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Lesser Striped Swallow,©Barry Kent Mackay

24 Jan Keep an eye out for the one-eyed GBBG in New Castle County [Andrew McGann ]
21 Jan First bird of the Trump era [Rodney Murray ]
17 Jan Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer ]
17 Jan REMINDER: January DOS Meeting - "State of the Birds - A Presidential Address" with Bill Stewart - Tomorrow at 7:00 PM [Anthony Gonzon ]
16 Jan Alapocas walk Wednesday 8:30 am ["sally o'byrne" ]
16 Jan Indian river inlet [Rodney Murray ]
16 Jan Black-headed Gull - Wolfe Neck Wastewater Facility [Andy Urquhart ]
15 Jan Re: caracara, ash-throated, big flocks snow geese? [Fred Atwood ]
15 Jan caracara, ash-throated, big flocks snow geese? [Fred Atwood ]
15 Jan Orange crowned warbler [Nancy Cunningham ]
15 Jan Re: RFI: White-winged Dove [Debbie Beer ]
15 Jan Re: RFI: White-winged Dove [dcoffin5 ]
15 Jan RFI: White-winged Dove [Jerald Reb ]
14 Jan N. Shrike [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
13 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 13th, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Jan January DOS Meeting - "State of the Birds - A Presidential Address" - Wed. January 18 [Anthony Gonzon ]
11 Jan Re: Ash-throated Flycatcher? [James DuHadaway ]
11 Jan Ash-throated Flycatcher? [Tony Futcher ]
10 Jan Common Eider, Iceland & Glaucous Gulls [Gina Sheridan ]
9 Jan Re: Ash-throated Flycatcher & Caracara [Patricia Valdata ]
7 Jan RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 6th, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
7 Jan State Rarities [Gina Sheridan ]
7 Jan Horned Larks Avondale PA ["Carolyn D'Amico" ]
6 Jan Ross's Goose at Bellevue SP ["Amy O'Neil" ]
6 Jan DOS Head Start Trip Rescheduled for Jan. 8 [ ]
6 Jan DOS Head Start Trip - Final Update [ ]
6 Jan Georgetown, East Trap Pond Rd. [Alice Mohrman ]
4 Jan DOS Head Start Field Trip - Update [ ]
4 Jan 2017 DOS Head Start Trip [ ]
4 Jan Northern Shrike - Prime Hook NWR [Bert Filemyr ]
4 Jan Ash-throated Flycatcher & Caracara [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
4 Jan Eagles seen while not birding ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
2 Jan Crested Caracara in Rehoboth Beach Jan. 2, 2017 [David Bridge ]
2 Jan Crested CaraCara [Ken Wat ]
2 Jan Ash-throated Flycatcher at Gordon's Pond ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
1 Jan Gordon's Pond Ash-throated Flycatcher - YES 1/1 [Brian Henderson ]
31 Dec Crested Caracara at Cape Henlopen ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
30 Dec Re: Yard List Challenge [Jerald Reb ]
30 Dec Northern Shrike – Prime Hook NWR, Dec. 30 [David Bridge ]
30 Dec RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 30th, 2017 [Andrew Ednie ]
30 Dec Crested Caracara in Rehoboth Beach Dec. 30 [David Bridge ]
30 Dec Yard List Challenge [Joe Sebastiani ]
30 Dec Crested Caracara - Yes! [David and Joy Peters ]
30 Dec Seaford CBC needs help ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
30 Dec Caracara [Bob strahorn ]
30 Dec Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am [Parents Coffin ]
30 Dec Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am [dcoffin5 ]
30 Dec Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am [Jerald Reb ]
29 Dec Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am [Gmail ]
29 Dec Crested caracara YES 11:00 am [Rob Blye ]
29 Dec Crested Caracara ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
28 Dec Ash-Throated Flycatcher [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
28 Dec Birds on Cape Henlopen Point ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
27 Dec Cape Henlopen CBC Boat Trip is full. [ ]
27 Dec Crested Caracara [Joe Sebastiani ]
23 Dec RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 23rd, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Dec Great Blue Heron [Marie Gardner ]
21 Dec Cape Henlopen CBC and Boat Trip [ ]
19 Dec Bombay Hook Preliminary Results: [Andrew Ednie ]
19 Dec Reminder: DOS Meeting this Wednesday [Anthony Gonzon ]
17 Dec I took the long way to Wawa...... [ ]
14 Dec DOS December Meeting - Wednesday, Dec 21 "FOR DOS BY DOS - A night of shared stories and experiences" [Anthony Gonzon ]
13 Dec Hooded Mergansers in Sussex County [Rob Blye ]
13 Dec Silver Lake, Rehoboth Beach, De. [Lynn Smith ]
13 Dec Great Blue Heron - Newark [Marie Gardner ]
12 Dec Common Goldeneye [David and Joy Peters ]
8 Dec Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Marylou Atwell ]
7 Dec Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Mark Odell ]
7 Dec Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk [Rodney Murray ]
7 Dec Lapland Longspur [Edward Crawford ]
7 Dec Nuthatches at Cape Henlopen [Edward Crawford ]
7 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - DE SU home, Dec 7, 2016 [Rob Blye ]
6 Dec Bombay Hook Christmas Bird Count [Andrew Ednie ]
3 Dec Re: de-birds Digest - 1 Dec 2016 to 2 Dec 2016 (#2016-295) [ ]
29 Nov Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2016) 6 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Nov Ashland Nature Center (28 Nov 2016) 22 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]

Subject: Keep an eye out for the one-eyed GBBG in New Castle County
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:36:18 +0000
Hey all,

I took a quick look at the birds at Augustine Beach, near Port Penn in New
Castle County, on Sunday afternoon. It was still very foggy with heavy
mist, and there wasn't much to see bird-wise. However, the one
non-Ring-billed Gull loafing with the Ring-bills was a rather unique and
impresssive first-cycle Great Black-backed Gull.

I didn't realize what I was seeing at first, but on closer inspection, this
bird had experienced a serious trauma to the right side of its face, and
seems to have lost its right eye. I don't think that it's necessarily in
need of rescue, because it seemed to be otherwise in decent health. At
least for now.

But I spent some time observing this bird. I'm impressed with its
toughness. The other side of its face is perfectly normal, and as I sat
there watching it, it reminded me of the Batman villain Two-Face. Scary on
one side, handsome on the other.

Additionally, one of the coolest things about birds with unique injuries is
that they can become recognizable INDIVIDUALS to birders. (I'm sure birds
are always capable of discerning and remembering other members of their
species individually.) But for us humans, these gross injuries or
deformities allow us to easily discerned them from the anonymous multitudes
of their conspecifics. It's similar to the color-coded leg bands that
ornithologists use in their mark-resight studies, only more natural. Quite
a few years ago, I recall a unique Great Egret in Pennsylvania that many
birders enjoyed keeping tabs on through a summer on the Susquehanna River.
That bird was recognizable from the fact that it had lost one leg just
below the ankle joint.

Here's a quick video clip of this GBBG:

https://vimeo.com/200610615

So, if you're in the vicinity of Port Penn, keep an out for the one-eyed
Great Black-backed Gull.

Good birding,
Andy
-- 
++Sent from my iPhone++

Andrew J. McGann
(717) 891-8145
andrew.mcgann AT gmail.com
Product Specialist, Cellular Tracking Technologies
Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology

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Subject: First bird of the Trump era
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:34:12 -0500
   Just for the record, moments after our new Commander-in-Chief was sworn
in yesterday, I took a peek through the kitchen window to note my first
bird seen under the new administration.  Lo and behold, it was a FOY
Chipping Sparrow searching under the feeder for tidbits that either God or
I had provided.

   I had hoped for something a tad more dramatic like a Bald Eagle or, ...
or even a Turkey Vulture.

Rod Murray, Middletown DE

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Subject: Together for Birds Petition
From: Steve Holmer <sholmer AT ABCBIRDS.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:32:27 +0000
Together for Birds Petition 
 


Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful 
flight of a Bald Eagle or the charisma of a Golden-crowned Kinglet. This value 
is widely supported by citizens of all political persuasions. Now, we face a 
critical moment. The environment was not a major issue in the recent election, 
but decisions made by the incoming Administration and Congress could have 
far-reaching impacts for birds and their habitats. 


That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign 
this 
petition 
to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This 
may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for 
birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the 
progress we have made in recent decades is preserved. 


We will present the petition and signatures to the new Administration and 
Congress on January 23, just after the Inauguration. Please 
sign 
to show your support for bird conservation today! 


Sign the Petition


https://secure2.convio.net/abcb/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=290 


Forward the Petition

Please use Facebook, Twitter (#togetherforbirds) and email to let family, 
friends and colleagues know about this effort to join together in support of 
birds. 

Organizations Can Endorse the Petition

To sign on your organization, please fill in the name in the box provided


https://secure2.convio.net/abcb/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=290 


Organizations, Please Circulate the Petition

Please forward this link to your lists 
https://secure2.convio.net/abcb/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=290 


"TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION



Dear [Administration and Congress],



We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad 
cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue 
with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds 
and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people. 


More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related 
recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as 
the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits 
to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with 
many declining in population or facing extinction. 


We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats 
continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask 
that you please support: 


1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our 
national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble. 


2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect 
most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's 
most successful conservation programs. 


3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal 
support for migratory bird conservation. 


4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its 
vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other 
toxins. 


5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain 
public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is 
maintained. 


We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of 
critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play 
vital roles in these conservation efforts. 


Let's work together for birds!









Steve Holmer
Vice President of Policy
American Bird Conservancy &
Director, Bird Conservation Alliance
202-888-7490
sholmer AT abcbirds.org

www.abcbirds.org, 
https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-conservation-alliance/, ABC on 
Facebook, 
ABC Videos 






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Subject: REMINDER: January DOS Meeting - "State of the Birds - A Presidential Address" with Bill Stewart - Tomorrow at 7:00 PM
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:11:26 -0600
 Greetings all,

DOS wants you to help us kick off the New Year right! Join us tomorrow night 
for a special presentation by DOS President Bill Stewart titled "State of the 
Birds - A Presidential Address"! Come join us and bring a friend or two! 


Based upon the most recent studies and scientific-based publications, our birds 
are more and more challenged for survival as each year turns. Bill will spend 
the evening reviewing and discussing some of the findings, both from the most 
challenging and distressing species, and also the good news makers. 


Bill Stewart is the Director of Conservation and Community along with Young 
Birder Program Coordinator for the American Birding Association. A passionate 
birder for over 37 years, Bill is currently serving as the President of the 
Delmarva Ornithological Society. Previously, Bill served as the Conservation 
Chair for DOS and is the founder and coordinator of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, 
the Wilmington Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project, and the Lights Out! Wilmington 
initiative. Most recently, Bill was awarded the 2014 Rosalie Edge Conservation 
Award from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club. In his free time, Bill 
likes to spend time with his five children, grandson, and do a little surfing. 


DOS Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September 
through May at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE. They are free and all 
are welcome. Social hour and refreshments start at 7:00pm, followed by the 
meeting and presentations at 7:30pm. 


If you'd like to bring snacks to share or contribute photographs to the 
pre-meeting slideshow, please contact our meeting hostess, Kelley Nunn at: 
kelley.nunn AT gmail.com. 


Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair

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Subject: Alapocas walk Wednesday 8:30 am
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:59:45 -0500
Greetings,
I will be leading a mid-Winter bird walk on Wednesday, leaving from Blue Ball 
Barn at Alapocas State Park. It is advertised from 8:30 - 10:30, but I am 
willing to walk a little longer if the group is willing and the birds are good. 
Tuesday’s rain should have cleared and the temps will be quite mild. This is 
a good walk for those who would like to spend time on some common winter birds. 
There is also the faint possibility of seeing a Raven, which showed up last 
year - they seem to like abandoned buildings. 


For anyone interested in seeing Bancroft Mills since the fire, there are good 
views of the remnants of the old mill. If you haven’t been to Alapocas 
before, you will be surprised by this gem of an urban park. 


Sally O'Byrne

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Subject: Indian river inlet
From: Rodney Murray <0000015ec94d3aab-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:14:14 -0500
9 common eiders at IRI, two of which appear to be first winter males. The males 
are currently just north of the north jetty- the females are south of the south 
jetty. Also, one horned grebe along with the usual species seen here. 


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Subject: Black-headed Gull - Wolfe Neck Wastewater Facility
From: Andy Urquhart <000000c02f6624dc-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:30:25 -0500
Late last week, birding with Ellen Bacino, I observed an  adult 
Black-headed Gull at the Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment plant in Rehoboth 
Beach. We 

were there for about 45 minutes at mid-day, and the  bird flew in over the 
first impoundment for approximately 30 seconds  before flying out of sight 
beyond the furthest dike. The bird did not  land in view, so in-flight field 
marks were needed - white triangle on upper  wing, dark primaries on under 
wing, dark red legs (extended as the bird  approached the water surface) and 
heavier bill than Bonaparte's Gull (I could  not see the red bill color in the 
few seconds I looked for it).
 
I apologize for the late report, but little harm done as the plant is  
closed and inaccessible on weekends. Black-headed Gull is regular here in the  
winter. In past years I have seen up to a dozen or so lounging on the dikes  
and in the water. This is also a good location for ducks. While we were 
present there were many Shovelers and smaller numbers of Mallards, Blacks, and 

one  American Wigeon.
 
