen along
Bergdoll Road opposite Dover Air Force Base on Route 9.

Another SNOWY OWL was reported on a roof in South Slaughters Beach on the
Milford Christmas count. Also reported were WESTERN SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, and
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS at Mispillion Inlet. Owls found at Milford Neck
Wildlife Area on the count included SAW-WHET, LONG EARED, and BARRED OWL
along the Bennett's Pier Road. Some other birds found at Milford Neck
included SORA, VIRGINIA, and CLAPPER RAIL at Big Stone Beach. A SEDGE and
MARSH WREN was found by the wooden bridge on the Big Stone Beach Road, along
with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. An ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER plus BROWN THRASHER
was found in the dog training area off Greenhouse Road, plus RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS.

Another SNOWY OWL continues to be reported along Whitehall Neck Road near
Smyrna. The previous reported SANDHILL CRANE at Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge was last seen before Christmas. A CACKLING GOOSE was
reported on New Year's Day. Also seen were TUNDRA SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON
and HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported by the
headquarters and several BALD EAGLES continue be seen in the area.
Shorebirds included only GREATER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN. SEASIDE SPARROW and
CANVASBACK were reported out in the marshes opposite Shearness Pool.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported by the visitor's center. Another
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported at a feeder in Cheswold

In northern Delaware, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues at a feeder in
Brandywine Hundred. That bird is at the home of Alissa Kegelman. You can
watch her feeders from the roadway in front of her house, at the
intersection with Harker and Gibson Rd. To get there from I-95, turn north
on Concord Pike (US RT 202), turn east on Murphy Rd. then turn right onto
Shipley Rd. Turn left onto Harker, just past the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Church and the stop sign at Weldin Rd. 

Four LONG-EARED OWLS also been reported on private property in Hockessin. If
you want to see these owls, please contact Jim White at the Ashland Nature
Center. A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Hoopes Reservoir, along with
RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE
and AMERICAN COOT. EASTERN PHOEBE was seen at the Red Clay Preserve. A
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was at Ashland Nature Center.  Two WOOD DUCKS were found
in Brandywine Park in downtown Wilmington. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen sitting
on the Wilmington Trust Building. 

Waterfowl at Battery Park in New Castle included 4 RUDDY DUCK, LESSER SCAUP,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, and both
DOUBLE-CRESTED and GREAT CORMORANT.  GREY CATBIRD and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
were found along the Industrial Marsh Trail in New Castle. EASTERN
MEADOWLARK and AMERICAN KESTREL were reported at Fox Point State Park.

RED SHOULDERED HAWK and BALD EAGLE were found at Reedy Point at the C& D
Canal. Also seen there was DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. A PURPLE FINCH was seen
in a yard near Port Penn. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Charlene Fortner,
Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Bob Rufe, Bob Egbert, Mike Smith, Nick
Pulcinella, Frank Rohrbacher, Armas Hill, Nancy Goggin, Clay Chianese, Cathy
French, John Long, Al Guarente, Bill Keim, Bill Chambers, Randy Murphy,
Colin Campbell, Jim and Cooper Lenhard, Michael Bowen, Kelly Nunn, Mike
Rosengarten, Joel Martin, Alissa Kegelman, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony
Gonzon , Chris Rowe,  Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Alan Kneidel, Taj Schottland,
Tim Schrenkengost, Jim and Amy White, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Brian
Henderson, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs
your sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Little Gull at Indian River - credit to Michael Bowen
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:54:21 -0500
For those who aren't on the ebirdsphere, credit goes to Michael Bowen for
first turning up that Little Gull at IRI this morning. I had it around 3:15
PM, and was shortly joined by Joe Sebastiani and Brian Henderson who saw
the bird as well.

Hope it sticks around, the Bonaparte's certainly seem to be enjoying
themselves.

Good birding,
-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: pre-Rehoboth CBC sightings -- rare gulls, harlequin, rough-legged, snowy owl report
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:40:47 -0500
DE-Birders,

On my way back into Delaware this afternoon, 1/2/14, I checked out some
coastal spots as a prelude to the stormy weekend CBCs.

Highlights included:

The 2 infamous EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES at the Selbyville Public Library
photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21148328

HARLEQUIN DUCK, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL at Indian River Inlet
photos and details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21148450

At dusk, I had the dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK from the bayside of the
Keybox Rd. Beach Access north of Indian River Inlet. It was perched on top
of a cedar before flying off. There was also a Red-tailed Hawk in the same
area.

