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Sumichrists Wren,©Sophie Webb

18 Sep Raptor Fest [joe sebastiani ]
18 Sep yard warbler [Diane Kane ]
18 Sep Red-Necked Phalarope at Fowler Beach [Sharon Lynn ]
17 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Sep 2014) 456 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Sep Sussex Bird Club Fieldtrip - Gordons Pond Trail this Saturday [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Sep Ashland Bridge OPEN [judy montgomery ]
17 Sep Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
16 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Sep 2014) 1109 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 120 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Sep Cape Henlopen (Primative Campground) [Chuck Fullmer ]
16 Sep Tuesday Birdwalk at CHSP ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
16 Sep DVOC this Thursday Sep 18 - "Birding Down Under" with Rob Hynson [Steve Kacir ]
16 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Sep 2014) 164 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Fall Warbler Weekend Recap [Derek Stoner ]
15 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 232 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Reminder: DOS September Meeting - Jeffrey Gordon Speaker - Wednesday 9/17 [Bill Stewart ]
15 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Sep 2014) 583 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Sep 2014) 24 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Sep 2014) 75 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Sep 2014) 19 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Sep RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 12th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
12 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2014) 412 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Sep Fall Warbler Weekend Schedule (September 13 and 14) [Derek Stoner ]
12 Sep Re: de-birds Digest - 10 Sep 2014 to 11 Sep 2014 (#2014-127) ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
12 Sep Re: Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14 ["Amy O'Neil" ]
12 Sep Re: Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14 [Lloyd ]
11 Sep Weekend Migration Outlook [Derek Stoner ]
11 Sep Kent Co: Red-necked Phalarope at Little Creek Wildlife Area [Tim Schreckengost ]
11 Sep Long-tailed Jaeger at Little Creek [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2014) 122 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Sep 2014) 19 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2014) 137 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Sep Flint Woods walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
10 Sep DOS September Meeting - Jeffrey Gordon Speaker - Wednesday 9/17 [Bill Stewart ]
9 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Sep 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Sep 2014) 22 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (07 Sep 2014) 53 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Sep 2014) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep Abbott's Mill - final dispatches [Jason Beale ]
9 Sep Middle Run Bird Walk e-bird checklist [Alan Kneidel ]
9 Sep Middle Run Bird Walk results, 9/9/14 [Alan Kneidel ]
9 Sep Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory's 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge [Paul Nasca ]
8 Sep Birding Milford Neck on Saturday the 13th [Derek Stoner ]
8 Sep Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14 [Derek Stoner ]
8 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Sep 2014) 16 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Sep 2014) 160 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Sep 2014) 103 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Sep Inaugural 1st World Shorebirds Day - Success! [Bill Stewart ]
6 Sep RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 5th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
5 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Sep 2014) 82 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Sep Philadelphia Vireo and Warblers at Middle Run [Derek Stoner ]
5 Sep Kent Co - White Ibis at Big Stone Beach Rd. [Tim Schreckengost ]
5 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Sep 2014) 127 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Sep Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 9/3/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
4 Sep World Shorebirds Day - this Saturday [Bill Stewart ]
3 Sep Sussex Co: White Ibis at Broadkill Marsh [Tim Schreckengost ]
3 Sep Little Creek -- Gull-billed Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes, Golden-Plovers 9/3 [Alan Kneidel ]
3 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (03 Sep 2014) 72 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Sep Flint Woods Bird Walks [joe sebastiani ]
3 Sep Delaware hawk watches have started and volunteers are welcome! ["sally o'byrne" ]
2 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (02 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (02 Sep 2014) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Sep HSR: Ashland Nature Center (01 Sep 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Sep Last Evening Heron Survey of 2014 ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
1 Sep Labor Day White-rumped Sandpipers & Black Tern [Tim Schreckengost ]
1 Sep HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 25 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
1 Sep Bombay Hook and Little Creek [Alex Wiebe ]
1 Sep shorebirds at Little Creek and Bombay Hook (9/1) [Taj Schottland ]
1 Sep Middletown Nature Area [Rodney Murray ]
31 Aug Re: Loggerhead Shrike at Charles Price Park [Tim Schreckengost ]

Subject: Raptor Fest
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:21:42 +0000
This Saturday I will be leading a raptor enjoyment and identification program 
called Raptorfest at Ashland Nature Center from 1:30pm to 4pm. It is free for 
Delaware Nature Society members and $5 for non-members. We will spend a little 
time indoors looking at taxidermy and study skins, and will learn some of the 
points of enjoying and identifying raptors through some great photography. 
After that, we'll head to the Ashland Hawk Watch to practice our skills and see 
what's flying. If you would like to attend, please call (302) 239-2334 ext. 134 
to get on the list. This is a family-friendly event. I hope to see you there, 
Joe 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
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: yard warbler
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:18:00 -0400
i had a northern parula in my hedge row in the AM.

best, diane kane


*Diane J. Kane*
*Indian Beach, DE 19971*
Subject: Red-Necked Phalarope at Fowler Beach
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:34:58 -0400
We had a nice morning for our monthly Field Trip at Prime Hook NWR. Woodland 
migrants were fairly scarce, but we did see YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, NORTHERN 
PARULA, AMERICAN REDSTART, PRAIRIE, and YELLOW WARBLER. 

At Broadkill Beach Rd, we had 5 close AMERICAN AVOCETS, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 
GREEN- WINGED TEAL. A MERLIN flew into the impoundment barely missing a peep. 

At Fowler Beach, Bill Fintel spotted a RED- NECKED PHALAROPE on the south side 
impoundment, feeding with SANDERLINGS, a WILLET, DUNLIN, and a BLACK- BELLIED 
PLOVER. CASPIAN TERNS, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and BLACK SKIMMERS were present 
along with the usual suspects. 

At the bridge by the intersection of Cods and Thirteen Curves Road, we had 3 
YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Sep 2014) 456 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:09:33 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             81             81
Bald Eagle                   7             42             43
Northern Harrier             2             26             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk          36            205            205
Cooper's Hawk                4             43             43
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             12
Broad-winged Hawk          388           2008           2009
Red-tailed Hawk              0             25             25
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10             54             54
Merlin                       0              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             12
Unknown Buteo                0             12             12
Unknown Falcon               0              9              9
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             10             10
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     456           2544           2547
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Andrew Bogush, Dan Meyer, Don Ayers, Kim Steininger,
                  Mike Gardner, Nina DePinto, Sally O'Byrne,
                  Sharon Helmerich

Visitors:
Dick Poole, Helge and Wolfgang Gunther, Pat Marshall, Walt Kinsey, Bob
Krajeski, Eric R., Gordon Fisher


Weather:
Temperature high of 23.1 C, Winds varying N and NE, full visibility all
day.

Raptor Observations:
6 Ospreys, 7 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harrier, 36 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 4
Coopers Hawks, 388 Broadwinged Hawks, 10 American Kestrel.
3 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
17 Common Nighthawks, 6 Rubythroated Hummingbirds, Black and white
warblers, Tennessee Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Pine
Warbler, Black-thraoted Green Warbler, Scarlet Tanager

Predictions:
Similar temperatures and winds as today
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Sussex Bird Club Fieldtrip - Gordons Pond Trail this Saturday
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:16:17 -0400
I will be leading a fieldtrip for the Sussex Bird Club this Saturday,
September 20 beginning at 7 am.  The trip will start in the new parking lot
at Herring Point (the southernmost point you can reach from the main
entrance to Cape Henlopen State Park).  We are starting a little earlier
than usaul to try and beat the hordes of bikers that often use the trail on
weekends.  The plan is to walk south on the new trail looking for migrating
songbirds along the first mile of trail including the boardwalk section and
then songbirds, shorebirds, marshbirds and waterbirds from the trail around
the pond.  We will walk the entire trail to the Gordons Pond Parking lot
and then walk back to Herring Point along the beach - looking for
shorebirds, gulls and terns and seabirds along the way.  The trip should
take us to at least 11 am.  The walk along the trail is on a well graded
stone dust trail and raised boardwalk.  The walk back will be along the
ocean beach.  There are portable toilets at both the Herring Point and
Gordons Pond parking lots.  The weather forecast looks really good for
Saturday.  I hope you'll be able to join me.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Ashland Bridge OPEN
From: judy montgomery <judym AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:52:10 +0000
So it's EASY to attend the .
DOS Meeting tonight
The Covered Bridge by Ashland
is now OPEN again!
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:49:33 +0000
Dear Birders, I will be leading the weekly Flint Woods Preserve bird walk 
tomorrow, starting at 8am. The preserve is located east of Centreville on 
Twaddell Mill Road. Look for the white sign. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
I hope to see you there, and it should be a good morning for migratory birds. 


By the way, Broad-wings are lifting off around the Ashland Hawk Watch as I 
write this. It should be a great day up there. 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
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: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Sep 2014) 1109 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:09:35 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             75             75
Bald Eagle                   2             35             36
Northern Harrier             8             24             24
Sharp-shinned Hawk          51            169            169
Cooper's Hawk                3             39             39
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             12
Broad-winged Hawk         1024           1620           1621
Red-tailed Hawk              2             25             25
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             44             44
Merlin                       0              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1             12             12
Unknown Buteo                2             12             12
Unknown Falcon               2              9              9
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                    1109           2088           2091
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
Thanks for all the help observing: Ron Heringslack, Joe Sebastiani, Kim
Steininger, Dan Meyer, Bob Kissell, Holly Merker, Pat Goodman, Andrew
Bogush, David Beattie. Dirk Robinson, and Sharon Helmerich!


Weather:
Temp.  high of 23.8 C, variable winds, mostly W and N, full visibility all
day.

Raptor Observations:
1,024 Broadwings!
6 Ospreys, 2 Bald Eagles, 8 Northern Harriers, 51 Sh.sh. Hawks, 3 Coopers
Hawks, 2 Red-tails, 8 American Kestrel.

1 Unid. Accipiter, 2 Unid. Buteo, 2 Unid. Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
153 Monarchs fluttered by today. 1 DC Cormorant, 1 Great Egret, 4 Canada
Goose, 16 Common Nighthawks, 6 Rubythroated Hummingbirds, 1 Black and white
warbler, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Brown Thrasher

Predictions:
Predicted to be warmer than today with stronger N,NW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2014) 120 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:09:05 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             51             51
Turkey Vulture               0            144            144
Osprey                      93           1133           1133
Bald Eagle                   7             82             82
Northern Harrier             2             23             23
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            116            116
Cooper's Hawk                1             23             23
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5            191            191
Merlin                       4             60             60
Peregrine Falcon             4             32             32
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5              5
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     120           1871           1871
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Donna Hoyt, Ed Crawford,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Ann, Donna, Ed and Alex for assisting with the count today!
Bob Strahorn, Luana Goodwin plus 25 other visitors.



