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19 Dec RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 19th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
19 Dec Harlequin Duck still present at IRI [Sharon Lynn ]
19 Dec Harlequin Duck, Common Eider, and L. Shrike ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
18 Dec Re: Port Mahon Snowy Owls [Patrick Millar ]
18 Dec Loggerhead Shrike Continues [Gina Sheridan ]
18 Dec Re: Sussex Co: Harlequin Duck at the Indian River Inlet [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Dec Sussex Co: Rough-legged Hawk near Indian River Inlet [Tim Schreckengost ]
17 Dec Sussex Co: Harlequin Duck at the Indian River Inlet [Tim Schreckengost ]
17 Dec Kent Co: Rough-legged Hawk at Port Mahon [Tim Schreckengost ]
17 Dec Purple Finch near Summit Bridge [Michael Moore ]
16 Dec December 16, 2014 [David and Joy Peters ]
16 Dec New Castle County -- Little Blue Herons, Glossy Ibis [Alan Kneidel ]
16 Dec Ring-necked Ducks and Red-breasted nuthatch [Edward Crawford ]
16 Dec REMINDER: Tomorrow's DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17 [Bill Stewart ]
15 Dec Snowy Owl at Cape Henlopen ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
15 Dec Re: Hybrid Chickadee at my Feeder [Matthew Sarver ]
15 Dec Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th [Steve Kacir ]
15 Dec Hybrid Chickadee at my Feeder [Michael Moore ]
15 Dec Re: Bombay Crane [Kurt Schwarz ]
15 Dec Bombay Crane [Kurt Schwarz ]
15 Dec Bombay Hook CBC Results [Andrew Ednie ]
14 Dec Kent County Bayshore today [Michael Moore ]
14 Dec hermit thrush [Diane Kane ]
13 Dec Northern Goshawk, Thousand Acre Marsh [Christopher Heckscher ]
12 Dec Middletown CBC [Anthony Gonzon ]
12 Dec RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 12th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
12 Dec Trumpeter Swan at Hoopes Reservoir [Kara Kincaid ]
11 Dec December Indian River Inlet Sea Watch [Anthony Gonzon ]
11 Dec Milford CBC [Christopher Bennett ]
11 Dec Snowy Owl - posting for Jim White [joe sebastiani ]
11 Dec Lapland Longspurs - Whitehall Neck Road [Alan Kneidel ]
11 Dec DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17 [Bill Stewart ]
9 Dec Fwd: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed [Patrick Millar ]
9 Dec A Bird's Christmas Tree [Mary Lukaszewski ]
9 Dec Port Mahon Snowy Owls Update [Michael Moore ]
9 Dec DE Goshawks [susan ruth marengo ]
8 Dec Goshawks in DE [susan ruth marengo ]
8 Dec Tree Sparrows & Catbird -Hockessin [Amy White ]
7 Dec Rufous Hummingbird and Iceland Gull [Michael Moore ]
6 Dec Black-capped Chickadee - Newark [Alan Kneidel ]
5 Dec RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 5th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
5 Dec S. Crane, Snowy Owl & Cackling [Deborah Climie ]
5 Dec Re: DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Newark Resrvoir Walk on 12/7/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
4 Dec Port Mahon Road -- Northern Goshawk -- 12/4/14 [Alan Kneidel ]
4 Dec DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Newark Resrvoir Walk on 12/7/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
3 Dec Upcoming Lewes, DE Pelagic on Sat, Jan 31 [Paul Guris ]
3 Dec Port Mahon Snowy Owls [Michael Moore ]
3 Dec Snowy Owls at Port Mahon 12/1 ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
2 Dec HSR: Ashland Nature Center (30 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Dec HSR: Ashland Nature Center (29 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
2 Dec Paul Guris to speak at DVOC this Thursday Dec 4 [Steve Kacir ]
30 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2014) 126 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
30 Nov New Castle Co: Nelson's Sparrow at Battery Park on 11/29/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
30 Nov REMINDER Ashland Pot-Luck [William Almeida ]
29 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2014) 53 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2014) 47 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
28 Nov Port Mahon Snowy Owl [Michael Moore ]
28 Nov New Castle Co: Cackling Goose, etc. at Newark Reservoir on 11/27/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
28 Nov Brandywine Creek Walk [Andrew Ednie ]
27 Nov RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 27th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
27 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2014) 62 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
26 Nov End of the Season Pot-Luck at Ashland Nature Center [William Almeida ]
26 Nov End of the Season Pot-Luck at Ashland Nature Center [William Almeida ]
25 Nov Bombay Hook swans -- requests for photos and thorough inspections [Alan Kneidel ]
25 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (25 Nov 2014) 49 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Nov 2014) 51 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
25 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 100 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Nov Kent County Highlights [Michael Moore ]
23 Nov HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Nov HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Nov 2014) 54 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
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" ]

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 19th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:11:13 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* December 19, 2014
* DEST1412.19
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
COMMON EIDER
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
LEAST BITTERN
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster's Tern
Eurasian Collared Dove
Barn Owl
Long-eared Owl
Short-Eared Owl
SNOWY OWL
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Pileated Woodpecker
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
Common Yellowthroat
American Tree Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 19, 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, December 19th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The Christmas Bird count season is
underway with 7 counts in Delaware this year, weather permitting! The
unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 325 species this
week.  

New this week has been an immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK at Indian River
Inlet. This bird is been seen in a flock of LONG-TAILED DUCK at the end of
the jetty. Yesterday, a hen COMMON EIDER was also in the group along with
BLACK and SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, plus COMMON and RED THROATED LOON.
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was also seen as a fly-by. GREAT CORMORANT was seen on
the jetty tower, RUDDY TURNSTONE and PURPLE SANDPIPERS have been found on
the rocks. In the inlet, have been FORSTER'S TERN and BONAPARTE'S GULL. Four
SNOW BUNTINGS were heard flying over. Yesterday, a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK was found north of the inlet.

Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, this one a light phase bird, was found at Port
Mahon hovering over the marsh. Also seen was a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, perched on
the pilings along the bayshore. Another light phase ROUGH-LEG was reported
over the Tilcon gravel pit ponds off Del Route 1 today. Port Mahan continues
to have to SNOWY OWLS out in the marsh. These birds are best viewed by
standing up on the fishing pier. Also seen have been 3 to 4 SHORT-EARED
OWLS. SNOWY OWLS have been reported in several locations in the state this
week including Cape Henlopen State Park, Bombay Hook National Wildlife
Refuge at Sheerness Pool, and perched on the observation tower at Woodland
Beach along Route 9.

Another new bird this week was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at Bergdoll Road, across
from Dover Air Force Base. This bird is been seen in the southeast corner of
the fenced field along the powerline. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen here last
year and may be the same bird returning. Also reported in the area was 2
SEDGE WRENS along the Pickering Beach Road. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were
seen at Pickering Beach and Kitts Hummock. LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen
offshore from Pickering Beach. REDHEAD and HORNED GREBE were found at Kitts
Hummock, along with COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Seven GREAT EGRETS were found at
the south side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. Also reported was a
ROSS'S GOOSE along Route 8, west of the town of Little Creek headed towards
Dover. 

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

The previous reported SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen at Raymond Pool in
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird can be seen
walking along the shoreline of the pool and sometimes flies to Sheerness
Pool. Also reported was a LEAST BITTERN at the southeast corner of Bear
Swamp Pool. This might be a new bird to Delaware Christmas counts. AMERICAN
BITTERN and GREAT EGRET were also found. Another exciting bird at Bombay
Hook was a GOLDEN EAGLE photographed while perched at the northeast corner
of Bear Swamp. BALD EAGLES are abundant in the refuge right now with 20 to
30 birds scattered between the 3 impoundments. Waterfowl included 5 CACKLING
GEESE plus 6 ROSS'S GEESE among the 50,000 SNOW GEESE at Sheerness. Also
seen was CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, LESSER and GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
and COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Five MARBLED GODWITS were found at the
refuge on Thursday. AMERICAN WOODCOCK and WILSON'S SNIPE, along with LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL were also reported. Four VIRGINIA RAILS were calling by
the Boardwalk Trail Pond. Landbirds included MARSH WREN, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT, PURPLE FINCH, plus AMERICAN TREE, SEASIDE, FOX, and WHITE
CROWNED SPARROW.

SNOW BUNTINGS were also heard flying over the refuge on Sunday. SNOW BUNTING
and LAPLAND LONGSPUR were found on the south side of Whitehall Neck Road
among a big flock of HORNED LARK. Also seen were AMERICAN PIPIT and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK. Two SNOW BUNTINGS were also found at the parking lot at Woodland
Beach. Also reported at Woodland beach was NORTHERN GOSHAWK flying out over
the marsh. This might be the same GOSHAWK reported over Finis Pool in Bombay
Hook the same day. Also seen at Woodland Beach were AMERICAN BITTERN and on
the Delaware River: COMMON GOLDENEYE, LONG-TAILED DUCK, a raft of 60
CANVASBACK and RED-THROATED LOON. 

Besides the SNOWY OWLS recently reported, SHORT-EARED OWLS were also
reported at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook. BARN OWLS were reported at
Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook, Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, and Port Mahon,
BARRED OWL was reported at Finis Pool and in Dover. Several LONG-EARED OWLS
were reported, but mostly in inaccessible areas. One was found perched in a
cedar tree along the Delaware bayshore found by boat. Other LONG-EARS were
reported calling at the boat ramp at Woodland Beach and behind Finis Pool in
Bombay Hook.

75 SNOW BUNTINGS were found at the point at Cape Henlopen State Park along
with 3 BALD EAGLES, MERLIN, and FORSTER'S TERNS. Waterfowl seen there
included RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and SURF SCOTER. There are also 5 TREE
SWALLOWS seen in the park. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were
seen in the pines by the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch. All three SCOTERS,
including 30 SURF, 7 WHITE-WINGED, and 16 BLACK were found at Lewis Beach.

Silver Lake in downtown Rehoboth Beach still has 12 CANVASBACK and one
GREATER SCAUP. The RUDDY DUCK flock there has now grown to 250 birds. A big
flock of RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Burton's Pond off of Route 24, west
of Angola Neck. The previously reported BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at the
Wolfe's Neck Sewage Treatment Plant today. A pair of EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES
continues to be seen in Selbyville, at the intersection of N. Main St and
McCabe St. 

HOODED MERGANSERS and two WOODCOCKS were found at Turkle's Pond in Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge. HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK
were found at the headquarters in Prime Hook along with AMERICAN COOT and 5
BONAPARTE'S GULLS. Also seen were a WINTER WREN and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

Another NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported at the south side of the Reedy Point
Bridge. This is either the 3rd or 4th report this week! Two immature LITTLE
BLUE HERONS plus an GLOSSY IBIS were found at the Port Penn impoundments at
Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. Also seen there was a GREAT EGRET. A few
CACKLING GEESE were among the CANADA GEESE at Augustine Beach. NORTHERN
PINTAIL, BUFFLEHEAD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen offshore.  BALD
EAGLES were reported at Augustine Beach and Augustine Creek. BALD EAGLE was
also reported at Fox Point State Park near Wilmington. Two RUDDY DUCKS were
seen on the Delaware River at Battery Park in New Castle. 

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen coming to a feeder in Slaughter's Beach this
weekend. That feeder is at 125 Beach Plum Drive, on the north end of
Slaughter's. A HERMIT THRUSH was coming to a yard in Dewey Beach. PURPLE
FINCH was seen at a feeder at Summit Bridge Farms near Glasgow. Hybrid
BLACK-CAPPED X CAROLINA CHICKADEES were also reported there. Hybrid, or
perhaps pure BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported at a feeder in Newark off
Paper Mill Road. PILEATED WOODPECKER was reported in Hockessin.

