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Stub-tailed Spadebill,©Sophie Webb

23 Nov Eurasian Wigeon -Bombay Hook [Amy White ]
22 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2014) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2014) 22 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Nov 2014) 85 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Nov Continuing Hummingbird in Hockessin [Meghann ]
21 Nov Snowy Owl Report on Project Snowstorm Site [Derek Stoner ]
21 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 21st, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
20 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Nov 2014) 128 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Nov 2014) 69 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Nov 2014) 136 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Nov 2014) 89 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Nov REMINDER: Tonight's DOS November Meeting - Nov.19th [Bill Stewart ]
18 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Nov 2014) 57 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Nov Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz results, 11/15/14 [Alan Kneidel ]
18 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2014) Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) 115 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Nov Re: Sussex Co: Orange-crowned Warblers, etc. at Indian River Inlet and surrounding areas [pdiacont ]
16 Nov FW: eBird Report - Prime Hook NWR--Prime Hook Beach Rd., Nov 15, 2014 [Sharon Lynn ]
16 Nov Sussex Co: Orange-crowned Warblers, etc. at Indian River Inlet and surrounding areas [Tim Schreckengost ]
16 Nov Night Herons still at Bombay [John ]
15 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2014) 82 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Nov 2014) 157 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 14th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
14 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Nov 2014) 44 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Nov 2014) 77 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Nov DOS November Meeting [Bill Stewart ]
14 Nov DOS book sale [Jean Woods ]
14 Nov DOS book sale ["Jean Woods jwoods AT delmnh.org [DOSMembers-only]" ]
14 Nov Migration Winds and Birding Blitz Tomorrow (11/15) [Derek Stoner ]
13 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2014) 23 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Nov 2014) 92 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Nov Re: Sandhill Crane ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
13 Nov Sandhill Crane [Deborah Climie ]
12 Nov Indian River Inlet Sea Watch [Christopher Bennett ]
12 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2014) 98 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Nov 2014) 69 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Nov 2014) 100 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Nov 2014) 157 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2014) 37 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Nov 2014) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Nov Sandhill Crane Bombay Hook today [Dennis Barrowclough ]
10 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2014) 66 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Nov 2014) 172 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Nov Bombay Hook 11/5/14 - Shorebirds, Owls, Rusty's etc [Alan Belford ]
9 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2014) 42 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Nov Sandhill Crane at Bombay Hook ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
8 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2014) 227 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Nov Sussex: Golden Eagles at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch and other notables [Tim Schreckengost ]
8 Nov Rusty Blackbirds at Bombay Hook ["Amy O'Neil" ]
8 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 7th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
7 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (07 Nov 2014) 143 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2014) 151 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Nov Fwd: Sussex Bird Club Meeting this Sunday [Sharon Lynn ]
7 Nov Ashland Hawk Watch [Kelley Nunn ]
6 Nov Re: need advise . . . [Maurice Barnhill ]
6 Nov need advise . . . [Diane Kane ]
6 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Nov Re: Esther Speck ["sally o'byrne" ]
6 Nov Sussex - Black-headed Gull at Wolfe Neck WTP [Tim Schreckengost ]
6 Nov DVOC Banquet Featuring Katrina van Grouw author of "The Unfeathered Bird" [Steve Kacir ]
6 Nov Esther Speck [Andrew Ednie ]
6 Nov Orange-crowned Warbler near Allee House [Rodney Murray ]
5 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2014) 23 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Nov 2014) 60 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Nov 2014) 161 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Nov Re: funny goose and red bellies [Patricia Valdata ]
4 Nov funny goose and red bellies [susan ruth marengo ]
4 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Nov 2014) 75 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (02 Nov 2014) 83 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Nov Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow, Winter Wrens - Hockessin [Amy White ]
4 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Nov 2014) 34 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Nov Cedar waxwings and WC sparrows [Sandy Schriever ]
3 Nov Great horned owls [Diane Kane ]

Subject: Eurasian Wigeon -Bombay Hook
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:42:12 +0000
This message is sent on behalf of Jim White.... 
Yesterday afternoon I observed a male Eurasian Wigeon today at Bombay Hook NWR 
- in the 

southern most pond of Finis Pool. I saw it from Raymond Neck Rd. Lat. 
39.268609 , Long.-75.494248 

Jim White 
Hockessin, DE 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Nov 2014) 118 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:11:52 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               31            251            454
Turkey Vulture              56            700           1301
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                  16            113            452
Northern Harrier             1             47            337
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            209           1942
Cooper's Hawk                1             28            260
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              8             86            153
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             16
American Kestrel             1             12            991
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              8            540
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     118           1510           9856
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Lynn Smith, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Lynn, and Bruce for assisting with the count today! Visitors
include Joe and Alissa, and George O'Shea plus 29 others. 



Weather:
Clear to partly cloudy, temp 4-10 C, vis 20km, light SW, WSW winds.


Raptor Observations:
Good flight of Turkey and Black Vultures moving through to the west, 16
Bald Eagles, and a few Red-tailed hawks.
Two resident adult Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Goose (2,500), Horned Grebe, Tundra Swan (20), Pine Siskin,
Red-breasted Merganser, Snow Bunting, DC Cormorant (192).


Predictions:
Much like today but warmer: mostly suuny, high 56F, SW wind 8-12mph
 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Nov 2014) 22 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:11:51 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5            220            423
Turkey Vulture               7            644           1245
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   6             97            436
Northern Harrier             0             46            336
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            206           1939
Cooper's Hawk                0             27            259
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             21             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              3             78            145
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             16
American Kestrel             0             11            990
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              8            540
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      22           1392           9738
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Alissa Kegelman, Ann Dinkel, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Alissa, Alex, and Ann for helping with the count and
enduring the cold, windy day!
Derek Stoner and the Lancaster Bird Club stopped by this afternoon, plus 4
other visitors. 



Weather:
Mostly sunny, temp 0-2C, vis 20km, strong NNW wind 20-25mph decreasing to
15-20mph in the afternoon, gusting to 35mph.


Raptor Observations:
Very little migration in the strong winds. A few vultures, 6 Bald Eagles, a
Sharp-shinned Hawk and a few Red-tailed Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Siskin, Snow Bunting, Great Egret, Red-breasted Merganser, Tundra Swan
(17), Bonaparte's Gull, DC Cormorant (310)


Predictions:
Sunny with a high of 46F, light SW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Jen Ottinger (Jottinger.co AT gmail.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (21 Nov 2014) 85 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:40 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               26            301            646
Turkey Vulture              15            306            632
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   6            103            369
Northern Harrier             0             22            132
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            167           1632
Cooper's Hawk                1             29            291
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          4            177            379
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             29            621           1102
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             13             16
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       1              6             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             53
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      85           1778           9508
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Pat Goodman, Sally O'Byrne

Visitors:
The Lancaster Birding Club braved the winds and cold this morning.  Sally,
Joe and Pat also helped out with the watch today, thank you all for the
company and the extra eyes on the skies!


Weather:
Another cold and windy day, temperature high of 1.4 C, strong Northerly and
Northwesterly winds with gusts as high as 29 mph, cloudless blue skies with
maximum cloud cover at 10%.

Raptor Observations:
Good push of vultures and Red-tailed Hawks, both Cooper's and Sharp-shinned
Hawks were seen hunting the area most of the day.
26 Black Vultures, 15 Turkey Vultures, 6 migrating Bald Eagles, 4 Adults, 1
Juvenile, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 4 Red-shouldered Hawks,
29 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Merlin shot by as we were packing up!
1 Unid. Accipiter

Non-raptor Observations:
1,193 Canada Geese, with 1 Snow Goose trying to sneak by.  11 Common Loons,
52 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 American Pipits, fly over singing Purple Finches
and a late day fly over flock of 25 Pine Siskins.

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

Subject: Continuing Hummingbird in Hockessin
From: Meghann <spyturtle008 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:25:57 -0500
Hello all,

We've had a continuing hummingbird at our feeder in Hockessin since at
least this past Saturday, November 15.  Derek Stoner was able to view the
bird yesterday, and helped confirm that he's most likely a hatch-year male
Ruby-throated.  Despite the cold temperatures, he seems to be getting along
fine -- riding the cedar boughs like he's surfing waves between stops to
the feeder, picking off insects in the not-so-warm sun.

Good birding,
Meghann Matwichuk
Subject: Snowy Owl Report on Project Snowstorm Site
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:46:18 -0500
Greetings DE-Birders:

With observations of Snowy Owls arriving in the region this week, the timely 
report posted on the Project Snowstorm website yesterday sheds light on the 
question of how the breeding season went for these owls in the Arctic tundra: 


http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/report-arctic/

The blog updates on the status of the owls tagged last year is worthwhile 
reading as well. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 21st, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:23:18 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 21, 2014
* DEST1411.21
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
American Wigeon
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Brown Pelican
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Laughing Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Parasitic Jaeger
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
SNOWY OWL
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 21, 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, November 21st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remained at 324 species this week.

SNOWY OWLS are back in town! One bird was seen last weekend from the Leipsic
Bridge off Route 9 near Smyrna. Although look for, that bird has not been
refound. Another SNOWY OWL was reported yesterday along the dunes on the
north side of Indian River Inlet at Delaware Seashore State Park. This is
the same area that showed up last year, and may be a sign of more to come.
So far, SNOWY OWLS have been reported this week at Poplar Island in Tolbert
County, Maryland and Stone Harbor Point in Cape May, New Jersey. Other
reports have been at Holgate near Brigantine, New Jersey and in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania. There been about 17 reports in New England this month. So far,
there's been no word on their breeding success in the Arctic this summer.
Perhaps this is a leftover from last year's eruption.

In Hockessin, a late HUMMINGBIRD is believed to be an immature male
RUBY-THROATED. The bird is coming to a feeder with a night-light to keep the
nectar warm on these freezing cold nights. Other late birds this week
included a RED-EYED VIREO feeding on the ground in a yard in Lincoln. A PINE
WARBLER was found at the headquarters area at Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milford. A PALM WARBLER was found along 13 Curves Rd. at Prime
Hook. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Indian River Inlet, along the
roadway to the north marina.

JAEGERS were reported along the coast all week. PARASITIC JAEGERS have been
seen at The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, at Herring Point, and from
the hawkwatch. They were also seen at Dewey Beach and from Indian River
Inlet. Birds have been seen far offshore, but one bird at The Point was
close enough to be photographed.  A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was reported on
Sunday from the Hawkwatch at Cape Henlopen.

Lots of birds been reported at Indian River Inlet this past week including a
BROWN PELICAN yesterday. The Seawatch on Saturday produced 130 RED-THROATED
LOONS, 1440 NORTHERN GANNET, and 2500 SCOTERS. Two GREAT CORMORANTS were
seen on the channel marker at the end of the jetty. Four PURPLE SANDPIPERS
were seen with RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, and SANDERLING. A LEAST SANDPIPER
was also seen there this week. Over 300 FORSTER'S TERNS were seen along with
ROYAL TERN, 3 COMMON TERN, and 30 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Other waterfowl
included LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
CHIPPING SPARROW and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were found along the road to north
marina. MERLIN, SNOW BUNTING and 36 PINE SISKINS were seen flying over. A
SALTMARSH SPARROW was found in the south side marsh. The first COMMON
GOLDENEYE of the season was seen from Quillen's Point at Cedar Neck, south
of the inlet.

The first CANVASBACK arrived at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday.
Included among the waterfowl was an immature male REDHEAD. Also reported
were 2 CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and LAUGHING GULL. 17 HOODED
MERGANSERS and 12 RUDDY DUCKS were found on Silver Lake on Saturday.

The flock of pale-bellied BRANT at The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park
included two gray-bellied BRANT last week. Right now, this is not considered
a recognized subspecies but maybe in the future. Also seen at the point was
an immature BLACK SKIMMER and 4 ROYAL TERNS on Monday. SURF and BLACK SCOTER
were reported along with flyby WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. There was a flock of 30
BONAPARTE'S GULLS along with several GANNETS offshore. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was reported flying by the Hawkwatch along with SNOW BUNTINGS on Wednesday.
Again this week, all three species of NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED,
BROWN-HEADED, and RED-BREASTED were reported by the Seaside Nature Center.