Weather:
Early morning rain, partly cloudy and fog early, clearing by late morning,
temp 20-25C, vis 10-20km, NW, N winds at 6-10mph.


Raptor Observations:
Most of the flight far to the south with some migrants high overhead,
mostly ospreys moving, bald eagles, and a few kestrels, merlin and
peregrine. 
7 bald eagles: 1 juvenile, 2 immature, 2 adult, 2 unknown age.
2 resident bald eagles and 1 resident Copper's hawk.


Non-raptor Observations:
Pintail, great blue heron, pectoral sandpiper, blue-gray gnatcatcher, DC
cormorant (18).
17 Monarchs


Predictions:
Sunny, high of 72, NE wind 8-12mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Cape Henlopen (Primative Campground)
From: Chuck Fullmer <cmfullmer AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:32:16 -0400
To add to Richard's sightings this morning; I took the trail at the rear of the 
field and found these species: 

Winter Wren
Cedar Waxwing
White-eyed Vireo
Black and white Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)

Chuck Fullmer
Subject: Tuesday Birdwalk at CHSP
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:21:24 +0000
Tuesday, Sept. 16, CHSP

We had a nice walk behind the nature Center to the DE Bay after the morning 
showers past. Bird species including the following: 


Pine Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Blue Jay
Chipping Sparrow
House Sparrow
House Finch
Double-crested cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Laughing Gull 
Royal Tern
Mourning Dove


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: DVOC this Thursday Sep 18 - "Birding Down Under" with Rob Hynson
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:34:21 -0400
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) returns to its regular formal 
meeting schedule this Thursday Sep 18. The meeting features the program 
"Birding Down Under" by Rob Hynson who will be visiting the US for an all too 
brief month before returning home to the other side of the planet. Don't miss 
it! 


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 


"Birding Down Under"

Australia is a lucky country. With deserts, beautiful coasts, rain forests, 
grasslands and deep ocean, the continent provides a large diversity of habitats 
and bird life. From deep sea pelagic birding trips to the urban centers, 
opportunities for birding and exploration abound. When early settlers sent 
their collections of specimens back to Britain, many specimens were branded as 
hoaxes, such were the oddities of evolution to be found in the Australian 
frontier. Over two thirds of world's seabird species have been recorded in 
Australian waters, and the country boasts the longest banding project of 
seabirds captured at-sea. These features secure Australia's place as the 
seabird capital of the world. 


Rob Hynson: 
Rob Hynson grew up in London and started birding when he was about eight years 
old, after being inspired by birder and actor Bill Oddie of the TV series "The 
Goodies." After completing an undergraduate degree in London, Rob moved to St 
Andrews to play golf every day and work on his PhD in Biochemistry. After 
completing his PhD, he moved to Philadelphia to take up a post-doctoral 
position at Drexel University. There, Rob soon found the DVOC and joined the 
ranks of the club, with some special focus working on the DVOC Checklist 
Committee. While in Philadelphia, Rob also met his wife Carolyn MacCann, an 
Australian researcher, who was working as a postdoctoral fellow in psychology. 
Inevitably, Philadelphia's loss was Australia's gain, and Rob moved to Sydney 
with Carolyn, where they were we'd in 2011. The couple still resides in the 
Sydney area along with their son Ben. Rob has birded throughout most of Britain 
and a fair amount of the US from North Carolina to Maine on the East Coast as 
well as southern California and Michigan. Rob has visited much of the 
Australian continent and many of its islands. He has also birded in Japan, 
Antarctica and Argentina. While living in Australia, Rob discovered the camera 
and became as much a photographer as a birder. His photos can be seen on PBase: 
http://www.pbase.com/rob_hynson 



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Sep 2014) 164 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:09:08 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       9             69             69
Bald Eagle                   7             33             34
Northern Harrier             5             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk          47            118            118
Cooper's Hawk               11             36             36
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             12             12
Broad-winged Hawk           68            596            597
Red-tailed Hawk              3             23             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10             36             36
Merlin                       0              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            3             11             11
Unknown Buteo                0             10             10
Unknown Falcon               0              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7              7
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     164            979            982
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joe Sebastiani, Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Andrew Bogush, Joe Sebastiani, Kim Steininger,
                  Lauren Morgens, Mike Gardner, Nina DePinto, Sally O'Byrne

Visitors:
9


Weather:
Variable light winds.  

Raptor Observations:
BWHA movements slowed from the prior day.  Big day for SSHA.

Non-raptor Observations:
Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, 400 Tree Swallows, Brown
Thrasher, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler,
Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Fall Warbler Weekend Recap
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:15:45 -0400








Greetings DE-Birders: Over this past weekend, birders fanned out across the 
First State in pursuit of warblers and Fall migrants at prime time as part of 
the "Fall Warbler Weekend" hosted by the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS). 
Trips to Milford Neck, Middle Run, White Clay Creek, and Ashland Nature Center 
turned up plenty of interesting sightings. A brief recap of event highlights: 

 
The total number of participants (111) was just narrowly edged out the total 
number of bird species (116) observed on these walks. That's great bird 
diversity found by a multitude of skilled eyes and ears. 

The warbler species totaled 20 1/2, with the "half-species" being a Brewster's 
Warbler spotted by a group at Middle Run. This hybrid of a Golden-winged and 
Blue-winged Warbler pairing is a unique-looking specimen, and participant Sam 
Roberts documented this warbler well with his camera: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/36362366 AT N02/ The other twenty warbler species 
observed are Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow, Pine, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape 
May, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Palm, 
Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Canada, Northern Parula, American 
Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, and Common Yellowthroat. 

Thank you to all the guides for providing participants with a fine Fall 
migration birding experience at some of Delaware's finest birding locations. 
These friendly leaders-- Alan Kneidel, Anthony Gonzon, Chris Bennett, Eric 
Braun, Karen Bennett, Joe Sebastiani, Judy Montgomery, and Mason Sieges-- are 
to be commended for sharing their time and expertise with fellow birders. A 
full summary of the five field trips, with stories and photos, will be posted 
on the DOS website in coming weeks. Enjoy migration, Derek StonerDOS Outreach 
and Publicity Coordinator 

 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2014) 232 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:09:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             51             51
Turkey Vulture               8            144            144
Osprey                     117           1040           1040
Bald Eagle                  18             75             75
Northern Harrier             1             21             21
Sharp-shinned Hawk          53            112            112
Cooper's Hawk                7             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9            186            186
Merlin                       9             56             56
Peregrine Falcon             2             28             28
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4              5              5
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     232           1751           1751
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
many thanks to Kevin,Alex and Jodi for their help and 25 others


Weather:
wind N/NNW/N/NNE, 3.3-7.1 mph,temp 20-25c,humidity-50-77%,clcv 5-20%,visb
20k

Raptor Observations:
most raptors moving fairly high, many Osprey, Bald Eagles, and
Sharp-Shinned Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
12-Brown-Headed Nuthatches, Hairy Woodpecker,3 Pintails,

Predictions:
partly cloudy, high 76
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Reminder: DOS September Meeting - Jeffrey Gordon Speaker - Wednesday 9/17
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:50:18 -0400
Hello DE-Birders - a friendly reminder,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to kickoff their new program 
year next Wednesday the 17th featuring guest speaker Jeffrey Gordon, President 
of the American Birding Association. Plan to spend the evening catching up with 
old friends, welcoming new members and being thoroughly entertained by one of 
North America's most passionate and accomplished birders and a DOS Honorary 
Member. 


Jeff's presentation "Birding Together: How Birding Can Save Your Life and 
Maybe, Just Maybe, Save the World", is best described in his own words - 


"Alvaro Jaramillo has said that if golf is a good walk spoiled, then birding is 
a good walk perfected. It's such a simple, compelling, positive message. But 
that positivity is something that birders as a community have relatively rarely 
managed to convey. Why is it that with as great a "product" to sell as the 
redemptive power of a passionate curiosity about nature and belonging to 
community of of some of the most interesting, caring people anywhere, we've 
made so little traction with the wider public? I welcome you to join me for a 
celebration of the power of birding to heal and transform, not only our own 
lives but even our world." 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending next Wednesday night, the 17th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society
September 17th Meeting: - 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (IWe welcome you to bring 
some refreshments to share for our Social 1/2 hour) 


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE AS OF THIS WRITING, THE ASHLAND COVERED 
BRIDGE IS CLOSED, please explore alternative routes such as Brackenville Rd or 
Barley Mill Rd. 



Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Sep 2014) 583 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:09:26 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15             60             60
Bald Eagle                   7             26             27
Northern Harrier             1             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34             71             71
Cooper's Hawk                9             25             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             12             12
Broad-winged Hawk          494            528            529
Red-tailed Hawk              3             20             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             26             26
Merlin                       2              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1              8              8
Unknown Buteo                3             10             10
Unknown Falcon               3              7              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     583            815            818
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Bob Rufe, Bob Strahorn, Joe Sebastiani,
                  Kim Steininger, Lauren Morgens, Matt Sarver,
                  Maureen Markow, Rob Schroeder, Sharon Helmerich,
                  Taj Schottland

Visitors:
20 including 6 from the Brooklyn Bird Club.


Weather:
Beautiful and partly cloudy.  mid-70's, light N winds

Raptor Observations:
First big Broad-winged Hawk day.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Common Nighthawk,
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia
Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Bobolink.

Predictions:
Should be a good Broad-winged Hawk week.  Get to the Hawk Watch!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Sep 2014) 24 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:09:34 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             45             45
Bald Eagle                   0             19             20
Northern Harrier             1             10             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10             37             37
Cooper's Hawk                0             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk            3             34             35
Red-tailed Hawk              0             17             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             20             20
Merlin                       2              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              7              7
Unknown Falcon               1              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      24            232            235
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Hank Davis, Kim Steininger, Lana Glass, Nina DePinto,
                  Ron Sinclair

Visitors:
3


Weather:
Rain in the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
Sharp-shinned Hawks and Kestrels dominated the day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Eastern Screech-owl, Least Flycatcher, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white
Warbler, American Redstart, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler,
Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Scarlet
Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Sep 2014) 75 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:09:38 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             44             44
Bald Eagle                   2             19             20
Northern Harrier             4              9              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             27             27
Cooper's Hawk                7             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk           18             31             32
Red-tailed Hawk              6             17             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             14             14
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            5              7              7
Unknown Buteo                4              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4              4
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      75            208            211
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
6 Visitors today


Weather:
Temperature high of 23.7 C.  winds N switching to NW afer noon.  Full
visibility all day

Raptor Observations:
7 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagle, 4 Northern Harrier, 16 Sharp sh. Hawk, 7 Coopers
Hawk, 1 Red shouldered hawk, 18 Broadwings, 6 Red-tails, 2 American
Kestrels, 1 Merlin.