TUNDRA SWAN continues to be seen at Hoopes Reservoir near Greenville. Also
reported there were 50 RING-NECKED DUCK, 2 BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and 20 AMERICAN COOTS. A total count of
five BALD EAGLES were also seen along with BELTED KINGFISHER. BELTED
KINGFISHER and PEREGRINE FALCON was also seen at the Peterson Urban Wildlife
Refuge in downtown Wilmington. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Brandywine
Building today. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bob Egbert, Kurt
Gaskill, Hugh McGuinness, Diane Kane, Kitt Heckscher, Bill Flack, Ed
Crawford, Chuck Brandt, Joy Peters, Frank Meranghi, Chandler Wiegand, Mike
Moore, Gina Sheridan, Joel Martin, Bryan Feyock, Wayne Longbottom, Jen
Ottinger, Matt Boone, Matt Sarver, Desiree Narango, Alissa Kegelman, Chris
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon , Chris Rowe,  Bert Filemyr, Sharon Lynn, Lynn
Smith, Alan Kneidel, Taj Schottland, Joe Hanfman, Tim Schrenkengost, Jim and
Amy White, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell.
Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your reports into
302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy
Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Harlequin Duck still present at IRI
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:26:14 -0500
The HARLEQUIN DUCK is very easily seen right now from the North Jetty at Indian 
River Inlet. The COMMON EIDER is in the same location, but is moving around. 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Harlequin Duck, Common Eider, and L. Shrike
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:02:50 +0000
Visited the Indian River Inlet at sunrise this morning and observed the first 
year male Harlequin. At first it was by itself in the inlet next to the end of 
the north jetty. Later it joined a group of about 20 LT Duck out from the north 
jetty. A female Common Eider flew out of the inlet and landed at the mouth of 
the inlet near the south jetty. Purple sandpipers were also present. Later I 
stopped by Bergold Rd near Dover and spotted a naturalist (D. Stoner 
subspecies) spotting the Loggerhead Shrike on the air base fence south of the 
white hoop building. The shrike was actively hunting. 


Good birding,

Dave Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: Re: Port Mahon Snowy Owls
From: Patrick Millar <patrick.millar AT GMX.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:19:18 -0500
Brief update:

This afternoon and early evening we found no Snowy or Short-eared Owls at Port 
Mahon. We also looked for Snowys at Little Creek. 


However, Northern Harriers put on a nice display, there were Ruddy Ducks 
aplenty and I had a fantastic sandwich at Helen's Sausage House for lunch 
(first time there). Life is good. 


Best wishes,

Patrick Millar
Southern Chester County (Pennsylvania)

> On Dec 3, 2014, at 6:42 PM, Michael Moore  wrote:
> 
> Again, for those who do not follow the Facebook group, this was posted 
earlier today. There was also a report around dusk with two Short-eared Owls 

> 
> Mike Moore
> Newark, DE
> Brian McCaffrey posted in Delaware Birding
>    
> Brian McCaffrey    1:20pm Dec 3 
> Despite the gloomy weather I went to Port Mahon in search of the two reported 
Snowy Owls -- both were there (but a long ways off the road) I'm guessing over 
200 yards - the darker bird was easier to see (and photograph) at the long 
distance and poor light I was happy to get photos where you could recognize 
that the birds were Snowy Owls -- these shots are at 1200mm and uncropped (got 
a bonus with the two Northern Harriers trying to intimidate the darker bird) I 
did get some shots of the darker bird looking at me but none of the lighter 
bird looking my way. I was there from a little before 10 to 11 a.m. 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Continues
From: Gina Sheridan <gsherida8502 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:20:59 -0500
At 2:20 PM this afternoon (Thursday, 12/18/14) , Dennis and I saw the 
continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE on Bergold Lane. Specifically, the shrike was 
perched on the powerlines adjacent to the southeast corner of the base 
perimeter fence (south of the white hoop-house). 


Happy Birding over the Holidays,

Gina Sheridan
Milford, DE
Subject: Re: Sussex Co: Harlequin Duck at the Indian River Inlet
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:16 -0500
Birders,

Jen Ottinger observed the Harlequin Duck at the Indian River Inlet this
morning. It was associating with a few Long-tailed Ducks near the jetties.

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



>
>
>  In a message dated 12/17/2014 3:15:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM writes:
>
> Birders,
>
> Rob Schroeder reports a first-year male Harlequin Duck at the Indian River
> Inlet. The bird is hanging out between the jetties.
>
> This was reported on the DE RBA. Instructions on how to sign up here:
> http://www.nemesisbird.com/news/signing-de-rba/
>
> As the messenger,
> Tim Schreckengost
> Elkton, MD
> (814) 952-2934
> www.nemesisbird.com
>
>
Subject: Sussex Co: Rough-legged Hawk near Indian River Inlet
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:41:23 -0500
Birders,

Jen Ottinger reports a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk perched on the west side of 
Hwy 1 about 2 miles north of Indian River Marina. It is hunting the marsh west 
of the hwy and perching on the power lines. 


As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sussex Co: Harlequin Duck at the Indian River Inlet
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:15:01 -0500
Birders,

Rob Schroeder reports a first-year male Harlequin Duck at the Indian River
Inlet. The bird is hanging out between the jetties.

This was reported on the DE RBA. Instructions on how to sign up here:
http://www.nemesisbird.com/news/signing-de-rba/

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Kent Co: Rough-legged Hawk at Port Mahon
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:51:08 -0500
Birders,

Chandler Wiegand just photographed a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk along
Port Mahon Rd. The bird was last seen flying west over the marsh.

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Purple Finch near Summit Bridge
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:25:01 -0500
Greetings

 

This morning I thought I heard a "pik-pik-pik" call through my window and
sure enough 10 minutes later spotted a female Purple Finch at the feeder.
My first of the winter.  My house is south of Glasgow near the Summit
Bridge.

 

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

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

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

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

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

 

 
Subject: December 16, 2014
From: David and Joy Peters <Trogon1000 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:08:31 -0500
There were a few notable birds today.

Along the trail behind the Redden Forest headquarters, we found a hermit thrush 
and many American robins. 


At Prime Hook, we saw about 30 hooded mergansers, 2 great egrets, and an 
immature Cooper’s hawk. But what we enjoyed the most were several winter 
wrens – each one seen individually in the tangles along the boardwalk trail. 


And, yes, we also had another immature Cooper’s hawk perched on top of our 
feeder in North Dover. For obvious reasons, nothing else stirred! 


Joy Peters
Dover, Delaware
trogon1000 AT msn.com
Subject: New Castle County -- Little Blue Herons, Glossy Ibis
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:01:16 -0500
DE-Birders,

I took the circuitous route home today, 12/16/14, cruising Route 9
northward through Kent and New Castle Counties. There were plenty of Canada
Goose flocks to pick through, but nothing unusual. Also several large
flocks of Ring-billed Gulls in the flooded fields (no Mew, California,
Iceland or Franklin's).

The best drive-by sighting occurred in the west roadside Port Penn
Impoundment, where 2 juvenile LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 1 GLOSSY IBIS were
foraging together. Very visible from the car. This is the all-time late
date for both of these species in Delaware, as per eBird.

To the benefits of a mild winter,

-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
980-254-2706
Subject: Ring-necked Ducks and Red-breasted nuthatch
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:01:59 -0500
Today, from the Route 24 roadway a large number of Ringed-neck Ducks were 
observed steaming around Burton Pond. They are pretty close to the roadway and 
you might be able to get a good photo from one of the pull-offs. 


This morning, with Mark Odell, at Cape Henlopen State Park we saw a lot of bird 
activity. Near the Hawk Watch, a Brown-headed nuthatches and the usual 
chickadees and titmice were feeding. The highlight was a Red-breasted nuthatch. 
On the paved trail leading from the bathhouse parking lot to Fort Miles there 
was one tree absolutely thick with birds feeding on the pine cones. It seemed 
every cone had a nuthatch, chickadee, or other bird feeding. From the bathhouse 
deck we observed a red throated loon, and quite a few Surf scoters. 

Subject: REMINDER: Tomorrow's DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:33:49 -0500
Subject: DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17 (rescheduled from 
October meeting) 

Good Morning DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their next monthly 
meeting tomorrow, the 17th of December, featuring guest speaker Dr. David La 
Puma. David is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, 
New Jersey and is also an ornithologist who specializes in radar ornithology 
and conservation of endangered species. David's presentation is "Forecasting 
Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms" - As Dr. La Puma notes, "Our observational 
relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in this most recent 
century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us to visualize 
birds in ways never before possible. This ability has led to both a wealth of 
new knowledge, as well as many new questions. We will spend the hour talking 
about how radar technology can be used to study habitat used by migrant 
songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about the 
behavior of Snowy Owls." 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so take a 
break from all of your holiday shopping, grab a birding buddy or two, and plan 
on attending tomorrow night, the 17th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   December 17th Meeting

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


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding and Happy Holidays,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Snowy Owl at Cape Henlopen
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:39:51 +0000
A friend from PA sent me an email today letting me know he and another birder 
had a dark Snowy Owl perched on one of the groins at Herring Point yesterday 
morning. I think it is time that we got out and started checking the other 
locales where owls were sighted last year - Dover AFB, South Bowers, 
Mispillion, Slaughter Beach, Broadkill Beach, CHSP, DSSP, Lukens Drive and 
Wilmington. Most of those sites will probably end up owl-free this winter - but 
it would be a shame to just keep heading to Port Mahon to see those continuing 
birds and miss a possible visitor somewhere else. 


Chris Bennett
Miflord, DE
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Re: Hybrid Chickadee at my Feeder
From: Matthew Sarver <matt AT MATTHEWSARVER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:07:00 -0500
Mike,

We regularly get apparent hybrids here at our place near Greenville, even
in winters when we don't get pure Black-cappeds. I have always assumed that
this reflects a yearly movement of some individuals. My assumption has been
that in "invasion" winters we get chickadees from north of the hybrid zone,
and in non-invasion years, we get more birds from just a little to the
north, within the hybrid zone.  In other words, my thought is that the
presence of hybrids in northern Delaware may not reflect wintering
Black-cappeds staying to breed with with local Carolinas, but more of a
seasonal shift that brings hybrid birds down from Pennsylvania as
short-distance migrants.

In other news, the Tundra Swan that has been at Hoopes Reservoir for the
last week or so continues, and there are large numbers of geese still
present, presumably due to the lower water levels. I have noticed at least
one Cackling Goose among them for several days now but there may be more.
Haven't been able to stop and scope, just birding from the causeway on my
way past.

Lauren and I hiked the south side of Finis Pool along the Bombay Hook
Refuge boundary yesterday with highlights being 2 large covies of Bobwhite,
3 Rusty Blackbirds feeding on persimmon fruit, 1 Ross's Goose in with a
flyover flock of Snows, and an immature Northern Goshawk powering low over
the shrub swamp at Finis, possibly the same bird that was seen at Woodland
Beach?

