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26 Sep Re: Ashland birds [joe sebastiani ]
26 Sep Oak Grove Area 9/25 and 9/26 ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
26 Sep Re: Ashland birds [Michael Moore ]
26 Sep Ashland birds [joe sebastiani ]
25 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2016) 468 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Sep RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 23rd, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
24 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2016) 129 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Sep Ashland Nature Center (24 Sep 2016) 894 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
24 Sep Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 8/23/16 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
23 Sep Ashton Tract cranes and nuthatches [Gerry Teig ]
23 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2016) 159 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Sep Ashland Nature Center (23 Sep 2016) 10 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Sep Ashland Nature Center (22 Sep 2016) 76 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
23 Sep Brandywine Birdwalk, Saturday, Sept. 24th [Andrew Ednie ]
23 Sep Re: Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation [steve cottrell ]
23 Sep Re: Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation [Meghann ]
22 Sep Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation [Tim Freiday ]
22 Sep Triangle Trail at Middle Run Valley Park Now Open [Tim Freiday ]
22 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2016) 147 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
22 Sep Abbott's Mill Bird Walk: 9/22/16 [Alice Mohrman ]
21 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2016) 147 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
21 Sep Ashland Nature Center (21 Sep 2016) 109 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2016) 62 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Sep Middle Run Birding Walk 9/20/16 [Tim Freiday ]
20 Sep Ashland Nature Center (20 Sep 2016) 60 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
20 Sep September 20 Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
20 Sep DOS Meeting Reminder - Wed. Sept 21 @ Ashland Nature Center, 7:00 PM [Anthony Gonzon ]
20 Sep DOS Field Trip/Sat. 9/24 Granogue Birdwalk & Tower Hawk watching [Bill Stewart ]
20 Sep Middle Run Walk Tomorrow [Derek Stoner ]
19 Sep Milford Neck Fieldtrip Date [Christopher Bennett ]
19 Sep MIlford Neck Wildlife Area DOS Fieldtrip this Sunday [Christopher Bennett ]
19 Sep Ashland Nature Center (17 Sep 2016) 48 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2016) 90 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2016) 56 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Sep Black Skimmer at Port Penn Impoundments [Derek Stoner ]
16 Sep September DOS Meeting - Wed. Sept 21, 7:00 PM [Anthony Gonzon ]
16 Sep RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 16th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
16 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Sep Ashland Nature Center (16 Sep 2016) 47 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Ashland Nature Center (15 Sep 2016) 72 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2016) 130 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Sep Abbott's Mill: Thurs. 9/15 [Alice Mohrman ]
14 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Sep 2016) 82 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep Ashland Nature Center (14 Sep 2016) 23 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Sep Guided Bird Walks at Middle Run on Sunday [Judy Montgomery ]
14 Sep Coverdale Farm Bird Walk Tomorrow [joe sebastiani ]
13 Sep Middle Run Tuesday Bird Walk 9/13/16 [Tim Freiday ]
13 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Sep 2016) 97 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Sep Ashland Nature Center (13 Sep 2016) 16 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Sep Tuesday Morning Cape Henlopen Stat Park Bird Walk 9/13 Results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
12 Sep Ashland Nature Center (12 Sep 2016) 20 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2016) 140 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Sep Re: hummingbird question [PAULA ]
12 Sep Updated Birds of Prey Photo Study ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
12 Sep Thank you! [Anita Mannning ]
12 Sep Re: hummingbird question [Meghann ]
12 Sep Re: hummingbird question [Michael Moore ]
12 Sep hummingbird question [Anita Manning ]
11 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2016) 57 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Sep Preliminary Results of Delaware Nature Society's Eighth Annual Middle Run BioBlitz [Tim Freiday ]
11 Sep Nuthatches at feeders [steve cottrell ]
10 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2016) 38 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep Bird Walk Tomorrow Morning at Middle Run [Derek Stoner ]
9 Sep RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 9th, 2016 [Andrew Ednie ]
9 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Sep 2016) 31 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep Ashland Nature Center (09 Sep 2016) 5 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Sep Re: yard birds on Friday Sep 9 [steve cottrell ]
9 Sep yard birds on Friday Sep 9 [Rob Blye ]
9 Sep Tuesday Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
9 Sep Coverdale Farm Preserve - Thursday's walk [Judy Montgomery ]
8 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Sep 2016) 29 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Sep Ashland Nature Center (08 Sep 2016) 12 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Sep last chance- Sparrow workshop this Saturday 10-noon at the museum [Jean Woods ]
7 Sep Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Sep 2016) 115 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Sep Ashland Nature Center (07 Sep 2016) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Sep First Walk at Middle Run... A Success! BioBlitz coming up soon! [Tim Freiday ]

Subject: Re: Ashland birds
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:56:54 +0000
Sorry, thrushes, not warblers.

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


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

Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 11:27 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Ashland birds

I am pretty sure Joe meant Gray-cheeked and Swainson's THRUSHES. Otherwise, 
lots of us will be rushing to Ashland :-). 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

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

Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 10:37 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Ashland birds

I checked in at the Bird Banding Station and Hawk Watch this morning at 
Ashland. Loads of birds around, and hawks are starting to get moving too. 

Common Loon and Great Egret flyovers at the Hawk Watch. Purple Finch at Hawk 
Watch feeders and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting at the Bird 
Observatory feeders. Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Warblers were in the spicebush 
thickets, along with a Veery. Warblers included Black-throated Green and Blue, 
Palm, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, and Common Yellowthroat. 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Savannah Sparrows are 
recently arrived, and there is a lot of bird activity generally. Looks like a 
very good migration day, and I had nearly 50 species on a short walk-around 
before I had to go back to the office. 


Full list - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31764943.

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: Oak Grove Area 9/25 and 9/26
From: "Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" <Glen.Lovelace AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:36:27 +0000
Good morning,
 Up until this weekend, fall migration at Oak Grove had been monotonous - 
Redstart, Parula, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat with a few Magnolia and 
Chestnut-Sided. Some days I had numbers of these, but could not find any of the 
less common warblers or vireos. 

Finally had a small breakthrough yesterday (9/25) when I found a pretty male 
Blackburnian Warbler and a vocalizing Blue-headed Vireo along Horseshoe Rd 
(DE). 9 warbler sp. total (inc. FOS Palm (a western) and Yellow-rump). 

Today (9/26) there was a very nice mixed flock on North Oak Grove Rd (DE) in 
the vicinity of the Mason-Dixon marker south of Kinder. Among numerous 
Redstart, B&W and Parula were 2 immature male Cape Mays, an adult male 
Black-throated Blue and another western Palm. Also a squeaking Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak. Around the corner on Kinder (MD), I found more Cape May (5 total for 
the day) and another pair of BTB. 


Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE


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Subject: Re: Ashland birds
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:27:27 -0400
I am pretty sure Joe meant Gray-cheeked and Swainson's THRUSHES.  Otherwise,
lots of us will be rushing to Ashland :-).

Mike Moore
Newark, DE

-----Original Message-----
From: Delaware Birding [mailto:de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of joe
sebastiani
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2016 10:37 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Ashland birds

I checked in at the Bird Banding Station and Hawk Watch this morning at
Ashland.  Loads of birds around, and hawks are starting to get moving too.
Common Loon and Great Egret flyovers at the Hawk Watch.  Purple Finch at
Hawk Watch feeders and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting at the
Bird Observatory feeders.  Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Warblers were in the
spicebush thickets, along with a Veery.  Warblers included Black-throated
Green and Blue, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, and
Common Yellowthroat.  Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and
Savannah Sparrows are recently arrived, and there is a lot of bird activity
generally.  Looks like a very good migration day, and I had nearly 50
species on a short walk-around before I had to go back to the office.

Full list - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31764943.

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: Ashland birds
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:37:04 +0000
I checked in at the Bird Banding Station and Hawk Watch this morning at 
Ashland. Loads of birds around, and hawks are starting to get moving too. 
Common Loon and Great Egret flyovers at the Hawk Watch. Purple Finch at Hawk 
Watch feeders and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Indigo Bunting at the Bird 
Observatory feeders. Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Warblers were in the spicebush 
thickets, along with a Veery. Warblers included Black-throated Green and Blue, 
Palm, Yellow-rumped, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, and Common Yellowthroat. 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Savannah Sparrows are 
recently arrived, and there is a lot of bird activity generally. Looks like a 
very good migration day, and I had nearly 50 species on a short walk-around 
before I had to go back to the office. 


Full list - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31764943.

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: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2016) 468 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:54:35 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                7             17             17
Turkey Vulture              48             80             80
Osprey                     219           1800           1800
Bald Eagle                   7             66             66
Northern Harrier             2             13             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk         117            194            194
Cooper's Hawk                9             22             22
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           11             13             13
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            12            130            130
Merlin                      15            126            126
Peregrine Falcon            14             71             71
Unknown Accipiter            2              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               2              8              8
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3             10             10
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     468           2556           2556
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Dennis Foley, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thanks to the birders from Rhode Island, They stayed awhile and gave us
some help. Thanks to Kevin,Art,Bill and Dennis for helping.
36 other visitors


Weather:
wind ENE/NE/N, 7-9 to 1.5 mph, temp 17c-23c, clcv 5-20%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
awesome number of Osprey and Sharp-Shinned Hawks. They were coming at us in
a nice steady flight line. Also Kestrels, Merlins and Peregrines. And 11
Broad-Winged Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
short list of others, too busy counting Raptors. Red-Breasted
Nuthatch,Brown-Headed Nuthatch, Flickers

Predictions:
mostly sunny, high 70 wind SE 5-10 mph
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)




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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 23rd, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:19:09 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*September 23, 2016
* DEST1609.23
	
*Birds mentioned
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Black Scoter
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Great Cormorant
Brown Pelican
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
Black Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Virginia Rail
Clapper Rail
SANDHILL CRANE
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Killdeer
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Stilt Sandpiper
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper 
Western Sandpiper 
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
WILSON'S PHALAROPE
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Least Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
COMMON RAVEN
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Black and White Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
LARK BUNTING
White-throated Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 23, 2016
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, September 23rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased belatedly to 328 species.

New this week was a LARK BUNTING photographed sitting on the fence two weeks
ago on September 11 at the University of Delaware Ag farm. The picture shows
a sparrow with streaked breasts, dark mustache mark and white panels in the
wings. This is a first record for New Castle County and only the second
record for the state. The previous record for LARK BUNTING was September
2010 along the Raymond Pool Dike at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Smyrna, found by Chris and Karen Bennett. Also seen at the ag farm this
week were 6 KILLDEER and a flock of 15 PALM WARBLERS on Sunday.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on
Thursday and a WILSON'S WARBLER was seen on Sunday. Lots of warblers have
been reported at Middle Run including WORM-EATING, OVENBIRD, TENNESSEE,
BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, PALM, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN. VEERY and
SWAINSON'S THRUSH have been seen daily plus a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH seen
yesterday. The first WINTER WREN of the season was also seen yesterday.
LEAST FLYCATCHER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BLUE
GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, and BOBOLINK were also reported.

A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen flying over Paper Mill Road. RED -SHOULDERED
HAWK and BARRED OWL reported at Christine Manor in Newark. BROAD-WINGED HAWK
and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were reported off S. College Ave. near Iron Hill.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported in Glasgow.

COMMON RAVEN was reported at Ashland Nature Center on Sunday and Tuesday. A
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the Hawkwatch. Also reported have been
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BOBOLINK. Warblers found
included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA and
BLACK-THROATED BLUE. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported at Coverdale farms
near Ashland along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Warblers reported there
included TENNESSEE, PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN.

A BLACK SKIMMER was found on Saturday at the Port Penn Impoundments of
Augustine Beach Wildlife Area along Route 9, north of Port Penn. Also seen
were 14 CASPIAN TERNS and several FORSTER'S TERNS. People looking for the
skimmer found WHITE-RUMPED and SPOTTED SANDPIPER plus LITTLE BLUE HERON and
a flyby MERLIN. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Ashton Tract today.
Three RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were calling in the pines. Three PALM WARBLERS
were seen on the wires along the entrance road, along with TENNESSEE and
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLERS in the woods. There was a huge flock of 273 CASPIAN
TERNS found on Pelican Island in Thousand Acre Marsh from Dutch Neck Road
also seen was LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS. BLACK VULTURES have been
seen sitting on the telephone poles along Dutch Neck Road and the C& D
Canal. An immature BONAPARTE'S GULL and 4 CASPIAN TERNS was found in the
parking lot at Augustine Beach, south of Port Penn. PECTORAL and LEAST
SANDPIPERS were seen along the Augustine Creek Causeway, along with BOBOLINK
in the reeds. A late flock of 37 CATTLE EGRETS were found along Bayview
Road. LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at the Middletown High School Pond.

Four WILSON'S PHALAROPE made a one-day appearance on Sunday at Tony Florio's
in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Other shorebirds seen included STILT,
WHITE-RUMP, WESTERN, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Waterfowl on the ponds
include GREEN-WINGED TEAL and GADWALL.