5 Unid. accipiter, 4 unid. buteo, 2 unid. raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Rubythroated hummingbirds, 1 Common knighthawk, 1 Canada Goose and 5 DC
Cormorants
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:09:09 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             48             48
Turkey Vulture               7            136            136
Osprey                      99            923            923
Bald Eagle                  16             57             57
Northern Harrier             4             20             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk          39             59             59
Cooper's Hawk                3             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            27            177            177
Merlin                       7             47             47
Peregrine Falcon             2             26             26
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     204           1519           1519
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Bruce Lantz, Bruce Peterjohn, Dennis Foley,
                  Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Bruce, Bruce L., Dennis, Alex and Rachel for assisting with
the count today! 
Visitors include Ruth and Doug, Jack and Lorraine, plus 52 others.



Weather:
Mostly cloudy, temp 15-20C, vis 20km, wind NE, N at 5-10mph


Raptor Observations:
Fairly steady flight very high overhead and far to the south, ospreys, bald
eagles, sharp-shinned hawks, kestrels and merlin moving through in good
numbers. 
16 bald eagles: 3 juvenile, 8 immature, 2 adult, 3 unknown age


Non-raptor Observations:
Black-bellied plover, chimney swift, cedar waxwing, great blue heron (5),
DC cormorant (150).


Predictions:
Sunny, high of 73F, N wind 5-10mph becoming E in the afternoon.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Sep 2014) 19 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:09:01 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             48             48
Turkey Vulture               0            129            129
Osprey                      14            824            824
Bald Eagle                   0             41             41
Northern Harrier             0             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             20             20
Cooper's Hawk                0             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            150            150
Merlin                       0             40             40
Peregrine Falcon             2             24             24
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      19           1315           1315
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        John Hoyt, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and John for the company and helping with the count!
18 visitors


Weather:
Overcast, temp 22-24C, vis 20km decreasing to 10km, wind ESE, SE at
5-10mph. Rain in the early afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Very slow with only a few ospreys moving and a couple of falcons. 
Several ospreys perched in the trees north of the platform and hunting the
bay. Two resident adult bald eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Black scoter, tricolored heron, great blue heron, great egret, kingfisher,
brown pelican (2), DC cormorant (37). 

Predictions:
Sunny, high of 70F, N wind 15-20mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 12th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:00:18 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* September 12, 2014
* DEST1409.12
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
BLACK RAIL
Common Gallinule
American Oystercatcher 
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Red Knot
Ruddy Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
White-Rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Dunlin
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow Throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
MOURNING WARBLER
CANADA WARBLER
Scarlet Tanager
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolink
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 12, 2014
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, September 12th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual
list annual list increased to 317 species this week. 5 species of vireo, 27
species of warbler and 30 species of shorebirds were found. 

A hotbed for shorebirds this week has been the south side of Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area off the Pickering Beach Road. A JAEGER, assumed to
be a LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen along the south bank of the west pool
yesterday. To reach this area, walk out between the two impoundments along
the dike. You can view both pools from two cane breaks, the first at the
sluice gate and the second further north. Also seen was a RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE with 8 basic plumaged WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Other highlights there
included BLACK-NECKED STILTS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, and
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Also reported were incredible numbers of 100-200 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS, plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN, STILT, and
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED KNOT, DUNLIN, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Large
numbers of Long-legged waders were seen including TRICOLORED and LITTLE BLUE
HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and an immature WHITE
IBIS last weekend. Waterfowl included GADWALL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
PEREGRINE FALCONS were also seen hunting in the area

CONNECTICUT and MOURNING WARBLERS plus PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at
Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. This area has been a hotbed for
migrants this past week, parking for the birding trail is off Possum Hollow
Rd near the entrance to Tristate Bird Rescue.  An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen
walking near Trail Marker 4 early on Tuesday morning. Several Empidonax
flycatchers were seen including YELLOW-BELLIED on Monday and LEAST
FLYCATCHER all week. A total of 26 species of warbler were reported this
week at Middle Run including BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, WORM-EATING,
CAPE MAY, BLACKBURNIAN, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, YELLOW-RUMPED, PRAIRIE, PALM,
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, plus CANADA. Also reported were WARBLING VIREO,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus BOBOLINK, with BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLE. A
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found in a yard in Newark off Paper Mill Road. Next
week should be the peak of warbler fall migration. 

An amazing BLACK RAIL was seen briefly along the Boardwalk Trail at Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A peak count of 5 MARBLED and 3
HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at Sheerness Pool. Also reported were RED KNOT
and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at Raymond Pool. Also reported were over 300
AMERICAN AVOCETS along with 100 BLACK-BELLIED and 75 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.
Other shorebirds seen included STILT, PECTORAL, WESTERN, and WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Three PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen
hunting shorebirds over Sheerness, along with MERLIN and BALD EAGLE. 75
CASPIAN TERNS were counted along with BLACK TERN and a BONAPARTE'S GULL.
TUNDRA SWAN, RUDDY DUCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL were among the waterfowl.
LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS were also
still being reported. Some warblers along Finis Pool included PARULA,
MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BLACK AND WHITE. Also
seen was ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and SCARLET TANAGER. BOBOLINKS can be seen
throughout the refuge right now.

An amazing BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was photographed at The Point at Cape
Henlopen State Park on Saturday. Other shorebirds seen at The Point included
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SEMIPALMATED and BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, RED KNOT, WESTERN WILLET, and WHITE RUMP SANDPIPER. Also seen were 8
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS with CASPIAN, ROYAL, and COMMON TERN. 11 BLACK
SCOTERS were seen off the breakwater. The Hawkwatch at Cape Henlopen had
over 375 OSPREY this week plus 18 BALD EAGLE, 40 AMERICAN KESTREL and 11
PEREGRINE FALCONS. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen from the hawk watch platform
today. Falcons were flying on Wednesday with 17 KESTREL, 8 MERLIN, and a
PEREGRINE FALCON. Also reported have been PURPLE MARTIN, BARN SWALLOW,
EASTERN KINGBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and BROWN
PELICAN.

BROWN PELICAN and COMMON TERN were seen at Indian River Inlet. A RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER was reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Also
seen there were PIED-BILLED GREBE, MUTE SWAN, plus LITTLE BLUE and GREEN
HERON. Warblers seen at James Farm Preserve on Cedar Neck included
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and MAGNOLIA.A WINTER WREN was reported at Bay Vista
near Rehoboth Beach. 

Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton had 10
BLACK TERNS, with 23 BLACK SKIMMER plus CASPIAN, ROYAL, and LEAST TERN.
Shorebirds seen there included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED and
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and RUDDY TURNSTONE. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and
AMERICAN WIGEON along with SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were also found.
Broadkill Marsh had 7 AMERICAN AVOCETS still being seen along with STILT,
LEAST, WHITE-RUMP, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, plus DUNLIN, and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER. BLACK SKIMMER was seen along with BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting overhead. WILD TURKEY was seen at the
headquarters along with a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in migration; over 200 were seen at
Newark last evening. 30 were seen at Ashland Nature Center on Wednesday.
Three NIGHTHAWKS were reported flying over Augustine Creek near Port Penn. A
BARRED OWL was also reported there. 12 NIGHTHAWKS were reported at
Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday evening. And one was seen at Cape
Henlopen State Park on Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA along with YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was also seen at Brandywine
Creek State Park on Saturday. Three SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen on the
sandbar north of Rockland Bridge. Warblers reported included BLUE-WINGED,
BLACK AND WHITE, BLACKBURNIAN, TENNESSEE, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED GREEN,
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, REDSTART, and CHESTNUT-SIDED.  

A BLACK VULTURE was seen flying over downtown Wilmington this week. Warblers
seen in a yard near Delcastle included BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, and PARULA. A
PALM WARBLER was seen at Woodland Park. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at
Flint Woods Preserve near Centerville along with OVENBIRD, PARULA, NASHVILLE
and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

Landbirds at Ashland Nature Center included WARBLING VIREO, NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. A few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS
have been reported at the Hawk Watch daily along with a total of 10 BALD
EAGLES. The best day of the week was last Sunday with 15 OSPREY, 3 BALD
EAGLE, and 5 BROAD-WINGS. Also reported have been flights of DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

A late COMMON GALLINULE was reported at Augustine Creek. LITTLE BLUE HERON
and GLOSSY IBIS are still being reported at the Port Penn impoundments along
with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and SOLITARY, LEAST and WHITE-RUMP SANDPIPER.
CASPIAN TERNS are still being seen Port Penn and Thousand Acre Marsh along
with BOBOLINK.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Nancy Cunningham,
Rachael Shapiro, Karen Bennett, Mike Bowen, Keith Maley, Robert Cucla,
Robert Klarquist, Andrew Bogush, Hannah Greenberg, Zoe Yost, Sally O'Byrne,
Maureen Markow, Chuck Brandt, David Fees, Amy and Kathleen O'Neil, Kim
Steininger, Hank Davis, Matt Boone, Jacklyn Smolinsky, Chris Rowe, Joe
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Tim
Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, Alan Kneidel and Joe
Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer
Ottinger and Will Almeida. 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: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2014) 412 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:09:56 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             48             48
Turkey Vulture              12            129            129
Osprey                     223            810            810
Bald Eagle                  19             41             41
Northern Harrier             9             16             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             19             19
Cooper's Hawk                6             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            94            148            148
Merlin                      23             40             40
Peregrine Falcon             4             22             22
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     412           1296           1296
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Diane Kane, Rachel Shaprio, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dinae, Rob, Tyler, John and Rachel for helping with the
count today!
32 visitors



Weather:
Partly cloudy skies, temp 20-24C, vis 20km, winds NNE, NE throughout the
day

Raptor Observations:
Steady flight with higher numbers seen in the afternoon when the winds
calmed to less than 5mph. Great flight of osprey, bald eagles, kestrels and
merlin. 
19 bald eagles: 11 juvenile, 5 immature, 1 adult, 2 unk age. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Great egret, great blue heron, brown-headed nuthatch, DC cormorant (39),
plus 2 Whimbrel flew over the hawk watch to start the day!


Predictions:
Cloudy, high 75F, SE wind 8-10mph, 60% chance of rain after 4pm.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Fall Warbler Weekend Schedule (September 13 and 14)
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:58:22 -0400


Greetings DE-Birders:  
 
An exciting weekend of Fall migration is upon us, and there are multiple 
opportunities to get afield to enjoy free bird walks led by knowledgeable 
guides who can show you the warblers and other migrant birds. Leaders from the 
Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) and partners will help share with you the 
wonders of Fall migration. 