For those who haven't been there before, the facility is at the end of  
Wolfe Neck Road, which goes east from northbound Route 1 at the corner with  
the Wawa. Proceed through the gate and park near the building. Enter the  
office building, check in with someone there to let them know that you are 
there 

 to look at birds, and go straight through the building to an observation  
area next to the first impoundment. I believe they will ask you not  to go 
beyond that paved area.
 
Good birding!
 
Andy Urquhart
Oxford, PA

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Subject: Re: caracara, ash-throated, big flocks snow geese?
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:19:38 -0500
Several people have given me great input as always! Thank you VERY much. No
more need to respond.  However, if anyone is out tomorrow and finds
anything rare between Indian River inlet and Bombay Hook before 3:30 please
shoot me an email or text.
All the best
Fred


On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Fred Atwood  wrote:

> Dear Delaware Birders
> I am planning to bring some of my Virginia students and teen birders to
> Delaware tomorrow to look for birds.  For the non-birders in the group I
> want to astound them with a huge flock of snow geese.  For the birders, I
> was hoping to try for the caracara and the ash-throated flycatcher.
> However, I don't see any recent eBird reports of those birds.
> So I have 4 questions:
>
> 1. Where have been the best possibilities recently for seeing huge flocks
> of snow geese? We expect to be in DE from about 10 AM to about 3:30 PM, and
> I was going to start around Prime Hook/Broadkill Beach/Cods Rd area.
> 2. Has anyone seen the caracara or ash-throated flycatcher recently? If
> so, when, and  also where if different from the eBird noted locations.
> 3. I have never been to Gordon's Pond. How do you get there from Cape
> Henlopen. (No need to tel me if it is just the route my phone will give
> me.)  Is there a specific trail/hotspot there that is most recommended?
> 4. If anyone sees a Snowy Owl tomorrow in the area (or if you have seen
> one this weekend)   please email me. (Or call/text me tomorrow with any
> rarities found 7032421675 <(703)%20242-1675>)
>
> Thanks for your input
> Happy Martin Luther King Day, a very inspiring man
> Fred Atwood
> Flint Hill School, Oakton VA
>

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Subject: caracara, ash-throated, big flocks snow geese?
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT FLINTHILL.ORG>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:31:04 -0500
Dear Delaware Birders
I am planning to bring some of my Virginia students and teen birders to
Delaware tomorrow to look for birds.  For the non-birders in the group I
want to astound them with a huge flock of snow geese.  For the birders, I
was hoping to try for the caracara and the ash-throated flycatcher.
However, I don't see any recent eBird reports of those birds.
So I have 4 questions:

1. Where have been the best possibilities recently for seeing huge flocks
of snow geese? We expect to be in DE from about 10 AM to about 3:30 PM, and
I was going to start around Prime Hook/Broadkill Beach/Cods Rd area.
2. Has anyone seen the caracara or ash-throated flycatcher recently? If so,
when, and  also where if different from the eBird noted locations.
3. I have never been to Gordon's Pond. How do you get there from Cape
Henlopen. (No need to tel me if it is just the route my phone will give
me.)  Is there a specific trail/hotspot there that is most recommended?
4. If anyone sees a Snowy Owl tomorrow in the area (or if you have seen one
this weekend)   please email me. (Or call/text me tomorrow with any
rarities found 7032421675)

Thanks for your input
Happy Martin Luther King Day, a very inspiring man
Fred Atwood
Flint Hill School, Oakton VA

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Subject: Orange crowned warbler
From: Nancy Cunningham <nancy_c8899 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:43:01 +0000
At 1:40 I observed an Orange-crowned Warbler near Prime Hook. Grey head with 
yellow belly and hanging upside down while foraging in the shrubs. Near the HQ 
on east side of field where maintenance sheds are to the west 


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Subject: Re: RFI: White-winged Dove
From: Debbie Beer <debbeer1023 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:53:48 -0500
Hi folks,
Thanks for all the great info! I was thinking of looking for that dove.

As someone doing a big year and finding myself chasing checklists for
regional specialties, I'd be very grateful for details indicated directly
on checklists. Especially if visitors are not welcome.

Lots of great social media chat groups, Facebook groups, etc. But I don't
always know where to look for info. I'll try to do this, especially for
rarities.

Bird on, and much luck to all in 2017! Thanks.

Debbie Beer
Philly birder

On Jan 15, 2017 11:15 AM, "dcoffin5"  wrote:

> There is addt,l note on facebook that White wing is private property and
> owner does not want birders to come around.  Note says if bird is seen on
> public viewing place then an update will be posted with specifics.
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: Jerald Reb 
> Date: 1/15/17  9:55 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU Subject:
> [de-birds] RFI: White-winged Dove
> Hi all,
>
> Does anyone have details on the White-winged Dove seen in Newark
> yesterday? It was entered into ebird with a photo but no additional
> details, and the location was set to the city of Newark.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jerald
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: RFI: White-winged Dove
From: dcoffin5 <dcoffin5 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:15:36 -0500
There is addt,l note on facebook that White wing is private property and owner 
does not want birders to come around.  Note says if bird is seen on public 
viewing place then an update will be posted with specifics. 



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Jerald Reb  Date: 
1/15/17 9:55 AM (GMT-05:00) To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU Subject: [de-birds] RFI: 
White-winged Dove 

Hi all,

Does anyone have details on the White-winged Dove seen in Newark yesterday? It 
was entered into ebird with a photo but no additional details, and the location 
was set to the city of Newark. 


Thanks,

Jerald

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Subject: RFI: White-winged Dove
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:55:33 -0500
Hi all,

Does anyone have details on the White-winged Dove seen in Newark yesterday? It 
was entered into ebird with a photo but no additional details, and the location 
was set to the city of Newark. 


Thanks,

Jerald

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Subject: N. Shrike
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:04:35 -0500
My son, Anthony, and my in-laws, Dave & Joy Peters, had our big birding
day. We started down south and worked our way to Port Mahon. We saw 71
birds today, which was a good day. We stopped at Prime Hook and walked the
Boardwalk Trail. Just as we began the trail, while it was sleeting, the
Northern Shrike was in the top of the tree along the right side of the
trail where the two tall trees flank the trail on each side about 50' down.
It flew toward the back of the tree line where the trail goes through the
area where lots of trees blew down last year. As we circled the meadow, it
flew back up in the tree on the left side of the trail where we first saw
it. Joy got her camera and we were able to get a couple of photos, though
the lighting was bad. It flew to a tree in the middle of that meadow/brushy
area and then flew to the back tree line again. We were able to watch it
for 30 min. We were able to see the thinner mask, white rump, and the
lighter color back, which almost looked white. Will add photo later to
E-bird.

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 13th, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:49:39 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 13, 2017
* DEST1701.13
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk
Bald Eagle
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
MARBLED GODWIT
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
ICELAND GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Fish Crow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat (found dead)
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Purple Finch

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Date: January 13, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
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Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For 2017 on January, Friday the 13th, this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial
Delaware year list stands at 155 species this week.

The previous reported ROSS'S GOOSE was seen with 5 CACKLING GOOSE at
Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred during the snowstorm on Saturday.
Those birds were look for on Sunday after the big freeze without success.
Only a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found.

There have been no further sightings of CRESTED CARACARA, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, or SNOWY OWL after last weekend's snowstorm
that left a foot of snow in Sussex County. The storm did influence birds
coming to feeders: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Bay Vista along
with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE and PALM WARBLER were reported at
Hollyville, west of Lewes, an EASTERN PHOEBE shivering in the cold was seen
with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS and 3 PURPLE FINCHES at a
feeding station west of Georgetown. Another PINE WARBLER with CHIPPING and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW plus PURPLE FINCH were seen at Cheswold. PINE WARBLER,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen coming to a
feeder in Brookside, near Newark.

Northern Delaware had several sightings of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES including
Shipley Road plus Grubb Road in Brandywine Hundred, Brandywine Creek State
Park, Yorklyn, Middle Run, Bay Pointe, and the C&D Canal at Summit Bridge.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen at Christiana Manor in Newark with
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
was also reported in Camden-Wyoming. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was also seen
coming to White's feeder in Yorklyn.

There were several sightings of SNOW BUNTINGS in Kent County after the storm
including seven at Cartanza Road north of Little Creek with 90 HORNED LARK.
SNOW BUNTING was found at South Bowers Beach and on the Shearness Pool Road
at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna.

A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Bombay Hook on the bayside of Shearness along
with DUNLIN. The previously intermittently reported flock of 8 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen again today at Shearness Pool. Other waterfowl
scene included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Night
Heron Island. SAVANNAH, FOX and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were seen along the
Dike Road. A pair of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were seen at the feeder by the
evergreens on private property near the entrance gate. A GRAY CATBIRD was
found in the woods behind Finis Pool.

People looking for the SNOWY OWL in South Bowers Beach found a raft of 20
GREATER SCAUP plus COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and
COMMON LOON. Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and DUNLIN with
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES were seen along the beach. BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE and
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at the fishing pier along Port Mahan. ROSS'S and
CACKLING GOOSE were seen with the large flock of SNOW GEESE at Barrett's
Chapel near Frederica. ROSS'S GOOSE was also seen flying over Johnny Cake
Landing Road, west of Frederica today. Yellow PALM WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
and BROWN THRASHER were also seen near Frederica. AMERICAN PIPIT was seen
off Carpenters Bridge Road.

A COMMON EIDER was reported at Indian River Inlet on Monday. The big flock
of birds of waterfowl off the jetty included BRANT, 75 LONG-TAILED DUCK and
110 BUFFLEHEAD with 5 WHITE-WINGED, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, GREATER SCAUP,
and COMMON GOLDENEYE. Four PURPLE SANDPIPERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING
were seen on the jetty along with GREAT CORMORANT.

REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER was seen at
Spring Lake. 140 CANVASBACKS were seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. The
NUTHATCH trifecta, RED-BREASTED. BROWN-HEADED, and WHITE-BREASTED continues
to be seen at the Cape Henlopen State Park Seaside Nature Center, along with
FOX SPARROW.

Jones Crossing Landfill, off Hardscrabble Road between Georgetown and
Seaford continues to have ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS reported with 3 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An estimated 500 TUNDRA SWANS were seen with
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. 

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE were found along the Boardwalk
Trail at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. AMERICAN KESTREL
was reported at the Little Neck Wildlife Area off Prime Hook Beach Road.
Waterfowl reported included WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, BUFFLEHEAD, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. GREATER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN were also seen. A raft
of 20 GREATER SCAUP were seen off Broadkill Beach

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen today along Cedar Swamp Road, off
Route 1 past the sharp 90 degree turn at Taylor's Bridge. RED-THROATED LOON
continues to be seen at the Augustine Beach boat ramp, south of Port Penn. A
drake COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen there on Sunday along with several
BUFFLEHEADS. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen at the Ashton Tract on Saturday
along with GRAY CATBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN
and both GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY CROWNED KINGLET.

A massive flock of birds feeding on berries at the C&D canal west of Summit
Bridge included 175 CEDAR WAXWINGS with 300 AMERICAN ROBIN along with
EASTERN BLUEBIRD, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and 10 PURPLE FINCHES. A freshly
dead YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found along the roadside. COMMON MERGANSERS
were found in the canal and seen flying over.

Newark reservoir had COMMON MERGANSER, with a pair of WOOD DUCK and COMMON
GOLDENEYE. AMERICAN PIPIT was seen on the grassy edges of the path. BARRED
OWL was found at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. BROWN THRASHER and FOX
SPARROW were seen near the Tri-State Bird Rescue buildings. There was also a
flight of 64 FISH CROW. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and BROWN
THRASHER were reported at White Clay Creek State Park.

Hoopes's reservoir near Greenville had GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, 220
RING-NECKED DUCKS, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 10 AMERICAN COOTS, plus HOODED and
COMMON MERGANSER. BALD EAGLE and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen hunting along
the shoreline. 30 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen flying over the Ashland Nature
Center along the Red Clay Creek. Birders going to Ashland be aware that the
covered bridge over at Brackenville Road is closed. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
was reported at Brandywine Creek State Park.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Gina Sheridan,
William Anderson, Dick Plambeck, John Long, Shannon Modla, Dave Mellow, Andy
McGann, Steve Graff, Kyle Klotz, Mike Moore, Brian McCaffrey, Dean Coffin,
Frank Lenik, Joel Martin, Nancy Goggin, Amy and Jim White, Derek Stoner, Joe
Sebastiani, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Phil Thompson, Jerald and
Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn,
Sue Gruver, Joe Russell, and Joe Swertinski. 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!

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Subject: January DOS Meeting - "State of the Birds - A Presidential Address" - Wed. January 18
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:23:22 -0500
Greetings all,

DOS wants you to help us kick off the New Year right!  Join us next Wednesday 
for a special presentation by DOS President Bill Stewart!  Come join us and 
bring a friend or two! 


Based upon the most recent studies and scientific-based publications, our birds 
are more and more challenged for survival as each year turns.  Bill will spend 
the evening reviewing and discussing some of the findings, both from the most 
challenging and distressing species, and also the good news makers. 


