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White-throated Magpie-Jay,©Jan Wilczur

30 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (30 Oct 2014) 205 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
30 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2014) 169 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 56 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (29 Oct 2014) 97 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
29 Oct Cape Henlopen Nov. 4 Bird Walk Canceled ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
29 Oct Flint Woods Preserve (final fall bird walk) [joe sebastiani ]
28 Oct Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz on November 15 [Derek Stoner ]
28 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (28 Oct 2014) 103 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Oct Iceland Gull at Port Mahon ["Gonzon, Anthony T. (DNREC)" ]
27 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (27 Oct 2014) 229 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Oct Good Birds Today [David and Joy Peters ]
27 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (26 Oct 2014) 150 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 386 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
27 Oct Oct. 28 Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
26 Oct Middle Run: Week of Fall Migration Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
26 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 52 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Oct Lark Sparrow / Rehoboth Golf Park ["Lynn M. Smith" ]
26 Oct Fwd: Golden Eagle at Ft. DuPont SP [Bill Stewart ]
25 Oct Fwd: Bombay Hook, Shearness Pool Today [Maurice Barnhill ]
25 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 331 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (25 Oct 2014) 247 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Oct Siskins [Michael A Smith ]
24 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 163 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Oct 2014) 129 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 24th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
24 Oct Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, 10/25/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Oct White throated sparrow [Ellen Wright ]
23 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Oct 2014) 24 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Oct Yard Birds [David and Joy Peters ]
22 Oct Flint Woods Walk [joe sebastiani ]
21 Oct Re: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors ["sally o'byrne" ]
21 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 105 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Oct Bombay Hooked [Colin Campbell ]
21 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit [Christopher Bennett ]
21 Oct Sussex: Western Kingbird at Indian River Marina [Tim Schreckengost ]
20 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Oct Orange-cr. Warbler & White-cr. Sparrow in Hockessin [Amy White ]
19 Oct Eastern Meadowlarks [Edward Crawford ]
19 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Oct White Pelican at Prime Hook [Bill Fintel ]
19 Oct DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Prime Hook NWR Headquarters Results [Tim Schreckengost ]
19 Oct Sussex Co: American White Pelican at Prime Hook HQ on 10/18/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Oct 2014) 94 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 168 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 17th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
17 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 186 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Oct 2014) 206 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct Cape Henlopen State Park Birdwalk Oct21 ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
17 Oct Ashland Big Sit: The Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct Re: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
17 Oct Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Oct Middle Run: Orange-crowned, Lincoln's, and Finches [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct DOS Local Patch Trip - Prime Hook HQ on October 18, 2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
16 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct Christmas Bird Counts 2014/2015 ["Amy O'Neil" ]
16 Oct Indian River Inlet Sea Watch [Christopher Bennett ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct DOS Monthly Meeting - Speaker change - Meeting Still On [Bill Stewart ]
15 Oct Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
14 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Oct CHSP 10.14 Birdwalk results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Sunday along the Coast ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Oct 2014) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Steve and Laura Huber at DVOC on Thursday night 16 OCT 204 [Steve Kacir ]

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (30 Oct 2014) 205 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:10:33 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               52            336            344
Turkey Vulture              28            326            326
Osprey                       0             69            235
Bald Eagle                  12            170            262
Northern Harrier             1             62            108
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            827           1431
Cooper's Hawk               11            171            250
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         17            152            175
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             67            365            396
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             3            153            334
Merlin                       1             18             29
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            2             20             47
Unknown Buteo                0             22             44
Unknown Falcon               0              8             18
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     205           2760           7560
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
6 Visitors! Thanks Kim, Kelley and Hannah for helping out with the count!


Weather:
Slight Westerly, Northwesterly and Northerly winds.  Temperature high of
13.5 C, cloud cover ranged from 0- 85%, blue skies in the morning with
cloudier skies late afternoon.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
52 Black Vultures, 28 Turkey Vultures, 12 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier,
11 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 17 Red-shouldered Hawks, 67
Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin.
2 Unid. Accipiters

Non-raptor Observations:
171 Canada Geese, 6 Common Loons, 1 Gull sp.; 1 Golden-crowned and 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 American Pipit; 3 Palm and 2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers; 4 Chipping, 4 Savannah, 1 Song and 4 White-throated Sparrows, 6
Dark-eyed Juncos, 5 Purple Finches, Pine Siskins

2 Monarchs

Predictions:
Another beautiful fall day, come enjoy it up on Ashland's Hawk Watch Hill!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2014) 169 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15            123            203
Turkey Vulture              17            320            514
Osprey                       1            579           2704
Bald Eagle                   6            160            333
Northern Harrier            12            220            284
Sharp-shinned Hawk          77           1224           1701
Cooper's Hawk                9            151            224
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             17             21
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              6             38             51
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              5              5
American Kestrel            17            526            978
Merlin                       3            236            477
Peregrine Falcon             2            272            533
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             17
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0             10             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             12             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     169           3989           8180
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Diane and David Weber and 6 others.

Thanks to Rob for his help.


Weather:
wind-nnw/n/nnw 4-8mph,foggy first 2 hours,temp. 12-15c,clcv
90/30/10/0/10%,visb 15-20k,

Raptor Observations:
Two Golden Eagles, nice flight of Harriers and Sharp-Shinned Hawks. Flight
was slow in the am and picked up around mid day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Siskins, Red-Breasted Nuthatch,Brown Pelican,Gannets, Greater Yellow-legs,

Predictions:
cloudy, high 59,wind NNW 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 56 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:10:21 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5            108            188
Turkey Vulture              28            303            497
Osprey                       0            578           2703
Bald Eagle                   2            154            327
Northern Harrier             2            208            272
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6           1147           1624
Cooper's Hawk                3            142            215
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             15             19
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             32             45
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             2            509            961
Merlin                       1            233            474
Peregrine Falcon             3            270            531
Unknown Accipiter            1             10             17
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             13             26
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      56           3820           8011
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Maureen for assisting with the count! Plus 4 other
visitors. 



Weather:
Overcast, temp 19-23C, hazy, vis 15km, SW, WSW wind 5-15mph. Wind shifted
to the N and storm clouds moved into area at 2pm EST. 


Raptor Observations:
Vultures moving through along with a few Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed
Hawks, Peregrines, and Harriers. Two Bald Eagles came across together (1
juv, 1 immature). One resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Several groups of Brown Pelicans moving south including a kettle of 23
pelicans (total of 42), Gannet (50), Surf Scoter (700), Black Scoter (200),
Horned Grebe, Pine Siskins, Song Sparrow, and DC Cormorant (242).


Predictions:
Cold front tonight. Sunny with a high of 61F, N wind 10-13mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (29 Oct 2014) 97 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:10:07 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               33            284            292
Turkey Vulture               7            298            298
Osprey                       0             69            235
Bald Eagle                   9            158            250
Northern Harrier             0             61            107
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            816           1420
Cooper's Hawk                8            160            239
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7            135            158
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             17            298            329
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              3              3
American Kestrel             1            150            331
Merlin                       0             17             28
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             18             45
Unknown Buteo                0             22             44
Unknown Falcon               0              8             18
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      97           2555           7355
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
2 Visitors: Steve Sprite and Jason Zerbey.
Thanks Joe Russell and Joe Sebastiani for all your help!


Weather:
Morning haze turned into daylong overcast, strong winds with a gust high of
25 MPH.  Wind direction varied West to North and brought on a late day
rain.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
33 Black Vultures, 7 Turkey Vultures, 9 Bald Eagles, 15 Sharp Shinned
Hawks, 8 Cooper's Hawks, 7 Red-shouldered Hawks, 17 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
American Kestrel

Non-raptor Observations:
135 Canada Geese, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Joe spotted
an American Pipit; 4 Palm and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers; 4 Chipping, 2
Field, 3 Savannah, 4 White-crowned Sparrows, 6 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 Purple
Finch
1 Monarch

Predictions:
Forecast calls for a much colder day with less strong winds.  Quick, small
storm that passed by this evening may bring more movement!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen Nov. 4 Bird Walk Canceled
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:35:35 +0000
Unfortunately the Tuesday Nov. 4 Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park will be 
canceled. 



Thank you for supporting Delaware State Parks

Richard W. Julian
Nature Center Manager
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: Flint Woods Preserve (final fall bird walk)
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:29:22 +0000
Join me tomorrow on the final Flint Woods Preserve bird walk of the season. I 
will begin the walk at 8am. The preserve is located along Twaddell Mill Road 
east of Centreville, DE. Look for the sign along the road for the entrance. 
Directions can be found at 


www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
It has been good for sparrows lately in the restored meadows, so we will focus 
there and will walk some woodland trails as well. Flint Woods is a private 
preserve owned by the Delaware Nature Society and the Flint family, only open 
during guided walks. I hope to see you tomorrow, and if you attend, your 
membership with the Delaware Nature Society is appreciated. 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz on November 15
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:21:46 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
You are invited to take part in a special event created to capitalize on the 
phenomenon of "Fall Rarity Season" and the spectacle of unique birds occurring 
along the Delaware Coast during Fall migration. 

 
The Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) is partnering with the Nemesis Bird 
blog to bring you the first annual Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz. The 
leadership team of Alan Kneidel, Alex Lamoreaux, Tim Schreckengost, and I are 
serving as the co-coordinators of this unique birding experience. 

 
Read all about the event on the Nemesis Bird blog:
 
http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/rarities/coastal-delaware-birding-blitz/ 
 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
DOS Publicity and Outreach Coordinator
 
 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:10:53 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4            103            183
Turkey Vulture              28            275            469
Osprey                       4            578           2703
Bald Eagle                   5            152            325
Northern Harrier             1            206            270
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16           1141           1618
Cooper's Hawk                3            139            212
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             14             18
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              5             30             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              3
American Kestrel             2            507            959
Merlin                       4            232            473
Peregrine Falcon             5            267            528
Unknown Accipiter            0              9             16
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             13             26
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      80           3764           7955
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Dennis Foley,
                  Joe Russell, Maurice Barnhill, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
thank you to Maurice,Joe,Alex,Art,Ann,John and Dennis for their help and 21
others


Weather:
wind sw/wsw/w/ssw/s 3-9mph,clcv 85/90/80%,visb 18k

Raptor Observations:
One Adult Golden Eagle, 2 third year Bald Eagles came across the ocean
playing catch with a fish. They tossed it back and forth 3-4 times. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Siskins, Brown Pelican,Purple finch, Lesser Scaup, Gannets

Predictions:
cloudy, 20% of pm shower,wind West 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (28 Oct 2014) 103 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:10:45 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               20            251            259
Turkey Vulture              18            291            291
Osprey                       0             69            235
Bald Eagle                   3            149            241
Northern Harrier             0             61            107
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            801           1405
Cooper's Hawk                9            152            231
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         10            128            151
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             13            281            312
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              3
American Kestrel             3            149            330
Merlin                       1             17             28
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             18             45
Unknown Buteo                0             22             44
Unknown Falcon               0              8             18
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     103           2458           7258
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
Thanks Angie for stopping by on this gorgeous    
(75 degree fall?) day.


