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24 May Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Henlopen SP--Nature Center area, May 24, 2016 [Rob Blye ]
24 May Raven at White Clay Creek [Christopher Heckscher ]
24 May Middle Run Bird Walk and Sky Watching Sessions This Week [Derek Stoner ]
23 May bay-breasted warbler [Lloyd ]
23 May White Ibis NCC [ ]
22 May Calico Heron [Jerry ]
22 May Blackburnian Warbler [Judy Montgomery ]
22 May Re: Sooty Shearwater [ ]
22 May Sooty Shearwater [Jerald R ]
21 May Dickcissel - Mis ID [ ]
21 May Dickcissel [ ]
21 May RBA: Birdline Delaware, May 20th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
20 May Ruddy Turnstone @ Port Penn Impoundments [ ]
20 May Bay-breasted Warbler [Jeff & Deborah Climie ]
20 May RT. 9 Perusing [ ]
20 May Common Nighthawks and Chuck-Will-Widows ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
20 May Yard birding competition clarification [Joe Sebastiani ]
20 May mississippi kite on Big Stone Beach Rd. [Steven Graff ]
19 May Fwd: scarlet surprise [ ]
19 May scarlet surprise [ ]
19 May Abbott's Mill, Milford-May 19 Bird Walk [Alice Mohrman ]
19 May Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ashland [joe sebastiani ]
19 May Spontaneous - Nocturnal Flight Call Live Listening Program at Middle Run/Tri State Tonight, 5/19/2016 [Kelley Nunn ]
19 May Willow Flycatcher at Harry's Pond ["Amy O'Neil" ]
18 May Re: Common nighthawk [Andrew McGann ]
17 May RT. 9 Perusing [ ]
17 May White Ibis [ ]
17 May Yard Birding Challenge [Joe Sebastiani ]
16 May Cape henlopen Bird Walks ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
16 May Spring Count in Western Sussex ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
15 May Mississippi Kite at Middle Run [Derek Stoner ]
15 May Common nighthawk [Rodney Murray ]
15 May Don't Miss the DOS May Meeting - Wednesday, May 18 [Anthony Gonzon ]
14 May White Ibis, 5/14/16 [Andrew Ednie ]
14 May DOS Spring Rounup [John and Sandra Janowski ]
14 May Spring Roundup Northern Part of Area 2 [John and Sandra Janowski ]
14 May Spring Count - North of Nanticoke River, west of Seaford ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
14 May Spring Roundup [ ]
14 May Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 May 2016) 9 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 May Lum's Pond and Summit Bridge Ponds - warbler parade continues [Michael Moore ]
14 May yard birds this week [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
14 May Great Egret in Back Yard Creek [susan ruth marengo ]
13 May DOS trip to Coverdale this Sunday [Ian Stewart ]
13 May Painted Bunting - No [Jerald R ]
13 May Middle Run Warblers [Michael Moore ]
13 May Re: de-birds Digest - 11 May 2016 to 12 May 2016 (#2016-122) [Alan Dages ]
12 May RBA: Birdline Delaware, May 12th 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
13 May Bird Banding Session at Middle Run Tomorrow (5/13) Morning [Derek Stoner ]
12 May Additions to Abbott's Mill species list for 5/12 [Alice Mohrman ]
12 May Birds at Brandywine Creek [Andrew Ednie ]
12 May Birdwalk with Jeff Gordon on May 14 at Abbott's Mill Nature Center [Alice Mohrman ]
12 May Abbott's Mill, Milford -Bird Walk Sightings, 5/12 [Alice Mohrman ]
12 May Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co. [Jerald Reb ]
12 May Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co. [Jerald Reb ]
12 May White Clay Creek - Mourning and Kentucky Warblers [Andy Urquhart ]
12 May male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co. [Andrew Ednie ]
12 May Re: Birds are Everywhere [Jerald Reb ]
12 May Birds are Everywhere ["Lynn M. Smith" ]
12 May 300+ Black Skimmers [Rodney Murray ]
12 May Birds are everywhere! [Sharon Lynn ]
11 May Middle Run Spring Migration Survey Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
11 May Cape May, Parula, Pine Siskins - Hockessin [Amy White ]
11 May Sunset Cruises to Pea Patch Island May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm [Bill Stewart ]
11 May Re: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/11 - Dunlin in Caroline Co. ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
11 May RE: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/11 - Dunlin in Caroline Co. ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
10 May Cape Henlopen Tuesday Bird Wal Results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
10 May Tricolored Herons @ Port Penn Impoundments [ ]
10 May Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co. ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
10 May Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co. ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
9 May Bird-A-Thon Big Day, May 6/7; highlights [Mike Hudson ]
9 May Middle Run Birding Opportunities This Week [Derek Stoner ]
9 May Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8 ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
9 May Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8 ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
8 May Common Raven in Newark [Bob Strahorn ]
8 May Phillips Park & James F. Hall Trail, Newark [Alex Zorach ]
8 May Veery and yellow-rumped warbler in Bear [Mariano Mazal ]

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Cape Henlopen SP--Nature Center area, May 24, 2016
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 12:04:53 -0400
Migration is not over yet. We did our own Cape Henlopen SP Tuesday morning
bird walk and came away with > 40 spp including blackpoll, magnolia and
black-throated green warblers.

The warm weather was welcome after we spent the weekend at the PA Society
for Ornithology meeting in Somerset PA at high elevation with steady rain
and temperatures in the 40s. Not good birding weather!

Rob and Carol Blye
Lewes, DE
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Subject: eBird Report - Cape Henlopen SP--Nature Center area, May 24, 2016
To: rwb226 AT cornell.edu


Cape Henlopen SP--Nature Center area, Sussex, Delaware, US
May 24, 2016 9:16 AM - 11:11 AM
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Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.1; Carol and Rob walked the Seaside Nature Trail to bay and then along beach to trail through dunes to camp, then road to remainder of seaside trail and back to point of beginning. 41 species Double-crested Cormorant 1 Black Vulture 2 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 4 at least 4; they were flying around all over the place Ruddy Turnstone 1 on the bay shore Laughing Gull 11 Mourning Dove 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 heard the staccato clucking Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 working pine flowers for insects Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 1 Red-eyed Vireo 5 Fish Crow 1 Purple Martin 36 Estimate; at the martin house near nature center Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 4 Tufted Titmouse 3 Brown-headed Nuthatch 6 Carolina Wren 2 American Robin 9 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 11 Cedar Waxwing 3 Black-and-white Warbler 1 American Redstart 1 Female Magnolia Warbler 2 Yellow Warbler 2 Females Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Cfb only Blackpoll Warbler 7 Pine Warbler 3 singing in mixed pine woods Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Heard singing typical song Chipping Sparrow 4 Field Sparrow 2 Heard Eastern Towhee 1 Northern Cardinal 3 Blue Grosbeak 2 Red-winged Blackbird 1 at feeder Common Grackle 7 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 House Finch 12 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29878037 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- *Rob* Robert W. Blye 34603 Doe Run Lewes DE 19958-3332 302 945-8618 610 213-2413 mobile List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DE-BIRDS List help: DE-BIRDS-request AT princeton.edu
Subject: Raven at White Clay Creek
From: Christopher Heckscher <checkscher AT DESU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 02:26:09 +0000
There was a Raven calling this morning on the very north end of White Clay 
Creek State Park. In fact, the bird may have been over the Pennsylvania portion 
of the preserve. I heard it from along the river less than a 1/4 mile south of 
the state line. This is the first Raven I have heard at White Clay this year 
despite being out there almost every day since early May. 


Kitt Heckscher


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Subject: Middle Run Bird Walk and Sky Watching Sessions This Week
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 01:41:44 +0000
Greetings DE-Birders:


Tomorrow(Tuesday) morning will be the weekly bird walk on the Middle Run 
Birding Trail, from 8:00am to 10:00am. Come on out for this free walk that is 
offered by the Delaware Nature Society as a benefit to our members and the 
birding community, through our partnership with New Castle County Parks. 



With late May bringing new waves of migrant birds through the region, we will 
be offering three evenings of Sky Watching to capitalize on the northbound 
movement of shorebirds and nighthawks. Following the great success of these 
types of sessions pioneered by our birding friends just across the border at 
the Bucktoe Creek Preserve in Kennett Square, we will scan the skies and listen 
for birds moving up the Middle Run Valley. 



On Tuesday (5/24), Wednesday(5/25), and Thursday(5/26) evenings, you are 
invited to meet at the Middle Run parking lot at 6pm. We will watch the valley 
from this prominent point (Trail Marker 1, Sky Watch) until around 8:00pm, at 
which time our crew will transition to a new position at the adjoining 
Tri-State Bird Rescue parking lot and set up a Nocturnal Flight Call (NFC) 
station to help capture the sounds of migrant birds passing overhead until 
9:30pm at the latest. Last Thursday's test run session captured the 
vocalization of a Whimbrel, so who knows what surprises await this week. 



With recent reports of Mississippi Kites in the region, this species is also a 
possibility during these evening watches. Our brief encounter with one of these 
kites at Middle Run on May 15 was captured by bird walk participant Joe 
Flowers, who got the kite on camera as it zoomed past our stunned group. The 
photo is viewable on our eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29710197 



Directions to the Middle Run parking lot are available at: 
 
www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

Delaware Nature Society


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Subject: bay-breasted warbler
From: Lloyd <patch10 AT MAIERASSOCIATES.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 09:04:10 -0400
A gorgeous male bay-breasted warbler in my pine trees,  Oakwood hills 
near McKean high school.

Lloyd Maier

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Subject: White Ibis NCC
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 08:46:34 -0400
White Ibis among huge mixed flock of Glossy Ibis, Cattle Egret and Gulls 
foraging  AT  Port Penn / Pole Bridge Crossroads North AG Field. 


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Subject: Calico Heron
From: Jerry <jerryhull AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 21:24:14 -0400
With the help of Jerry Am Ende and Derek Stoner they kindly ID’d this bird 
for me today and Derek submitted this narrative. "Calico Heron", which is 
simply a juvenile Little Blue Heron transitioning into adult plumage. The white 
juveniles transition into their blue coloration of adulthood during their 
second summer. Calico Heron is a fitting nickname for this stage, because they 
have a very mottled or calico pattern of blues and whites during this time 
period. 


Photographed at the northern end of Shearness at Bombay Hook NWR this 
afternoon. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/doxydad/27149405396/in/dateposted-public/

Jerry Hull
Clayton, DE

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Subject: Blackburnian Warbler
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 13:30:33 -0400
Delaware Dunlins youth birders had an extra special treat today! While
enjoying the shorebird show at Mispillion, Ryan Lazlo found a Blackburnian
Warbler on rocks right by the deck!!! Cameras were clicking! Observed for
~30 minutes before it left.

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Subject: Re: Sooty Shearwater
From: James Tyler Bell <00000085b810a3aa-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 13:49:09 +0000
Cape Henlopen or maybe Indian River Inlet. Kurt Schwarz reported almost zero 
visibility at OC inlet earlier today so be prepared for poor visibility 
anywhere along the coast. 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

      From: Jerald R 
 To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
 Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 9:43 AM
 Subject: [de-birds] Sooty Shearwater
   
Hello,

I'm heading down to the beach this afternoon to get red knot, and I was 
wondering if there is anywhere I could potentially see Sooty Shearwater from 
shore like you can in Maryland? 


Thanks,

Jerald

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Subject: Sooty Shearwater
From: Jerald R <Jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 09:43:54 -0400
Hello,

I'm heading down to the beach this afternoon to get red knot, and I was 
wondering if there is anywhere I could potentially see Sooty Shearwater from 
shore like you can in Maryland? 


Thanks,

Jerald

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Subject: Dickcissel - Mis ID
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 14:52:46 -0400
My apologies - The pics I received from a casual Birder appear to be Eastern 
Meadowlarks in flight. I should have studied them before getting the word out! 
Sorry to anyone who chased the birds! 


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Subject: Dickcissel
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 12:37:10 -0400
There is a male Dickcissel  AT  the entrance to the Charles Price Park on Levels 
RD. 


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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, May 20th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 09:19:40 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*May 20, 2016
* DEST1605.20
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
American Wigeon
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
MISSISSIPPI KITE
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
King Rail 
Common Gallinule
American Coot
SANDHILL CRANE
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-Billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Least Tern
Royal Tern 
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-Wills-Widow
Eastern Whippoorwill
Red-headed Woodpecker
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
Willow Flycatcher 
Least Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Veery
Northern Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
American Goldfinch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: May 20, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, May 20th,  this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased
to 297 species this week. This has been one of the better spring migrations
on record, with 30 species of warbler seen this week.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in two locations in Delaware. One was seen
flying over Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on Monday. Another
MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported at Big Stone Beach Road and Milford Neck
Wildlife Area yesterday. Also reported was a SWALLOW-TAIL KITE at the Cape
Henlopen Hawkwatch in Cape Henlopen State Park on Saturday afternoon.

There were two sightings of WHITE IBIS at opposite ends of the state. Eight
WHITE IBIS, including one sub-adult was seen flying in to the Rehoboth
Marshes south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park on Saturday.
This area is located on the bayside of Route 1 between Key Box and Conquest
Road. There's lots of activity in this area, other birds seen included
TRICOLORED, LITTLE BLUE, and GREEN HERON, plus 50 SNOWY EGRETS and 25
OSPREY. GREEN HERON was also seen flying over Dewey Beach. Another WHITE
IBIS was seen again behind Kathy's Restaurant in Delaware City along Route
9. The WHITE IBIS was seen with several GLOSSY IBIS and 30 CATTLE EGRETS.