Bill Stewart is the Director of Conservation and Community along with Young 
Birder Program Coordinator for the American Birding Association.  A passionate 
birder for over 37 years, Bill is currently serving as the President of the 
Delmarva Ornithological Society.  Previously, Bill served as the Conservation 
Chair for DOS and is the founder and coordinator of the Delaware Bird-A-Thon, 
the Wilmington Peregrine Falcon Webcam Project, and the Lights Out! Wilmington 
initiative.  Most recently, Bill was awarded the 2014 Rosalie Edge 
Conservation Award from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club.  In his free 
time, Bill likes to spend time with his five children, grandson, and do a 
little surfing. 


DOS Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from September 
through May at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE. They are free and all 
are welcome.  Social hour and refreshments start at 7:00pm, followed by the 
meeting and presentations at 7:30pm.  


If you’d like to bring snacks to share or contribute photographs to the 
pre-meeting slideshow, please contact our meeting hostess, Kelley Nunn at:  
Kelley.nunn AT gmail.com. 


Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair

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Subject: Re: Ash-throated Flycatcher?
From: James DuHadaway <jbduhadaway AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:01:44 -0500
Tony,
I have rare bird alerts set up for Delaware from ebird for each day, the
Delaware list has been more or less dead since Sunday (day after the
storm).  There has been no sighting of the Ash-throated Flycatcher and
Caracara in that same time period.

Regards,
James DuHadaway

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:03 AM, Tony Futcher 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Has anyone encountered the Ash-throated Flycatcher since the freeze? I was
> toying with the idea of trying for it on Thursday (12th). Also curious
> about the Caracara, though I was able to find that several days ago.
> Thanks, Tony Futcher Hyattsville, MD
>
> --
> Tony Futcher
> Hyattsville, MD
>
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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher?
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:03:49 -0500
Hi all,

Has anyone encountered the Ash-throated Flycatcher since the freeze? I 
was toying with the idea of trying for it on Thursday (12th). Also 
curious about the Caracara, though I was able to find that several days 
ago. Thanks, Tony Futcher Hyattsville, MD

-- 
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Hyattsville, MD


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Subject: Common Eider, Iceland & Glaucous Gulls
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:33:52 -0500
In the late morning today (Monday, 01/09/17), Dennis and I visited
Hardscrabble Lake (on the corner of Hardscrabble Road & Landfill Road) in
the Jones Crossroads Landfill west of Georgetown.  On the aforementioned
lake, we scored our year list trifecta of a 1st cycle ICELAND GULL, 1st
cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, and three adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLs. There was a
Fox Sparrow across the road as well.

By the end of the day, we dropped into Indian River Inlet and found a 1st
year male COMMON EIDER. The eider  is unmistakable with its immaculate
white upper breast contrasting nicely with its overall chocolate-brown
color. It was hanging out at the end of the north jetty or sometimes
farther out and mixing with the LONG-TAILED DUCKs.

Other birds of note here were a GREAT CORMORANT, a drake GREATER SCAUP, a
pair of BLACK SCOTERs, a drake SURF SCOTER, four PURPLE SANDPIPERs, and a
RUDDY TURNSTONE.

It was nice winter's day of birding!

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE

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Subject: Re: Ash-throated Flycatcher & Caracara
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 18:54:03 -0500
Just wondering if anyone has been able to get to Cape Henlopen to see
whether the rarities are still around after the storm. I don;t know how the
park roads are (or the Delaware highways, for that matter).

I'm hoping to get up that way later in the week, once the snow melts.

Pat Valdata
Elkton/Crisfield, MD

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 6th, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:35:03 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 6, 2017
* DEST1701.06
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Rosss Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Blue-winged Teal
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
GOLDEN EAGLE
Virginia Rail
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Wilsons Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland GULL
Lesser Black Backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Forsters Tern
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
SNOWY OWL
Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 6, 2017
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 2017, on Friday, January 6th, this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware
year list for 2016 reached a record at 336 species last week! The new
unofficial Delaware year list stands at 153 species this week.

News just came in that SNOWY OWL was found at sitting on a chimney in South
Bowers Beach, south of Dover. South Bowers is accessed from the
Thompsonville Road off US Route 113 north of Milford. A CLAPPER RAIL was
found in the marsh nearby.

Another new bird this week was a NORTHERN SHRIKE found at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. That bird was found from the refuge
headquarters access road off the Black Farm Trail. This is before the sharp
90 turn in the road, watched the field edge along the south side or hike
the trail to the field along the eastern edge. Also seen in this area was an
EASTERN PHOEBE. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Observation Point
Trail near the headquarters. More on ORANGE-CROWNS later.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA continues to be seen in the West
Rehoboth area behind Tangiers Outlet. The bird has been seen off Road 271
(the Holland Glade Road) and at Hebron Road, the next road to the south. A
good place to look is at the parking lot for the Breakwater Trail. Look for
the ballfield on the left-hand side of the road, the caracara has been seen
in the hedgerow along the Breakwater Trail and in the woods by the silo
behind the ballfield. Also seen in the area has been ROSSS GOOSE and
flyover CACKLING GOOSE. Birders looking for the CARACARA might also want to
look at the Wolfes Neck sewage treatment plant near Midway. Two
BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen there on Sunday along with ROSSS GOOSE and
NORTHERN BOBWHITE.

The previous reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen at the
southern trailhead to Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park. Use the
parking lot off N. Ocean Dr. in Rehoboth Beach and watch the shrubs from the
trailhead onto the beach access trail. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was
also found at Gordons Pond along with RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH. A GREAT EGRET was found at the pond. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen
with the 15,000 SNOW GEESE sitting on the ocean. BLACK SCOTER, RED-THROATED
LOON, and NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore.

The year of the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues with at least six sightings
this week. Besides the birds reported at Gordons Pond and Prime Hook, there
were birds reported at Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach, Creekside neighborhood
near Clarksville west of Bethany Beach, and in Lewes. In New Castle County,
an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre
Marsh. CHIPPING and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, and both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were also found at the Ashton Tract.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island
with nearly 200 AMERICAN WIGEON. Also reported was MUTE SWAN, 230 GADWALL,
BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. Shorebirds seen included GREATER
YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN. Land birds included PINE WARBLER with WINTER WREN,
PILEATED WOODPECKER, and both WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

A RED-NECK GREBE was seen off Indian River Inlet on Wednesday with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and all three species of SCOTER: SURF,
WHITE-WINGED, and BLACK. Three GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at the inlet along
with PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING on the jetty. A
TRICOLORED HERON was found on Thursday at Burtons Island, behind the North
Marina. Waterfowl there included 750 BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON LOON.
RUDDY TURNSTONE and BALD EAGLE were reported at the marina.

Four REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Spring Lake condominiums off
Route 1 between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. A flock of 300 CANVASBACKS were
seen off of Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach, along with intermittent reports
of GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED
GREBE. Six LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Silver Lake on Sunday

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Angola Neck along the Camp Arrowhead Road near
Herring Creek on Saturday. This is off the John Williams Hwy., Route 24,
west of Rehoboth Beach. Bald Eagle Creek near Rehoboth Beach had HORNED
GREBE and COMMON LOON, along with HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY
DUCK, plus 5 KILLDEER and BELTED KINGFISHER. This area also had the Nuthatch
trifecta with RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

Gulls at the Jones Crossing landfill, in Sussex County included 50 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED, 4 adult ICELAND and 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS (one adult and two
immature). These gulls can be seen on the pond and sand hills by the dredge
area on 28560 Landfill Lane off Hardscrabble Road (Route 20) between
Georgetown and Laurel, which make easy viewing for birders.

A first-year male COMMON EIDER was seen off the Harbor of Refuge lighthouse
jetty in Cape Henlopen State Park on Wednesday along with BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and GREAT CORMORANT. A flock of
30 SNOW BUNTINGS with 5 Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROWS were found at the point at
Cape Henlopen. Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a FORSTERS TERN were seen
at Herring Point. Three VIRGINIA RAILS were heard calling at the bridges
over the marsh along the Saltmarsh Spur Trail behind the campground. A
census of the park found 37 BROWN-HEADED and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES on
Sunday. The trip to the Breakwater jetty on Sunday found a second-year
GLAUCOUS GULL along with 25 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 15 RUDDY TURNSTONES,
SANDERLING, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS.

A flock of 13 AMERICAN AVOCETS, along with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS
were found at the Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge on
Sunday. Also seen was a GREAT EGRET on Wednesday. Waterfowl there included
GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Both COMMON and
RED-THROATED LOONS were seen off Broadkill Beach. PALM WARBLER was seen off
13 Curves Rd. Six WOOD DUCK were found at Little Neck Wildlife Management
Area off Prime Hook Beach Road, along with AMERICAN PIPIT and PURPLE FINCH
plus 2 MERLIN and an AMERICAN KESTREL. A raft of 20 LESSER SCAUP were seen
off of Prime Hook Beach. 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILLDEER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS were seen at Fowlers Beach. VIRGINIA RAIL, BARRED OWL and WILD
TURKEY were heard calling at Fowlers. ROSSS GOOSE was found among 20,000
SNOW GEESE, plus TUNDRA SWAN, SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. MARSH WREN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and SAVANNAH
SPARROW were seen in the marsh.

Three PURPLE FINCH was also seen coming to a feeder near Georgetown, along
with a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder east
of Seaford with 3 CHIPPING and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. CHIPPING SPARROW and
Eastern Phoebe were found at the Hudson Farm near Trap Pond State Park near
Laurel along with MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL. A CACKLING GOOSE was found
the ponds at Broad Creek in Laurel along with 128 RING-NECKED DUCK, one
female LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Also seen
was BELTED KINGFISHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and 4 PALM WARBLERS. EASTERN PHOEBE,
5 RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, 10 FOX SPARROWS and the NUTHATCH trifecta was also
found at Woodland Ferry in the West Seaford area.

A ROSSS GOOSE was seen at Frederica off Johnny Cake Landing Road. 30 SNOW
BUNTINGS were seen with HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near Little Creek. SNOW
BUNTING was also seen along the Port Mahon Road, plus an AMERICAN BITTERN on
Sunday. A raft of 10 CANVASBACKS, plus GREATER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER,
BUFFLEHEAD and GADWALL were at Kitts Hummock on Saturday. A WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW continues to come to a feeder in Cheswold, joined by a PINE WARBLER
today.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna continues to have some
outstanding late shorebirds, including MARBLED GODWIT with both GREATER and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Sunday plus WILLET and AMERICAN AVOCET. A late male
BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at the northwest corner of Shearness Pool. Diving
ducks reported included a female REDHEAD, 25 RING-NECKED DUCK, 30 COMMON
MERGANSERS plus TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Bear Swamp.
Land birds reported included RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD,
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW and SAVANNAH SPARROW. LONG-EARED OWL
was reported from two different areas within the refuge this week, along
with BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED and EASTERN SCREECH OWL. LONG-EARED OWL was
also reported calling from the holly woods along Texas Lane, south of
Leipsic.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON, previous reported last month was seen again on
Thursday at Hoopes Reservoir near Greenville off Hillside Mill Road. Other
waterfowl reported at Hoopess included GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, 200 RING-NECKED
DUCK, 10 AMERICAN COOT, 2 PIED-BILLED GREBE plus HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. BELTED KINGFISHER, WINTER WREN, and HERMIT THRUSH were along
Hillside Mill Road.

COMMON MERGANSER and BELTED KINGFISHER were found along the Christiana River
at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Area in downtown Wilmington. AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were also found. A lone ROSSS GOOSE was seen on
the pond at Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred. Along with RUSTY
BLACKBIRD. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER reported in Ashland Nature Center and at
Auburn Heights near Yorklyn. A PINE SISKIN was seen at Ashland today

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported again this week at Ashland Nature
Center, the Whites feeder in Yorklyn, North Star, Brookside and White Clay
Creek State Park near Hopkins Bridge. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported
Grubb Road and Shipley Road in Brandywine Hundred, Christiana Manor, 2 in
Glasgow, Fairfield Crest in Newark and Brookside. A PINE WARBLER was also
reported coming to the feeder in Brookside. 

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also reported at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge,
south of Glasgow. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found at Summit Bridge
Farm, below the canal. Nine COMMON MERGANSERS and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
were found at Lums Pond State Park. Raptors reported included RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK and a MERLIN by the bathhouse at the Go Ape rope course. A pair of
TUNDRA SWANS were found at Glasgow Park. 

A pair of MUTE SWANS were found at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City.
Three female COMMON GOLDENEYES were photographed at the Port Penn
impoundments Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. RED-THROATED LOON was reported
at Augustine Beach. GRAY CATBIRD and FOX SPARROW were found at the Green
Tract along Route 9, south of Vance Neck Road near Odessa. MERLIN was seen
there along with a GREAT HORNED OWL during the daytime.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK and WILSONS SNIPE were found at the pond at the
University of Delaware farm, along with CHIPPING SPARROW. BARRED OWL and
WINTER WREN were found at Middle Run Natural Area north of Newark. A flock
of 35 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was found at White Clay Creek State Park near the
Nature Center at Hopkins Bridge along with the FOX SPARROW.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Chris Bennett, Al
Guarente, Nick Pulcinella, Mike Moore, Brian McCaffrey, Mike Smith, Linda
Dempsey, Armas Hill , Amy ONeil, Stephen Courtney, Frank Rohrabacher, Frank
Lenik, Desiree Narengo, Zoe Yost, David Bridge, David Belford, Michael
Bradley, Joel Martin, Katie Bird, Glenn Lovelace, Nancy Goggin, Mike Walsh,
Joanne Howl, Mary Lukaszewski, Jack and Jean Filigenzi,  Amy and Jim White,
Anthony Gonzon, Nancy Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Kim
Steininger, Bill Stewart, Phil Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson,
Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat,
Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Racheal Shapiro, John Skibicki, Teddy Burke, Ed
Crawford, Rob Blye, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Tim Freiday, Joe
Swertinski, Joe Russell and Jason Wood. 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
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Subject: State Rarities
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 16:58:37 -0500
This first week of the new year has certainly ushered in some remarkable
mid-Atlantic rarities!  While it is always a thrill to see state lifers,
the enjoyment of running into plenty of  birder friends out in the "field"
(our preferred habitat) considerably boosts the fun quotient. Here are some
of my personal highlights and better birds for this week.