HUDSONIAN and 5 MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook. A
high count of 500 AMERICAN AVOCETS with 300 BLACK-BELLIED and 150
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was reported. And AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was reported
flying over the entrance road. The grassy area at the southeast corner of
Sheerness Pool has been great for sandpipers including BAIRD'S, WHITE-RUMP,
WESTERN, PECTORAL, STILT, SOLITARY, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and DUNLIN plus
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the mudflats
opposite Sheerness Pool. SAVANNAH SPARROWS have been reported along the Dike
Road and SALTMARSH SPARROW was seen from the Boardwalk Trail. Waterfowl seen
included PINTAIL, SHOVELER, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. LITTLE BLUE
and GREEN HERON plus GLOSSY IBIS were reported with hundreds of GREAT and
SNOWY EGRETS. BOBWHITE and WILD TURKEY were seen at the Allee House plus
RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were reported by the headquarters. Raptors seen
included PEREGRINE FALCON hunting over Raymond Pool plus OSPREY, NORTHERN
HARRIER, and BALD EAGLE. Other land birds included MARSH WREN, YELLOW and
PRAIRIE WARBLER, plus EASTERN MEADOWLARK. 16 PURPLE MARTINS were seen flying
over the headquarters building on Sunday with hundreds of TREE SWALLOWS.
Also picked out was ROUGH-WINGED, BANK and BARN SWALLOWS.

Another big flock of over one thousand SWALLOWS were reported at Port Mahon
on Sunday along with 2 BARN SWALLOWS. Also seen there was PEREGRINE FALCON
sitting on the dock. Shorebirds seen included 60 SANDERLING, LEAST and
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. HARRIER and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were reported at
Pickering Beach along with SEASIDE SPARROW. The swallow flock there had a
single PURPLE MARTIN.

GREAT HORNED and BARRED OWLS were reported calling at night in Cheswold.
Some early arriving sparrows included WHITE-THROATED and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW
in Dover by Silver Lake. Warblers reported included PALM, CAPE MAY, PARULA,
and REDSTART. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at College Woods on the
Delaware State University campus.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen at the ferry terminal in Lewes on Monday, along
with BROWN PELICANS. The Monroe Avenue ponds in Lewes had 4 immature
YELLOW-CROWNED plus 13 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS along with LITTLE BLUE
HERON, SNOWY and GREAT EGRET. There were also 3 OSPREYS roosting in the
trees. The point at Cape Henlopen continues to have COMMON LOON, PIPING
PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SANDERLING, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen on Wednesday along with
several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES. Gordon's Pond near Rehoboth Beach had a
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON plus LITTLE BLUE, GREAT, and SNOW EGRET. A
VIRGINIA RAIL was seen flying across the trail plus SALTMARSH SPARROW and
MARSH WREN were reported in the reeds.

Five juvenile WHITE IBIS with GLOSSY IBIS were reported along Lighthouse
Road at Fenwick Island plus 41 GREAT EGRETS and 42 SNOWY EGRETS. Three
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were reported at Assawoman
Wildlife Area. BROWN PELICAN was also reported at Indian River Inlet along
with BLACK SCOTER. RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were reported on the
jetty. Six BROWN PELICANS were seen flying over Old Landing out onto
Rehoboth Bay. Warblers seen at Old Landing included YELLOW-RUMP, MAGNOLIA,
and PALM. TRICOLORED HERON was reported at Herring Creek on Angola Neck
along with RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. BALTIMORE ORIOLE
was reported James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck near Ocean View.

PHILADELPHIA VIREO was also reported at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area on
Sunday plus YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, SCARLET TANAGER, 3
SUMMER TANAGERS, 15 INDIGO BUNTINGS, and BOBOLINK. Warblers seen included
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE, PARULA, and MAGNOLIA. A flock of 5
SUMMER TANAGERS plus SCARLET TANAGER were found in a yard at near Harbleson.
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was photographed there along with ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK. Warblers seen there included CANADA, PRAIRIE, PINE, BLACK-THROATED
BLUE and GREEN, PARULA, REDSTART, and BLACK AND WHITE. BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLER was also reported at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also seen at Little Neck Nature Area
near Milton. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Cods Road near Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge. PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen there on
Saturday. Shorebirds reported at Prime Hook Beach Road included 100 AMERICAN
AVOCETS, 75 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 25 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
2 RED KNOT, 16 STILT SANDPIPERS, with DUNLIN, PECTORAL, LEAST, WHITE-RUMP,
and WESTERN SANDPIPER. Two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were seen with the
SHORT-BILLED'S. The tern flock included six CASPIAN TERNS and seven BLACK
SKIMMERS. WHITE IBIS and TRICOLORED HERON were seen from the nature trail at
Prime Hook. Six WILD TURKEY and LEAST FLYCATCHER were found at Turkle Pond
Road.

TRICOLORED HERON was also seen with 31 GREAT EGRETS along at the DuPont
Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet. CLAPPER RAIL, LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK
CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and NORTHERN HARRIER were seen along Lighthouse Road.
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, ROYAL TERN, and PEREGRINE FALCON were seen on seen at
the nature center. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS continue be reported at the Gravel
Hill ponds along Route 9 E. of Georgetown. SOLITARY SANDPIPER was reported
at the Sussex Charter School in Georgetown.

15 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen flying over Hockessin yesterday evening. A
NIGHTHAWK was also reported at Middle Run on Saturday. Four NIGHTHAWKS were
seen flying over Ashland Nature Center on Tuesday. COMMON NIGHTHAWK was
reported flying over THE Starbucks and Dover in the afternoon on Wednesday.
NIGHTHAWKS was also reported at Cape Henlopen State Park.

A trickle of 31 BROAD-WINGS HAWKS were reported at Ashland Nature Center
Hawkwatch this week, only 115 were seen this season. Wednesday had a nice
flight of 31 AMERICAN KESTREL, plus 25 SHARP-SHINNED and 6 COOPER'S HAWKS.
Also reported have been PALM WARBLERS. A rare bird at the Cape Henlopen
Hawkwatch was a BROAD-WINGED HAWK on Thursday. The last three days have had
a nice flight of Falcons with 45 AMERICAN KESTREL, 59 MERLIN, and 26
PEREGRINES, along with over 300 OSPREY. AMERICAN AVOCET was seen from the
Hawkwatch flying down the beach on Tuesday. Also reported have been AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED, PLOVER, and SANDERLING. LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS have been seen sitting on the beach. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES have been reported in the pines by the parking lot almost daily.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Patrick Carney,
Colin Campbell, Michael O'Brien, Chris Rowe, Peter Gibb, Carlton Groff, Mike
Gardner, Jerry Teig, Desiree Narango, Rob Blye, Bob Edelen, Rob Klarquist,
Judy Montgomery, Amy O'Neil, Lisa Smith, Andrew Bogush, Maureen Markow,
Alissa Kegelman, Joe Swertinski, John Long, Steve Cottrell, Ian Stewart, Kim
Steininger, Steve Graff, Nancy Cunningham, Phil Thompson, Keith Leonard, Tim
Freiday, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Ken Cooper, Peter Paul,
Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, and Dave Fees. Special thanks to our two hawk counters, Hannah
Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings.
Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net.
Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2016) 129 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:19:48 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             10             10
Turkey Vulture               0             32             32
Osprey                     101           1581           1581
Bald Eagle                   4             59             59
Northern Harrier             0             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             77             77
Cooper's Hawk                1             13             13
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              2
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3            118            118
Merlin                       5            111            111
Peregrine Falcon            10             57             57
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     129           2088           2088
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Bruce Peterjohn, Diane Kane,
                  Jodi McLaughlin, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue, Art, Bruce, Jodi, Ann, Diane and Bill for assisting with the
count today!
55 visitors.
 


Weather:
Overcast, temp 20-21C, NNE,ENE,E wind 8-12mph


Raptor Observations:
A steady flight on Osprey, along with a few Sharp-shinned Hawks, Kestrels,
Merlin and Peregrine Falcons. Four migrant Bald Eagles, two resident
eagles. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Brown Pelican, Common Loon, Black Scoter, Canada Warbler, Pine Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, DC
Cormorant (145).


Predictions:
Sunny, high 70F, NE wind 5-10mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (24 Sep 2016) 894 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:09:47 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      35            109            109
Bald Eagle                   6             82             84
Northern Harrier             9             17             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk          56            202            202
Cooper's Hawk               17             87             87
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             29             31
Broad-winged Hawk          717            832            832
Red-tailed Hawk              6             36             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            34            149            149
Merlin                       2             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             3              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             11
Unknown Buteo                1             14             14
Unknown Falcon               1              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               4             19             19

Total:                     894           1607           1614
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Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Bill Stewart, David Beattie, Jared Zaruba, Joe Sebastiani,
                  Kelley Nunn, Kim Steininger, Megan Kaspreak, Nina DePinto,
                  Peter Wilner

Visitors:
Over 100 children stopped by today, many from a girl scout troupe learning
about Monarchs. 8 other visitors stopped in. 


Weather:
Cool, fall weather with cloudy skies turning clear by the end of the day.
Winds coming from the north. 

Raptor Observations:
Today was THE DAY! With perfect conditions all day, the migrating birds
were streaming by non-stop. We finally got our first (and hopefully not our
last) big push of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, bringing us 717 birds, mostly in the
second half of the day. We had one triple kettle of a few hundred birds
around 3:00 PM. One of the kettles had a PEREGRINE FALCON and BALD EAGLE
mixed in. NORTHERN HARRIERS gave a solid showing throughout the day, one
grey ghost flew by with the sun perfectly illuminating it. SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS and KESTRELS streamed by all through the day at varying altitudes. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Not only were raptors migrating, but many other high flying birds were
spotted throughout the day. Two kettles of GREAT-BLUE HERONS migrated past,
one with a GREAT EGRET mixed in. Two flocks of shorebirds flew by, one a
group of presumed YELLOWLEGS, the other KILLDEER. CANADA GEESE have started
flocking up and moving, over 100 flying over. The songbirds didn't
disappoint either, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA
WARBLER, and a LEAST FLYCATCHER, came by in a mixed foraging flock near the
feeders midday. Two BELTED KINGFISHERS chattered and flew towards sledding
hill. 

112 Monarchs

Predictions:
Conditions are looking good for another great day of migration tomorrow!
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Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 8/23/16
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:54:40 -0500
Briton Parker and I were able to get to Bombay Hook and Port Mahon in
Delaware yesterday. There were lots of birds but unfortunately too many of
them were too far out to get decent pictures. Nevertheless, we were able
to get some…to see the Photo Study please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookSep23_16/BombayHookSep23_16.html

Regards,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA

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Subject: Ashton Tract cranes and nuthatches
From: Gerry Teig <gerryteig AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:44:00 -0400
As I was getting out of my car in the Ashton Tract parking lot about 8:35
this morning, I heard Sandhill Cranes.  I looked up to see 4 of them flying
by the house in the general direction of the overlook.  They flew by
without stopping.

Common Yellowthroat was common.  There were 3 Palm Warblers in the vines
around one of the utility poles along the entrance drive.  There were other
warblers - I identified a Black-and-white and a Tennessee.  There was a lot
of activity in the canopy but I couldn't see what was there.

In the pine grove i saw at least 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches foraging noisily
together.

Gerry Teig

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2016) 159 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:09:02 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             10             10
Turkey Vulture               5             32             32
Osprey                      87           1480           1480
Bald Eagle                   7             55             55
Northern Harrier             4             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21             72             72
Cooper's Hawk                4             12             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2              2
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            17            115            115
Merlin                       6            106            106
Peregrine Falcon             8             47             47
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     159           1959           1959
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Kate Fleming, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Kate for assisting with the count!
Visitors include David Weber, Vince and 24 others. 


Weather:
Overcast in the morning then clearing around noon, temp 22-26C, very light
NE, N winds, vis 18-20km 


Raptor Observations:
Slow in the morning with a good flight in the afternoon under clear skies.
Ospreys continue to dominate the count, several Harriers, Sharp-shinned
Hawk and Cooper's Hawk numbers increased, plus a fair number of Kestrels,
Merlin and Peregrine Falcons. Seven migrant Bald Eagles and the two
resident adult eagles. 



Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser Black-back Gull, Lesser Yellowlegs, Great Blue Heron, Northern
Parula, Pine Warbler, DC Cormorant 50


Predictions:
Partly sunny, high 76F, NE wind at 15mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (23 Sep 2016) 10 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:01:53 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             74             74
Bald Eagle                   1             76             78
Northern Harrier             0              8              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            146            146
Cooper's Hawk                2             70             70
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             26             28
Broad-winged Hawk            0            115            115
Red-tailed Hawk              0             30             33
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1            115            115
Merlin                       1              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             11
Unknown Buteo                0             13             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             15             15

Total:                      10            713            720
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Carol Spease, Peter Wilner

Visitors:
3 visitors - thanks Ann, Sharon, and Beth for stopping by!


Weather:
Very warm, clear blue skies with little to no wind. 

Raptor Observations:
Very slow day. Raptors were difficult to pick out in the bright blue skies,
even vultures were difficult to see. 

Non-raptor Observations:
22 Monarchs

Predictions:
Despite todays less than ideal conditions, tomorrow is looking great for a
push of backed up migrants! With a cold front coming through and north
winds expected for tomorrow we should be in for a great hawk watching day!
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (22 Sep 2016) 76 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:51:37 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      13             73             73
Bald Eagle                   2             75             77
Northern Harrier             0              8              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            143            143
Cooper's Hawk                2             68             68
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             26             28
Broad-winged Hawk           23            115            115
Red-tailed Hawk              1             30             33
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8            114            114
Merlin                       1              7              7
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            2             11             11
Unknown Buteo                1             13             13
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             14             14

Total:                      76            703            710
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Andrew Bogush, Dirk Robinson, Ed Rohrbach, John Beitler,
                  Kim Steininger, Nina DePinto

Visitors:
No visitors. 