 
Here is the slate of guided walks, times, locations and links to directions:
Saturday morning at Middle Run Birding Trail, 7:30 to 10:00am, led by Alan 
Kneidel 

Saturday evening at Middle Run Birding Trail, 5:00 to 7:30pm, led by Mason 
Sieges 

Meeting Location:  Middle Run parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road in Newark
Directions:  www.delnature.org/middlerun
 
Saturday morning at Milford Neck, 8:00am start, led by Matt Sarver, Chris and 
Karen Bennett, and Brian Boutin 

Meeting Location:   Meding's Seafood on Route 1 in Milford
Directions:   http://www.medingsseafood.com/ordereze/Directions.aspx 

Sunday morning at White Clay Creek State Park, starting at 8:00am, led by 
Anthony Gonzon 

Meeting Location:  Park Nature Center at 1475 Creek Road in Newark
Directions: http://www.destateparks.com/park/white-clay-creek/nature-center.asp 


Sunday evening at Ashland Nature Center, 5:00 - 7:00pm, led by Joe Sebastiani
Meeting Location:  Ashland Parking Lot, 3507 Barley Mill Road in Hockessin
Directions:   www.delnature.org/Ashland
 
There will be a lot of great birds seen this weekend, and plenty of friendly 
folks to help maximize your birding experience. If you are a photographer on 
one of these trips, please consider sharing photos that you take of the birds 
and birders for use in a summary of weekend highlights that will be posted on 
the DOS website. (Images may be sent to this address) 

 
If you have any questions about these field trips, or need assistance with 
directions, feel free to contact me at this email address. 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
DOS Outreach and Publicity Coordinator

 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 10 Sep 2014 to 11 Sep 2014 (#2014-127)
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:33:49 +0000
Please join us for our Tuesday, 8am morning bird walks at Cape Henlopen State 
Park. 


Walks begin at the Nature Center and go to different parts of the Park each 
week. 


Contact the Nature Center at 302-645-6852 for more information.


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
Subject: Re: Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:06:06 -0400
Good Morning Lloyd and DE birders,

The meeting place for Sunday's 8am White Clay Creek State Park trip is the 
Chambers House Nature Center at 1475 Creek Road, off of Hopkins Bridge Rd. 
Remember that state park fees are still in effect this time of year. 


A list of field trips offered by the Delmarva Ornithological Society through 
September of 2015 has recently been posted on the DOS website (dosbirds.org). 
The trips are free and all are welcome! 


Amy O'Neil
DOS Field Trip Chair
North Wilmington 



On Sep 12, 2014, at 7:00 AM, Lloyd  wrote:

> Is the Sunday AM meeting place at the info center? off Hopkins Rd? :Lloyd 
Maier 

> 
> Derek Stoner wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Greetings DE-Birders:
>> To celebrate a noteworthy migratory spectacle, the Delmarva Ornithological 
Society (DOS) will be hosting a "Fall Warbler Weekend" this Saturday and 
Sunday, September 13 and 14, at northern Delaware birding hotspots. 

>> With the warbler numbers and diversity ramping up in mid-September, we 
invite you to participate in four free guided walks led by talented leaders who 
will help show you the warblers and other interesting migrant birds moving 
through now. These friendly folks are skilled guides who can help you better 
appreciate and understand the phenomenon of warbler migration. 

>> Here is the slate of guided walks, times, and locations:
>> Saturday morning at Middle Run Birding Trail, 7:30 to 10:00am, led by Alan 
Kneidel and hosted by Zoe Yost. 

>> Saturday evening at Middle Run Birding Trail, 5:00 to 7:30pm, led by Mason 
Sieges and Derek Stoner. 

>> Sunday morning at White Clay Creek State Park, starting at 8:00am, led by 
Anthony Gonzon and hosted by Amy O'Neil. 

>> Sunday evening at Ashland Nature Center, 5:00 - 7:00pm, led by Joe 
Sebastiani. 

>> Stay tuned for additional details and directions to these walks later in the 
week. As of now, the weekend looks to be shaping up well for migration, with 
good North winds forecast for Friday and Saturday. The bigger waves of warblers 
should be on the way. 

>> Good warblering,
>> Derek Stoner
>> DOS Outreach and Publicity Coordinator
>> 
Subject: Re: Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14
From: Lloyd <patch10 AT MAIERASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:00:44 -0400
Is the Sunday AM meeting place at the info center? off Hopkins Rd?  
:Lloyd Maier

Derek Stoner wrote:
>
>
> Greetings DE-Birders:
>   
> To celebrate a noteworthy migratory spectacle, the Delmarva Ornithological 
Society (DOS) will be hosting a "Fall Warbler Weekend" this Saturday and 
Sunday, September 13 and 14, at northern Delaware birding hotspots. 

>   
> With the warbler numbers and diversity ramping up in mid-September, we invite 
you to participate in four free guided walks led by talented leaders who will 
help show you the warblers and other interesting migrant birds moving through 
now. These friendly folks are skilled guides who can help you better appreciate 
and understand the phenomenon of warbler migration. 

>   
> Here is the slate of guided walks, times, and locations:
> Saturday morning at Middle Run Birding Trail, 7:30 to 10:00am, led by Alan 
Kneidel and hosted by Zoe Yost. 

>   
> Saturday evening at Middle Run Birding Trail, 5:00 to 7:30pm, led by Mason 
Sieges and Derek Stoner. 

>   
> Sunday morning at White Clay Creek State Park, starting at 8:00am, led by 
Anthony Gonzon and hosted by Amy O'Neil. 

>   
> Sunday evening at Ashland Nature Center, 5:00 - 7:00pm, led by Joe 
Sebastiani. 

>   
> Stay tuned for additional details and directions to these walks later in the 
week. As of now, the weekend looks to be shaping up well for migration, with 
good North winds forecast for Friday and Saturday. The bigger waves of warblers 
should be on the way. 

>   
> Good warblering,
>   
> Derek Stoner
> DOS Outreach and Publicity Coordinator
>   		 	   		
Subject: Weekend Migration Outlook
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:47:13 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders: 
 
Looking at this weekend's forecast in terms of bird migration, the weather 
conditions look very favorable for bringing new birds into the Delaware region. 

 
Tonight, a stream of wind is pushing south out of Eastern Canada and heading 
straight into the mid-Atlantic region. 

The Wind Map shows this pattern quite well: 
http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-83.02,39.69,2048 

 
With North winds forecast again overnight on Friday, there should be plenty of 
new arrivals awaiting on Saturday morning. The daylight hours Saturday could 
include some rain, but light precipitation often triggers an extended period of 
feeding for songbird migrants. It will be a good day to watch for all the 
warblers, vireos, thrushes, and tanagers moving throughout the state. 

 
Sunday looks like the real classic diurnal migration day, with sunny skies and 
ideal Northwest winds. The hawk watchers in the hills of northern Delaware may 
see the first significant movement of Broad-winged Hawks and the first chance 
for triple digit raptor counts. The Broad-winged floodgate is bound to burst 
over the next week! 

 
With all of the guided walks available in Delaware this weekend, there is 
plenty of opportunity to enjoy birding with the friendly folks in the First 
State. Fall migration is heating up and the forecast is for lots of birds on 
the move. 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner 
 		 	   		  
Subject: Kent Co: Red-necked Phalarope at Little Creek Wildlife Area
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:08:48 -0400
Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux and I found a Red-necked Phalarope at Little Creek Wildlife
Area this evening. The bird was viewed from the Pickering Beach Rd. access
point and was in the west impoundment. In addition, there were 8 Wilson's
Phalaropes, ~75 White-rumped Sandpipers, and ~150 Pectoral Sandpipers among
others.

Full list and a photo: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19805397


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Long-tailed Jaeger at Little Creek
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:20:00 -0400
Hi everybody, 

I had a bird that I believe is an immature intermediate phase Long-tail
Jaeger at Little Creek today. The bird was at the west impoundments off the
Pickering Beach Road at 10:30-11:00 am. Walk into the refuge and go out the
dike between the two pools to the first cane break at the sluice gate. Look
into the west impoundment towards the south bank, and the bird was in front
of two old tires out in the mud. The bird would walk towards the water, then
back into the grass and lay down. It was acting like it was fatigued, sick,
or injured. It was alone and all the other birds in the area were keeping
their distance. 

 

The bird was all brown, gull-like, no white belly, darker on the top of the
head and on the mantle, slightly a lighter brown on the nape of the neck and
face. The back  and wing coverts feathers had a slightly lighter edge,
looking like lines across the back. Head was distinctly a different shape
than Laughing Gulls, more rounded. The size of the bird were slightly
smaller than the Laughing gulls in the area. The bill was slightly shorter
but almost as thick. There was an immature Laughing Gull closer to me, and
this bird was very different. I watched the bird and tried to get a closer
look for about a half hour. The bird did stretch it's right wing once, but
all I could see was the upper surface of the primaries. I did not see any
white streaking in the upper outer primaries. As I said, I couldn't see the
undersurface at all. I could see some white on the rump area, but never got
a good look at the tail. 

 

Alan Kneidel, Chris Bennett and Anthony Gonzon looked for the bird after I
left, but a Peregrine was stirring everything up. If you haven't been to the
Pickering Beach impoundments, it is well worth the quarter mile walk. There
is one more cane break past the sluice gate that gives you a view of the
north side of the pond. I had 3 American Golden Plovers, 2 still in partial
breeding plumage, 50 Pectoral Sandpipers, 45 Stilt Sandpipers, 2 Wilson's
Phalarope, and a Baird's Sandpiper, plus Dunlin, White-rump and Western
Sandpiper. There were also 250 egrets, several Black-crowned Night Herons,
green-winged Teal, and 500 Yellowlegs. I would guess there are about 5-10K
birds in the impoundment, great light in the morning!

 

 

Good birding, 

Andy

 

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2014) 122 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:09:46 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             38             38
Turkey Vulture              18            117            117
Osprey                      75            587            587
Bald Eagle                  10             22             22
Northern Harrier             1              7              7
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             54             54
Merlin                       1             17             17
Peregrine Falcon             4             18             18
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     122            884            884
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Jodi McLaughlin, Lorraine Logan, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Lorraine, and Jodi for helping with the count today!
Jack and 23 other visitors



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 25-31C, vis 20km, winds SW, WSW at 5-10mph.

Raptor Observations:
Flight coming in high overhead and off to the bay side, mostly osprey, good
bald eagle flight, and falcons moving through. Our first broad-winged hawk
came in low directly over the platform near the end of the day. 
10 bald eagles: Immature (0900), 3 juvenile (0950, 1000, 1510), 6 adult
(1015, 1025, 1030, 1045 - 3 at once). 


Non-raptor Observations:
Brown pelican (6), flicker, Baltimore oriole (2), DC cormorant (10). 


Predictions:
Partly sunny, high 72F, N wind 14-17mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:09:15 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             37             37
Bald Eagle                   0             17             18
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            2             13             14
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11             11
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             12             12
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              2
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      11            133            136
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, John Williams, Walter Borys

Visitors:
Jon Williams, Walter Borys and Mabei Lee thanks for stopping by!