Breaking in the New Year by easily twitching both the ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER and the Crested Caracara on New Year's Day,  was certainly an
auspicious start. When Dennis and I arrived in the Gordon's Pond parking
lot, we quickly linked up with Andy Ednie's party (which included Jerald
Reb and Ed Crawford). Along with quite a few other birders, we only had to
hold our collective breath for a short time before our desired target bird
graced us with its presence.

The Ash-throated Flycatcher landed on a sunlit bare branched tree at eye
level. After tracking the ATFL for several delightful minutes, we decided
to press onward.

Working Holland Glade Road, we found the CRESTED CARACARA on an obscured
perch in the treeline bordering the Methodist Church ball park.
Fortunately, the Caracara flew around a bit and alighted on an unobstructed
snag that offered everyone crippling scope views. Later, the caracara
lifted off and flew directly over our heads.  It then landed in the grassy
lawn near the parking lot.  At this point, a large contingent of birders
 had gathered to enjoy the fantastic views offered up by this visitor from
the deep south.

The next port of call for Dennis and I was Silver Lake.  Upon arrival, we
were pleased to see our friend Dave Fees who has scanning the waterfowl.
Since Dave had already crunched the waterfowl numbers, we were pleased to
learn that there were indeed 267 CANVASBACKs here.   Meanwhile, a Belted
Kingfisher helped out our nascent year list.

Spring Lake held a half dozen REDHEADs, as well as several LESSER SCAUP and
RING-NECKED ducks. Our last stop of the day at Swiggett's Lake (near
Lincoln) capped things off with four TUNDRA SWANs, a RUDDY DUCK, HOODED
MERGANSERs, BUFFLEHEADs, and large contingent of RING-NECKED DUCKs.

Over the course of this week, I dipped three different times (twice with my
husband Dennis) on the Northern Shrike. Although I had patiently staked out
the (in)famous southern most field on Prime Hook's Black Farm Trail, I
 found no joy with the shrike, and there were plenty of long stretches of
birdless tedium.  At least a few decent year birds for me here included
PILEATED WOODPECKER, N. FLICKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, N. HARRIER, and WINTER
WREN.

Fortunately, the boredom was greatly alleviated by chatty interludes with
other intrepid birders (i.e.Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Michael Moore, Vince
Gambal, Tim Freiday, John Long, Frank Rohrbacher, and Andy McGann). Tales
of birder agony and ecstasy were duly exchanged.

On Friday (01/06/07), Dennis and I found ourselves back in Prime Hook's
field of dreams, and wondering "will the shrike come?".  Our target bird
vigil was soon supplemented by Sharon Lynn and Sue Gruver.  From our
vantage point on the southern stretch of the Black Farm Trail (which
connects the southwesern corner to the southeastern corner of the southern
most field), we assiduously scanned the area.  After pausing to converse on
how much longer should be spent on our search, I was almost astonished to
see the NORTHERN SHRIKE pop up and land at fairly close range  on the top
of a bare limbed tree. I called out "Northern Shrike!" and everyone was
quickly on the bird.

The tree in question was in the brushy lightly wooded section that borders
the trail, and the shrike was first seen at 10:15 AM. From its perch, the
shrike was pumping its tail and looking around for its next meal. After a
few minutes, the shrike dropped low and out of our sight.  High fives and
broad smiles were exchanged by all.

We then hiked out on the Observation Point Trail (aka Dike Trail), where
birding was slow. There was a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER hanging out with
HOODED MERGANSERs and BUFFLEHEAD, and a flock of DUNLIN flew by.

At different points on the Prime Hook entrance road,, Dennis and I saw
EASTERN MEADOWLARK - 4,  FIELD SPARROW - 2, HERMIT THRUSH - 1, AMERICAN
KESTREL - 1, and FOX SPARROW - 1.  On Cods Road, there was a PEREGRINE
FALCON harassing CANADA GEESE.

As a final note, we had a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. coming to our backyard
feeders this week. All in all, it was a marvelous first week to the new
year!

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE

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Subject: Horned Larks Avondale PA
From: "Carolyn D'Amico" <carolyndamico AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:39:12 -0500
Incidental finding of 7 Horned Larks along driveway of Glen Willow Orchard
in Avondale, PA foraging along edge of fallow fields - 2 PM Saturday, Jan 7

-- 
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
- Henry Ford

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Subject: Ross's Goose at Bellevue SP
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:20:08 -0500
Today on our monthly Birds of Bellevue walk we had a Ross's Goose on the pond 
swimming with a flock of 50 or so Canada Geese. It was photographed there on 
1/4 also, so hopefully it will stay around for a little while. 


We also had a single Rusty Blackbird in the same area as past years - one of 
the trees along the road to the garden plots. 


The full eBird list is below. 

Happy birding,
Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington 

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Subject: DOS Head Start Trip Rescheduled for Jan. 8
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:59:57 -0500
Hello everyone:
 
Due to what looks like an increasingly poor forecast, due to hit right  
where are scheduled to bird and when we are scheduled to bird, it seems wise to 

 go ahead and move the DOS Head Start Trip originally scheduled for 
Saturday  to the same time and place but on Sunday instead.
 
Although we will avoid the snow, it will be extremely cold and windy on  
Sunday, so please make sure to be dressed accordingly.  
 
Thanks everyone for your understanding.  See you all on Sunday! 
 
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware 

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Subject: DOS Head Start Trip - Final Update
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:03:59 -0500
Yesterday, I went downstate to see some of the birds that we will  be being 
trying to find on the trip.  The Red-headed Woodpecker was  still present 
on Cedar Swamp Road, the Northern Shrike was present at Prime Hook  NWR, the 
Ash-throated Flycatcher was an easy find as it walked around the  parking 
lot at Gordons Pond SP, the Crested Caracara was on Holland Glade Road,  the 
Canvasbacks were at Silver Lake and the Redheads, Hooded Mergansers and  
Lesser Scaup were at Spring Lake (thanks, Sharon).  I didn't check out the  
Broadkill Road Impoundments, Cape Henlopen SP or Indian River Inlet but I know 

we'll get good birds there.  I believe that the stars are favorably  aligned 
and we will have a good trip tomorrow.
 
The only possible concern might be that it is forecast to snow a  litle, 
but the main streets have enough brine on them to melt a foot of  snow.
 
I will be at the "Park and Ride" across from the Wawa on Route 299 at  the 
intersection of Route 299 and Route 1 at 7:15 AM.  We will leave  for the 
Red-headed Woodpecker shortly after 7:30 AM.  We will then go  directly to the 
Black Farm Trail at Prime Hook NWR  with an ETA of 9:30  AM. 
 
Hope you will join us. 
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware  

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Subject: Georgetown, East Trap Pond Rd.
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:01:04 -0500
Wonderful look at a male Northern Harrier hunting the fields on East Trap Pond 
Road about 2:30 pm on Thursday 1/5/17. Plus, 2 Kestrels, Snow Geese and Tundra 
Swans. 


Alice Mohrman and Troy Julian

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Subject: DOS Head Start Field Trip - Update
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:41:44 -0500
Now that Bert Filemyr et al has relocated the Northern Shrike that  David 
Bridge reported on December 30 at Prime Hook NWR , I will have to rethink  my 
plan for the Field Trip.  Depending on what happens over the next few  
days, I may change the first stop.  If you are planning to join the group  in 
Sussex County, please e-mail me and I will make sure that you are kept  
up-to-date. 
 
Thanks.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Subject: 2017 DOS Head Start Trip
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 11:59:33 -0500
The 2017 DOS Head Start Field Trip will be held on Saturday. January  7.  
The purpose of this trip is to start our 2017 Delaware Bird Lists with  many 
of the rarities found during the Christmas Bird Counts and other hard to  
find winter birds.  This is an all day trip.  The weather forecast for  
downstate  where we will spend most of the day is for a cloudy  day with 
temperatures of 20-31 F, . The trip will leave from the "Park and Ride" across 
the 

street from the Wawa on Route 299 at the Route 1 exit  to Route 299 at 7:30 
AM.
 
At this moment, the best birds reported on the Cape Henlopen CBC are the  
Ash-throated Flycatcher and the Crested Caracara.  I plan to make a   quick 
stop at Staves Landing Road to try for a Red-headed Woodpecker and then  to 
try for those two birds downstate.  We should be at  the Flycatcher by 
9:00-9:30 AM. if you want to join us  there.  Then we will stop at the Crested 
Caracara spot. After  that, Silver Lake (Canvasbacks), Indian River Inlet (sea 
ducks, et al), Cape  Henlopen SP (Snow Buntings, Red-breasted and 
Brown-headed Nuthatches), Broadkill Beach Road (Avocets,shorebirds and ducks), 
Cods 

Road  (Snow Geese, White-crowned Sparrows) and, time permitting, we will end 
at  Port Mahon Road to search for Short-eared and Barn Owls.
 
If you have questions, please contact me.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Wilmington, Delaware

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Subject: Northern Shrike - Prime Hook NWR
From: Bert Filemyr <afilemyr AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:55:18 +0000
Observed at length within the last hour. In the field circled by Black Farm 
Trail. Mostly in Southwest corner 



Bert Filemyr

Mike Rosengarten 

Jane Henderson 



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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher & Caracara
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:57:13 -0500
Hi ran down this morning to Gordon's Pond and found with 3 other
birders/photographers the Flycatcher right around the booth at the entrance
of Gordon's Pond. It gave us all great looks in the morning sun around 9 am.

I then went to the ballfields and found the Crested Caracara and got an
amazing view when it flew right over me and another gentleman. He was
flying along the trees to the left at the entrance and also flying toward
the ballfield in the back of the park and over along the trees to the right
of the Silo. It was very active this morning.

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Subject: Eagles seen while not birding
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:51:15 +0000
Good morning,
 As a measure of just how common eagles have become, during 2016 I kept track 
of eagles that I saw while doing activities other than birding. Mainly this was 
the daily commute, but also while gardening, running errands, work, softball 
games, etc. Eagles seen while travelling to a birding location were not 
included. 

 Drumroll please....the total was 153. By month, the breakdown was January - 
10, February - 15, March - 22, April - 31, May - 7, June - 1, July - 3, August 
- 0, September - 6, October - 5, November - 12 and December - 41. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE


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Subject: Crested Caracara in Rehoboth Beach Jan. 2, 2017
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 09:34:08 -0500
for the record:

Jan. 2, 2017 at 9:12am; location Ballpark on Holland Glade Road.
Rainy, cold and very wet, temp. low 40's.
The Crested Caracara perched in a large tree
in the tree line on the west side of the ballpark.
Perched all alone.

David Bridge

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Subject: Crested CaraCara
From: Ken Wat <kenw70 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:22:46 -0500
It is currently perched on top of tree on left shortly after turning into
little league field.

Ken Wat

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Subject: Ash-throated Flycatcher at Gordon's Pond
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 03:21:49 +0000
?The Ash-throated FC seen yesterday and again this morning was present at 1:45 
pm on the snow fence along the surf fisherman's road to the beach. 



David Fees

Seaford, DE

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Subject: Gordon's Pond Ash-throated Flycatcher - YES 1/1
From: Brian Henderson <wbhenderson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 10:31:05 -0500
The continuing Ash-throated Flycatcher was observed working the edges of
the Gordon's parking lot at Cape Henlopen SP moments ago.

Brian Henderson
Montgomery Co., PA

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Subject: Crested Caracara at Cape Henlopen
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:05:40 +0000
Sighted a Crested Caracara atop the fire control tower near Youth Camp 3 
(Officer's Club) at Cape Henlopen State Park at 11am (12/31). 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852

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Subject: Re: Yard List Challenge
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:42:10 -0500
Thanks for sharing the totals Joe! I was really hoping for the number one spot 
this year (yeah, I'm kind of a competitive lister), since I knew we would be 
moving in November, but second place with 125 species is not bad! 

Some of my best birds this year were: 

Upland Sandpiper - nocturnal flight call (NFC)

Northern Saw-whet Owl - heard through an open window at 5 am in the middle of 
January. 


Barred Owl - nested nearby, so I often got to hear them. A highlight was in 
September, when two were calling back and forth quite loudly from one of the 
trees in our rather small backyard. 


Blue-headed Vireo - my first good migrant this spring, and a state lifer for 
me. 


Gray-cheeked Thrush - NFCs

Swainson's Thrush - many NFCs, and one singing in our backyard in May.

I had a total of 21 species of warbler in my yard this year, including 
Blue-winged, Cape May, Blackburnian (a singing male), Blackpoll (many singing), 
Canada (NFC only), Wilson's, and a Yellow-breasted Chat (in October!) 


Lincoln's Sparrow - under the neighbor's tree the day after I got my lifer at 
Old Dover High School. 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak - high count of 9: 7 males 2 females.