Weather:
Slight winds, WSW,SW,S, and SE to finish off the day. Temperature high of
23.5 C, 60-100% cloud cover though greater than 90% most of the day.  Full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow morning, first Turkey Vulture was seen at 10am. 

20 Black Vultures, 18 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles (1 Adult, 2 Immature),
25 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 9 Cooper's Hawks, 10 Red-shouldered Hawks, 13
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE (juvenile, 12:41pm, traveling with 2 Black
Vultures), 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin

Non-raptor Observations:
The newly mowed hill turned a lot of habitat/food source into barren field
which resulted in heavy feeder action.

157 Canada Geese, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 1 Belted Kingfisher; 1 Golden-crowned
and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets; 7 Palm and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers; 4
Chipping, 2 Field, 4 Savannah, 2 Song, 9 White-throated Sparrows, 10
Dark-eyed Juncos, 4 Purple Finches and 2 flyover Pine Siskins.

Predictions:
Tomorrows forecast is predicted to be much colder than today with possible
afternoon rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Iceland Gull at Port Mahon
From: "Gonzon, Anthony T. (DNREC)" <Anthony.Gonzon AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:27:59 +0000
Hi all,

This morning, I found a second winter Iceland Gull on Port Mahon Road near the 
fishing pier. I initially found it just before sunrise and there were not many 
gulls moving at that time, so I would assume that the Iceland Gull probably 
roosted on the pilings just before the fishing pier last night. It eventually 
got up and flew out over the bay towards a commercial waterman's boat that was 
actively tending gear with most of the other gulls roosting around it. 


Other birds of note included a distant, single Short-eared Owl, 7 Northern 
Harrier (including one gray ghost), several flyover Pine Siskins, and a Horned 
Grebe mixed in with a small group of Ruddy Ducks. The owl was seen from the 
fishing pier in the direction of the boat ramp at the end of the road. 


Good birding,

Ant

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Anthony T. Gonzon, Jr.
Bayshore Conservation Planner
DE Division of Fish & Wildlife, DNREC
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Office:  302-735-8673

      Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife

  We Bring You Delaware's Great Outdoors
            Through Science and Service

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Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (27 Oct 2014) 229 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:10:05 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               47            231            239
Turkey Vulture              41            273            273
Osprey                       1             69            235
Bald Eagle                   5            146            238
Northern Harrier             1             61            107
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34            776           1380
Cooper's Hawk               13            143            222
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         20            118            141
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             66            268            299
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             1            146            327
Merlin                       0             16             27
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             18             45
Unknown Buteo                0             22             44
Unknown Falcon               0              8             18
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             11             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     229           2355           7155
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.83 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
2 Visitors.
Thanks Joe for helping with the blue skies all day.


Weather:
slight Westerly winds, temperature high of 18.9 C, cloud cover ranged from
0-15%, mostly blue skies with full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
A cold front brought in good movement of buteos.
47 Black Vultures, 41 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 5 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern
Harrier, 34 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 13 Cooper's Hawks, 20 Red-shouldered
Hawks, 66 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel


Non-raptor Observations:
154 Canada Geese, 1 American Woodcock; 1 Golden-crowned and 4 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, 5 Palm Warblers; 4 Chipping, 2 Field, 6 Savannah, 4 Song and 20
White-throated Sparrows, 6 Dark-eyed Juncos, 20 Purple Finches, 2 Pine
Siskins
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Good Birds Today
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:37:24 -0400
We had some good birds today – October 27, 2014.

 a.. There were both golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets “dripping” 
from the branches along the woodland trail near Herring Point at Henlopen SP. 

  b.. We also saw 3 lesser black-backed gulls on the beach at Herring Point. 
  c.. A Caspian tern flew over bayside at the Point. 
 d.. At Burton Island Nature trail, there were 2 immature white-crowned 
sparrows near the causeway at the beginning of the trail. 

 e.. Then in a wooded area, we found a gray-cheeked thrush and more 
golden-crowned kinglets. We also heard a gray catbird. 

 f.. Another gray catbird was still hanging out at Prime Hook NWR, and 2 
eastern meadowlarks were in the field next to the visitors’ center. 

 g.. Then at Fowler Beach we had great views of the American white pelican as 
it flew over the water and landed near the mud flats (low tide). 

  h.. There was also a bald eagle and a northern harrier out near the flats. 
  i.. There was just one royal tern.
Those are the highlights of our day – a wonderful fall day with a good 
selection of birds! 


Joy Peters
Dover, Delaware
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (26 Oct 2014) 150 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:10:56 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6            184            192
Turkey Vulture               5            232            232
Osprey                       0             68            234
Bald Eagle                  17            141            233
Northern Harrier             1             60            106
Sharp-shinned Hawk          56            742           1346
Cooper's Hawk                3            130            209
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         21             98            121
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             20            202            233
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             2            145            326
Merlin                       3             16             27
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            4             18             45
Unknown Buteo                5             22             44
Unknown Falcon               4              8             18
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               2             11             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     150           2126           6926
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Bob Rufe, Frank Rohrbacher, Holly Merker,
                  Jean Woods, Judy Montgomery, Maureen Markow, Molly Daly,
                  Sharon Helmerich, Taj Schottland

Visitors:
7 Visitors


Weather:
Strong NW winds, temperature high of 18.2 C, 0-10% cloud cover and full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
6 Black Vultures, 5 Turkey Vultures, 17 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 56
Sharp Shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 21 Red-shouldered Hawks, 20
Red-tailed Hawks, 2 American Kestrels, 3 Merins.

4 Unid. Accip., 5 Unid. Buteos, 1 Unid. Eagle, 4 Unid. Falcons, 2 Unid.
Raptors

Non-raptor Observations:
305 Canada Geese, 3 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 3 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets; 2 Palm and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers; Chipping, Savannah and
White-throated Sparrows, 12 Dark-eyed Juncos, 6 Purple Finches. 6 Pine
Siskins.

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 386 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:10:02 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             99            179
Turkey Vulture              45            247            441
Osprey                       4            574           2699
Bald Eagle                  18            147            320
Northern Harrier             8            205            269
Sharp-shinned Hawk         260           1125           1602
Cooper's Hawk               11            136            209
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             13             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             25             38
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel            13            505            957
Merlin                      11            228            469
Peregrine Falcon             1            262            523
Unknown Accipiter            0              9             16
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             12             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     386           3684           7875
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Kevin Bronson, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin and Art for their help all day. And Vince and John and
16 others


Weather:
light winds n/nnw/wnw/nww/wnw/n, no clouds all day,temp 14-22c, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
absolutely stunning view of the GOLDEN EAGLE!!, great flight of
Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 18- Bald Eagles, . Most of the flight was coming to
the south over the dunes

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-Breasted Nuthatches,Golden-crowned Kinglets,991-DCCO's,3-Great Egret

Predictions:
partly cloudy,high 77, wind ssw 10-15
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Oct. 28 Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:46:39 +0000
Please join us for our weekly Tuesday morning bird walk at Cape Henlopen State 
Park on October 28. 


Walk will start at the Nature Center at 8am and go for about 2-hours.


Thank you for supporting Delaware State Parks

Richard W. Julian
Nature Center Manager
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: Middle Run: Week of Fall Migration Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:44:13 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
The past week at the Middle Run Natural Area in Newark saw the expected influx 
of sparrows and large numbers of late season songbird migrants. Here is a brief 
recap of birds of note during the period from 10/19 through 10/26. 

On Sunday the 19th, Will Almeida recorded the first White-crowned Sparrows of 
the year at Middle Run, which are species #175 for the year recorded at the 
park. 

The weekly walk on the Birding Trail Tuesday morning turned up Black-throated 
Green Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Winter Wren, more Purple Finches (15+) than 
House Finches (5), and hordes of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (30+). The most 
interesting observation was more than a dozen Hermit Thrush feeding high in the 
treetops on wild grapes, chasing one another and fighting over the ripe fruit. 
Scope views of these normally-reclusive birds made the morning extra special. 

A visit to the Smith Mill Road tree planting field this morning yielded a great 
view of a Nashville Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, lingering House Wren, and a 
flock of more than 150 White-throated Sparrows joined by both White-crowned and 
Fox Sparrows. Flyover Purple Finches and Pine Siskins were joined in the sky by 
Red-shouldered Hawks, an American Kestrel, and multiple accipiters. 
Yellow-rumped Warblers are abundant now, with a Common Yellowthroat and Palm 
Warbler rounding out the late-season warbler contingent. 

The final Middle Run bird walk of the year will be held on Tuesday morning 
(10/28) at 8:00am, meeting at the parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. We 
will take one last swing through the fields to cap off a fantastic Fall 
migration season. 

Good birding,
Derek Stoner 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 52 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:10:10 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             89            169
Turkey Vulture               6            202            396
Osprey                       1            570           2695
Bald Eagle                   1            129            302
Northern Harrier             7            197            261
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            865           1342
Cooper's Hawk                4            125            198
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             24             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             7            492            944
Merlin                       6            217            458
Peregrine Falcon             1            261            522
Unknown Accipiter            1              9             16
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             11             24
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      52           3298           7489
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson, Rachel Shaprio

Visitors:
thanks to Kevin and rachael for their help and 32 other visitors


Weather:
windy, no clouds, all blue sky entire day. Wind wnw/w/nnw,temp 15-19c,visb
20k

Raptor Observations:
as expected a low count today due to lack of clouds and lots of wind

Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Siskins,2161-DDCO's,7 Black-Bellied Plover,

Predictions:
sunny, high 66,wind wnw 10-15 mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Lark Sparrow / Rehoboth Golf Park
From: "Lynn M. Smith" <lynnmsmith AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:55:23 +0000
Hello All, 
  
 A day outside doing work on the golf course and stopped to enjoy the activity 
of many Song and White-throated Sparrows and Juncos. 

From a top of a small pear tree came an very pretty but unfamiliar song.  
Allowing me long looks and doing more singing while I checked 

the book and the song on an i-pod, the ID was made easily.  Realizing that 
this bird is uncommon, anyone wishing to search may give me a call 
302-542-1295 and I will be trying to re-find and photo. 

  
Regards, 
Lynn M. Smith   
  
  lynnmsmith AT comcast.net 
Subject: Fwd: Golden Eagle at Ft. DuPont SP
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:01:58 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Golden Eagle at Ft. DuPont SP

Posting for John Janowski 

-------- Original Message --------
From: John and Sandra Janowski 
Date: Oct 25, 2014 8:23:13 PM
Subject: Golden Eagle at Ft. DuPont SP
To: de-birds AT princeton.edu


Was a good day for hawks along the Delaware River. As the DOS Conservation 
Committee was installing fence circles (for trees) as part of a habitat 
restoration project at Ft. DuPont SP a juvenile Golden Eagle was seen soaring 
with several Turkey and Black Vultures. Two immature Bald Eagles were also seen 
and accipiters were actively hunting. 