The previous reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues to be seen at
Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. That bird
is been sleeping on the sandbar at the end of the road. Two AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS reported at Fowler's Beach, along with BLACK-BELLIED and
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN. Waterfowl
seen included HORNED GREBE, BLACK and SURF SCOTER, plus HOODED and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. LAUGHING GULL, ROYAL TERN, and 75 FORSTER'S TERNS
were reported on the sandbar. CLAPPER RAIL was seen in the marsh.

A TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Broadkill Beach Marsh along with a
SHORT-EARED OWL. MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, AMERICAN AVOCET, and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were reported. SNOWY and GREAT EGRET were found
along the Prime Hook Beach Road along with 76 AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus
SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Waterfowl included CACKLING GOOSE,
LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER and PIED-BILLED
GREBE. NORTHERN GANNET was seen offshore into Delaware Bay. WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK was found along the road edge. Other
highlights at Prime Hook included a GOLDEN EAGLE seen over Cods Road. RUSTY
BLACKBIRD was found at Oyster Rocks Road. A leucistic BLACKBIRD was seen
along the blackbird flock on 13 Curves Rd.

The previous reported adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at Wolfe's
Point Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were
reported all along the Delaware coast last week. The peak count of 10 was at
The Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. To the South, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKS
were seen at Indian River Inlet, 4 were at Key Box Road and 2 at Tower Rd.
in Delaware Seashore State Park, and one was at Silver Lake in Rehoboth
Beach. North of Cape Henlopen, five LESSER BLACK-BACKED were seen at Beach
Plum Island plus 2 were seen at Broadkill Beach. It is unclear if these
birds were all different or were the same previously seen at Cape Henlopen.

The previous reported SANDHILL CRANE was not seen at Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week. An AMERICAN BITTERN was photographed
walking across the ice at Sheerness Pool. 19 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were
seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. Five GREAT EGRETS were also
reported in the refuge. No MARBLED GODWITS were reported this week but 350
AMERICAN AVOCETS remain along with Willet at Sheerness Pool plus
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. 20
TUNDRA SWANS were reported along with 60 BUFFLEHEAD and 30 RUDDY DUCK. Eight
BOBWHITES were seen behind Bear Swamp. COMMON MERGANSER was found at
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 

AMERICAN BITTERN was also seen at Port Mahon this week. A big raft of 90
RUDDY DUCKS was seen on the Delaware Bay off Port Mahon. PIED-BILLED GREBE,
AMERICAN COOT and BELTED KINGFISHER were also reported. A raft of 480 COOTS
continues at the central tower in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. 36
AMERICAN PIPITS were reported at Quaker Cemetery Road, which merges into
Cartanza Rd. north of Little Creek.

AMERICAN PIPITS were also reported at the University of Delaware Ag Farm.
Sparrows along the alfalfa field at the Ag Farm included 2 VESPER and 5
SAVANNAH SPARROWS along with CHIPPING, FIELD, FOX, and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. Also reported was 42 KILLDEER. BROWN CREEPER and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET were found in the woodlot.

A WILD TURKEY was seen crossing Hopkins Road at White Clay Creek State Park,
which asks the question, why did the TURKEY cross the road. CHIPPING SPARROW
was found at Middle Run Natural Area with GRAY CATBIRD and PILEATED
WOODPECKER. A PURPLE FINCH was seen coming to a feeder at North Star.

Two SNOW GEESE were seen among the flock of CANADA GEESE on Newark
Reservoir. RUDDY DUCK and American coot were also present. Three AMERICAN
WIGEON were at Hillside Mill Cove on Hoopes Reservoir, along with a raft of
250 RING-NECKED DUCK. Also seen on Hoopes's were 27 HOODED MERGANSERS, 2
BUFFLEHEAD, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE.

PURPLE FINCH was seen at Lum's Pond State Park along with YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER. RUDDY DUCK was seen on the pond. 20 BLACK VULTURES were seen
flying over. A GREAT EGRET was seen at the retention pond off of Route 1 at
Boyd's corner.

The first NORTHERN GOSHAWKS of the season were reported at both hawkwatches
in Delaware this week. NORTHERN GOSHAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE were reported at
Ashland Nature Center Hawkwatch on Saturday. Another GOSHAWK was reported at
Cape Henlopen State Park Hawkwatch on Wednesday. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen
at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday and another GOLDEN EAGLE went by Ashland on
Wednesday. 25 BALD EAGLES were reported flying over Ashland this week, while
50 were reported at Cape Henlopen over the last three days including 21 BALD
EAGLES on Wednesday. TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON LOONS, and 26 WOOD DUCKS were
reported flying over Ashland. Also reported was PINE SISKINS and PURPLE
FINCH. A plethora of other birds reported at Cape Henlopen besides the
previously mentioned LAPLAND LONGSPUR included SNOW BUNTINGS, PINE SISKINS
and TUNDRA SWAN.

Two PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen at Brandywine Building in downtown
Wilmington.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Meghann Matwichuk,
Han Buckx, Mike Moore, David Roberts, Zoe Yost, Maureen Markow, Kim
Steininger, Holly Merker, Bill Stewart, John Dunn, Meta Little, Ken Bass,
Rich Clifton, Wayne Longbottom, Chris Rowe, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn
Smith, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Derek Stoner, Tim and Don Freiday,
Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters
this season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. Special tribute to Alan
Kneidel for coordinating this weekend's Coastal Birding Blitz, strong work!
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 (20 Nov 2014) 128 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:11:26 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               37            215            418
Turkey Vulture              53            637           1238
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                  14             91            430
Northern Harrier             3             46            336
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            205           1938
Cooper's Hawk                1             27            259
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             21             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              7             75            142
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             16
American Kestrel             0             11            990
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              8            540
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     128           1370           9716
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Diane Kane, Lorraine Logan, Lynn Smith, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Lynn, Lorraine, and Diane for assisting with the count
today! 3 visitors. 



Weather:
Mostly cloudy gradually clearing through the afternoon, warmer with temp
6-13C, vis 20km, W, WSW wind.


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Turkey and Black Vultures moving through, another good Bald Eagle
day with 14 migrant and 2 resident adult eagles, a few Sharp-shinned Hawks
and Red-tailed Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (4 that flew across the bay then sat on the water for a couple
of hours), Snow Bunting (18), Gannet, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon,
Forster's Tern, Pine Siskin, DC Cormorant (26).


Predictions:
Turning cold again; sunny, high 36F, NW wind 17-24mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (20 Nov 2014) 69 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:11:52 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               39            275            620
Turkey Vulture              14            291            617
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   4             97            363
Northern Harrier             0             22            132
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            165           1630
Cooper's Hawk                2             28            290
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            173            375
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              7            592           1073
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             13             16
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              5             36
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      69           1693           9423
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, David Beattie, Joe Russell

Visitors:
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's own Laurie Goodrich and Mary-Therese Grob stopped
by for a quick visit to the hill with Sally.  Also David B., Joe R. and
Carol helped out with the count today, thanks for all your help!


Weather:
Warmer today, temperature high of 8.7 C, wind varied between Southwest,
West and South. Cloud cover ranged from 100% in the morning to as low as
30%. Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
There was a Sharp-shinned Hawk hunting the feeder most of the day that made
a couple unsuccessful passes at Tufted Titmice.

Slow day for migration, good push of Vultures, 4 migrating Bald Eagles, 2
immature, 1 sub-adult and 1 Adult, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Cooper's Hawks,
2 Red-shouldered Hawks and 7 Red-tailed Hawks. 

Non-raptor Observations:
26 Wood Ducks, 7 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Predictions:
Similar temperature as today with more northerly 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 (19 Nov 2014) 136 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:11:47 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10            178            381
Turkey Vulture              71            584           1185
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                  21             77            416
Northern Harrier             3             42            332
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13            192           1925
Cooper's Hawk                2             26            258
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             21             45
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              7             68            135
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             16
American Kestrel             0             11            990
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             1              8            540
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     136           1241           9587
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, John Hoyt, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
6 visitors. thank you to John and Alex for their help


Weather:
wind NW most of the day, then W,SW. 7/10/12/10/7/5/6 mph,temp -3c-3. no
cloud cover all day, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
1-N. Goshawk, 21 B. Eagles. There was one line of 36 TV's and 5 B. Eagles
that came in together, then another 5 B. Eagles came in together( 2 Adults,
3 IMM.) plus the 2 local B. Eagles

Non-raptor Observations:
1-Lapland Longspur, 200-F.tern, 21-Tundra Swan,21- Snow Bunting,11-Bono.
Gull

Predictions:
sunny, high 49, wind WSW 10-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (19 Nov 2014) 89 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:11:03 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14            236            581
Turkey Vulture              26            277            603
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   8             93            359
Northern Harrier             1             22            132
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            164           1629
Cooper's Hawk                1             26            288
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          8            171            373
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             29            585           1066
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             13             16
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              5             36
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      89           1624           9354
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Jonathan schoolar

Visitors:
Joe stopped by for a few minutes, and Jon helped out with the count all
morning. Thanks for making it up the hill on such a cold day!


Weather:
Colder than yesterday but with less intense wind.  Temperature high was -.1
C, with gusts topping at 19 mph.  Wind varied between NW, N, W and WNW
directions.  Cloudless blue skies in the morning gave way to perfect
hawkwatching high, thin, wispy clouds.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
One juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE appeared high overhead at 12:55, though it did
not stick around long, it continued to rise, circling above me before
streaming SW.

8 migrating Bald Eagles, 6 adults, 3 immature, 1 Northern Harrier, 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 8 Red-shouldered Hawks, 29 Red-tailed
Hawks, 1 GOLDEN EAGLE, 14 Black Vultures, 26 Turkey Vultures.

Non-raptor Observations:
293 Canada Geese, 14 Tundra Swans, 6 Common Loons, 1 DC Cormorant, 50
Herring Gulls, 16 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Yellow-bellied Woodpecker, 2
separate fly by Pine Siskins.

Predictions:
Predicted to reach 40's F with southerly winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: REMINDER: Tonight's DOS November Meeting - Nov.19th
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:36:03 -0500
Good Afternoon DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their 3rd monthly 
meeting tonight the 19th, featuring guest speaker Dr. Laurie Goodrich - Senior 
Monitoring Biologist, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA. Her work includes 
coordinating Hawk Mountain's migration counts, acting as liaison with other 
North American raptor migration sites and the Veracruz (Mexico) River of 
Raptors program and conducting research on migration ecology. Laurie received 
her Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2010 on the stopover 
behavior and ecology of autumn-migrating raptors and a M.S. in Ecology from 
Rutgers University in 1982 on Least Terns. She currently serves as Vice-Chair 
of the Hawk Migration Association of North America, and she serves on the 
Pennsylvania Ornithological Technical Committee, and the Berks Conservancy 
natural resource committee. 


Laurie's Presentation is titled: " Tracking a Long-Distance Migrant: the 
migration and nesting ecology of Broad-winged Hawks" 


In 2014, Hawk Mountain launched a new research study to examine the nesting and 
migration ecology of Broad-winged Hawks. Four nests were monitored weekly from 
nest building to fledging periods using video and observations. From those 
nests four individuals (two young and one adult) were captured and tagged with 
satellite telemetry transmitters and four were color-banded. In this 
presentation, Dr. Goodrich will discuss the preliminary findings of their nest 
observations and tracking including migration tracks and wintering areas used 
by birds. She also will share video footage from a Broad-winged nest. 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending tonight's meeting. 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   November 19th Meeting

7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share for 
our Social 1/2 hour) 


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Nov 2014) 50 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:11:20 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1            168            371
Turkey Vulture              21            513           1114
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                  13             56            395
Northern Harrier             1             39            329
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            179           1912
Cooper's Hawk                2             24            256
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             14             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              6             61            128
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             11             16
American Kestrel             1             11            990
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              7            539
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      50           1105           9451
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dennis and Alex for enduring the cold winds and helping with
the count today! 
No Visitors. 


Weather:
Cold and windy! Mostly sunny with clouds increasing through the afternoon,
temp -1 to 2C, vis 20km, NNW, NW winds 15-25mph. 


Raptor Observations:
Good eagle day with 13 Bald Eagles and 2 Golden Eagles, Turkey Vultures and
Red-tailed Hawks also moving through. 
One resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan (2), Bonaparte's Gull (120), Brant, Gannet, Bufflehead, Snow
Bunting, very few scoters and loons, DC Cormorant (52).