Weather:
Temperatures high of 28.7 C.  Varying South, South-South West and West
winds.  Full visibility all day, heavy cloud cover most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
3 Ospreys, 2 Sh. sh. Hawks, 2 Broadwinged Hawks, 2 Redtail Hawks, 1
American Kestrel and 1 Unidentified raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Common Nighthawk, 6 Rubythroated Hummingbird, great looks at Male and
Female American redstarts.

Predictions:
Predicted to be cooler than today with slight N winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Sep 2014) 19 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:09:02 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             34             34
Bald Eagle                   4             17             18
Northern Harrier             2              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                3              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            2             11             12
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             11             11
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
Unknown Falcon               2              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      19            122            125
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Andrew Bogush, Mike Gardner

Visitors:
Mike Gardner, Andrew Bogush, Damon O. Thanks for stopping by!


Weather:
Temperatures high of 27.1 C, slight winds varying NE,E, N and W with full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
4 Bald Eagles, one immature, 2 Northern Harriers, 3 Sh.Sh. hawks, 3 Coopers
hawks, 2 Broadwinged hawks, 1 red-tail, 1 American Kestrel as we were
packing up!

1 unidentified Buteo, 2 unidentified falcons.

Non-raptor Observations:
23 Double-crested Cormorants flying in a V, 2 Great Blue Herons slinking
around the creek, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 30 Nighthawks, 15 ruby-throated
hummingbirds

Predictions:
Predicted chance of rain, SW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2014) 137 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:09:58 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             30             30
Turkey Vulture               0             99             99
Osprey                     103            512            512
Bald Eagle                   4             12             12
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                1              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              1              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            17             50             50
Merlin                       8             16             16
Peregrine Falcon             1             14             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     137            762            762
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for assisting with the count and keeping me company today! 
21 visitors


Weather:
Clear skies with a few clouds in the afternoon, temp 21-25C, vis 20km, wind
NNE turning E late in the afternoon at 3-6mph. 

Raptor Observations:
Steady flight of Ospreys, Kestrels and Merlin seen early in the day, one
Red-shouldered and a Red-tailed Hawk.
Four Bald Eagles: 3 Juvenile (1045, 1130, 1150), one unk age (0900).


Non-raptor Observations:
Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Glossy Ibis (37), Kingbird, Pine Warbler,
DC Cormorant (165).


Predictions:
Partly cloudy with a chance of showers after 2pm, high of 88F, wind SW
6-14mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Flint Woods walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:11:00 +0000
Tomorrow I will be leading the weekly bird walk at Flint Woods starting at 8 
am. The preserve is located on Twaddell Mill Rd east of Centreville. Directions 
can be found at http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. This 
walk is open to everyone. 


Joe Sebastiani

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: DOS September Meeting - Jeffrey Gordon Speaker - Wednesday 9/17
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:42:01 -0400
Good Afternoon DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to kickoff their new program 
year next Wednesday the 17th featuring guest speaker Jeffrey Gordon, President 
of the American Birding Association. Plan to spend the evening catching up with 
old friends, welcoming new members and being thoroughly entertained by one of 
North America's most passionate and accomplished birders and a DOS Honorary 
Member. 


Jeff's presentation "Birding Together: How Birding Can Save Your Life and 
Maybe, Just Maybe, Save the World", is best described in his own words - 


"Alvaro Jaramillo has said that if golf is a good walk spoiled, then birding is 
a good walk perfected. It's such a simple, compelling, positive message. But 
that positivity is something that birders as a community have relatively rarely 
managed to convey. Why is it that with as great a "product" to sell as the 
redemptive power of a passionate curiosity about nature and belonging to 
community of of some of the most interesting, caring people anywhere, we've 
made so little traction with the wider public? I welcome you to join me for a 
celebration of the power of birding to heal and transform, not only our own 
lives but even our world." 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending next Wednesday night, the 17th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society
September 17th Meeting: - 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (IWe welcome you to bring 
some refreshments to share for our Social 1/2 hour) 

 
Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE AS OF THIS WRITING, THE ASHLAND COVERED 
BRIDGE IS CLOSED, please explore alternative routes such as Brackenville Rd or 
Barley Mill Rd. 



Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Sep 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:09:26 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             34             34
Bald Eagle                   0             13             14
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9             10
Red-tailed Hawk              0              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             10             10
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       0            103            106
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
1 visitor: Bob Kissell


Weather:
Temp. high of 24.2 C, Winds varying E, ENE, NE, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Early morning looks at Coopers Hawk and 2 Redtails but none observed
migrating.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Great Blue Heron, 8 Ruby-throated hummingbirds, 1 Black-and-white
warbler, 1 Prairie warbler

Predictions:
Predicted to have similar temperatures as today with ENE winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Sep 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:09:57 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             34             34
Bald Eagle                   2             13             14
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              9             10
Red-tailed Hawk              0              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             10             10
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      11            103            106
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Mike Gardner

Visitors:
Carolyn Norah, Claire Shampine, Michael Rucci, Nancy and Michael Kacera


Weather:
Temp. high of 24.1 C, Varying winds NE, E, NW, SE, Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
3 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp shinned hawk, 2
American Kestrel.

1 Unidentified falcon, 1 Unidentified raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Nighthawk, ruby-throated hummingbird, House Winter and Carolina
wrens, Scarlet tanager, Magnolia warbler
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Sep 2014) 22 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:09:53 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             30             30
Turkey Vulture               0             99             99
Osprey                      19            409            409
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             33             33
Merlin                       2              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             1             13             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      22            625            625
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        

Visitors:
14 visitors


Weather:
Rain in the morning, overcast, vis 15km, temp 23C, E winds 12-15mph gusting
to 20mph through the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
A few Ospreys along with a couple of Merlins and a Peregrine moving
through. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow (200), American Crow (2), Sanderling, DC Cormorant (180)


Predictions:
Mostly cloudy with a high of 78F, N wind 10-15mph, slight chance of showers
in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (07 Sep 2014) 53 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:09:11 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15             31             31
Bald Eagle                   3             11             12
Northern Harrier             1              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                4              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            5              9             10
Red-tailed Hawk              8              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            2              2              2
Unknown Buteo                2              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      53             92             95
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger

Observers:        Bob Rufe, Kevin Bronson, Moureen Markow

Visitors:
John Shenk, Kevin Bronson, Martin Sokolich, Melody Shultz,Kelley Simmons,
David Levi, Greg Ajkmim, Sally Kneidel, Ray and Wanda Staffor, G. Dunn,
Marian Quinn


Weather:
Temp. high of 25.6 C, North winds, Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
15 Osprey, 3 Bald Eagle, 1 N. Harrier, 5 Sharpies,
4 Coopers, 4 red-shouldered, 5 Broadwinged, 8 Redtails, 4 Am. Kestrels.
2 unidentified Accipiters, 2 unidentified Buteos



Non-raptor Observations:
6 Canada Goose, 2 Nighthawks, 3 rubythroated hummingbirds
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Sep 2014) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:09:51 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             16
Bald Eagle                   1              8              9
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            1              4              5
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              4              4
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       3             39             42
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        

Weather:
Temp. high of 32.4 C.  Winds west with some variance southwest.  Full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Abbott's Mill - final dispatches
From: Jason Beale <jaybirdbeale AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 17:39:40 -0400
Hello,

I'll be leaving Abbott's Mill Nature Center on Thursday to begin my new 
position as Raptor Center Director for Penn State's Shaver's Creek 
Environmental Center in Centre/Huntingdon counties, PA. I want to thank all of 
you that have supported Abbott's Mill and come out to bird, botanize, and enjoy 
our trails, streams, fields, and forests. 


I haven't been birding too much as I prepare to move, but here are some recent 
sightings: 


Pewees - common and vocal
GC Flycatcher
Empids
Red-breasted Nuthatch - FOS today around the center
RT Hummingbirds
Northern Waterthrush
Redstart
Black-and-White Warbler
Great-horned Owl - calling lately from around the pond at dusk
Summer Tanager
Solitary Sandpiper - Lindale wetland
Spotted Sandpipers - Abbott's Pond edge
Red-shouldered Hawk
Blue Grosbeak
Common Nighthawk - evening flyover

The Lee Meadow, Morton and Lindale fields are sporting a variety of berries and 
mature grasses and other seed plants, so they are worth checking out through 
the fall and winter months. 


Feel free to reach out to me if you are ever in the Penn State/Central PA 
region and good birding, 

Jason
Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk e-bird checklist
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:43:48 -0400
I forgot to include a link to the ebird checklist for the bird walk today.

Here it is! Once again, if anyone on the walk wants me to share it with
them, send me a e-mail with your account name.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19784307

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk results, 9/9/14
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:23:22 -0400
DE-Birders,

The Tuesday morning bird walk at Middle Run Natural Area was a resounding
success. Despite the gusty east winds and a slow start, an enthusiastic
crew of ~20 birders were able to turn up an excellent diversity of species
(67 species). Migrant activity today was concentrated along the power line
strip extending from marker 3 down towards marker 12, with the shrubby zone
being comparatively slow.

Highlights included an incredibly confiding PHILADELPHIA VIREO that showed
off for everyone, traveling with warblers around marker 14. As the walk
came to a conclusion, I was able to get quick looks of a darting
CONNECTICUT WARBLER between markers 3 and 4. A concerted relocation effort
yielded nothing.

Additional great sightings for the day included a Middle Run first:
AMERICAN BITTERN. This bird was seen strolling along the path in the
shrubby zone, photographed by a group of UDel birders in the early morning.
Wow!

Other first for the fall sightings for the hotspot included a singing
WINTER WREN and a flyover of MERLIN.

All birders tolled, there were 84 species recorded today at Middle Run,
including 19 species of warbler.

If those on the bird walk would like an ebird checklist of the species seen
during the walk, feel free to contact me by e-mail with your ebird account
name.

Combined with the impending Broad-winged Hawk push at Ashland, its a great
time to be in northern Delaware. Hope to see you out there,

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory's 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge
From: Paul Nasca <63crows AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:43:22 -0400
I realize this is outside of the Delaware area, but thought some might be
interested in joining in the fun!  (This notice is posted with the kind
permission of the de-birds Listserv Owners).  Please reply off-line:

Hello Delaware Birders,

Are you up for a challenge?  How about the Kiptopeke Challenge?!

The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO) invites birders of all
skill levels to participate in the 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC) on
Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The KC is a fun and friendly "Big Day" birding competition.  Teams compete
to identify the greatest number of bird species in a single day within the
competition boundary of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia
(including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.)  The purpose of the KC is to
increase awareness of fall bird migration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and
to help raise funds for the CVWO.

It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.
The event is open to everyone regardless of their birding ability and it
only takes two people to form a team. The KC is a great way for
participants to utilize their birding skills in support of a non-profit
organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation, and public
education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to
kiptopekechallenge AT gmail.com or visit www.cvwo.org.