I ran into a man that said there has been a SNOWY OWL on the beachside
north of Indian River Inlet within the last week, in the dunes and beach
fence.

-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo and AOL users
From: James Tyler Bell <00000085b810a3aa-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:22:09 +0000
Back in May, Yahoo changed a policy that basically crashed any listserv when 
either an AOL or Yahoo user posted. All AOL and Yahoo users had to be set to 
NoPost to avoid this cascade effect. Listserv implemented a fix recently and we 
wanted to be sure that it worked before making changes. Anyway, it works so now 
all Yahoo and AOL users have been set back to Post so if that was your primary 
email account, feel free to post messages to the list again! 


Tyler Bell
DE-Birds Listowner
Subject: Re: back yard bird list on ebird
From: James Tyler Bell <00000085b810a3aa-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:19:32 +0000
Sorry if the subject line was confusing. One thing leads to another. I got 
rejected and used the rejection letter with the wrong subject! 



Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland



----- Original Message -----
From: James Tyler Bell <00000085b810a3aa-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Cc: 
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2015 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Rejected posting to de-birds AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU


All of that information literally takes less than a minute to complete and is 
valuable information when researchers are comparing effort. If you don't want 
to do any of that, you can just use Incidental and not have to put effort data 
into your checklist. Otherwise, if you use eBird more often, you'll find this 
is all quite easy to input. Also, if you single click on the calendar icon, 
it'll input the current date without having to select it. Presumably your home 
location is near the top of your list of locations or perhaps your only 
location so that should be easy. 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.comCalifornia, Maryland


From: susan ruth marengo 
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2015 1:24 PM
Subject: [de-birds] back yard bird list on ebird
  
Hi

I put my yard on ebird. Usually i see the bird and go in and write it down
on a 5x7 card.

Am I missing something here - it looks like i need lots of documentation
(time, date,  who with, why in yard, how long in yard, was i explaining to
kids that  pogo sticks +  trampolines are not a good combination, etc --

It seem like all the boxes are starred / required --

Am i making this too complicated, clicking on the wrong tab, or just being
lazy (always a possibility)

Thanks much -- appreciate your outlining the "rules" for seeing/hearing --
that helps.

susan ruth
Subject: Re: Rejected posting to de-birds@LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
From: James Tyler Bell <00000085b810a3aa-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:42:44 +0000
All of that information literally takes less than a minute to complete and is 
valuable information when researchers are comparing effort. If you don't want 
to do any of that, you can just use Incidental and not have to put effort data 
into your checklist. Otherwise, if you use eBird more often, you'll find this 
is all quite easy to input. Also, if you single click on the calendar icon, 
it'll input the current date without having to select it. Presumably your home 
location is near the top of your list of locations or perhaps your only 
location so that should be easy. 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.comCalifornia, Maryland


From: susan ruth marengo 
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2015 1:24 PM
Subject: [de-birds] back yard bird list on ebird
  
Hi

I put my yard on ebird. Usually i see the bird and go in and write it down
on a 5x7 card.

Am I missing something here - it looks like i need lots of documentation
(time, date,  who with, why in yard, how long in yard, was i explaining to
kids that  pogo sticks +  trampolines are not a good combination, etc --

It seem like all the boxes are starred / required --

Am i making this too complicated, clicking on the wrong tab, or just being
lazy (always a possibility)

Thanks much -- appreciate your outlining the "rules" for seeing/hearing --
that helps.

susan ruth
Subject: Re: back yard bird list on ebird
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:29:03 -0500
Can you be more specific with your question? I have no idea what you are
really asking. In general, I find e-bird very easy to use.

Hugh

On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 1:24 PM, susan ruth marengo 
wrote:

> Hi
>
> I put my yard on ebird. Usually i see the bird and go in and write it down
> on a 5x7 card.
>
> Am I missing something here - it looks like i need lots of documentation
> (time, date,  who with, why in yard, how long in yard, was i explaining to
> kids that  pogo sticks +  trampolines are not a good combination, etc --
>
> It seem like all the boxes are starred / required --
>
> Am i making this too complicated, clicking on the wrong tab, or just being
> lazy (always a possibility)
>
> Thanks much -- appreciate your outlining the "rules" for seeing/hearing --
> that helps.
>
> susan ruth
>



-- 
Hugh McGuinness
Washington, D.C.
Subject: back yard bird list on ebird
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:24:54 -0500
Hi

I put my yard on ebird. Usually i see the bird and go in and write it down
on a 5x7 card.