Predictions:
Sunny with a high near 38F, SW wind 10-15mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Nov 2014) 57 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:11:31 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7            222            567
Turkey Vulture               3            251            577
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   5             85            351
Northern Harrier             0             21            131
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            163           1628
Cooper's Hawk                0             25            287
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            163            365
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             35            556           1037
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             12             15
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       1              5             36
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      57           1535           9265
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Sally O'Byrne

Visitors:
Sally helped out with the count in the morning, and Jon stayed for a while
after lunch, thanks for braving the winds with me today!


Weather:
Extremely cold and windy up on the hill, below freezing with gusts up to 34
mph. Wind was variable but mostly northwesterly. Cloudless blue skies, full
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
All the birds seemed to be struggling in the air, and the feeder was only
visited by Tufted Titmouse and woodpeckers.
7 Black Vultures, 3 Turkey Vultures, 5 Bald Eagles, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 5
Red-shouldered Hawks, 35 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the parking lot, White-throated Sparrows on the
trails, not so active up on the hill today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz results, 11/15/14
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:25:48 -0500
DE-Birders,

The Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz held on November 15th was a resounding
success. A breezy, cold morning settled down into a clear, crisp day with
highs in the mid-40s, perfect conditions for birding.

As planned, over 40 birders descended on Sussex County to see what sorts of
birds they could turn up. By the end of the day, we totaled ~61,400
individuals of at least 156 species. To put this species total in
perspective, the November Delaware big day record is just 108 species. For
those who are curious, the venerable Maryland Rarity Round-Up in Worcester
County totaled ~180 species and usual birding in Cape May County, NJ turned
up~140 species. Latitudinal gradients of species diversity at its finest.

Although no mega-rarities materialized, the blitz served its primary
purpose: to get a lot of us out in the field to capture a mid-November
snapshot of Sussex County bird life.

The abundance and diversity of waterbird habitat produced an impressive 27
species of waterfowl and 20 species of shorebird. Multiple CACKLING GEESE
were seen, as well as the arrival of all three scoter species, LONG-TAILED
DUCK and COMMON GOLDENEYE. The "best" shorebird species included
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, PURPLE SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWIT, LEAST SANDPIPER,
STILT SANDPIPERS, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.

Many people enjoyed the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at Fowler Beach
Road. Indian River Inlet produced an impressive number of feeding larids,
including lingering COMMON TERNS and many BONAPARTE'S GULLS. PARASITIC
JAEGER was seen out over the ocean from Cape Henlopen.

Lingering songbirds also were prevalent in the area, including 3
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and a single RED-EYED VIREO.

If anyone would like to see the cumulative species totals, you can use the
summary table-all data feature in eBird at the bottom of the Explore Data
tab on the homepage. Just start the week report on November 15th and set
the region to Sussex County (If anyone would like to do this and needs
further guidance, feel free to e-mail me privately).

Many thanks to all that participated and helped coordinate, and hope you
all had a great time. We've started brainstorming themes for the next
"blitz," and the idea of a mid-winter GOOSE-athon is carrying some serious
momentum.

Until next time,

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Nov 2014) 11 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:11:15 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            215            560
Turkey Vulture               1            248            574
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   0             80            346
Northern Harrier             1             21            131
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            162           1627
Cooper's Hawk                1             25            287
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          7            158            360
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              0            521           1002
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             12             15
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      11           1478           9208
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Bob Rufe, Jean Woods, Kim Steininger

Weather:
Slight winds, southerly turning northerly at noon.  Temperature high of 5.5
C, 100% cloud cover all day, full visibility all day

Raptor Observations:
1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Cooper's
Hawk, 7 Red-shouldered Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Nov 2014) Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:11:41 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            167            370
Turkey Vulture               0            492           1093
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0             43            382
Northern Harrier             0             38            328
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            176           1909
Cooper's Hawk                0             22            254
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             14             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             55            122
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              9             14
American Kestrel             0             10            989
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              7            539
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       0           1055           9401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Weather:
fog was so dense that we could not see the radar tower and light drizzle.
Then the rain really started

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Nov 2014) 115 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:11:39 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               29            167            370
Turkey Vulture              64            492           1093
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   6             43            382
Northern Harrier             1             38            328
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            176           1909
Cooper's Hawk                0             22            254
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             14             38
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              4             55            122
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              9             14
American Kestrel             0             10            989
Merlin                       0             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             1              7            539
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     115           1055           9401
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Bruce Peterjohn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, and Bruce for assisting with the count! 
23 visitors. 



Weather:
Overcast, temp 6-11C, vis 20km, light winds W, WSW turning S, SSE

Raptor Observations:
Good flight of Turkey and Black Vultures off to the W and SW, a few
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and one Red-shouldered Hawk. Six
Bald Eagles on migration and 2 resident adult Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
LONG-TAILED JAEGER (juvenile), Bonaparte's Gull, Hooded Merganser,
Red-breasted Merganser, Great Horned Owl (heard near the parking lot), Surf
Scoter, Black Scoter, DC Cormorant (330).


Predictions:
Rain, high 65F, S wind 10-20mph

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

Subject: Re: Sussex Co: Orange-crowned Warblers, etc. at Indian River Inlet and surrounding areas
From: pdiacont <pdiacont AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:26:40 -0500
Primehook closed next weekend for deer hunting.  Bombay was also partially 
closef this weekend for deer hunting. 



Sent from my Galaxy S®III

-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Schreckengost
Date:11/16/2014 12:37 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Sussex Co: Orange-crowned Warblers, etc. at Indian River Inlet and surrounding areas
Birders, Alan Kneidel, Josh Barth, and I covered from the Indian River Inlet Marina south to Assawoman Bay Wildlife Area for the Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz yesterday. Highlights and eBird checklists below. Indian River Inlet/Marina: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20557208 Very few waterbirds at sunrise, but there was a large foraging flock of Forster's Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls in the inlet. We had three Orange-crowned Warblers in a 200m stretch of habitat in between the north parking lot and the marina. We also had a flock of 26 Pine Siskins fly in off the ocean. Assawoman Bay: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20557822 We were unable to locate the previously reported Eurasian Wigeons, but we had a late Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warbler among the usual suspects. Holts Landing State Park: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20558684 We had a flock of ~20 Killdeer fly over as we were driving into the park. Activity was relatively low around the parking lot, but of course there were plenty of Yellow-rumped Warbler to pick through. Other highlights were Hermit Thrush and Brown Thrasher. Quillens Point: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20559043 158 Bufflehead counted in one scan from the VFW parking lot. Fenwick Island: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20559459 Very few waterbird moving offshore and none sitting on the water. Indian River Inlet/Marina: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20562482 We ended back at the Indian River Inlet and Marina for another round of bush beating. Activity was low, even though the conditions were perfect for land birding. There was a lone Dunlin on the jetty with Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderling. Cheers, Tim Schreckengost Elkton, MD (814) 952-2934 www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Prime Hook NWR--Prime Hook Beach Rd., Nov 15, 2014
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:18:55 -0500
My Coastal Birding Blitz Team consisted of myself, Nancy Hedgespeth, and Debbie 
Markwitz. We covered all of Prime Hook Beach Road, and the community of Prime 
Hook Beach. We also covered areas along the bay within the community. 

Sunrise was gorgeous, and the sight of 23 TUNDRA SWANS flying into the 
impoundments at dawn was stunning. Highlights were- 

CACKLING GOOSE in with a large flock of Canada Geese; a late SNOWY EGRET, a 
good variety of waterfowl, and large numbers of Greeater Yellowlegs with some 
Lesser Yellowlegs mixed in. We also had a couple of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
foraging with SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Total species came to 69. 

Complete list is below.

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Prime Hook NWR--Prime Hook Beach Rd., Sussex, US-DE Nov 15, 2014 5:30 AM - 
11:00 AM 

Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Coastal Birding Blitz. Includes the community of Prime Hook Beach and 
a stretch of the Bayshore in the community. 

69 species

Cackling Goose  1     tiny goose among the larger Canada Geese.
Canada Goose  400
Tundra Swan  23
Gadwall  X
American Wigeon  X
American Black Duck  291
Mallard  32
Northern Pintail  19
Green-winged Teal  8
Greater Scaup  2
Lesser Scaup  1
Surf Scoter  27
Black Scoter  10
Long-tailed Duck  20
Bufflehead  X
Hooded Merganser  17
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  7
Northern Gannet  1
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  15
Snowy Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Northern Harrier  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  4
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Dunlin  54
Short-billed Dowitcher  12
Long-billed Dowitcher  2
Bonaparte's Gull  3
Laughing Gull  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Forster's Tern  X
Mourning Dove  18
Great Horned Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird  19
European Starling  18
Cedar Waxwing  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  9
Eastern Towhee  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  29
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  25
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  18
House Finch  29
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  7

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20569705 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Sussex Co: Orange-crowned Warblers, etc. at Indian River Inlet and surrounding areas
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:37:58 -0500
Birders,

Alan Kneidel, Josh Barth, and I covered from the Indian River Inlet Marina
south to Assawoman Bay Wildlife Area for the Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz
yesterday. Highlights and eBird checklists below.

Indian River Inlet/Marina:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20557208
Very few waterbirds at sunrise, but there was a large foraging flock of
Forster's Terns and Bonaparte's Gulls in the inlet. We had three
Orange-crowned Warblers in a 200m stretch of habitat in between the north
parking lot and the marina. We also had a flock of 26 Pine Siskins fly in
off the ocean.

Assawoman Bay: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20557822
We were unable to locate the previously reported Eurasian Wigeons, but we
had a late Common Yellowthroat and Palm Warbler among the usual suspects.

Holts Landing State Park:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20558684
We had a flock of ~20 Killdeer fly over as we were driving into the park.
Activity was relatively low around the parking lot, but of course there
were plenty of Yellow-rumped Warbler to pick through. Other highlights were
Hermit Thrush and Brown Thrasher.

Quillens Point: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20559043
158 Bufflehead counted in one scan from the VFW parking lot.

Fenwick Island: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20559459
Very few waterbird moving offshore and none sitting on the water.

Indian River Inlet/Marina:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20562482
We ended back at the Indian River Inlet and Marina for another round of
bush beating. Activity was low, even though the conditions were perfect for
land birding. There was a lone Dunlin on the jetty with Ruddy Turnstones
and Sanderling.

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Night Herons still at Bombay
From: John <vcrail AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:22:14 -0500
 For those who still rely on this site as opposed to other media, I had a count 
of 16 Black-Crowned Night Herons at Bombay Hook tis morning. There were hidden 
in the cove at "heron island" at the northeast corner of Bear Swamp Pool. 
Roughly 50-50 mix of adults and juvies. Hard to tell if any of the juvies were 
Yellow-Crowned with their heads tucked in and hiding in the phragmites. 

John DunnSmyrna 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Nov 2014) 82 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:11:31 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14            138            341
Turkey Vulture              39            428           1029
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   6             37            376
Northern Harrier             4             37            327
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            167           1900
Cooper's Hawk                0             22            254
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              4             51            118
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              9             14
American Kestrel             2             10            989
Merlin                       1             16            496
Peregrine Falcon             0              6            538
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2             29
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      82            940           9286
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Sally O'Byrne, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Art, and Sally for assisting with the count today!
24 visitors. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 3-7C, vis 20km, NNW, N winds 6-15mph


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Turkey and Black Vultures, a few Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed
Hawks and 6 Bald Eagles. 
Two resident adult Bald Eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Gannet, Bonaparte's Gull, Pied-billed Grebe,
Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Snow Bunting, Pine Siskin, DC
Cormorant (84)


Predictions:
Mostly cloudy, high 49F, S wind 5-10 mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Nov 2014) 157 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:11:38 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               11            215            560
Turkey Vulture              34            247            573
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   8             80            346
Northern Harrier             1             20            130
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            161           1626
Cooper's Hawk                2             24            286
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk         28            151            353
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             62            521           1002
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             12             15
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                1              3              4
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     157           1467           9197
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Dan Walker

Visitors:
3 Visitors.  Thanks Steve and Dan for all your help up on the hill


Weather:
Another chilly day with a temperature high of 4.2 C, NNW,N and NW winds,
gusts as high as 19 mph. Cloudless morning gave way to perfect cloud cover,
full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Second day of perfect winds brought a juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE right overhead
at 10:04 245m high, and a first of the year NORTHERN GOSHAWK followed suite
that same hour. Great buteo movement today, 62 Red-tailed Hawks, 28
Red-shouldered Hawks, 8 migrating Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 8
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks.
11 Black and 34 Turkey Vultures.
1 Unid. Eagle (a extremely distant, dark, could not 100% confidently call
GOLDEN, migrating eagle)

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Snow Goose in a small skein of Canada's, 243 Canada Geese, 12 Common
Loons, 2 Herring Gulls, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 heard only Purple Finch, 2 fly
by Pine Siskins

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

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 14th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:14:57 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 14, 2014
* DEST1411.14
	
*Birds mentioned
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
ROSS' GOOSE
Brant
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red -breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
American White Pelican
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
SANDHILL CRANE
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
Virginia Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Laughing Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
NASHVILLE WARBLER
Palm Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 14, 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, November 14th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. One new bird was reported this
week, and if confirmed the unofficial Delaware annual list annual list
increased to 324 species.