Good birding,

Matt Sarver
Greenville, DE

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Michael Moore  wrote:

> Greetings
>
>
>
> For two past winters, I hosted Black-capped Chickadees at the feeders at my
> house near the Summit Bridge in New Castle County.  Three winters ago,  I
> had a flock of four and the next winter a single individual.  None last
> year, however.
>
>
>
> Now I appear to have what looks like a hybrid.  It gives the rapid
> "dee-dee-dee" call of the Carolina and has the general proportions of a
> Carolina (small body, shortish tail) but it has the pure white face of a
> Black-cap and just the faintest pale edgings to the greater coverts
> (Carolina has solid gray greater coverts, whereas Black-capped has gray
> greater coverts edged in white).  I have seen Carolina's in fresh plumage
> with faint pale edgings in the coverts, but never one with an entirely
> white
> face.  (Typical Carolina has a face that is white in the front, gradually
> becoming pale gray in the rear).
>
>
>
> To me, this suggests that the Black-caps at my feeders were not just winter
> visitors, but that at least one of them bred locally.
>
>
>
>
>
> Mike Moore
>
> Newark, DE
>
>   Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com
>
>
>
> Websites:
>
>  
> Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies
> (https://sites.google.com/a/udel.edu/deodes/)
>
>   Voices of Delaware
> Birds
> (https://sites.google.com/site/delawarebirdsongs/)
>
>   Birds of the
> Gilbert Water Ranch
> (https://sites.google.com/site/birdsofthegilbertwaterranch/)
>
>   AZFO Rare Bird
> Photos (http://www.azfo.org/gallery/1main/photos_recent.html)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


-- 
Matthew Sarver
Sarver Ecological, LLC
6 Walnut Ridge Rd
Greenville, DE 19807
724-689-5845
matt AT matthewsarver.com
Subject: Annual DVOC Members' Photo Night this week! Thursday December 18th
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:27:05 -0500
Happy Holidays, Birders!

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday 18 Dec 2014. 
This meeting will be the annual DVOC Members' Photo Night and Contest, which is 
always a popular and very fun evening for the club. Join us for an evening of 
members sharing their favorite photos with the club and the birding community. 
The heart of this event is club members sharing their photos, and all of us 
getting to enjoy seeing what everyone's been up to. 


To spice things up, the DVOC holds an annual photo contest as well. This year, 
the photo submissions were organized by Paul Guris and the contest was judged 
by Andy Curtis, Anita Guris and Steve Kacir. Find out whose photos the judges 
have chosen for the Peregrine Award for Photographic Achievement and the Avocet 
Award for Artistic Achievement as well as winners for first, second and third 
place in the following photo categories: Birds, Fauna, Flora, Scenery and 
Birders. 

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


More information about the 2014 DVOC Photo Contest can be found here:

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Resources/2014DVOCPhotoContest.pdf 


Please considering donating to help keep this entertaining event alive. It's 
never too late to donate in support of the DVOC Photo Contest, and donations as 
low as $1 or $5 still make a significant difference in funding the contest and 
will help make the photo night an exciting social experience for the club. You 
can donate in support of the photo contest online at: 

http://dvoc.org/MeetingsPrograms/MeetingsPrograms2014/Programs2014.htm

Donations can also be made by sending DVOC Treasurer Bert Filemyr a check 
payable to DVOC: 


DVOC Treasurer
c/o 1314 Lenore Road
Meadowbrook, PA 19046


We hope to see you at the members photo night and on into the New Year! 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Hybrid Chickadee at my Feeder
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:43:49 -0500
Greetings

 

For two past winters, I hosted Black-capped Chickadees at the feeders at my
house near the Summit Bridge in New Castle County.  Three winters ago,  I
had a flock of four and the next winter a single individual.  None last
year, however.  

 

Now I appear to have what looks like a hybrid.  It gives the rapid
"dee-dee-dee" call of the Carolina and has the general proportions of a
Carolina (small body, shortish tail) but it has the pure white face of a
Black-cap and just the faintest pale edgings to the greater coverts
(Carolina has solid gray greater coverts, whereas Black-capped has gray
greater coverts edged in white).  I have seen Carolina's in fresh plumage
with faint pale edgings in the coverts, but never one with an entirely white
face.  (Typical Carolina has a face that is white in the front, gradually
becoming pale gray in the rear).  

 

To me, this suggests that the Black-caps at my feeders were not just winter
visitors, but that at least one of them bred locally.  

 

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: Bombay Crane
From: Kurt Schwarz <goawaybird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:33:51 -0500
The crane was back at Raymond  short while ago.



> On Dec 15, 2014, at 10:24 AM, Kurt Schwarz  wrote:
> 
> Still present at Raymond but just flew toward Shearness . Bear Swamp and 
Finis closed for deer hunt. 

> 
> Kurt Schwarz
> Ellicott City MD
> goawaybird at verizon dot net
> 
> 
> 
>> On Dec 15, 2014, at 9:38 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
>> 
>> With less than half the areas reporting, the total count is at 121 species.
>> This is better than average. We had 7 species of owl, missing only Saw-whet.
>> Low numbers of shorebirds at the refuge. The storms washed away American
>> Avocet and Marbled Godwit. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Bald Eagles made
>> counting difficult. 
>> 
>> Best bird so far is a LEAST BITTERN at Bear Swamp. I wonder if this was the
>> bird that Sean McCandless photographed last week. 
>> 
>> Here are some highlights:
>> Ross's Goose - 5 at BH, 1 at Woodland Beach
>> Wood Duck - lots at Finis Pool
>> Redhead - 1 at Shearness Pool, 2 at Kitts Hummock
>> Surf Scoter - at Kitts Hummock
>> Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Woodland Beach
>> Horned Grebe-1 at Kitts Hummock
>> Sandhill Crane - first in 45 years, at Raymond Pool!
>> Golden Eagle - 1 at Bear Swamp
>> Northern Goshawk - 1 at Woodland Beach
>> Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult opposite Shearness Pool
>> Snowy Owl - 2 at Port Mahon, 1 at Bombay Hook sitting on Tour Stop 4 sign
>> Long-eared Owl - at Woodland Beach and Finis Pool. 
>> Loggerhead Shrike - for the second year in a row at Bergdoll Road!
>> Snow Bunting, - several, Woodland Beach, Shearness Pool, Whitehall Neck Rd
>> Lapland Longspur - Whitehall Neck Rd
>> Common Yellowthroat - at Raymond Pool and Kitts Hummock
>> Seaside Sparrow - by boat in the refuge
>> Purple Finch - several
>> 
>> Andy Ednie 
>> Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Bombay Crane
From: Kurt Schwarz <goawaybird AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:24:45 -0500
Still present at Raymond but just flew toward Shearness . Bear Swamp and Finis 
closed for deer hunt. 


Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City MD
goawaybird at verizon dot net



> On Dec 15, 2014, at 9:38 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
> 
> With less than half the areas reporting, the total count is at 121 species.
> This is better than average. We had 7 species of owl, missing only Saw-whet.
> Low numbers of shorebirds at the refuge. The storms washed away American
> Avocet and Marbled Godwit. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Bald Eagles made
> counting difficult. 
> 
> Best bird so far is a LEAST BITTERN at Bear Swamp. I wonder if this was the
> bird that Sean McCandless photographed last week. 
> 
> Here are some highlights:
> Ross's Goose - 5 at BH, 1 at Woodland Beach
> Wood Duck - lots at Finis Pool
> Redhead - 1 at Shearness Pool, 2 at Kitts Hummock
> Surf Scoter - at Kitts Hummock
> Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Woodland Beach
> Horned Grebe-1 at Kitts Hummock
> Sandhill Crane - first in 45 years, at Raymond Pool!
> Golden Eagle - 1 at Bear Swamp
> Northern Goshawk - 1 at Woodland Beach
> Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult opposite Shearness Pool
> Snowy Owl - 2 at Port Mahon, 1 at Bombay Hook sitting on Tour Stop 4 sign
> Long-eared Owl - at Woodland Beach and Finis Pool. 
> Loggerhead Shrike - for the second year in a row at Bergdoll Road!
> Snow Bunting, - several, Woodland Beach, Shearness Pool, Whitehall Neck Rd
> Lapland Longspur - Whitehall Neck Rd
> Common Yellowthroat - at Raymond Pool and Kitts Hummock
> Seaside Sparrow - by boat in the refuge
> Purple Finch - several
> 
> Andy Ednie 
> Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Bombay Hook CBC Results
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:38:08 -0500
With less than half the areas reporting, the total count is at 121 species.
This is better than average. We had 7 species of owl, missing only Saw-whet.
Low numbers of shorebirds at the refuge. The storms washed away American
Avocet and Marbled Godwit. Huge numbers of Snow Geese and Bald Eagles made
counting difficult. 

Best bird so far is a LEAST BITTERN at Bear Swamp. I wonder if this was the
bird that Sean McCandless photographed last week. 

Here are some highlights:
Ross's Goose - 5 at BH, 1 at Woodland Beach
Wood Duck - lots at Finis Pool
Redhead - 1 at Shearness Pool, 2 at Kitts Hummock
Surf Scoter - at Kitts Hummock
Long-tailed Duck - 1 at Woodland Beach
Horned Grebe-1 at Kitts Hummock
Sandhill Crane - first in 45 years, at Raymond Pool!
Golden Eagle - 1 at Bear Swamp
Northern Goshawk - 1 at Woodland Beach
Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult opposite Shearness Pool
Snowy Owl - 2 at Port Mahon, 1 at Bombay Hook sitting on Tour Stop 4 sign
Long-eared Owl - at Woodland Beach and Finis Pool. 
Loggerhead Shrike - for the second year in a row at Bergdoll Road!
Snow Bunting, - several, Woodland Beach, Shearness Pool, Whitehall Neck Rd
Lapland Longspur - Whitehall Neck Rd
Common Yellowthroat - at Raymond Pool and Kitts Hummock
Seaside Sparrow - by boat in the refuge
Purple Finch - several

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Kent County Bayshore today
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:39:05 -0500
Greetings

 

The two continuing Snowy Owls were seen by myself and many others pretty
much throughout the day at Port Mahon Rd by scoping the marsh from the
fishing pier.

 

There was also a report from Brian Henderson that the Loggerhead Shrike has
returned from last winter to Bergold Lane south of Dover Air Force Base off
Rt. 9.  Be careful, there is no stopping allowed by the military along this
road.  

 

Our CBC group also found 2 Sedge Wrens, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 3
Long-tailed Ducks at Pickering Beach.  

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: hermit thrush
From: Diane Kane <dianejkane AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:40:24 -0500
in my yard, i spotted a hermit thrush late yesterday afternoon that flew
into a small, bare tree along with a group of yellow rumps. i wonder if it
is the same hermit thrush i saw a month ago?

best, diane kane


*Diane J. Kane*
*Indian Beach, DE 19971*
Subject: Northern Goshawk, Thousand Acre Marsh
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:48:49 +0000
I was able to poke around Thousand Acre Marsh this afternoon and got the scope 
on a first year Northern Goshawk near the south end of the Reedy Point Bridge. 
The prominent supercilium, scaled back, large size, heavy streaking below and 
uneven tail bands were all clearly observed. At Augustine Beach had both Canada 
Geese and a few Cackling Geese on the water with Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, 
Red-breasted Merganser. Several Great Black-baked Gulls were on the jetties. 


Kitt Heckscher
Newark, DE
Subject: Middletown CBC
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:39:02 -0500
Greetings all, 

 

This year, the Middletown Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday
December 21.  In past years, great birds like Western Grebe, Purple
Sandpipers, Saw-whet Owls, and other unique finds have shown up on this
count.  If you want to get into the field, let me know!

 

This year, I have a couple of offerings I would like to share with
participants!