Weather:
E to NE winds throughout the day with clear blue skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Early on there was a push of low flying OSPREY. About mid-day we were
tricked into being hopeful by a few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS lifting from the
tree and kettling up with vultures, this however was short lived. 

Non-raptor Observations:
42 Monarchs
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Subject: Brandywine Birdwalk, Saturday, Sept. 24th
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:06:39 -0400
The monthly Birdwalk sponsored by Brandywine Creek State Park will be
tomorrow, Sept 24th. We'll start at the park nature center off Adams Dam
Road at 8 am. The walk will last 2-3 hours, bring bino's, boots and bug
spray. Lots of thrush have been seen this season. We'll also look for
warblers, flycatchers and sparrows through multiple habitats. The walk is
free but park fees are in effect. 

Good birding, 
Andy

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Subject: Re: Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation
From: steve cottrell <miami.07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:33:24 +0000
A few days ago I watched a Ruby-throated Hummingbird perch on a suet feeder, 
then take a swipe at the suet cake as it flew off. My yard is loaded with 
nectar plants like cardinal flower and jewelweed which are still heavily in 
bloom, so it may be part of a strategy to supplement sugar with protein. 



steve




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From: Delaware Birding  on behalf of Tim Freiday 
 

Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:35 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting 
Behavioral Observation 


Hello Fellow Birders,

Today at Middle Run I was conducting point count surveys as part of an effort 
to quantify the habitat use and phenology of different bird species during the 
fall migration. These surveys are conducted in a standardized manner and are 
designed to be statistically valid. 


While conducting the surveys in the fields off of Polly Drummond Road I 
witnessed something I had never seen before, when a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 
flew out from a black walnut tree and caught an insect from midair! I've never 
heard of hummingbirds flycatching before, but this one did it for about five 
minutes during a point count survey. Have any of you witnessed or heard 
something like this? I assume it is an adaptive response to a lack of flowers, 
as many plants have gone to seed already. But perhaps it is a more general 
strategy to supplement their sugar rich diet with some protein. More research 
is in order. 


The past couple of days at Middle Run have been pretty birdy, and the birds 
have been somewhat cooperative allowing for good photo opps. Additional species 
seen in the fields and forest edge included BLACK-THROATED GREEN and 
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN 
PHOEBE and many more. Complete checklist with media here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703504


A walk around the New Triangle Trail added SCARLET TANAGER to the day, and 
there were a couple of NORTHERN PARULA there as well. Checklist for the 
triangle here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703557


I took a late morning walk around the Birding Trail today and was not 
disappointed. It was slow but there were pockets of birds. I had my first of 
season WINTER WREN near Trail Marker 9 by the Waterthrush Creek. I came across 
a nice mixed flock near Trail Marker 13. Did you know that first fall female 
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERs have yellow toenails? I got some nice pics of one 
showing them. A male AMERICAN REDSTART also put on a show, and WOOD THRUSH were 
showing nicely. Complete checklist with media for the birding trail here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31704343


Yesterday was also a good day of birding at Middle Run. Lots of thrushes near 
the parking lot at dawn, and I started the day there with both SWAINSON'S and 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH calling. I came across a pocket of birds on the Lenape Spur 
Trail on the north side of the creek just north of the parking lot. This had a 
couple of gem warblers, including male and female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER 
and a very unexpected excellent look at a first fall or female CONNECTICUT 
WARBLER. Complete checklist from the morning here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31702606


There has been some decent migration across the region, with another front 
expected to move through the region tomorrow night. This weekend is setting up 
to be a very good birding weekend, so get out there and enjoy yourselves! 


Happy Birding!

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Subject: Re: Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation
From: Meghann <spyturtle008 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:29:45 -0400
Hello Tim,

I have definitely witnessed this behavior (insect gleaning by RTHUs) and
can send a photo I managed to capture recently as well if you'd like.  My
understanding is that insects make up a much larger portion of hummingbird
diets than most of us realize -- which is why the late and migrant
hummingbirds do okay in this area into the winter with artificial nectar
supplementation from feeders.  My late hatch-year RTHU in November 2104
spent most of his weeklong stopover gleaning insects out of a stand of
pines bordering our property.  He hung out for a week, and I think the
feeder we'd left out was a bonus (and is definitely what allowed us to
notice his arrival) but not the main draw to our property.  As a side note,
it's incredible to me how many bugs there are out and about even past the
point in the year where we get nightly freezes -- I installed a heat lamp
to keep the feeder nectar from freezing over, and the column of light
really illuminated the vast number of insects that are still out and about
at that point in the year.  I also had a conversation with Scott Weidensaul
(I'd been challenged re: leaving my feeder up late, and he was able to
provide reassurance that this would not alter behavior / 'prevent'
migration), and he confirmed that insects were a large portion of their
diet.

Some fantastic video of this behavior from a recent Nature PBS doc, as well
as a physiological explanation for how they hunt ("less like Tinkerbell,
more like Jaws":


http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/hummingbirds-magic-in-the-air-video-expert-hunters/5442/ 


Best,

Meghann Matwichuk


On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 10:35 PM, Tim Freiday 
wrote:

> Hello Fellow Birders,
>
> Today at Middle Run I was conducting point count surveys as part of an
> effort to quantify the habitat use and phenology of different bird species
> during the fall migration.  These surveys are conducted in a standardized
> manner and are designed to be statistically valid.
>
> While conducting the surveys in the fields off of Polly Drummond Road I
> witnessed something I had never seen before, when a RUBY-THROATED
> HUMMINGBIRD flew out from a black walnut tree and caught an insect from
> midair!  I’ve never heard of hummingbirds flycatching before, but this one
> did it for about five minutes during a point count survey.  Have any of you
> witnessed or heard something like this?  I assume it is an adaptive
> response to a lack of flowers, as many plants have gone to seed already.
> But perhaps it is a more general strategy to supplement their sugar rich
> diet with some protein.  More research is in order.
>
> The past couple of days at Middle Run have been pretty birdy, and the
> birds have been somewhat cooperative allowing for good photo opps.
> Additional species seen in the fields and forest edge included
> BLACK-THROATED GREEN and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE
> GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN PHOEBE and many more.  Complete checklist
> with media here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703504
>
>
> A walk around the New Triangle Trail added SCARLET TANAGER to the day, and
> there were a couple of NORTHERN PARULA there as well.  Checklist for the
> triangle here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703557
>
>
> I took a late morning walk around the Birding Trail today and was not
> disappointed.  It was slow but there were pockets of birds.  I had my first
> of season WINTER WREN near Trail Marker 9 by the Waterthrush Creek.  I came
> across a nice mixed flock near Trail Marker 13.  Did you know that first
> fall female BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERs have yellow toenails?  I got some nice
> pics of one showing them.  A male AMERICAN REDSTART also put on a show, and
> WOOD THRUSH were showing nicely.  Complete checklist with media for the
> birding trail here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31704343
>
>
> Yesterday was also a good day of birding at Middle Run.  Lots of thrushes
> near the parking lot at dawn, and I started the day there with both
> SWAINSON’S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH calling.  I came across a pocket of
> birds on the Lenape Spur Trail on the north side of the creek just north of
> the parking lot.  This had a couple of gem warblers, including male and
> female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER and a very unexpected excellent look at
> a first fall or female CONNECTICUT WARBLER.  Complete checklist from the
> morning here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31702606
>
>
> There has been some decent migration across the region, with another front
> expected to move through the region tomorrow night.  This weekend is
> setting up to be a very good birding weekend, so get out there and enjoy
> yourselves!
>
> Happy Birding!
>
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Subject: Point Count Surveys at Middle Run and an Interesting Behavioral Observation
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:35:48 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,

Today at Middle Run I was conducting point count surveys as part of an effort 
to quantify the habitat use and phenology of different bird species during the 
fall migration. These surveys are conducted in a standardized manner and are 
designed to be statistically valid. 


While conducting the surveys in the fields off of Polly Drummond Road I 
witnessed something I had never seen before, when a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 
flew out from a black walnut tree and caught an insect from midair! I’ve 
never heard of hummingbirds flycatching before, but this one did it for about 
five minutes during a point count survey. Have any of you witnessed or heard 
something like this? I assume it is an adaptive response to a lack of flowers, 
as many plants have gone to seed already. But perhaps it is a more general 
strategy to supplement their sugar rich diet with some protein. More research 
is in order. 


The past couple of days at Middle Run have been pretty birdy, and the birds 
have been somewhat cooperative allowing for good photo opps. Additional species 
seen in the fields and forest edge included BLACK-THROATED GREEN and 
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN 
PHOEBE and many more. Complete checklist with media here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703504


A walk around the New Triangle Trail added SCARLET TANAGER to the day, and 
there were a couple of NORTHERN PARULA there as well. Checklist for the 
triangle here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31703557


I took a late morning walk around the Birding Trail today and was not 
disappointed. It was slow but there were pockets of birds. I had my first of 
season WINTER WREN near Trail Marker 9 by the Waterthrush Creek. I came across 
a nice mixed flock near Trail Marker 13. Did you know that first fall female 
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERs have yellow toenails? I got some nice pics of one 
showing them. A male AMERICAN REDSTART also put on a show, and WOOD THRUSH were 
showing nicely. Complete checklist with media for the birding trail here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31704343


Yesterday was also a good day of birding at Middle Run. Lots of thrushes near 
the parking lot at dawn, and I started the day there with both SWAINSON’S and 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH calling. I came across a pocket of birds on the Lenape Spur 
Trail on the north side of the creek just north of the parking lot. This had a 
couple of gem warblers, including male and female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER 
and a very unexpected excellent look at a first fall or female CONNECTICUT 
WARBLER. Complete checklist from the morning here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31702606


There has been some decent migration across the region, with another front 
expected to move through the region tomorrow night. This weekend is setting up 
to be a very good birding weekend, so get out there and enjoy yourselves! 


Happy Birding!

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Subject: Triangle Trail at Middle Run Valley Park Now Open
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 22:33:47 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,

We are pleased to announce the reopening of a system of trails known as the 
Triangle Trail at Middle Run. This trail borders the edge of the forest just 
west of the Lenape Trail, and cuts through two different aged stands of tree 
plantings. 

Reforestation of the Middle Run Valley Park is one of the main management 
objectives of Delaware Nature Society. A 7 year old planting has a nice brushy 
understory well suited for scrub shrub species of birds, and is especially good 
for sparrows in the fall. The 15 year old tree planting is on its way to mature 
forest, and has a dense canopy which is favorable to thrushes and other forest 
birds. 

To access these trails, park in the dirt lot to the left on the top of the hill 
just as you enter the park. I have added a rough outline of these trails to the 
Middle Run Birding Trail map, as well as indicated where the parking area is. 
Access the map from this web address: 


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KqJ-8JC5UsQgSL3iwVLScJ7aX0c&usp=sharing

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2016) 147 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:42:11 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                3             10             10
Turkey Vulture               0             27             27
Osprey                      88           1393           1393
Bald Eagle                   4             48             48
Northern Harrier             1              7              7
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15             51             51
Cooper's Hawk                0              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1              2              2
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13             98             98
Merlin                      14            100            100
Peregrine Falcon             5             39             39
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               2              6              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7              7
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     147           1800           1800
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Diane Kane, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks Sue, Alissa, Diane, and Vince for helping with the count today!
32 visitors



Weather:
Partly cloudy, temp 21-24C, E,ENE wind 8-17mph, vis 20km



Raptor Observations:
Nice variety of raptors today with Osprey, Harrier, Sharp-shinned,
Broad-winged Hawk, Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrines. Four migrating Bald
Eagle and two resident adults. Also one resident Cooper's Hawk.
Majority of flight was far to the west of the platform with the strong E
winds.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Great Blue Heron, Sanderling, Greater Yellowlegs, Brown-headed Nuthatch, DC
Cormorant 160.
 


Predictions:
Sunny, high 82F, N wind 5-10mph

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Subject: Abbott's Mill Bird Walk: 9/22/16
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:13:37 -0400
Enjoying a beautiful morning, our group birded the meadows and woods along 
Abbott's Pond ( across the street from the Mill). 

In the Issacs Preserve, the highlight was a Black-throated Blue Warbler. Other 
sightings included: Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chipping Sparrow, N. Cardinal, 
Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Carolina Wren, N. 
Mockingbird, House Sparrow and Turkey Vulture. 


 Join us each Thursday morning, 8:30 am to 10am, for the FREE Bird Walk. Meet 
at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Rd., Milford, DE. Beginners 
to experts welcome! Binoculars are available for borrow. 

       Eyes to the sky!

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2016) 147 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:53:56 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture               0             27             27
Osprey                      90           1305           1305
Bald Eagle                   0             44             44
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             36             36
Cooper's Hawk                0              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            15             85             85
Merlin                      33             86             86
Peregrine Falcon             8             34             34
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     147           1653           1653
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Donna Hoyt, John Hoyt, Paul Kane,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Alissa, Paul, John and Donna for helping with the count
today!
34 visitors


Weather:
Overcast with periodic showers in the late morning, temp 24C, ENE,E wind
5-14mph, vis 18km


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Osprey with a good Merlin flight today that remained steady until
the last hour when the flight shut down. Two resident adult Bald Eagles.
Most falcons were passing to the west following the bay side.
One Osprey perched on a snag in front of the hawk watch with a red color
band on the right leg and a USFWS silver band on the left leg. 

Non-raptor Observations:
American Oystercatcher, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Lesser
Black-backed Gull, DC Cormorant (130).