That new bird was a female COMMON EIDER reported at Indian River Inlet on
Thursday. Hopefully this bird will turn-up on the Seawatch there tomorrow.
The Inlet has been a hotbed for birds with LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK
SCOTERS, COMMON and RED THROATED LOON, plus HORNED GREBE. PURPLE SANDPIPER
and 24 RUDDY TURNSTONES were seen on the jetty along with GREAT CORMORANT. A
COMMON TERN was seen among the FORSTER'S TERNS feeding in the inlet. Three
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen there today. The south side campground
marsh had 5 NELSON'S SPARROWS last Monday. Also reported have been LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, and PINE SISKIN. Nearby Burton's Island reported
TRICOLORED HERON, BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna had great birds this week.
The previous reported SANDHILL CRANE has taken up residence on the sandbar
opposite the tower in Sheerness Pool. The bird can also be seen flying out
to the surrounding cornfields off of Whitehall Neck Road to feed. A flock of
SNOW GEESE opposite sheerness pool included 5 to 6 ROSS'S GEESE and a
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE this week. Other waterfowl included WOOD DUCK,
HOODED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN COOT, and
TUNDRA SWAN. On the sandbar with the SANDHILL CRANE was a single AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVER, with 26 MARBLED GODWIT plus 350 AMERICAN AVOCET. Other
shorebirds seen included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
WHITE-RUMPED'S, STILT, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONGBILLED and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S SNIPE at Bear Swamp, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK
at the Allee House. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was reported at the refuge, along
with AMERICAN PIPIT, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, WILD TURKEY, TREE SWALLOW, and
white crowned sparrow. 25 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen behind Bear Swamp.
Evening birding in the refuge produced GREAT HORNED OWL, 4 BARRED OWL, and a
SHORT-EARED OWL.

Also seen this week was a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD along Dutch Neck Road
near Port Penn. That bird was near the TCA Hunting Preserve. A RING-NECKED
PHEASANT was also reported in this area. AMERICAN COOT and RUDDY DUCK were
seen at Grier's pond along with KINGFISHER and GRAY CATBIRD. A
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Delaware City waterfront by ABA
headquarters. Also seen was NORTHERN HARRIER and BALD EAGLE.

Back downstate, another NASHVILLE WARBLER was reported at Assawoman Wildlife
Area on Saturday also reported was CHIPPING, LINCOLN'S, and FOX SPARROW.
Assawoman also at the NUTHATCH trifecta with WHITE-BREASTED, RED-BREASTED,
and BROWN-HEADED. The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON was not seen but
other waterfowl included LONG-TAILED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, VIRGINIA RAIL,
PIED-BILLED and HORNED GREBE.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at Holt's Landing State Park near
Clarksville. This is along the south shore of Indian River Bay. SALTMARSH
SPARROW was seen there, plus CHIPPING and FOX SPARROW. WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was also seen here along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Holts Landing
also had the mimic thrush trifecta of MOCKINGBIRD, CATBIRD, and BROWN
THRASHER. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Fresh Pond State
park near Bethany Beach. 

Cape Henlopen State Park had 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS off the point on Wednesday.
Also reported there were 150 BONAPARTE'S with 10 LAUGHING GULLS. 10 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen there today, along with 40 FORSTER'S TERNS and
15 ROYAL TERNS. A flock of 28 SNOW BUNTINGS were reported at the point.
Waterfowl seen included BRANT, BLACK, SURF, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, and NORTHERN
GANNET. Cape Henlopen also is hosting the nuthatch trifecta. One rare bird
at Cape Henlopen this week was a PILEATED WOODPECKER along the pinelands
trail.

Wolfe's Neck Sewage Treatment Plant had a LESSER SCAUP plus 30 RUDDY DUCKS.
Dabblers included 150 NORTHERN SHOVELER, PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. The
previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL was not found.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues to be seen at Fowler's Beach in Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. TUNDRA SWAN and ROYAL TERN were
also seen there along with the usual SANDERLING and DUNLIN. Two AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS were reported at the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion
Inlet. 31 ROYAL TERNS were reported there along with BUFFLEHEAD and SURF
SCOTER. NELSON SPARROW and MARSH WREN reported along Lighthouse Road.

Little Creek Wildlife Management Area had good numbers of waterfowl
including over 100 TUNDRA SWAN, plus GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD,
and 400 AMERICAN COOT plus 6 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 12 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS
were seen at the end of the Port Mahon Road at the gravel parking lot.
SALTMARSH and NELSON SPARROW were seen along the Port Mahon Road. Also
reported was WESTERN SANDPIPER.

The previous reported immature LITTLE BLUE HERON continues to be seen at
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area along with 3 GREAT EGRETS. Also reported was
PIED-BILLED GREBE and MARSH WREN. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN,
AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and AMERICAN
COOT.

PURPLE FINCHES continue be seen throughout the state, with more moving
south. Reports this week included Bellefonte, Coverdale Farms, Brandywine
Creek State Park, Bombay Hook, Reedy Point, Middle Run, plus Assawoman and
Fresh Pond near Indian River Inlet. PINE SISKINS were seen almost daily at
the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch, with a peak count of 30 this week. There were
also reported at Ashland Nature Center, Coverdale Farms, Assawoman, and
Holts Landing.

A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Blackbird State Forest near
Townsend. A MUTE SWAN was reported at Carousel Park near Price Corner. RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were found at Ashland Nature Center along with YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER. Hoopes reservoir near Greenville had over 200 RING-NECKED DUCK
plus 4 HOODED MERGANSERS and 6 WOOD DUCK.

A VESPER SPARROW was a new species to Middle Run Natural Area near Newark
this week. That bird was seen with 15 SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Also reported at
Middle Run were WOOD DUCK, BARRED OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and HERMIT
THRUSH.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch today along with
MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON. Five GOLDED EAGLES were seen on Saturday along
with 10 BALD EAGLES and 164 TURKEY VULTURES. PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen on
Wednesday and Thursday at the Hawk watch, along with lots of RED THROATED
and COMMON LOONS and a single CASPIAN TERN. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been
reported sporadically all week. Also reported were RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH. Ashland Nature
Center had no GOLDEN EAGLES this week surprisingly. They did have 27
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS on Saturday. Late OSPREYS were seen on Monday and
Wednesday plus 8 BALD EAGLES both days. There were 14 flyover COMMON LOONS
today, that bird is been seen sporadically all week.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bert Filemyr, Jane
Henderson, Mike Rosengarden, Racheal Shapiro, Larry Zirlin, Amy and Kathleen
O'Neil, Ellen DeCarlo, Randy Murphy, Kim Steininger, Wayne Longbottom, Jim
Austin-Cole, Ken Wat, David Fees, Chris Rowe, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn
Smith, Alan Kneidel, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Carlton Groff, Armas
Hill, Alan Belford, Jenifer Christy, Jeff Climie, Tim Freiday, Chandler
Wiegand, 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 (14 Nov 2014) 44 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:11:13 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10            124            327
Turkey Vulture               9            389            990
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   8             31            370
Northern Harrier             2             33            323
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            156           1889
Cooper's Hawk                1             22            254
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              5             47            114
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              9             14
American Kestrel             0              8            987
Merlin                       1             15            495
Peregrine Falcon             1              6            538
Unknown Accipiter            1              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      44            858           9204
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, John Hoyt, Sally O'Byrne, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Bruce, Sue, John, and Sally for assisting with the count! 26
visitors including a group from the Brooks Bird Club in WV. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 3-5C, vis 20km, strong gusty NNW, N winds 15-20mph
decreasing to 10-12mph late in the day. 


Raptor Observations:
Good diversity with Turkey and Black Vultures, Harriers, Sharp-shinned, and
Red-tailed Hawks moving through. Eight Bald Eagles and 1 Golden Eagle. 
2 resident adult Bald Eagles


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan, Snow Goose, Gannet, Surf and Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter
(1), DC Cormorant (60)


Predictions:
Sunny, high 44F, NW wind 10-15mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Nov 2014) 77 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:11:20 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8            204            549
Turkey Vulture              11            213            539
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   8             72            338
Northern Harrier             1             19            129
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            153           1618
Cooper's Hawk                0             22            284
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            123            325
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             40            459            940
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             1              9            345
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                1             11             55
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      77           1310           9040
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Jonathan schoolar, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
4 Visitors today.  Thanks Jon and Pat for your help up on the hill today!


Weather:
Strong NW, NNW and N winds with gusts as high of 26 mph, chilly today with
temperature high of 3.2 C, cloud cover ranged from 0-90%, even a few brief
snow flurries.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly Red-tail Hawks in the sky today with 40, 8 migrating Bald Eagles, 1
Northern Harrier, 4 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 early
morning American Kestrel. 8 Black Vultures, 11 Turkey Vultures.
1 Unid. Buteo

Non-raptor Observations:
14 Common Loons, 5 non-migrating Bald Eagles, 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 fly
over Pine Siskin

Predictions:
Second day of strong NW winds following a cold front and small storm,
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: DOS November Meeting
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:39:48 -0500
Good Afternoon DE Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their 3rd monthly 
meeting next Wednesday, the 19th, featuring guest speaker Dr. Laurie Goodrich, 
Senior Monitoring Biologist, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, PA. Her work 
includes coordinating Hawk Mountain's migration counts, acting as liaison with 
other North American raptor migration sites and the Veracruz (Mexico) River of 
Raptors program and conducting research on migration ecology. Laurie received 
her Ph.D. in Ecology from Penn State University in 2010 on the stopover 
behavior and ecology of autumn-migrating raptors and a M.S. in Ecology from 
Rutgers University in 1982 on Least Terns. She currently serves as Vice-Chair 
of the Hawk Migration Association of North America, and she serves on the 
Pennsylvania Ornithological Technical Committee, and the Berks Conservancy 
natural resource committee. 


Laurie's Presentation is titled: " Tracking a Long-Distance Migrant: the 
migration and nesting ecology of Broad-winged Hawks" 


In 2014, Hawk Mountain launched a new research study to examine the nesting and 
migration ecology of Broad-winged Hawks. Four nests were monitored weekly from 
nest building to fledging periods using video and observations. From those 
nests four individuals (two young and one adult) were captured and tagged with 
satellite telemetry transmitters and four were color-banded. In this 
presentation, Dr. Goodrich will discuss the preliminary findings of their nest 
observations and tracking including migration tracks and wintering areas used 
by birds. She also will share video footage from a Broad-winged nest. 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending next Wednesday night, the 19th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   November 19th Meeting

 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some refreshments to share 
for our Social 1/2 hour) 


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: DOS book sale
From: Jean Woods <JWoods AT DELMNH.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:23:43 +0000
DOS will again be having a book sale before its meeting next week, Wednesday, 
November 19 at 6:30 pm at Ashland Nature Center. These are more of the books 
generously donated by Howard Brokaw's family and the proceeds will benefit DOS. 
A list of books available is posted on the DOS web page 
(www.dosbirds.org). If you can't make the meeting see 
that file for instructions on how to buy books before or after the meeting. 


Best wishes- Jean Woods, Ian Stewart, Charles Shattuck (DOS booksale committee)

Jean L. Woods, Ph.D. Phone: 302-658-9111 x314 

Curator of Birds Fax: 302-658-2610 

Delaware Museum of Natural History                      jwoods AT delmnh.org
P.O. Box 3937 www.delmnh.org 

(4840 Kennett Pike)
Wilmington, DE  19807
Subject: DOS book sale
From: "Jean Woods jwoods AT delmnh.org [DOSMembers-only]" <DOSMembers-only-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:23:43 +0000
DOS will again be having a book sale before its meeting next week, Wednesday, 
November 19 at 6:30 pm at Ashland Nature Center. These are more of the books 
generously donated by Howard Brokaw's family and the proceeds will benefit DOS. 
A list of books available is posted on the DOS web page 
(www.dosbirds.org). If you can't make the meeting see 
that file for instructions on how to buy books before or after the meeting. 