The Heron census at Veteran's Park by the ABA headquarters in Delaware City
had 3 BLACK CROWNED and 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, along with 52 GREAT
EGRETS, 54 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 270 CATTLE EGRET, and 240 GLOSSY IBIS. Also
reported were 4 BALD EAGLES, 6 OSPREY and a PEREGRINE FALCON, plus SPOTTED
SANDPIPER and large flocks of 200+ SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, along with WOOD
DUCK, PURPLE MARTIN, BANK, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. 

Flycatchers of finally arrived this last week. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was
seen yesterday at Ashland Nature Center near Hockessin. Also reported at
Ashland this week was WILLOW and LEAST FLYCATCHER on Sunday. WILLOW
FLYCATCHER was also reported at Harry's Pond in Brandywine Town Center, the
Ag Farm in Newark, at Bombay Hook, and Cape Henlopen State Park. 

Other reports from Ashland included a BROAD-WINGED HAWK on Sunday plus
migrating DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. YELLOW-THROATED and WARBLING VIREOS were
found along the creek bottom. WARBLERS seen included WILSON'S, MAGNOLIA,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and YELLOW. Other rarities included
SWAINSON'S THRUSH and BLUE GROSBEAK. The last PINE SISKIN was reported at
the White's feeder near Yorklyn on Sunday. 

Goatsuckers made a big splash in the state. There was an amazing discovery
of a CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW calling Saturday morning in White Clay Creek State
Park. This is the first report of this species north of the canal. A COMMON
NIGHTHAWK was seen roosting by the kiosk at the Ashton Tract at Thousand
Acre Marsh near Port Penn. NIGHTHAWK was also seen flying over White Clay
Creek State Park, the Route 273 retention pond in Bear, Ashland Nature
Center, and the First State National Historical Park, Woodlawn Tract, north
of Wilmington. Downstate, COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen flying over downtown
Dover, at Cods Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, at Herring Point
in Cape Henlopen State Park, in Seaford, at Angola Neck, and at Assawoman
Wildlife Refuge near Fenwick Island. Also reported Assawoman were 6
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW. CHUCKS were also reported at Rementer- Rum Road near
Georgetown, and Cape Henlopen State Park. Four WHIP-POOR-WILLS were reported
at Big Stone Beach and CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was heard at Bennett's Pier in
Milford Neck Wildlife Area.  

SANDHILL CRANES were also found at opposite ends of the state on Saturday.
Three was seen flying over the Nanticoke River east of Seaford. Another
SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over Thousand Acre Marsh towards the canal
heading towards Delaware City.

Also reported at Thousand Acre Marsh this last weekend was a GULL-BILLED
TERN. LEAST BITTERN was at Grier's Pond. A TRICOLORED HERON and 3 LITTLE
BLUE HERONS were seen at the Ashton Track along with 17 BALD EAGLES. There
was also SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and calling NORTHERN BOBWHITE. Warblers seen
included BAY-BREASTED, CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, YELLOW-THROATED,
WORM-EATING, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. SUMMER TANAGER was also found in the
pines plus a late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. A late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was
found at the Mike Castle Trail near Delaware City on Sunday. 

A RUDDY TURNSTONE and 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at the Port Penn
impoundments of Augustine Wildlife Area. COMMON GALLINULE and TRICOLORED
HERON were reported at Port Penn on Saturday. 14 CASPIAN TERNS were seen on
Monday. There was an influx of landbirds in the woods by the dike trail,
including YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, TENNESSEE, BLACKPOLL, YELLOW-THROATED and
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS.  COMMON GALLINULE was also found at Hangman's
Creek near Stave's Landing. NORTHERN HARRIER was found at Stave's Landing
south of Odessa, plus  KING and CLAPPER RAIL. A peak count of 24 CLIFF
SWALLOWS were reported at the Appoquinmink Bridge on Route 9. 6 CLIFF
SWALLOWS were seen at the Fleming's Landing Bridge. 

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also found at Lum's Pond State Park on Saturday.
Another WHITE-THROAT was at the Van Dyke Tract in Blackbird State Forest
along with BLACK-BILLED and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was
found at the Tybouts Tract of Blackbird State Forest along with
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and BARRED OWL. BOBOLINK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, SAVANNAH
and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were at Charles E. Price Park in Middletown. 

Besides the previously mentioned MISSISSIPPI KITE at Middle Run, this place
is been a hotbed of birding activity. Other raptors seen included OSPREY,
COOPER'S, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, plus flyover COMMON LOON and 2 LAUGHING
GULLS. A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen by the ponds. Warblers seen included
WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY, TENNESSEE, WILSON'S, MAGNOLIA, PARULA, BLACK-THROATED
BLUE and GREEN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Other
highlights included BLUE GROSBEAK, WARBLING VIREO, VEERY and SWAINSON'S
THRUSH.

BLACK-BILLED and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO continue to be found at White Clay
Creek State Park at Wedgewood Road. WARBLERS reported included a HOODED
WARBLER at Hopkins Bridge plus BLUE-WINGED, CAPE MAY, BLACKBURNIAN,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH. At least 3 BARRED OWLS were also been reported along the creek
this spring.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was found in Arden by the Candlelight Dinner Theater.
Other birds seen in the Arden Woods included BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, PARULA, and BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. Thrushes
along Naaman's Creek included GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S and VEERY.

A drake HOODED MERGANSER was seen Saturday at Bombay Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Smyrna along with NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, RUDDY DUCK, plus AMERICAN COOT. A MUTE SWAN continues to be seen
at Sheerness Pool. Three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen with
BLACK-CROWNS at Night Heron Island on Friday. Shorebirds included
BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, and 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. NORTHERN BOBWHITE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were found behind Bear Swamp.

Three WESTERN SANDPIPERS were found among the peep at Little Creek Wildlife
Management Area. Sandpipers seen included 2700 DUNLIN, 250 LEAST SANDPIPER,
plus STILT, SPOTTED, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WILLET, LESSER and GREATER
YELLOWLEGS. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen with a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
plus 130 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and 9 GLOSSY IBIS.

RED KNOTS were seen at Port Mahon and Pickering Beach. 500 RUDDY TURNSTONE
were at Port Mahon, plus an immature LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. BLACK SKIMMER
was seen earlier in the week, along with a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 

200 RED KNOTS were reported at Mispillion Inlet from the DuPont Nature
Center, with 500 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 2000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 1000
DUNLIN, and 50 SANDERLING. Also seen were 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 4 AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER. Both MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON have been seen in the area. 

The big flock of 230 BLACK SKIMMERS are along the Prime Hook Beach Road.
LEAST TERNS were on the sandbars. Six BLACK-NECKED STILTS and 215
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS plus SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and RED
KNOT were in the field by Cods and Prime Hook Road, A female HOODED
MERGANSER was seen at Turkle's Pond in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
SUMMER TANAGER was reported in the woods by the entrance gate. WILD TURKEYS
were seen in the fields through the refuge. BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen along
the Blue Goose Trail. Warblers reported included BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN,
CAPE MAY, CANADA, MAGNOLIA, PROTHONOTARY, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A HOODED WARBLER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were found
along Deep Branch Road. 

Here has been an influx of BAY-BREASTED WARBLER reports this year. Reports
were from Casio Mill Road in Newark, Lum's Pond State Park, Little Creek
Wildlife Management Area, Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Greenwood,
Georgetown, and Old Landing in Rehoboth Beach. 

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and 6 PIPING PLOVERS were seen at The Point in Cape
Henlopen State Park. BRANT, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, and MERLIN were
also seen at the point. ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE GROSBEAKS were seen on the
feeders at the Seaside Nature Center, along with 6 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES.
BLACK SKIMMER and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen from Herring Point. A
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was at the Monroe Ave Ponds. AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER was also reported at Gordon's Pond. 

A single ROYAL TERN was at Indian River Inlet, with 12 COMMON and 40
FORESTER'S TERNS. RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen flying up the
beach. 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on the beach north of the inlet.
TRICOLORED HERON and COMMON LOON were seen at the North Marina. 

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still being seen at various locations in Sussex
Co. A pair was at Assawoman Wildlife Area. Another was seen at Assawoman's
Piney Creek Unit near Dagsboro. A pair continues to be seen at Angola Neck
near Herring Creek. A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Redden
State Forest along Raccoon Ditch Road. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at
Phillip's Landing at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel today. 

There was a very late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at a feeder in Bay Vista near
Rehoboth on Wednesday. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found along Holly Tree Road,
north of Ellendale. A VESPER SPARROW was found along Maple Branch Road in
Redden State Forrest. SUMMER TANAGER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were found at
Redden's Headquarter tract, warblers seen included WORM-EATING, KENTUCKY,
MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and YELLOW-THROATED. 

A HOODED and WILSON'S WARBLER was found at the Pete Gum Tract in the
Nanticoke Wildlife Area on Saturday, along with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
MAGNOLIA, YELLOW-RUMP, YELLOW-THROATED and PROTHONOTARY. BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were also at Pete Gum. VEERY and
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were at Chapel Branch Nature Area in Seaford, along with
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. 

The PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen in downtown Wilmington. They are
currently raising 4 hatchlings and things are getting very hectic. Their
nest box is on the Brandywine Building along Pennsylvania Ave. A SCARLET
TANAGER was seen in Surrey Park.  A leucistic AMERICAN GOLDFINCH was
reported in Alapocos Woods. LESSER SCAUP, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, NORTHERN
SHOVELERS plus AMERICAN COOT were seen at the Veolia Water Treatment Plant
near Cherry Island. 4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS and 12 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were also
at the ponds. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Rod Murray,
Andrea Martin, Andy McGann, Will Almeida, Hank Davis, John Janowski, Mike
Moore, Bob Crows, Don Morgan, Jeff Climie, Chris Machulski, Susie Ball, Jeff
Holmes, Vince Gambal, Mike Smith, Keith Leonard, Sally O'Byrne, Alice
Mohrman, Steve Mickletz, Keith Maley, Chris Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Richard
Jullian, Phil Thompson, Andy Urquhard, Nancy Goggin, Bob Edelen, Matt
Sarver, Racheal Shapiro, Robert Blye, Colin Campbell, George Armistead, Ian
Stewart, Rich Clifton, Joe Swertinski, Hannah Greenberg Kelly Nunn, Dave
Fees, Glen Lovelace, , Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, Amy
White, John Long, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Amy and Parker O'Neil,
Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Alissa
Kegelman, Tim Freiday, Melanie Mancuso, John Dunn, Teddy Burke, and Joe
Russell. Sorry if I missed anybody, there were lots reports to go through
this 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!

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone @ Port Penn Impoundments
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 17:50:47 -0400
A single bird on mud best seen from phrag pulloff on Rt. 9

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Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler
From: Jeff & Deborah Climie <climie99 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 16:09:00 -0400
We were walking Finis Woods this morning around 11:15, near the corner of
Parsons Point Rd. and saw a male bay-breasted warbler in beautiful colors.

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Subject: RT. 9 Perusing
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 14:10:30 -0400
I just picked up 9 species of shorebird  AT  the Augustine Causeway Pumphouse 
opposite side. All packed tightly into a small mud spot preening and foraging 
30 feet from rt. 9. Highlights were 3 White-rumped Sandpipers, 4 Short-billed 
Dowitchers and plenty of breeding plumage Dublin. The birds are being harassed 
and flush often. 


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Subject: Common Nighthawks and Chuck-Will-Widows
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 13:33:30 +0000
Common Nighthawks calling both off the dunes on the Bay beach and up on Great 
Dune at Cape Henlopen State Park last night. 


Chuck-will's-widows also calling in the dunes off the Bay beach.


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
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From:    Andrew McGann 
Subject: Re: Common nighthawk

Hey all,

I want to thank Rodney Murray for sharing the information about the roosting 
Common Nighthawk at Ashton Tract. My fiancée and I were able to visit at 
midday and get great looks at this bird. Several other birders got great looks 
too. 


But the midday lighting was kind of lousy and sleeping birds can be boring, so 
I returned at dusk to watch the bird wake up and fly off to start its night of 
hunting and/or migrating. The Nighthawk was still present in the evening, and 
it was nice to see that it obviously wasn’t disturbed, despite its rather 
public roosting site. 


Even as the ambient light dropped, the bird remained mostly stock-still, so I 
sped up the video footage to time-lapse speeds, alternating between 4x, 8x, and 
16x. (Not the smoothest video because it was windy and the tree blows around.) 


The biggest surprise to me was that the bird hardly stretched before flying 
off. I was expecting some wing-leg stretches like many birds do after sitting 
still for so long. I slowed down the video to half speed when the bird finally 
takes off in the dim light. 


Video link:  
https://vimeo.com/167165593

Good birding,
Andy McGann

—
Andy McGann
New Castle County, DE




On Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 8:29 AM, Rodney Murray wrote:




> A Common Nighthawk is presently perched/sleeping on a branch of a 
> honey locust to the right of the kiosk (I think that's what it is; it 
> is in
> bloom) directly in front of the pkg lot at Ashton Tract. Best seen a 
> few feet after kiosk. Look up and to the right to the tree. 
> Conspicuous from the back edge of the pkg lot itself, too. Prob a good photo 
op. 

> Rod Murray. Middletown DE
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Subject: Yard birding competition clarification
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 06:13:16 -0400
Yard birders: regarding the email I sent out the other day about the yard 
birding challenge, I want to clarify one rule. You ARE allowed to enter 
Nocturnal Flight Calls recorded by microphone from your yard to your yard list. 
The catch is that you need to be "live listening" and can't just leave the 
recorder on all night. Those need to be entered on a separate eBird account, 
and not your personal account. 