John Janowski
Subject: Fwd: Bombay Hook, Shearness Pool Today
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:41:19 -0400
Andy Urquhart asked me to pass the message on to de-birds because the 
listserv does not accept messages from his AOL address:

    Some good birds observed from the Shearness tower this afternoon
    from about 2:00 to 3:30 pm include 10 or 12 Marbled Godwits
    (difficult to count in a distant tight flock of Avocets), 1
    Hudsonian Godwit (juvenile, not with the Marbleds), 6
    Golden-Plovers, 10 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper
    (juvenile), and good numbers of other expected birds. Very nice.
    Andy Urquhart
    Newark
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 331 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:10:25 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14             88            168
Turkey Vulture              59            196            390
Osprey                      10            569           2694
Bald Eagle                  14            128            301
Northern Harrier            19            190            254
Sharp-shinned Hawk         135            850           1327
Cooper's Hawk               17            121            194
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             11             15
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              4             23             36
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel            46            485            937
Merlin                       1            211            452
Peregrine Falcon             6            260            521
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              9             17
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             10             23
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     331           3246           7437
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Donna Hoyt, John Hoyt, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, John, and Donna for helping with the count!
Plus 43 visitors


Weather:
Clear skies with no cloud cover, temp 13-21C, vis 20km, wind NNW, WNW at
5-10mph


Raptor Observations:
Very good morning flight of Sharp-shinned Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Harriers,
Kestrels and eagles. Vultures, Red-shouldered Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk
moving through. Flight slowed in the afternoon. 
14 Bald Eagles and our first Golden Eagle. One resident adult Bald Eagle.
 

Non-raptor Observations:
Gannet, Red-throated Loon (7), Common Loon (15), Brown Pelican (1), Black
Skimmer (1), Junco, Pine Siskin (30), Black and Surf Scoter and DC
Cormorant (1,510).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 68F, NW wind 20-25mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (25 Oct 2014) 247 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:10:00 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16            178            186
Turkey Vulture              68            227            227
Osprey                       0             68            234
Bald Eagle                   9            124            216
Northern Harrier             5             59            105
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            686           1290
Cooper's Hawk               19            127            206
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         28             77            100
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             54            182            213
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             3            143            324
Merlin                       1             13             24
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             41
Unknown Buteo                1             17             39
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     247           1976           6776
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Alan Kneidel, Dan Walker, David Beattie, Kim Steininger,
                  Mike Moore, Taj Schottland

Visitors:
12 Visitors.
Thanks Dan, Kim, Mike, Taj, Alan and David for helping out with the count!




Weather:
Slight Western winds with stronger Southern gusts, Temperature high of 20.7
C, blue-cloudless skies with full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
16 Black Vultures, 68 Turkey Vultures, 9 Bald Eagles, 5 Northern Harriers,
43 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 19 Cooper's Hawks, 28 Red-shouldered Hawks, 54
Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin.
 
1 Unid. Accip.

Non-raptor Observations:
143 Canada Geese, 12 Ring-billed Gulls; 2 Golden-Crowned, 1 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets; 2 Palm, 12 Yellow-rumped Warblers; 4 Chipping, 2 Song, 8
White-throated Sparrows, 9 Dark-eyed juncos, 4 Purple Finches, 36 Pine
Siskins

5 Monarchs

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

Subject: Siskins
From: Michael A Smith <michael.a.smith AT VILLANOVA.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:50:30 +0000
I just spent 5 minutes watching a group of 7 Pine Siskins work over my 
neighbor's hemlock at the corner of Cleveland and Sharpless in Brandywine 
Hundred. A passing sharpie ignored them. 




And in a belated report, last Sunday I had a flyover Ross's Goose in with about 
2 dozen Canada Geese at moderate height. Through binoculars for a minute or so, 
this individual was 1/2 the size (1/3 the bulk) of the Canadas. Very short 
neck. Of course I did not see the bill and face but size and proportions 
strongly suggested Ross's. Can I rule out a runt Snow Goose or a hybrid? No. 
But I am wondering if there were or will be other reports of Ross's in with 
Canadas. 




Michael Smith
Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
Villanova University
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 163 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:55 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             74            154
Turkey Vulture              12            137            331
Osprey                      22            559           2684
Bald Eagle                   4            114            287
Northern Harrier            17            171            235
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            715           1192
Cooper's Hawk                1            104            177
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            53            439            891
Merlin                      13            210            451
Peregrine Falcon             6            254            515
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              8             16
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     163           2915           7106
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Christopher Rowe, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver,
                  Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Christopher, Rob, and Vince for helping with the count
today! Visitors include George, Diane and David, plus 24 others. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy, clcv 20-90%, temp 14-19C, vis 20km, NNW, NW wind 10-15mph,
gusting to 25mph.


Raptor Observations:
Ospreys still moving through, good N. Harrier flight (3 adult male), great
Am. Kestrel flight along with Merlin and Peregrines going through. Majority
of birds coming across low on the water south of the platform. 
Four Bald Eagles: 2 adult, 1 immature, 1 unknown age. 
One resident adult Bald Eagle. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Oystercatcher, Wood Duck, Common Loon (34), Gannet (4), Parasitic Jaeger
(1), WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (1), Brown Thrasher, Pine Siskin (30), DC
Cormorant (2,400). FOX SPARROW feeding on ground by the pines near the
parking lot. 

Predictions:
Sunny, high 67F, west wind 9-13mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Oct 2014) 129 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:10:06 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1            162            170
Turkey Vulture              32            159            159
Osprey                       1             68            234
Bald Eagle                   0            115            207
Northern Harrier             1             54            100
Sharp-shinned Hawk          46            643           1247
Cooper's Hawk               11            108            187
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             49             72
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             24            128            159
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             1            140            321
Merlin                       0             12             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            4             14             41
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     129           1729           6529
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Debra Palermo, Joe Russell, Kim Steininger, Pat Goodman,
                  Sharon Helmerich, Will Almeida

Visitors:
8 Visitors!


Weather:
Strong NW winds, temperature high of 19 C, cloud cover ranged from 5 to
80%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Black Vulture, 32 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 1 Northern Harrier(gray
ghost), 46 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 8 Red-shouldered Hawks,
24 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel.
4 Unid. Accipiters

Non-raptor Observations:
520 Canada Geese, 12 Duck sp., 31 Double-crested Cormorants, 10 Great Blue
Heron, 12 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, lots of Yellow-rumped
Warblers; Chipping, Field and White-throated Sparrows, 7 Purple Finches

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

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 24th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:11:29 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 24, 2014
* DEST1410.24
	
*Birds mentioned
CACKLING GOOSE
ROSS GOOSE
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet 
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Parasitic Jaeger
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
WESTERN KINGBIRD
Blue-headed Vireo
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincolns Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 24, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 24th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list increased to 322 species.

New this week was a WESTERN KINGBIRD found at Burton's Island behind the
North Marina at Indian River Inlet n Tuesday. Unfortunately, that bird has
not been reported since, possibly another one-day-wonder. Also reported at
Burton's has been GREEN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON plus NELSON'S and
SALTMARSH SPARROW along the marsh edge. 

Nearby Indian River Inlet had a seawatch this weekend that had a couple of
PARASITIC JAEGERS flying offshore. Also seen was BRANT plus NORTHERN
PINTAIL, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and COMMON LOON flying by. 12 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were found in the inlet. Terns seen included CASPIAN, ROYAL, and
COMMON TERN. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and LEAST SANDPIPER were found on
the jetty. The copes of trees at the South Inlet Parking Lot had
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and HOUSE WREN.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found last week along the Dike Trail at the
headquarters of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton and
Saturday. That bird was seen later in the week flying over and roosting at
Fowler's Beach. SNOW GEESE were also seen at Fowler's Beach, a single ROSS'S
GOOSE was found along the Prime Hook Beach Road. Late lingering BLACK
SKIMMERS were seen at Fowler's Beach along with COMMON, CASPIAN, and ROYAL
TERNS. Shorebirds seen at Fowlers included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, both
YELLOWLEGS, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying
along the dunes. Sparrows continue to be the highlight at Fowler's Beach
with several NELSON'S plus SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were also reported
was WHITE-CROWNED and a VESPER SPARROW at the 90 turn. 20 EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS were seen in the fields in front of Prime Hook headquarters. A
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Broadkill Beach. Also reported was
CATTLE EGRET along Bakersfield Rd., AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and 65 ROYAL
TERNS were found at Mispillion Inlet.

ORANGE-CROWN WARBLERS were seen at opposite ends state. One was found at
Prime Hook along the Boardwalk Trail while another was found in a yard off
Center Mill Road in Yorklyn. Also reported in Yorklyn was a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW.

Winter finches are arriving in mass. Delaware is going into a purple haze,
with PURPLE FINCHES seen throughout the state. This past week, finches were
reported in Yorklyn, Port Penn, Georgetown, Laurel, Dover, Prime Hook, White
Clay Creek State Park, Middle Run Natural Area, and Brandywine Creek State
Park. Also reported has been PINE SISKINS flying over Chapel Street in
Newark. Another bird was photographed in a yard at Port Penn. A flight of 25
SISKINS were reported at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch.

A CACKLING GOOSE was reported flying over Newark Reservoir. Late warblers
around the reservoir included a BLACK-THROATED GREEN and PALM WARBLER.
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS are being seen there. A BELTED KINGFISHER was seen
along the White Clay Creek. Late land birds at White Clay Creek State Park
included SWAINSON'S THRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLER. Also reported was YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW

Another ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Smyrna. Thousands of SNOW GEESE are beginning to arrive there.
Waterfowl reported there included PIED-BILLED GREBE, HOODED MERGANSER, 3
BUFFLEHEAD, and 70 RUDDY DUCK. A high count of 27 MARBLED GODWITS was
reported on the salt flats opposite Sheerness Pool along with 350 AMERICAN
AVOCETS. Other shorebirds seen included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, plus STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON was seen at Bear Swamp. SEASIDE SPARROW and MARSH WREN were
found along the Boardwalk Trail. WILD TURKEY was seen at Finis Pool and
NORTHERN BOBWHITE was found at the Allee House. Also seen was GRAY-CHEEKED
and HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PALM WARBLER. A pair of
RING-NECKED DUCKS were found in the retention pond at the South on-ramp of
Route 1 in Smyrna.

Another RING-NECKED DUCK was found at the Wolfe's Neck Sewage Treatment
Plant near Midway between Lewis and Rehoboth Beach. Eight RUDDY DUCKS were
also seen there along with NORTHERN SHOVELER and GADWALL.

A late BLUE HEADED VIREO along with SWAINSON'S and HERMIT THRUSH seen along
the Walking Dunes at Cape Henlopen State Park. BROWN PELICAN, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, and 6 COMMON TERNS were seen at The Point. BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and CHIPPING SPARROWS were also
found in the pines by The Point.  Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found
at Gordon's Pond along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Landbirds seen included
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, and both species of KINGLET. Birders on
the Cape May-Lewes Ferry are reporting BLACK and SURF SCOTERS offshore, plus
NORTHERN GANNETS, ROYAL TERNS and RED-THROATED LOONS. 