 

First, like the Milford count, I am excited to announce that as part of this
year's count we will be offering a walk for birders of any skill level and
age at Delaware Wild Lands Sharp Farm near Odessa.  This walk is being
introduced to provide the Christmas Bird Count experience to beginning
birders, youth birders and anyone that would like to participate in this
huge citizen science project.  Like the Milford walk, we hope that it will
provide beginning and youth birders a chance to take part in the CBC in a
low key, relatively short time frame in a safe area with a nice variety of
birds, and offer more experienced birders the chance to get out and take
part in the CBC - but not have to commit a large chunk of their day.  Very
special thanks to our hosts at Delaware Wild Lands for sharing their
conservation passion with us!

 

The walk will be led by Chris Bennett and me from 1:00 until 3:00.  If you
are interested in participating, please RSVP by Wednesday December 17 so
that we can provide that information to our hosts.  To wrap up the walk, we
will gather for an informal "Tally Rally" where you can review the list of
bird species and number of individuals seen and heard.

 

Second, Jeff and Liz Gordon are opening the doors at ABA Headquarters for a
tally rally!  Anyone participating in the count that would like to join us
at the end of the day should also RSVP by Wednesday so that our hosts know
how many to anticipate as food will be available.  Participants, whether in
the field or watching feeders, are encouraged to come and enjoy some company
after a hard day of birding.  More details will be provide with an RSVP.

 

Anyone interested in participating or to RSVP should contact me at
atgonzon AT verizon.net or at 302-598-5893.

 

Happy Holidays and best wishes for great birds,

 

Ant

 

Anthony Gonzon

Middletown, DE
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 12th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:46:04 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* December 12, 2014
* DEST1412.12
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
SANDHILL CRANE
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing gull
Iceland Gull
Forster's Tern
SNOWY OWL
Short-eared Owl
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
LAPLAND LONGSPUR
American Tree Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
SUMMER TANAGER
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 12, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, December 12th, 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.  

The two previously reported SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen at Port Mahon
from the fishing pier. Both birds can be seen with binoculars or the naked
eye, but a scope is better. Also seen in the marsh has been up to 5
SHORT-EARED OWLS plus BALD EAGLE, PEREGRINE FALCON, and numerous NORTHERN
HARRIERS. Port Mahon impoundments had a drake COMMON GOLDENEYE, 35
BUFFLEHEAD, 50 RUDDY DUCKS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and over 100 AMERICAN COOTS 

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

Downstate, a winter plumage SUMMER TANAGER made an appearance at Lynn
Smith's feeder in Bay Vista, near Rehoboth Beach. First seen during the
rainstorm on Saturday, it was finally re-seen today. This is only the 4th
mid-Atlantic winter record for this species. There was another record from
Columbia, Maryland two winters ago. There are actually more winter records
for SUMMER TANAGER for Ontario, Canada then here in the mid-Atlantic area.
Our local birds must either go south or up north. PURPLE FINCH was also seen
at the feeder in Bay Vista this week. 

Another feeder bird this week was a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE reported at a
feeder off Paper Mill Rd in Newark. A HERMIT THRUSH and YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER were also seen in two yards in Newark. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen
flying over Ashland Nature Center on Sunday, along with 2 BALD EAGLES and a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, plus a flock of 75 SNOW GEESE. Three PURPLE FINCHES
were seen at a feeder near Yorklyn. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and GRAY CATBIRD
were seen at Coverdale Farms near Centerville. Downstate, PURPLE FINCH and
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were coming to a feeder near Cheswold.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was photographed among the HORNED LARK along Whitehall
Neck Road, going into Bombay Hook yesterday. A CACKLING GOOSE with 1500 SNOW
GEESE was also seen. The previously reported SANDHILL CRANE continues to be
seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A REDHEAD and 10
RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen this week. Other waterfowl included both MUTE
and TUNDRA SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK and a
HORNED GREBE. Six MARBLED GODWITS are still being seen, along with several
AMERICAN AVOCETS. Those birds are at either Shearness or Raymond Pools.
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and BALD EAGLES were seen, along with NORTHERN BOBWHITE.
Landbirds reported included MARSH WREN and AMERICAN PIPIT. Also seen were
AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET.

GREAT EGRET was also seen at the Pickering Beach side of Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area with 21 GREAT BLUE HERONS. This area has hundreds
of puddle ducks, mostly GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON and SHOVELER. There was
also a raft of 800 COOTS. RUDDY DUCKS and GREATER SCAUP were seen on the
Delaware Bay from the town of Pickering Beach.

Newark Reservoir had a SNOW GOOSE and 2 CACKLING GEESE this weekend, plus
NORTHERN PINTAIL and RUDDY DUCK. Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville had a
TUNDRA SWAN, plus REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and 90 RING-NECKED
DUCKS. Also reported were 13 GADWALL, 6 AMERICAN WIGEON, 30 HOODED and 6
COMMON MERGANSERS, RUDDY DUCK, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and 40 AMERICAN
COOTS. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH and BALD EAGLE
were also reported. Harry's Pond by the Brandywine Town Center had GADWALL,
RING-NECKED DUCK and COOT there. A PIED-BILLED GREBE and DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANT was seen at the Peterson Wildlife Refuge in downtown Wilmington

Another LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. That bird
was in the dunes south of the Swimming Beach along the bike trail. Birds
seen at Cape Henlopen Point included BLACK and SURF SCOTER, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS, and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS. PINE SISKINS
are still being found in the pines, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and
EASTERN BLUEBIRD. A flight of 8 late LAUGHING GULLS was seen over Pilottown
Village in Lewes today. 

CANVASBACKS are still being seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Bach, along with
a GREAT EGRET. Other waterfowl seen included 56 RUDDY DUCKS, HOODED
MERGANSER, and BUFFLEHEAD. Good numbers of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT are
still using the pond. The only RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH report was from Old
Landing near Rehoboth. 

A hen COMMON EIDER was seen at Indian River Inlet along with 9 LONG-TAILED
DUCKS and 8 surf scoters. Also reported were both RED-THROATED and COMMON
LOONS. 6 PURPLE SANDPIPERS with RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were found on
the jetty. Over 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and several FORSTER'S TERNS were also
seen. 

Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge had 30 AMERICAN
AVOCETS and 30 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was also seen. Four
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at dusk at Fowler's Beach, plus 8
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were flushed in the car headlights. 

An ICELAND GULL was found at along the north jetty of the C&D Canal near
Delaware City. That bird was picked out through the hundreds of gulls on the
jetty. A GREAT EGRET was seen nearby at Thousand Acre Marsh. A RING-NECKED
DUCK was seen from the ABA Headquarters building in Delaware City. Also
reported were COOPER'S HAWK and 3 BALD EAGLES. A WOOD DUCK and 6 AMERICAN
WIGEON were seen on the pond just north of Augustine Creek, south of Port
Penn along Rt 9. 

Finally, a flock of 50 TUNDRA SWANS were reported in a field near Reliance
in southwestern Sussex Co. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chandler Wiegand,
John Long, Randy Vickers, Mike Moore, Gina Sheridan, Joel Martin, Wayne
Longbottom, Bill Stewart, LaRue Manning, Damon Orsetti, Steve Bershader, Jen
Ottinger, Desiree Narango, Alissa Kegelman, , Chris Rowe,  Lynn Sharon, Lynn
Smith, Alan Kneidel, Tim Schrenkengost, Taj Schottland, Jim and Amy White,
Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, and Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs
your sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Trumpeter Swan at Hoopes Reservoir
From: Kara Kincaid <kara.l.kincaid AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:25:39 -0500
I passed it while driving across rt 82, it's in the water with quite a few
canada geese.
Subject: December Indian River Inlet Sea Watch
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:13:44 -0500
Join Chris Bennett and me this Saturday on the south side of Indian River
Inlet for the third DOS-SBC Sea Watch of the 2014-2015 season.  The sea
watch begins at 8 am.  Park in the Southeast Day Area parking lot on the
south side of the inlet and walk out along the inlet to the beach.  We will
ID and count all seabirds passing the inlet between 8 am and noon.  You are
welcome to join us for the whole period, just drop in for a few minutes or
any amount of time in between.  December can be a great time for sea
watching and with any luck we may find alcids, interesting gulls, eiders and
maybe even something totally unexpected!

 

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

 

Anthony Gonzon

Middletown, DE

 
Subject: Milford CBC
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:35:31 -0500
Hello,

I am excited to announce that as part of this year's Milford Christmas Bird
Count on Sunday, 28 December I will be offering a walk for birders of any
skill level and age at Killens Pond State Park.  I'm hoping the walk will
provide beginning birders a chance to take part in the CBC in a low key,
relatively short time frame in a safe, public area with a nice variety of
birds, and offer more experienced birders the chance to get out and take
part in the CBC - but not have to commit a large chunk of their day.

The walk will be led by Derek Stoner and Sharon Lynn.  Derek and Sharon are
not only great birders, they are excellent trip leaders.  They will be
meeting birders at the Killens Pond Nature Center for a brief introduction
to CBC birding and Killens Pond State Park before heading out into the park
to look for birds.  After a few hours in the field the group will gather
back at the nature center for an informal "Tally Rally" where you can
review the list of bird species and number of individuals seen and heard.

The area of the park where the walk will take place has well maintained
trails and a diversity of habitats including the pond and scrubby pond
edge, upland forest, forested wetland, scrub-shrub and fields.

If you are interested in participating please send me an email at
cpb2564 AT gmail.com.

Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Snowy Owl - posting for Jim White
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:40:23 +0000
I observed one Snowy Owl in the marsh along Port Mahon Rd today at 1:00. I 
managed to see it from the fishing pier despite a rather strong snow squall 
that was blowing off the marsh. 


Jim White
Subject: Lapland Longspurs - Whitehall Neck Road
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:43:27 -0500
DE-Birders,

Chandler Wiegand just found and brilliantly photographed a couple LAPLAND
LONGSPURS along Whitehall Neck Road outside of Bombay Hook NWR. The birds
are associating with Horned Larks.

Good birding,
-- 
Alan Kneidel
M.S. Candidate, Natural Resources
Delaware State University
Subject: DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:07:12 -0500
Subject: DOS December Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 12/17 (rescheduled from 
October meeting) 


Good Morning DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their next monthly 
meeting on Wednesday, the 17th of December, featuring guest speaker Dr. David 
La Puma. David is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape 
May, New Jersey and is also an ornithologist who specializes in radar 
ornithology and conservation of endangered species. David's presentation is 
"Forecasting Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms" - As Dr. La Puma notes, "Our 
observational relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in 
this most recent century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us 
to visualize birds in ways never before possible. This ability has led to both 
a wealth of new knowledge, as well as many new questions. We will spend the 
hour talking about how radar technology can be used to study habitat used by 
migrant songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about 
the behavior of Snowy Owls." 


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


Delmarva Ornithological Society   December 17th Meeting

 7:00 PM Social 1/2 hour (We welcome you to bring some festive holiday 
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: Fwd: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed
From: Patrick Millar <patrick.millar AT GMX.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 20:29:56 -0500
I don't think DE Birders will mind this cross post (if you do, my apologies).

Good news from NJ Audubon!

Patrick Millar
Southern Chester County

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Eric Stiles 
> Date: December 9, 2014 at 5:43:35 PM EST
> To: JERSEYBI AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU
> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Red Knot Rufa Subspecies Listed
> Reply-To: Eric Stiles 
> 
> Dear All:
> 
> 
> 
> After lots of hard work from the research and advocacy community, the US
> Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the listing of the Red Knot rufa
> subspecies as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (
> 
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2014/12/09/us-names-red-knot-bird-threatened-species/20152191/). 