If you are interested in what eBird says about Nocturnal Flight Call Counts, 
please visit: http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010492. 


It is really interesting stuff, and the people who are doing this are adding a 
lot to our understanding of what is flying overhead when we sleep. 


Kelley Nunn did a program on this last night at Middle Run Natural Area for 
Delaware Nature Society. How did it go Kelley??? 


Joe

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Subject: mississippi kite on Big Stone Beach Rd.
From: Steven Graff <00000126c3a82ff5-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 02:32:17 +0000
Had a Mississippi Kite on Big Stone Beach Road Thursday evening at dusk.

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Subject: Fwd: scarlet surprise
From: "Donald H. Morgan" <000001324b6fbc78-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 16:32:57 -0400
Several red birds playing around the feeder and birdbath just now, right in the 
middle of this north Wilmington development (Surrey Park)---but look, one has 
black wings and no crest! My first scarlet tanager ever, here, among the 
cardinals. 

                                               Don Morgan 


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Subject: scarlet surprise
From: "Donald H. Morgan" <000001324b6fbc78-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 16:22:12 -0400
Several red birds playing around the feeder and birdbath just now, right in the 
middle of this north Wilmington development (Surrey Park)---but look, one has 
black wings and no crest! My first scarlet tanager ever, here, among the 
cardinals. 

                                               Don Morgan 

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Subject: Abbott's Mill, Milford-May 19 Bird Walk
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:06:48 -0400
Beautiful morning. Quiet on our trails until 9:15am. Wonderful sightings of 
Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Black & White, Common Yellowthroat and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers! Eastern Wood-Pewee was surprised to catch an insect 
while singing! The regulars were quiet: N. Cardinal, G. Catbird but the Great 
Crested Flycatchers were calling back and forth. 


Next walk: Thursday, May 26, 2016. Meet at 8:30 am in the parking lot at 
Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Road, Milford. Beginners & 
experts welcome. Binoculars available to borrow. 


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher at Ashland
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 17:44:49 +0000
This morning on the Ashland Nature Center bird walk, our best bird was an 
Olive-sided Flycatcher by the Wildflower Brook campfire area. It was even doing 
a little singing, "Quick, three beers!" Otherwise, warblers included Blackpoll, 
Black-and-white, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, and 
Canada Warbler. Last week is the final Thursday bird walk at Ashland for the 
season. Come join us at 8am! Full checklist from this morning is below. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29772999


Joe Sebastiani
Ashland Nature Center Manager

Delaware Nature Society
Ashland Nature Center
3511 Barley Mill Road
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delnature.org



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Subject: Spontaneous - Nocturnal Flight Call Live Listening Program at Middle Run/Tri State Tonight, 5/19/2016
From: Kelley Nunn <kelley.nunn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:11:57 -0400
Hey, DE Birders!

This spring, the Delaware Nature Society and I will be hosting a handful of
Nocturnal Flight Call Live Listening Sessions at Tri State Bird
Rescue/Middle Run Natural Area. Tonight, May 19th, will be a trial run of
this program at this new location, which will be FREE and open to the
public from 6:30pm-9:30pm. The plan for tonight is as follows:

We'll meet in the parking lot at Middle Run Natural Area at 6:30pm, take an
evening walk around Middle Run in search of migrants preparing for takeoff
and flyover Common Nighthawks. Then, at 8:00pm, we'll head over to the Tri
State Bird Rescue building, where I'll give a short presentation on
Nocturnal Flight Calls (NFCs) and the recording process. Afterwards, we'll
sit outside and listen to the night sky for flyover nocturnal migrants as
we record and analyze flight call spectrograms. The program will end at
9:30, or later, depending on our success.

Birds that we are likely to hear NFCs for include: migrant warblers, local
shorebird species, Yellow/Black-billed Cuckoo, Bobolink, Swainson's Thrush,
Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Savannah Sparrow, and more.

If you're interested in attending, please RSVP to me by email at:
kelley.nunn AT gmail.com.

Don't forget to bring a chair and dress for the post-sunset chilly air!

Hope to see you there!

-Kelley Nunn
kelley.nunn AT gmail.com

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher at Harry's Pond
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 09:31:04 -0400
This bird has most likely been there since at least Tuesday, but this morning 
was the first time it sang (fitz-bew) and gave me a nice look. It is in the 
willows at the edge of the pond, directly across the pond from the Tutor Time 
child care building, close to the observation platform (which is private 
property, so don't observe from it). 


Other highlights seen at the pond this morning were: Green Heron, Blue 
Grosbeak, Amer. Redstart, Blackpoll Warbler, & Cedar Waxwings. 


This morning there were no shorebirds, but yesterday there were both Spotted 
and Solitary Sandpipers (at one point standing together on the same rock for a 
nice comparison, before they chased each other around). Also, there have been 
Yellow Warblers, C. Yellowthroats, Warbling Vireos, E. Kingbirds and Orchard & 
Baltimore Orioles around, plus the resident Killdeer pair. 


Harry's Pond is located on the Lowe's/Regal Theater end of the Brandywine Town 
Center off of both Naaman's Rd. & Concord Pike (202). 


Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington

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Subject: Re: Common nighthawk
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 15:31:13 -0400
Hey all,

I want to thank Rodney Murray for sharing the information about the roosting 
Common Nighthawk at Ashton Tract. My fiancée and I were able to visit at 
midday and get great looks at this bird. Several other birders got great looks 
too. 


But the midday lighting was kind of lousy and sleeping birds can be boring, so 
I returned at dusk to watch the bird wake up and fly off to start its night of 
hunting and/or migrating. The Nighthawk was still present in the evening, and 
it was nice to see that it obviously wasn’t disturbed, despite its rather 
public roosting site. 


Even as the ambient light dropped, the bird remained mostly stock-still, so I 
sped up the video footage to time-lapse speeds, alternating between 4x, 8x, and 
16x. (Not the smoothest video because it was windy and the tree blows around.) 


The biggest surprise to me was that the bird hardly stretched before flying 
off. I was expecting some wing-leg stretches like many birds do after sitting 
still for so long. I slowed down the video to half speed when the bird finally 
takes off in the dim light. 


Video link:  
https://vimeo.com/167165593

Good birding,
Andy McGann

—  
Andy McGann
New Castle County, DE




On Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 8:29 AM, Rodney Murray wrote:




> A Common Nighthawk is presently perched/sleeping on a branch of a honey
> locust to the right of the kiosk (I think that's what it is; it is in
> bloom) directly in front of the pkg lot at Ashton Tract. Best seen a few
> feet after kiosk. Look up and to the right to the tree. Conspicuous from
> the back edge of the pkg lot itself, too. Prob a good photo op.
> Rod Murray. Middletown DE
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Subject: RT. 9 Perusing
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 17:37:33 -0400
On another note, water levels are down which means mud levels are up! The 
Impoundments and Causeway were littered with peeps today! I didn't have time to 
scan but could easily see from my mobile bird blind! 


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Subject: White Ibis
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 15:55:03 -0400
There is currently a juvenile White Ibis in DE City behind the seafood 
restaurant. 


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Subject: Yard Birding Challenge
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 06:11:04 -0400
Delaware Birders: It is never too late to join the Delaware Yard Birding 
Challenge. Set a goal for the year, and see how many species of birds you can 
identify from your yard. This contest is run through eBird.org, but is 
sponsored by the Delmarva Ornithological Society. The rules and leaders are 
below. Have fun, and I bet you will be surprised by what stops in your yard, 
and flies over your airspace. 


 1.. Any species your see or hear while you are physically in your yard counts 
towards your species total. 

  2.. Fly-overs count. (This may be how you get your best birds!).  
 3.. You may NOT use computers to analyze nocturnal flight calls to count for 
your competitive yard list. Create a separate location in eBird for these 
lists. 

  4.. The contest is for each calendar year.
 5.. Yards are divided into the following categories: (a) apartments (window 
and balcony birding only); (b) yards less than 1-acre; (c) yards 1-5 acres; and 
(d) yards greater than 5-acres. 

  6.. Enter your sightings into www.ebird.org.
 7.. Here is how to set up and name your yard: Go birding in your yard for the 
first time. Afterwards, visit www.ebird.org. If you don't have an account, set 
up your free personal account. Go to "Submit Observations" and find your house 
on the map. Mark that location and name your location "Your last name Yard" and 
put the letter that pertains to the size of your yard at the end. Enter your 
sightings and submit them. Additionally, the first time you do this, you need 
to "Add Your Yard" so that ebird knows you want it to show in the "Yard 
Results" section for Delaware. Just go to the "Explore Data" tab in ebird. 
Click "Yard Totals" then click "Add a Yard", click your yard name from your 
list of locations, and save it. Your yard totals will now show in the "Yard 
Totals" section, and everyone will be able to see where your yard sightings 
rank for the year, month, and overall yard life-list total. You won't have to 
"Add Your Yard" after you do it the first time, as ebird will automatically 
update your totals! 

The leaders for the year in Delaware so far are as follows:

Sharon Lynn - 99 species
B. Griffin - 96 sp.
Nancy Goggin - 92 sp.
Philip Thompson - 86 sp.
Chris Rowe - 85 sp.
Jerald Reb - 84 sp.
Sue Gruver - 72 sp.
Amy White - 71 sp.
Lynn Smith - 67 sp.
Joel Martin - 67 sp.

Enjoy birding in the yard.  Joe Sebastiani

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Subject: Cape henlopen Bird Walks
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 20:27:20 +0000
Hello

The Cape Henlopen Spring Tuesday morning bird walks are done for the season.

Thanks and we'll start them back up in mid-September.


Cheers

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

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Subject: Spring Count in Western Sussex
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 02:15:10 +0000
Sorry for the late post, but I was pulling double duty this weekend by 
attending the big quadrennial Delmarva Council Boy Scout Jamboree in Dover this 
weekend while also covering my usual territory from Seaford to Georgetown for 
part of Saturday. 



My count started off with a BANG at 4:30 am when a deer jumped out of a patch 
of fog and right into my car resulting in a seriously crumpled hood and no 
grill left to speak of. Thankfully, the car was still perfectly driveable 
despite it looking like a wreck. 



Like John Janowski, Saturday was the best for my territory dating back to when 
I started in 2000. I suspected it would be good when I heard lots of chips 
overhead as I stopped to listen for owls. Birds were on the move. 



At dawn I was treated to a good number of migrant warblers at the Old Furnace 
Wildlife Area, including Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Parula, Redstart, 
and Northern Waterthrush, along with some of the better local breeders like 
Yellow-throated, Worm-eating, Prothonotary Warblers, and Louisiana Waterthrush. 
Three Swainson's Thrushes put in an appearance in the same area. 



Coupled with the neo-tropical migrant wave was the fact that the recent rains 
had flooded farm fields in the area, providing fantastic stop-over habitat for 
shorebirds. While the likes of both Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted, and Least 
Sandpipers, Semipalmated and Black-bellied Plovers, and Short-billed Dowitcher 
are commonly seen along the coast and Bayshore, a count of nine shorebirds so 
far inland is far greater than my average of three. 



But all this pales in comparison to the three SANDHILL CRANES flew overhead 
while I was along the Nanticoke River a mile upriver from Seaford. Their 
bugling first caught my attention, and then they flew into view flying in a 
tight triangle formation heading south. They ended up circling the area where 
Deep Creek and the Nanticoke join at Seaford just east of Route 13, but 
unfortunately they did not land, but rather ended up heading south, possibly 
down the river. 



By 5 in the afternoon I headed back to the Jamboree just ahead of the strong 
line of storms that passed through Delaware, ending up with 110 species. 



David Fees

Seaford, DE

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Subject: Mississippi Kite at Middle Run
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 10:29:03 -0400
A Mississipi Kite just flew over Cherry Tree Island (Trail Marker 3) on the 
Middle Run Birding Trail, headed East with a strong West wind pushing it along. 
Observed by our morning bird walk group. Photos taken. 


Keep your eyes to the sky!

Derek Stoner

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Subject: Common nighthawk
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 08:29:50 -0400
A Common Nighthawk is presently perched/sleeping on a branch of a honey
locust to the right of the kiosk (I think that's what it is; it is in
bloom) directly in front of the pkg lot at Ashton Tract.  Best seen a few
feet after kiosk.  Look up and to the right to the tree.  Conspicuous from
the back edge of the pkg lot itself, too.  Prob a good photo op.
Rod Murray.  Middletown DE

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Subject: Don't Miss the DOS May Meeting - Wednesday, May 18
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 07:09:10 -0400
Greetings all,

As the Delaware Bird-A-Thon closes and we head towards the warm days of
summer, why not join DOS this Wednesday and learn a bit about some of our
most secretive avian species - marsh birds!  In addition, the DOS Council
will be announcing its slate of officers for the 2016-17 DOS year to be
approved by the Society at the June Picnic!

Our invited speaker will be Tim Freiday, presenting "King Rails and other
Marsh Birds of the Delmarva Peninsula"!

The Saltmarsh Habitat and Avian Research Program (SHARP) has been working
throughout the eastern US to improve our knowledge and conservation efforts
to within our valuable saltmarsh habitats.  Join DOS and our invited
speaker, Tim Freiday, as he discusses how his research fits into the SHARP
collaboration.  Tim will highlight the relative abundance and distribution
of different marsh bird species within the Delmarva Peninsula, and will
emphasize the research that he has conducted on King Rails in this region.
Come learn how Tim has worked to develop an adaptive sampling protocol that
includes the use of automatic recording units in the marsh in order to get a
handle on the effect of observer presence on call rates of rails.