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 76F, wind NE 10-15mph. Could be good for migration. 
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (21 Sep 2016) 109 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:43:24 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             60             60
Bald Eagle                   5             73             75
Northern Harrier             4              8              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            122            122
Cooper's Hawk                6             66             66
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             26             28
Broad-winged Hawk           15             92             92
Red-tailed Hawk              1             29             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            33            106            106
Merlin                       0              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            1              9              9
Unknown Buteo                2             12             12
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               5             13             13

Total:                     109            627            634
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        David Beattie, Ian Stewart, Joe Sebastiani, Kim Steininger,
                  Peter Wilner

Visitors:
4 visitors today. THANK YOU to Kim for spotting many of our high flying
birds today!


Weather:
Variable north/northeast winds with the perfect sky cover for hawk
watching. 

Raptor Observations:
We had our biggest day yet on the hill, our first day reaching triple
digits! AMERICAN KESTRELS, 33, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 25, came by in the
largest numbers. 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS migrated past, our first one of the
day at eye level, flying across the hill through the trees to the east
causing all of the American Robins to flee their resting spots.
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have still failed to put on a big show, however we did
have a few very small kettles, 15 flying by in total. We ended the day with
an AMERICAN KESTREL cruising in low and landing on the dead snag behind the
hill, seemingly picking his roosting spot for the night. 

Non-raptor Observations:
PALM WARBLERS have started spending their time up on the hill, 3 being
heard and spotted throughout the day. 

34 Monarchs. 

Predictions:
Sunny warm day with east winds. 
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2016) 62 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:46:17 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture               0             27             27
Osprey                      52           1215           1215
Bald Eagle                   1             44             44
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             35             35
Cooper's Hawk                0              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             70             70
Merlin                       4             53             53
Peregrine Falcon             5             26             26
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      62           1506           1506
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Rachael Shapiro, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue, Alissa and Rachael for helping with the count today!
22 visitors



Weather:
Overcast with periodic rain showers in the afternoon, temp 23-24C, light
ENE,NE wind, vis 10-18km


Raptor Observations:
A brief flurry of Osprey after rain showers at noon, several Peregrines and
Merlin, one migrant Bald Eagle and two resident adult eagles.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, Red-breasted
Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch.


Predictions:
Rain in the morning then partly cloudy, high 78F, NE wind 10-15mph

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Subject: Middle Run Birding Walk 9/20/16
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:39:07 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,

Today was the third weekly Tuesday walk at Middle Run, and we had fun despite a 
little bit of slow birding. We started the pre-walk at 7:00 AM on this misty 
morning, as the warbler action has been better at this time in the past couple 
of weeks. We did get good looks at COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART and 
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. We met up at the parking lot at 8 for the main walk, 
and proceeded to walk the birding trail loop backwards. 


The birds were very patchily distributed, and we finally came across a small 
group of birds close to the stream. In one dead tree we had three species of 
woodpecker including RED-BELLIED, DOWNY, and NORTHERN FLICKER. We also heard 
PILEATED WOODPECKER, VEERY, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at this location. 


We had a small flurry of bird activity near the Tree of Heaven which yielded 
nice looks at LEAST FLYCATCHER and BLACKPOLL WARBLER. Although the front 
stalled last night when it met the remnants of a tropical system, it looks like 
it may clear tonight so birding may pick up again tomorrow. We will be holding 
another bird walk next Tuesday, and again we will be having a pre-walk scouting 
expedition starting at 7. 


Map of the Birding Trail at Middle Run here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KqJ-8JC5UsQgSL3iwVLScJ7aX0c&usp=sharing

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (20 Sep 2016) 60 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:35:46 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             54             54
Bald Eagle                   1             68             70
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          13             97             97
Cooper's Hawk                3             60             60
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             20             22
Broad-winged Hawk           16             77             77
Red-tailed Hawk              3             28             31
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             73             73
Merlin                       2              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            1              8              8
Unknown Buteo                1             10             10
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8              8

Total:                      60            518            525
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Jon Williams, Kelley Nunn, Kim Steininger,
                  Lauren Morgens

Visitors:
2 visitors. 


Weather:
Cloudy all day with slight north, northeast winds. 

Raptor Observations:
We started out with one OSPREY and MERLIN zipping by low over the hill. Our
highest numbers came from BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 16 flying over, many mixed in
with kettles of vultures. We were once again pleased to have the falcon
trifecta, one PEREGRINE FALCON zoomed by mid-day, multiple KESTRELS flapped
through, and 2 low MERLINS put on quite a show, one catching insects in the
air in front of the hill. 

Non-raptor Observations:
4 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen in the distance flying erratically, their
long pointed wings with white patches clearly visible. 2 AMERICAN REDSTARTS
and 1 MAGNOLIA WARBLER hopped around in the nearby trees, hopping right
past a sleeping Raccoon who slept through the whole day. A large noisy
flock of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were hanging out in the bare snags behind the
hill, some of which were color banded birds. The COMMON RAVEN made a brief
appearance, soaring overhead and croaking once. 

78 Monarchs

Predictions:
Clear skies with north winds - maybe we will finally get some Broad-winged
Hawk numbers! 
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Subject: September 20 Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:12:10 +0000
We had a fairly quiet bird walk this morning as we explored behind the Seaside 
Nature Center and The Point. 


Are list included:

Nature Center Area:

House finch
Carolina chickadee
Carolina wren
Brown-headed nuthatch
Rose-breasted nuthatch
Northern cardinal
Tufted titmouse
Mourning dove
Bald eagles (at least 1 adult, 1 juvenile)
Osprey
Double-crested cormorants
Tree swallows
Great blue heron
Herring gull
Killdeer (parade field lawn)

The Point:

more Ospreys
more Mourning doves
more Herring gulls
more Double-crested cormorants
Royal terns
Greater black-backed gulls
Common loon
Ruddy turnstone
Blue grosbeaks (females)
Gray catbird

Dolphins were also sighted off the point, and conspicuous by their absence were 
turkey vultures. 


Cheers

Richard W. Julian
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Subject: DOS Meeting Reminder - Wed. Sept 21 @ Ashland Nature Center, 7:00 PM
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:16:03 -0400
Greetings all,

Please join DOS for our first meeting of the 2017-2018 DOS year!

Landscape Ecology and Grassland Songbirds- a new approach to studying 
populations and communities at risk - with Jessica Shahan. 


Grassland songbirds are one of the most threatened groups of birds in North 
America.  Discover the discipline of landscape ecology and how it can be 
applied to the management and protection of these amazing species, with a 
special look at songbirds from the Northern plains.  Jessica will end with a 
discussion of how these techniques can be applied to the birds of the 
Mid-Atlantic region. 


Jessica Shahan is a biologist and environmental educator with the Nicholas 
Newlin Foundation in Glen Mills, PA.  She received her MS in Biology from the 
University of North Dakota in 2014, focusing on landscape ecology and grassland 
bird communities.  In her spare time, she can be found exploring the birding 
hotspots of DE , volunteering at the Rushton Farm Banding Station, and 
gardening for native pollinators. 


The meeting will be held at Ashland Nature Center and begin with a social 
half-hour, followed by Society business and our featured guest speaker. 


Bring a friend and join us! 

More information and directions can be found 
athttp://www.dosbirds.org/event/landscape-ecology-grassland-songbirds-new-approach-studying-populations-communities-risk-jessica-shahan/. 


I hope to see you there!

Anthony Gonzon
Middletown, DE



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Subject: DOS Field Trip/Sat. 9/24 Granogue Birdwalk & Tower Hawk watching
From: Bill Stewart <bstewart AT ABA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:20:30 -0400
Good morning,

Please plan to join me and others this coming Saturday, 9/24, for a unique DOS 
Field Trip to the DuPont Estate, “Granogue”, for a morning birdwalk and 
finishing with some hawk watching atop the water tower. 


Pre-registration is required to attend by emailing me at bird-del AT earthlink.net 
, directions and other info will be shared upon 
registration. 


We will be starting at 7:30 AM with a few hours of exploring the many varied 
bird-rich habitats found on the estate and along the Brandywine River valley, 
concluding with a trek up the steps of the water tower for a panoramic view in 
search of migrating raptors. Depending upon the bird activity, we will plan on 
ending around 11:00 or later. 


Looking forward to a terrific morning,

Bill Stewart

 


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Subject: Middle Run Walk Tomorrow
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 02:18:48 +0000
Greetings:


Tomorrow morning will be the free weekly bird walk on the Middle Run Birding 
Trail, led by Delaware Nature Society staff. 



There will be a "pre-walk" from 7:00am to 7:45am in order to scout the nearby 
habitats for migrants. The main walk will begin at 8:00am as usual and last 
until 10:00am. The link to directions is below in the signature. 



Birders taking part in outings at Middle Run over the weekend turned up birds 
like Worm-eating Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo, 
Least Flycatcher, and Common Nighthawk. Recent birds and birder photos are 
posted on the Middle Run Flickr page: 
www.flickr.com/photos/middlerunbirding/ 



With an all-day rain in the Piedmont region today and North winds overnight, 
there may be some interesting bird activity tomorrow. Good luck to all who are 
searching for migrants. 



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]www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun
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Subject: Milford Neck Fieldtrip Date
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:01:55 -0400
The correct date for the upcoming DOS Fieldtrip to Milford Neck is Sunday,
September 25 - not 24 as listed in my previous post.  Sorry for the
confusing info.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE

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Subject: MIlford Neck Wildlife Area DOS Fieldtrip this Sunday
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:05:23 -0400
Milford Neck is one of the best, least-birded, areas of the state. More
than 10,000 acres of forest, fields and wetlands are permanently protected
by the State of Delaware, The Nature Conservancy and Delaware Wild Lands.
I will be leading a fieldtrip to this fantastic area this Sunday, September
24 beginning at 8am.  The mosaic of habitats, easily accessed by an
excellent road network provide excellent birding opportunities.  We will
look for migrating songbirds, shorebirds, waterbirds and raptors.  Meet at
the Valero/ShoreStop gas station on the east side of SR-1 across from the
I.G. Burton Mercedes/BMW dealership just north of Milford where SR-1 and
US-113 merge.  From there we will head to the Milford Neck Wildlife Area
Dog Training Area.  After walking the dirt roads there we will drive back
roads through forest, fields and marsh in search of fall migrants.  I don't
have a scheduled end time, but participants can leave the group at any
time.  Feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (17 Sep 2016) 48 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:22:06 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      12             48             48
Bald Eagle                   9             64             66
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             77             77
Cooper's Hawk                8             54             54
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             61             61
Red-tailed Hawk              1             25             28
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             64             64
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            1              6              6
Unknown Buteo                0              9              9
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      48            441            448
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg, Joe Sebastiani

Observers:        Harry Tiebout, Joe Sebastiani, Kelley Nunn, Kristin Brugger,
                  Peter Wilner

Visitors:
61 visitors. 


Weather:
Slight SE changing to SW winds throughout the day. 

Raptor Observations:
AMERICAN KESTRELS were the predominant bird in the morning, moving to BALD
EAGLES, OSPREY, AND SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS in the afternoon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
COMMON RAVEN was heard croaking on and off throughout the first hour of the
count. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen in a mixed feeding flock along the
hedgerow. 

7 Monarchs
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2016) 90 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:56:07 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture               4             27             27
Osprey                      64           1163           1163
Bald Eagle                   5             43             43
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             35             35
Cooper's Hawk                3              8              8
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             70             70
Merlin                       0             49             49
Peregrine Falcon             0             21             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              6
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      90           1444           1444
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin for helping me, 23 visitors


Weather:
light wind from the SW/SSW/SSE, temp 28-31c, clcv 20-40%., visb. 15-18%
with a lot of haze/fog looking towards Cape May, 

Raptor Observations:
5 migrating B. Eagles, with our two locals sitting on the tower, a small
flurry of Sharp-Shinned Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
humid, low 80's, 70% chance of rain, wind South 5-10
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2016) 56 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:37:05 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              7              7
Turkey Vulture               0             23             23
Osprey                      43           1099           1099
Bald Eagle                   4             38             38
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             24             24
Cooper's Hawk                1              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             69             69
Merlin                       4             49             49
Peregrine Falcon             1             21             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      56           1354           1354
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Rachael Shapiro, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Rachael for helping with the count today!
36 visitors



Weather:
Clear skies throughout the day, temp 24-26C, SE,SSE,S wind 5mph, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Osprey moving, two Sharp-shinned, a Cooper's Hawk, Kestrel and
Peregrine along with several Merlin. Four migrant Bald Eagles and 2
resident adult eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Brown-headed Nuthatch, Sanderling, Royal Tern, Blue Jay, DC Cormorant 75


Predictions:
Slight chance of rain in the afternoon, high 83F, South wind 6-15mph

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Subject: Black Skimmer at Port Penn Impoundments
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:09:21 -0400
Greetings:

There is a Black Skimmer (rare in New Castle County) at the northern end of the 
Port Penn Impoundments along Route 9 just north of the town of Port Penn. 


Across the road in the Northern end of Thousand Acre Marsh, the mud island had 
273 Caspian Terns-- a very high count for the area. Should be a good time to be 
look for a Gull-billed Tern in the mix. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

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Subject: September DOS Meeting - Wed. Sept 21, 7:00 PM
From: Anthony Gonzon <atgonzon AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:41:04 -0400
Greetings all,

Please join DOS for our first meeting of the 2017-2018.

Landscape Ecology and Grassland Songbirds- a new approach to studying 
populations and communities at risk - with Jessica Shahan. 