Best wishes- Jean Woods, Ian Stewart, Charles Shattuck (DOS booksale committee)

Jean L. Woods, Ph.D. Phone: 302-658-9111 x314 

Curator of Birds Fax: 302-658-2610 

Delaware Museum of Natural History                      jwoods AT delmnh.org
P.O. Box 3937 www.delmnh.org 

(4840 Kennett Pike)
Wilmington, DE  19807
Subject: Migration Winds and Birding Blitz Tomorrow (11/15)
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:31:48 -0500
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
After last evening's arrival of a significant cold front (and the associated 
snow/sleet/freezing rain mix), the winds are very favorable for migration today 
with steady Northwest currents throughout the day and continuing through 
tomorrow. There should be more Golden Eagles on the way, along with other 
late-migrating raptors. The online Wind Map illustrates these winds nicely: 

http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level
 
For Saturday's first annual Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz (CDBB), the table is 
set for a great day afield for all the folks covering assigned territories 
along the lower bayshore and coastline in Sussex County. The Delmarva 
Ornithological Society (DOS) is excited to be teaming up with the local Nemesis 
Bird team and the Sussex Bird Club for this unique event. 

 
Alan Kneidel, Alex Lamoreaux, and Tim Schreckengost created a wonderful 
compilation of guidelines for the event that detail the locations that will be 
covered and a well-considered list of notable birds to search for along the 
coast. Check out their excellent post on the Nemesis Bird site: 
http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/rarities/coastal-delaware-birding-blitz-november-15th-2014/ 

 
In recent days, Snow Owls have showed up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and a 
first state record Couch's Kingbird was discovered in Maryland. The season for 
rarities is here, so let's see what interesting birds may be found in Delaware 
right now! 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
DOS Publicity and Outreach Chair
 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Nov 2014) 23 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:11:20 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                9            114            317
Turkey Vulture              10            380            981
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0             23            362
Northern Harrier             1             31            321
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            151           1884
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             42            109
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             13
American Kestrel             0              8            987
Merlin                       0             14            494
Peregrine Falcon             0              5            537
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      23            814           9160
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Alex Lamoreaux, Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Lorraine Logan, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Lorraine for assisting with the count, and thank you Alex
for covering for me at the end of the day. 9 visitors.


Weather:
Overcast, cold and damp, temp 7-8C, NE, NNE winds decreasing through the
afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Very little migration despite the NE wind, some Black and Turkey Vultures
passing far to the south, a Northern Harrier and a couple of Sharp-shinned
Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger, Gannet, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Tundra Swan (14),
Surf and Black Scoter, DC Cormorant (400)


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 46F, NW wind 15-25mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Nov 2014) 92 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:11:56 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               21            196            541
Turkey Vulture              21            202            528
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   3             64            330
Northern Harrier             1             18            128
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            149           1614
Cooper's Hawk                3             22            284
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            120            322
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             28            419            900
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             1              8            344
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0             10             54
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      92           1233           8963
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease

Visitors:
2 Visitors thanks for stopping by! And thank you Carol for your day long
help with the count!


Weather:
Slight winds, NNW, NE and NW directions, temperature high of 46 F, 40%
cloud cover for the first hour, followed by overcast the rest of the day. 
Full visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Great morning push that came to a halt by noon.  Besides the Accipiters and
American Kestrel the migrants were streaming very high today. 3 immature
Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 9 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 5
Red-shouldered Hawks, 28 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 early morning American
Kestrel. 21 Turkey and Black Vultures.

Non-raptor Observations:
9 Canada Geese, 3 Wood Ducks, 3 Common Loons, 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 13
Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 Purple Finches, 1 heard only Pine Siskin. Thousands of
blackbird species

Predictions:
Another cold day similar to today, late night/early morning storm passing
through.
Come join me on the hill the Buteos are shooting by!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:03:51 +0000
I think this is the first report of someone seeing this bird heading out of the 
refuge. Is it foraging in ag fields during the day? If you don't find the bird 
in the refuge try checking the fields to the west and north of the refuge. 
Sandhill Crane is still a review species (send written reports and photos to 
Frank Rohrbacher (rohrbaf AT aol.com). Also look for any indications that this 
could be one of the SandhillxCommon hybrid or backcross from the population in 
Salem County, NJ. 


Chris Bennett
Milford, DE

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

Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:46 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Sandhill Crane

I went early this morning to see the Sandhill Crane and saw it flying over 
Sheerness pool toward the west at 8:35 a.m. 


Jeff Climie
Subject: Sandhill Crane
From: Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:45:48 -0500
I went early this morning to see the Sandhill Crane and saw it flying over
Sheerness pool toward the west at 8:35 a.m.

Jeff Climie
Subject: Indian River Inlet Sea Watch
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:57:47 -0500
Anthony and I will be conducting the second Sussex Bird Club - Delmarva
Ornithological Society Sea Watch this Saturday between 8 am and noon at the
Southeast Day Area on the south side of IRI at Delaware Seashore State
Park.  We will also be participating in the rarity blitz.  We have had
Common Elders in the past and Little and Black-headed Gull are definitely
possible.  And to add to the festive atmosphere it will feel pretty wintery
with Temps in the low 30 when we start.

Hope to see you then.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Nov 2014) 98 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:11:21 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               37            105            308
Turkey Vulture              40            370            971
Osprey                       1              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0             23            362
Northern Harrier             0             30            320
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            148           1881
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             42            109
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             13
American Kestrel             1              8            987
Merlin                       1             14            494
Peregrine Falcon             0              5            537
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      98            791           9137
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Ann Dinkel, Jennifer Ottinger,
                  Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Alissa, Ann, and Vince for helping with the count today! 10
other visitors. 



Weather:
Fog and no visibility until 11:00 when the fog cleared quickly, clear skies
for the afternoon, temp 15-19C, light N winds. 


Raptor Observations:
After the fog cleared, Black and Turkey Vultures moved through in good
numbers, a few Sharp-shinned Hawks, one late Osprey, and a couple of
Red-tailed Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger (2), Gannet (120), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1),
Bonaparte's Gull, Forster's Tern (30), Red-breasted Merganser (1),
Bufflehead (9), DC Cormorant (165).


Predictions:
Cloudy with a chance of rain after 3:00pm, temp 51F, N wind at 10mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Nov 2014) 69 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:11:53 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               18            175            520
Turkey Vulture              10            181            507
Osprey                       1              2            237
Bald Eagle                   8             61            327
Northern Harrier             0             17            127
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            140           1605
Cooper's Hawk                1             19            281
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3            115            317
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             18            391            872
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             1              7            343
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                1             10             54
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      69           1141           8871
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
5 Visitors today, thanks for stopping by!


Weather:
Morning fog and overcast lifted by 10 am.  Moderate NW,W,NNW and N winds
with gusts as high of 28 mph.  Temperature high of 18.2 C, cloud cover
ranged from 100% in the morning to cloudless blue skies to end the day.

Raptor Observations:
Late day late migrating Osprey fighting the winds with no seeming purpose. 
Resident Cooper's Hawk attempting to hunt the feeders gave us a show most
of the day.

18 Black Vultures, 10 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 8 Bald Eagles, 8
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 3 Red-shouldered Hawks, 18 Red-tailed
Hawks, 1 American Kestrel.

1 Unid. Buteo

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Common Loon, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 5 Purple Finch

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Nov 2014) 100 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:11:49 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               25            157            502
Turkey Vulture              47            171            497
Osprey                       0              1            236
Bald Eagle                   1             53            319
Northern Harrier             2             17            127
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7            132           1597
Cooper's Hawk                0             18            280
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5            112            314
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             13            373            854
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             0              6            342
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              5             52
Unknown Buteo                0              9             53
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     100           1072           8802
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie

Visitors:
1 Visitor.
Thanks for your help with the count David Beattie.


Weather:
No wind in the morning turning to slight SE,SSE winds in the afternoon,
temperature high of 18.2 C, heavy overcast and hazy with a loss of
visibility until noon when the sun broke through.

Raptor Observations:
First migrant was seen at 11 am.
25 Black Vultures, 47 Turkey Vultures, 1 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
7 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 5 Red-shouldered Hawks, 13 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Mallard, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 5 Purple Finches, Pine Siskin
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Nov 2014) 157 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:11:29 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               36            132            477
Turkey Vulture              52            124            450
Osprey                       1              1            236
Bald Eagle                   8             52            318
Northern Harrier             0             15            125
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            125           1590
Cooper's Hawk                4             18            280
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6            107            309
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             33            360            841
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             0              6            342
Merlin                       0              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            1              5             52
Unknown Buteo                2              9             53
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     157            972           8702
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        Joe Russell, Sally O'Byrne

Weather:
Slight NE,E,SE winds, temperature high of 16.1 C, cloud cover ranged from
0-5%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
36 Black Vultures, 52 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, 8 Bald Eagles, 14
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 6 Red-shouldered Hawks, 33
Red-tailed Hawks.
1 Unid. Accipiter, 2 Unid. Buteos

Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Nov 2014) 37 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:11:25 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6             68            271
Turkey Vulture              14            330            931
Osprey                       0              1           2706
Bald Eagle                   0             23            362
Northern Harrier             2             30            320
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            132           1865
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             40            107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             13
American Kestrel             1              7            986
Merlin                       1             13            493
Peregrine Falcon             1              5            537
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      37            693           9039
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Donna Hoyt, Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Donna, Dennis, and Rachel for helping with the count today!
7 visitors.



Weather:
Overcast, temp 16-19C, fog through the morning, vis 10-18km, light SSE, S
winds.

Raptor Observations:
Very slow with the south wind, poor visibility in the morning due to fog
over the bay, a few vultures moving through and Sharp-shinned Hawks, along
with a couple of falcons. 
One resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Good loon migration this morning; Common Loon (64), Red-throated Loon (25),
Gannet (100), Red-breasted Merganser (14), Lesser Black-backed Gull (1),
White-winged Scoter (4), Surf and Black Scoter, Meadowlark, Pine Siskin and
DC Cormorant (75).


Predictions:
Chance of rain tonight, fog during the morning with partly sunny skies,
high 66F, NW wind 10-20mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Nov 2014) 118 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:11:48 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             96            441
Turkey Vulture              16             72            398
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   5             44            310
Northern Harrier             1             15            125
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            111           1576
Cooper's Hawk                0             14            276
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         18            101            303
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             59            327            808
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             0              6            342
Merlin                       1              4             35
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            2              4             51
Unknown Buteo                1              7             51
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     118            815           8545
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Jean Woods, Kim Steininger, Maureen Markow

Visitors:
14 Visitors.


Weather:
Slight W and WNW winds, temperature high of 12.3 C, cloud cover ranged from
60-95%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
7 Black Vultures, 16 Turkey Vultures, 5 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 8
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 18 Red-shouldered Hawks, 59 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Merlin.
2 Unid. Accipiters, 1 Unid. Buteos.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Common Loon, 11 Ring-billed Gulls, 7 Gull sp., 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers,
2 Savannah Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Rusty Blackbirds, Dark-eyed
Junco, Purple Finch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Sandhill Crane Bombay Hook today
From: Dennis Barrowclough <barrowclough AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:02:25 -0500
Thank you so much, DE Birds.  Because of the posting the other day about
Sandhill Crane at Bombay Hook, I drove down today.  No sightings around
ponds, but at Shearness Observation Tower (as directed by DE birder), sure
enough, there was the Sandhill Crane.  This was a life bird for me and I
really appreciate the notification.

 

See pics on link below.