Tim is a wildlife ecology master's candidate at the university of Delaware
in Dr. Greg Shriver's lab.  He has enjoyed birds and the outdoors his whole
life, and feels the need to try to conserve and enhance our natural heritage
for future generations.  Tim also enjoys wetlands and has specialized in
working with them for the past six years.

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

Meeting begins at 7:30 PM Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE

Visit
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/dos-monthly-meeting-kings-rails-marsh-birds-de
lmarva-peninsula/ for more info!

Good birding, 

Anthony Gonzon
DOS Program Chair

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Subject: White Ibis, 5/14/16
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 21:49:43 -0400
I was birding Spring Roundup today with Joe Russell and Joe Swertinski from
Rehoboth to Indian River Inlet. Our best species was 8 White Ibis flying in
from the south and landing in the Rehoboth Marshes at Delaware Seashore
State Park. This spot is on the bay side, between Key Box and Conquest Road.
Lots of bird activity here today, had 35 snowy egrets, 4 Tricolored Herons
and 2 Little Blue herons, plus 1500 Laughing Gulls. The ibis were immatures,
except for one mostly adult bird. This bird still had some brown feathers,
but mostly white plumage with red face and pink legs, plus white wings with
black tips. 

Andy

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Subject: DOS Spring Rounup
From: John and Sandra Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 17:08:06 -0500
 I forgot one more highlight probably because it's not on my list (write in) 
and it happened at 5:15 this morning. A Sandhill Crane called as it flew across 
Thousand Acre Marsh towards the Canal. That makes two Roundup counts in a row 
for a crane. 

 
 John Janowski

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Subject: Spring Roundup Northern Part of Area 2
From: John and Sandra Janowski <jsbirders AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 16:44:44 -0500
 I've been covering the area just south of the Canal east of the RR Bridge for 
almost 30 years, and today by far has been the best. My count so far is 94 
species and if it clears I'm again looking for night herons. Missing is Rock 
Pigeon. Highlights included 17 species of warbler including and Mike Moore will 
appreciate this a breeding plumage Bay-breasted Warbler at eye level with 4 
other species of warblers. Most of the warblers were found at Joy Run, Ashton 
Tract, and the Warren Tract, three places where I lead DOS trips annually. The 
lighting this morning was perfect! Other highlights included a Gull-billed Tern 
at Thousand Acre Marsh, Tricolored Heron at Ashton, and watching an adult Bald 
Eagle snatch a foot long bass from the middle of the Canal. Because of the 
weight/size of the catch the eagle soon landed and consume it from the ground. 
Truly an awesome day of birding! By the way that was one of 17 Bald Eagles for 
the day, something you never saw 30 years ago. 

 
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Subject: Spring Count - North of Nanticoke River, west of Seaford
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 21:26:36 +0000
Hello,

 Pete Gum Wildlife Area was fantastic this morning. First up was a Wilson's 
Warbler along the roadbetween the bridge and state line. The a flock of 
Blackpoll (4), a Yellow, a Yellow-rump and a Northern Waterthrush at the end of 
the trail out to the river. The trail to the far end of the area had several 
Parula, Redstart, Magnolias and another Northern Waterthrush. Coming out where 
this trail where it crosses the small stream, I got great looks at a singing 
Hooded Warbler. In 20 years, I have never had Wilson's or Hooded on a spring 
count. In fact, this is the only Hooded I have seen on the west side of the 
county (during the MD atlas project, there was one report nearby). In addition 
there were the usual suspects like Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, 3 
Yellow-throated Vireo, a Brown-headed Nuthatch. 


 At Chapel Branch Nature Area , there were abundant Redstart and I added a 
Black-throated Green. There were migrant thrushes here - 2 Veery seen and a 
Grey-cheeked heard. 


 ?I haven't tallied all the numbers yet, but it is something like 105 species 
and 20 warblers. Quite an enjoyable day. And now for more rain.... 



Good birding,

Glen Lovelace III

Seaford, DE

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Subject: Spring Roundup
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 16:51:09 -0400
I covered Port Penn Impoundments down to Staves Landing. Final tally was 95 
species. 11 Warbler species. Notable misses were Spotted Sandpiper, Scarlet 
Tanager, Belted Kingfisher and Green Heron. The water levels  AT  the Port Penn 
Impoundments have been too high for prime shorebird stopover real estate. Most 
of the Shorebirds were around the Causeway. Highlights include Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, Magnolia Warbler, Common Moorhen, 2 Tricolored Herons  AT  Port Penn, 
Common Moorhen  AT  Staves Landing Marsh heard and seen from the RT.9 Overlook, 
Seaside Sparrow  AT  The Rocks Tract, 24 Cliff Swallows  AT  the Appoquinimink 
Bridge, Bobolinks & Grasshopper Sparrows  AT  the Bayberry Ponds. Good Birding! 


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 May 2016) 9 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 12:22:07 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 14, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0            119
Turkey Vulture               0              0            414
Osprey                       0              0             14
Bald Eagle                   1              3             13
Northern Harrier             0              1             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              2             38
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1             37
Merlin                       6              8             43
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              7
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1             10
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              1

Total:                       9             17            742
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn

Weather:
40-80% clcv., 19-20c, wind wsw/se 2.8-4.5, visb 18k

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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Subject: Lum's Pond and Summit Bridge Ponds - warbler parade continues
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 14:14:58 -0400
Greetings

 

Today I covered my area for the DOS Spring Roundup/Global Big Day which
included Lum's Pond State Park  and the Summit Bridge Ponds.  I found 79
species, including 15 species of warblers.  Combined with the warblers I saw
yesterday at Middle Run, I have seen 20 species of warblers in the last two
days!

 

Unquestioned highlight of the day was a gorgeous spring male Bay-breasted
Warbler at Lum's.  Other migrants at Lum's included Swainson's Thrush,
Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Black-throated Blue, 5 Parula (LP) and one Magnolia
Warbler and 5 American Redstarts.  Residents included 2 Red-shouldered
Hawks, Pine and Prairie Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat and one lingering
White-throated Sparrow

 

At Summit Bridge Ponds the highlight was a Bank Swallow.  Other migrants
included  1 Black-and-white, 1 Yellow-rumped, 1 Chestnut-sided and 1
Blackpoll Warbler, Among the residents, highlights included Grasshopper
Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark , Pine, Yellow and Prairie Warblers. 

 

I could not find any Willow Flycatchers at their usual spots near Summit
Bridge Ponds and the lone Kentucky Warbler territory I know of in Lum's did
not appear to be occupied (yet?).  I also missed Song Sparrow for the day.
Is that possible?

 

A great day to be out!

 

Mike Moore

 

 

Michael C. Moore

Newark, DE

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Subject: yard birds this week
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <Adinkl AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 09:44:37 -0400
The nasty weather did bring some good birds the last few days, including new
yard birds.

 

Today, Blackburnian, Blackpoll and Parula

Thursday Chestnut sided and Black Throated Blue, Parula and Black and White.

 

Ann Dinkel

Red Mill Pond
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Subject: Great Egret in Back Yard Creek
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 08:43:12 -0400
Good Morning --

Yesterday we had a great egret in "our" branch of Naamans Creek -- it is a
wooded section between two developments.  This is a first for the yard
complex.  It is also cool because my daughter has shown only nominal
interest in birding and gave me an excellent description of the bird.

Susan
Brandywine Hundred

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Subject: DOS trip to Coverdale this Sunday
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 21:37:34 -0400
Hi all,

For those who still have some energy left after tomorrow's Spring Round Up,
this Sunday morning I will be leading a DOS bird spotting/bird banding trip
to Coverdale Farm Preserve, which is a private preserve (owned and managed
by the Delaware Nature Society) located near Ashland Nature Center. This is
a rare opportunity to bird one of the prettiest and least-visited parts of
northern DE and who knows which birds we might encounter?

We will meet at 730am in the upper car park which is located along Ashland
Clinton School Road, NOT the main farm car park. To get there from Ashland
NC, go though the covered bridge to Creek Road and turn left. Follow Creek
Rd about 100 yards until it bends around to the right then turn sharp right
onto Ashland Clinton School Rd. Carry on about a mile until you get to the
top of the hill and the entrance to the car park is on your right (just
after a road sign). I will put out small signs as it is quite easy to miss
(see Google Maps link below).

We will walk down the hill looking for birds then spend a few hours
exploring the valley floor alongside the creek. We will then set up 1-2
mist-nets near the floodplain reforestation site and try to capture and
band some birds as part of a research study. We will be done around noon.
Weather forecast looks OK but a little cool.

All are welcome to come along regardless of experience. See you 730 Sunday!

Ian Stewart


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-- 
Ian Stewart
Avondale PA 19311

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Subject: Painted Bunting - No
From: Jerald R <Jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 19:21:58 -0400
Despite nearly two hours of searching, I didn't find the bunting today.

Jerald

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Subject: Middle Run Warblers
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 11:21:47 -0400
Greetings

 

I spent about 3 hours on the Middle Run birding trail today and found 48
species including 13 species of warblers.  Migrants I found included
Worm-eating Warbler (Marker 10), singing Cape May Warbler, Tennessee
Warbler, Northern Waterthrush (and crippling views of a Louisiana at the
bridge marked for this species), 2 Magnolia Warblers, many Black-and-White
Warblers (all females), many Black-throated Blue Warblers (only 1 male) and
a singing Blue-headed Vireo.  I also saw at least 20 American Redstarts and
I suspect some of those were migrants.  I was surprised not to find any
migrant thrushes.  Expected residents I found included 4 flycatchers
(Phoebe, Pewee, Great Crested and Acadian), several Scarlet Tanagers,
Orchard Orioles, Wood Thrushes, Blue Grosbeak, Ovenbirds, Northern Parulas
and Prairie Warblers.  

 

Mike Moore

 

Michael C. Moore

Newark, DE

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Subject: Re: de-birds Digest - 11 May 2016 to 12 May 2016 (#2016-122)
From: Alan Dages <adages AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 06:03:18 -0400
Good morning David,

How early in the morning Saturday can you get up? Dawn starts at around 5:15 
AM. Today, I heard a cacophony bird calls about that time. If we can arrive at 
Newcastle by about 5:30 AM, that would maximize the number of species on our 
list. We don't have to count them. He could have our lunch at a nice pub right 
in New Castle. That would be the end of our birding for the day. I don't think 
I could hold up well for any longer. In previous years, we did not go for long 
into the afternoon. I'll try to find the list I made of last years efforts. 
Maybe Bernadette could join us. 


Alan Dages

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There are 15 messages totaling 746 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Birds are everywhere!
  2. 300+ Black Skimmers
  3. Birds are Everywhere (2)
  4. male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co. (4)
  5. White Clay Creek - Mourning and Kentucky Warblers
  6. Abbott's Mill, Milford -Bird Walk Sightings, 5/12
  7. Birdwalk with Jeff Gordon on May 14 at Abbott's Mill Nature Center
  8. Birds at Brandywine Creek
 9. Additions to Abbott's Mill species list for 5/12 10. Bird Banding Session 
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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 05:49:14 -0400
From:    Sharon Lynn 
Subject: Birds are everywhere!

As I drive into the parking lot at my job at Tanger Outlets this morning, I saw 
several LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS foraging in the lot. Amazing, I have 
never seen that before. 

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 10:30:16 -0400
From:    Rodney Murray 
Subject: 300+ Black Skimmers

About 15 min ago, at least 300 of them flew in from the south directly over the 
road construction at Prime Hook Beach Road. Amazing. They circled around and 
split up with 150 or so landing on a spit south of the road. 

The rest of the skimmers seemed to head north.
Rod Murray.   Middletown. DE

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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 14:36:07 +0000
From:    "Lynn M. Smith" 
Subject: Birds are Everywhere

Birds Are Everywhere, 

This A.M. in back yard in Rehoboth Beach, 3 White-crowned Sparrows feeding 
under a thistle feeder. 

At work, also in Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Golf Park, a White-crowned Sparrow. 
Many warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles at both locations. 
One female Baltimore Oriole gathering nesting material. 


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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 10:45:11 -0400
From:    Jerald Reb 
Subject: Re: Birds are Everywhere

A ton of birds here in Dover as well. I had another Lincoln's Sparrow this 
morning (in my yard this time); also had Wilson's, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, 
Black-throated Blue, Yellow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Parula. 


Jerald

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> On May 12, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Lynn M. Smith  wrote:
> 
> Birds Are Everywhere,
> 
> This A.M. in back yard in Rehoboth Beach, 3 White-crowned Sparrows feeding 
under a thistle feeder. 

> At work, also in Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Golf Park, a White-crowned 
> Sparrow. Many warblers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles 
> at both locations. One female Baltimore Oriole gathering nesting material.
> 
> lynnmsmith AT comcast.net
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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 11:32:31 -0400
From:    Andrew Ednie 
Subject: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.

Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm Ecological 
Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of the Cedar Neck Road, 
across from High Point Farm. This is the northeast corner of James Farm at the 
edge of the brushy field and treeline. The bird was seen at 11 am today. 


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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 12:08:42 -0400
From:    Andy Urquhart 
Subject: White Clay Creek - Mourning and Kentucky Warblers

Nothing as dramatic as a Painted Bunting, but I did have two special migrants 
(both oporornis warblers) this morning in the general vicinity of the Wedgewood 
Road parking lot in White Clay Creek State Park. 

 
o     Mourning Warbler (heard and seen) - May 12  is pretty early for this 
species. We normally expect them around May 22 or later in May. I made a 
recording of his song to forward along to the person researching Mourning 
Warbler migration. There does appear to be some unusual migration patterns with 
this species. We normally don't see them until late May in Delaware, but they 
regularly arrive in Vermont in late April/early May. 

 
o     Kentucky Warbler (heard only) - First I have  heard this year. 
Hopefully he will stick around and nest. They usually arrive a bit earlier in 
the month - maybe I just missed them. 