A VESPER SPARROW was found at Granogue along the Brandywine Creek on
Wednesday. WINTER WREN and RUBY CROWNED KINGLET were found at Flint Woods
along with a flyover BALD EAGLE. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed in the marsh
at Ashland Nature Center. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also found along with
LINCOLNS SPARROW at Ashland.

LINCOLNS SPARROW was also found that Reedy Point Bridge along with
SWAINSON'S THRUSH and EASTERN PHOEBE. A MERLIN was seen hunting there. BALD
EAGLE and TREE SWALLOWS are still being seen at the ABA headquarters in
Delaware City. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in downtown Wilmington from the
18th floor of an office building along Delaware Ave. 

An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was reported yesterday afternoon at Ashland Nature
Ctr., Hawkwatch. A big flight of raptors on Monday included 12 species with
a late BROAD-WINGED HAWK plus PEREGRINE FALCON, along with 36 RED-TAILS and
10 RED SHOULDERED HAWKS. 12 PALM WARBLERS were seen at the Hawkwatch on
Tuesday, PURPLE FINCHES are being seen there almost daily.

A big flight of raptors were seen at Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch on the weekend.
A flight of Falcons on Sunday included 85 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 16 MERLIN, and
4 PEREGRINE. Waterfowl moving offshore included BRANT, SNOW GEESE, BLACK and
SURF SCOTERS, plus RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON. Also seen were CACKLING
GOOSE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and WOOD DUCK. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES continue to be found in the pines by the Hawkwatch.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bill Stewart, Joel
Martin, Anthony Gonzon, Chris Bennett, Colin Campbell, Amy White, Sally
OByrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue
Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Tom Laeser, Andy
Urquhart, Marie Gardner, Ed Huestis, Ed Crawford, Jerry AmEnde, Maurice
Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this
season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your
sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Brandywine Creek Birdwalk, 10/25/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:34 -0400
The monthly Birdwalk sponsored by Brandywine Creek State park will be
tomorrow, October 25th. We'll start at the park nature center at 8 am. Park
entrance fees are still in effect.  I had PURPLE FINCH and PALM WARBLER in
the park last weekend. This is a good time to start looking for Fox Sparrow.
Looks like we'll be getting some good weather, be sure to wear boots!

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:45 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15            161            169
Turkey Vulture               4            127            127
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   2            115            207
Northern Harrier             2             53             99
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            597           1201
Cooper's Hawk                3             97            176
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             41             64
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk              6            104            135
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
American Kestrel             2            139            320
Merlin                       1             12             23
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      57           1600           6400
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
No Visitors.  Thanks Joe Sebastiani for stopping by and Joe Russel and
Carol Spease for withstanding the elements and helping me scan the skies
all day!


Weather:
Strong NW winds, rain until 11 and 100% cloud cover all day.  Temperature
high of 13.1 C.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Golden Eagle at 2:17!
15 Black Vultures, 4 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
19 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 6
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle, 2 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin

Non-raptor Observations:
642 Canada Geese, 1 Cackling Goose in a skein of 26 geese, 26
Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets;
Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers; Chipping, Field, Song and White-throated
Sparrows, 4 (female/immature) Purple Finches.

Predictions:
Predicted to be much warmer with similar strong NW winds.  Should be a
great day for migration.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: White throated sparrow
From: Ellen Wright <warwick8154 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:02:40 -0400
I heard a White throated sparrow at my property in Warwick Maryland near
Middletown Delaware today. This afternoon I saw one. After last winters
extreme weather this summer seemed too short to me. At least fall and
winter brings White throated sparrows a very welcome sight.

Ellen Wright
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:10:02 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                4             69            149
Turkey Vulture               0            125            319
Osprey                       9            537           2662
Bald Eagle                   0            110            283
Northern Harrier             2            154            218
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            686           1163
Cooper's Hawk                2            103            176
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4            386            838
Merlin                       5            197            438
Peregrine Falcon             4            248            509
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      30           2752           6943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Lorraine Logan, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Lorraine for assisting with the brief count today!
3 visitors



Weather:
Rain throughout the morning, overcast, temp 13-14C, vis 15km, strong NNW
wind at 18-25mph. 


Raptor Observations:
No observation until 1200 due to rain. Osprey, Harriers, Cooper's Hawk, and
falcons moving through low on the water to the south of the platform. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (12), Red-throated Loon (3), Brown Pelican (2), Snow Goose,
Brant (7), Greater Yellowlegs, DC Cormorant (680).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 67F, NW wind at 16mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:10:33 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             65            145
Turkey Vulture               0            125            319
Osprey                       2            528           2653
Bald Eagle                   1            110            283
Northern Harrier             7            152            216
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            686           1163
Cooper's Hawk                5            101            174
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             12
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4            382            834
Merlin                       0            192            433
Peregrine Falcon             2            244            505
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      28           2722           6913
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for assisting with the count in the blustery wind! Plus 8
other visitors. 



Weather:
Overcast, temp 15-16C, vis 20km, very windy with NE, ENE winds at 15-20mph
gusting to 25mph. 


Raptor Observations:
Few migrants with the high winds, some seen passing high overhead and
others low along the trees. Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk,
Kestrel and Peregrines moving. One adult Bald Eagle, plus one resident
adult eagle seen. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Good scoter flight with Black Scoter (1,200) and Surf Scoter (700), Brant
(14), Great Blue Heron, Brown Creeper, White-throated Sparrow, Pine Siskin
(25), DC Cormorant (60). 


Predictions:
40% chance of rain, high 58F, NW wind 25-28mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Oct 2014) 24 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:23 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1            146            154
Turkey Vulture               9            123            123
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   0            113            205
Northern Harrier             4             51             97
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            578           1182
Cooper's Hawk                2             94            173
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             39             62
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk              0             98            129
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            137            318
Merlin                       0             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                0             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      24           1543           6343
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 11:45:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Weather:
Today brought strong North winds, 100% cloud cover and lots of
precipitation.  Temperature high of 12.6 C, full visibility for the short
day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Black Vulture, 9 Turkey Vultures, 4 Northern Harriers, 7 Sharp Shinned
Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks and 1 American Kestrel streamed by soaked.



Non-raptor Observations:
82 Canada Geese, 1 Wood Duck, 8 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10
White-throated Sparrows, and 1 Purple Finch.

Our resident Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawks,and Cooper's Hawk were
loud and active in the rain and an Adult Bald Eagle was spotted entering
the creek.

Predictions:
Predicted to have morning showers and be cooler than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Yard Birds
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:33:48 -0400
We had our first dark-eyed junco under our feeders this morning, and then just 
now a female purple finch in our back yard in North Dover. 


Joy Peters
Dover, Delaware
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: Flint Woods Walk
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:55:18 +0000
Tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird walk, starting at 8am 
at the Twaddell Mill Road entrance to the property. Follow Twaddell Mill Road 
east of rt. 52 in Centreville and look for the small road sign for the turn 
into the preserve. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
The sparrows were well represented last week, so it should be another good 
showing in the new meadow habitats that have been created. This preserve is 
private, and is only accessible through guided walks from the Delaware Nature 
Society. We appreciate your membership in the Society if you attend. I hope to 
see you tomorrow. 



Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: Re: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:46:19 -0400
I would like to add that one Rusty Blackbird was also seen at Ashland Hawk 
Watch yesterday. There might have been a few that I didnt identify, but one 
posed for me, showing off his bright white eye and sounding off his very high 
peep note. 


Sally O'Byrne




On Oct 21, 2014, at 8:10 PM, Hawkcount.Org Reports  
wrote: 


> Ashland Nature Center
> Hockessin, Delaware, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture               36            132            140
> Turkey Vulture              35             75             75
> Osprey                       0             67            233
> Bald Eagle                   3            111            203
> Northern Harrier             2             43             89
> Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            529           1133
> Cooper's Hawk               11             84            163
> Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
> Red-shouldered Hawk         10             32             55
> Broad-winged Hawk            1             34           3511
> Red-tailed Hawk             36             80            111
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
> Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
> American Kestrel             3            127            308
> Merlin                       1             11             22
> Peregrine Falcon             1             12             14
> Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
> Unknown Buteo                4             14             36
> Unknown Falcon               1              4             14
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
> Mississippi Kite             0              0              1
> 
> Total:                     187           1375           6175
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 07:30:00 
> Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
> Total observation time: 7.5 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne
> 
> Observers:        Kim Steininger
> 
> Visitors:
> 1
> 
> 
> Weather:
> slight S,SW,SE winds, Temperature high of 16.8 C, cloud cover ranged from
> 40 to 100%, full visibility all day.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 36 Black Vultures, 35 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
> 43 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 10 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1
> Broad-winged Hawk, 36 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1
> Peregrine Falcon.
> 
> 4 Unid. Buteo, 1 Unid. Falcon
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 263 Canada Geese, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 18 Song
> Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 16 White-throated Sparrows,
> 1 Purple Finch, 2 Pine Siskins
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
> Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
> www.delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Oct 2014) 144 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:10:13 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13            145            153
Turkey Vulture              39            114            114
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   2            113            205
Northern Harrier             4             47             93
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            571           1175
Cooper's Hawk                8             92            171
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             39             62
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             18             98            129
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             9            136            317
Merlin                       0             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                2             16             38
Unknown Falcon               0              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     144           1519           6319
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
No visitors


Weather:
no winds in the morning, slight WNW,NW and SW winds to finish off the day. 
Temperature high of 20.7 C, cloud cover ranged from 0% to 90%, full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
13 Black Vultures, 39 Turkey Vultures, 2 Bald Eagles, 4 Northern Harriers,
42 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 8 Cooper's Hawks, 7 Red-shouldered Hawks, 18
Red-tailed Hawks, 9 American Kestrels.

2 Unid. Buteos

Non-raptor Observations:
169 Canada Geese, 1 Herring Gull, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 12 Palm Warblers, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 14
Chipping Sparrows, 4 Field Sparrows, 8 Savannah Sparrows, 2 Song Sparrows,
20 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Dark-eyed Junco, 6 Purple Finches
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Oct 2014) 187 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:10:39 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               36            132            140
Turkey Vulture              35             75             75
Osprey                       0             67            233
Bald Eagle                   3            111            203
Northern Harrier             2             43             89
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            529           1133
Cooper's Hawk               11             84            163
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             32             55
Broad-winged Hawk            1             34           3511
Red-tailed Hawk             36             80            111
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3            127            308
Merlin                       1             11             22
Peregrine Falcon             1             12             14
Unknown Accipiter            0             10             37
Unknown Buteo                4             14             36
Unknown Falcon               1              4             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     187           1375           6175
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Kim Steininger

Visitors:
1


Weather:
slight S,SW,SE winds, Temperature high of 16.8 C, cloud cover ranged from
40 to 100%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
36 Black Vultures, 35 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
43 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11 Cooper's Hawks, 10 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1
Broad-winged Hawk, 36 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1
Peregrine Falcon.