Kathy

 

 

 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/creationsbykathy/15767861235/in/photostream/
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Nov 2014) 66 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:11:01 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               15             62            265
Turkey Vulture              43            316            917
Osprey                       0              1           2706
Bald Eagle                   0             23            362
Northern Harrier             2             28            318
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            120           1853
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             40            107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             13
American Kestrel             0              6            985
Merlin                       0             12            492
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1             28
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      66            656           9002
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Christopher Rowe, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin and Christopher, 4 other visitors


Weather:
very light wind from SSE/SE/ESE, temp 13-19c,clcv 10/15/25/20, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
painfully slow flight

Non-raptor Observations:
19-Snow Buntings, P. Siskins,Brown-Headed and Red-Breasted Nuthatches,

Predictions:
partly cloudly, high 64 and that dreaded East wind 5-10 mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Nov 2014) 172 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:11:05 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               12             89            434
Turkey Vulture              12             56            382
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   7             39            305
Northern Harrier             3             14            124
Sharp-shinned Hawk          17            103           1568
Cooper's Hawk                3             14            276
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         27             83            285
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             88            268            749
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             14
American Kestrel             1              6            342
Merlin                       1              3             34
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                1              6             50
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     172            697           8427
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Andy Ednie, Andy Urquhart, Gene Makar, Jon Longenecker,
                  Kim Steininger, Rebecca Kern, Sally O'Byrne, Sarah Luca

Visitors:
1 Visitor. But a lot of help from Kim, Andy U., Andy E., Sarah, Sally,
Gene, Rebecca and Jon, thanks!


Weather:
Slight E,S,SE,SW and S winds.  Temperature high of 8.9 C, cloud cover
ranged from 5% in the morning gradually filling into 100% by 3pm.  Full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
12 Black Vultures, 12 Turkey Vultures, 7 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers,
17 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 27 Red-shouldered Hawks, 88
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Merlin.
1 Unid. Buteo

Non-raptor Observations:
66 Canada Geese, 2 Common Loons, 21 Gull sp., 4 Purple Finches.

That same day Em Baisden and family spotted 2 male/1 female rusty
blackbirds frantically flipping leaves and foraging down by the floodplain
creek area. Certainly starting to be seen more regularly.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Bombay Hook 11/5/14 - Shorebirds, Owls, Rusty's etc
From: Alan Belford <alan_belford AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:29:18 -0500
I was visiting family and my brother and I had a chance to check out Bombay 
Hook NWR on 11/5 in the afternoon/early evening - sorry for the late post. 

Highlights included a number of species mentioned by others:
A good collection of waterfowl and ducks in a variety of places, but most at 
Shearness 

15 species of shorebirds at Shearness and the flats across the road included:26 
Marbled Godwitsabout 250-300 American Avocets3 Stilt Sandpipers1 White-rumped 
SandpiperMany American Woodcocks (Allee House) 

Rusty Blackbirds on the backside of Bear Swamp along the wildlife drive 
Owls:2 Great-horned Owls 4 Barred Owls 1 Short-eared Owl in the evening
Good Birding!
Alan BelfordSaranac Lake, NY 		 	   		  
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Nov 2014) 42 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:11:05 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             47            250
Turkey Vulture              21            273            874
Osprey                       0              1           2706
Bald Eagle                   1             23            362
Northern Harrier             4             26            316
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            115           1848
Cooper's Hawk                0             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             40            107
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              8             13
American Kestrel             0              6            985
Merlin                       1             12            492
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      42            590           8936
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Sharon and Vince for helping with the count today! 10
visitors. 



Weather:
Overcast and cooler, temp 11-13C, hazy with vis 15km, light N winds.


Raptor Observations:
Turkey Vultures and a few Sharp-shinned Hawks, one Bald Eagle and one
Golden Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Gannet, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-bellied Plover, Snow Bunting,
Brant, DC Cormorant (170).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 60F, E wind 3-5mph

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

Subject: Sandhill Crane at Bombay Hook
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:59:45 +0000
Yesterday (Saturday) I had to take my son to Shuette Park, Dover, so he could 
ref a soccer tournament there. So I had a good 5 hours to either (a) get an 
early start on Christmas shopping, (b) go into the office in Dover and get 
ahead on some work, or (c) go birding. The choice was natural. 



On my way to Bombay Hook, I stopped along Dyke Branch Road just south of 
Leipsic and had a nice flock of White-crowned Sparrows (10 ad, 6 juv) in the 
hedgerow adjacent to the cow pasture there. What was cool is that the adults 
were singing, which I have rarely heard. 



The big highlight of the day at Bombay Hook was seeing an adult Sandhill Crane 
hanging out on a mudflat in Shearness Pool. I viewed the bird from the tower, 
at fairly close range, to the right looking out onto Shearness. I did not see 
it from the dike road. 



Also had three Ross's Geese (1 ad, 2 juv) among a large group of Snow Geese 
(3,000+) that were flocked on the water across the dike from Shearness Pool. 



One Lincoln's Sparrow showed itself among a mixed flock of sparrows in a field 
next to the Allee House. No OC warbler unfortunately. 



Good birding,


David Fees

Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Nov 2014) 227 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:11:43 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                8             46            249
Turkey Vulture             164            252            853
Osprey                       0              1           2706
Bald Eagle                  10             22            361
Northern Harrier             4             22            312
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            103           1836
Cooper's Hawk                5             21            253
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             13             37
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk             11             39            106
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 5              7             12
American Kestrel             3              6            985
Merlin                       1             11            491
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     227            548           8894
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Bruce, and John Long for assisting with the count today! 37
other visitors. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 8-12C, vis 20, light NW, W winds in morning turning S
in the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
FIVE Golden Eagles (4 were seen coming across from Cape May between 10:15
and 10:35), ten Bald Eagles (4 adult, 5 immature, 1 unknown age), very good
flight of Turkey Vultures, several Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Bunting (19), Horned Grebe (2), Hermit Thrush, Wood Duck, Pine Siskin,
Great Blue Heron, DC Cormorant (760).


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 58F, West wind 7-10mph.

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

Subject: Sussex: Golden Eagles at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch and other notables
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:46:15 -0500
Birders,

Jen Ottinger reports four Golden Eagles just crossed the Delaware Bay from
Cape May and flew right over the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch.

Also, folks scouting for next weekend's Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz
report Eurasian Wigeon, Nashville Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and Purple Finch at
Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area and an Orange-crowned Warbler along the
water's edge at Holts Landing State Park.

Today's weather conditions are superb for birding, so get out if you can!

More details on the Coastal Delaware Birding Blitz here:
http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/rarities/coastal-delaware-birding-blitz/

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds at Bombay Hook
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:35:29 -0600
Hi, Sorry for the late report, but last Tuesday 11/11 my daughter and I did a 
very quick trip around Bombay Hook NWR, and found a mixed flock with about 25 
Rusty Blackbirds. They were foraging on the ground in the wet woodland patch on 
the right after coming around the loop for Bear Swamp. We heard them before we 
saw them. 


F.Y.I., if you're planning a visit to Bombay Hook in the next several weeks, 
here's the hunting schedule from their website: 


Refuge Closed for Hunting

BACK SECTION CLOSED ? Wildlife Drive closed from north end of Shearness to 
Finis and Allee House. November 14, 15, and 19, 2014 all day. December 13 & 20, 
2014 until 1:00 pm. December 15 & 18, 2014 all day. January 23, 2015 all day. 
FRONT SECTION CLOSED - Wildlife Drive closed from Visitor Center to Shearness 
parking lot. Enter the refuge from Dutch Neck Road on RT. 9 North. November 17 
& 21, 2014 all day. December 17, 2014 all day. Call Headquarters with any 
questions: 302-653-9345 

 

Good birding,

Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 7th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 06:52:53 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 7, 2014
* DEST1411.07
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Brant
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green Winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Red Throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
SANDHILL CRANE
Black Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
GOLDEN EAGLE
Virginia Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Laughing Gull
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
Great Horned Owl
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Orange-crowned Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 7, 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, November 7th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remains at 322 species.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen this week on Monday morning among the flocks of
SNOW and CANADA GEESE on Whitehall Neck Road, the entrance road to Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird has not been seen
again, but other species seen included over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS, EASTERN
MEADOWLARK, HORNED LARK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD.

Also at BOMBAY HOOK this week, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found back by
the Allee House. This is the second straight year for ORANGE-CROWN to be
found here. Also reported were LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, plus a
late BOBOLINK. A FOX SPARROW was seen by the headquarters. A peak count of
28 MARBLED GODWITS with over 400 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported opposite
Shearness Pool. Also seen were 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS with 75
BLACK-BELLIED and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Also seen was were 4 WILLETS plus
WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPER and both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER.
A flock of 23 TUNDRA SWANS were reported along with over 60 RUDDY DUCK and
several HOODED MERGANSER. Six GREAT EGRETS were seen, but SNOWY EGRETS seem
to have left the area.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported at the Wolfe Point Sewage Treatment Plant
near Midway at Rehoboth Beach. That bird was seen with several BONAPARTE'S
GULLS. Waterfowl at the sewage treatment plant included 75 NORTHERN
SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, plus RING-NECKED DUCK, both
GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK. Several TREE SWALLOWS
were seen flying overhead. 500 SNOW GEESE were in the area around the plant.
First ask permission before entering the sewage plant.

The first SNOW BUNTINGS of the season were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Six flew by the Hawkwatch earlier in the week and 30 were seen today. Also
seen at the Hawkwatch were three PARASITIC JAEGERS. BLACK and SURF SCOTERS
were seen at the point, along with COMMON LOON, ROYAL TERN and SANDERLING.
CHIPPING SPARROWS were found along Fort Miles. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES continue to be seen in the park. 

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues at Fowler's Beach Road in Prime Hook
National Wildlife refuge near Milton. that bird continues to be seen sitting
near the end of the road. Also reported at Prime Hook Beach Road were
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS along with WESTERN SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE.
Over 1300 LAUGHING GULLS were seen along with one LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
A single SNOWY EGRET was seen at the headquarters section of Prime Hook
along with AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and 16 PIED-BILLED
GREBES. BROWN THRASHER was also found in the brush, plus GREAT HORNED OWL
was heard calling. Waterfowl at Broadkill Beach included 12 RING-NECKED
DUCK, 60 BUFFLEHEAD, plus both HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY
DUCK.

A pair of EURASIAN WIGEONS were found today at the tower in Assawoman
Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Those birds were in with over 600
dabblers, including GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER and PINTAIL. Also,
there were a calling VIRGINIA RAIL by the tower, plus AMERICAN COOT, 6
PIED-BILLED GREBES, GREAT EGRET, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, MARSH WREN and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. 

The first LONG-TAILED DUCKS of the season were reported at Indian River
Inlet. Also seen there were BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON LOON and GREAT CORMORANT. A
PURPLE SANDPIPER was found on the rocks with 35 RUDDY TURNSTONES. NORTHERN
GANNETS were seen offshore with CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS. A flock of 75 BRANT
were seen off Quillen's Pt. along Cedar Neck. More BRANT were also found at
the Burton's Is. causeway at the north marina. 

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported at Killen's Pond State Park near
Frederica. Also seen was PINE SISKIN and HERMIT THRUSH. Over 300 AMERICAN
COOTS were counted at the central tower at Little Creek Wildlife Management
Area. Also reported were PIED-BILLED GREBE and 100 GADWALLS. Remember this
is a hunting area and access is hazardous except on Sunday. Two PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS were reported at Wick's Potato Farm near the Leipsic Bridge.
Three RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen at the retention pond at the South Smyrna
ramp to Delaware route one. A late LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Tony
Florio's in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 

A single BRANT continues to be seen at Augustine Beach near Port Penn. Also
seen there were LESSER SCAUP and RUDDY DUCK. Six RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were
found along Dutch Neck Road, These birds probably escaped from the nearby
stocking area. A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was found along the hedgerow near Grier's
Pond. Six BLACK VULTURES were seen by the Gray Fox Farm.

Waterfowl numbers have increased at Hoope's Reservoir, including 110
RING-NECKED DUCKS by the Route 82 Causeway plus 4 BUFFLEHEAD. Six WOOD DUCKS
were seen at Carpenter's Cove. PURPLE FINCH and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were
found at Hillside Mill Rd., Cove. WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED
MERGANSER were reported at Newark Reservoir. FOX SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER and
WINTER WREN were seen at Ashland Nature Center. 

PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS continue to be seen scattered throughout the
state. Both species were seen at Jim and Amy White's feeders in Yorklyn.
PURPLE FINCH was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park, Shortwood in
Brandywine Hundred, Ashland Nature Center, Middle Run Natural Area,
Fairfield School Rd (Nine-Foot Rd) and White Clay Creek State Park, Birds
were also in Middletown, Bombay Hook, Seaford, and Pete Gum Tract at the
Nanticoke Wildlife Area as they continue to move south. PINE SISKINS have
been reported as far down as South Carolina already. A flock at 75 SISKINS
was seen at the Cape Henlopen Hawk watch today. SISKINS were seen at
Killen's Pond State Park and a feeder in Glasgow. Both species have been
reported at Delaware's two hawk watches almost daily. 