Dickcissel - 2 NFCs

Of course there were many more, but those were the most interesting species. 
Sadly, we moved in November to a pretty terrible yard (for birding anyway; 2.5 
acres of grass and tiny sapling trees), so I doubt I'll make it into the top 
ten next year. 


Jerald 



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> On Dec 30, 2016, at 4:15 PM, Joe Sebastiani  wrote:
> 
> 
> Dear Birders: Each year, the Delmarva Ornithological Society holds a fun 
Delaware competition to see how many bird species you can find while birding in 
your yard. Details and rules can be found at www.dosbirds.org. Results are kept 
in the eBird database. If you kept a yard list this year and did not use eBird, 
please respond to the list-serve if you wish to share it. Here are the 2016 top 
ten yard lists from eBird: 

> 
> 1. Sharon Lynn 139 species
> 2. Jerald Reb 125
> 3. Aaron Reb 115
> 4. B Griffin 114
> 5. Philip Thompson 104
> 6. Nancy Goggin 103
> 7. Amy and Jim White 100
> 8. Chris Rowe 93
> 9. Lynn Smith 89
> 10. Joel Martin 86
> 
> Please feel free to share your best birds or yard birding stories here. 
> 
> Good yard birding in 2017!
> 
> Joe Sebastiani
> 
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Subject: Northern Shrike – Prime Hook NWR, Dec. 30
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:35:40 -0500
Northern Shrike – Prime Hook NWR, Dec. 30

We hiked the Black Farm Trail of Prime Hook NWR this morning from about 9:45 to 
11:40. 

We parked the car at the Turkle Pond Road parking area at the Black Farm 
Trailhead and 

walked the trail in a clockwise direction.
The southern part of this trail boarders a large fairly open field; the trail 
is 

heading roughly SW, makes a 90 degree right turn and is now heading roughly NW.
The shrike was first seen on the NW leg of the trail about 11am; but flew all 
the 

way across the field to the SW trail leg; and then out into the middle of the 
large field. 

In the middle of the large field it was hunting and perching in the open near 
the tops of 

several small “trees”. It perched in the open and was visible, but at a 
great distance from us. 

This location description is based on the Prime Hook NWR Public Use Area map, 
available at Park HQ. 


This bird was a shrike, without question.
It was tentatively identified as a Northern Shrike; but I’m hard pressed to 
defend that ID. 

We did not get any pictures.

David Bridge

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 30th, 2017
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:12 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 30, 2016
* DEST1612.30
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
American Coot
American Avocet
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's Gull
Forster's Tern
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
CRESTED CARACARA
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler 
Chipping Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
BALTIMORE ORIOLE

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Date: December 30, 2016
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 the last report of 2016, on Friday, December 30th, this is Birdline
Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The
unofficial Delaware year list remains at 335 species. 

He back! The CRESTED CARACARA that was found last week continues to be seen
in the West Rehoboth area behind Tangier's Outlet. The bird has been seen
off Road 271 (the Holland Glade Road) at the intersection with Hebron Road.
A good place to look is at the parking lot for the Breakwater and Junction
Bike Trail. 

Birders looking for the CRESTED CARACARA also discovered an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER at the south trailhead of Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State
Park. This trail is accessed off N. Ocean Dr. in Rehoboth Beach. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen yesterday, plus MARSH WREN, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, and CHIPPING SPARROW. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was sitting on Gordon's
Pond. A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen off The Point at Cape Henlopen
State Park. The Nuthatch trifecta: RED-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and
WHITE-BREASTED was seen at the Seaside Nature Center in Cape Henlopen.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE plus COMMON EIDER was found at Indian River
Inlet. LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, and all three species
of SCOTER: BLACK, WHITE-WINGED, and SURF, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON,
HORNED GREBE, and NORTHERN GANNET were also reported. PURPLE SANDPIPER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were found on the jetty. In the inlet was
BONAPARTE'S GULL and FORSTER'S TERNS. Nearby Burtons Island at the North
Marina had 70 BRANT plus BUFFLEHEAD, GOLDENEYE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
HORNED GREBE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen in the marina.

A GREATER SCAUP was seen on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, along
with 75 CANVASBACK, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Four REDHEADS continue
to be seen at Spring Lake off Route 1 near Rehoboth, with RING-NECKED DUCK
and HOODED MERGANSER. A GREAT EGRET was seen at Bay Vista. MUTE SWAN,
AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, HOODED MERGANSER and 125 RUDDY
DUCK were found at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. CHIPPING
SPARROW was also found at this location.

Two ROSS'S were among the 70,000 SNOW GEESE off Prime Hook Beach. TUNDRA
SWAN, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and BUFFLEHEAD plus 8 bald Eagles were also seen.
AMERICAN KESTREL was seen perched, PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen in the
woods, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found by the
headquarters of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. These birds were also seen flying over
Whitehall Neck Road near the Bombay Hook Hunting Club. A EURASIAN WIGEON was
seen on Monday at Bear Swamp. CACKLING and ROSS'S GOOSE were found among
2000 SNOW GEESE at Leatherbury Flats opposite Shearness. Shorebirds this
week included a MARBLED GODWIT at Raymond Pool, along with 5 AMERICAN
AVOCET, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Other
waterfowl found included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER,
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and
PIED-BILLED GREBE. A SEASIDE SPARROW was seen in the marsh, PILEATED
WOODPECKER was reported at Finis Pool. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen hovering
over Whitehall Neck Road. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along Cartanza Road
near Little Creek today. 

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was found yesterday at the forest restoration area in
Fort DuPont State Park near Delaware City. This was a good area for
half-hardy passerines including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, both
GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, and FOX SPARROW.
Raptors seen in the area included PEREGRINE FALCON, BALD EAGLE,
RED-SHOULDERED and COOPER'S HAWK. To access Fort DuPont, you have to come in
from the south over the Reedy Point Bridge. The bridge in Delaware City will
be out for several more months. 

A flock of RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS flying down the Delaware River at the
Delaware City waterfront by ABA headquarters included a male LONG-TAILED
DUCK yesterday. 30 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were also seen on the Delaware
River. GREAT EGRET and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were seen at the Canal Pond along Cox
Neck Road. CATBIRD and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were also found at Thousand
Acre Marsh. Stave's Landing and The Rocks Wildlife Area below Odessa had a
nice collection of waterfowl including 4 MUTE SWAN with TUNDRA SWAN,
PINTAIL, RING-NECKED DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. 

The previous reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be coming to a feeder at
Little Falls Village off Centerville Road near Prices Corner. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road. An AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen hovering over the fields at Brandywine Creek State Park Two
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen coming to
birdfeeders in Brookside near Newark.

A pair of PALM WARBLERS were found at the University of Delaware Ag Farm. A
GREEN-WINGED TEAL was flushed from the middle wetlands area, plus GREAT BLUE
HERON. BROWN CREEPER and WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH were found in the woods. 40
AMERICAN PIPIT and 2 HORNED LARK were found in the ag farm fields on Monday.
BARRED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark along with 5
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found at the White Clay
Creek disc golf course off New London Rd. with RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and FOX
SPARROW. 

Two HORNED GREBES were seen from the Route 82 Causeway at Hoope's Reservoir
near Greenville. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen at the Hillside Mill Cove
along with 11
AMERICAN COOT. Over 300 RING-NECKED DUCK continue be sitting on Hoopes's
reservoir along with AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen
hopping along Hillside Mill Road. HOODED MERGANSER and KINGFISHER was found
at Harry's Pond at the Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike

Happy New Year's everybody! Thanks to those that contributed this week,
including, Joy and Dave Peters, Ginny Schiavelli, Jeff Holmes, Sean
O'Connor, Leo Custer, Tim Boucher, Kurt Schwarz, Richard Julian, Ray
Hendricks, Lauren Merlo, Marc Ribaudo, Kelley Schaffer, Sean McCandless,
Jean-Marie Guathier, Andy McGann, Amy and Jim White, Anthony Gonzon, Nancy
Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Kim Steininger, Phil
Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Jerald
and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Racheal Shapiro, John
Skibicki, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Swertinski,
and Jason Wood. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please call
your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Crested Caracara in Rehoboth Beach Dec. 30
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:50:04 -0500
By coincidence we are visiting Rehoboth Beach for a few days, and staying about 
a 1.2 miles 

away from the reported Crested Caracara sighting location.

Dec. 30, 2016.
ca: 0745 to 8:50, we search the entire area for about one mile around the 
reported location 

and could not find the bird. There were at least three other birders at the 
ball park, who also 

report no luck, when they were last seen.
This would seem to confirm that the bird re-appeared around 9am.

15:30 to 15:35 returned to the ball park on Holland Glade Road.
There were about six cars present with people watching the Caracara.
The Caracara was feeding on his squirrel, on the ground, perhaps only 50 feet 
north of the 

Holland Glade Road. I have several pictures with an iPhone, if needed by the 
records committee. 

This was not an adult bird; it closely matched the first year bird pictured in 
Sibley. 

We only saw the Caracara standing on the ground.

16:48 sunset
16:50 returned to the ball park and five birders were present on foot.
They reported that the Caracara had “just left” heading over the trees 
going west towards 

the outlet mall and Rt. 1, Costal Highway.

How many accepted records of Crested Caracara are there for Delaware?

David Bridge

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Subject: Yard List Challenge
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:15:59 -0500
Dear Birders: Each year, the Delmarva Ornithological Society holds a fun 
Delaware competition to see how many bird species you can find while birding in 
your yard. Details and rules can be found at www.dosbirds.org. Results are kept 
in the eBird database. If you kept a yard list this year and did not use eBird, 
please respond to the list-serve if you wish to share it. Here are the 2016 top 
ten yard lists from eBird: 


1. Sharon Lynn 139 species
2. Jerald Reb 125
3. Aaron Reb 115
4. B Griffin 114
5. Philip Thompson 104
6. Nancy Goggin 103
7. Amy and Jim White 100
8. Chris Rowe 93
9. Lynn Smith 89
10. Joel Martin 86

Please feel free to share your best birds or yard birding stories here. 

Good yard birding in 2017!

Joe Sebastiani

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Subject: Crested Caracara - Yes!
From: David and Joy Peters <trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:57:55 +0000
The crested caracara showed up at 9:30 am at the little league park off Holland 
Glade Road again. This time it flew rather low past the silo near the back of 
the park and perched in a nearby bare tree before eventually flying off again. 


This was a very exciting sighting because it was my 300th Delaware bird!

Joy Peters
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Subject: Seaford CBC needs help
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:43:47 +0000
Good afternoon,

 The Seaford CBC on Tuesday Jan. 3rd has an open territory in need of coverage. 
It is the area around Bethel which includes part of the Nanticoke Wildlife 
Area, the Laurel Treatment Plant and areas along the south side of the 
Nanticoke through Seaford and Blades. If you can help, I can provide additional 
info, map, etc. Please contact me offlist ASAP. 



Thank you,

Glen Lovelace III

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Subject: Caracara
From: Bob strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:02:23 -0500
Caracara is back at the baseball field on i Holland Glade Road. It is at the 
tree line at the back field feeding on a squirrel. 


Bob Strahorn
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Subject: Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
From: Parents Coffin <cofdcam AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:50:22 -0500
Got it. Baseball fields. Several other birders helped me to locate
Caracara.
Seems to be the spot for evening or morning. During day bird must be ?out
hunting?
Dean

On Dec 30, 2016 9:18 AM, "dcoffin5"  wrote:

> I am here now. . . No sign of bird (just got here). Windy. CAGO small
> flock just took off from field. TUVU flying low over field.When folks have
> said 'parking lot' - is that along back of outlets? I am also looking for
> that raccoon that bird was reported to be picking at.. . Not found yet.Dean
> Coffin
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: Jerald Reb 
> Date: 12/30/16  7:40 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU Subject:
> Re: [de-birds] Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
> Can anyone looking for the bird today let me know if you find it? I'm in
> NC at the moment heading north, and hope to stop on my way through Sussex.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jerald
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Dec 29, 2016, at 3:21 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> >
> > Still here. It is perched in the trees on left just as you enter the
> parking lot.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Dec 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, Rob Blye  wrote:
> >>
> >> Bird was eating carrion with a crow but now roosting over green
> dumpster
> >> in little league parking lot, corner of Holland Glade and Hebron rds,
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Subject: Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
From: dcoffin5 <dcoffin5 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:18:16 -0500
I am here now. . . No sign of bird (just got here). Windy. CAGO small flock 
just took off from field. TUVU flying low over field.When folks have said 
'parking lot' - is that along back of outlets? I am also looking for that 
raccoon that bird was reported to be picking at.. . Not found yet.Dean Coffin 



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12/30/16 7:40 AM (GMT-05:00) To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU Subject: Re: [de-birds] 
Crested caracara YES 11:00 am 

Can anyone looking for the bird today let me know if you find it? I'm in NC at 
the moment heading north, and hope to stop on my way through Sussex. 


Thanks,

Jerald

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> On Dec 29, 2016, at 3:21 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> 
> Still here. It is perched in the trees on left just as you enter the parking 
lot. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Dec 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, Rob Blye  wrote:
>> 
>> Bird was eating carrion with a crow but now roosting over green  dumpster
>> in little league parking lot, corner of Holland Glade and Hebron rds,
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Subject: Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 07:40:11 -0500
Can anyone looking for the bird today let me know if you find it? I'm in NC at 
the moment heading north, and hope to stop on my way through Sussex. 