4 Unid. Buteo, 1 Unid. Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
263 Canada Geese, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Palm Warblers, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 18 Song
Sparrows, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 16 White-throated Sparrows,
1 Purple Finch, 2 Pine Siskins
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 105 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:10:31 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             65            145
Turkey Vulture              39            125            319
Osprey                       6            526           2651
Bald Eagle                   3            109            282
Northern Harrier            15            145            209
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            680           1157
Cooper's Hawk                5             96            169
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              7             11
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             19             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6            378            830
Merlin                       4            192            433
Peregrine Falcon             5            242            503
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     105           2694           6885
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Ann, Dennis and Vince for helping with the count today! Plus
15 other visitors. 



Weather:
Cloudy in the morning turning partly cloudy, temp 16-20C, vis 20km, wind
light S, W, NE, N.  

Raptor Observations:
Vultures coming in from the point and moving south, good N. Harrier flight,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Red-tailed Hawk along with a
few falcons. 3 Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Black Scoter (930), Surf Scoter (150), DC Cormorant (765), Common Loon,
Red-throated Loon, Field Sparrow, Junco, Blue-headed Vireo.


Predictions:
Rain, high 64F, N wind 15-25mph. 

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: Bombay Hooked
From: Colin Campbell <delawaretwitcher AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:49:06 -0500
In a huge test of will-power, I forsook Helen's Sausage House this morning to 
get to Bombay Hook early via Rt 1. My arrival appeared to coincide with the 
arrival of the first big flock of Snow Geese which were wiffling down into the 
corn stubble fields along the entrance road - Whitehall Neck (Rd85). The sight 
and sound were magic - I estimated about 3,000 birds and they appeared to have 
had a productive breeding season, up there on Bylot Island, Nunavut, as there 
were many family groups with 3-4 young. I was unable to pick out a Ross's Goose 
but I did see later in the BH log that one had been found at that same 
location. Later (high tide) they moved en masse to the bayshore side of 
Shearness Pool, forming a glistening white line too far off for another shot at 
an oddball. 

 
110 Avocets were dozing in Raymond and another 50 were in Shearness; the latter 
were accompanied by 10 Marbled Godwit, a good deal less than the 27 I'd had on 
the 16th, although there was a log entry by a well-known local birder that 
there had been 25 yesterday. A single Coot and a Merlin were noted. A stroll 
around the Allee House provided some fun. A small stunted tree at the rear of 
the house held 6 spp of sparrow - White-throated, White-crowned (4), Field (3), 
Song, Swamp and Savannah - as well as the inevitable House Sparrow at that 
location. A moment of sheer exuberance occurred when a covey of 15 Bobwhites 
suddenly arrived in the weedy field there. The biggest party I've seen in BH 
for many, many years. In trying to get a photo of one on the ground, I seemed 
to flush ones and twos for about 5 minutes without photographic success, 
needless to say. The Visitor Center also had 3 White-crowned Sparrows, all 
juveniles - as were the Allee House birds. Phoebes were everywher! 

 e as has been the case locally for the past 3 weeks. Time now for a Say's.
 
With gas at $288.9 at the Wawa south of Smyrna and massive cabbages (mine was 
18lb) and cauliflower - and now broccoli - for only $2 at Wicks Potato Farm on 
Rt9 - it was a very satisfactory and fruitful (veggieful?) morning. 

 
Colin Campbell
Claymont, DE
 
Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:44:22 -0400
Hello,

I'm finally getting around to reporting our results to the Big Sit website
and want to make sure I don't forget anyone from the participant list.
Here is the list of people I can remember (I'm getting old):

Anthony Gonzon
Bruce Peterjohn
Alex Lameroeux
Sharon Lynn
Jenn Ottinger
Sue Gruver
Tim Schrekengost
Alan Keidel
Christopher Rowe

If you were there - or you are on the list above and know who I'm missing
please let me know.

THANKS.

Chris
Subject: Sussex: Western Kingbird at Indian River Marina
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:51:23 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel reports a Western Kingbird at the Indian River Marina, which is on 
the north side of the inlet. 


As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 43 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:10:02 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             63            143
Turkey Vulture               8             86            280
Osprey                       6            520           2645
Bald Eagle                   1            106            279
Northern Harrier             7            130            194
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            664           1141
Cooper's Hawk                2             91            164
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1            372            824
Merlin                       6            188            429
Peregrine Falcon             1            237            498
Unknown Accipiter            1              8             15
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      43           2589           6780
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Diane Kane, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
6
thanks to Kevin and Diane for their help


Weather:
wind, ssw/s/wsw/s/w/wsw 1-6 mph, temp 11-19c, clcv 30/80/60%, visb 20k,

Raptor Observations:
a very slow Raptor day. A few Sharp-Shinned Hawks came through high and to
the South, Harriers started the day with 4, our 2 local B. Eagles only made
a short visit

Non-raptor Observations:
1352-DCCO's many of which came in to the South and quickly disappeared
behind the Dune.Vultures came in high from the North and went South.

another minus one for the catbird and a yummy lunch for the Merlin

Predictions:
partly cloudy, high 72,SSW wind at 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:10:52 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             96            104
Turkey Vulture               0             40             40
Osprey                       1             67            233
Bald Eagle                   4            108            200
Northern Harrier             0             41             87
Sharp-shinned Hawk          27            486           1090
Cooper's Hawk                8             73            152
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             22             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk              8             44             75
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            124            305
Merlin                       1             10             21
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            3             10             37
Unknown Buteo                4             10             32
Unknown Falcon               1              3             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      66           1188           5988
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Mike Gardner

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Hank Davis, Jean Woods, Mike Gardner,
                  Sarah Luca

Visitors:
20


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Orange-cr. Warbler & White-cr. Sparrow in Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:58:48 +0000
This morning while birding around our yard I had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 
feeding in the seedheads of goldenrod flowers, in a swale in our meadow. It 
stuck around for at least a half-hour, long enough for Jim to come out and 
watch it for awhile, too. We also saw lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm 
Warblers, and both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets. The fields and 
edge habitat were full of many sparrows -mostly Song Sparrows, but also quite a 
few Chipping Sparrows as well as Field Sparrow and Swamp Sparrow. 


Also, at our feeder area around noon today we had a single, juvenile 
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, as well as several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. 


Yesterday (Sunday), we had 2 female PURPLE FINCHES at one of our sunflower 
feeders. 


And last Saturday (Oct 11 -sorry for not reporting) I had a RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCH at the feeder. It stayed around briefly, but has not been seen since. 





Amy White: Center Mill Road  AT  Snuff Mill Road; Hockessin, DE 
Subject: Eastern Meadowlarks
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:32:18 -0400
At about 4:30 pm today, there were about 20+ meadowlarks in the fields just 
before the headquarters building at Prime Hook NWR. Some were in the short 
brushy trees right next to the road so I got very good views before they flew 
off. Nice. 

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:10:34 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             60            140
Turkey Vulture               0             78            272
Osprey                       9            514           2639
Bald Eagle                   8            105            278
Northern Harrier            12            123            187
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            657           1134
Cooper's Hawk                1             89            162
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             18             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            85            371            823
Merlin                      16            182            423
Peregrine Falcon             4            236            497
Unknown Accipiter            0              7             14
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              7             15
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     146           2546           6737
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Art Zdancewic, Diane Kane,
                  Douglas Winkleman, Rich Downs, Ruth Kaufman, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Alex, Ruth, Douglas, Diane and Rich for assisting with
the count! 
36 visitors



Weather:
Mostly to partly cloudy, temp 11-15C, vis 20km, strong N, NW winds
20-25mph.


Raptor Observations:
Mostly falcons moving with the strong winds, great Kestrel flight, Merlins
and Bald Eagles (8), a surprising lack of Sharp-shinned Hawks. Most raptors
coming low over the water south of the platform. 


Non-raptor Observations:
CACKLING GOOSE (1 flying with 3 Canada Goose), Black Duck (100), Pintail
(100), Green-winged Teal (80), Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Canada Goose
(40), Dunlin (80), Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Greater Yellowlegs, DC
Cormorant (1350).

Monarchs 85


Predictions:
Sunny, high 64F, SW wind 5-10mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: White Pelican at Prime Hook
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:56:51 -0400
Sally and I were leading a Prime Hook FT today for the Refuge, and had been
alerted to the White Pelican posted by Tim Shreckingost, and first spotted
by Julie McCall. We searched the waters off the Boardwalk Trail, but did
not find it.

Then at Fowler Beach, a White Pelican flew up the DE Bay shoreline harassed
by a Herring Gull. It was very close, and everyone got great looks as it
proceeded in to the impoundment waters south of Fowler Beach Rd.

It set down in scope view next to a Great Blue, which it dwarfed, then
later we saw it flying west, possibly out of the Refuge.

Today was a great migration day for kinglets, waxwings, yellow rumps, and
sapsuckers, plus a late Magnolia Warbler. We also had a late flock of about
12 Royal Terns, and all told at least 7 Bald Eagles.

Bill and Sally Fintel
Lewes, DE
Subject: DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Prime Hook NWR Headquarters Results
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:42:18 -0400
Birders,

I lead a DOS Local Patch Birding Series walk at the Prime Hook NWR
Headquarters yesterday afternoon with the help of Alex Lamoreaux.
Highlights were excellent views of Belted Kingfishers, Forster's Terns,
Great Horned Owl, and an American White Pelican! We tallied 59 species in 2
hours and 52 minutes.

A summary with photos can be seen here:


http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/dos-local-patch-birding-series-prime-hook-nwr-headquarters/ 


eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20269408

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Sussex Co: American White Pelican at Prime Hook HQ on 10/18/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:15:31 -0400
Birders,

While leading the DOS Local Patch Trip at the Prime Hook HQ yesterday 
afternoon, Julie McCall alerted us to an American White Pelican she found off 
the boardwalk trail. All walk participants got decent scope views. The bird was 
best viewed through the trees along the boardwalk trail. Julie had the bird in 
open water, but we only had views through dense vegetation. The bird could be 
anywhere around the HQ or Prime Hook in general. I hope it sticks around for 
others to see it today. I apologize for the late post. 


I'll post a full walk summary later today.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Oct 2014) 94 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:10:04 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             96            104
Turkey Vulture               1             40             40
Osprey                       1             66            232
Bald Eagle                  11            104            196
Northern Harrier             1             41             87
Sharp-shinned Hawk          35            459           1063
Cooper's Hawk               16             65            144
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             15             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk             10             36             67
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             9            123            304
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            1              7             34
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      94           1122           5922
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Dan Walker, Emily Baisden, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
8 Visitors.
Thanks Kim, Dan and Em for helping me scan the skies!


Weather:
Beautiful crisp fall day, with some breathtaking clouds. Average wind speed
reached a high of 7mph during the 11-12 hour. Westerly winds turning
West-Northwest from 11 on.  Temperature high of 20.8 C, cloud cover ranged
from 20% to 90%.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
7 Black Vultures, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Osprey, 11 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern
Harrier, 35 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 16 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks,
10 Red-tailed Hawks, 9 American Kestrels.

1 Unid. Accipiter

Non-raptor Observations:
160 Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron, 6 Ring-billed Gulls, 130 American
Crows, 3 Palm Warblers,   
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 1 White-throated Sparrow.