Today was a banner day at Delaware's hawk watches. 3 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen
at the Ashland Nature Center Hawkwatch, along with 7 BALD EAGLES, plus 53
RED-TAILED and 13 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. Six GOLDEN EAGLES were seen last
Sunday at Ashland, making a total of 11 this month already. Also seen at
Ashland was a skein of 19 TUNDRA SWANS flying over on Tuesday and 4 COMMON
LOONS on Sunday. A GOLDEN EAGLE was also seen at Cape Henlopen State Park
Hawkwatch today, along with 9 BALD EAGLES and 2 MERLINS. A big hawk flight
on Monday included GOLDEN EAGLE, MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, and
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. A late OSPREY was seen on Thursday. Also seen today
were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WILSON'S SNIPE and 4-5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, NORTHERN GANNETS, RED-THROATED LOONS, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were reported this week. Large flights of scoters
are being seen including several WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. 

In downtown Wilmington, PEREGRINE FALCONS are still being seen on the
Brandywine Building. There were also migrating BLACK VULTURES and RED-TAILED
HAWKS. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Rod Murray, Kim
Steininger, Damon Oresetti, Rich Downs, Wayne Longbottom, Joan Wheeler, Jim
Austin-Cole, John Janowski, Phil Thompson, Ken Wat, David Fees, Colin
Campbell, Chris Rowe, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Alan Kneidel, Sam
Roberts, 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: Ashland Nature Center (07 Nov 2014) 143 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:11:44 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               43             77            422
Turkey Vulture               4             44            370
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   7             32            298
Northern Harrier             2             11            121
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18             85           1550
Cooper's Hawk                1             11            273
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         13             56            258
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             52            179            660
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 3             11             14
American Kestrel             0              5            341
Merlin                       0              2             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                0              5             49
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     143            523           8253
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.92 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Alan Kneidel, Kelley Nunn, Pat Goodman, Tim Schreckengost

Visitors:
6 Visitors.  Thanks Tim, Kelley, Pat and Alan for help with the count
today!


Weather:
Strong NNW, NW and N winds, temperature high of 50 F, cloud cover ranged
from 100% in the morning with light drizzle and rain to 35% to end the day.
 full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
3 GOLDEN EAGLES, Juvenile at 8:13 floated around for about 8 mins before
taking off SE, 8:32 Juvenile rising right over head with 2 Black Vultures
before heading SW followed by a much higher Adult, right over head with a
Turkey Vulture.

43 Black Vulture, 4 Turkey Vulture, 7 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers, 18
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 13 Red-shouldered Hawks, 52
Red-tailed Hawks, 3 Gold Eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
105 Canada Geese, 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Purple
Finches, 1 Pine Siskin
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Nov 2014) 151 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:11:45 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               30             38            241
Turkey Vulture              67             88            689
Osprey                       0              1           2706
Bald Eagle                   9             12            351
Northern Harrier             6             18            308
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18             91           1824
Cooper's Hawk                3             16            248
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk             15             28             95
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              7
American Kestrel             0              3            982
Merlin                       2             10            490
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     151            321           8667
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Rich Downs, Rob Schroeder, Susan Gruver,
                  Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
10
thanks to Alex,Vince,Rob, and Rich for their help


Weather:
very strong winds from NNW/WNW/NW 10-25 mph, temp10-13c,clcv
0/20/60/100/30/40%, visb 20k. nice morning flight then a rain shower came
through around noon and flight shut down and wind and gusts increased

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle, 9 B. Eagle, 15- Red-Tailed Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
30-Snow Buntings, 11- Tundra Swan, 1-W. Snipe,58-dunlin,RT Loon,s Common
Loons,

Predictions:
sunny, high 53, wind SW 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Fwd: Sussex Bird Club Meeting this Sunday
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:24:26 +0000
----- Original Message -----

Our Sussex Bird Club Meeting is this Sunday, November 9 at 2:00 pm.  Sussex 
Bird Club Members, and those looking to become members are welcome. 

We are very excited about our presenter for this meeting.  I and several 
members have traveled with his company and have had a high quality experience 
each-time. Our meetings are held at Cadbury in Lewes. For directions, check out 
our website- 

www.sussexbirdclub.com 
  
  
  
Birding Alaska 


Sunday November 9 


Speaker: Forrest Davis -  owner and founder of High Lonesome BirdTours 

Alaska is a huge and diverse area. Our talk will cover several different 
locations in Alaska. 


St. Paul Island is one of the two Pribilof Islands which lie in the middle of 
the Bering Sea about 600 miles from landfall. St Paul hosts many of the largest 
colonies of alcids (auklets & other seabirds) in the world as well as the 
largest Northern Fur Seal colony in the world. It is a seabird nesting 
paradise. Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorants; Red-legged & Black-legged Kittiwakes; 
Northern Fulmars; Parakeet, Crested, Least Auklets; Horned & Tufted Puffins all 
nest along the cliffs where they can be approached closely and photographed. 
Asian vagrants often show up as well. 


St. Lawrence Island lies in the Bering Sea just off the Siberian coast. Gambell 
is a small, timeless Eskimo village subsisting much as it has for thousands of 
years. On clear days, Siberia can be seen clearly 35 miles in the distance. 
Whale, walrus, seal, polar bear and birds account for most of the native diet. 
High Arctic and Asian vagrants are the draw at Gambell. Most of the Asian 
species recorded in North America have been seen in Gambell and its environs. 
There are huge colonies of Parakeet, Least and Crested Auklets on the cliffs 
within walking distance. 


Nome lies on the Seward Peninsula, jutting into the Bering Sea. It’s a 
frontier town in a world where few such curiosities remain. Accessible only by 
boat and airplane, bordered on the West and South by the Bering Sea, and the 
North and East by miles of trackless wilderness, Nome is a fascinating and 
challenging destination. During June, the midnight sun is at its brightest, the 
tundra is in full bloom, and the birds and mammals are breeding. 


Denali National Park and the Denali Highway is as much about large mammals, 
including some of the great predators, as birds. Bird species include Trumpeter 
Swan, Willow Ptarmigan, Gyrfalcon, Long-tailed Jaeger, Northern Hawk Owl and 
Smith’s Longspur. Mammals include Grizzly Bears as well as Caribou, Dall 
Sheep, Moose and the Gray Wolf. 

Sharon Lynn 
Vice-President, Programs 
Sussex Bird Club 
Subject: Ashland Hawk Watch
From: Kelley Nunn <kelley.nunn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:10:54 -0500
Hello DE Birders!

Will Almeida counted three GOLDEN EAGLES on the hill so far this morning!
Otherwise there are loads of shoulders, tails, eagles, and harriers flying
by. It's a very windy day-- perfect for a strong fall flight!!

Bring lots of layers and come join us!

- Kelley Nunn
Chester County PA
Subject: Re: need advise . . .
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 20:00:12 -0500
The latest record in the Birds of Delaware is Oct 26 in 1976, a bird 
which was banded.  You might check EBird to see when they have been seen 
this fall, which would give you an additional idea as to its 
reasonableness.  As I am sure you know, Hermit Thrush is the alternative 
to worry about.


On 11/6/2014 7:12 PM, Diane Kane wrote:
> i feel that i had a Swainson's thrush in my yard yesterday. i saw the bird
> in the middle of a pine tree about 6-8 feet off of the ground as my
> landscaper as we were walking my property.
>
> this bird had all the right markings. is it possible at this time of year?
>
> best, diane
>
> *Diane J. Kane*
> *Indian Beach, DE *
>
>

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: need advise . . .
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:12:52 -0500
i feel that i had a Swainson's thrush in my yard yesterday. i saw the bird
in the middle of a pine tree about 6-8 feet off of the ground as my
landscaper as we were walking my property.

this bird had all the right markings. is it possible at this time of year?

best, diane

*Diane J. Kane*
*Indian Beach, DE *
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Nov 2014) 4 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 18:11:54 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              8            211
Turkey Vulture               0             21            622
Osprey                       1              1           2706
Bald Eagle                   0              3            342
Northern Harrier             1             12            302
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             73           1806
Cooper's Hawk                0             13            245
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             80
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0              3            982
Merlin                       0              8            488
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       4            170           8516
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 13:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Jennifer Ottinger

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for helping with the count! One visitor.


Weather:
Rain throughout the morning, overcast with periodic rain showers in the
afternoon, temp 18C, vis 10km, SW winds.

Raptor Observations:
No observations until 1pm due to rain. One late Osprey flying south through
the rain, a Harrier, and a couple of Sharp-shinned Hawks. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger chasing a Royal Tern, Forster's Tern (7), Gannet, DC
Cormorant (10), Brown Creeper in the pines near the parking lot. 

Predictions:
Mostly sunny and cooler, high 58F, NW wind 20-25mph.

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Nov 2014) 1 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:11:51 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             34            379
Turkey Vulture               0             40            366
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   1             25            291
Northern Harrier             0              9            119
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             67           1532
Cooper's Hawk                0             10            272
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             43            245
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              0            127            608
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0              5            341
Merlin                       0              2             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                0              5             49
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                       1            380           8110
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Weather:
Slight Eastern winds, temperature high of 9.8. Overcast and slight drizzle,
little visibility and continued to loose more as hour went on.

Raptor Observations:
One Adult Bald Eagle flying SW 15-90m high at 11 am through the mist.

Non-raptor Observations:
9 Purple Finches
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Re: Esther Speck
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 12:38:58 -0500
I started my birding doing the Burrows Run survey each week with Winston Wayne 
and Esther Speck. By that time, Stanley had retired somewhat from the survey, 
but would still occasionally come with his dog. Birding with Winston was a test 
of my backbone since he could be cutting in his comments - if you cant tell a 
House Sparrow from a Chickadee, you ought to go back to bed!. Esther always 
smoothed his comments and in a girlfriend sort of way, made me feel welcome and 
regaled me with tales of putting up with Winston since their youth. 


Dan Hagerty, the land manager at Flint back then, would often help with the 
Burrows Run Survey, and he loved Esther Specks name - thinking it sounded like 
a character in a 1950s crime novel. As we walked, he would start naming book 
titles, Esther Speck and the Case of the Black-throated Blue,  Esther Speck 
and the Mystery of the Nighthawk; the book titles were endless. Esther, of 
course, thought it was ridiculous, but it was endearing. 


Esther was a model - a excellent woman birder in the field at a time men 
usually got the accolades. Good-bye Esther. 


Sally O'Byrne


On Nov 6, 2014, at 9:19 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:

> It is with sad heart that I share the passing of Esther Speck, one of the
> Grande Ladies of Birding. She slipped quietly away yesterday, at age 90.
> Stan and Esther Speck were two of the most influential birders in my
> lifetime, who will ever forget the European Goldfinch or Black-headed
> Grosbeak that visited their feeders. Many birders would visit her feeders
> because even in lean years, she always managed to attract Purple Finches.
> The birding community has lost an energetic birder, ardent conservationist,
> and  good person, our condolences to her children, Sharon, Shirley, Evan and
> Eric. 
> 
> I hope other will share their stories about Esther and Stan, they were such
> a fun couple to be with in the field. 
> 
> Good birding, 
> Andy
> 
> Andy Ednie 
> Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Sussex - Black-headed Gull at Wolfe Neck WTP
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:50:55 -0500
Birders,

Alex Lamoreaux reports an adult Black-headed Gull at the Wolfe Neck Waste
Treatment Plant. Please be sure to ask permission inside, then stand just
behind the building on the sidewalk.

Here's the location: http://goo.gl/maps/lKhPs

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Milton, DE
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: DVOC Banquet Featuring Katrina van Grouw author of "The Unfeathered Bird"
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:28:49 -0500
Hello Birders, 

The DVOC Banquet this year features Katrina van Grouw and her program "A Very 
Fine Swan Indeed: Art, Science and The Unfeathered Bird.'" The banquet takes 
place on Thursday 20 November 2014 with Penns Landing Caterers at the Sheet 
Metal Workers' Hall, 1301 Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The evening 
begins with a cash bar and snacks at 6:00PM, and dinner and the banquet program 
begins at 7:00PM. As with all DVOC functions, all who have an interest in birds 
are invited to attend functions of the DVOC. Everyone who would be interested 
in hearing the program is welcome to attend. Banquet registration costs $49.50 
per person and the registration deadline is 13 November 2014. Princeton 
University Press will be present with copies of "The Unfeathered Bird" as well. 
More information is available online at the DVOC website: 
http://www.dvoc.org/Banquet/Banquet.htm 


Registration can be accomplished as a two-step process online or through the 
mail with a registration form: 


 Registration Form: 
http://www.dvoc.org/Banquet/Banquet2014/2014_BanquetFlyer.pdf 

	Online Registration information: http://www.dvoc.org/Banquet/Banquet.htm


Katrina van Grouw inhabits that no-mans land, slap bang between art and 
science. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, her formal education was in 
Printmaking and Natural History Illustration, but shes also a dedicated 
ornithologist, a former Natural History Museum curator, a qualified bird 
bander, and an experienced preparatory of natural history specimens. 