Best birds,

Paul Nasca

CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator

Fredericksburg, VA

kiptopekechallenge AT gmail.com
Subject: Birding Milford Neck on Saturday the 13th
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:38:27 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
You are invited to a special field trip to the beautiful Milford Neck region 
along the Delaware Bayshore this Saturday morning, brought to you by partnering 
organizations as part of the second annual Delaware Sea Level Awareness week. 
Milford Neck is a mecca for wildlife of all types and birds in particular. 

 
The trip will focus on Fall migrant songbirds, and take visitors through 
coastal forests that are dealing with saltwater intrusion in this extensive 
section of protected public and private open space along the 
nationally-renowned Bayshore. 

 
The leaders of the trip will be Matt Sarver, Conservation Chair of the Delmarva 
Ornithological Society; Chris Bennett, Natural Resource Planner with the 
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation; Karen Bennett, Delaware Bayshore 
Coordinator ; and Matt Boutin, Director of Conservation Programs for the Nature 
Conservancy in Delaware. This is a rare opportunity to have a guided outing on 
these protected lands at Milford Neck and learn from bird conservation experts 
in the field. 

 
The meeting time will be 8:00am at the Meding's Seafood restaurant parking lot 
(3697 Bay Road in Milford, DE). The program will conclude with lunch at 
Meding's (a legendary spot for great food from the Bay) and an opportunity to 
discuss conservation issues unique to the Milford Neck region. 

 
Further details about this trip will be shared later this week.
 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
DOS Outreach and Publicity Chair
 		 	   		  
Subject: Fall Warbler Weekend, September 13 and 14
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:08:13 -0400


Greetings DE-Birders:
 
To celebrate a noteworthy migratory spectacle, the Delmarva Ornithological 
Society (DOS) will be hosting a "Fall Warbler Weekend" this Saturday and 
Sunday, September 13 and 14, at northern Delaware birding hotspots. 

 
With the warbler numbers and diversity ramping up in mid-September, we invite 
you to participate in four free guided walks led by talented leaders who will 
help show you the warblers and other interesting migrant birds moving through 
now. These friendly folks are skilled guides who can help you better appreciate 
and understand the phenomenon of warbler migration. 

 
Here is the slate of guided walks, times, and locations:
Saturday morning at Middle Run Birding Trail, 7:30 to 10:00am, led by Alan 
Kneidel and hosted by Zoe Yost. 

 
Saturday evening at Middle Run Birding Trail, 5:00 to 7:30pm, led by Mason 
Sieges and Derek Stoner. 

 
Sunday morning at White Clay Creek State Park, starting at 8:00am, led by 
Anthony Gonzon and hosted by Amy O'Neil. 

 
Sunday evening at Ashland Nature Center, 5:00 - 7:00pm, led by Joe Sebastiani.
 
Stay tuned for additional details and directions to these walks later in the 
week. As of now, the weekend looks to be shaping up well for migration, with 
good North winds forecast for Friday and Saturday. The bigger waves of warblers 
should be on the way. 

 
Good warblering,
 
Derek Stoner
DOS Outreach and Publicity Coordinator
 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Sep 2014) 16 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:09:15 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             30             30
Turkey Vulture               0            108            108
Osprey                      15            381            381
Bald Eagle                   0              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             33             33
Merlin                       0              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      16            603            603
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
20


Weather:
wind from the EAST all morning, 7.6-10.6 mph,temp 23c,cloud cover-100%,visb
18k, light rain off and on , very windy

Raptor Observations:
painfully slow due to East wind. One local Adult Bald Eagle

Non-raptor Observations:
local Cooper Hawk,1-Greater Yellow Legs, 44-DCCO's

Predictions:
Rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Sep 2014) 160 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 19:09:42 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             30             30
Turkey Vulture               0            108            108
Osprey                     131            366            366
Bald Eagle                   2              8              8
Northern Harrier             3              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            21             33             33
Merlin                       0              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             3             12             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     160            587            587
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Bruce for helping with the count today!
32 visitors



Weather:
Overcast through most of the day with partly cloudy skies in the late
afternoon, temp 21-25C, vis 20km, wind NE, NNE through the early afternoon
turning E late in the day. 


Raptor Observations:
Steady, very high flight of mostly Ospreys, a few Harriers, a good flight
of Kestrels, and two Peregrines.
Bald Eagles: 2 Immature (12:30, 12:40). 
One resident adult eagle perched on the vulture tower in the morning.

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Martin, Great Blue Heron (18), Lesser Black-backed Gull (2),
Semipalmated Plover, Kingfisher, Prairie Warbler, DC Cormorant (210)


Predictions:
Cloudy with a high of 77F, E wind 15-20mph, chance of rain 30% in the
afternoon.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Sep 2014) 103 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:09:22 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             30             30
Turkey Vulture              38            108            108
Osprey                      51            235            235
Bald Eagle                   2              6              6
Northern Harrier             2              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                1              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       1              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             2              9              9
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     103            427            427
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dennis and Rachel for assisting with the count today!
12 visitors


Weather:
Mostly clear in the morning with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, temp
28-33C, vis 20km, wind SW, WSW at 6-10mph

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys, Vultures, Harriers, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, and Peregrines. Most
migrants passing to the west of the platform.
Bald Eagle: one immature (9:30), one adult (12:47), two resident adults.


Non-raptor Observations:
Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Caspian Tern, Ring-billed Gull, Barn Swallow,
Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift, DC Cormorant.


Predictions:
Overnight rain then mostly cloudy, high 78F, north wind 11-13mph, chance of
rain 30%
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Inaugural 1st World Shorebirds Day - Success!
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 16:24:45 -0400
Good afternoon Birders,

The American Birding Association's sponsored 1st World Shorebirds Day 
celebration at Bombay Hook NWR was met with great success this morning! With 54 
birders from four states - DE, PA, MD and NJ - lots of birds and a nice 
surprise from ABA's President Jeff Gordon and wife Liz, combined to make the 
morning one to remember for quite some time! 


The shorebirds did not disappoint with 19 species counted and a cumulative 
estimated count of over 5000 shorebirds! I'm sure we missed a few but a big 
thank you needs to go out to Holly Merker and George Armistead for their 
focused efforts on providing an accurate picture of the numbers found during 
this mornings event. The eBird total species for the day was 54, although very 
little time was taken for searching other habitats besides the impoundments and 
tidal waterways. 


The ABA would like to take this opportunity to invite all birders to attend our 
Annual Members Meeting on Sunday, September 21st at the new ABA Headquarters in 
Delaware City. The event starts at 3:00 PM, stop by and enjoy the camaraderie, 
learn more about the ABA, take the tour of the new headquarters and enjoy some 
lite fare and drinks. 


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 5th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:22:27 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* September 5, 2014
* DEST1409.05
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Bobwhite
Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Phalarope
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Red-headed Woodpecker
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
ALDER FLYCATCHER
Least Flycatcher
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Sedge Wren
Veery
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Northern Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
Canada Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 5, 2014
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, September 5th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual
list annual list increased to 315 species this week. 

New this week was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO at Middle
Run Natural Area near Newark. This area has been a hotbed for migrants this
past week including an Empidonax trifecta last weekend with YELLOW-BELLIED,
ALDER, and LEAST FLYCATCHER reported. A migrant RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was
also seen flying over. 21 species of warbler were reported this week at
Middle Run including TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY,
BLACKBURNIAN, BAY-BREASTED, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE
and GREEN, PRAIRIE, LOUISIANA and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, plus YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT. Also reported were VEERY, WARBLING VIREO, BOBOLINK, with BALTIMORE and
ORCHARD ORIOLE.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found on Saturday at the Charles E Price Memorial
Park in Middletown. This is along St. Anne's Church Road on the south side
of town. Also seen there was GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and BOBOLINKS. A flock of
20 CATTLE EGRETS were reported, along with AMERICAN KESTREL and COOPER'S
HAWK. CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying over the pond. Another YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER was found at the nearby Middletown Nature Area along Route 71.

A hotbed for shorebirds this week has been the south side of Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area off the Pickering Beach Road. This area is only
accessible by foot from the locked gate but well worth the walk. Highlights
there included AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 1 BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER, and 8 WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Also reported were BLACK-NECKED STILTS,
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN, STILT, PECTORAL and
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED KNOT, DUNLIN, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Two
GULL-BILLED TERNS were found with 105 CASPAIN TERNS. SNOW GOOSE was also
found in the impoundment, overhead were 3 BALD EAGLES and a PEREGRINE
FALCON.

There were good numbers of GODWITS at Sheerness Pool in Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Four MARBLED and 3HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen
from the tower. Also reported was over 500 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, STILT and WESTERN SANDPIPER, WILSON'S SNIPE and LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER. SEDGE WRENS continue to call by the Allee House. TUNDRA SWAN was
seen at Sheerness Pool along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL. A SORA was seen by Bear
Swamp. Waders included LITTLE BLUE HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, and BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON. Also reported were BOBWHITE, PEREGRINE FALCON, BLUE GROSBEAKS,
and BOBOLINK.

A peak count of 9 immature WHITE IBIS was found at the south side of the
marsh at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. That's a nice count
of the species this year. Shorebirds seen included 175 GREATER YELLOWLEGS
with several LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 20 STILT SANDPIPERS, plus WHITE-RUMPED,
PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Two more WHITE IBIS were seen flying over Broadkill Beach Marsh at Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Broadkill is been a haven for
waders, 1390 SNOWY EGRETS, plus 15 TRICOLORED HERON, 17 GREEN HERON, and 26
GLOSSY IBIS were counted, also a calling VIRGINIA RAIL. Shorebirds included
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WHITE-RUMP, STILT, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. A big flock
of 106 CASPIAN TERNS were found, along with 4 BLACK TERN, with LEAST and
ROYAL TERNS and 23 BLACK SKIMMER. A WHIMBREL was found at Fowler's Beach,
along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

BLACK TERNS were also seen flying off of Bethany Beach, plus 2 BROWN
PELICANS. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and GREAT HORNED OWL reported from a yard in
Dewey Beach. BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was reported at Old Landing near
Rehoboth Beach. SUMMER TANAGER was reported in a yard in Seaford. SUMMER
TANAGER was also reported in a yard near Georgetown, along with NORTHERN
PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. BLACK SCOTER and
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported at the Lewes Ferry Terminal.

BROWN PELICANS were also seen at Cape Henlopen State Park, along with PIPING
PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER at the point. BLACK and ROYAL TERNS have
been seen offshore. A CLIFF SWALLOW was found at the hawkwatch. There was a
big flight of raptors on Thursday at the hawkwatch that included 63 OSPREY,
plus NORTHERN HARRIER, SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWK, 8KESTREL, 4 MERLIN,
and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS.