Thanks,

Jerald

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> On Dec 29, 2016, at 3:21 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> 
> Still here. It is perched in the trees on left just as you enter the parking 
lot. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Dec 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, Rob Blye  wrote:
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>> Bird was eating carrion with a crow but now roosting over green  dumpster
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Subject: Re: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
From: Gmail <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 15:21:40 -0500
Still here. It is perched in the trees on left just as you enter the parking 
lot. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, Rob Blye  wrote:
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Subject: Crested caracara YES 11:00 am
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:00:25 -0500
Bird was eating carrion with a crow but now roosting over green  dumpster
in little league parking lot, corner of Holland Glade and Hebron rds,
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Subject: Crested Caracara
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:26:34 +0000
Observed the caracara at dusk today perched on the high tension telephone pole 
in the field on the north side of Holland Glade Rd. Likely it will roost there 
for the night. 



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Subject: Ash-Throated Flycatcher
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:05:11 -0500
My in-laws, Dave & Joy Peters, just sent me a text msg. that they found an
Ash-throated flycatcher near the parking area of Gordon's Pond. It was
about 4ft. in bare tree 20ft. from the trail signs. Smallish dark bill,
pale whitish throat, hint of chestnut on wing, pale yellow wash on belly.
They went looking for the Crested Caracara and haven't located it yet.

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Subject: Birds on Cape Henlopen Point
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:13:16 +0000
Windy and cold but sunny out on the Point this morning (12/28) at Cape 
Henlopen. 


Birds sighted included:

Common Loons (12+)
Red-throated Loons (3)
Long-tailed Ducks (5)
Snow Buntings (6) - at end of Point
Bald Eagle (1)
Red-breasted Merganser (1)
Greater Black-backed Gulls 
Herring Gulls
Sanderlings
Surf Scoters (off breakwater)
Double-crested Cormorants


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
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Subject: Cape Henlopen CBC Boat Trip is full.
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 19:24:17 -0500
The Boat Trip during the Cape Henlopen CBC is now full.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
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Subject: Crested Caracara
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:22:14 -0500
I received a photo from a friend who saw a Crested Caracara at the intersection 
of Holland Glade and Hebron Roads near Rehoboth yesterday at 3pm. It was eating 
a roadkill raccoon so might still be around. This is behind the outlets where J 
Crew is and it was right next to the road. 


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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 23rd, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:54:28 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 23, 2016
* DEST1612.23
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
ROSS'S GOOSE
CACKLING GOOSE
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
GLOSSY IBIS
OSPREY
Bald Eagle
CRESTED CARACARA
Virginia Rail
King Rail
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover 
Killdeer
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock 
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
ICELAND GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-Eared Owl
Long-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Peregrine Falcon
Merlin
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Fish Crow
COMMON RAVEN
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
SEDGE WREN
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 23, 2016
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, December 23rd, this is the Holiday edition of Birdline Delaware
from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial
Delaware year list remains at 335 species. 

Two awesome raptors were found in Delaware this week! A CRESTED CARACARA was
photographed at the south end of the Gordon's Pond Trail off Ocean Drive in
Rehoboth Beach on Sunday. This would be the third state record of the
species, including the previous report from the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch
last September. Somewhat less exciting but still a great fine, was an OSPREY
perched along Thompson's Bridge Road at Brandywine Creek State Park. This
time a year, most OSPREYS are in the Caribbean.

Another awesome find was a EURASIAN WIGEON on Saturday at the Hillside Mill
Cove of Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville. The bad weather in the area
grounded lots of ducks including 4 AMERICAN WIGEON, 3 GADWALLS, CACKLING
GOOSE, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. There were as a high count of 460
RING-NECKED DUCK with LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, 14 HOODED and 8
COMMON MERGANSERS plus BELTED KINGFISHER. Later this week, 2 HORNED GREBES
were also found on the reservoir.

Gulls at the Wilmington Landfill at Cherry Island included 3 ICELAND and a
GLAUCOUS GULL, plus 13 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and several LAUGHING GULLS.
Large numbers of waterfowl were seen at the nearby Veolia Waste Treatment
Plant included 300 RING-NECKED DUCK, 60 LESSER SCAUP, 40 BUFFLEHEADS, 9
COMMON MERGANSERS, 80 RUDDY DUCK, 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES, 45 GADWALLS, 250
SHOVELER, 7 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 40 AMERICAN COOT, and a solo
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. 300 FISH CROW were seen flying over the waste treatment
plant. Probably the most surprising was 2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES.

The invasion year of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
continues. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were seen at a feeder in Claymont, Middle
Run Natural Area, Pike Creek, Center Mill Road, and Hockessin. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was seen at Shipley Road in Brandywine Hundred, Walnut Ridge,
Granogue, Coverdale Farms, Fairfield Crest, and Brookside in Newark. 

EASTERN PHOEBE was seen along the White Clay Creek at Hopkin's Bridge with
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FOX SPARROW and 22 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. SCREECH and
GREAT HORNED OWLS were found predawn hours. BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, and
FIELD SPARROW were found at Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road.
COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on Newark Reservoir. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
was reported at Christine Manor. 

PURPLE FINCH was found at Granogue off Smith's Bridge Road along with
SAPSUCKER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 2 KILLDEERS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and
PILEATED WOODPECKER were seen at Brandywine Creek State Park. HOODED
MERGANSER was seen on the Winterthur Ponds along Route 100. CHIPPING SPARROW
and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were found at Auburn Heights State Park in Yorklyn.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Ashland Nature Center along with 7 COMMON
MERGANSERS on the Red Clay Creek. An adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was
reported this week at a private residence in Pike Creek.

Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at the entrance gate to Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge along with a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on Sunday. These
birds were seen along the brushy hedgerow on the north side of Whitehall
Neck Road. Eight GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were photographed flying over
Whitehall Neck Road near Bombay Hook on Monday. 25,000 SNOW GEESE were found
at the refuge on Sunday with 6 ROSS'S GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE. Other
waterfowl at the refuge included 100 TUNDRA SWAN, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD,
HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. The previous
reported WILLET was seen again this weekend at Shearness Pool along with 5
AMERICAN AVOCET, DUNLIN, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Three AMERICAN
WOODCOCK were reported at the refuge. Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were
seen at Bear Swamp. A PEREGRINE FALCON was observed harassing a HOODED
MERGANSER at the Boardwalk trail, hovering over the bird for nearly 3
minutes, plus MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL for the falcon trifecta.
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WILD TURKEY and RUSTY
BLACKBIRD were found at Finis Pool. FOX, WHITE-CROWNED, and AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW were reported. Owls seen this weekend included BARN, EASTERN
SCREECH, GREAT HORNED, BARRED, and SHORT-EARED.

GREAT EGRET and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were found at Woodland Beach Wildlife
Area along Route 9, north of Bombay Hook. 15 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND
LONGSPUR with over 100 HORNED LARK were reported along Cartanza Road, north
of Little Creek. SHORT-EARED OWL and AMERICAN BITTERN were found at Port
Mahan. Waterfowl seen there included REDHEAD, BLACK SCOTER, and
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at Kitts Hummock with
2000 SNOW GEESE. A MUTE SWAN was found at the Tilcon gravel pits.
PIED-BILLED GREBE and 35 COMMON MERGANSERS were found on Silver Lake in
Dover. EASTERN PHOEBE was reported at the Delaware State University campus.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported at Cheswold and Milford. Another
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Lebanon Landing along the St. Jones
River south of Dover.

This been an incredible year for ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, with nine
sightings in the state this week! Besides two at Bombay Hook and one in
Dover, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Cedar Creek wharf near
Slaughter's Beach. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, along with another YELLOW-BREASTED
CHAT and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Two more ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported
at feeders in the Lewes - Rehoboth Beach area. Another ORANGE-CROWNED was
photographed at a feeder at the Creekside neighborhood in Millville, west of
Bethany Beach. The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER previous reported at the North
Marina at Indian River Inlet was photographed this week. Also reported was a
PINE WARBLER in the backyard at Dagsboro. 

A hen COMMON EIDER is still being seen at Indian River Inlet with 40
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and a single
COMMON GOLDENEYE. Both RED-THROATED AND COMMON LOONS, HORNED GREBE, and
NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore. FORSTER'S TERNS, PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were at the jetty, plus 2 GREAT CORMORANTS. Two
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on the beach along with BOAT-TAILED
GRACKLES. A PALM WARBLER was reported at the South campground.

A peak count of 90 CANVASBACKS were found on Silver Lake at Rehoboth Beach
with RUDDY DUCK and 11 DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS. Four REDHEADS and 3
RING-NECKED DUCKS were found at the Spring Lake condominiums off Route 1
between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Four HOODED MERGANSERS were found on the
Lewes- Rehoboth Canal at Thompson's Island in Delaware Seashore State Park.
RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found on Thompson's Island.
The Nuthatch trifecta was found at Cape Henlopen State Park with single
RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED plus 20 BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES. All three
species of scoter, including WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were seen off Fort Miles in
Cape Henlopen.

A calling SEDGE WREN was found at the wooden bridge along the Big Stone
Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area on Wednesday, plus calling VIRGINIA
RAIL. WILD TURKEY, EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK were also reported at Milford Neck. Eight BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS
were found at Bennett's Pier. Milford Neck also had a mimic thrush trifecta
with 9 BROWN THRASHERS and a GRAY CATBIRD. Two LONG-EARED OWLS were heard
calling at night at Milford Neck. 

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along Lighthouse Road going to Mispillion
Inlet, along with 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and 2 CLAPPER RAIL. A ROSS'S
GOOSE was reported with SNOW GEESE flying over at Slaughter's Beach. A
CACKLING GOOSE was reported at Bower's Beach. A calling KING RAIL was found
along New Wharf Road at Swan Creek. Two more CATBIRDS were reported at
residential neighborhoods near Milford.

PURPLE FINCH was found at Killen's Pond State Park near Frederica along with
AMERICAN PIPIT, WINTER WREN, PILEATED WOODPECKER, SAPSUCKER, and a CHIPPING
SPARROW at the old orchard along Paradise Valley Road. Two PIED-BILLED
GREBES were found on Killen's Pond along with AMERICAN KESTREL and
PEREGRINE. Four WOOD DUCKS were found on Abbott's Mill Pond with 29
GADWALLS, HOODED MERGANSER, and 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES. 175 HORNED LARK were
found in the fields around Abbott's Mill plus 9 CHIPPING SPARROWS.

A GLOSSY IBIS was found today at Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach
Wildlife Area. A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus HORNED and PIED-BILLED
GREBE were seen at the Augustine Creek Causeway along Route 9, south of Port
Penn. A female COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen at Augustine Beach along with
BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and AMERICAN COOT. RED-THROATED LOON has
returned to Augustine Beach along with COMMON LOON and HORNED GREBE. Another
RED-THROATED LOON was found at the Delaware City waterfront by ABA
headquarters. Eight CANVASBACKS were seen on the Delaware River at Collins
Beach in Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area below Odessa.

A pair of WOOD DUCK were found at the Broad Dike Marsh in New Castle along
with AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and HOODED MERGANSER. GRAY CATBIRD and FOX
SPARROW were along the pedestrian trail. A KILLDEER was on the ballfield at
the George Reed Middle School. NORTHERN SHOVELER, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT were seen along the Delaware River at Battery
Park.

BALD EAGLES were reported this week attempting nesting on top of a cell
phone tower along Gov. Prince Boulevard in Edgewood. Nesting was attempted
here last year but was unsuccessful. This is an interesting location in an
urban area. To get some perspective on the numbers, 13 EAGLES were counted
on a single scan at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook on the Christmas count on
Sunday. 16 BALD EAGLES were found at Milford Neck Wildlife Area on
Wednesday. Compare this to the 1970s, when there were only four pairs in the
entire state!

One extralimital report was a COMMON RAVEN flying over the conservatory at
Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found at
Bucktoe Nature Preserve.

Happy Holidays to everybody! Thanks to everybody that contributed this week,
including, Gale Janiszewski, Neil Dougherty, John Chaney, Sean O'Connor,
Howard Highly, Jean Woods, Andy Urquhart, Matt Sarver, Ryan Lazlo, Bill
Hicks, John Long, Rob Blye, Jane Henderson, Bert Filmyr, Mike Rosengarten,
Linda Dempsey, Kitt Heckscher, Joel Martin, Rod Murray, Randy Murphy, John
Dunn, Andy Fayer, Shannon Skalos, Jeff Climie, Joy Peters, Jeff Buler,  Amy
and Jim White, Dick Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Nancy
Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart, Kim
Steininger, Mike Hudson, Gary and Judy Charles, Mike Moore, Phil Thompson,
Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat,
Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Racheal Shapiro, John Skibicki, Teddy Burke,
Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Colin Campbell, Joe Swertinski, Joe
Russell, and Jason Wood. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings. Please
call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next
week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you Peace on Earth and good birding!

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Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: Marie Gardner <00000133d8ee0ba7-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:06:06 +0000
This afternoon there was a Great Blue Heron in a field ofWalther Farm very 
close to the intersection of Rt 40 and WaltherRoad. 