Large murder of crows pestering Red-tails and Bald Eagles all day.

16 Monarchs

Predictions:
Predicted to be much cooler with strong WNW winds.  Should be a fantastic
day for migration!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 168 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:10:45 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             52            132
Turkey Vulture               0             78            272
Osprey                      29            505           2630
Bald Eagle                   9             97            270
Northern Harrier            13            111            175
Sharp-shinned Hawk          42            657           1134
Cooper's Hawk                5             88            161
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            0             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             16             29
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            30            286            738
Merlin                      18            166            407
Peregrine Falcon            17            232            493
Unknown Accipiter            1              7             14
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               1              6             14
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             21
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     168           2400           6591
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Art Zdancewic, Bill Stewart,
                  Bruce Peterjohn, Diane Kane, Paul Kane, Ruth Kaufman,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
George O'Shea and 34 others


Weather:
wind wsw/nnw/nw/n/nw, 2-9mph, temp. 17-22c, clcv 80/70/0/10/20/30/80, visb.
20k

Raptor Observations:
slow flight in the am,flight picked up in the pm. Nice flight of Falcons,
Sharp-Shinned Hawks,Eagles and Harriers

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-Breasted and Brown-Headed Nuthatches, Common Loons,1-G. Yellow
Legs,21-Forster terns, 572 DCCO's and a huge flight of Monarchs----358!!!

Predictions:
gusty NW winds 20-30 mph, high 65 P. Cloudy
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 17th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:33 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 17, 2014
* DEST1410.17
	
*Birds mentioned
CACKLING GOOSE
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
Brown Pelican
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
POMARINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Wood Peewee
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Boat-tailed Grackle
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 17, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 17th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. October into November is a time for
mega-rarities, and this week added two new birds to the year list. This
unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 321 species.

New this week has been a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD coming to a private yard west of
Camden-Wyoming off Bryant Corner's Road. The bird has been present all week,
but was last seen on Tuesday before the storm. In related news, another
hummer, reported as a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was visiting a yard in Bay
Vista near Rehoboth Beach. Keep those nectar feeders up, now's the time for
rare hummingbirds to show up!

Another new bird was a POMARINE JAEGER flying past the Cape May - Lewes
ferry chasing gulls. That bird was seen by a birder heading to Cape May to
see the VERMILLION FLYCATCHER reported there. On the same trip, a PARASITIC
JAEGER was seen off the stern following the wake. COMMON LOON, ROYAL TERN,
and over 400 CORMORANTS were seen on the trip. BLACK SCOTER, SNOWY EGRET and
BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at the ferry terminal. NORTHERN GANNET was also
seen from the ferry this week. 

BLACK SCOTER was also seen at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, along
with ROYAL and CASPIAN TERNS. A flight of 30 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS landed
on the point last Friday. Cape Henlopen is a great place to catch late
lingering migrants. A late WOOD THRUSH was seen along the Salt Marsh Nature
Trail. RED-EYED VIREO, BLACKPOLL and PINE WARBLERS were seen on the weekly
bird walk, along with GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, plus RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. PALM WARBLER was seen at Gordon's Pond, along with
SALTMARSH SPARROW. On the pond were large numbers of GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS
and 2 GLOSSY IBIS. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also hunting nearby. Four immature
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS with 7 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, including one
adult were seen at the Monroe Ave pond off the Freeman Highway. 

The copes of trees at the south side of Indian River Inlet had an
interesting collection of landbirds at this migrant trap. BLUE HEADED VIREO,
both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLET and 3 BROWN CREEPERS, along
with a female PURPLE FINCH were found there. A BONAPARTE'S GULL and 12
CASPIAN TERNS were seen out over the inlet. A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was seen at
Burton's Island, across from the North Marina. Lots of warblers were seen
there including BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
3 PALM, and 6 PINE WARBLERS. Also seen were CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and
DARK-EYED JUNCO. TRICOLORED HERON and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen
out in the marsh. PHILADELPHIA and RED-EYED VIREO were seen at the James
Farm Nature Preserve on Cedar Neck near Ocean View. A late WOOD THRUSH was
also seen there. Warblers reported included AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN
PARULA, BLACK AND WHITE, PALM, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and 5 BLACK THROATED
BLUE WARBLERS. Also reported was late BOBOLINK and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. GREEN
HERON was reported at the Rehoboth Golf Park.

The woods along the Fowler's Beach Road also had a nice collection of late
migrants including RED-EYED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, both KINGLETS, MAGNOLIA
and BLACK THROATED BLUE WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING. Three NELSON'S SPARROWS
were seen along the marsh edge. CASPIAN and ROYAL TERN, WILLET and DUNLIN
were seen on the sandbar. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen in the
impoundment. SNOW GEESE were seen at Prime Hook Beach Road along with LEAST
SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and BLACK SKIMMER. The woods had
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a flyby MERLIN. AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be
seen at the Broadkill Beach Marsh. TRICOLORED HERON and 6 PIED-BILLED GREBES
were seen from the headquarters area. Landbirds there included a flyby BARN
SWALLOW, BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER, OVENBIRD and PALM WARBLER, and a late
BOBOLINK. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported at the McCabe Nature Preserve.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue be seen at the
refuge along with 18 MARBLED GODWIT. Other shorebirds seen at the refuge
included: BLACKBELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER WILLET STILT, LEAST,
PECTORAL, and WHITE RUMPED-SANDPIPER, plus SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Waders
this week included 2 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 3 GLOSSY IBIS, and a BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON along with the usual GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS. Over 1200 SNOW
GEESE were reported at the refuge, along with large numbers of PINTAIL,
WIGEON, and a few BLUE-WINGED TEAL. There was over 50 RUDDY DUCKS in
Sheerness Pool. 16 WILD TURKEYS were reported on the road to Finis Pool.
Taylor's Gut at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area had AMERICAN COOT and 3
PIED-BILLED GREBES.

The Pickering Beach side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area continues
to have an excellent collection of birds including AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACKBELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both YELLOWLEGS, plus STILT, LEAST,
and 50 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Six PIED BILLED GREBES and RUDDY DUCK were
reported along with AMERICAN COOT. A MARSH WREN was also found among the
reeds. Large numbers of ROYAL TERNS are now being seen along the Port Mahon
Road; over 100 were counted on Monday, along with 10 CASPIAN TERNS. 45
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS with SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS were found in the parking
lot at the boat ramp at Port Mahon. Also reported was PALM WARBLER and
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, plus CAPE MAY and PALM WARBLER reported at Middle
Run Nature Preserve at Newark this week. ACACKLING GOOSE was seen there
today. Also seen there was PINE SISKIN by the pines by TriState Bird Rescue
Center and PURPLE FINCH. Other birds reported included LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, and HERMIT THRUSH. A late
BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at Middle Run on Tuesday, along with COOPER'S
and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, OSPREY, and BARRED OWL. Nearby Newark Reservoir had
AMERICAN WIGEON and NORTHERN PINTAIL, along with BLACK VULTURE, COOPER'S and
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Carousel Park in Pike Creek had a RUDDY DUCK and
PIED-BILLED GREBE on the pond, along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a single
SPOTTED SANDPIPER. 

Flint Woods Nature Preserve in Centerville reported WOOD THRUSH and PINE
SISKIN with HOUSE and WINTER WREN, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, plus
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and PALM WARBLER. Brandywine Creek State Park had
CHIMNEY SWIFT and several BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. Seven species of warbler were
seen including BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, PARULA, MAGNOLIA, and PALM.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen by the
entrance booth, other birds reported included NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE,
and OSPREY. 35 WOOD DUCKS were seen by the Winterthur Ponds at Route 100. 28
WOOD DUCKS were seen at Hoopes' Reservoir. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen at
Brandywine Creek and at Fox Point State park. 

EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE and 3 PALM WARBLERS were seen at Gambacorta Marsh in New
Castle. A yard in Port Penn had a dead VEERY on Tuesday, also reported was a
live BLUE-HEADED VIREO and both species of KINGLET. A BONAPARTE'S GULL was
seen from the ABA headquarters in Delaware City among LAUGHING GULLS. Also
reported there were BLACK VULTURE and 3 BALD EAGLES.

A VESPER SPARROW was found at Ashland Nature Center on Saturday, during the
Big Sit. Despite the rain 68 species were reported including BLACK AND WHITE
and MAGNOLIA WARBLER, PURPLE FINCH, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK. The Cape
Henlopen Big Site started out with SWAINSON'S THRUSHES flying overhead in
the pre-dawn hours. Other land birds reported included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and RED-EYED VIREO, along with LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, OYSTERCATCHER and PARASITIC JAEGER. 

PARASITIC JAEGER has been almost a daily occurrence at the Cape Henlopen
Hawk Watch this week. The first RED-THROATED LOONS are starting to migrate
past the hawk watch. Also, big flocks of seaducks at starting to move south,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen several days, along with hundreds of SURF and
BLACK SCOTERS. A BROWN PELICAN was seen on Tuesday, TUNDRA SWAN and SNOW
GEESE were seen on Wednesday. The best hawk flight was last Sunday with good
numbers of FALCONS; 16 KESTREL, 11 MERLIN, and 12 PEREGRINES, plus 46 OSPREY
and 6 BALD EAGLES. A small flight of late BROAD-WINGED HAWKS went through
today. 

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were also seen today at Ashland Hawk Watch. But, the real
star was the first GOLDEN EAGLE of the season that past by Ashland on
Sunday, along with 72 SHARPIES, 8 NORTHERN HARRIERS and 7 BALD EAGLES. Also
seen at the hawk watch this week was SCARLET TANAGER, KILLDEER, PALM WARBLER
and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Brian McCaffrey,
David Fees, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Joel Martin, Sam Roberts, Ian
Gardner, Vincent De Sanctis, Chris Bennett, Colin Campbell, Amy O'Neil,
Sally O'Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner,
Rich Clifton, Richard Julian, Hank Davis, Sue Gruver, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell.
Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and
Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 186 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:10:48 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15             52            132
Turkey Vulture              25             78            272
Osprey                      20            476           2601
Bald Eagle                   4             88            261
Northern Harrier             9             98            162
Sharp-shinned Hawk          58            615           1092
Cooper's Hawk               14             83            156
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              5              9
Broad-winged Hawk            7             86             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             14             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            16            256            708
Merlin                       6            148            389
Peregrine Falcon             9            215            476
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             13
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     186           2232           6423
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Sharon Lynn,
                  Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, Ann, Alex, and Vince for helping with the count!
Visitors include Ruth Draper, Josh, Rich and 21 others. 



Weather:
Clear skies in the morning turning partly cloudy, temp 15-24C, vis 20km,
wind WNW, NW, and WSW. 

Raptor Observations:
Vultures moving through along with Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's
Hawk, and Kestrels. A late push of Broad-winged Hawk, and 2 Red-shouldered
Hawks, Four Bald Eagles: 2 immature, 1 sub-adult, 1 unk age.