Grassland songbirds are one of the most threatened groups of birds in North 
America.  Discover the discipline of landscape ecology and how it can be 
applied to the management and protection of these amazing species, with a 
special look at songbirds from the Northern plains.  Jessica will end with a 
discussion of how these techniques can be applied to the birds of the 
Mid-Atlantic region. 


Jessica Shahan is a biologist and environmental educator with the Nicholas 
Newlin Foundation in Glen Mills, PA.  She received her MS in Biology from the 
University of North Dakota in 2014, focusing on landscape ecology and grassland 
bird communities.  In her spare time, she can be found exploring the birding 
hotspots of DE , volunteering at the Rushton Farm Banding Station, and 
gardening for native pollinators. 


The meeting will be held at Ashland Nature Center and begin with a social 
half-hour, followed by Society business and our featured guest speaker. 


Bring a friend and join us! 

More information and directions can be found at 
http://www.dosbirds.org/event/landscape-ecology-grassland-songbirds-new-approach-studying-populations-communities-risk-jessica-shahan/. 


I hope to see you there!

Anthony Gonzon
Middletown, DE

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 16th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:28:04 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*September 16, 2016
* DEST1609.16
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Mute Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
CRESTED CARACARA
Sora
Common Gallinule
Black-necked Stilt 
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Whimbrel
Sanderling
White-rumped Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-Billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
COMMON RAVEN 
Purple Martin 
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow 
Red-breasted Nuthatch  
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush  
Swainson's Thrush
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER
Blue-winged Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Tennessee Warbler  
Nashville Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May 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-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler 
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Seaside Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Purple Finch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 16, 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, September 16th,  this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 327 species. New autumn arrivals this week include NORTHERN
PINTAILS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.

The highlight of this week was a CRESTED CARACARA flying over the Cape
Henlopen Hawkwatch on Saturday morning. The bird was first seen out at The
Point and flew around the area for two hours before disappearing. this is
only the second record for CRESTED CARACARA in the state; the first was
March 2013 at White Neck near Clarksville, Sussex County. Of interest, there
were no CARACARA reports from Cape May prior to the arrival of the Cape
Henlopen bird. Other East Coast reports this year include a CARACARA was
seen in North Jersey last winter and one found at Cape Hatteras by the
lighthouse in Buxton from June 14 to July 12, but no recent reports.

Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road near Newark continues be the
hotbed of bird migration. 22 species of warbler have been reported this week
including; TENNESSEE, CANADA, HOODED, CAPE MAY, WILSON'S, BLACK AND WHITE,
AMERICAN REDSTART, BLUE-WINGED, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
YELLOW-RUMPED, PRAIRIE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, PALM, YELLOW,
BAY-BREASTED and BLACKPOLL also reported was VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED,
SWAINSON'S, and WOOD THRUSH. Vireos seen included PHILADELPHIA,
YELLOW-THROATED, and WARBLING. Several PURPLE FINCHES and RED-BRESTED
NUTHATCH have been seen in the park daily. LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen today.
BARRED OWL continues to be seen along the creek. Other migrant landbirds
include YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK,
and INDIGO BUNTING. A SORA was found at the pond complex at Middle Run off
Paper Mill Road this morning. YELLOW-THROATED VIREO plus NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, along with 2
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported earlier in the late in the week.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and VEERY were seen at White Clay Creek
State Park. Warblers seen included BLACKBURNIAN and BLACKPOLL, along with
CHESTNUT-SIDED, PARULA and REDSTART. A PALM WARBLER was seen at the Paper
Mill Road entrance. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen in a back yard in
Newark. LEAST and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were found at the wet area at the
University of Delaware Ag Farm. 

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER plus WORM-EATING, BLACKBURNIAN, TENNESSEE, MAGNOLIA,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD, BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART,
and PARULA were found Monday at Ashland Nature Center near Hockessin.
SWAINSON'S THRUSH and WARBLING VIREO were also found along the Red Clay
Creek. WARBLING VIREO was also found at nearby Coverdale Farms on Thursday
along with BLACK AND WHITE, PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED and MAGNOLIA WARBLER.
BOBOLINK were found in flying over, along with a kettle of 10 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS with 20 BLACK VULTURES with OSPREY and COOPER'S HAWK. RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and VEERY were also been reported at Brandywine
Creek State Park along the creek trail. MERLIN was seen on a snag by the
rock walls. Warblers reported there included CANADA, HOODED, BLACKPOLL,
BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART, PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, PRAIRIE, plus
BLACK THROATED BLUE and GREEN. BLUE GROSBEAK continue to be seen in the
fields in front of the nature center.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen in Brandywine Park along the creek eating fish
on Thursday. An AMERICAN KESTREL was perched on a snag at the Wilmington and
Brandywine Cemetery. On Monday, a high count of 300+ CHIMNEY SWIFTS were
seen flying into the chimney at the Warner Elementary School in downtown
Wilmington. A single SNOW GOOSE continues to be found along the entrance to
the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. A migrating BROAD-WINGED
HAWK was reported there. BALD EAGLE and 3 CASPIAN TERNS were seen along the
Christiana River along with YELLOW WARBLER and BOBOLINK.

Two WHIMBREL were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Smyrna on Sunday. No GODWITS were reported but there were 490 AMERICAN
AVOCETS, 3 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 800 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 150 SEMIPALMATED
PLOVER, along with WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, LEAST, WESTERN, and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. The first NORTHERN
PINTAIL were reported this week along with MUTE SWAN and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
WILD TURKEY was found by the Alle House. Waders seen included GREAT EGRET,
SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, GREEN HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. YELLOW-CROWNED
and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON continue be seen at Night Heron Island in Bear
Swamp. 54 CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Sheerness Pool along with 2 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. SAVANNAH SPARROWS were seen along the dike road.
PILEATED WOODPECKER was found at Finis Woods along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO,
VEERY, BLACK AND WHITE, REDSTART, BLUE-WINGED, and PALM WARBLER.

PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and WOOD DUCK along with SHORT-BILLED plus 4
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS reported at Taylor's Gut in
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. BANK and TREE SWALLOWS were reported, along
with YELLOW WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, and BOBOLINK.

NORTHERN SHOVELER was also reported at Milford Neck Wildlife Area near Big
Stone Beach. The marsh had 100 GREAT and 43 SNOWY EGRETS plus 3 BALD EAGLES.
Shorebirds seen included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS,
and CASPIAN TERN. BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH was reported in the pines along with
REDSTART and PINE WARBLER. SOLITARY SANDPIPER and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were
found at the dog training area.

BARRED OWL continues to be reported at the Old Dover High School near Silver
Lake in Dover. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN REDSTART were seen this
week along with ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and BOBOLINK. College Woods at
Delaware State University had BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER and AMERICAN REDSTART.
MAGNOLIA WARBLER and NORTHERN PARULA were found along the Mifflin Road.

A BROWN PELICAN was seen sitting at the end of the north jetty at Mispillion
Inlet from the DuPont Nature Center. Six AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were
counted along the rock wall along with SANDERLING and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.
68 ROYAL TERNS plus 7 CASPIAN TERNS were seen on the pilings and beach at
Mispillion Inlet. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and SEASIDE SPARROW were found
in the marsh.

Three PIPING PLOVERS and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at The Point at
Cape Henlopen State Park along with BLACKBELLIED PLOVER, WILLET and MERLIN.
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 8 BLACK SKIMMERS plus COMMON and ROYAL TERN
were seen out at The Point. PALM WARBLER was found at Fort Miles along with
REDSTART, PARULA, and MAGNOLIA WARBLER.

Five immature WHITE IBIS were seen feeding at the north side of Gordon's
Pond and with four roosting by the observation platform. A covey of 12
NORTHERN BOBWHITES were found along the trail at Gordon's Pond. Shorebirds
seen included LEAST, SEMIPALMATED, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER along with both
YELLOWLEGS. MERLIN was also seen hunting over the pond. Landbirds reported
included BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PINE and PRAIRIE
WARBLER. Another WHITE IBIS was reported flying over nearby Henlopen Acres.

TRICOLORED HERON was reported at Quillen's Point near Ocean View. TRICOLORED
and GREEN HERON were reported at Herring Creek on Angola Neck. Also at
Herring Creek was 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS plus RED-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. RED-HEADED and PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at
Assawoman Wildlife Area along with, Brown headed nuthatch, MAGNOLIA,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. WARBLING VIREO was an unusual sighting
from this location. Shorebirds seen included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST and
SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, along with MUTE SWAN. 

Another PHILADELPHIA VIREO was also reported at Old Landing near Rehoboth
Beach along with BLACK-THROATED GREEN and REDSTART. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES
also been a regular visitor at Old Landing. Raptors flying over included
BROAD-WINGED HAWK and MERLIN. A PALM WARBLER was reported at Bay Vista. Two
PURPLE FINCHES were reported in Millsboro. 

Four WILSON'S SNIPES were seen at the Gravel Hill Ponds along Route 9 near
Harbleson, along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, PECTORAL and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER. SUMMER TANAGER was reported in Harbeson along with VEERY.
Warblers seen included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD, and BLACK-THROATED
BLUE. SUMMER TANAGER was also reported at Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with
a LEAST FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Warbler seen there included
BLACKBURNIAN, PARULA, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE.

Back in northern Delaware, a COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Dragon Run in
Delaware City. LEAST FLYCATCHER was also reported at the Ashton Tract in
Thousand Acre Marsh near Port Penn, along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and PALM WARBLER. Three NORTHERN PINTAILS were seen in
the marsh along with LITTLE BLUE HERON, GREAT and SNOWY EGRET. LITTLE BLUE
HERON was also reported at Port Penn impoundments, south of Augustine Beach
at Augustine Creek, and the Middletown High School pond. A COMMON TERN was
found at Augustine Creek, perhaps the same bird reported previously at the
Ashton Tract. Shorebirds seen at Augustine Creek causeway included
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. A flock of 76 CASPIAN TERNS were
seen at Thousand Acre Marsh from Dutch Neck Road.

The invasion of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continues throughout the state.
Sightings this week were from Newark at Brookside, Glasgow, and Middle Run.
Other sightings in northern Delaware were from Hockessin, Ashland Nature
Center, Mt. Cuba Piedmont Wildflower Preserve, Walnut Ridge, and Hoopes
Reservoir. RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen in Dover at Silver Lake,
Mifflin Road and in Camden-Wyoming. RED BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen at Bay
Vista, Cape Henlopen State Park and Old Landing, along with the Nanticoke
Wildlife Area in Southwestern Sussex County.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK migration is beginning to taper off, one was seen over I-95
at Newport yesterday. Eight NIGHTHAWKS were seen over Newark on Sunday,
along with seven at Brandywine Creek State Park. Downstate, COMMON
NIGHTHAWKS were seen this week at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach and at
Cape Henlopen.

COMMON RAVEN and the first PALM WARBLER of the season were seen on Monday at
the Ashland Nature Center Hawkwatch. A kettle of 16 BROAD WINGED HAWKS were
seen yesterday, but so far no big flight has materialized. A fair number of
accipiters were seen this week with 18 SHARP-SHINNED and 13 COOPER'S HAWKS.
12 BALD EAGLES and 9 BROAD-WINGS were seen today. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
was seen from the Hawkwatch on Wednesday. A WILSON'S WARBLER was seen
yesterday

Besides the previously mentioned CRESTED CARACARA on Saturday, the Cape
Henlopen Hawkwatch continues to amass impressive numbers of OSPREY with a
peak count of 123 OSPREY on Monday. Falcons are beginning to increase with
13 Merline today and 11 AMERICAN KESTREL seen yesterday plus 9 PEREGRINE
FALCON for the week. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES are being seen
at the Hawkwatch daily. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported on the beach
opposite the Hawkwatch. A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported among all the TREE
SWALLOWS on Sunday.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Chris Bennett,
Chris Rowe, Becky Meister, Matt Sarver, Demon Orsetti, Joe Sebastiani, Gina
Sheridan, David Neugebauer, Peter Gibb, David Bent, David Palmer, Carlton
Groff, Mike Gardner, Jerry Teig, Desiree Narango, Al Guarante, Clyde
Kissinger, Bill Haldeman, Rob Blye, Rob Klarquist, Judy Montgomery, Kelley
Nunn, Lisa Smith, Alissa Kegelman, Joe Swertinski, John Long, Steve
Cottrell, Ian Stewart, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Nancy
Cunningham, Phil Thompson, Melanie Mancuso, Keith Leonard, Tim Freiday,
Derek Stoner, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Racheal Shapiro, Teddy Burke,
Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Dave Fees. Special thanks to our
two hawk counters, Hannah Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. Remember, the birdline
needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Sep 2016) 122 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:51:36 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5              7              7
Turkey Vulture               2             23             23
Osprey                      77           1056           1056
Bald Eagle                   4             34             34
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           7             22             22
Cooper's Hawk                2              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             68             68
Merlin                      13             45             45
Peregrine Falcon             4             20             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              4              4
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     122           1298           1298
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Art Zdancewic, Susan Gruver, Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
thanks to Art,Ann,and Vince for their help
20 visitors


Weather:
wind- E/ESE/ 7-10 mph., temp 22-24c., visb 20k clcv. 40-50-60-20-10

Raptor Observations:
Osprey made up the most of the count. 13-Merlin 5 Kestrels,4-Peregrines
Falcons

Non-raptor Observations:
all the usuals

Predictions:
partly sunny, high 77, SE 5-10
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (16 Sep 2016) 47 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:58:19 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 16, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             36             36
Bald Eagle                  12             55             57
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             69             69
Cooper's Hawk                6             46             46
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk            9             61             61
Red-tailed Hawk              0             24             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             55             55
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            1              5              5
Unknown Buteo                1              9              9
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7              7

Total:                      47            393            400
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Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Carol Spease, David Beattie, Derek Stoner, Jon Williams,
                  Kelley Nunn, Ken Wat, Sharon Helmerich

Visitors:
10 visitors in total - thanks for stopping by!