 
Otherwise the birds present were mostly residents.
 
Andy Urquhart
Oxford, PA

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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 12:21:24 -0400
From:    Jerald Reb 
Subject: Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.

James Farm Preserve is open to birders, correct? I'm hoping to chase the bird 
this afternoon. 


Jerald 

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> On May 12, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
> 
> Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm 
> Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of 
> the Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the 
> northeast corner of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and 
> treeline. The bird was seen at 11 am today.
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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 12:52:53 -0400
From:    Jerald Reb 
Subject: Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.

Which trail should I take when I go? In looking at google maps it looks like 
the area the bird was seen in is along the purple trail? 


Thanks,

Jerald

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> Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm 
> Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of 
> the Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the 
> northeast corner of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and 
> treeline. The bird was seen at 11 am today.
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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 17:06:57 +0000
From:    Mike Bowen 
Subject: Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.

I believe that the trail is the purple trail on the map; it's the last trail on 
your right (looking east) as you drive north along the road to Quillens Point. 
The trail is grass, not paved. I saw the bird again, very briefly, at 12:15 
p.m.today in about the same place, in one of the trees that has been heavily 
defoliated by caterpillars, probably no more than 30 yds. from the road. 

The area is completely open to the public. Most people visit the main part of 
the reserve, which is on the west side of the road. 


Good luck!
 Mike Bowen Bethesda, Maryland 20817 (301)530-5764and Dewey Beach, DE 
302-226-3241 

 

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 James Farm Preserve is open to birders, correct? I'm hoping to chase the bird 
this afternoon. 


Jerald 

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> On May 12, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
> 
> Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm 
> Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of 
> the Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the 
> northeast corner of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and 
> treeline. The bird was seen at 11 am today.
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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 13:29:26 -0400
From:    Alice Mohrman 
Subject: Abbott's Mill, Milford -Bird Walk Sightings, 5/12

Great Birding Morning at Abbott's Mill! Teddy, John and I saw the following on 
the Mill side of Abbott's Pond Road. 

Cedar Waxwing, Blue Grosbeak, Barn Swallows, Eastern Phoebe (and young), 
Rubby-throated Hummingbird, Veery, N. Cardinal, G. Catbird, N. Parula, Black & 
White Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager and 
Ovenbird. Calls: Great-crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. 

 Join the fun next Thursday morning 5/19, from 8:30-10:00 am. Meet in the 
parking lot at 15411 Abbott's Pond Road. Beginners and experts welcome. Free 
Program. Binoculars are available to borrow. 


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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 13:35:48 -0400
From:    Alice Mohrman 
Subject: Birdwalk with Jeff Gordon on May 14 at Abbott's Mill Nature Center

CELEBRATE International Migratory Bird Day with Jeff Gordon, President of the 
American Birding Association on May 14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, as he 
explores the trails at Abbott's Mill Nature Center and other hot spots in the 
Milford area! 

Pre-registration is requested by contacting 302-422-0847. Fee: $25 DNS 
members/$35 non-members. Meet and park at 15411 Abbott's Pond Road. 


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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 15:28:21 -0400
From:    Andrew Ednie 
Subject: Birds at Brandywine Creek

I had several good birds at Brandywine Creek this morning. Most unusual was a 
Rusty Blackbird singing along the creek. Got some nice looks. Is the Rusty 
Blackbird Blitz still in progress? I found 15 species of warbler, including a 
Hooded Warbler on the hilltop along the trail going over the saddle to Indian 
Springs. Also had Northern Waterthrush, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and 
Canada. Swainson's Thrush was also up on the hillside by the creek. 


Andy

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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 16:35:00 -0400
From:    Alice Mohrman 
Subject: Additions to Abbott's Mill species list for 5/12

Additional sightings I neglected to post (ooops) for this mornings bird walk: 
American Redstart (male & female), White-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Blue Jay, 
Great Blue Heron and Downy Woodpecker. Call: Red-bellied Woodpecker. 


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Date:    Fri, 13 May 2016 00:51:58 +0000
From:    Derek Stoner 
Subject: Bird Banding Session at Middle Run Tomorrow (5/13) Morning

Greetings:


The scheduled bird banding session at the Middle Run Birding Trail tomorrow 
morning(5/13) will be held rain or shine. 



You are invited to join Delaware Nature Society Ornithologist Ian Stewart for a 
closer look at some of the breeding birds and migrants that call this county 
park home. If it is raining and not conducive to safe mist-netting, Ian will 
lead a bird walk along the birding trail. 



Meet at 8:00am in the parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. The program will 
conclude by 11:00am. Directions are available at: 
 
www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun? 



Thank you to New Castle County Parks for support of this program through the 
ongoing contract for free conservation and education programs for the 
community. 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

Delaware Nature Society

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Date:    Thu, 12 May 2016 20:58:19 -0400
From:    Andrew Ednie 
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, May 12th 2016

RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*May 12, 2016
* DEST1605.12
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
King Rail
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
RUFF
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
PARASITIC JAEGER
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-Wills-Widow
Eastern Whippoorwill
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Veery
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Blue-winged Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
MOURNING WARBLER
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
CERULEAN WARBLER
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow Throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager
PAINTED BUNTING
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: May 12, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern New 
Jersey, Maryland 


For Friday, May 12th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of 
Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased to 
290 species this week. A total of 31 species of warbler were seen! 


Today, there was a male PAINTED BUNTING at the James Farm Ecological Preserve 
near Ocean View. This bird was seen on the east side of Cedar Neck Road along 
the Purple Trail at the northeast corner of the preserve. You can park in the 
designated parking area and walked north along the roadside to look for this 
bird, opposite High Point Farm. Also reported at James Farm were BLACKPOLL, 
WORM-EATING and PRAIRIE WARBLER, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BLUE GROSBEAK, 
and WILD TURKEY. 


Also new today was a MOURNING WARBLER at White Clay Creek State Park along 
Creek Road north of Wedgewood Rd. Also reported was GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 
KENTUCKY and WILSON'S WARBLER. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO has been present at the 
second pedestrian bridge near Wedgewood Road, plus BARRED OWL. Five species of 
VIREO including, BLUE-HEADED, YELLOW-THROATED and WARBLING VIREO were found at 
White Clay Creek. WARBLERS reported included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, 
MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, 
YELLOW-THROATED, WORM-EATING, CANADA, and BLACKPOLL. 


Earlier this week there were several sightings of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, one 
was seen Sunday at Brandywine Creek State Park along the creek trail north of 
the Freshwater Marsh Preserve. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was along the creek at 
Indian Springs on Sunday plus CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, WILSON'S, BLACKPOLL, 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN were seen. A BREWSTER'S WARBLER, a hybrid of 
GOLDEN-WINGED and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, was seen at the Rockland Mills parking 
lot at Brandywine Creek, just up the trail at the Y-intersection on Tuesday. A 
CERULEAN WARBLER, rare for the Brandywine was reported yesterday. A late RUSTY 
BLACKBIRD was found along the creek today. 


Another GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was reported in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road 
along Naaman's Creek along with the first BAY-BREASTED WARBLER of the season. 
Also reported was BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKPOLL, CANADA, 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. 


Several reports of CAPE MAY WARBLER were submitted this week. One was at Middle 
Run Natural Area near Newark, along with a late PALM WARBLER on Tuesday. Other 
migrants at Middle Run included BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, 
CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and YELLOW-BREASTED 
CHAT. A female HOODED MERGANSER was found at the ponds at Paper Mill Park. 
There was also flyover COMMON LOON plus SHARPIE, COOPER'S HAWK and 30 BOBOLINK. 


A COMMON RAVEN was seen and heard calling from a yard in North Star near 
Newark. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at Philips Park in Newark along the 
James Hall trail. also reported was WORM-EATING and BLACK-THROATED BLUE 
WARBLER. 


CAPE MAY WARBLER was also found at Ashland Nature Center along with 
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was banded at Ashland on Monday. 

Warblers reported included CANADA, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN plus BLUE 
HEADED and WARBLING VIREO. SWAINSON'S THRUSH was seen in the creek bottom. 
PURPLE FINCH was also found this week at Ashland. 5 to 6 PINE SISKINS were 
reported nearby at the White's feeder off Center Mill Road in Yorklyn. CAPE MAY 
WARBLER was also photographed there. 


A pair of TRICOLORED HERONS were found at the Port Penn Impoundments of 
Augustine Beach Wildlife Area along Route 9, along with GLOSSY IBIS, SNOWY and 
GREAT EGRET. A dozen CASPIAN TERNS were also reported. The brush along the 
trail produced WORM-EATING, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW WARBLER. The north 
end of the Port Penn Impoundments had COMMON GALLINULE plus a flyover 
YELLOW-CROWNED with several BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS on Monday morning. 


COMMON GALLINULE was also found at the Ashton track of Thousand Acre Marsh 
along with a late AMERICAN WIGEON plus calling SORA. CASPIAN TERNS were also 
seen here and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Warblers seen included a late PALM WARBLER, 
BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE plus BLUE GROSBEAK. Grier's Pond had: 
LEAST BITTERN plus SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL. Canal Pond in Delaware City had 2 
PIED-BILLED GREBES and 70 AMERICAN COOTS. LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Dragon 
Run. Flocks of CATTLE EGRETS were seen along Cox's Neck Road near Gunning 
Bedford School. 


A KING RAIL was calling at Stave's Landing Road off Route 9, south of Odessa. 
SEASIDE SPARROW was also reported at this location, which is probably the 
furthest north this United States endemic species is found along the Delaware 
River. This is a very rare breeding bird for New Castle County. CLIFF SWALLOWS 
continue to be seen at the Appoquinmink Creek Bridge off Route 9, near Odessa. 
BOBOLINK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen at the Charles E. Price Park near 
Middletown off St Anne's Church Road, along with GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH 
SPARROW. Some of the previous GRASSHOPPER SPARROW habitat has been lost to 
construction. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen hunting over the fields. 70 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS with 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS plus a hunting PEREGRINE 
FALCON were seen on Tuesday. 


Back downstate, the previous reported RUFF, was last reported at the 
intersection of Cods and Prime Hook Road on Saturday. That wet area had 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 40 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 4 RED KNOTS, and several PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS during the rain storm this weekend. AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED 
STILT, and 300 BLACK SKIMMERS were seen along Prime Hook Beach Road. 300 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS plus an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were found along Cods 
Road. Another late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Saturday along Cods Road, and the 
first COMMON NIGHTHAWK of the season was reported there yesterday. Warblers at 
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge included WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED, 
KENTUCKY, PROTHONOTARY, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and 
GREEN. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and SUMMER TANAGER was found at Deep Branch Road. 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was also seen at Little Neck Wildlife Area. EASTERN 
MEADOWLARK and BOBOLINKS were seen in the fields in front of the headquarters 
building. BONAP! 

 ARTE'S GULL was seen at the headquarters marsh. A late RED-BREASTED MERGANSER 
was reported at Broadkill Beach impoundments. EASTERN WHIPPOORWILL, SORA and 
VIRGINIA RAIL plus were heard at the Island Farms turn off along the Broadkill 
Beach Road on Monday night. WHIPPOORWILL and SALTMARSH SPARROW were found at 
Oyster Rock Road. 


BRANT, PIPING PLOVER, and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at The Point at 
Cape Henlopen State Park, along with BLACK and SURF SCOTER. RED-THROATED and 
COMMON LOON, plus a flyby HORNED GREBE were seen at The Point on Saturday. WILD 
TURKEY was seen across from the Seaside Nature Center. A HOODED WARBLER was 
again seen at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday. Other WARBLERS reported at Cape 
Henlopen included MAGNOLIA, PARULA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and NORTHERN 
WATERTHRUSH, plus VEERY and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. 

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE-GROSBEAKS 
continue to be seen at the feeder. The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch reported 
NORTHERN HARRIER, plus, PEREGRINE, MERLIN, and KESTREL. A PARASITIC JAEGER and 
20+ NORTHERN GANNETS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry. 


HOODED WARBLER was also reported in a yard in Dewey beach along with MAGNOLIA 
and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found in a yard at 
Bay Vista. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was found at Thompson's island in Delaware 
Seashore State Park along with WORM-EATING, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED 
BLUE, and REDSTART plus YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. 

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Angola Neck along the Herring 
Creek trail. Also reported there was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and SUMMER TANAGER. 
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was reported at Angola Neck in the evening. 


Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found along the beach north of Indian River 
Inlet. COMMON TERN and COMMON LOON were reported at the inlet. 

TRICOLORED HERON and 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at the Burton's 
Island Causeway. 


Numbers of RED KNOTS are building at Mispillion Inlet, seen from the DuPont 
Nature Center. Peak counts this week include 110 RED KNOT, 1350 RUDDY 
TURNSTONES, 3000 DUNLIN, plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, AMERICAN 
OYSTERCATCHER, SANDERLING, and SPOTTED, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. New 
there this week were 4 ROYAL TERNS on the pilings. 


300 RUDDY TURNSTONES were also seen at Port Mahon on along with 10 RED KNOT.
Also seen there was SEMIPALMATED and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1000 DUNLIN, plus 
LEAST, SPOTTED and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. 