Good birding,
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Subject: Cape Henlopen CBC and Boat Trip
From: Frank Rohrbacher <0000007c6769d2e2-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:10:35 -0500
The Cape Henlopen-Prime Hook Bird Count will be held on Sunday 1,  2017.  I 
have 
scheduled the boat trip to the ice breakers and the jetties in Lewes  
Harbor.  In the 
past, participants have had great looks at Common Eiders, King Eiders,  
Harlequin 
Ducks, all 3 Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Great Cormorants, Purple  
Sandpipers, Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls and Iceland Gulls as well as Gray and Harbor  Seals.  
The boat
trip, which will be aboard the 'Kadydid', leaves at noon and returns  at 
2:00 PM from 
the Angler's Marina.  It cost $30 which will be collected on  the boat.  
The boat is 
small and can only hold 16 people.
 
The Cape Henlopen CBC, which is held on New Years Day this year, can use a  
lot 
more participants.  Anyone interested in helping is welcome to  join me at 
the 
entrance gate at Prime Hook NWR, which is off Broadkill Beach Road,  at 
6:30 AM.  If you have never participated in a count before, this  is an 
excellent 
opportunity to check it out - spent a few hours or an entire  day.
 
If you are interested in either the boat trip and/or in joining me at the  
headquarters,
please e-mail me.
 
Thank you.
 
Frank Rohrbacher
Coordinator, CHCBC

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Subject: Bombay Hook Preliminary Results:
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:57:36 -0500
Here's a report on birds seen on the BH count yesterday. Weather was a very
deciding factor, with threats of fog, ice, and rain. The real problem was
wind, as my sailor friends would say, "it was blowing like stink".  This
severely limited owling, marsh passerines like wrens and sparrows, and sea
ducks. You couldn't hold a scope still. Temperature was surprising pleasant,
reported high was a record 70 degrees! Temps dropped 20 degrees in the late
afternoon when the front went through. Despite all these difficulties, it
was an outstanding day.  Currently at 106 species with half the areas
reporting. Here's some highlights:

Ross's Goose - peak count of 6 in the BH refuge, plus 2 more at Kitts
Hummock.
Cackling Goose - Shearness Pool
Mute Swan - Dover
Redhead - 4 at Pickering Beach
Lesser Scaup - Shearness Pool
Common Merganser - 35 on Silver Lake in Dover.
Red-breasted Merganser - 4 at Woodland Beach
Double-crested Cormorant - Silver Lake, Dover
Great Egret - Woodland Beach
American Avocet - 6 opposite Shearness, BH. 5 at Raymond in afternoon.
Willet - Flew into Shearness in the afternoon.
Woodcock - Several reported in refuge, cold snap must have pushed birds
south. 
Lesser Black-backed Gull - Woodland Beach
Barn Owl - 4 at BH, 2 at Woodland Beach
Pileated Woodpecker - Finis Pool, BH. 
Eastern Phoebe - 2 in BH, 1 in Dover. 
Falcon trifecta - at BH, Peregrine was seen swooping on a Hooded Merganser
for 3 minutes. 
Mimic thrush trifecta - At Kitts Hummock
Snow Bunting - Cartanza Road
Orange-crowned Warbler - 3 birds reported so far, 1 was at the entrance to
BH, another was in Dover. 
Yellow-breasted Chat - at entrance gate to BH
American Tree Sparrow - BH
Lincoln's sparrow  - Woodland Beach

Thanks to everybody that helped out. Merry Christmas counting!
Andy

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Subject: Reminder: DOS Meeting this Wednesday
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:11:01 -0500
Greetings all,

This Wednesday evening, take a break from the hectic holiday rush and join DOS 
for an evening where the membership takes the spotlight! We have invited DOS 
members to come and share short 15 minute presentations talking about all 
things birds and birding! As the holiday and Christmas Bird Count Season kicks 
off, take this opportunity to kick back and relax for an informal evening of 
birding experiences. Because it is the holiday season, we also invite members 
to bring a special dish or dessert to share. Catch up with fellow members and 
send 2016 out in style! This is a great meeting to bring a friend, so invite 
others along! 


This year, we have three great short presentations!

We will begin the evening with John Janowski. In 2013 the 70th anniversary of 
the WW II Invasion of Attu, John was fortunate to get to this remote island in 
the Aleutians. No longer accessible by air and no on shore accommodations, the 
only means today is by boat. John will give a short talk on what is like to 
make this journey and bird this legendary destination. 


Following John, Hannah Clipp, a master's student at the University of Delaware, 
will be giving a presentation on the development of the waterbird community of 
a small wetland in West Virginia during the three years following its creation. 
She will share observations of how the waterbird species composition of the 
recently created wetland changed over time and how it compared to a nearby 
established wetland. 


Bob Rufe will close out the evening with his presentation Low-Tech Birding: 
Chasing birds around the country in the 1970s and 1980s.  It was a different 
way of birding before the internet and instant communication capabilities! 
Surely to be a trip into the past! 


Also, if you plan to bring a dish or treat so we will know what to prepare for, 
please contact Anthony (atgonzon AT verizon.net) or Kelley Nunn 
(kelley.nunn AT gmail.com) before the meeting! 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is FREE and open to the public 
so grab a birding buddy or two and plan on attending the 21st! 


7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share for 
our Social 1/2 hour) Meeting begins at 7:30 PM Ashland Nature Center - 
Hockessin, 



Good Birding,


Anthony Gonzon
Middletown, DE

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Subject: I took the long way to Wawa......
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:21:49 -0500
And found a male Hooded Merganser preening on Augustine Beach like it was the 
middle of summer! Also, a Horned Grebe was foraging at the Augustine Pumphouse. 


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Subject: DOS December Meeting - Wednesday, Dec 21 "FOR DOS BY DOS - A night of shared stories and experiences"
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:46:53 -0600
 Greetings all,

Next Wednesday evening, take a break from the hectic holiday rush and join DOS 
for an evening where the membership takes the spotlight! We have invited DOS 
members to come and share short 15 minute presentations talking about all 
things birds and birding! As the holiday and Christmas Bird Count Season kicks 
off, take this opportunity to kick back and relax for an informal evening of 
birding experiences. Because it is the holiday season, we also invite members 
to bring a special dish or dessert to share. Catch up with fellow members and 
send 2016 out in style! This is a great meeting to bring a friend, so invite 
others along! 


This year, we have three great short presentations and there is still time for 
one or two more if your get the urge to present(contact me before Monday)! 


We will begin the evening with John Janowski. In 2013 the 70th anniversary of 
the WW II Invasion of Attu, John was fortunate to get to this remote island in 
the Aleutians. No longer accessible by air and no on shore accommodations, the 
only means today is by boat. John will give a short talk on what is like to 
make this journey and bird this legendary destination. 


Following John, Hannah Clipp, a master's student at the University of Delaware, 
will be giving a presentation on the development of the waterbird community of 
a small wetland in West Virginia during the three years following its creation. 
She will share observations of how the waterbird species composition of the 
recently created wetland changed over time and how it compared to a nearby 
established wetland. 


Bob Rufe will close out the evening with his presentation Low-Tech Birding: 
Chasing birds around the country in the 1970s and 1980s. It was a different way 
of birding before the internet and instant communication capabilities! Surely 
to be a trip into the past! 


Also, if you plan to bring a dish or treat so we will know what to prepare for, 
please contact Anthony (atgonzon AT verizon.net) or Kelley Nunn 
(kelley.nunn AT gmail.com) before the meeting! 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is FREE and open to the public 
so grab a birding buddy or two and plan on attending the 21st! 


7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share for 
our Social 1/2 hour) Meeting begins at 7:30 PM Ashland Nature Center - 
Hockessin, 



Good Birding,


Anthony Gonzon
Middletown, DE

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Subject: Hooded Mergansers in Sussex County
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:35:55 -0500
My wife and I had 30 hooded mergansers in the small pond at Woods on
Herring Creek this afternoon. This is the largest number I have seen, but
they are reliably there for the last month or so. Seven males, the
remainder female or immature.

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
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Subject: Silver Lake, Rehoboth Beach, De.
From: Lynn Smith <lynnmsmith AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:23:18 -0500
This afternoon at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, De., 10 Canvasback were 
present, along with one Ruddy and five 


Hooded Merganser.


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Subject: Great Blue Heron - Newark
From: Marie Gardner <00000133d8ee0ba7-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:44:25 +0000
Had a Great Blue Heron this afternoon in my development (Country Creek).It was 
at the (drainage) stream that runs down from a man-madepond in a small wooded 
area close to the street. 

Good birding,
Marie Z. GardnerNewark

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Subject: Common Goldeneye
From: David and Joy Peters <trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:29:29 +0000
Hi, All

We are looking at a female common goldeneye at the little retention pond in our 
Noble’s Pond community as I write. This is definitely a first yard sighting 
(from our side windows) for us. 


It’s diving and quite active in the rain.

Joy Peters
North Dover, DE
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Subject: Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Marylou Atwell <matwellx AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:55:39 -0500
That must have been a awesome sight to see!  Thank you for the recap.     I
love those wrens!   And I will have to wait to see what the ones I have at
my place wind up doing if the same thing should happen!   You are so lucky
to have seen it!

Marylou
Talleyville/Wilmington


On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Rodney Murray  wrote:

> I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
> my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
> interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
> wren.
>
> Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
> motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
> partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
> chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.
>
> The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
> to disappear for a while.
>
> I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
> almost one-half hour, but it did!
>
> Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
> once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.
>
> Rod Murray   Middletown DE
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Subject: Re: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Mark Odell <jmarkodell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:28:42 -0500
Rod,

I'm sure that I speak for many others as well as myself when I say thanks
for making my day.

Great observation.

Thanks for sharing it.


Mark Odell
Angola, DE

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Rodney Murray  wrote:

> I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
> my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
> interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
> wren.
>
> Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
> motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
> partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
> chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.
>
> The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
> to disappear for a while.
>
> I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
> almost one-half hour, but it did!
>
> Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
> once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.
>
> Rod Murray   Middletown DE
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Subject: Carolina Wren vs. Cooper's Hawk
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:50:23 -0500
I just witnessed an intriguing stand-off between a Carolina Wren who was on
my deck railing, trilling while performing its deep knee-bends, and an
interloping Cooper's Hawk who landed in a tree 20 or so yards from the
wren.

Upon noticing the hawk, the wren ceased all activities and stood absolutely
motionless for 28 minutes; yes, I timed the encounter.  The wren was
partially concealed by a holly tree, but it was apparently taking no
chances deciding that a quick dive into the holly may provoke a chase.

The Cooper's Hawk eventually flew off, leaving the relieved Carolina Wren
to disappear for a while.

I would never have guessed that a wren could stand completely still for
almost one-half hour, but it did!

Ah, it is now 40 minutes after the tension began, and the wren is trilling
once more from the railing.  Fascinating to watch, so I had to share.

Rod Murray   Middletown DE

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Subject: Lapland Longspur
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:56:45 -0500
Thanks to a previous post, Mark Odell and I went up to Cartanza Road near 
Little Creek hoping to see a Lapland Longspur and we were in luck. There were 
big flocks of Horned Larks feeding in the fields and we spent about an hour 
scanning the fields for accompanying longspurs. We had just given up and were 
packing the scopes in the truck when a longspur landed on the road about 30 
feet in front of us! A life bird for both of us. Did not see the Snow buntings. 


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Subject: Nuthatches at Cape Henlopen
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:49:32 -0500
Yesterday afternoon next to the Bike Barn at Cape Henlopen State Park, there 
was a trifecta of nuthatch types feeding together in the closest pine tree: 
Brown-headed, Red-breasted, and White-breasted. 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - DE SU home, Dec 7, 2016
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:57:29 -0500
See Ebird checklist below of rather mundane yard birds.

We moved here in late March 2016. One of our first home improvement efforts
was to install several feeders in both the front and back yards. We live in
a wooded neighborhood with plenty of trees and cover in the yard. We offer
black oil sunflower, mixed milo, millet, cracked corn, nyjer, meal worms,
sugar water and suet. For the first six months our feeders and yard were
full of birds - even all summer we had activity. Then a month and a half
ago the activity declined to almost nothing. No birds at the feeders for
days or weeks at a time. I realize that a successful foraging strategy for
song birds involves using multiple food sources on a frequent and rotating
basis. For some reason that I cannot figure out, the local birds excluded
our yard from their rotations.

We thank God that our birds have returned and we hope and pray that they
will continue.

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
610 213-2413 mobile

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DE SU home, Sussex, Delaware, US
Dec 7, 2016 7:30 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Carol and Rob observing the yard from kitchen and dining
room. Note that this is the first time in a month that we have had much
bird activity. We are curious as to why we have had virtually no birds at
our feeders and in the yard since lat October and now we are overwhelmed.
Many eastern grey squirrels in the yard. We also observed 5 white-tailed
deer, all apparently does, eating holly berries in our yard and across the
street.
15 species

Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  40
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Bombay Hook Christmas Bird Count
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:31:36 -0500
Greetings Fellow Birders, 

The 77th annual Bombay Hook count will be on Sunday, December 18th. This is
the longest continuous count in the state and has a reputation for unusual
finds including several single state records like Common Ground Dove and
Hammond's Flycatcher. The count area is from Woodland Beach to Kitts
Hummock, west to Dover and Smyrna. I need help covering the Dover area this
year. If interested please contact me, I can provide maps, hotspots, and
checklists. If you want to join the count, we have several groups in the
Bombay Hook refuge. I'm leading owling at 4 am, last year we had 7 species
in 2.5 hours! I can't promise anything, you never know what will happen with
owls. We'll meet for daytime birding at the refuge headquarters at 7 am to
divide up into parties. If you have a desire to bird "outside the box"
contact me for other area leaders. 