Weather:
Clear blue skies until this afternoon, warm with east winds. 

Raptor Observations:
Another day filled with incredibly high speck birds. Good movement of BALD
EAGLES, OSPREY, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS bringing 12, 8, and 8 respectively
over the hill.The BALD EAGLES often moved in pairs, flashing their gorgeous
white heads and tails against the bright blue skies. The resident birds
were putting on a show as well, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and RED-TAILED HAWK
wrestled through the air, diving at each other while moving north along the
trees.  

Non-raptor Observations:
A pair of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS whizzed by us, and sat on a dead snag
by the hill, watching each other and us before leaving just as quickly as
they arrived. 3 others migrated past throughout the day. 1 EASTERN PHOEBE
called it's harsh "phoebe" call bright and early, and was heard chipping
throughout the afternoon. 

8 Monarchs. 

Predictions:
High of 79 with east winds turning to south winds. 
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (15 Sep 2016) 72 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:45:09 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             28             28
Bald Eagle                   8             43             45
Northern Harrier             1              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16             61             61
Cooper's Hawk               10             40             40
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk           16             52             52
Red-tailed Hawk              2             24             27
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             54             54
Merlin                       1              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              8              8
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              6

Total:                      72            346            353
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Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        David Beattie, Jon Williams, Kelley Nunn, Matt Sarver,
                  Mike Gardner, Sharon Helmerich

Visitors:
32 visitors.


Weather:
Clear skies clouding over by the afternoon. The first "fall" day we've had
so far with northeast winds. 

Raptor Observations:
No big Broad-winged Hawk push, however still a strong day for migrants
soaring over Ashland. Most birds were incredibly high, neck-breakers.
Started out the day early by adding another PEREGRINE FALCON which flew low
along the tree line. Early movement of 12 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS in the
morning, which slowed to a trickle through the rest of the day. AMERICAN
KESTRELS streamed high overhead and a low MERLIN flew by to give us the
falcon trifecta. Accipiters also put on a strong show with 16 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS and 10 COOPER'S HAWKS migrating above us. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Passerines seem to be starting to flock up for the fall. Many large CEDAR
WAXWING flocks flew overhead, and Blackbird flocks flew low along the tree
line. 1 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD zipped by the hill, then landed in a snag
and stayed around for a while to give us all great looks. One fly-by
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH made a short lived appearance. 

32 Monarchs. 

Predictions:
Should be an interesting day with east winds. Maybe the Broad-winged Hawks
will finally make appearance! Or perhaps a falcon and osprey kind of day? 
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Sep 2016) 130 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:20:40 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 15, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               2             21             21
Osprey                     105            979            979
Bald Eagle                   0             30             30
Northern Harrier             0              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             15             15
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            11             63             63
Merlin                      11             32             32
Peregrine Falcon             0             16             16
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     130           1176           1176
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Art Zdancewic, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue and Art for helping with the count! 
32 visitors


Weather:
Overcast until late afternoon when the clouds cleared out, temp 20-22C,
ENE, E wind 10-16mph, gusting to 20mph, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Steady flight of Osprey through the day, several Kestrels and Merlin came
through in the late morning, one resident Bald Eagle. 

Non-raptor Observations:
The gusty winds seemed to keep songbird activity low, lots of Great
Black-backed Gulls, Lesser Yellowlegs, DC Cormorants. 


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, temp 75F, E wind 15mph

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Subject: Abbott's Mill: Thurs. 9/15
From: Alice Mohrman <alice AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:03:43 -0400
The refreshing breeze and overcast skies did not deter our group of 
birdwatchers. Sightings included: N. Cardinal, Chipping Sparrows, House 
Sparrows, Caroling Wren, Eastern Phoebe, Pine Warbler and Carolina Chickadee. 
By ear: Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Wild 
Turkey and Eastern Wood-Peewee. 


All birders, novice to expert are welcome! Meet at Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 
15411 Abbott's Pond Road, Milford on Thursday mornings, 8:30 am to 10:00 am, 
through October. 29. Binoculars are available to borrow. Eyes to the sky! 


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Sep 2016) 82 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:10:25 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture              10             19             19
Osprey                      57            874            874
Bald Eagle                   4             30             30
Northern Harrier             1              6              6
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             14             14
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             52             52
Merlin                       2             21             21
Peregrine Falcon             2             16             16
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              4              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      82           1046           1046
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Kate Fleming, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue and Kate for helping out today! 
Visitors 18


Weather:
Mostly clear, hot with temp 25-30C, light WSW, NW winds in the morning
turning NE, SE in the afternoon, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Mostly Osprey with a few Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawks, and a couple
of Merlin and Peregrines. Four migrating Bald Eagles and 2 residents. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Rather quiet and not much seen today, Lesser Yellowlegs, Brown-headed
Nuthatch, Pine Warbler.


Predictions:
Mostly cloudy, high 74F, NE wind 15mph

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (14 Sep 2016) 23 Raptors
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Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:01:21 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 14, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             22             22
Bald Eagle                   7             35             37
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6             45             45
Cooper's Hawk                2             30             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk            4             36             36
Red-tailed Hawk              0             22             25
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             46             46
Merlin                       1              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                1              8              8
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      23            274            281
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Nina DePinto

Visitors:
24 visitors, including the Teacher-Naturalists in training - thanks for
stopping by!


Weather:
Warm day with clear skies and northwest/west winds. 

Raptor Observations:
A nice flurry of raptors came by between 10AM and 11AM bringing us 3 BALD
EAGLES, 2 adults and 1 juvenile, 4 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, and 2 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS. One MERLIN flew along the tree line, snatching some prey in flight.
The birds continued steady throughout the day with the highlight being a
low OSPREY soaring overhead heading straight south. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A low GREAT-BLUE HERON flew by first thing this morning, hundreds of
CHIMNEY SWIFTS covered the sky in the late afternoon. 

22 Monarchs migrated past, and 1 Cloudless Sulphur joined us on the hill. 

Predictions:
Tomorrow is looking perfect for a big BROAD-WING HAWK push - not a day to
miss!
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Subject: Guided Bird Walks at Middle Run on Sunday
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:54:38 -0400
Birders –



Come enjoy the spectacle of Fall migration, while birding at the
Middle Run Birding
Trail this Sunday morning, September 18th.



Middle Run attracts an interesting array of warblers, orioles, tanagers and
more, feeding on the lush berry crop.   We will also keep our eyes on the
skies, hoping to catch good looks at the raptors moving south.



Two bird walks will be led, sponsored by the Delmarva Ornithological Society
and guided by DOS members.



1st walk 7:00am – 9:00am.

2nd walk from 9:30am – 11:30am.



Meet by the main parking lot of Possum Hollow Road, reached by following
signs for the Middle Run Birding Trail.



Great opportunity!  Hope you can come!



Judy Montgomery

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Subject: Coverdale Farm Bird Walk Tomorrow
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:05:19 +0000
Everyone is invited to join me on the weekly Thursday bird walk at Coverdale 
Farm Preserve tomorrow at 8am. We will walk a few miles through a variety of 
habitats looking for fall migrants as well as resident species. This preserve 
is not open for public visitation so it is a great opportunity to walk this 
wonderful 350-acre property owned by the Delaware Nature Society. We will meet 
at the main parking lot of the Preserve, which is located at 543 Way Road, 
Greenville, DE. Directions can be found at: 
http://www.DelNature.org/CoverdaleDirections 



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: Middle Run Tuesday Bird Walk 9/13/16
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:24:06 -0400
Hey Fellow Birders,

Today was a nice Tuesday Bird Walk at Middle Run. The weather was pleasantly 
warm, although the bird activity was a little bit lower than expected. Despite 
this, we still tallied 53 species, with nice looks at some appealing birds. 
There were a couple of female type SCARLET TANAGERS showing nicely and resting 
in the tops of the trees, and a brilliant orange BALTIMORE ORIOLE dropped in 
briefly. A PRARIE WARBLER offered some nice close looks, along with some sharp 
AMERICAN REDSTARTS. Lots of BROWN THRASHERS and GRAY CATBIRDS around. In one 
bush both those species and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, offering a mimid sweep in a 
single field of view! There were also great looks at a couple of LEAST 
FLYCATCHERS. 


Complete checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31560638

It seemed like there was a bit more action earlier in the morning around 7, so 
next Tuesday we will be offering participants the option of joining in an early 
morning hour long jaunt before the regularly scheduled walk begins at 8. 
Thursday morning seems like it could be a good birding day, with a bit of a 
cold front predicted to push through the region. But considering the unexpected 
bounty in the heat of the BioBlitz this past Sunday every day has potential! 


Happy birding,
Tim

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Sep 2016) 97 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:12:13 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               2              9              9
Osprey                      83            817            817
Bald Eagle                   3             26             26
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              9              9
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             52             52
Merlin                       5             19             19
Peregrine Falcon             1             14             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      97            964            964
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Dennis Foley, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thank you to Kevin and Dennis for keeping company. 25 visitors


Weather:
very light winds from the S/SE/SS/S., temp 24-28c., clcv 15%--big blue
sky,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
our 2 local B. Eagles, plus 3 migrating B. Eagles, a few falcons and more
Osprey

Non-raptor Observations:
others were fairly quiet today. Red-Breasted and Brown headed Nuthatches. 

Predictions:
hot,humid, partly cloudy, high 86, wind Sw 5-10
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (13 Sep 2016) 16 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:38:48 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 13, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             21             21
Bald Eagle                   1             28             30
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3             39             39
Cooper's Hawk                5             28             28
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0             32             32
Red-tailed Hawk              1             22             25
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             45             45
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                1              7              7
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      16            251            258
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Nina DePinto

Visitors:
7 visitors. 


Weather:
Partly cloudy skies changing to clear skies, south winds. 

Raptor Observations:
The count started out with 3 OSPREY looking crisp against the blue sky as
the soared straight over the hill. 5 COOPER'S HAWKS migrated past us today,
with one soaring straight at us at eye level before changing course and
going after the decoys in the tree. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Great day today for the little birds. A foraging flock worked the hedge row
early in the morning giving us good looks at NORTHER PARULA and
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. At 10:30AM Joe picked out an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
perched on one of the snags behind the hill. It stuck around for awhile,
flycatching and getting pestered by a Field Sparrow. 

18 Monarchs. 

Predictions:
Warm, sunny day with west winds. This warm spell should break Thursday
morning, giving us cooler fall weather with north winds - Perfect for
Broad-winged Hawks!
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Subject: Tuesday Morning Cape Henlopen Stat Park Bird Walk 9/13 Results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:51:52 +0000
We had a nice walk, with stops by the Observation Tower and along the north 
portion of Gordons Pond Trail. 


Observation Tower held Pine and Palm warblers in addition to Brown-headed 
nuthatches. 


Gordons Pond trail had many Blue Grosbeaks by the marsh platform.

Total sightings included:

American Goldfinch
House Finch
Blue Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Chipping Sparrow
Palm Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Northern Mocking bird
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Carolina Wren
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee
American Crow
Eastern Wood Peewee
Ruby throated Hummingbird
Mourning Dove
Forster's Tern
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Greater Yellowlegs
Merlin
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Double-crested Cormorant
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron


Cheers

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

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (12 Sep 2016) 20 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:23:04 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             18             18
Bald Eagle                   4             27             29
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             36             36
Cooper's Hawk                3             23             23
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             14             16
Broad-winged Hawk            0             32             32
Red-tailed Hawk              2             21             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             44             44
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              6              6
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      20            235            242
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani, Kim Steininger

Visitors:
8 visitors today. Thanks Kim and Joe for helping with the count!


Weather:
Completely clear skies today with winds moving from N/NE to SE in the
afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Even with the clear blue skies, the raptors were up and moving today. We
started out with an OPSREY picking up from the trees over Hunter's field. 3
AMERICAN KESTRELS flew past in a group, one RED-SHOULDERED HAWK perfectly
showed it's crescent windows against the blue skies. The afternoon slowed
down, but the day ended with an amazing interaction between a COOPER'S HAWK
and AMERICAN KESTREL. The two birds gained height together directly in
front of the hill, the whole time the American kestrel dive bombed the
Cooper's Hawk. 

Non-raptor Observations:
At 10:45 the COMMON RAVEN let out a croak and flew along the north tree
line. Our first PALM WARBLER zipped past and landed in the bare tree behind
the hill. 13 BOBOLINKS migrated past the hill, as well as hundreds of TREE
SWALLOWS. 

20 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Should be warmer than today with another clear blue sky. Calm, turning to
south winds by the afternoon.
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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Sep 2016) 140 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:57:32 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 12, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              7              7
Osprey                     123            734            734
Bald Eagle                   0             23             23
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             51             51
Merlin                       4             14             14
Peregrine Falcon             2             13             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     140            867            867
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Lynn Smith, Paul Kane

Visitors:
24,
thank you to Ann,Lynn and Paul for their help today



Weather:
wind ENE/E/ENE/ESE, from 1-7 to 10 mph., temp 22-28c.,clcv 20%, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
a few Falcons moving and a lot of Osprey

Non-raptor Observations:
2 local Bald Eagle, Pine Warblers, Brown-headed Nuthatches

Predictions:
Sunny, and clear, 74
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Subject: Re: hummingbird question
From: PAULA <paulagc AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:05:36 +0000
My males left about two weeks ago. I still have females at the feeder but I 
think that the summer females have left in a day or two ago with the weather 
front that moved in. I had two at the feeder today 

that I think are new ones arriving from the north on their journey to Central 
America. 