The book, The Unfeathered Bird, is a magnum opus twenty five years in the 
making, and was originally intended as a manual for bird artists. It was only 
much later that it blossomed into something far more ambitious. A world away 
from textbooks and diagrams, this is a work equally intended for scientists and 
artists, indeed anyone with an appreciation of birds or an interest in their 
adaptations and behaviour. It includes no fewer than 385 illustrations of 200 
species, all made from actual specimens, many of which are shown in lifelike 
positions. Virtually all the complete skeletons were prepared and reconstructed 
at home from specimens donated from zoos, wildlife hospitals and conservation 
charities. 


Join Katrina as she explains her aims and inspirations, shares her insights 
about birds beneath their feathers, and relates how her home was turned upside 
down as more and more specimens joined the queue. 


More about Katrina van Gruow and "The Unfeathered Bird":  
	http://www.unfeatheredbird.com/
	http://www.unfeatheredbird.com/about.html
	http://www.unfeatheredbird.com/gallery.html
	https://twitter.com/KatrinavanGrouw
	https://www.facebook.com/TheUnfeatheredBird

Please join us for what will certainly be a memorable evening in celebration of 
ornithology and a love of birds and birding. 


We hope to see you there!

--Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
Norristown, PA
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Esther Speck
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:19:09 -0500
It is with sad heart that I share the passing of Esther Speck, one of the
Grande Ladies of Birding. She slipped quietly away yesterday, at age 90.
Stan and Esther Speck were two of the most influential birders in my
lifetime, who will ever forget the European Goldfinch or Black-headed
Grosbeak that visited their feeders. Many birders would visit her feeders
because even in lean years, she always managed to attract Purple Finches.
The birding community has lost an energetic birder, ardent conservationist,
and  good person, our condolences to her children, Sharon, Shirley, Evan and
Eric. 

I hope other will share their stories about Esther and Stan, they were such
a fun couple to be with in the field. 

Good birding, 
Andy

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler near Allee House
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:04:51 -0500
Yesterday morning, an Orange-crowned Warbler was working the shrubby area
about 30 yards west of the Allee House at Bombay Hook NWR.  I have seen one
in that area the last two falls/winters.    Rod Murray, Middletown DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Nov 2014) 23 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 19:11:08 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              8            211
Turkey Vulture               0             21            622
Osprey                       0              0           2705
Bald Eagle                   0              3            342
Northern Harrier             5             11            301
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15             71           1804
Cooper's Hawk                2             13            245
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              9             33
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             80
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0              3            982
Merlin                       0              8            488
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      23            166           8512
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Maureen, and Alex for assisting with the count today! 10
visitors



Weather:
overcast skies, temp 16-19C, hazy with vis 15-18km, light W winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Overall very few birds moving, a few Harriers, Sharp-shinned Hawks, a
couple of Cooper's Hawks and one Red-shouldered Hawk. One resident adult
Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
SNOW BUNTING (6), Parasitic Jeager (2), Bonaparte's Gull (2), Lesser
Black-backed Gull (2), Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Surf and Black
Scoter, DC Cormorant (400).


Predictions:
Rain and thunderstorms, high 66F, E wind 10-15mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Nov 2014) 60 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 16:11:48 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               23             34            379
Turkey Vulture               0             40            366
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   0             24            290
Northern Harrier             1              9            119
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14             67           1532
Cooper's Hawk                1             10            272
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             43            245
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             15            127            608
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             0              5            341
Merlin                       0              2             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                0              5             49
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      60            379           8109
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.83 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Damon Orsetti, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
No visitors.  Thanks Damon, Pat and Carol for all your help up on the hill
today!


Weather:
Overcast all day, 95-100% cloud cover, non-existent winds until 11 with
moderate NNW,W and NW winds, gusts as high as 17mph.  Temperature high of
18.2 C, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Quiet hazy morning with heavy clouds, the sun broke through the overcast
for about 20 mins and was followed by stronger NNW winds which carried
through most of the observed migrants in the hour between 11-12.

23 Black Vultures, 1 Northern Harrier, 14 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's
Hawk, 6 Red-shouldered Hawks, 15 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
57 Canada Geese, 19 Tundra Swans, 8 Purple Finches, 23 Pine Siskins

Predictions:
Rain.  Should make Friday a great day for migration!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Nov 2014) 161 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:11:58 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             11            356
Turkey Vulture              34             40            366
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                  14             24            290
Northern Harrier             2              8            118
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29             53           1518
Cooper's Hawk                4              9            271
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         26             37            239
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             49            112            593
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              8             11
American Kestrel             1              5            341
Merlin                       2              2             33
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                0              5             49
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              2              3
Unknown Raptor               0              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     161            319           8049
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn

Visitors:
12 Visitors
Thanks Kelley and Hannah for helping out with the count today!


Weather:
Slight winds, WSW,W,SW,S, Temperature high of 21.5 C, cloud cover ranged
from 35-100%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
34 Turkey Vultures, 14 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers, 29 Sharp-shinned
Hawks, 4 Cooper's Hawks, 26 Red-shouldered Hawks, 49 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
American Kestrel, 2 Merlin.


Non-raptor Observations:
64 Canada Geese, 6 Duck sp., 3 Ring-billed Gull, 7 Purple Finches, 12 Pine
Siskins
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Re: funny goose and red bellies
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:48:01 -0500
I also wonder about Snow Geese and domestics. Last Thursday, at the pond by 
People's Plaza in Glasgow, there were three Snow-ish geese in a flock of 
Canadas. The geese were all white, shaped like Snow Geese, same bill, but 
missing the black wingtips. One of the birds had a single black feather 
midwing. All three of them had a light blue-gray wash on the belly. 


I suspect more fooling around occurs in the bird world than we realize.

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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

Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 8:40 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] funny goose and red bellies

Good Evening,

Do Canada Geese and White Domestic Geese hybridize? Last week at the corner of 
202 & Naamans there was a goose that had domestic shape, white belly and head, 
pink/orange feet and beak. The odd thing was the wing coverts were definitely 
pale brown and there was brown-black going up the back of the neck from the 
shoulders to just before the crown. This is not the fake greater white fronted 
goose that teases me by Smith's bridge. 


Also we have a pair of red bellied wood peckers every summer during breeding 
season. They then vanish only to return as winter draws nigh -- they are very 
vocal when they return. 


Do they go some place special to molt or just shut up and change their feeding 
habits? 


Susan Ruth Marengo
Subject: funny goose and red bellies
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:39:34 -0500
Good Evening,

Do Canada Geese and White Domestic Geese hybridize?  Last week at the
corner of 202 & Naamans there was a goose that had domestic shape, white
belly and head, pink/orange feet and beak.  The odd thing was the wing
coverts were definitely pale brown and there was brown-black going  up the
back of the neck  from the shoulders to just before the crown.  This is not
the fake greater white fronted goose that teases me by Smith's bridge.

Also we have a pair of red bellied wood peckers every summer during
breeding season.  They then vanish only to return as winter draws nigh --
they are very vocal when they return.

Do they go some place special to molt or just shut up and change their
feeding habits?

Susan Ruth Marengo
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Nov 2014) 75 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:11:12 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 03, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               11             11            356
Turkey Vulture               5              6            332
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   4             10            276
Northern Harrier             3              6            116
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             24           1489
Cooper's Hawk                2              5            267
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             11            213
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             29             63            544
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              8             11
American Kestrel             1              4            340
Merlin                       0              0             31
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             49
Unknown Buteo                1              5             49
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                2              2              3
Unknown Raptor               1              1             32
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      75            158           7888
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Damon Orsetti, Sally O'Byrne

Visitors:
8


Weather:
Strong Northerly winds turning Westerly by the end of the day.  Temperature
high of 14.3 C, cloud cover ranged from 5-90% with full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
11 Black Vultures, 5 Turkey Vultures, 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 8
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 6 Red-shouldered Hawks, 29
Red-tailed Hawks, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 American Kestrel.

1 Unid. Buteo, 2 Unid. Eagles, 1 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
8 Dark-eyed Juncos, 8 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 (02 Nov 2014) 83 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:11:49 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            345
Turkey Vulture               1              1            327
Osprey                       0              0            235
Bald Eagle                   6              6            272
Northern Harrier             3              3            113
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             16           1481
Cooper's Hawk                3              3            265
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5              5            207
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             34             34            515
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 6              6              9
American Kestrel             3              3            339
Merlin                       0              0             31
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            2              2             49
Unknown Buteo                4              4             48
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0             31
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      83             83           7813
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger

Observers:        Alan Kneidel, Angie Barbato, Bob Rufe, Bob Strahorn,
                  Dan Walker, Holly Merker, Kim Seinu, Lynn Walter,
                  Sharon Helmerich, Taj Schottland, Tom Raub

Visitors:
5 


Weather:
Strong Northwest winds, temperature high of 8.2 C, cloud cover ranged from
0-15%, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
1 Turkey Vulture, 6 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 16 Sharp-shinned
Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 5 Red-shouldered Hawks, 34 Red-tailed Hawks 6
GOLDEN EAGLES, 3 American Kestrels.

2 Unid. Accipiters, 4 Unid. Buteos

Non-raptor Observations:
1040 Canada Geese, 4 Common Loons, 5 Ring-billed Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, 5
Purple Finches, 4 Pine Siskins
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow, Winter Wrens - Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:39:18 +0000
This morning at our feeders I had our first-of-season Pine Siskin (one). There 
was also one Purple Finch (we have seen a few of these every day now for 2 
weeks). The White-crowned Sparrows disappeared from our yard about a week ago. 


Also,yesterday at Ashland Nature Center, Jim White had a Fox Sparrow and 2 
Winter Wrens . 

And on Sunday in Blackbird State Forest (NCC DE) Jim saw 3 Brown Creepers and 3 
Winter Wrens . 


Amy White 
Hockessin, DE 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Nov 2014) 34 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 18:11:18 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 04, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              8            211
Turkey Vulture              11             21            622
Osprey                       0              0           2705
Bald Eagle                   0              3            342
Northern Harrier             1              6            296
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             56           1789
Cooper's Hawk                2             11            243
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             32
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             13             80
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              6
American Kestrel             0              3            982
Merlin                       2              8            488
Peregrine Falcon             0              4            536
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             20
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             27
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      34            143           8489
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Dennis Foley, John Hoyt, Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Dennis, John Hoyt, Rachael, and John Long for assisting with
the count! 16 visitors. 


Weather:
Partly cloudy, with overcast skies in the afternoon, temp 15-19C, light
SSW, S wind. 

Raptor Observations:
Very slow with the south winds, a few Turkey Vultures and Sharp-shinned
Hawks moving through, one Red-shouldered Hawk that came low over the
platform. One resident adult Bald Eagle out hunting the bay since there are
no Ospreys to steal fish from. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-breasted Merganser (3), White-winged Scoter (2 sitting on the water),
Black and Surf Scoter, Gannet (75), Pine Siskin (20), Sanderling (25), DC
Cormorant (490).


Predictions:
Similar to today with sunny skies, 67F, West wind 5-10mph.

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

Subject: Cedar waxwings and WC sparrows
From: Sandy Schriever <Sschriever AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 23:44:32 -0500
About 2 PM I saw a flurry of activity in the treetops near Sunset lake in Bear. 
The twittering confirmed that they were Cedar waxwings. On the ground near by 
another flurry of activity was occurring in dried bushes. There were a few song 
sparrows but a majority were white crowned sparrows. Winter is not far off, it 
appears. 


Sandy Schriever 
Newark, DE
Subject: Great horned owls
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:34:46 -0500
I am listening to two very close, great horned owls calling to each other here 
in Indian Beach, DE. 


Best, Diane Kane 

Diane J Kane,
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