Am I missing something here - it looks like i need lots of documentation
(time, date,  who with, why in yard, how long in yard, was i explaining to
kids that  pogo sticks +  trampolines are not a good combination, etc --

It seem like all the boxes are starred / required --

Am i making this too complicated, clicking on the wrong tab, or just being
lazy (always a possibility)

Thanks much -- appreciate your outlining the "rules" for seeing/hearing --
that helps.

susan ruth
Subject: more about insects, really.....
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:12:35 -0500
Last year DOS sponsored an Bird-themed art show as a celebration to end our 
50th year. It went so well, that the Wilmington Library asked us to organize 
another. This year, on the first Friday of February, I will be organizing an 
insect and spider themed art show, and there are currently 5 artists lined up 
including Harry Tiebout, Sarah Lebo, Zoe Yost, Faith Kuehn, and Charlotte 
Hartle. 


If you have work that you would like to include, please contact me ASAP. I may 
have missed asking, not knowing your skills. 


Please mark your calendar for Feb 6 to attend the opening reception. The 
reception will be open to the public and part of the Art on the Town February 
art loop. 


Sally O’Byrne
302-584-4783
Subject: DOS Backyard Birding Challenge
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:44:03 -0500
Dear Birders: I hope you enjoyed birding from the yard in 2014. A new year has 
begun, and so has the 3rd annual Delaware Backyard Birding Challenge. Our 
top-ten yard birders in 2014 are as follows: 


1. Sharon Lynn - 125 species
2. Philip Thompson - 110
3. Amy White - 107
4. B. Griffin - 99
5. Bill Stewart - 93
6. Christopher Rowe - 88
7. Joel Martin - 86
8. Sally O'Byrne - 85
9. Susan Gruver - 84
10. Desiree Narango - 81

Congratulations to our top 10 Backyard Birders! I invite any of you to write a 
short story of your backyard birding year for the Delmarva Ornithological 
Society Flyer. Please send it to me, and include a photo if you wish. 


Anyone can join us for 2015. Not all yards are created equal bird-wise, but the 
experience of birding in your yard can be rewarding and a quality way to spend 
leisure time at home. If you have participated before, you don't have to do 
anything except continue entering lists. If you are new to the competition, 
below are the rules and the instructions. Have fun and good luck birding from 
your yard! 

 1.. Any species your see or hear while you are physically in your yard counts 
towards your species total. 

  2.. Fly-overs count. (This may be how you get your best birds!)
  3.. The contest is for the calendar year of 2015.
 4.. Yards are divided into the following categories for the sake of 
comparison: (a) apartments (window and balcony birding only); (b) yards less 
than 1-acre; (c) yards 1-5 acres; and (d) yards greater than 5-acres. 

  5.. Enter your sightings into www.ebird.org.
 6.. Here is how to set up and name your yard: Go birding in your yard for the 
first time. Afterwards, visit www.ebird.org. If you don't have an account, set 
up your free personal account. Go to "Submit Observations" and find your house 
on the map. Mark that location and name your location "Your last name Yard" and 
put the letter that pertains to the size of your yard at the end. Example, my 
house would be "Sebastiani Yard C" since it is a little over 1-acre. Enter your 
sightings and submit them. Additionally, the first time you do this, you need 
to "Add Your Yard" so that ebird knows you want it to show in the "Yard 
Results" section for Delaware. Just go to the "Explore Data" tab in ebird. 
Click "Yard Totals" then click "Add a Yard", click your yard name from your 
list of locations, and save it. Your yard totals will now show in the "Yard 
Totals" section, and everyone will be able to see where your yard sightings 
rank for the year, month, and overall yard life-list total. You won't have to 
"Add Your Yard" after you do it the first time, as ebird will automatically 
update your totals! 

Joe Sebastiani
Subject: Middle Run 2014 Birding Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:10:40 -0500
Greetings DE-Birders:
I'd like to thank all of the birders who visited the Middle Run Natural Area in 
2014 and experienced the unique birding opportunities offered at this special 
place in northern Delaware. From volunteer-led walks on the Middle Run Birding 
Trail to the Fall Warbler Weekend celebration, this county park produced many 
memorable birding moments for the birding community during the course of the 
year. 