> Special thanks to Dr. Larry Niles, Amanda Dey and the team of international
> researchers who have driven the science on this.  Also a whole list of
> non-profits have worked hard to achieve the listing including NJ Audubon,
> American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon, Defenders for Wildlife,
> American Littoral Society, Delaware Riverkeeper, the Eastern Environmental
> Law Center and others.  Congrats to all on achieving this milestone which
> will be key to the Red Knot conservation work in the US.
> 
> 
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Eric Stiles
> 
> President & CEO
> 
> New Jersey Audubon Society
> 
> __________________
> 
> 11 Hardscrabble Road
> 
> Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
> 
> Phone: 908.766.5104 ext 13  Fax: 908.766.7775
> 
> Website: www.njaudubon.org
> 
> 
> 
> Making New Jersey a Better Place for People and Wildlife Since 1897
> 
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi
> How to report NJ bird sightings: 
Subject: A Bird's Christmas Tree
From: Mary Lukaszewski <mlukas AT SPRINTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:42:02 -0500
I was just sweeping the floor in our sunroom on this dark and dismal day, when 
I chanced to look out the window at our backyard. There was a flock of birds in 
our pear trees, probably sparrows I thought, but I picked up my glasses to take 
a look. 

 What I saw made me call my husband to see the sight; in the two pear trees was 
a huge flock of House Finches, nicely spaced throughout the trees and joining 
them was a good number of Am. Goldfinches, a few still maintaining their yellow 
heads and neck. They looked liked ornaments that someone had placed on a 
Christmas Tree. Flying in and out were six Blue Jays, picking up peanuts from 
the platform feeder below and taking them up in the branches to crack and eat 
the nuts. 

As if that wasn't a pretty enough sight, in flew a flock of 15-20 Cedar 
Waxwings to pick on the pear tree fruit, the first Waxings we have had here 
this winter. Alas, before I could get my camera from the car, a Cooper's Hawk 
that must have noticed the influx of Waxings and did a fly-through instantly 
dispersing all the birds. Only a Red-Bellied Woodpecker stayed, attached to the 
bottom of the pear tree trunk intense on finishing off his peanut. 


Made me wonder if anyone had ever painted a picture of a Christmas Tree 
decorated with birds. 


Mary Lukaszewski
   
Subject: Port Mahon Snowy Owls Update
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:11:50 -0500
Greetings

 

I see there have been no reports of these birds for several days here, but
again for those not on Facebook groups, 2 and perhaps 3 Snowy Owls have been
reported daily there at Pt Mahon Rd for the last several days, most often
from the Fishing Pier way out into the marsh, but also on the top of the
boulders at the end of the road near the boat launch.

 

Mike Moore

Newark, DE

  Mcmoore32 AT gmail.com

 

Websites:

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

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

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

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

 

 
Subject: DE Goshawks
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:08:16 -0500
Thank you so much for the photos, info and maps -- it made my day to know
there was a chance, albeit slim, that I would get to see a Goshawk w/o big
traveling.  That was the nice thing about the snowy owls -- not much way to
misidentify them.

Susan Ruth Marengo
Brandywine Hundred
Subject: Goshawks in DE
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:32:00 -0500
Good Evening

I am not trying to discredit anybody's birding expertise, however I would
like to get some info because lets face it, it is fun to get a new life
bird.

 In NE OH where I birded previously, 1-3 Northern Goshawks were seen each
year and upon closer inspection they were always oddly colored red tailed
hawks who were having fun getting us all hot and bothered.

 I am not experienced enough to be able to make fine distinctions on
uncommon raptors unless they are CA condors and wear name tags.

Do goshawks regularly winter in DE?

Thank you so much.

Susan Ruth Marengo
Brandywine Hundred
Subject: Tree Sparrows & Catbird -Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 03:01:09 +0000
This afternoon Jim and I saw several Tree Sparrows and a Gray Catbird at 
Coverdale Farm Preserve, Hockessin. 

Amy White 
Hockessin, DE 
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird and Iceland Gull
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:10:40 -0500
OK, those two species do not often appear together on your day list for 
Delaware! 


The female Rufous Hummingbird continues at the feeders at Alissa Kegelman's 
house at the SW corner of Gibson and Harker in Wilmington. We saw it visit at 
about 11:35 after about a 35 minute wait. The feeders are in front of the house 
and visible from the street, but I thank Alissa for the warm hospitality she 
showed us and all birders who have come to see this bird, the third Rufous she 
has hosted at her house! 


Afterwards I took a quick run around Thousand Acre Marsh. The only really 
noteworthy bird was an always lovely first cycle Iceland Gull at the north 
jetty of the C&D Canal at Delaware City. It was with hundreds of Herring Gulls 
on the jetty, but was floating on the water in front of the jetty and easily 
picked out with a scope from the parking lot of the south jetty. Maybe the same 
bird that was at Port Mahon a few weeks ago? Other than that, a late-ish Great 
Egret and a few Green-winged Teal, Gadwalls and Shovelers was about it. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE



Sent from my iPad
Subject: Black-capped Chickadee - Newark
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:12:50 -0500
Hi De-Birders,

We have a very cooperative Black-capped Chickadee coming to our feeder in
Newark, DE. Have taken a bunch of photos and will post some later. Keep an
eye out,

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 5th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:22:10 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* December 5, 2014
* DEST1412.05
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Great Egret
Little Blue Heron
SANDHILL CRANE
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
SNOWY OWL
Barred Owl
Short-Eared Owl
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
COMMON RAVEN
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Sedge Wren
Marsh Wren
Hermit Thrush
Brown Thrasher
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
BALTIMORE ORIOLE
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 5, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, December 5th, 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.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen this week at Port Mahon. The first bird was found
Friday morning in the marsh opposite the fishing pier. That OWL was seen
later at dusk sitting on the pier. Since then, SNOWY OWLS have been reported
intermittently with 2 birds seen since Wednesday. Also reported have been 4
SHORT-EARED OWLS in the same area, plus NORTHERN GOSHAWK yesterday, 2
AMERICAN BITTERNS today, plus GREAT EGRET, BALD EAGLE, and a SEDGE WREN
behind the rockpile at the boat ramp parking lot. 

SEDGE WREN was also found along the Pickering Beach Road on the south side
of Little Creek Wildlife management Area. A big collection of waterfowl at
the south impoundments of Little Creek included 600 GADWALL, 200 AMERICA
WIGEON, 200 NORTHERN SHOVELER, plus HOODED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY
DUCK with 300 AMERICAN COOTS. GREAT HORNED OWL and 2 GREAT EGRETS were also
found. 

A big raft of 150 REDHEADS with 40 GREATER SCAUP was seen off the DuPont
Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet. This could be the biggest concentration
of REDHEADS in Delaware in years! Shorebirds seen there included AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER, 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES and 44 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Nearby, a
female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported and photographed coming to a feeder
near Lincoln. 

Upstate, a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is coming to a feeder in Brandywine Hundred.
That bird is at the home of Alissa Kegelman. You can watch her feeders from
the roadway in front of her house, at the intersection with Harker and
Gibson Rd. To get there from I-95, turn north on Concord Pike (US RT 202),
turn east on Murphy Rd. then turn right onto Shipley Rd. Turn left onto
Harker, just past the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the stop sign at
Weldin Rd. This RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was banded on Saturday and determined to
be a hatch year female, but has a nice ruby spot in the throat and some
rufous feathers in the wing coverts.  

In Newark, a COMMON RAVEN was reported at Christiana Towers on the
University of Delaware campus. That bird was seen flying west towards Newark
Country Club and the Maryland line. A White Clay Creek State Park, an
EASTERN WOOD PEWEE was reported on Sunday. Also reported was EASTERN PHEOBE,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, TREE SWALLOW, WHITE-CROWNED and CHIPPING SPARROW. A
CACKLING GOOSE was reported at the pond of Fairhill School Rd (aka Nine Foot
Rd.). A late MARSH WREN was reported at the cattails pond in the Walter
Carpenter Recreational Area. WINTER WREN, 2 PURPLE FINCH and 2
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were reported in in a yard at Fairfield Crest in
Newark. 

BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCK were reported at Newark Reservoir. Raptors there
included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER and BALD EAGLE. A RUSTY
BLACKBIRD was pickled out of a flock of 35,000 GRACKLES and RED-WINGS at the
reservoir. Carousel Park near Pike Creek had MUTE SWAN, PIED-BILLED GREBE
and a COOT. 37 COOTS were found at Hillside Mill Cove on Hoope's Reservoir,
along with 7 AMERICAN WIGEON and a GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Also found were 50
RING-NECKED DUCKS, 33 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 4 BUFFLEHEADS. 

AMERICAN KESTRELS were reported at Fox Point Park, Brandywine Creek State
Park, and at Coverdale Farms. CHIPPING and SAVANAH SPARROWS were seen at the
latter two locations, along with PILEATED WOODPECKERS and SAPSUCKERS. PINE
SISKIN was reported Ashland Nature Center. 6 WINTER WRENS and 8 HERMIT
THRUSHES were found at Brandywine Creek. 6 FOX SPARROWS were at a yard in
Walnut Ridge near Centerville. A BROWN CREEPER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
were found at Northminster. 

A NELSON'S SPARROW was found in the marsh by Battery Park in New Castle.
This is a rare species for northern New Castle Co. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
found at Stave's Landing near Odessa. KING RAIL was also heard calling
there. Two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area.
An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at Grier's Pond near Port Penn.
GREAT EGRET and BALD EAGLES were found at Thousand Acre Marsh. 

The SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Smyrna. That bird seems to have settled in at Raymond Pool. The
last time a SANDHILL CRANE stayed the winter at the refuge was 1969-45 years
ago! SANDHILL CRANES are rapidly increasing on the east coast, besides birds
in southern New Jersey; a flock of 7 SANDHILL CRANES were seen and heard
flying over East Reservoir near Fairmont Park in Philadelphia. 

Also at Bombay was a possible SNOWY OWL, but the observer was not sure, and
BARN OWLS do roost out in the marsh. An unusual goose was at Shearness Pool,
unfortunately the bird was too far out for positive ID. Thousands of SNOW
GEESE are at the refuge, Six MUTE SWANS were seen with 50 Tundra Swans. A
peak count of ten MARBLED GODWIT remains with 45 AMERICAN AVOCETS, and a
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Shearness Pool. Other birds reported included
AMERICAN PIPITS along the entrance road, plus EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and
BARRED OWL. A CACKLING GOOSE was found today at Wicks Potato Farm on Rt 9
north of Leipsic

CANVASBACKS are still being seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. A high
count of 41 HOODED and 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were also seen with 60
RUDDY DUCKS. HOODED MERGANSER and BUFFLEHEADS were seen at Thompsons Island,
along with both WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER. An injured AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found in a yard at Bay vista
near Rehoboth. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was also seen in the area. A BROWN
THRASHER and 6 FOX SPARROWS were seen at the Rehoboth Golf Park off Country
Club Road. 

Another WOODCOCK was seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area. Waterfowl there
included AMERICAN WIGEON, COOT, plus HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
PILEATED WOODPECKER and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were also reported. A
leucistic RED-TAILED HAWK, almost completely white and looking very similar
to a snowy owl was seen along Rt 1 just north of Indian River Inlet. 

The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at Fowler's Beach in Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge was note seen this week. By contrast, the
flock of WHITE PELICANS at nearby Blackwater NWR in Maryland increased by
one this week. COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen at Broadkill Beach impoundments
along with BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCKS. 25 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen on the
marsh at the Prime Hook headquarters, along with SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, and HOODED MERGANSER. PURPLE FINCH was found by the headquarters, plus
BROWN THRASHER, CHIPPING SPARROW and MEADOWLARK. 