The Hawkwatch at the Ashland Nature Center had a few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and
AMERICAN KESTRELS this week along with OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, and
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. CHESTNUT-SIDED and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS plus BALTIMORE
ORIOLE were seen around the hawkwatch. A flight of 150 LAUGHING GULLS were
seen flying down the Red Clay Creek Valley on Monday. There was also a big
flight of 129 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are still being reported in migration throughout the
state. Nine NIGHTHAWKS were feeding over a field in Georgetown this evening.
One was seen flying over Covered Bridge Farm in Newark. Birds were also
reported at Brandywine Creek State Park, Alapocas Woods, Brandywine Hundred,
Middle Run, and Flint Woods.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was reported at Alapocas Woods, along with
OVENBIRD, BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, REDSTART, and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER.
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was reported at Hoope's Reservoir. A WARBLING VIREO
was reported at Bellevue State Park, along with three GREEN HERONS by the
pond. Warblers at Brandywine Creek State Park included BAY-BREASTED,
MAGNOLIA, CANADA, and PARULA. Birds seen at Flint Woods included MAGNOLIA,
OVENBIRD, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and CANADA.

An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported at Grier's Pond at Thousand Acre
Marsh. A BLACK TERN was reported at the Port Penn Impoundments. BARRED OWLS
were reported last week in Cheswold and Killen's Pond State Park. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Rod Murray, Joel
Martin, Tim Freiday, Andrew Leidig, Alex Wiebe, Debbie Beer, Howard Eskin,
Gina Sheridan, Beverly Corelle, Alessa Kegelman, David Fees, Amy and
Kathleen O'Neill, Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, Al Guarente, Hank Davis,
Laura Balascio, Brian Henderson, Matt Boone, Chris Rowe, Joe and Ellen
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex
Lamoreaux, Matt Boone, Maurice Barnhill, Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland.
Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and
Will Almeida. 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: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Sep 2014) 82 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:09:11 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             28             28
Turkey Vulture              16             70             70
Osprey                      53            184            184
Bald Eagle                   0              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                1              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      82            324            324
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        John Hoyt, Rob Schroeder, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, John, Sharon and Rob for your assistance with the count
today!
9 visitors


Weather:
Sunny and hot, clear skies in the morning turning partly cloudy in the
afternoon, temp 28-30C, vis 18km, wind 3-10mph from the SE and S through
most of the day turning SW late in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Mostly Osprey moving through, along with a couple of Sharp-shinned Hawks, a
Cooper's Hawk, Vultures and our first Red-tailed Hawks and Red-shouldered
Hawk of the season. 
2 resident adult Bald Eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Royal Tern, Caspian Tern, Chimney Swift, Barn Swallow, American Crow,
Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood-pewee, Field Sparrow, DC Cormorant


Predictions:
Partly sunny, high 88F, SW wind 10-15mph, 30% chance of rain in the
afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Sep 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:09:41 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             16
Bald Eagle                   0              7              8
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            1              3              4
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              3              3
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       1             36             39
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
0


Weather:
Hot and humid.

Raptor Observations:
Severely slow.

Non-raptor Observations:
10 migrant Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Black-and-white Warbler,
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, 24 Bobolink, and a House Sparrow,
which is rare here.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Philadelphia Vireo and Warblers at Middle Run
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:50:45 +0000
Greetings DE-Birders:

While pruning the overhanging limbs along the full loop of the Middle Run 
Birding Trail with clippers in hand this morning, carrying a camera paid off 
when a first-of-Fall Philadelphia Vireo put in an appearance. 


The vireo fed on cherries while accompanied by a flock of a dozen warbler 
species near Trail Marker 10. The most notable warblers were Cape May, 
Blackburnian, Magnolia, and Chestnut-sided. A late Louisiana Waterthrush and 
Northern Waterthrush were found nearby at Trail Marker 11 (the Biking Bridge 
over the stream). 


I posted a couple of photos of the Philadelphia Vireo on the Middle Run Birding 
Flickr page: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125621243 AT N08/

The past few days of birding activity at Middle Run have brought sightings and 
audio confirmation of migrant Yellow-bellied, Least, Alder, and Willow 
Flycatchers, along with the other more-common flycatchers like Acadian, 
Great-crested, Eastern Wood-pewee, Eastern Kingbird, and Eastern Phoebe. That 
is almost a "Flycatchers of the East Sweep" with only the Olive-sided being 
unaccounted for so far this Fall. A total of 21 species of warblers have been 
seen in the past five days along the trail. 


The forecast looks good for North winds to return by Sunday evening, in time to 
bring a new flood of migrant songbirds into the region. Watching the Wind Map 
website at this time of year provides excellent visualization of what wind 
currents may be bringing birds our way. This site is excellent: 
http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=temp/orthographic=-95.88,37.36,1291 


The Middle Run Birding Trail map, brochure, and directions are available at the 
Delaware Nature Society's website: 
www.delnature/middlerunvalley 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Kent Co - White Ibis at Big Stone Beach Rd.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:02:19 -0400
Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux and I are currently viewing nine White Ibis off Big Stone Beach 
Rd. The birds are at the end of the road on the south side. 


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:09:12 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 04, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             16             16
Bald Eagle                   1              7              8
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              4              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              3              3
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      10             35             38
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Carol Spease, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
0


Weather:
very warm with nearly cloudless skies.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly Osprey.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Magnolia Warbler and some migrating Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Sep 2014) 127 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 17:09:50 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 04, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             21             21
Turkey Vulture              32             54             54
Osprey                      63            131            131
Bald Eagle                   1              4              4
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                2              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             12             12
Merlin                       4              5              5
Peregrine Falcon             2              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                     127            242            242
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Art Zdancewic, Rachel Shaprio,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Alissa, Art, and Rachael for assisting with the count
today!
10 visitors


Weather:
Clear in the morning with cloudy skies in the afternoon, cloud cv 0-90%,
vis 20km, temp 27-29C, wind SE turning S in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys moving through in good numbers, Vultures moving through during
mid-day, Kestrels and Merlin seen during the morning. 
One adult Bald Eagle (1400). 

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Brown Pelican, Chimney Swift, Black Tern, Royal
Tern, Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Brown Thrasher, DC Cormorant (30).

Predictions:
Patchy fog before 10am, partly sunny, high 86F, S wind 6-10mph, chance of
showers in late afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 9/3/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:48:39 -0500
Briton Parker and I went to the Bombay Hook NWR and Port Mahon yesterday
motivated by the glowing reports of shorebirds on the Birding List. We
were disappointed at Port Mahon where we only saw two Ruddy Turnstones and
one Semipalmated Sandpiper...oh well! Bombay Hook had some shorebirds but
unfortunately they were too far from the dikes for decent photos. Also, it
was overecast. Nevertheless, we had a very nice day and did manage to get
some pictures. To see the Photo Study and a list of the species seen,
please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookSep3_14/BombayHookSep3_14.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: World Shorebirds Day - this Saturday
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:02:01 -0400
Good Morning DE-Birders,

Friendly Reminder -

In celebration of the 1st World Shorebirds Day, the American Birding 
Association will be hosting a field trip at Bombay Hook NWR from 8:00 to 11:00 
AM on Saturday, September 6th. The field trip will be led by George Armistead 
and co-led by Bill Stewart. The event is free, refuge daily fees are in effect. 
Bring your duck stamp for free entrance into the refuge. 


Participants should meet in the Visitor's Center parking lot and bring water 
and a snack plus bug spray. Hope to see many of you there! 


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
Subject: Sussex Co: White Ibis at Broadkill Marsh
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:00:54 -0400
Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux and I conducted an informal heron survey from Broadkill
Marsh this evening. We tallied 8 Great Blue Herons, 30 Great Egrets, 1,390
Snowy Egrets, 15 Tricolored Herons, and 17 Green Herons. Among the heron
spectacle, we picked out two immature White Ibis flying to roost with the
Snowy Egrets. There were also 26 Glossy Ibis, at least 6 Black Terns, and a
number of other species. See full list below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19662224

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Little Creek -- Gull-billed Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes, Golden-Plovers 9/3
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:28:03 -0400
DE-Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux and I stopped by the south impoundment at Little Creek
Wildlife Area in Kent County this afternoon, accessed from the dike at the
end of the Pickering Beach Road access. This location continues to be
excellent for shorebirds, with 24 species being observed in the past two
weeks (104 total bird species).

Most birds were concentrated in the deep water impoundment to the
southwest, with many additional birds distant towards the bayshore.

Highlights today included 6 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 7 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS,
and 2 GULL-BILLED TERNS. While Lesser Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpiper
numbers have decreased, there has been a notable uptick in PECTORAL
SANDPIPER (~100) and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (~75). Also an impressive
roosting flock of 105 CASPIAN TERN.

To top off the great waterbird show, we ran into a nice mixed-species
songbird flock along the entrance road.

Here is a total list of during our visit, 71 species:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19660898

With most birds being seen to the west, it seems morning viewing may be
preferable.

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:09:31 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 03, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             10             10
Bald Eagle                   3              6              7
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              3              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      13             25             28
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
Walt Kinsey and Patricia Marshall, Thanks for stopping by.


Weather:
Temp. High of 29.6 C (85 f).  Varying N,NW,WNW winds.  Full visibility at
2.5 km

Raptor Observations:
6 Osprey, 3 Bald Eagle, Coopers Hawk, 2 Red-shouldered Hawk, American
Kestrel

Non-raptor Observations:
Great looks at a Scarlet Tanager, American Redstart, Baltimore Orioles, and
Eastern Bluebirds this morning.  7 hummingbirds migrating and 2 Nighthawks
to end the day!

Predictions:
Predicted to be warmer than today with SE winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (03 Sep 2014) 72 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:09:42 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 03, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             11             11
Turkey Vulture              15             22             22
Osprey                      41             68             68
Bald Eagle                   2              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4              4              4
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             4              5              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      72            115            115
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Maureen Ewadinger, Rachel Shaprio,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Fintel's Life Long learning Birding Class of 17 people and 16 others


Weather:
temp. 25-28c.,wind N/NE starting 8,7,5,3,4 mph,cloud cover
100%/90/80/75/60/75%. visk 20k

Raptor Observations:
50 migrating Osprey with many others feeding and sitting,2 B. Eagle-1
adult, 1-Imm. Peregrines starting to move.