In 2014, birders contributed 400 checklists from Middle Run to the eBird 
database, documenting 177 species and adding new birds to the park list like 
Mississippi Kite, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Wild Turkey and American Bittern. The 
Spring and Fall migrations once again produced excellent songbird numbers and 
diversity, headlined by 33 species of warblers and all 10 eastern flycatcher 
species. 

For a statewide perspective, Middle Run produced the fourth-highest species 
list in Delaware for 2014, rivaled only by the venerable Big Three hotspots 
along the coast: Bombay Hook, Prime Hook, and Cape Henlopen. 

 I created a highlight video to show the wide variety of education, 
conservation, and recreational activities that took place at Middle Run in 
2014. For a challenge, try identifying all the birds you can hear singing and 
calling on the video. Click on the link to watch and listen: 
https://animoto.com/play/h36mc2tDRoNHd7U4xhCcjw 

Happy New Year and Good Birding in 2015,
Derek Stoner 		 	   		  
Subject: Cape Henlopen CBC Boat Trip - full
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:44:52 -0500
The Boat Trip during the Cape Henlopen CBC on Sunday, January 4, 2015 is  
full.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware
Subject: Milford Christmas Count
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 17:59:48 -0500
I birded the Milford count with Jim and Cooper Lenhard yesterday. We started
owling along Bennett's Pier Road. At one stop before the marsh, we had the
hoots of a Saw-whet Owl coming from scrub pines on the edge of a field. We
also had 2 Long-ears talking, the one at Big Stone Beach was very vocal,
plus a Barred Owl. We ended the day with 10 Screech Owls and 10 Great Horns.
These woods always has a very high concentration of Strigiformes. At sunrise
we were at the wooden bridge on Big Stone Beach Road. A Sedge Wren was
calling, along with 3 Virginia Rails. Suddenly, a Sora called, only my
second ever on a Christmas count. We had a 3 Marsh Wren by the Big Stone
Beach pond.

 There were huge rafts of sea and bay ducks off Big Stone, mostly Greater
Scaup and Surf Scoters. But we also had a couple of Black Scoters,
Red-throated and Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser,
Canvasback, Bufflehead and Common Goldeneye.  An immature Bald Eagle was
sitting on the beach and several flew overhead, this is now our most common
hawk. We had Pileated Woodpecker and Brown-headed Nuthatch along Big Stone
Beach Road. There seem to be lots of Pileated's plus White-breasted
Nuthatches this year.  At one point, we had an adult Bald Eagle with a
Pileated Woodpecker in the same tree along Old Baptist Church Creek . The
red crest of the Pileated contrasted nicely with the white head of the
eagle. You don't see those two species together very often!

The great thing about Christmas counts is you explore new areas. I was
walking along Gobbler Lane, and approached a farmhouse that had a large nut
tree in the back yard. Woodpeckers and dickey birds were flying in to cache
the fruit, including a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The homeowner came out,
said the tree was a Pecan, "gets hundreds of birds in the tree". The
woodpeckers were going nuts for nuts, I want one for my back yard! Went to
Greenhouse Rd hunting area, had 6 calling Clapper Rails and a Sedge Wren
right at our feet! We were looking at a flock of Field Sparrows when out
popped an Orange-crowned Warbler! When trying to get better looks at the
Orange-crown, a Brown Thrasher popped up - the double whammy! We had 4 Rusty
Blackbirds along Big Stone Beach Rd at Beaverdam Branch. Kitt Heckscher
added 3 more species to our area, making a total of 93! Here's our list: 

Milford Neck WMA, Kent, US-DE
Dec 28, 2014 4:45 AM - 4:30 PM
35.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Milford CBC Area D/1, covering Bennett's Pier to Big Stone
Beach. w/ Jim Lenhard and Cooper Lenhard
90 species