The goal is to top the 143 species mark set in 1983.  If interested, call me
on my cell at 302-463-0113 or home at 302-792-9591. You can also email me at
this address. 

Good birding, 
Andy

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Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:15:01 -0500
Andy- Harleson I can't find, but there is, of course,  Harbeson
 
 
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There  are 3 messages totaling 338 lines in this issue.

Topics of the  day:

1. Common Raven flyover at Harry's Pond 12/1
2.  Burton's Island on December 2 -- flurry of passerines
3. RBA:  Birdline Delaware, December 2nd, 2016

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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:27:41 -0500
From:    Amy O'Neil  
Subject: Common Raven flyover at Harry's  Pond 12/1

I apologize for the late notice.  Yesterday morning I  went birding at 
Harry's Pond (at the back side of the Target shopping complex  at Rte. 202 & 
Naaman's). 

I stepped out of my car at 7:30am and  noticed a large flock of crows far 
out over the shopping center. It caught my  attention because I usually only 
see three or so near the pond any given  morning. I noticed three birds 
approaching flying toward the pond, which I assumed were the locals flying in, 

so I didn't really look at them until I  heard a distinct croak - at which 
point I very nearly dropped my phone on the  pavement as I snapped to 
attention. I immediately saw that the lead bird was  much larger than the two 
following it, more hawklike in shape, with a large wedge/club-shaped tail. As I 

got on it with binoculars it croaked a second  time. The two American Crows 
in pursuit were loudly cawing and chasing it like  they do with Hawks. At 
this point they were flying fairly low and I had good  views of them until 
they sailed just over the treeline in a NE direction  toward Concord High 
School.  By the time I looked back over toward the  large group of crows, they 
had disappeared.  I never saw the raven again,  but I did stop by the pond 
again for a few minutes in the afternoon, and saw  the three "local" Amer. 
Crows flying silently over the pond. 

Also of  note at Harry's, there have been a large number of Hooded 
Mergansers here - up to 18 just yesterday afternoon. Also a pair of Ruddy and a 

pair of Ring-necked  Ducks.

In the trees nearest the balance beam there has occasionally  been a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a flock of about 20 Cedar Waxwings, and both 
kinglets. 

The local Belted Kingfisher is there daily, and usually the  Red-shouldered 
Hawk. 

Below is the eBird checklist from yesterday  morning. 

Good birding,
Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington  

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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:02:51 +0000
From:    Mike Bowen  
Subject: Burton's Island on December 2 -- flurry  of passerines

I usually don't have quite the energy to walk the entire  loop trail on 
Burton's Island in Delaware Seashore State Park near Indian  River Inlet, but 
today I did.
It was (as usual!) pretty quiet and the wind  was blowing strongly from the 
west. The first surprise was a (Red) Fox Sparrow  perched near the marsh, 
then I encountered a flurry of passerines in a shrubby  area that was 
entirely protected from the wind: 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a male Red-breasted 

Nuthatch, White-throated and Swamp Sparrows and, best of  all, two different 
Orange-crowned Warblers.  One of the Orange-crowns was  quite yellow in 
front, but the one I managed to get in a (poor) photo was the  drabber one.
The eBird checklist, which contains some photos, for those  interested, is 
at:   http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32819673 D. H. Michael  Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301)  530-5764
16A Rodney Ave.Dewey Beach, DE 19971Phone:  302-226-3241

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Date:   Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:48:20 -0500
From:    Andrew Ednie  
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 2nd,  2016

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*December 2, 2016
*  DEST1612.02

*Birds mentioned
GREAT WHITE-FRONTED  GOOSE
Brant
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute  Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern  Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked  Duck
Redhead
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Black  Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded  Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern  Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern  Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great  Egret
Cattle Egret
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered  Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied  Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled  Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least  Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American  Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte's  Gull
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Eastern  Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet  Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Belted  Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
COMMON RAVEN
Horned  Lark
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh  Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown  Thrasher
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
LAPLAND  LONGSPUR
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm  Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Seaside  Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned  Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern  Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline:  Birdline Delaware
Date: December 2, 2016
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, December  2nd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware 
Museum
of Natural History  in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 334 species,  which ties the previous unofficial list record.

This week there's been  a pair of hummingbirds found New Castle County. A
hummingbird identified as  a RUBY-THROATED was banded at a feeder near
Hockessin and a RUFOUS  HUMMINGBIRD was banded near Middletown. Both of 
these
birds were on private  property that are not accepting visitors, but keep
those feeders up because  there are rare hummingbirds in the area! A
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also  seen at the Hockessin site. 

Also new this week was 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS  found at Cartanza Road near
Little Creek. A large flock of HORNED LARK also  included 4 SNOW BUNTINGS. A
big flock of SNOW GEESE was also in the area.  On Sunday, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS
were seen at Cartanza Road. Nearby, at the  horse pasture south of Little
Creek on Route 9 were 5 CATTLE EGRETS. Two  SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along
the Port Mahan Road. Along the Pickering  Beach Road were YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, FOX SPARROWS, and 14 EASTERN TOWHEE.  A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was
seen in Camden-Wyoming. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was  reported in Frederica. 

HUDSONIAN and MARBLED GODWITS were again  reported at Shearness Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near  Smyrna. Those birds were seen 
with
approximately 330 AMERICAN AVOCETS and  100 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Other
shorebirds reported included SEMIPALMATED  PLOVER, WESTERN and LEAST
SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Good  numbers of both LESSER and
GREATER YELLOWLEGS are still being seen. GREATER  WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING
GOOSE were seen from the Shearness Tower over  the weekend, but have not 
been
reported since. Waterfowl included TUNDRA  and MUTE SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GADWALL,  BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY
DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. PEREGRINE  FALCON was seen flying over the
impoundments along with a peak count of 12  BALD EAGLES. Three late GREAT
EGRETS were seen. Birds found in the early  morning included AMERICAN
WOODCOCK and BARRED OWL. 12 NORTHERN BOBWHITE  were also seen.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Mike Castle  trail along the C&D
canal off Cox Neck Road near Delaware City. This  bird was seen in the brush
by the parking lot at the gate to the dirt road.  Also seen were EASTERN
BLUEBIRD, GRAY CATBIRD, and CEDAR WAXWING. GRAY  CATBIRD was also seen at
Grier's Pond near Thousand Acre Marsh. Five GREAT  EGRETS were seen at the
Ashton Tract. A single BRANT was seen among CANADA  GEESE at the St. Anne's
Church Road retention pond, south of Middletown.  Four RUDDY DUCKS were also
seen on the pond and EASTERN MEADOWLARK was in  the fields.

COMMON RAVENS continue be reported Northern Delaware,  mostly from their
stronghold in at Ashland Nature Center near Yorklyn.  Recently, there've 
been
reports from Alapocos Woods and a new location at  Harry's Pond at the
Brandywine Town Center off Concord Pike. Also, Harry's  Pond had 2
RING-NECKED DUCK, 12 HOODED MERGANSER, 2 RUDDY DUCK and a  DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT. A REDHEAD was seen among BLACK DUCK on Hoopes's  Reservoir near
Centreville from the Route 82 Causeway. Also reported were  100 RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Two  COMMON MERGANSERS
were seen along the Christiana River from I-95.

A  rare VESPER SPARROW was found at Ashland Nature Center's hawk watch  on
Monday and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found at Ashland on Thursday.  HERMIT
THRUSH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE were  also
reported. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES continues to come to the White's  feeder 
on
Center Mill Rd., near Yorklyn. A nice group of raptors Brandywine  Creek
State Park included BLACK VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, COOPER'S HAWK, and  MERLIN,
plus EASTERN SCREECH-OWL. Also seen were PILEATED WOODPECKER and a  female
PURPLE FINCH.  PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen in Claymont  for only the
second time in 20 years. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to  come to 
feeders
in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road.

A SAW-WHET OWL  was found at Middle Run Natural Area near trail marker 10 in
the predawn  hours on Monday along with GREAT HORNED OWL and AMERICAN
WOODCOCK. A  flyover HORNED LARK was found at Middle Run, plus BROWN
THRASHER, BLUEBIRD,  and SAPSUCKER. A PALM WARBLER was found in the middle
wetlands at the  University of Delaware farm with KILLDEER and 
RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK. A  YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found by Townsend Hall. Another
BLACK-CAPPED  CHICKADEE was found today coming to a feeder in Brookside  
near
Newark

NELSON'S and SALTMARSH SPARROWS plus MARSH WREN continue  to be found at
Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near  Milton. SURF and
BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER and  RED-THROATED LOON were seen
at Fowler's. Shorebirds fouond included  BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A  flock of 230 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were found at Broadkill Beach marsh along  with HOODED MERGANSER and
BUFFLEHEAD.

BLACK and SURF SCOTER were  seen at Indian River Inlet, along with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN GANNET,  and SANDERLING. BONAPARTE'S GULL and
FORSTER'S TERNS were seen in the  inlet. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the
marsh by the South campground  along with SEASIDE, NELSON'S and SALTMARSH
SPARROW, and PALM WARBLER plus a  calling CLAPPER RAIL. 120 BRANT were seen
at the South Marina. Today, 2  ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found on the
Burton's Island Trail with  RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and
FOX SPARROW. 

A  CACKLING GOOSE was still being seen on Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach
along  with HOODED MERGANSER. MUTE SWAN was reported at Assawoman Wildlife
Area,  along with AMERICAN WIGEON GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, PIED-BILLED GREBE,
AMERICAN  COOT, plus HOODED and 2 COMMON MERGANSERS. Three BALD EAGLES were
seen in  the area, plus KINGFISHER and 5 BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES.

A flock of 30  SNOW BUNTINGS, RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen at 
The
Point at  Cape Henlopen State Park. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER,  and COMMON LOON was seen on the water. 30 AMERICAN PIPIT were
seen flying  over. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in 
the
pine  trees.

Also downstate, PURPLE FINCH was seen at Old Landing near  Rehoboth Beach. A
RUSTY BLACKBIRD was photographed near Harleson. A PALM  WARBLER was found in
a yard near Hollyville along Route 5, west of Lewes.  

The Delaware Hawk Watch season came to a close this week. Ashland  Nature
Center had 9 BALD EAGLES yesterday, for a total of 440 for the  season. Cape
Henolpen Hawk watch had 10 BALD EAGLES on Sunday for 409 for  the season. 
Who
would believe you would see that many BALD EAGLES in a  season about 40 
years
ago! A GOLDEN EAGLE and MERLIN were seen at Ashland  on Monday. There were
migrating RING-BILLED GULLS and GREAT BLUE HERONS  seen this week. Cape
Henlopen had LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GANNETS,  WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and
COMMON MERGANSER this week. PINE SISKIN was seen  on Saturday and 20 SNOW
BUNTINGS were at the hawk watch on Monday. The last  PEREGRINE FALCON was
reported as the storm approached on Tuesday at Cape  Henlopen. Thanks for
another great season!

And thanks to everybody  that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen,
Mike Smith, Amy O'Neil,  Al Guarente, Wayne Longbottom, Andrew Bogush,
Shannon Modla, Alex Wiebe,  Amy White, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard,
Christine Stevens, Dick  Plambeck, Chris Bennett, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, 
Bob
Edelen, Ian Stewart,  Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Phil
Thompson, Hank Davis, Joe  Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Jerald and Aaron Reb, 
Ken
Wat, Frank Lenik, Alissa  Kegelman, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, 
Sue
Gruver, Joe Swertinski  and Colin Campbell. Special thanks to our two hawk
counters, Hannah  Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. 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!

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2016) 6 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:31:48 -0900
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            218            406
Turkey Vulture               4            671           1202
Osprey                       0             45           3319
Bald Eagle                   0            146            409
Northern Harrier             0             67            165
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            143           1049
Cooper's Hawk                0             48            195
Northern Goshawk             0              2              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             19
Red-tailed Hawk              0            157            224
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              8
American Kestrel             0              9            354
Merlin                       0             12            300
Peregrine Falcon             1              5            285
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             38
Crested Caracara             0              0              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                       6           1539           8014
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Dennis for assisting with the count!
1 visitor



Weather:
Overcast and drizzle in the morning then rain showers through the
afternoon, temp 15-17C, S wind 14-16mph, gusting to 30mph, vis 10km


Raptor Observations:
Not much moving in the bad weather, a few vultures, one Sharp-shinned Hawk
and a Peregrine Falcon.
Count ended at noon due to rain.


Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gannet, Scoters. 


Predictions:
Rain likely before 11am, then chance of rain in the afternoon, warm with a
high of 65F, S wind 10-15mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (28 Nov 2016) 22 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:48:04 -0900
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            220            263
Turkey Vulture               7            220            299
Osprey                       0              1            176
Bald Eagle                   2            171            431
Northern Harrier             1             47            112
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            206           1172
Cooper's Hawk                4             61            368
Northern Goshawk             0              0              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0            207            371
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           2011
Red-tailed Hawk              3            331            587
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              9
American Kestrel             0              4            296
Merlin                       1              2             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             25
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             38
Unknown Buteo                0             11             33
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              7             44

Total:                      22           1505           6279
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Jim Lewis

Weather:
Partly cloudy with light south winds. 

Raptor Observations:
1 GOLDEN EAGLE!

Non-raptor Observations:

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