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Common Nighthawk, 1-Black Tern,1-Prairie Warbler,Royal tern, E.
Kingbird,

Predictions:
sunny, high 84,SE wind 10-15
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Flint Woods Bird Walks
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 15:43:16 +0000
Tomorrow is the start of the Delaware Nature Society Thursday morning bird 
walks at the Flint Woods Preserve. We will meet at 8am at the entrance on 
Twaddell Mill Road, just east of Centreville from Route 52. Directions can be 
found here: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
We will walk trails through woods, thickets, and meadows in search of fall 
migrants for a few hours starting at 8am each Thursday, September and October. 
This is free and open to the public. I hope to see you there. 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
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: Delaware hawk watches have started and volunteers are welcome!
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:25:45 -0400
The Ashland hawk watch and the Cape Henlopen hawk watch began Sept 1 and will 
continue through November 30. Come out and lend your eyes to scan the skies for 
migrating raptors. Volunteers are always welcome. This is a super way to gain 
skills at hawks in flight, and we have found that the more eyes, the more 
raptors that are found. . Jen Ottinger has returned to Cape Henlopen for her 
3rd year of counting, and at Ashland we have a new counter, Will Almeida, who 
will be joined by Mike Gardner as the professional ’sub’. 



The information gathered goes to HMANA, a national database. In the past 7 
years, we have learned about the paths that raptors take through Delaware, and 
every year is a new window into the world of migration. The Ashland Hawk Watch 
is located at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin. The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch 
is in the state park in Sussex County. The two hawk watches are funded by a 
State Wildlife Action Grant through the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. 


Sally O’Byrne
DOS Hawk watch oversight committee.
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (02 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:09:47 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0              3              4
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            1              2              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       4             12             15
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Mike Gardner, Ron Heringslack

Visitors:
No visitors today. 
Thanks Ron Heringscack, Joe Sebastiani and Mike Gardner!


Weather:
Temperatures reached a high of 92, with a subtle SSW wind.  Full visibility
all day.

Raptor Observations:
Slow day because of SSW winds: 2 Osprey, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Broad-wing.

Non-raptor Observations:
Hi everybody, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself!  My
name is William Almeida, I have an Environmental Science degree from the
University of New England, which is located in southern Maine.  I will be
spending a lot of my time up on the hill as Ashland's Hawk Watch
Coordinator, and am looking forward to observing the phenomenon of
migration!  Please feel free join me, introduce yourself, and come witness
the magic!

My first official day was slow with 4 migrating individuals, but exciting
with 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds shooting by at head level, and 7
Double-crested Cormorants panting as they flew by. 

Predictions:
Predicted to be slightly cooler, with NNW winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (02 Sep 2014) 18 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:09:21 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 02, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              6              6
Turkey Vulture               2              7              7
Osprey                      15             27             27
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      18             43             43
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Ann, and Dennis for helping with the count today! 
12 visitors


Weather:
Clear skies in the morning turning partly cloudy in the afternoon, cld cv
10-60%, temp 29-34C, wind W, NW in morning then SE late in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Mostly Ospreys moving through with a couple of Turkey Vultures and a
Cooper's Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Great Blue Heron, Forester's Tern, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Tree
Swallow, Chimney Swift, Prairie Warbler, Orchard Oriole and DC Cormorant
(5).

Predictions:
Sunny high of 84F, wind NW 6-10mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (01 Sep 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:09:13 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2              2              2
Bald Eagle                   3              3              4
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              2
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       8              8             11
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Adam Mitchell, Austin Conley, Kim Steininger,
                  Moureen Markow, Will Almeida

Visitors:
2.


Weather:
Hot, humid, and calm.  Slight west winds.

Raptor Observations:
Slow with Bald Eagles, Osprey, Kestrel, Broad-wings, and Red-shoulder.

Non-raptor Observations:
112 late day Nighthawks, 150 Laughing Gulls in a flock, and a Baltimore
Oriole.

Predictions:
Hot.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Last Evening Heron Survey of 2014
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 12:31:31 +0000
We conducted our final evening heron survey of 2014 last Wednesday in Delaware 
City. I was joined by 6 volunteers - Bob Strahorn, Jean Woods, Kar Degeiso, 
John Janowski, Margie Bennett and Karen Bennett. We had great weather - though 
I wish it had been a bit breezier - as the no-see-ums were pretty fierce once 
the sun started to dip toward the horizon. We ended up with 746 birds counted - 
which is a bit above the 11 year average (we have been doing the survey for 12 
years, but the first year we conducted a different survey in June, July and 
August) of 594 and a little bit more above the median which is 439. The flight 
started out pretty slowly - with just a single Great Blue Heron counted leaving 
the heronry during the first hour of the survey. The second hour was pretty 
steady with 648 birds. We counted 97 birds in the final 30 minutes. As usual, 
Little Blue Heron and Cattle Egret were the most abundant species counted. The 
most interesting development was that 100% of the Cattle Egrets counted flew to 
the island from New Jersey. I do not ever recall that happening in any of the 
previous surveys. 


The totals for each species is listed below in the following format: Species 
Name # flying to Heronry/# flying from heronry:total 


Great Blue Heron                                            0/1:1
Little Blue Heron                                             317/1:318
Great Egret                                                      6/1:7
Cattle Egret                                                     257/0:257
Snowy Egret                                                    0/1:1
Tricolored Heron                                            0/0:0
Unidentified White Heron                            149/0:149
Black-crowned Night-Heron                        0/0:0
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron                      2/0:2
Unidentified Night-Heron                             2/3:5
Glossy Ibis                                                        6/0:0

There was not a lot of other bird activity noted during the survey. There was a 
sizeable group of Caspian Terns foraging over the river, hundreds of Mallards 
with a few Black Ducks loafing on the exposed mudflats out on the island, 
thousands of American and Fish Crows heading to roost in New Jersey, at least 3 
Bald Eagles and a single Common Nighthawk. 


Our next survey will be conducted the last Wednesday of February 2015. Come out 
and join me - I can promise that you won't be tormented by no-see-ums! 


Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9230
Fax: (302) 739-6967
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Labor Day White-rumped Sandpipers & Black Tern
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:36:36 -0400
Birders,

I'm posting this on behalf of Gina Sheridan.

Cheers,
Tim

Labor Day White-rumped Sandpipers & Black Tern

On this very warm, sultry Labor Day morning (Monday - 09/01/14), Dennis I
visited some local shorebird spots. Today the air was so warm and saturated
with humidity, that our air conditioned scope remained steamed up for a
couple of minutes. Despite nature's steambath, we managed to see some nice
birds.

Our first port of call was Broadkill Marsh. At least a 120 Semipalmated
Sandpipers were strung out across the mudflats. A Greater Yellowlegs,
Western Sandpiper-1, Semipalmated Plover-1, and five WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERs were in the mix as well.  One of the White-rumps still held the
alternate-plumage characteristic of bold speckling on the upper breast.

Along the causeway of Prime Hook Beach Road, we were viewing a large flock
of Forster's Terns, Common Tern-2, and five Caspian Terns. A nice juvenile
BLACK TERN immediately riveted my attention as it flew solo back and forth
across the lake. After we enjoyed the nice showing of the Black Tern, we
saw it continue its flight to the eastern shore.  It finally disappeared
from view over the houses on Prime Hook Beach.

Other birds here included Black Skimmer - 7, Greater Yellowlegs - 5,
Semipalmated Plover - 1, Black-bellied Plover (still holding alternate
plumage), Least Sandpiper - 2, and a family group of Ospreys.

On Fowler Beach Road, we were hopeful for a Whimbrel, but settled for a
dozen and a half SEASIDE SPARROWs scattered through the salt marshes.  The
only other notable here was a Willet in flight.

Our final stop was the Dupont Nature Center. The best birds here were ROYAL
TERN - 12, RUDDY TURNSTONE -1, and two CLAPPER RAILs (bathing in a tidal
channel).

Happy Labor Day to all,

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE

-- 
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 25 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:09:27 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6              6              6
Turkey Vulture               5              5              5
Osprey                      12             12             12
Bald Eagle                   1              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0

Total:                      25             25             25
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Kevin Bronson, Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Kevin, Dennis, and Rachael for your assistance with the
count! 
14 visitors


Weather:
Mostly cloudy through the early afternoon, then partly cloudy, cloud cover
100 - 40%, temp 27 - 31C, wind W early then E and S in the afternoon,
intermittent light rain in the morning. 

Raptor Observations:
One adult bald eagle (1236), one resident adult bald eagle (not counted). 

Non-raptor Observations:
Black-bellied Plover, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Am Crow,
Downy Woodpecker, DC Cormorant.

Predictions:
Sunny, high of 90, SW wind 5 - 10mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (ottingerjr AT yahoo.com)

Subject: Bombay Hook and Little Creek
From: Alex Wiebe <rabwiebe AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:21:43 -0400
I birded at Bombay Hook and Little Creek today with Kevin Ebert and Jake
Rice-Cameron. At Bombay Hook, we had, among others:

Hudsonian Godwit (3) Shearness Pool
Marbled Godwit (3) Shearness
White-rumped Sandpiper (4) Shearness
Stilt Sandpiper (4) Shearness
Wilson's Snipe (1) Shearness
Western Sandpiper (5) Shearness
Long-billed Dowitcher (2) Shearness
Common Gallinule (1) Shearness
Sedge Wren (2) Continuing past Allee House, better description of location
in ebird checklist

Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19641070

At Little Creek WMA, following directions as previously given to the
shorebird spot, we had an amazing diversity of shorebirds. The highlights
were:

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (3) in the grass on the left side of the pool on
the left
American Golden-Plover (6) in the pool on the left, one on the left side,
five on the right
Wilson's Phalarope (4)
Hudsonian Godwit (1)
White-rumped Sandpiper (10)
Western Sandpiper (6)
Stilt Sandpiper (8)
Black Tern (1)

Full checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19641253

Good birding!

Alex Wiebe
Takoma Park, Maryland
Subject: shorebirds at Little Creek and Bombay Hook (9/1)
From: Taj Schottland <tsurfbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:12:10 -0400
The shorebird spectacle at Little Creek continues. Highlights this morning
included:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (3)
Golden Plover (2)
Wilson's Phalarope (3)
Pectoral Sandpiper (25)

Full checklist can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19636849

I stopped at Bombay Hook briefly on my way home and located two of the
continuing Marbled Godwits and a single Hudsonian Godwit.

Cheers,
-Taj


-- 
Taj Schottland
Avian Biologist
Cardno ENTRIX
CELL: 802-258-1200
EMAIL: taj.schottland AT cardno.com
Subject: Middletown Nature Area
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:10:57 -0400
I had no luck relocating the Loggerhead Shrike at Chas. Price Mem. Park
this morning, but at the the M'town Nature Area (S of town on 71) a
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was working the trees by the creek.

Rod Murray, Middletown
Subject: Re: Loggerhead Shrike at Charles Price Park
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:57:17 -0400
Birders,

The shrike is still present in the same location as previously reported.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 31, 2014, at 10:37 AM, Brian Henderson  wrote:
> 
> Ellen Sebastiani spotted a Loggerhead Shrike at Charles Price Park in
> Middletown this morning. It's on the left side of the entrance road, before
> hitting the pond, atop a collection of small shrubs. The bird is still
> present.
> 
> Brian Henderson
> East Norriton, Montgomery county, PA