Keep the feeder filled. I upped the ratio of hummer food to 1 cup of water and 
1/3 cup of sugar to 1 to give them more fuel on their way! 


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To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU 
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 9:30:59 AM 
Subject: [de-birds] hummingbird question 

​Hi, all, I've just joined this listserv and am happy to meet everyone. 
We've had three hummingbirds at feeders all summer but I haven't seen them 
for the last two or three days. Is it possible they've left us already for 
the season?​ 

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Subject: Updated Birds of Prey Photo Study
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:37:03 -0500
Not being able to get out birding quite as often as I would like, I
started looking at some of my earlier webpages. One in particular, “Birds
of Prey”, needed updating. So I went through my database and added a few
photos of each of the species taken during the past couple of years. I
thought that some of you might find it interesting, so here is the link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BirdsOfPrey/BirdsOfPrey.html

In any event, please stay young and healthy and enjoy your birding!
Best,
Howard

Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA

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Subject: Thank you!
From: Anita Mannning <anitamanning14 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:20:59 -0400
What great advice about the hummingbirds! I will keep the feeders up and 
freshly cleaned and replenished through October or longer. Just coming back 
from walking my dog, I spotted a hummer at the morning glories, very exciting. 
I can't imagine 20 bummers. Wow. 

Thank you all so much!

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: hummingbird question
From: Meghann <spyturtle008 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:52:26 -0400
Hello Anita, and welcome!

Yes, the hummers are starting to head south for the winter.  The males will
usually leave first, followed by the females and youngsters.  If you are
willing to keep your hummingbird feeders cleaned and fresh for another
month or two though, I would recommend doing so.  This can help migrants
passing through from further north, especially late-hatched juveniles or
birds who've had an injury.  (Two years ago I had a young male RT who
stayed on for a week in late November, fueling up for the rest of his
journey.)  You may also find yourself host to a western vagrant hummer,
even into December.

Some will say that keeping feeders up delay migration, but the birds are
smarter than that and will move on when they are ready.  (Scott Weidensaul,
a hummingbird expert, confirmed this for me.)  Nectar isn't their primary
food source -- insects are.  (You'd be amazed how many bugs are still
around even in the early stages of winter -- I had a heat lamp on my feeder
to keep it from freezing over at night when our November visiter was with
us, and the number of bugs zipping through the beam of light was pretty
astounding.  He spent most of his daylight hours gleaning insects on our
pine trees.)  But the nectar source can be an important supplement,
especially for those stragglers.

Best,

Meghann Matwichuk
Hockessin, DE

On Mon, Sep 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Anita Manning 
wrote:

> ​Hi, all, I've just joined this listserv and am happy to meet everyone.
> We've had three hummingbirds at feeders all summer but I haven't seen them
> for the last two or three days. Is it possible they've left us already for
> the season?​
>
> --
> Anita
>
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Subject: Re: hummingbird question
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:47:41 -0400
In my experience the bulk of the Ruby-throats pull out of DE by mid September. 
Numbers have dropped way off at my feeders. However, many linger. I had one 
stay to mid December one year that did not show up until late Nov. In addition, 
later in the fall there is a chance to attract one of the rare western 
hummingbirds (like Rufous) which occasionally show up in Oct - Dec. So even 
with few takers, it is worth keeping your feeders up. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

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Manning 

Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 9:31 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] hummingbird question

​Hi, all, I've just joined this listserv and am happy to meet everyone.
We've had three hummingbirds at feeders all summer but I haven't seen them for 
the last two or three days. Is it possible they've left us already for the 
season?​ 


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Subject: hummingbird question
From: Anita Manning <anitamanning14 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:30:59 -0400
​Hi, all, I've just joined this listserv and am happy to meet everyone.
We've had three hummingbirds at feeders all summer but I haven't seen them
for the last two or three days. Is it possible they've left us already for
the season?​

-- 
Anita

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Sep 2016) 57 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:21:00 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 11, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              7              7
Osprey                      51            611            611
Bald Eagle                   2             23             23
Northern Harrier             0              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             43             43
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             2             11             11
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             0              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      57            727            727
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
Thanks Kevin for assisting with the count today!
26 visitors


Weather:
Cloudy through most of the day, clearing in the afternoon, temp 27-30C,
W,NW,N wind 5-12mph, hazy until afternoon when things cleared up out over
the water vis 15-20km.


Raptor Observations:
Rather slow considering the N wind, mostly Osprey moving through, and a few
Kestrels and Peregrines. Two migrant Bald Eagles and two resident adult
eagles. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-bellied
Woodpecker.
Monarch 20
Tiger Swallowtail


Predictions:
Much cooler, sunny with a high of 78F, E wind around 10mph. 
Potentially raptors will be moving. 
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Subject: Preliminary Results of Delaware Nature Society's Eighth Annual Middle Run BioBlitz
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:31:49 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,

We just completed a successful BioBlitz at Middle Run yesterday! We tallied 
over 200 species preliminarily, the exact number is to be determined shortly. 


The morning bird walk was extremely productive, with seventeen species of 
warblers and over 60 species total. A couple of notable species were found 
right off the bat in the parking lot at seven, including PURPLE FINCH and 
BARRED OWL. The tree of heaven area was really productive, with great looks at 
such birds as BLACK-THROATED GREEN, TENNESSEE, BAY-BREASTED, and CHESTNUT-SIDED 
WARBLERS, along with AMERICAN REDSTARTS and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. The area up the 
hill by the picnic table at Trail marker 4 we had good looks at PRAIRIE 
WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and more of the same warblers. We had a juvenile 
BROAD-WINGED HAWK fly over, which will be an increasing occurrence in the nex 
couple weeks. Our evening walk was fairly successful with three COMMON 
NIGHTHAWKS. 


Complete eBird Checklist with some pictures here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31506855

Cool herps were found on the reptile and amphibian walk, including Northern Red 
Salamander, Two-Lined Salamander, and Long-tailed Salamander. The insect walk 
was also very successful, and included notable species like the dragonflies 
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Robber Fly, Twelve-Spotted Skimmer, Needham’s 
Skimmer, and Spot-Winged Glider. We had butterflies including Skippers, Tiger 
Swallawtail, Red-Spotted Purple, Monarch, Cloudless Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, 
Meadow Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Eastern-tailed Blue, Southern 
Dogface, Pearl Crescent, Orange Sulphur. We had a really cool sphinx moth 
called the Snowberry Clearwing. Many other species were identified of a variety 
of insect orders. Identification and collection is being assisted by entomology 
grad students at UD. 


Many thanks to all who participated, it was an excellent and fruitful endeavor 
indeed! Special thanks to the leaders including Don Freiday, Derek Stoner, 
Grace-Savoy Burke, Ashley Kennedy, and Afraa Ali! 


Morning Bird walk on Tuesday at Middle Run, and with the front pushing through 
today, there will be epic migration tonight in our region tonight. The Central 
Flyway was blowing up on the radar yesterday evening! Get out there and bird!! 


Happy birding,
Tim

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Subject: Nuthatches at feeders
From: steve cottrell <miami.07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:37:28 +0000
Screen feeders work well for attracting nuthatches and their allies. I mix 2 
parts millet with 1 part sunflower seed to keep the millet from spilling out. 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31517831


steve cottrell

Landenberg PA

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Sep 2016) 38 Raptors
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Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:19:58 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 10, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              7              7
Osprey                      34            560            560
Bald Eagle                   0             21             21
Northern Harrier             1              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             41             41
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             2              9              9
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Crested Caracara             1              1              1
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      38            670            670
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, John Long, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue, Sharon, John, and Ann for helping with the count! Thanks to
Hannah and Kelly for stopping by to see the Caracara! 
28 visitors


Weather:
Overcast, hot and humid, temp 27-31C, light SW, S winds 4-8mph, hazy, vis
20km


Raptor Observations:
CRESTED CARACARA seen flying near the point, it soared over the platform
several times and was in the area from 09:10 until 11:10 (EDT) when it flew
SW out of the area. First record of Caracara at the Cape Henlopen hawk
watch! 

Non-raptor Observations:
Bobolink, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Nighthawk.
40 Monarchs

Predictions:
Chance of showers before 10am, partly sunny, 83F, SW to NW wind 11-15mph.

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Subject: Bird Walk Tomorrow Morning at Middle Run
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:45:04 -0400
Greetings:

Tomorrow morning from 7am to 9am, a guided bird walk will be offered at Middle 
Run Natural Area as part of the Delaware Nature Society's annual Middle Run 
Bio-Blitz. You are invited to join the crew as we search for as many species of 
birds as possible. Today there were at least 10 species of warblers recorded in 
the park, in addition to many other migrants. 


There will also be a walk from 10:00am to Noon that focuses on Butterflies and 
Dragonflies. Right now we are at peak numbers and diversity for these two 
insect groups in the managed meadows at Middle Run. 


The walks start from the Middle Run parking lot off of Possum Hollow Road. 
Directions available at: www.DelNature.org/MiddleRun 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Delaware Nature Society

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 9th, 2016
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:40:37 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
*September 9, 2016
* DEST1609.09
	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Mute Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
Wild Turkey
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
SANDHILL CRANE
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet 
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone 
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
Spotted Sandpiper 
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
PARASITIC JAEGER
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GULL-BILLED TERN
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Traill's-type Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
PHILADELPHIA VIREO
Warbling Vireo
COMMON RAVEN
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin 
Bank Swallow  
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Northern Waterthrush  
Blue-winged Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
CONNECTICUT WARBLER
MOURNING WARBLER
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler  
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
White-throated Sparrow  
Summer Tanager
Bobolink 
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 9, 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, September 9th,  this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 326 species, including 25 species of warbler reported this
week!

New this week were several PHILADELPHIA VIREOS reported at Middle Run
Natural Area off Possum Park Road near Newark. Also reported was the first
CONNECTICUT WARBLER of the year on Tuesday. Middle Run Birding Trail has had
a plethora of warblers this week including TENNESSEE, BLUE-WINGED,
BAY-BREASTED, WILSON'S, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED
BLUE, PRAIRIE, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. A LESSER YELLOWLEGS was seen as a
flyover, along with many BOBOLINK. Raptors reported included BROAD-WING,
COOPER'S, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK along with MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL.
LEAST and TRAILL'S-TYPE FLYCATCHERS were observed, along with YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, VEERY, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen on
Wednesday and Thursday.

Warblers at nearby White Clay Creek State Park included WORM-EATING,
TENNESSEE, CANADA, BLACKBURNIAN, NORTHERN PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN. WARBLING VIREO was found near Hopkin's Bridge. BARRED
and EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS were near the pedestrian bridge at Wedgewood Road.

COMMON RAVEN was again reported this week at Ashland Nature Center and
flying over the Red Clay Creek in Yorklyn. BLUE-HEADED and WARBLING VIREOS
were reported at Ashland, along with NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, PARULA,
REDSTART and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.  WARBLING and WHITE-EYED VIREO was
reported at Coverdale Farms along with REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, and
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and VEERY were also reported
at Coverdale.

WARBLING VIREO was singing along the Brandywine Creek at Thompson's Bridge.
PURPLE MARTINS were seen flying overhead. SOLITARY and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS
were seen along the creek. Warblers seen at Brandywine Creek State Park
included WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED, BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, OVENBIRD,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, NORTHERN PARULA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. A
NASHVILLE WARBLER was reported along Naaman's Creek off Grubb's Road, along
with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PINE, and
BLACK-THROATED BLUE. A BELTED KINGFISHER was on the rocks at Harry's Pond in
the Brandywine Town Center. Warblers seen around the pond included PRAIRIE,
BLACK AND WHITE and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. 

A female MOURNING WARBLER was reported in Dover at the Old Dover High School
near Silver Lake. Also reported there was a very early flock of 20
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Other warblers found included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
HOODED, REDSTART, BLACK AND WHITE, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. BARRED OWL
continues be found along the creek behind the school. Also reported was
VEERY and ORCHARD ORIOLE. 

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna is having a shorebird
extravaganza. Highlights this week included HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Raymond Pool
and 9 MARBLED GODWITS, between Raymond and Sheerness Pool. There were 490
AMERICAN AVOCETS reported plus 3 BLACK-NECKED STILTS opposite the "Lynne
Frink" observation tower. A single RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported at
Sheerness Pool just north of the Daly pullout. BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was
reported in the grassy mudflats in the middle of BEAR SWAMP. 300
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen flying into Raymond Pool with 3 AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVERS plus 150 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. SHORT-BILLED and 17 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS were also found, along with DUNLIN, PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMP,
WESTERN, SPOTTED, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. PEREGRINE FALCONS have been seen
hunting over Raymond Pool, other raptors seen included NORTHERN HARRIER,
OSPREY, and AMERICAN KESTREL. VIRGINIA and CLAPPER RAIL were reported at
Sheerness Pool. RING-NECKED PHEASANT, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, and WILD TURKEY
were reported at the refuge. Waterfowl seen included PIED-BILLED GREBE, MUTE
SWAN, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and GADWALL.
Hundreds of EGRETS are still being reported at the refuge along with
TRICOLORED, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Several YELLOW-CROWNED and
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS continue to be seen at Night Heron Island. A
BLACK TERN was seen with the CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS at Sheerness Pool.
Swallows flying over included BANK, NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED, and BARN along
with hundreds of TREE SWALLOWS, plus PURPLE MARTIN. Landbirds reported
included LEAST FLYCATCHER, 5 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, BOBOLINK and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK.