A pair of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were reported at Dover near Silver Lake. A HOODED 
WARBLER was found in western Dover near Route 8. SWAINSON'S THRUSH was found at 
College Woods at Delaware State University. Warblers seen there included 
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, and black-THROATED 
BLUE. There was also a GREEN HERON found there. A nocturnal flight call study 
in Dover produced VEERY, WOOD, SWAINSON'S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. Also 
reported at night was flyover SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SPOTTED and SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER. BANKS SWALLOWS were seen at their nest colony at the Tilcon Gravel 
Pits at the intersection of Routes 1 & 9 south of Dover. 


NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED and CANADA WARBLER were found at Big 
Stone Beach Road at Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Night surveys there found 5 
WHIPPOORWILL, A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, and VIRGINIA RAIL. 


KING and CLAPPER RAIL were found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge along 
the boardwalk trail. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was heard calling by the visitor center 
in the evening. Bombay Hook has been a hotbed of late lingering dabblers ducks 
this year due to higher water levels. Seen this week included MUTE SWAN, 
NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and RUDDY DUCK, plus 
PIED-BILLED GREBE and AMERICAN COOT. A hen HOODED MERGANSER was seen by Finis 
Pool. Waders included AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERN, GLOSSY IBIS, and 
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. There was a flock of 

300 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER plus an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER 
at Bear Swamp along with a WILSON'S SNIPE. Other shorebirds included 

35 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 15 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, SPOTTED, SOLITARY, LEAST, 
SEMIPALMATED, PECTORAL, and STILT SANDPIPER. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was heard 
along the Parson Point Trail. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found along the Allee 
House Road, plus WILD TURKEY and NORTHERN BOBWHITE. Warblers reported included 
BLACKBURNIAN, PROTHONOTARY, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. 


HOODED WARBLER was again reported at Redden State Forest behind the lodge at 
the Headquarters Tract. Also reported was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, NORTHERN 
WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. A PINE SISKIN was 
found at the Jester Tract on Saturday along with SUMMER TANAGER. 

KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen along Gravely Branch by the Redden Rest Stop along 
with PROTHONOTARY and WORM EATING WARBLER. 


A late RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found at Ponder's Tract near Georgetown. A 
VESPER SPARROW plus HORNED LARK were found along Ponders Road near Ellendale. 
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a WILD TURKEY were found along Fleatown Road. VESPER 
SPARROW was also again reported at Rementer - Rum Run Road near Georgetown, 
along with CHUCHS-WILL-WIDOW. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported at Passwater 
farms near Bridgeville. 


In Western Sussex County, a LEAST TERN was reported at Woodland Ferry along the 
Nanticoke River. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at the Pete Gum Tract along 
with PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and SUMMER 
TANAGER were found at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with BLACKBURNIAN, 
CHESTNUT-SIDED, and WORM-EATING WARBLER. 


WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are still being seen at feeders throughout the state.
Reports were submitted from Fairfield Crest in Newark, Pike Creek, Belleview 
State Park, Dover, and Bay Vista. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS also continue to be 
seen feeders. 


The PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen in downtown Wilmington. Their nest 
box with 4 hatchlings is on the Brandywine Building along Pennsylvania Ave.. 

Seven LESSER SCAUP BUFFLEHEAD, and 4 RUDDY DUCKS plus 8 NORTHERN SHOVELERS were 
seen at the Veolia Water Treatment Plant near Cherry Island. 

Unfortunately, this is private access. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen, Bill 
Fintel, Brigitte Segmuller, Steve Romback, Jim Lenhard, Eric Molho, Mike 
Hudson, Diane Kane, Maureen Markow, Shannon Modia, John Dunn, Alex Zorach, 
Nancy Cunningham, Rod Murray, Bob Strahorn, Mike Smith, Keith Leonard, Chris 
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Richard Jullian, Phil Thompson, Andy Urquhard, Bob 
Edelen, Matt Sarver, Racheal Shapiro, Robert Blye, Bill Hicks, Joel Martin, 
George Armistead, Ian Stewart, Rich Clifton, Joe Swertinski, Hannah Greenberg 
Kelly Nunn, Dave Fees, Mariano Mazal, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, 
Holly Merker, Amy White, John Long, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Amy and 
Parker O'Neil, Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, 
Alissa Kegelman, Tim Freiday, Teddy Burke, 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!

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, May 12th 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 20:58:19 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*May 12, 2016
* DEST1605.12
	
*Birds mentioned
Brant
Mute Swan
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
King Rail
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
RUFF
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
PARASITIC JAEGER
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-Wills-Widow
Eastern Whippoorwill
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
COMMON RAVEN
Horned Lark
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-Breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Veery
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Blue-winged Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
MOURNING WARBLER
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
CERULEAN WARBLER
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow Throated Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager
PAINTED BUNTING
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch 
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: May 12, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, May 12th,  this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased
to 290 species this week. A total of 31 species of warbler were seen!

Today, there was a male PAINTED BUNTING at the James Farm Ecological
Preserve near Ocean View. This bird was seen on the east side of Cedar Neck
Road along the Purple Trail at the northeast corner of the preserve. You can
park in the designated parking area and walked north along the roadside to
look for this bird, opposite High Point Farm. Also reported at James Farm
were BLACKPOLL, WORM-EATING and PRAIRIE WARBLER, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE
ORIOLE, BLUE GROSBEAK, and WILD TURKEY.

Also new today was a MOURNING WARBLER at White Clay Creek State Park along
Creek Road north of Wedgewood Rd. Also reported was GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH,
KENTUCKY and WILSON'S WARBLER. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO has been present at the
second pedestrian bridge near Wedgewood Road, plus BARRED OWL. Five species
of VIREO including, BLUE-HEADED, YELLOW-THROATED and WARBLING VIREO were
found at White Clay Creek. WARBLERS reported included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and
GREEN, YELLOW-THROATED, WORM-EATING, CANADA, and BLACKPOLL.

Earlier this week there were several sightings of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, one
was seen Sunday at Brandywine Creek State Park along the creek trail north
of the Freshwater Marsh Preserve. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was along the creek
at Indian Springs on Sunday plus CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, WILSON'S,
BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN were seen. A BREWSTER'S WARBLER, a
hybrid of GOLDEN-WINGED and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, was seen at the Rockland
Mills parking lot at Brandywine Creek, just up the trail at the
Y-intersection on Tuesday. A CERULEAN WARBLER, rare for the Brandywine was
reported yesterday. A late RUSTY BLACKBIRD was found along the creek today.

Another GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was reported in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb
Road along Naaman's Creek along with the first BAY-BREASTED WARBLER of the
season. Also reported was BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKPOLL, CANADA,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.

Several reports of CAPE MAY WARBLER were submitted this week. One was at
Middle Run Natural Area near Newark, along with a late PALM WARBLER on
Tuesday. Other migrants at Middle Run included BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA,
BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A female HOODED MERGANSER was found at the ponds at
Paper Mill Park. There was also flyover COMMON LOON plus SHARPIE, COOPER'S
HAWK and 30 BOBOLINK. 

A COMMON RAVEN was seen and heard calling from a yard in North Star near
Newark. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at Philips Park in Newark along the
James Hall trail. also reported was WORM-EATING and BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLER.

CAPE MAY WARBLER was also found at Ashland Nature Center along with
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. A KENTUCKY WARBLER was banded at Ashland on Monday.
Warblers reported included CANADA, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN plus
BLUE HEADED and WARBLING VIREO. SWAINSON'S THRUSH was seen in the creek
bottom. PURPLE FINCH was also found this week at Ashland. 5 to 6 PINE
SISKINS were reported nearby at the White's feeder off Center Mill Road in
Yorklyn. CAPE MAY WARBLER was also photographed there.

A pair of TRICOLORED HERONS were found at the Port Penn Impoundments of
Augustine Beach Wildlife Area along Route 9, along with GLOSSY IBIS, SNOWY
and GREAT EGRET. A dozen CASPIAN TERNS were also reported. The brush along
the trail produced WORM-EATING, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW WARBLER. The
north end of the Port Penn Impoundments had COMMON GALLINULE plus a flyover
YELLOW-CROWNED with several BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS on Monday morning.

COMMON GALLINULE was also found at the Ashton track of Thousand Acre Marsh
along with a late AMERICAN WIGEON plus calling SORA. CASPIAN TERNS were also
seen here and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Warblers seen included a late PALM
WARBLER, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE plus BLUE GROSBEAK. Grier's
Pond had: LEAST BITTERN plus SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL. Canal Pond in Delaware
City had 2 PIED-BILLED GREBES and 70 AMERICAN COOTS. LITTLE BLUE HERON was
seen at Dragon Run. Flocks of CATTLE EGRETS were seen along Cox's Neck Road
near Gunning Bedford School. 

A KING RAIL was calling at Stave's Landing Road off Route 9, south of
Odessa. SEASIDE SPARROW was also reported at this location, which is
probably the furthest north this United States endemic species is found
along the Delaware River. This is a very rare breeding bird for New Castle
County. CLIFF SWALLOWS continue to be seen at the Appoquinmink Creek Bridge
off Route 9, near Odessa. BOBOLINK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen at the
Charles E. Price Park near Middletown off St Anne's Church Road, along with
GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROW. Some of the previous GRASSHOPPER SPARROW
habitat has been lost to construction. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen hunting
over the fields. 70 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS with 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS
plus a hunting PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on Tuesday. 

Back downstate, the previous reported RUFF, was last reported at the
intersection of Cods and Prime Hook Road on Saturday. That wet area had
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 40 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 4 RED KNOTS, and several PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS during the rain storm this weekend. AMERICAN AVOCETS,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, and 300 BLACK SKIMMERS were seen along Prime Hook Beach
Road. 300 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS plus an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER were found
along Cods Road. Another late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Saturday along Cods
Road, and the first COMMON NIGHTHAWK of the season was reported there
yesterday. Warblers at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge included
WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED, KENTUCKY, PROTHONOTARY, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and SUMMER TANAGER was
found at Deep Branch Road. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was also seen at Little Neck
Wildlife Area. EASTERN MEADOWLARK and BOBOLINKS were seen in the fields in
front of the headquarters building. BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen at the
headquarters marsh. A late RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was reported at Broadkill
Beach impoundments. EASTERN WHIPPOORWILL, SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL plus were
heard at the Island Farms turn off along the Broadkill Beach Road on Monday
night. WHIPPOORWILL and SALTMARSH SPARROW were found at Oyster Rock Road.

BRANT, PIPING PLOVER, and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at The Point
at Cape Henlopen State Park, along with BLACK and SURF SCOTER. RED-THROATED
and COMMON LOON, plus a flyby HORNED GREBE were seen at The Point on
Saturday. WILD TURKEY was seen across from the Seaside Nature Center. A
HOODED WARBLER was again seen at Cape Henlopen on Tuesday. Other WARBLERS
reported at Cape Henlopen included MAGNOLIA, PARULA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and
GREEN, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, plus VEERY and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE-GROSBEAKS
continue to be seen at the feeder. The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch reported
NORTHERN HARRIER, plus, PEREGRINE, MERLIN, and KESTREL. A PARASITIC JAEGER
and 20+ NORTHERN GANNETS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry.

HOODED WARBLER was also reported in a yard in Dewey beach along with
MAGNOLIA and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found
in a yard at Bay Vista. A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was found at Thompson's
island in Delaware Seashore State Park along with WORM-EATING, BLACK AND
WHITE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and REDSTART plus YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Angola Neck along the Herring
Creek trail. Also reported there was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and SUMMER
TANAGER. CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was reported at Angola Neck in the evening.

Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found along the beach north of Indian
River Inlet. COMMON TERN and COMMON LOON were reported at the inlet.
TRICOLORED HERON and 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at the Burton's
Island Causeway.

Numbers of RED KNOTS are building at Mispillion Inlet, seen from the DuPont
Nature Center. Peak counts this week include 110 RED KNOT, 1350 RUDDY
TURNSTONES, 3000 DUNLIN, plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SANDERLING, and SPOTTED, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER. New there this week were 4 ROYAL TERNS on the pilings.

300 RUDDY TURNSTONES were also seen at Port Mahon on along with 10 RED KNOT.
Also seen there was SEMIPALMATED and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 1000 DUNLIN, plus
LEAST, SPOTTED and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.

A pair of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were reported at Dover near Silver Lake. A
HOODED WARBLER was found in western Dover near Route 8. SWAINSON'S THRUSH
was found at College Woods at Delaware State University. Warblers seen there
included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, and
black-THROATED BLUE. There was also a GREEN HERON found there. A nocturnal
flight call study in Dover produced VEERY, WOOD, SWAINSON'S and GRAY-CHEEKED
THRUSH. Also reported at night was flyover SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SPOTTED
and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. BANKS SWALLOWS were seen at their nest colony at the
Tilcon Gravel Pits at the intersection of Routes 1 & 9 south of Dover. 

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW-THROATED and CANADA WARBLER were found at Big
Stone Beach Road at Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Night surveys there found 5
WHIPPOORWILL, A CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, and VIRGINIA RAIL.

KING and CLAPPER RAIL were found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
along the boardwalk trail. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was heard calling by the
visitor center in the evening. Bombay Hook has been a hotbed of late
lingering dabblers ducks this year due to higher water levels. Seen this
week included MUTE SWAN, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, and RUDDY DUCK, plus PIED-BILLED GREBE and AMERICAN COOT. A hen
HOODED MERGANSER was seen by Finis Pool. Waders included AMERICAN and LEAST
BITTERN, GLOSSY IBIS, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. There was a flock of
300 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER plus an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER at Bear Swamp along with a WILSON'S SNIPE. Other shorebirds included
35 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 15 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, SPOTTED, SOLITARY, LEAST,
SEMIPALMATED, PECTORAL, and STILT SANDPIPER. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was
heard along the Parson Point Trail. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found along the
Allee House Road, plus WILD TURKEY and NORTHERN BOBWHITE. Warblers reported
included BLACKBURNIAN, PROTHONOTARY, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and BLACK-THROATED
BLUE.