SNOW BUNTINGS are still being seen at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.
SURF and BLACK SCOTERS were also reported. PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH were
reported in the pines by the hawkwatch. 

Delaware Hawk watches finished another outstanding season this week. Numbers
were down due to missing the big flight of BROAD-WINGS this year, but
everything else was improving. Ashland Hawk Watch had only 3512 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS this year, compared to over 14,000 last year. However, BALD EAGLES
increased from 365 to 386, a new record. 18 GOLDEN EAGLES were seen, along
with 237 OSPREY, 1 NORTHERN GOSHAWK and for the second year in a row, a
MISSISSIPPI KITE. 

The Cape Henlopen Hawk watch ended with a GOLDEN EAGLE on Friday and
PEREGRINE FALCON on Saturday. The annual total at Cape Henlopen included
2700 OSPREY, 992 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 500 MERLINS, AND 541 PEREGRINES. There
were also 18 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 GOSHAWKS and for the second year in a row, a
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season,
Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. You guys did a great job; I looked
forward to your reports every evening. Also to all those great volunteers,
especially Mike Gardner, Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne, Bob Rufe, and Sue
Gruver. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Andrew Bogush,
Chandler Wiegand, Mike Moore, Gina Sheridan, Steve Collins, Colin Campbell,
Randy Murphy, Bruce Lantz, Melissa Jernakoff, Debbie Beers, Adrian Binns,
Anthony Gonzon, Chris and Karen Bennett, Ian Stewart, Wayne Longbottom,
Desiree Narango, Dave Fees, Glen Lovelace, Alissa Kegelman, Kelly Nunn,
Chris Rowe, Matt Sarver and Lauren Morgans, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Alan
Kneidel, Tim Schrenkengost, Tim Freiday, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, and
Joe Russell. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding and safe holiday!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: S. Crane, Snowy Owl & Cackling
From: Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:53:07 -0500
My mother in law and I went to Bombay Hook this morning and went up Raymond
Observation tower to look for the sandhill crane and watched it for 15
minutes on the other side of Raymond pool. it was walking out in the water
aways amongst the Canada geese. on the walk back to the car, we saw 2
hermit thrush on the trail.
As we were heading out Whitehall Neck Road, we saw about 20 pipits in the
fields.
As we turned onto Route 9 to head towards Port Mahon, there was a bunch of
snow geese in the Wicks potato farm field. there was one lone cackling
goose mixed among the flock of snow geese on the edge close to the road.
At Port Mahon, we saw two American Bitterns fly over the road. then at the
end of the road with the parking lot near the boat launch, we saw the snowy
owl sitting on top of the boulders.
a very good day for a two and a half hour trip.

Jeff Climie
Subject: Re: DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Newark Resrvoir Walk on 12/7/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:20:52 -0500
Birders,

I was just reminded (Thanks Lois!) that the meeting time is supposed to be
8:00, rather than 7:30. I hope everyone can still make it!

Details:

As part of the DOS Local Patch Birding Series, Alan Kneidel and I will be
leading a walk at the Newark Reservoir Sunday (12/7/2014) morning at 8:00
AM. We will meet in the parking lot (google map: https://goo.gl/maps/Om5GD).
There is a slight chance of rain in the morning, so dress appropriately.

The walk was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 6, but due to rain
in the forecast, we are moving it to Sunday.

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

On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 1:47 PM, Tim Schreckengost <
timschreckengost AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Birders,
>
> As part of the DOS Local Patch Birding Series, Alan Kneidel and I will be
> leading a walk at the Newark Reservoir Sunday (12/7/2014) morning at 7:30
> AM. We will meet in the parking lot (google map: https://goo.gl/maps/Om5GD).
> There is a slight chance of rain in the morning, so dress appropriately.
>
> The walk was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 6, but due to
> rain in the forecast, we are moving it to Sunday.
>
> See you there!
>
> Cheers,
> Tim Schreckengost
> Elkton, MD
> (814) 952-2934
> www.nemesisbird.com
>
Subject: Port Mahon Road -- Northern Goshawk -- 12/4/14
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:23:37 -0500
DE-Birders,

A lunchtime run from DSU over to PORT MAHON ROAD in Kent County failed to
yield any Snowy Owls, but we did have a serendipitous encounter with a
NORTHERN GOSHAWK. I first got on this bird while I stood atop a mound of
boulders scanning for owls. The bird flew directly low over the marsh, and
then, thanks to some speeding, we intercepted it again as it soared slowly
southward over the adjacent Little Creek impoundment.

The bird dwarfed a nearby Northern Harrier and showed classic broad wings
with bulging secondaries, barrel-chest, wedge-shaped tail, and bursts of
accipter-type wingbeats.

Silhouetted photos showing some of these characteristics can be seen in
this ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20781925
Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Newark Resrvoir Walk on 12/7/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:47:35 -0500
Birders,

As part of the DOS Local Patch Birding Series, Alan Kneidel and I will be
leading a walk at the Newark Reservoir Sunday (12/7/2014) morning at 7:30
AM. We will meet in the parking lot (google map: https://goo.gl/maps/Om5GD).
There is a slight chance of rain in the morning, so dress appropriately.

The walk was originally scheduled for Saturday, December 6, but due to rain
in the forecast, we are moving it to Sunday.

See you there!

Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Upcoming Lewes, DE Pelagic on Sat, Jan 31
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:04:58 -0500
We have scheduled a pelagic out of Lewes, DE aboard the 110' Thelma Dale V
on Saturday, January 31.  The trip is scheduled from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM and
the cost is $175.

Target species include Dovekie, Atlantic Puffin, Razorbill, Common &
Thick-billed Murres, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Black-legged
Kittiwake, Iceland, Glaucous, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, all of which
have been found on past trips.  We also expect to see more common birds
like loons, cormorants, sea ducks, Gannets, and Bonaparte's Gull.  Possible
cetaceans we've seen in winter before include Fin, Minke, and Humpback
Whales and Common Dolphin.

We will carry chum to try to keep a flock of gulls behind the boat all
day.  These in turn attract other birds that are curious about what’s going
on.  Be sure to bring your camera.  The Gannets come in so close on most
trips that they can be well photographed even with a short lens or even a
quick point and shoot!

This boat is spacious and stable with a birdable upper decked, heated
cabin, and separate men's and ladies facilities. The captain and mates are
experienced with birding trips, and as always we'll have multiple leaders
to help find and get people on the birds.


To make a reservation or for more information, contact us by phone at
215-234-6805 or e-mail us at info AT paulagics.com.


Hope to see you aboard.


-PAG

-- 







*Paul A. GurisSee Life PaulagicsPO Box 161Green Lane, PA
18054215-234-6805www.paulagics.com paulagics.com
 AT gmail.com info AT paulagics.com
*
Subject: Port Mahon Snowy Owls
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:42:37 -0500
Again, for those who do not follow the Facebook group, this was posted earlier 
today. There was also a report around dusk with two Short-eared Owls 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE
Brian McCaffrey posted in Delaware Birding
	
Brian McCaffrey	1:20pm Dec 3 
Despite the gloomy weather I went to Port Mahon in search of the two reported 
Snowy Owls -- both were there (but a long ways off the road) I'm guessing over 
200 yards - the darker bird was easier to see (and photograph) at the long 
distance and poor light I was happy to get photos where you could recognize 
that the birds were Snowy Owls -- these shots are at 1200mm and uncropped (got 
a bonus with the two Northern Harriers trying to intimidate the darker bird) I 
did get some shots of the darker bird looking at me but none of the lighter 
bird looking my way. I was there from a little before 10 to 11 a.m. 





Sent from my iPad
Subject: Snowy Owls at Port Mahon 12/1
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:43:54 +0000
Sorry for the late post / snafu in posting where I used an old post and managed 
to only reply to myself rather than the list. Doh. 



Yes, 2 Snowy Owls this evening at dusk. One was on the sign on the marsh side 
where the road meets the bay. The second, a darker individual, was on the south 
end of the defunct sheetpile wall before getting to the fishing pier. Both 
visible from the pier. Also numerous Harrier (~10) and 1 Short-eared Owl seen 
briefly in the direction of the boat ramp. As we (Dave Fees and I) were 
leaving, the first owl left, flying south down the bayshore. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (30 Nov 2014) 3 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:12:17 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            372            717
Turkey Vulture               0            361            687
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   0            120            386
Northern Harrier             2             32            142
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            177           1642
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            292
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            191            393
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              0            658           1139
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             15             18
American Kestrel             0             10            346
Merlin                       0              7             38
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                       3           1997           9727
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.25 hours

Official Counter:        Kim Steininger, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Angie Barbato

Weather:
Southerly winds, temperature high of 12.2 C, cloud cover ranged from
70-100%.

Raptor Observations:
2 Northern Harriers
1 Red-shouldered Hawk

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Common Mergansers, 9 Ring-billed Gulls, 39 Herring Gulls, 75+ Gull sp.,
1 Purple Finch
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (29 Nov 2014) 18 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:12:41 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2            372            717
Turkey Vulture               5            361            687
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   3            120            386
Northern Harrier             0             30            140
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            177           1642
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            292
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          4            190            392
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              2            658           1139
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             15             18
American Kestrel             1             10            346
Merlin                       1              7             38
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                      18           1994           9724
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        

Weather:
Calm southerly winds, temperature high of 2.4 C, cloud cover ranged from
3-100%

Raptor Observations:
2 Black and 5 Turkey Vultures, 3 Bald Eagles, 4 Red-shouldered Hawks, 2
Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel, and 1 Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:

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

Subject: Paul Guris to speak at DVOC this Thursday Dec 4
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:38:00 -0500
Hello Birders, 

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) meets on Thursday December 4 at 
the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The meeting features the 
program "Winter Pelagics in the MidAtlantic - Putting the "Birrrrr" in Birding" 
by Paul Guris. 


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



"Winter Pelagics in the MidAtlantic - Putting the "Birrrrr" in Birding"

The idea of venturing out on the ocean is a daunting prospect for many birders, 
but this can be one of the most rewarding times to look for seabirds and other 
marine life in the Mid-Atlantic. Dovekies, Puffins, Murres, Razorbills, 
Gannets, Kittiwakes, loons, ducks, cormorants, and gulls can all be found, many 
quite regularly. Some of these species are much more common in our area than 
people realize, and we're discovering some things that help us find these birds 
more reliably. This program is an introduction to what you could expect on one 
of these trips, the birds we search for, and interesting information about 
them. 


Paul Guris: 
Paul Guris has been birding the Delaware Valley area for over 40 years. His 
first boat trip was in his mother's third trimester, so his love of seabirds 
comes naturally. He is a current member of the New Jersey Bird Records 
Committee, a past member of the Pennsylvania Ornithological Records Committee, 
a past president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, the former captain 
of the now retired Nikon / DVOC World Series of Birding team, and the owner / 
operator of See Life Paulagics, a pelagic tour company specializing in trips in 
the Mid-Atlantic region. 



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (30 Nov 2014) 126 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:11:42 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               36            345            548
Turkey Vulture              59            916           1517
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   9            142            481
Northern Harrier             2             61            351
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            229           1962
Cooper's Hawk                1             32            264
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             24             48
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              9            100            167
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0             13             18
American Kestrel             0             13            992
Merlin                       0             20            500
Peregrine Falcon             0              9            541
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             30
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     126           1914          10260
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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, Diane Kane, Donna Hoyt, John Hoyt,
                  Paul Kane, Rachel Shaprio, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Bruce, Donna, John, Rachel, Vince, and Diane for assisting
with the count! Special guest appearance by Paul Kane. 