Snow Goose  3123
Canada Goose  65
Tundra Swan - added by Kitt
Gadwall  18
American Wigeon  8
American Black Duck  80
Mallard  12
Northern Shoveler  5
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  92
Canvasback  1
Greater Scaup  170
Surf Scoter  377
Black Scoter  8
Bufflehead  4
Common Goldeneye  1
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Red-throated Loon  11     lots of loons off Big Stone Beach today
Common Loon  1
Horned Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  26
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  92
Northern Harrier  6
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Clapper Rail  7
Virginia Rail  3
Sora  1     at the wooden bridge at Big Stone Beach
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Dunlin 450 added by Kitt
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  64
Herring Gull  48
Great Black-backed Gull  13
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  72
Eastern Screech-Owl  10
Great Horned Owl  10     
Barred Owl  1
Long-eared Owl  2     Heard calling, 1 at Bennett's Pier and 1 at Big Stone
Beach
Northern Saw-whet Owl  1     calling it's bell like-toot call along
Bennett's Pier road
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  14
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  11
Pileated Woodpecker  5     Seem to be everywhere this year, in pines along
coast and inland. 
American Kestrel  2
Blue Jay  27
American Crow  14
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  28
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown-headed Nuthatch  8     in pines along Big Stone Beach Road
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Sedge Wren  2     one at wooden bridge along Big Stone Beach Rd, one in
marsh off Greenhouse Rd, good looks!
Marsh Wren  3
Carolina Wren  18
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  20
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  420
Brown Thrasher  1     hunting area off Greenhouse Rd
Northern Mockingbird  14
European Starling  70
American Pipit  45
Cedar Waxwing 38 added by Kitt
Orange-crowned Warbler  1     seen in brush at first circle at hunting area
off Greenhouse Rd. Great looks!
Yellow-rumped Warbler  29
Eastern Towhee  9
Field Sparrow  12
Savannah Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  101     
Swamp Sparrow  32
White-throated Sparrow  194
Dark-eyed Junco  73
Northern Cardinal  44
Red-winged Blackbird  890
Rusty Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  135
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  45
American Goldfinch  24
House Sparrow  3

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Re: Glaucous Gull
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:20:10 -0500
Hi Jeff
 
Yesterday, Bruce Peterjohn, Ed Sigda, Joel Marten and I were working Area C 
 of the Milford CBC at South Bowers Beach.  Just after dawn, a big  
white-winged gull flew in and Ed called out "Glaucose Gull". We all got on the 

bird, secretly thinking as you that it was an Iceland Gull, until it landed  
showing first it's wide wings, bi-colored bill and then its size when  
compared to the Herring Gull. Likely this was the same bird that you reported. 

 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware
 
 
Subject: Sussex: Little Gull at the Indian River Inlet
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:17:45 -0500
Birders,

Rob and Mike Ostrowski found a Little Gull at the Indian River Inlet this
morning.

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
Subject: Re: January 4
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:10:15 -0500
Sounds like you are referring to the Cape Henlopen CBC.

Hugh

On Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM, susan ruth marengo 
wrote:

> Good Morning
>
> I have a vague memory of a briding trip down state on January 4.  In the
> afternoon there was anoptional boat cruise($30.00). Does anyone have info
> on this??
>
> Thank you so much
>
> susan ruth
> brandywine hundred
>



-- 
Hugh McGuinness
Washington, D.C.
Subject: January 4
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:07:19 -0500
Good Morning

I have a vague memory of a briding trip down state on January 4.  In the
afternoon there was anoptional boat cruise($30.00). Does anyone have info
on this??

Thank you so much

susan ruth
brandywine hundred
Subject: Glaucous Gull
From: Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:20:15 -0500
Yesterday, my in-laws and I went down to Fowlers Beach and saw a white gull
that we thought at first was an Iceland Gull, but I am leaning toward a
Glaucous Gull. It appeared very white and seemed like a 2nd year bird.  The
only reason we thought of an Iceland was bc it seemed more obvious to
appear here. It had a two tone bill and was very white on the wings and
tail. It was sitting on the sand bar with other gulls. It did fly out
toward the open water and we couldn't relocate it. Are Glaucous gulls
common on this area?

Jeff Climie
Subject: Continuing Rarities
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 10:37:15 -0500
Today's eBird alert for Delaware contained the following reports from
yesterday by other observers:

 

The Snowy Owl continues along the entrance road to Bombay Hook.  

 

The Rufous Hummingbird continues at the feeder in Wilmington.  

 

An immature Goshawk was reported from the Headquarters at Bombay Hook.

 

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

 
Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies
(https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)

  Voices of Delaware Birds
(https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)

  Birds of the
Gilbert Water Ranch
(https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)

  AZFO Rare Bird
Photos (http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)