Non-raptor Observations:
Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Parasitic Jaeger, Goldfinch, Eastern
Bluebird, DC Cormorant (905).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 68F, W wind 15-18mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Oct 2014) 206 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               61             89             97
Turkey Vulture               6             39             39
Osprey                       6             65            231
Bald Eagle                  13             93            185
Northern Harrier             6             40             86
Sharp-shinned Hawk          67            424           1028
Cooper's Hawk                9             49            128
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             13             36
Broad-winged Hawk            2             33           3510
Red-tailed Hawk             10             26             57
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            21            114            295
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             33
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     206           1028           5828
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Russell, Joe Sebastiani, Kim Steininger, Pat Goodman,
                  Sally O'Byrne, Taj Schottland

Visitors:
No visitors. 
Thanks Joe, Kim, Taj, Joe, Pat, Sally for all your help scanning the skies!


Weather:
Slight Southwest winds, temperature high of 22.5 C, 100% cloud cover that
opened up to about 25% by the end of the day, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
61 Black Vultures, 6 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 13 Bald Eagles, 6 Northern
Harriers, 67 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 9 Cooper's Hawks, 3 Red-shouldered Hawks,
2 Broadwinged Hawks, 10 Red-tailed Hawks, 21 American Kestrels.

1 unid. Accipiter, 1 unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
288 Canada Geese, 1 Palm Warbler, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Chipping
Sparrows, 6 Savannah Sparrows, 
1 Song Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin

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

Subject: Cape Henlopen State Park Birdwalk Oct21
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:55:57 +0000
There will not be a bird walk at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday Oct. 21.

The plan is to continue the weekly bird walks on Tuesday Oct. 28 into early 
November. 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: Ashland Big Sit: The Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:14:04 +0000
Greetings DE-Birders:

The Eighth Annual Ashland Big Sit held this past Saturday, October 11th held 
many surprises, not the least of which was how long the rain lingered into the 
morning! Here is a brief recap of the day: 


Ashland Hawk Watcher Will Almeida and I reached the summit of Hawk Watch Hill 
at 6:01am, huddled under the rain-lashed tent and quickly realized that hearing 
nocturnal flight calls would be impossible-primarily because no sane bird would 
be flying in those conditions. We did hear a few tree crickets chirping, 
though. 


At 6:25am, I coaxed an Eastern Screech-owl to respond to my whistled owl call, 
offering proof that there were birds out in the heavy rain. Species #1. 


At 6:51am, the rather muted dawn chorus began with Eastern Towhees, 
White-throated Sparrows, and Song Sparrows sputtering through their pursed and 
rain-soaked beaks. One of the best birds of the day landed on the nearby grassy 
trail and put in a brief appearance: Vesper Sparrow, a new species for the 
Ashland Big Sit all-time count. 


It took quite a while for the dark gray dawn to give way to conditions that 
would allow birds to be resolved into more than just gray shapes, so the adult 
Bald Eagle spotted by Ryan and the Wood Ducks flying by were welcome sights 
that were easy to identify. At the 9:00 o'clock hour we'd reached a tally of 33 
species, compared to all the prior years in which we always had surpassed the 
50 species mark by that same time. 


The rest of the day provided highlights like the "falcon flurry" of Peregrines, 
Merlins, and Kestrels that passed by on jet-fueled wings, late neo-tropical 
migrants like Scarlet Tanager and Magnolia Warbler, and new arrivals like 
Purple Finch and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The best bird of the day may be the 
Great Egret perched on distant treetop, that stayed for more than four hours 
misty rain . The egret is a new species for the Ashland Big Sit, bringing our 
cumulative total to 112 species. 


But as always the big highlight is the great people and the amazing food that 
made the day so enjoyable. Thanks to all the excellent dishes that fueled us 
through the rainy and cold day, the birding crew was well-fortified for the 
bird-spotting challenge. 


The final bird of the day observed was an American Woodcock that flushed from 
the grass at dusk, where it had likely spent the day hunkered down and 
roosting. Species #68 for the day in thirteen hours of observation. Lots of 
excellent reports came in from regional Big Sits on Saturday, as well as the 
day after for locations that chose the Sunday option. We will see how the final 
tallies shape up for the 200-plus teams participating worldwide. 


A special thanks to Kim Steininger, Judy Montgomery, Molly Daly, Damon Orsetti, 
Bill Stewart, Tom and Ryan Lazlo, Hilary Sullivan, Dan Walker, and Kelley Nunn 
for contributing significant time and skill to the Big Sit effort, helping us 
add species during a rain-challenged day. A total of 47 people visited the hill 
during the day, and we appreciate all who lent their eyes and ears to the Big 
Sit effort. 


Good Birding,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Re: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:48:22 +0000
I would like to add that the Seaford CBC needs a couple new area leaders. 
Preferably I would like to find a volunteer interested in learning a territory 
and covering it in future years (rather than some of the ad hoc coverage I have 
cobbled together the last few years). If interested, please contact me 
off-list. As always, all volunteers of any skill level are welcome. 


Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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

Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 10:38 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count

Now that the DOS CBC dates have been announced, I am pleased to announce the 
dates of the two Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Sussex Bird Club. 


The Seaford CBC - first held in 1983 - will be held on Friday, January 2, 2015. 
Glen Lovelace is the compiler for this count and he will provide updates about 
the count as the date approaches. Glen can be contacted by email at 
glen.lovelace AT state.de.us. 


The Milford CBC - first held on January 5, 2002 (the 2001 CBC season) - will be 
held on Sunday, December 28, 2014. I am hoping to add a component for new and 
beginning birders and will post details in the near future if I can pull it 
together. I can be contacted via email at cpb2564 AT gmail.com. 


Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:37:47 -0400
Now that the DOS CBC dates have been announced, I am pleased to announce
the dates of the two Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Sussex Bird
Club.

The Seaford CBC - first held in 1983 - will be held on Friday, January 2,
2015.  Glen Lovelace is the compiler for this count and he will provide
updates about the count as the date approaches.  Glen can be contacted by
email at glen.lovelace AT state.de.us.

The Milford CBC - first held on January 5, 2002 (the 2001 CBC season) -
will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2014.  I am hoping to add a component
for new and beginning birders and will post details in the near future if I
can pull it together.  I can be contacted via email at cpb2564 AT gmail.com.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Middle Run: Orange-crowned, Lincoln's, and Finches
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:15:50 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
While the movement of neo-tropical migrants through our region has slowed to a 
trickle, the shorter-distance migrants are now arriving to keep the birding 
interesting. 

 
This week on the Middle Run Birding Trail, Sam Roberts and crew discovered an 
Orange-crowned Warbler near Trail Marker 4 and I re-located the bird yesterday 
while giving Sue Welles a tour of the trail. The bird likes to feed low in the 
goldenrod thickets and hover-glean like a kinglet. Orange-crowned is warbler 
species #32 recorded during this Fall's migration on the Middle Run Birding 
Trail. 

 
Sue and I also found a Lincoln's Sparrow feeding on grass seeds near Trail 
Marker 4 yesterday. Other arriving birds being observed this week include 
Purple Finches and Pine Siskins. Things are shaping up for a good season for 
"winter finches" and we can only hope a few crossbills and redpolls follow them 
South. 

 
Raptor movement through Middle Run continues to be steady, with numbers of the 
expected Sharp-shinned Hawks and Cooper's Hawks, along with Ospreys, Bald 
Eagles, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, and American Kestrels. 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
 		 	   		  
Subject: DOS Local Patch Trip - Prime Hook HQ on October 18, 2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:27:34 -0400
Birders,

I will be leading a DOS Local Patch Trip at the Prime Hook Headquarters 
tomorrow (October 18, 2014) at 3:00 PM. We will meet in the parking lot. 
Targets include late migrants, sparrows, and waterbirds. I hope you can join 
me! 


Feel free to contact me off list for specific directions.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:10:48 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             28             36
Turkey Vulture               5             33             33
Osprey                       6             59            225
Bald Eagle                   1             80            172
Northern Harrier             1             34             80
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            357            961
Cooper's Hawk                1             40            119
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              0             16             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             93            274
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      33            822           5622
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Mike Gardner

Visitors:
No visitors.
Thanks Carol for your day long help and Mike for covering for me!


Weather:
Slight SE winds all morning, switching to Westerly/Southwesterly winds as
the day went on.  Temperature high of 20.2 C, full cloud cover in the
morning ending with 25%. Full visibility all day  

Raptor Observations:
3 Black Vultures, 5 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern
Harrier, 14 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 2 American Kestrels.

Non-raptor Observations:
103 Canada Geese, 108 Cedar Waxwing, 1 Palm Warbler,     2 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, 9 Chipping Sparrow, 6 Savannah Sparrow, 2 Song Sparrows, 1
White-throated Sparrow,      1 Dark-eyed Junco, 1 Scarlet Tanager
10 Monarch's

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:10:08 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6             37            117
Turkey Vulture              12             53            247
Osprey                      14            456           2581
Bald Eagle                   2             84            257
Northern Harrier             4             89            153
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            557           1034
Cooper's Hawk                7             69            142
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              1             14             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            240            692
Merlin                       6            142            383
Peregrine Falcon            14            206            467
Unknown Accipiter            1              5             12
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      91           2046           6237
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Lorraine Logan, Mark Odell, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Mark, Lorraine, and Rob for helping with the count! 
14 visitors



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 18-23C, vis 20km, SW wind turning W in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
A good flight of Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Peregrine Falcon, 2 Bald
Eagle. One resident adult Bald Eagle


Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Warbler, Blue Jays, Common Loon, Downy Woodpecker, DC Cormorant
(370).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 73F, west wind at 10mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: Christmas Bird Counts 2014/2015
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:14:55 -0400
Greetings DE-birders,

I'm forwarding the below announcement from Jim White listing the 2014/2015 CBC 
information. 


Good counting,

Amy O'Neil
DOS Field Trip Co-chair

If you are like me you are trying not to think of how soon the great autumn 
weather will slip by and give way to the dreary and possibly even white days of 
winter. Luckily we have winter birding and the annual Christmas Bird Counts to 
look forward to, to ease the agony. 


The DOS sponsors five counts – Wilmington, Middletown, Bombay Hook, Rehoboth 
and Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook. All of the counts are looking for birders to 
participate. Contact the appropriate count compiler if you are interested in 
joining any or all of this year’s Christmas counts. New birders are always 
welcome – just bring snacks and good cheer. 

 
The counts are free to all participants.
 