21 visitors
 


Weather:
Partly cloudy, clearing in the afternoon, temp 8-18C, vis 20km, WSW, SW
wind 4-15mph


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Black and Turkey vultures moving, a few Sharp-shinned Hawks and
Red-tailed Hawks, a couple of Red-shouldered Hawks and nine Bald Eagles (2
adult, 7 immature). 


Non-raptor Observations:
Snow Bunting, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Gannet, Pine Siskin,
White-winged Scoter (4), DC Cormorant (48).


Predictions:
Last day of the count. THANK YOU to all of the wonderful volunteers that
helped make this a fantastic season!!

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

Subject: New Castle Co: Nelson's Sparrow at Battery Park on 11/29/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:01:40 -0500
Birders,

Bobby Wilcox, Matt Boone, Kaitlin Murphy, and I photographed a Nelson's
Sparrow at Battery Park in New Castle yesterday around 4:15 PM. Bobby
initially spotted the bird, then we spent a good 15 minutes photographing
it as the sun set. This is the first county record in eBird. Does anyone
know of previous records for New Castle County? I suppose that Thousand
Acre Marsh harbors a fair amount during migration in October.

Full list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20726899


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: REMINDER Ashland Pot-Luck
From: William Almeida <walmeida AT UNE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:59:36 +0000
?DE-Birders,

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Just a friendly reminder that the End 
of the Season Ashland Hawk Watch Pot-luck is tomorrow December 1st, 6:30/7 pm 
in the Lodge at Ashland Nature Center. Hope to see you all there! 



Cheers,

Will Almeida

This e-mail may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you 
suspect that you were not intended to receive it please delete it and notify 
the sender as soon as possible. 

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (29 Nov 2014) 53 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:11:29 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16            309            512
Turkey Vulture              35            857           1458
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0            133            472
Northern Harrier             1             59            349
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            221           1954
Cooper's Hawk                0             31            263
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             91            158
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0             13             18
American Kestrel             0             13            992
Merlin                       0             20            500
Peregrine Falcon             1              9            541
Unknown Accipiter            0              2             21
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0             18
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             30
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      53           1788          10134
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
Thank you Kevin for me today and 24 other visitors


Weather:
light winds wsw/s temp -1 to 9c,100%cloud cover for four hours then down to
40%, visb. 15-20k

Raptor Observations:
only one Harrier all morning until the sun finally came out around 1pm.
Then Vultures starting migrating. One local B. Eagle and one local Cooper's

Non-raptor Observations:
Sea Watch was really moving. Non stop flight of Red-Throated Loons,(550 and
that is probably a low count),Also non stop flight of Scoters, most out too
far to make post. ID. Surf Scoters 1052

Predictions:
sunny high 58 wind SW 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (28 Nov 2014) 47 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:11:55 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13            293            496
Turkey Vulture              18            822           1423
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   4            133            472
Northern Harrier             3             58            348
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            221           1954
Cooper's Hawk                2             31            263
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              1             91            158
Rough-legged Hawk            0              1              1
Golden Eagle                 1             13             18
American Kestrel             1             13            992
Merlin                       2             20            500
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               1              3             30
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      47           1735          10081
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Kevin Kalasz and 24 others


Weather:
wind nnw/n 15-20 mph, temp COLD 3-5c,clcv 10/20/30 visb 2ok

Raptor Observations:
Golden Eagle, 4 B. Eagle,

Non-raptor Observations:
4300 Snow Geese,40 Snow Bunting,1 Bufflehead,

Predictions:
high 58 wind ssw 10-15
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Port Mahon Snowy Owl
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 09:12:50 -0500
For those not on the FaceBook Group, this was just reported there. 

Mike Moore
Newark, DE


Karen Bennett posted in Delaware Birding

Karen Bennett	7:05am Nov 28 
Snowy Owl (1), Short-eared Owl (4) and Northern Harrier (4) at Port Mahon at 
sunrise. Snowy Owl was sitting in marsh opposite fishing pier then flushed by 
Bald Eagle. It returned to marsh but disappeared behind Phragmites patch. 




Sent from my iPad
Subject: New Castle Co: Cackling Goose, etc. at Newark Reservoir on 11/27/2014
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:44:38 -0500
Birders,

A Thanksgiving stroll around the Newark Reservoir yielded a lone Cackling
Goose, 2 blue-morph Snow Geese, 3 Ruddy Ducks, 27 American Pipits, and a
flyover Purple Finch.

Complete list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20695079


Cheers,
Tim Schreckengost
Elkton, MD
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Brandywine Creek Walk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:12:44 -0500
The monthly walk at Brandywine Creek State Park will be tomorrow, Saturday,
November 29th. We'll meet at the nature center observation deck, walk starts
at 8 am. 

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, November 27th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 20:15:14 -0500
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* November 27, 2014
* DEST1411.27
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Mute Swan
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Cooper's hawk
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
Red--shouldered Hawk
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
Golden Eagle
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Laughing Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Horned Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
"Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: November 27, 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 Thursday, November 27th, 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. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Just for the record, no WILD TURKEYS were reported this week, they must all
be hiding. There were NORTHERN BOBWHITES on the back side of Bear Swamp at
Bombay Hook. 

Also at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna has been a EURASIAN
WIGEON seen on the backside of Finis Pool along Raymond Neck Road last
Saturday. That bird has unfortunately not been refound. A bird that did come
back was the SANDHILL CRANE at the back side of Raymond Pool. The CRANE was
photographed with TUNDRA SWAN, including one bird with a larger bill. A
total count of 98 SWANS were reported from the refuge on Tuesday, but watch
carefully for possible TRUMPETER SWANS that still have not officially
recorded in the state. The refuge also had 14 MARBLED GODWITS at Shearness
Pool, 35 AMERICAN AVOCET were at Raymond Pool, WILSON'S SNIPE was reported
at both Shearness Pool and Bear Swamp, And an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flush
accidentally along the woods edge at Finis Pool. Also reported was a ROSS'S
GOOSE among the SNOW GEESE opposite Shearness, plus HORNED and PIED-BILLED
GREBE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER plus BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCK.
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and over 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were reported along
Whitehall Neck Rd. 

More interesting waterfowl was reported this week at Hoopes' Reservoir near
Greenville. A REDHEAD and CANVASBACK were seen on Saturday, along with 65
HOODED and 19 COMMON MERGANSERS. A peak count of 330 RING-NECKED DUCKS was
reported along with BLACK DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCK.
A total of 3 BALD EAGLES, plus RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and WINTER WREN were also
seen. Subsequent visit found 4 WIGEON, 11 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 41 AMERICAN
COOTS at Hillside Mill Cove. The reservoir is private property and difficult
to bird, best access is to park in Valley Garden Park and walk down along Rt
82 to the causeway for unencumbered viewing. 

CACKLING and SNOW GOOSE were reported at Newark Reservoir. Three RING-NECKS
and a RUDDY DUCK were also reported, along with a late LAUGHING GULL. A nice
count of 6 FOX SPARROWS with 12 EASTERN TOWHEES was reported at Fairfield
School Rd, aka Nine Foot Rd., at White Clay Creek State Park. YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, GRAY CATBIRD and HERMIT THRUSH were also found in the brush, plus
a flyover PURPLE FINCH. 

The pond at Carousel Park near Pike Creek had some exotic waterfowl,
included 2 MUTE SWANS, SNOW GOOSE and an interesting hybrid Canada x
domestic goose mix. COOT and PIED-BILLED GREBES were also seen.
RED-SHOULDERED and COOPER'S HAWK were hunting the area. Other birds seen
included EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PURPLE FINCH. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were
seen at the Woodlawn Trustee's property along the Brandywine Creek. Also
seen were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a roost of 150 COMMON CROW. The
previously reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Hockessin was last seen on
Saturday. Let's hope he continued his migration south. 

A late GREEN HERON was reported at the Middletown HS pond. Earlier in the
week, A GREAT EGRET was there. HOODED MERGANSERS were found on Grier's Pond
near Thousand Acre Marsh. Both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were found at
the Port Penn impoundments along Route 9. There were also 6 BONAPARTE'S
GULLS there. The first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW of the season was reported at
entrance to the Spur Trail at Reedy Point, along with PURPLE FINCHES. Four
BUFFLEHEADS were reported at Ft. DuPont near Delaware City, and 300 COOTS
were seen at the Canal Pond opposite Dragon Run. BALD EAGLE and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET were seen at Gunning Bedford and BLACK VULTURE, HAIRY WOODPECKER and
CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen at the Mike Castle Trail along the north side of
the C&D Canal. 

Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach continues to produce interesting waterfowl. A
REDHEAD was seen there Sunday, along with 25 CANVASBACK. A CACKLING GOOSE
was seen, plus AMERICAN WIGEON, GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER
and RUDDY DUCK.  GULLS on the pond included 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKS and 9 late
LAUGHING GULLS. A SAPSUCKER was reported on the trees along the pond edge. 

Indian River Inlet had 22 BONAPARTE'S and a single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Waterfowl there included 2 GREAT CORMORANTS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and
BLACK SCOTER, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, plus BRANT and
SNOW GOOSE offshore. NORTHERN GANNETS were also offshore, some even coming
into the channel of the inlet. 

BRANT, and all three scoters, SURF, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTER were
reported at Cape Henlopen State Park. All three species of eastern
NUTHATCHES, RED-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and WHITE BREASTED were again found
behind the Seaside Nature Center. Thirty SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at the
Point. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also reported at Gordon's Pond. "IPSWICH"
SAVANNAH SPARROW was found on the north side trail. Gordon's Pond harbored
15 AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and 91 BUFFLEHEAD today. GREAT HORNED OWL, WOOD
DUCK, CATBIRD, FOX SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN were also reported
in the park. 

A female COMMON EIDER was seen flying with SURF SCOTERS of Beach Plum
Island, at the south end of Broadkill Beach. Waterfowl at Broadkill Beach
included 5 REDHEAD and 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS with 32 GREATER and 15 LESSER
SCAUP. A raft of 60 RUDDY DUCKS were also reported, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL was along the beach. Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge had greater YELLOWLEGS, BONAPARTE'S GULL and both HOODED and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Prime Hook headquarters had WOODCOCK, CHIPPING
SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH. Twenty-eight HOODED MERGANSERS plus 2 RING-NECKED
DUCKS were seen at Turkle Pond near headquarters. Fowler's Beach continues
to have AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, plus 11 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, SANDERLING
and DUNLIN. The impoundment also had 12 LAUGHING GULLS and 55 TUNDRA SWANS. 

A single RED-THROATED LOON was found at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck
Wildlife Area. Rafts of GREATER SCAUP and SURF SCOTERS were also seen there.
SHOVELER and GADWALL were found in the impoundments. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER
was found in the parking lot to the boat ramp at Port Mahon. A raft of 60
RUDDY DUCKS were offshore.

Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch had a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and the first ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK of the season today, plus12 BALD EAGLES. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at
Cape Henlopen on Monday. 16 BALD EAGLES were seen on Saturday along with 4
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. A big flight of loons included 130 RED-THROATED and 10
COMMON LOONS on Sunday. PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES are also being
reported intermittently. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on Saturday at the
Ashland Nature Ctr., Hawkwatch. That makes a total of 15 GOLDEN EAGLES for
the month. 15 BALD EAGLES were seen this week at Ashland. Also reported were
flyover COMMON LOONS, AMERICAN PIPIT and PURPLE FINCHES. One late EASTERN
PHOEBE was also seen.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Jim White , Mike
Moore, Christine Anderson, Gina Sheridan, Karen Bennett, Ken Wat, Ian
Lebbern,  Kim Steininger, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Wayne Longbottom,
Desiree Narango, Davie Fees, Alissa Kegelman, Chris Rowe, Sue Gruver, Sharon
Lynn, Lynn Smith, Alan Kneidel, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Derek
Stoner, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk
counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. Special tribute to
Anthony Gonzon and Chris Bennett, I forgot to mention them last week.
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 and safe holiday!