HOODED WARBLER was again reported at Redden State Forest behind the lodge at
the Headquarters Tract. Also reported was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. A PINE SISKIN
was found at the Jester Tract on Saturday along with SUMMER TANAGER.
KENTUCKY WARBLER was seen along Gravely Branch by the Redden Rest Stop along
with PROTHONOTARY and WORM EATING WARBLER.

A late RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found at Ponder's Tract near Georgetown. A
VESPER SPARROW plus HORNED LARK were found along Ponders Road near
Ellendale. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a WILD TURKEY were found along Fleatown
Road. VESPER SPARROW was also again reported at Rementer - Rum Run Road near
Georgetown, along with CHUCHS-WILL-WIDOW. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported
at Passwater farms near Bridgeville.

In Western Sussex County, a LEAST TERN was reported at Woodland Ferry along
the Nanticoke River. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at the Pete Gum
Tract along with PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO and SUMMER TANAGER were found at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area along
with BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and WORM-EATING WARBLER.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are still being seen at feeders throughout the state.
Reports were submitted from Fairfield Crest in Newark, Pike Creek, Belleview
State Park, Dover, and Bay Vista. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS also continue to
be seen feeders. 

The PEREGRINE FALCONS continue to be seen in downtown Wilmington. Their nest
box with 4 hatchlings is on the Brandywine Building along Pennsylvania Ave..
Seven LESSER SCAUP BUFFLEHEAD, and 4 RUDDY DUCKS plus 8 NORTHERN SHOVELERS
were seen at the Veolia Water Treatment Plant near Cherry Island.
Unfortunately, this is private access. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Mike Bowen, Bill
Fintel, Brigitte Segmuller, Steve Romback, Jim Lenhard, Eric Molho, Mike
Hudson, Diane Kane, Maureen Markow, Shannon Modia, John Dunn, Alex Zorach,
Nancy Cunningham, Rod Murray, Bob Strahorn, Mike Smith, Keith Leonard, Chris
Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Richard Jullian, Phil Thompson, Andy Urquhard, Bob
Edelen, Matt Sarver, Racheal Shapiro, Robert Blye, Bill Hicks, Joel Martin,
George Armistead, Ian Stewart, Rich Clifton, Joe Swertinski, Hannah
Greenberg Kelly Nunn, Dave Fees, Mariano Mazal, Gerry Teig, Bill Stewart,
Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, Amy White, John Long, Jerald and Aaron Reb,
Ken Wat, Amy and Parker O'Neil, Derek Stoner, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Sue Gruver, Alissa Kegelman, Tim Freiday, Teddy Burke, 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!

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Subject: Bird Banding Session at Middle Run Tomorrow (5/13) Morning
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 00:51:58 +0000
Greetings:


The scheduled bird banding session at the Middle Run Birding Trail tomorrow 
morning(5/13) will be held rain or shine. 



You are invited to join Delaware Nature Society Ornithologist Ian Stewart for a 
closer look at some of the breeding birds and migrants that call this county 
park home. If it is raining and not conducive to safe mist-netting, Ian will 
lead a bird walk along the birding trail. 



Meet at 8:00am in the parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. The program will 
conclude by 11:00am. Directions are available at: 
 
www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun? 



Thank you to New Castle County Parks for support of this program through the 
ongoing contract for free conservation and education programs for the 
community. 



Good birding,


Derek Stoner

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Subject: Additions to Abbott's Mill species list for 5/12
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 16:35:00 -0400
Additional sightings I neglected to post (ooops) for this mornings bird walk: 
American Redstart (male & female), White-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Blue Jay, 
Great Blue Heron and Downy Woodpecker. Call: Red-bellied Woodpecker. 


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Subject: Birds at Brandywine Creek
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 15:28:21 -0400
I had several good birds at Brandywine Creek this morning. Most unusual was
a Rusty Blackbird singing along the creek. Got some nice looks. Is the Rusty
Blackbird Blitz still in progress? I found 15 species of warbler, including
a Hooded Warbler on the hilltop along the trail going over the saddle to
Indian Springs. Also had Northern Waterthrush, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided,
and Canada. Swainson's Thrush was also up on the hillside by the creek. 

Andy

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Subject: Birdwalk with Jeff Gordon on May 14 at Abbott's Mill Nature Center
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:35:48 -0400
CELEBRATE International Migratory Bird Day with Jeff Gordon, President of the 
American Birding Association on May 14, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, as he 
explores the trails at Abbott's Mill Nature Center and other hot spots in the 
Milford area! 

Pre-registration is requested by contacting 302-422-0847. Fee: $25 DNS 
members/$35 non-members. Meet and park at 15411 Abbott's Pond Road. 


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Subject: Abbott's Mill, Milford -Bird Walk Sightings, 5/12
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 13:29:26 -0400
Great Birding Morning at Abbott's Mill! Teddy, John and I saw the following on 
the Mill side of Abbott's Pond Road. 

Cedar Waxwing, Blue Grosbeak, Barn Swallows, Eastern Phoebe (and young), 
Rubby-throated Hummingbird, Veery, N. Cardinal, G. Catbird, N. Parula, Black & 
White Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager and 
Ovenbird. Calls: Great-crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. 

 Join the fun next Thursday morning 5/19, from 8:30-10:00 am. Meet in the 
parking lot at 15411 Abbott's Pond Road. Beginners and experts welcome. Free 
Program. Binoculars are available to borrow. 


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Subject: Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 12:52:53 -0400
Which trail should I take when I go? In looking at google maps it looks like 
the area the bird was seen in is along the purple trail? 


Thanks,

Jerald

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> On May 12, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
> 
> Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm
> Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of the
> Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the northeast corner
> of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and treeline. The bird was
> seen at 11 am today. 
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Subject: Re: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 12:21:24 -0400
James Farm Preserve is open to birders, correct? I'm hoping to chase the bird 
this afternoon. 


Jerald 

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> On May 12, 2016, at 11:32 AM, Andrew Ednie  wrote:
> 
> Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm
> Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of the
> Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the northeast corner
> of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and treeline. The bird was
> seen at 11 am today. 
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Subject: White Clay Creek - Mourning and Kentucky Warblers
From: Andy Urquhart <000000c02f6624dc-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 12:08:42 -0400
Nothing as dramatic as a Painted Bunting, but I did have two special  
migrants (both oporornis warblers) this morning in the general vicinity of the 

Wedgewood Road parking lot in White Clay Creek State  Park.
 
o     Mourning Warbler (heard and seen) - May 12  is pretty early for this 
species. We normally expect them around May 22 or later  in May. I made a 
recording of his song to forward along to the person  researching Mourning 
Warbler migration. There does appear to be some unusual  migration patterns 
with this species. We normally don't see them until late May  in Delaware, but 
they regularly arrive in Vermont in late April/early  May.
 
o     Kentucky Warbler (heard only) - First I have  heard this year. 
Hopefully he will stick around and nest. They usually arrive a bit earlier in 
the 

month - maybe I just missed them.
 
Otherwise the birds present were mostly residents.
 
Andy Urquhart
Oxford, PA

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Subject: male Painted Bunting, Sussex Co.
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 11:32:31 -0400
Mike Bowen just called. He has a male Painted Bunting at James Farm
Ecological Preserve near Ocean View. The bird was on the east side of the
Cedar Neck Road, across from High Point Farm. This is the northeast corner
of James Farm at the edge of the brushy field and treeline. The bird was
seen at 11 am today. 

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Subject: Re: Birds are Everywhere
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:45:11 -0400
A ton of birds here in Dover as well. I had another Lincoln's Sparrow this 
morning (in my yard this time); also had Wilson's, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, 
Black-throated Blue, Yellow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Parula. 


Jerald

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> 
> Birds Are Everywhere, 
> 
> This A.M. in back yard in Rehoboth Beach, 3 White-crowned Sparrows feeding 
under a thistle feeder. 

> At work, also in Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Golf Park, a White-crowned Sparrow. 
Many warblers, 

> Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles at both locations. One female 
Baltimore Oriole 

> gathering nesting material. 
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Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 14:36:07 +0000
Birds Are Everywhere, 

This A.M. in back yard in Rehoboth Beach, 3 White-crowned Sparrows feeding 
under a thistle feeder. 

At work, also in Rehoboth Beach, Rehoboth Golf Park, a White-crowned Sparrow. 
Many warblers, 

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Baltimore Orioles at both locations. One female 
Baltimore Oriole 

gathering nesting material. 

lynnmsmith AT comcast.net 

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Subject: 300+ Black Skimmers
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 10:30:16 -0400
About 15 min ago, at least 300 of them flew in from the south directly over
the road construction at Prime Hook Beach Road.  Amazing.  They circled
around and split up with 150 or so landing on a spit south of the road.
The rest of the skimmers seemed to head north.
Rod Murray.   Middletown. DE

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Subject: Birds are everywhere!
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2016 05:49:14 -0400
As I drive into the parking lot at my job at Tanger Outlets this morning, I saw 
several LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS foraging in the lot. Amazing, I have 
never seen that before. 

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

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Subject: Middle Run Spring Migration Survey Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 19:34:16 +0000
Greetings:

An enthusiastic crowd of 41 birders participated in the guided walks at Middle 
Run yesterday morning (5/10), as part of the fifth annual Spring Migration 
Survey at the park. 


Six hours of survey effort, in cool and rainy conditions, yielded a tally of 93 
species. The warblers stole the show, with 18 species observed and highlighted 
by two stunning male Cape May Warblers (both singing), and newly-arrived 
Blackpoll Warblers. Other notables include a Western Palm Warbler (late date 
for this species) and a Yellow-breasted Chat singing (First-of-Season) at this 
location. 


By surveying different sections of the Middle Run Natural Area, including the 
ponds and grassland complex located in the Northwestern section of the park, we 
found an interesting mix of migrants. Swainson's Thrush, Bobolink, and 
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks made the list as noteworthy migrants, while a hen 
Hooded Merganser and a few White-throated Sparrows are notable lingerers. The 
full eBird checklist is viewable here: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29539981

A big thank you to Judy Montgomery and Tim Freiday for leading the walks, and 
to all the participants for helping to survey the birds for this annual 
snapshot of Spring Migration. 


As a reminder, the next bird-focused opportunities at Middle Run will be this 
Friday morning (5/13) for a bird banding session with ornithologist Ian Stewart 
and on Sunday morning(5/15) for a guided bird walk. Both sessions start at 
8:00am and meet in the parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road, Directions are 
available at this link: 
www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
302-239-2334, ext. 106
derek AT delnature.org
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Subject: Cape May, Parula, Pine Siskins - Hockessin
From: Amy White <amywwhite AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 19:19:13 +0000
Today in our yard we had a beautiful Cape May Warbler singing and feeding in 
our Norway Spruce grove. 

Also today - Northern Parula and Yellow-rumped Warbler . 
Pine Siskins showed up again a few days ago: 6 yesterday and 5 today. 
Also one male Rose-breasted Grosbeak both yesterday and today. 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo yesterday. 

Amy & Jim White 
Hockessin/Yorklyn, DE 

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Subject: Sunset Cruises to Pea Patch Island May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 12:38:54 -0400
Good Afternoon Birders,

Just in time for a sunny and warm evening, the ABA is hosting their Sunset 
Cruises to Pea Patch Island via the Delaport Ferry tomorrow, May 12  AT  6:30 pm 
– 8:30 pm. Setting sail from the Delaware City Waterfront, we will head out 
on the river to take in close views of Fort Delaware and the herons coming and 
going from Pea Patch Island, where hundreds of Great Blues, Little Blues, and 
egrets nest. Of course we’ll also keep an eye open for Bald Eagles, Ospreys, 
and Double-crested Cormorants, numerous Glossy Ibis, Night Herons and other 
birds moving up and down the river. 


These Cruises are timed to end at sunset so that visitors can enjoy the scene 
and also grab some food and drink at the fine local establishments in Delaware 
City. Register by visiting this link 
http://delawarestateparks.reserveamerica.com/tourDetails.do?contractCode=DE&parkId=360113&tourId=57149&cat=1 
 
You can also register by phone at: 877-987-2757. 


The Ferry departs from 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE 19706. Check-in 
time is 15 minutes prior to Ferry departure. These trips will be canceled only 
in the event of weather deemed unsafe for boat travel. Dress appropriately for 
the weather. Minimum of 10 reservations are required for this tour to operate. 
Refunds are not provided for no-shows. 


See you tomorrow night and bring a friend!

Good birding,

Bill

Bill Stewart
Director of Conservation and Community
610.864.0370 direct
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Subject: Re: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/11 - Dunlin in Caroline Co.
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:18 +0000
Kinder Rd this morning - The Dunlin seen Sunday made another appearance. Many 
Semi Plover and least Sands still present through decreasing. 1 Semi Sand, 3+ 
Solitary, both legs present. Prairie Warbler, Chat, Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, WE 
Vireo vocal from surrounding woods. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:34 AM
To: 'de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU'; 'mdbirding AT googlegroups.com'
Subject: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co.