Bombay Hook – 14 December 2014 – Compiler Andy Ednie (302) 792-9591 
ednieap AT verizon.net 

 
Middletown – 21 December 2014 – Compiler Anthony Gonzon 302-598-5893 
atgonzon AT verizon.net 

 
 
Wilmington –27 December 2014 – Compiler Jim White (302) 593-9622 
hylajwhite AT aol.com 

 
Rehoboth –3 January 2015 – Compiler Sally O’Byrne(302) 945-3236 
salobyrne AT gmail.com 

 
Cape Henlopen/Prime Hook- 4 January 2015 - Compiler Frank Rohrbacher
(302) 475-5771 rohrbaf AT aol.com
 
 
Jim White
DOS Christmas Count Coordinator 302-593-9622
 
Subject: Indian River Inlet Sea Watch
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:28:46 -0400
Join Anthony Gonzon and I this Saturday on the south side of Indian River
Inlet for the first DOS-SBC Sea Watch of the 2014-2015 season.  The sea
watch begins at 8 am.  Park in the Southeast Day Area parking lot on the
south side of the inlet and walk out along the inlet to the beach.  We will
ID and count all seabirds passing the inlet between 8 am and noon.  You are
welcome to join us for the whole period, just drop in for a few minutes or
any amount of time in between.  During lastast year's October watch we
had 22 species - including all three scoters, Common Loon, Northern Gannet
and 9 Parasitic Jaegers.

I hope you can make it.  If not we will be conducting the sea watch each
month through March.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:10:06 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                9             25             33
Turkey Vulture              14             28             28
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   8             79            171
Northern Harrier             2             33             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            343            947
Cooper's Hawk                4             39            118
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              1             16             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             4             91            272
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             1             11             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      58            789           5589
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie

Visitors:
1 visitor
Thanks David for your help scanning the skies in the rain!


Weather:
Slight variable Southeastern winds, temperature high of 23.7 C, it drizzled
between 8 and 9, and from 11 to 3, causing a loss of full visibility
between 8-9,and 11-12.

Raptor Observations:
9 Black Vultures, 14 Turkey Vultures, 8 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
15 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 4 American
Kestrels, and 1 Peregrine Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
126 Canada Geese, 7 Wood Ducks, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 3 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, 2 Palm Warblers, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 6 Chipping Sparrows, 4
Savannah Sparrows, 1 Song Sparrow, and 2 White-throated Sparrows

1 Monarch

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:10:35 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   6             71            163
Northern Harrier             0             31             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            328            932
Cooper's Hawk                4             35            114
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             10             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              2             15             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             5             87            268
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      21            731           5531
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.92 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Slight winds SE,S,SSE,SE,E,SE, temperature high of 25.6 C, full visibility
all day.

Raptor Observations:
6 Bald Eagles(1 adult heading South, 5 immature heading East), 2 Sharp
Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Red-tailed
Hawks, and 5 American Kestrels

Non-raptor Observations:
148 Canada Geese, 3 American Black-duck, 1 Great-blue Heron, 1 Killdeer, 1
Palm Warbler, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 11 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Savannah
Sparrows, 2 White-throated Sparrows

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:10:28 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       0             53            219
Bald Eagle                   1             65            157
Northern Harrier             1             31             77
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            326            930
Cooper's Hawk                4             31            110
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             31
Broad-winged Hawk            0             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             82            263
Merlin                       0              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             32
Unknown Buteo                0              6             28
Unknown Falcon               0              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      11            710           5510
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Ed Rohrback, Joe Russell, Mike Smith

Visitors:
3 


Weather:
Slight winds SW,S, SE from 12 on.  Temperature high of 16.5 C, Drizzle in
the morning turning into steady rain, with a loss of visibility later in
the day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, 3 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks,
and 2 American Kestrels.

Non-raptor Observations:
122 Canada Geese, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm
Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah
Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:10:14 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       2            442           2567
Bald Eagle                   0             82            255
Northern Harrier             0             85            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10            536           1013
Cooper's Hawk                0             62            135
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            237            689
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon             2            192            453
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      14           1955           6146
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Maureen for helping with the count and putting up with
the rain. 
6 visitors.


Weather:
Overcast with intermittent rain through the morning, then rain in the
afternoon. Temp 21-23C, vis 10km, wind SSE, S. 


Raptor Observations:
Very slow with rain showers. A few Sharp-shinned Hawks passed through
between rain showers, along with a couple of Osprey and Peregrine. 
No observations after 12EST


Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon (2), Red-throated Loon (1), Chipping Sparrow, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, DC Cormorants moving through (2,300)


Predictions:
Early morning showers, cloudy high 73, SW wind 10-15mph.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: DOS Monthly Meeting - Speaker change - Meeting Still On
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:08 -0400
Good Evening,

Our scheduled speaker for tonight's meeting, Dr. David La Puma, has had to 
cancel and reschedule for our December meeting due to illness. 


Our meeting is still on with a wonderful presentation " Cuba and It's 
Birdlife", presented by Joe Sebastiani. Our Book Sale will begin at 6:30 with 
refreshments at 7:00. There will also be a short slideshow on Lights Out! 
Wilmington prior to Joe's presentation. 


Looking forward to seeing everyone with an armload full of great bird books 
from Howard Brokaw's estate! 


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:01:52 +0000
Tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird walk, starting at 8am 
at the Twaddell Mill Road entrance to the property. Follow Twaddell Mill Road 
east of rt. 52 in Centreville and look for the small road sign for the turn 
into the preserve. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
This preserve is private, and is only accessible through guided walks from the 
Delaware Nature Society. We appreciate your membership in the Society if you 
attend. I hope to see you tomorrow. If it is pouring rain, please assume it is 
cancelled. Joe 



Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:10:27 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       4            440           2565
Bald Eagle                   2             82            255
Northern Harrier             2             85            149
Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            526           1003
Cooper's Hawk                2             62            135
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              2             13             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            237            689
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon            10            190            451
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      50           1941           6132
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Anne, Dennis, and Alex for helping with the count! Plus 16
visitors.



Weather:
Partly cloudy skies, temp 22-24C, vis 20km, light S winds.


Raptor Observations:
Slow flight with the south wind. Mostly Sharp-shinned Hawks, and Peregrine
Falcon, a few Ospreys, and a couple of Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks and
Kestrels. Two immature Bald Eagles. One resident adult Bald Eagle. 


Non-raptor Observations:
TUNDRA SWAN (23), Snow Goose (40), Parasitic Jaeger (2), Black Scoter
(340), Surf Scoter (102), White-winged Scoter (1), DC Corm (520).
 

Predictions:
Showers likely after 2pm, high 75F, SE wind 15-20mph

========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: CHSP 10.14 Birdwalk results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:18:11 +0000
Below is the summary of birds seen and heard on the Tuesday, Oct. 14 Cape 
Henlopen State Park bird walk. 


Behind the Nature Center:
Brown-headed Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Yellow-rumped 
Warblers (many), Pine Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Brown-headed 
Cowbird, Red-wing Blackbird, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina 
Wren (vocal), Eastern Towhee (vocal), Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Blue 
Jay, Eastern Bluebird, House Finch, Cooper's hawk, Turkey Vulture, Tree Swallow 


Up at The Point:
Royal Tern, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Double-crested 
Cormorant, Osprey, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, Northern Mockingbird 



Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:10:45 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             31            111
Turkey Vulture               0             41            235
Osprey                       4            436           2561
Bald Eagle                   0             80            253
Northern Harrier             1             83            147
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            500            977
Cooper's Hawk                0             60            133
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            235            687
Merlin                       0            136            377
Peregrine Falcon             2            180            441
Unknown Accipiter            0              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       8           1891           6082
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thanks to Kevin and Bruce for enduring the rain with me and 14 others


Weather:
another rainy day at Cape. On and off light rain all morning, we left at
noon due to heavy rain. wind SE/ESE 4.9-5.7

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
1-Brown Pelican, 755- Black Scoter, 178 Surf Scoter, 560 DCCO'S,1 Parastic
Jaeger,

Predictions:
partly cloudy, high 75 wind SSE 10-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Sunday along the Coast
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:19:03 +0000
Almost all of the passerine migration had passed me by, as I've had no time 
this fall to get out and about. Sunday was a pleasant exception as I took my 
son to a soccer tournament where he was refereeing. While he was doing his 
thing, that afforded me an opportunity to bird the Indian River Inlet, Burton's 
Island, and James Farm Ecological Preserve. The front that passed through 
overnight Saturday brought a nice wave of late and early migrants to eastern 
Sussex County. 


At the inlet I had one Bonaparte's Gull among the expected other gull and tern 
species. In the small copse of pines near the south jetty, I found a 
Blue-headed Vireo, both kinglet species, a group of Brown Creepers and a lone 
female PURPLE FINCH feeding on the ground under the pines. At Burton's Island I 
had several clusters of warblers including Palm, Pine, B&W, BT Green, and many 
Yellow-rumps. Also had a SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and thought that was a rather 
late-in-the-season sighting until I learned that the Cape Henlopen Big Sit had 
numerous Swainson's flying over before dawn the day before. Some migrants on 
the early side were Winter Wrens, WT Sparrows and two Juncos all FOS for me. 


Heading to James Farm around 10:30, I was not expecting as much given the 
lateness, but it turned out to be even more productive with 10 species of 
warbler, including Blackpoll, Parula, BT Green, 4 male and 1 female BT Blues 
all together and mostly feeding near or on the ground, Palm, and Redstart, a 
Wood Thrush, a first year Baltimore Oriole, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and two FOS 
Sapsuckers. A Peregrine blasted by over the trees and a Bobolink was seen in 
the weedy field across from the parking lot. 


A nice mix of late Neotropical migrants and early wintering birds.

Good birding,

David Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Oct 2014) 118 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:10:34 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       2             53            219
Bald Eagle                   7             64            156
Northern Harrier             8             30             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk          72            323            927
Cooper's Hawk                8             27            106
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             31
Broad-winged Hawk            1             31           3508
Red-tailed Hawk              3             13             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             6             80            261
Merlin                       1              9             20
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            4              5             32
Unknown Buteo                1              6             28
Unknown Falcon               1              2             12
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              7             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     118            699           5499
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Greg Ajamien, Jay Dobrzynski, Kim Steininger,
                  Maureen Markow

Visitors:
25


Weather:
Light E to NE winds.  Cool but sunny.

Raptor Observations:
First Golden Eagle of the season!

Non-raptor Observations:
1,276 Canada Geese, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 486 Blue Jay, Savannah
Sparrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Steve and Laura Huber at DVOC on Thursday night 16 OCT 204
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:17:09 -0400
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets this Thursday Oct 16 at 
the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the 
program "Birding the Glades" by Steve and Laura Huber. 


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


Birding the Glades: 

Steve and Laura Huber will be returning to share with us their observations and 
photographs of the Everglades and the surrounding South Florida area. The 
program will include sightings from several accessible parts throughout the 
Everglades, various Wildlife Management Areas, The Audubon Society Corkscrew 
Sanctuary, Lake Trafford, and the Ding Darling Wildlife preserve. In addition 
there will be a segment on invasive species and how they have severely affected 
the Everglades. 



Steve and Laura Huber:

A retired professor of physics and engineering and retired pianist, Stephen 
Huber founded Photowild 4 years ago and has been concentrating efforts on 
photographing birds and other wildlife. Now located in the Adirondack Mountains 
Steve and his wife, Laura, have been avid birders since 2008 and members of the 
Wyncote Audubon Society since 2009. Specializing in national parks, NWRs, 
WMAs , and remote areas, their latest adventure was to the Everglades and 
other parts of Southern Florida during the month of February 2013. 



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com