-end transcript

Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (27 Nov 2014) 62 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:11:00 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               13            280            483
Turkey Vulture              26            804           1405
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                  12            129            468
Northern Harrier             1             55            345
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            220           1953
Cooper's Hawk                1             29            261
Northern Goshawk             1              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             90            157
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0             12             17
American Kestrel             0             12            991
Merlin                       0             18            498
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:                      62           1688          10034
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn

Visitors:
Thanks to Bruce for assisting with the count today! 
10 visitors. 



Weather:
Partly cloudy turning overcast in the afternoon, temp 3-7C, vis 20km, light
NW, N wind. 


Raptor Observations:
Rough-legged Hawk, Goshawk (juvenile), Black and Turkey Vultures, a few
Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and 12 Bald Eagles. Two resident
adult Bald Eagles. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon (165), Common Loon (56), Great Blue
Heron (12), Horned Grebe, White-winged Scoter (1), Surf and Black Scoter,
DC Cormorant (250) and Great Cormorant (6).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 40F, NW wind 15-20mph

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

Subject: End of the Season Pot-Luck at Ashland Nature Center
From: William Almeida <walmeida AT UNE.EDU>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:13:42 +0000
?I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made it up to the

hill, kept me company, helped out with the watch and made this hawk
watching season as awesome as at it was! To celebrate the season and show
our appreciation for all your hard work we are organizing a pot-luck dinner
at the Nature Center. Not that we need an excuse to get together over great
food, drinks and birds!

The gathering will take place in the Lodge at the Nature Center, December
1st, 6:30/7pm. Potluck style food and drink. All are welcome!
It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Hope to see you there!


Cheers,
Will

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suspect that you were not intended to receive it please delete it and notify 
the sender as soon as possible. 

Subject: End of the Season Pot-Luck at Ashland Nature Center
From: William Almeida <walmeida AT UNE.EDU>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:10:34 +0000
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made it up to the
hill, kept me company, helped out with the watch and made this hawk
watching season as awesome as at it was! To celebrate the season and show
our appreciation for all your hard work we are organizing a pot-luck dinner
at the Nature Center. Not that we need an excuse to get together over great
food, drinks and birds!

The gathering will take place in the Lodge at the Nature Center, December
1st, 6:30/7pm. Potluck style food and drink. All are welcome!
It was a pleasure meeting all of you. Hope to see you there!


Cheers,
Will

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the sender as soon as possible. 

Subject: Bombay Hook swans -- requests for photos and thorough inspections
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:02:17 -0500
For all of us who frequent Bombay Hook NWR,

I urge you to pay special attention to the swans. Sharon Lynn inadvertently
photographed a rather large Tundra-type swan in Raymond Pool today while
admiring the Sandhill Crane. The photographs are inconclusive, as
identification of this species needs good shots of multiple angles of the
bill and/or excellent written description of size/vocalizations etc. But it
is tantalizing.

It seems totally plausible that a Trumpeter Swan could be in Delaware.
Their population as a whole in the region is increasing and they certainly
wintered here historically (John Lawson's early 1700s accounts of
mid-Atlantic avifauna include descriptions of great flocks of Trumpeter
Swans). And, as you may recall, one spent some time last winter in Chadds
Ford not far from Delaware.

Anyways, I send this e-mail as an encouragement to all birders and
photographers who go to Bombay Hook and anywhere else swans frequent.
Please pay special attention to the swans and take photos/notes of any that
seem especially robust. Share your discoveries.

For those inspired by such a challenge, you may find this resource on
identification of Trumpeter vs. Tundra Swans helpful. Written by David
Sibley.

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2006/02/distinguishing-trumpeter-and-tundra-swans/

Also there is this account summarizing some of the historical occurrences
of Trumpeter Swans in the mid-Atlantic.

http://www.carolinabirdclub.org/chat/issues/2006/v70n1trsw.pdf

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (25 Nov 2014) 49 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:11:47 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6            347            692
Turkey Vulture              31            353            679
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   1            117            383
Northern Harrier             0             30            140
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            177           1642
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            292
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            185            387
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              8            655           1136
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             15             18
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              6             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                      49           1948           9678
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie, Joe Russell

Visitors:
2 Visitors plus Joe and David helping out with the watch.  Thanks for all
the help!


Weather:
Northwest and Northerly winds, temperature high of 11.5 C, 100% cloud
cover, overcast all day, full visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly migrating Vultures, resident Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Red-tailed and
Red-shouldered Hawks made appearances along with Bald Eagles searching the
creek and flying back and forth from Conowingo Dam and Hoopes Reservoir.
6 Black Vultures, 31 Turkey Vultures, 1 Bald Eagle, 2 Sharp-shinned Hawks,
1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 8 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
2457 Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron, 13 Ring-billed Gulls, 4 Herring
Gulls

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Nov 2014) 9 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:11:48 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            267            470
Turkey Vulture               0            778           1379
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0            117            456
Northern Harrier             7             54            344
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            215           1948
Cooper's Hawk                0             28            260
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             88            155
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             12             17
American Kestrel             0             12            991
Merlin                       1             18            498
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:                       9           1626           9972
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Susan Gruver

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



Weather:
Overcast, temp 13-11C, vis 20km, light NNW, N winds


Raptor Observations:
Very little hawk migration considering the NNW winds, several Harriers seen
crossing the bay today. Also, one Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Merlin. 
One resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Horned Grebe, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Bonaparte's Gull,
Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron (5 crossing the bay), Great Egret,
Tree Swallow (2), Black and Surf Scoter, and DC Cormorant (85)


Predictions:
RAIN all day and all night, high 45F, N wind 35-40mph
Looks like a nor'easter

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (24 Nov 2014) 51 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:11:25 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               26            341            686
Turkey Vulture               6            322            648
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   6            116            382
Northern Harrier             1             30            140
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            175           1640
Cooper's Hawk                1             30            292
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1            184            386
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              7            647           1128
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             15             18
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              6             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                      51           1899           9629
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Mike Gardner, Sally O'Byrne

Visitors:
2 Visitors.


Weather:
Wind SSW and SW, temperature high of 20.6 C, cloud cover ranged from
15-95%.

Raptor Observations:
26 Black Vultures, 6 Turkey Vultures, 6 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 3
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 7
Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Snow Goose, 22 Canada Geese, 3 Mallards, 13 Ring-billed Gulls.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (23 Nov 2014) 16 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:11:48 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            315            660
Turkey Vulture               1            316            642
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   2            110            376
Northern Harrier             3             29            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            172           1637
Cooper's Hawk                0             29            291
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          2            183            385
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk              4            640           1121
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             15             18
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              6             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                      16           1848           9578
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Angie Barbato, Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger, Mike Gardner

Visitors:
3 Visitors.


Weather:
Southwest winds, temperature high of 12 C, cloud cover ranged from 80-97%.

Raptor Observations:
1 Turkey Vulture, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 4 Sharp-shinned
Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks and 4 Red-tailed Hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
175 Canada Geese, 42 Ring-billed Gulls, 32 Herring Gulls, 2 Purple Finches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Nov 2014) 100 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:11:52 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               16            267            470
Turkey Vulture              73            778           1379
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   4            117            456
Northern Harrier             0             47            337
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            214           1947
Cooper's Hawk                0             28            260
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              2             88            155
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             12             17
American Kestrel             0             12            991
Merlin                       0             17            497
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:                     100           1617           9963
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
5 visitors. Thank you Kevin for your help.


Weather:
heavy fog the first 30 minutes, then slightly less, but still foggy.
Finally cleared, then later afternoon started to come back. Wind
s/sw/wnw/sw/wsw 4.3-7.4. cloud cover 100%-10%,visb 5k,1k,15k

Raptor Observations:
2 local B. Eagle, 1-Adult and 3 Imm. Bald Eagle migrating, One Golden
Eagle. A steady flight of TV's and BV's. We had one kettle of 35 TV's.

Non-raptor Observations:
not many seabirds moving except for a lot of Gannets in very close.
Siskins,RB Nuthatch.  One Gray Seal peeking his head up out of the water
directly in front of us.

Predictions:
high 56, wind NW 5-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: Kent County Highlights
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:29:59 -0500
Hi

I spent a couple of hours birding between Pickering Beach and Bombay Hook 
yesterday. 


Highlight was the continuing Sandhill Crane and a Cackling Goose in Shearness 
Pool at Bombay Hook. Also a Brown Thrasher, 2 Gray Catbirds and 4 Fox Sparrows 
along Pickering Beach Rd. Between Pickering Beach and Port Mahon, there were 
probably 500 Ruddy Ducks out in the Bay but not much else. 


I checked Dover AFB but did not find any large white owls there or anywhere 
else. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

Sent from my iPad
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Nov 2014) 7 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:11:58 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0            251            454
Turkey Vulture               5            705           1306
Osprey                       0              2           2707
Bald Eagle                   0            113            452
Northern Harrier             0             47            337
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            210           1943
Cooper's Hawk                0             28            260
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             22             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0             89
Red-tailed Hawk              0             86            153
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             11             16
American Kestrel             0             12            991
Merlin                       1             17            497
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:                       7           1517           9863
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Sharon for keeping me company and helping to count loons
along with the few raptors! 8 visitors.



Weather:
Overcast with SSW, SW winds, temp 9-14 C, vis 18-20km


Raptor Observations:
Very little activity today with a few Turkey Vultures, one Sharp-shinned
Hawk and one Merlin. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Red-throated Loon moving through (130), Common Loon (10), Red-breasted
Merganser (3), Bufflehead (8), White-winged Scoter (4), Lesser Black-backed
Gull (1), Bonaparte's Gull, DC Cormorant (70).


Predictions:
Rain likely before noon, cloudy, high 68F, S wind 17-22 mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (22 Nov 2014) 54 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:11:57 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               14            315            660
Turkey Vulture               9            315            641
Osprey                       0              2            237
Bald Eagle                   5            108            374
Northern Harrier             4             26            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            168           1633
Cooper's Hawk                0             29            291
Northern Goshawk             0              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          4            181            383
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3512
Red-tailed Hawk             15            636           1117
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             15             18
American Kestrel             0              9            345
Merlin                       0              6             37
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              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:                      54           1832           9562
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
1 visitor plus Kim and David joined me for the watch, thanks for all your
help!


Weather:
Slight SSW, SW winds with some variability, gusts up to 17 mph temperature
high of 5.9 C, low cloud cover until 1 pm until complete overcast quickly
swept in bringing slight drizzle with it. Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Local Cooper's, Red-tail and Red-shouldered Hawks vocally and visibly
present all day. Bald Eagles could not make up their minds whether to move
south or stick around. Late day both right overhead and extremely high
flying Northern Harrier movement and 2 juvenile GOLDEN EAGLES, at 11:35 and
11:56.

14 Black Vultures, 9 Turkey Vultures, 5 migrating Bald Eagles, 4 Northern
Harriers, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 15 Red-tailed Hawks, 4 Red-shouldered
Hawks, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES.

Non-raptor Observations:
535 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards, 2 Common Loons, 35 Ring-billed Gulls, 3
Herring Gulls, 1 late Eastern Phoebe, 1 fly over American Pipit, 5 Purple
Finches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

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
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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
 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
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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
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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
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Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org