The field on Kinder Rd continues to produce interesting shorebirds. Yesterday 
evening I found a White-rumped Sandpiper among the numerous Leasts. This was a 
new bird for my home list and I think 3rd in the county. The Semi Plover number 
grew to 174. The Leasts were skittish and eluded counting. IN DE, the 
Lesserlegs group grew to 12. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:55 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU; 
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 

Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8

Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: RE: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/11 - Dunlin in Caroline Co.
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT state.de.us>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 13:00:18 +0000
Kinder Rd this morning - The Dunlin seen Sunday made another appearance. Many 
Semi Plover and least Sands still present through decreasing. 1 Semi Sand, 3+ 
Solitary, both legs present. Prairie Warbler, Chat, Ovenbird, Wood Thrush, WE 
Vireo vocal from surrounding woods. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:34 AM
To: 'de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU'; 'mdbirding AT googlegroups.com'
Subject: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co.

The field on Kinder Rd continues to produce interesting shorebirds. Yesterday 
evening I found a White-rumped Sandpiper among the numerous Leasts. This was a 
new bird for my home list and I think 3rd in the county. The Semi Plover number 
grew to 174. The Leasts were skittish and eluded counting. IN DE, the 
Lesserlegs group grew to 12. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:55 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU; 
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 

Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8

Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Tuesday Bird Wal Results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 15:53:57 +0000
We had a pretty good morning birding the seaside trail behind the Nature Center 
down to the bunker by the fishing pier. 


Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warblers
Black-throated Green Warblers
Yellow-rumped Warblers
Pine Warblers
Prairie Warbler
Black-and-white Warblers
American Redstarts
Common Yellowthroats (many)
Scarlet Tanagers (5-6, M + F)
Chipping Sparrows
White-throated Sparrows
Northern Cardinals
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (F)
Blue Grosbeaks
Red-winged Blackbirds
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Baltimore Orioles (M+F)
House Finches
American Goldfinches
Mourning Doves
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Empidonax Flycatcher spp?
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Fish Crows
Purple Martins
Tree Swallows
Barn Swallows
Carolina Chickadees
Tufted Titmice
Brown-headed Nuthatches
Carolina Wren
House Wrens
Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Veery
American Robins
Gray Catbirds
Northern Mockingbird
Cedar Waxwings
Laughing Gull (in flight)
Ospreys (in flight)
Common Loons (in flight)
Double-crested Cormorants (in flight)
Black Vulture (in flight)
Turkey Vultures (in flight)

I also saw a female Wild Turkey in the park Monday morning near the Biden 
Center. 



Cheers

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

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Subject: Tricolored Herons @ Port Penn Impoundments
From: Christopher Rowe <0000011d90053296-dmarc-request AT LISTS.PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 10:40:02 -0400
Currently 2 Tricolored Herons hunting just off of the Boardwalk East side.

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Subject: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co.
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT state.de.us>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:33:38 +0000
The field on Kinder Rd continues to produce interesting shorebirds. Yesterday 
evening I found a White-rumped Sandpiper among the numerous Leasts. This was a 
new bird for my home list and I think 3rd in the county. The Semi Plover number 
grew to 174. The Leasts were skittish and eluded counting. IN DE, the 
Lesserlegs group grew to 12. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:55 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU; mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8

Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: Oak Grove shorebirds 5/9 - White-rumped Sandpiper in Caroline Co.
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 10 May 2016 12:33:38 +0000
The field on Kinder Rd continues to produce interesting shorebirds. Yesterday 
evening I found a White-rumped Sandpiper among the numerous Leasts. This was a 
new bird for my home list and I think 3rd in the county. The Semi Plover number 
grew to 174. The Leasts were skittish and eluded counting. IN DE, the 
Lesserlegs group grew to 12. 


From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2016 10:55 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU; mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8

Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: Bird-A-Thon Big Day, May 6/7; highlights
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 22:40:40 -0400
Hi Delaware Birders! 

This past weekend (Friday evening to Saturday evening), the Red Knot Wranglers 
raced down, and then up, the state in our Delaware Bird-A-Thon Big Day. Team 
members Bill Stewart, Judy Montgomery, Kim Steininger, Holly Merker, and myself 
(Mike Hudson) put up one of our strongest preformances in the competition to 
date--we racked up 164 species during the 24-hour competition while having some 
serious fun! 


We started near Delaware City at Stave's Landing Rd, where we were greeted with 
some nice shorebird flocks in the flooded fields. At the end of the road, KING 
RAILS, SEASIDE SPARROWS, and SWAMP SPARROWS were our first major finds. In the 
same general area, along Flemming Landing Rd, we ran into a large flock of 
shorebirds which included 50+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and a SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER. 


We ended Friday evening at Big Stone Beach Rd, where we enjoyed calling 
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS, and a large collection of 
very vocal GREEN-WINGED TEALS. We hung around long enough to enjoy a dramatic 
sunset over the marsh and beyond, before we called it quits for the night. 


We returned to Big Stone Beach pre-dawn the next morning. We worked the 
woodlots hard, and were able to find a nice selection of warblers, including 
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and an extremely cooperative 
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. When we reached the marsh, we were vexed by 
exceptionally high tides, making it difficult to find any suitable habitat or 
shorebirds anywhere except the beach. Luckily for us, the tides were causing 
birds to fly up and down the beach, and we picked put RED KNOTS, RUDDY 
TURNSTONES, SANDERLINGS, WILLETS, and many others as they flew past. On the way 
out, we paused at another entrance to Milford Neck along Big Stone Beach Rd. A 
short stop here produced more warblers, highlighted by a singing CANADA 
WARBLER. 


We then high-tailed it to Redden State Forest; at various locations here, we 
had flyover MERLINS, KENTUCKY WARBLER, WORM-EATED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, and 
others. After this, we hit Cape Henlopen, where we were thrilled to find many 
and more ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS at the nature center. At the point, we lucked 
into seeing and photographing a flyby HORNED GREBE, and some lingering scoters. 
Large flocks of BRANT were moving out past the jetties. 


We then began our trek back north, along the Delaware Bay coast. We hit Prime 
Hook where, at Turkle Pond, we had many singing PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS. At the 
headquarters, AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and 
BOBOLINKS were the highlights, among a slew of other common species. Bombay 
Hook was next, and produced NORTHERN PINTAILS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN 
COOTS, and a HOODED MERGANSER, all nice finds. 


We finished our Big Day experience back near Delaware City. Ashton Tract, at 
Augustine Wildlife Area, was especially good to us, yielding a late PALM 
WARBLER, a calling COMMON GALLINULE, and several LITTLE BLUE HERONS. Our last 
bird was a single flyover CATTLE EGRET, just past Grier's Pond. 


To all other teams that competed in the Bird-A-Thon, we hope you had as much 
fun as we did! Best birding to you all! 


Mike H.
Chestertown, MD

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Subject: Middle Run Birding Opportunities This Week
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 20:58:44 +0000
Greetings:

In celebration of 25 years of partnering with New Castle County to manage for 
biodiversity at the Middle Run Natural Area, the Delaware Nature Society is 
offering a series of free programs in the month of May to connect the community 
to the conservation projects at this 860-acre park. This week there are several 
prime opportunities to join in on guided birding sessions. 


Tomorrow morning, we will be hosting the fifth annual Spring Migration Survey 
at Middle Run. This six-hour survey effort will begin at 6:00am and run until 
Noon. The first two hours will be dedicated to listening to the dawn chorus to 
detect new migrants and watch for early songbird activity. The middle two hours 
(8:00am to 10:00am) will encompass the regular bird walk on the Birding Trail. 
The final two hours (10:00am to Noon) will focus on skywatching for raptors and 
waterbirds, and will include a visit to the pond complex in the North end of 
the park. 


With a great group effort, we will do our best to discover all of the migrants 
and breeding birds that are in the park on this designated day in May. 


Later in the week, we will offer a special bird banding session on Friday 
morning, and two bird walks on Sunday. 


Here is the schedule of bird-focused opportunities coming up this week:

Tuesday, May 10: Spring Migration Survey Led by Derek Stoner and Tim Freiday 
Meet at 6:00am in the Middle Run parking lot 

Tuesday, May 10: Middle Run Bird Walk Led by Tim Freiday and Judy Montgomery 
Meet at 8:00am in the Middle Run parking lot 

Friday, May 13: Bird Banding Session Led by DNS Ornithologist Ian Stewart Meet 
at 8:00am in the Middle Run parking lot 

Sunday, May 15: Middle Run Bird Walk Led by Derek Stoner Meet at 8:00am in the 
Middle Run parking lot 

Sunday, May 15: Middle Run Pond Complex Tour Led by Derek Stoner Meet at 3:00pm 
in the Middle Run parking lot 


All programs are free to the public and require no pre-registration.

For directions to Middle Run and a link to the Birding Trail brochure, please 
visit: www.delnature.org/middlerun 

If you have any questions about these programs, please contact me at this email 
address. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
302-239-2334, ext. 106
derek AT delnature.org
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www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun
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Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 14:54:45 +0000
Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: Big Day at Oak Grove 5/8
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT state.de.us>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2016 14:54:45 +0000
Good morning,
 Location: 1 mile circle around Oak Grove, DE that straddles the DE/MD border 
between Seaford, DE (Sussex Co.) and Federalsburg, MD (Caroline Co.) 


I did not start the day intending to set a record, but a good migration day and 
good puddle shorebirds changed my mind. I do not usually get many spring 
migrants (much better in the fall), so I was excited to find several today. 
First up was a waterthrush sp. in a dry location. Never got a good look at its 
head and never vocalized. Next (on the farm in MD) was a Blue-winged Warbler 
(which was the first one in spring since 1993), a Chestnut-Sided, a 
Black-throated Green, a couple Black and Whites and several Parula. Later I 
found a migrant Warbling Vireo on Kinder Rd (MD), a first spring record, and a 
Redstart on Horseshoe Rd (DE). 

The shorebirds were found at the sharp bend in Kinder Rd (MD). All the recent 
rain brought the puddles back to this field, but they did noticeably shrink 
during the day. The haul here was 160 Least Sandpiper, 138 Semipalm Plover, 4 
Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 Semipalm Sand, a Dunlin, a 
Greaterlegs and a couple Killdeer. 4 Lesserlegs were found on Wild Turkey Rd 
(DE). 

The list was also bolstered by 46 DC Cormorant flying over, 4 Bobwhite; FOS 
Hummer, Chimney Swift, Pewee and Summer Tanager; and lingering sparrow 
(White-throats, 2 Swamp and 1 Savannah. The final tally was 83 species, besting 
the old high of 79. Not bad for farm country! 

And I left some of the table - misses: eagle, worm-eating warbler, house finch, 
towhee, scarlet tanager (all seen last week); screech owl (tried but would not 
talk to me); Baltimore Oriole has not arrived yet. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Subject: Common Raven in Newark
From: Bob Strahorn <bstrahor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 21:14:59 -0400
I was loading my truck at home in Newark this morning when I heard an
American Crow and a strange squawk. When I looked up, I saw the crow in
pursuit of another corvid. Since they were only about three feet apart, the
larger size and wedge shaped tail made it obvious that it was a Common
Raven. It vocalized again which I now recognized as the raven's croak. Since
I had missed on the ravens at Yorklyn and Bancroft Mills on the Brandywine,
it was rewarding to have my first Delaware Common Raven as a yard bird.

 

Bob Strahorn

Newark, DE


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Subject: Phillips Park & James F. Hall Trail, Newark
From: Alex Zorach <cazort AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 16:33:38 -0400
The past few days have been great on the James F. Hall Trail.

In Phillips park I had a worm-eating warbler today (May 8), at the
very western end of the park, and in the northeast chunk of forest,
black-throated blue, yellow-rumped, and common yellowthroat. Also a
great crested flycatcher on the edge between the forest and wetland.

On Friday, May 6th, in Phillips park, I heard two barred owls hooting
back and forth, during the day.  Also there was a singing prairie
warbler in the trees over the wetlands.

Yesterday (May 7th) farther east on the James F. Hall trail, east of
where the Newark-Pomeroy trail breaks off, I saw a low-flying
broad-winged hawk that looked like it may have been hunting, and in
the same area saw two red-shouldered hawks soaring and calling
aggressively, and then a red-tailed hawk.  There was also a singing
prairie warbler in that chunk of woods, a brown thrasher, and a female
scarlet tanager.  More regular visitors to this stretch that I
observed on this day include yellow-rumped, yellow warbler, parula,
and yellowthroat, and a great crested flycatcher.

Also on this day, Kell's park had an ovenbird.

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Also related to birds, I recently started volunteering for the city of
Newark doing ecological restoration work along this trail.  I have
been doing similar work in the wild area adjacent to the city
property, owned by Ivy Hall Apartments, for about a year now.  I have
been removing invasive plants such as garlic mustard, japanese and
amur honeysuckles, and norway maple, and planting and encouraging the
growth of native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, using plants
that I grew from seed from local populations, including ones in
Phillips park.  I also have been replacing invasives with ecologically
similar plants, such as replacing wineberry with the native black
raspberry

I saw a common yellowthroat using some of the habitat that I have been
working in for a year, feeding in small trees.  I'm excited to see
what the coming year brings, to see if there is any increase in
utilization of the habitat along this trail by insect-eating birds
like warblers, as we increase both the total plant biodiversity and
the portion of native plants.

Alex Zorach
Newark, DE

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Subject: Veery and yellow-rumped warbler in Bear
From: Mariano Mazal <mariano.mazal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 May 2016 11:03:39 -0400
For the past 2 days we've had these cute visitors in our backyard.  In
addition, the ruby-throated hummer and rose-breasted grosbeaks keep on
coming.  And we have them all captured in some very cool pics.  Oh, the joy
of spring...!

Good birding!
Mariano Mazal
Bear, DE

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