Shorebirds at Port Mahon included RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, LEAST
SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. There were 40 ROYAL TERNS on the pilings
along the Delaware Bay. 29 ROYAL TERNS were sitting in the parking lot at
Woodland Beach on Saturday during the passing of Tropical Storm Hermine.

No exotic pelagic birds were reported flying over the Delaware beaches
during the storm on the Labor Day weekend. A flock of 12 SNOW GEESE, the
first of the autumn season, were found along the observation trail at Prime
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Two immature WHITE IBIS were seen
flying over Cods Road near Prime Hook Beach Road. A GULL-BILLED TERN
continues to be seen with CASPIAN, ROYAL, and 40 BLACK SKIMMERS at Prime
Hook Beach. Shorebirds seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road included
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE,
WHITE-RUMP, WESTERN, and LEAST SANDPIPER. YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and SUMMER
TANAGER were reported in the woods by Prime Hook headquarters. A
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was photographed near Turkle's Pond. Other warblers
reported included REDSTART, PARULA, YELLOW, PINE, and PRAIRIE.

Two PIPING PLOVERS continue to be seen at The Point in Cape Henlopen State
Park, along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING,
and WILLET. The flock at The Point included a single BLACK TERN with COMMON,
ROYAL, and 25 CASPIAN TERNS plus 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. GREAT HORNED
OWL was heard calling at the primitive campground. Warblers reported
included REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, PRAIRIE, and PINE.

An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen flying up the shoreline at South Indian
Beach, below Dewey Beach. A nice count of 35 COMMON TERNS was reported at
Indian River Inlet, plus a BLACK TERN on the seawall by the Coast Guard
Station today. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at Burton's Island
along with SNOWY EGRET, GREEN HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Four WHITE IBIS
continues to be seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island along
with TRICOLORED, GREEN, and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. MUTE SWAN, CASPIAN
TERN, and BLACK SKIMMER were also reported. Landbirds included 2 RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

Four CLIFF SWALLOWS were picked out of a flock of swallows at Old Landing
near Rehoboth Beach, along with  PHILADELPHIA VIREO and RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH plus REDSTART and PINE WARBLER. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were
reported along Angola Neck at Herring Creek. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and
SUMMER TANAGER were found at Harberson along with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH,
WORM-EATING, BLACK AND WHITE, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. A yard at
near Harberson had 14 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS coming in to feed.
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel
along with REDSTART, BLACK AND WHITE, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER plus
BOBOLINKS 

Back in northern Delaware, 7 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at the Aston Tract in
Thousand Acre Marsh south of Delaware City today. A COMMON TERN, rare in New
Castle Co, was reported at the Aston Tract on Saturday. Waders reported
included TRICOLORED, LITTLE BLUE, and GREEN HERON with SNOWY EGRETS. A flock
of 24 BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen on Thousand Acre Marsh along with WESTERN
SANDPIPER. COOPER'S HAWK and 4 BALD EAGLES plus BANK SWALLOW and PURPLE
MARTIN were seen flying over. Interesting landbirds numbers included 300
BOBOLINK landing in the marsh plus over 200 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH on Saturday.

An immature BONAPARTE'S GULL was reported in the parking lot at Augustine
Beach on Saturday during the storm plus 4 ROYAL TERNS. Five CASPIAN TERNS
were reported at Port Penn impoundments. WOOD DUCK and BLUE-WINGED TEAL were
found at Dragon Run in Delaware City. A kettle of 12 BLACK VULTURES was seen
flying over the eastern section of the C&D Canal. Also seen there were
LITTLE BLUE HERON, CASPIAN TERN, and YELLOW WARBLER. BARRED OWL continues be
reported in Bear.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in migration. Monday evening was a
good flight with 12 NIGHTHAWKS seen over Middle Run plus over Paper Mill
Road and Hockessin. Six COMMON NIGHTHAWK were seen at Brandywine Creek State
Park on Sunday evening. Four were seen over Walnut Ridge near Centerville on
Tuesday. Two were seen at White Clay Creek on Thursday. One NIGHTHAWK was
seen flying over Concord High School during marching band practice. COMMON
NIGHTHAWK was also seen at Cape Henlopen State Park this week.

Thrush are beginning to migrate, the first SWAINSON'S THRUSH was reported by
nocturnal call in downtown Wilmington. Also reported were VEERY flying over
Dover. Lots of VEERY and WOOD THRUSH were seen Thursday at Coverdale Farms.
Increased numbers of WOOD THRUSH were reported at Brandywine Creek State
Park and White Clay Creek State Park.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH migration is underway. One was found dead in a yard in
Brandywine Hundred off Shipley Road. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also reported
at Coverdale Farms, Tri-State Bird Rescue, Smyrna, and downstate at Angola
Neck, Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach, Fresh Pond near Bethany Beach, and Cape
Henlopen State Park.

Ashland Nature Ctr., Hawkwatch had a big day on Monday with 13 AMERICAN
KESTRELS and 10 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. MERLIN, RED-SHOULDERED, and 8
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were reported on Thursday. A total of 16 OSPREY and 16
BALD EAGLES were reported this week. COMMON RAVENS were seen flying over the
Hawk Watch on both Wednesday and Thursday morning. Also reported at Ashland
Hawk watch was a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Wednesday, 5 CASPIAN
TERNS on Saturday, and GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL flying over the red Clay
Creek Valley on Sunday.

The Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch was a washout on Saturday due to the Tropical
Storm Hermine. There was a big flight of OSPREY this week, 503 OSPREY and 21
BALD EAGLES were counted. On Wednesday, Falcons were moving with 13 KESTREL,
3 MERLIN, and one PEREGRINE FALCON. A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen offshore
from the Hawk Watch on Tuesday, BROWN PELICANS were seen at Cape Henlopen on
Wednesday and Thursday, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, GLOSSY IBIS, and
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER were seen flying down the beach. Migrants seen at the
Hawkwatch this week included REDSTART, NASHVILLE, and PRAIRIE WARBLER, 14
EASTERN KINGBIRDS were seen on Monday. BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH and BOBOLINK
were also reported.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Diane Kane, Jason
Wood, Rob Blye, Rob Klarquist, Jeff Holmes, Josh Jones, Judy Montgomery,
Carolyn D'Amico, Lauren Morgans, Amy and Parker O'Neil, Lisa Smith, Andrew
Bogush, Maureen Markow, Alissa Kegelman, Joe Swertinski, John Long, Steve
Cottrell, Rick Palmer, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Steve Graff, Kelly
Stringham, Pam Rasmussen, Tom Roth, Christine Root, Joe Sedransk, Sean
McCandless, Nancy Cunningham, Phil Thompson, Keith Leonard, Tim Freiday,
Derek Stoner, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sharon
Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Dave Fees. Special thanks to our two hawk counters,
Hannah Greenberg and Jen Ottinger. Remember, the birdline needs your
sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good
birding!

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Sep 2016) 31 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:40:27 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               2              7              7
Osprey                      23            526            526
Bald Eagle                   0             21             21
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1              1
Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             41             41
Merlin                       1             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      31            632            632
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks Sue for sitting in the heat and keeping me company! 
18 visitors. 


Weather:
Overcast skies, hot and humid with temps 27-34C, W,WSW winds 3-8mph, hazy,
vis 15km


Raptor Observations:
Slow again today with Ospreys making up the majority of the flight, we had
out first Broad-winged Hawk, a couple of Sharp-shinned Hawks and Kestrels.
Two resident Bald Eagles flying about through the day. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Black Tern, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Pine Warbler.
More Monarchs than raptors with 48 counted today.

Predictions:
More of the same, hot and humid, high 92F, SW wind 10-15mph.

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (09 Sep 2016) 5 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 12:22:12 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 09, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             16
Bald Eagle                   1             17             19
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             27             27
Cooper's Hawk                1             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             12             14
Broad-winged Hawk            0             24             24
Red-tailed Hawk              1             18             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             38             38
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              5              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                       5            187            194
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Kelley Nunn, Ken Wat, Nina DePinto

Visitors:
4 visitors today. 


Weather:
Very warm day with light West winds and partly cloudy skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Not many migrating raptors to report, but our resident birds sure made up
for it! RED-TAILED HAWKS repeatedly flew directly over the hill seemingly
within reach. 2 adult BALD EAGLES flew across the entire sky diving and
interacting with each other. 

Non-raptor Observations:
2 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS migrated past, one chasing off an American
Goldfinch on his way. A large flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS hopped from tree to
tree, and multiple flocks of BOBOLINKS flew past the hill. 

Predictions:
Saturday is going to be another hot one with a chance of rain in the
afternoon. This hot weather should break on Sunday; north west winds
bringing in cooler temperatures calling for a potentially great migration
day. 
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Subject: Re: yard birds on Friday Sep 9
From: steve cottrell <miami.07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 19:53:16 +0000
Likewise, saw the first ever yard RBNU at a screen feeder this morning, moments 
after its white-breasted cousin flew off from the same location. I caught it 
because my binoculars were still trained on the feeder. Also spotted a Pine 
Warbler in the elderberry patch with a Northern Mockingbird. The patch was 
loaded with fruit a week ago. Today it appears to be stripped clean. 



steve cottrell

Landenberg



________________________________
From: Delaware Birding  on behalf of Rob Blye 
 

Sent: Friday, September 9, 2016 1:33 PM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] yard birds on Friday Sep 9

While working at the kitchen table I observed the feeder and yard birds.
Highlight was one *red-breasted nuthatch* seen briefly but well. black
eye-stripe, white superciliary stripe, nuthatch shape, red breast, steel
grey back.

Also American goldfinch, northern cardinal, house finch, carolina
chickadee, plus a spotted fawn drinking from the bird bath while nibbling
our ornamentals. Yesterday it went around front and took off the last few
leaves from a cut-leaved Japanese maple.

When confronted, it looks at us like we are the interelopers!

*Rob*

Robert W. Blye
34603 Doe Run
Lewes DE 19958-3332
302 945-8618
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Subject: yard birds on Friday Sep 9
From: Rob Blye <rwblye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:33:52 -0400
While working at the kitchen table I observed the feeder and yard birds.
Highlight was one *red-breasted nuthatch* seen briefly but well. black
eye-stripe, white superciliary stripe, nuthatch shape, red breast, steel
grey back.

Also American goldfinch, northern cardinal, house finch, carolina
chickadee, plus a spotted fawn drinking from the bird bath while nibbling
our ornamentals. Yesterday it went around front and took off the last few
leaves from a cut-leaved Japanese maple.

When confronted, it looks at us like we are the interelopers!

*Rob*

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

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Subject: Tuesday Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 13:49:45 +0000
First Fall Bird Walk at Cape Henlopen State Park will be this Tuesday, 
September 13. 


Bird walks meet at the Nature Center at 8am and go till 10am. 

Bird walks are free, however park entrance fees are in effect.


Cheers

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

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Subject: Coverdale Farm Preserve - Thursday's walk
From: Judy Montgomery <judy.montgomery01 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 07:53:01 -0400
Thursday's DNS Bird walk at Coverdale Farm - lots of birds and more!

Our enthusiastic group of 8 birders had great sightings of Eastern
Bluebirds, House Finches, Chipping Sparrows and a  Red-tail Hawk all on the
CSA garden fence posts at the start!  White-breasted Nuthatches called for
us to get moving!  The lush foliage around the pond hosted White-eyed,
Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warblers.  We had
to stop at the Thrush thruway.....a frenzy of Wood Thrush, Robins and Veery
gobbling berries and flying back and forth in front of us. Both Wood Thrush
and Veery walked up the trail allowing close looks.  Along the Burrow's Run
we had Black & White Warblers escorting us along the trail. Back at the
picnic tables, a Red-breasted Nuthatch "yanked" at us several times from
the oaks.

In addition to the bird sightings, Peter Hall discovered 2 lounging
raccoons snoozing together in a tree.  There were frogs hopping in the
pond, and dozens of Monarch butterflies!

This route offers glorious vistas, vast hills of goldenrod, an impressive
meadow of dark purple ironweed ....it's really beautiful this fall.

Thursday bird walks at Coverdale Farm will continue through September and
October.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S31480730


Good birding,

Judy Montgomery
Delaware Nature Society

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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Sep 2016) 29 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:40:44 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              2              2
Turkey Vulture               0              5              5
Osprey                      24            503            503
Bald Eagle                   3             21             21
Northern Harrier             0              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            1              1              1
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             39             39
Merlin                       0              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                      29            601            601
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
16


Weather:
HOT AND HUMID !!! only a small breeze every so often.
wind WNW/W/SW/S, 2/4/3/2 mph, temp 27-32, clcv 10-80%, hazy all day, poor
visb. the approaching t-storm sent us off the platform a bit early.

Raptor Observations:
a few Osprey, our 2 Local B. Eagles, 3 Adult migrating B. Eagles,

Non-raptor Observations:
Brown Pelican, Nashville Warbler,

Predictions:
more hot and humid weather. partly cloudy, high 92
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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (08 Sep 2016) 12 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 12:59:34 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 08, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             16
Bald Eagle                   2             16             18
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8             27             27
Cooper's Hawk                0             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             11             13
Broad-winged Hawk            0             24             24
Red-tailed Hawk              0             17             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             38             38
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      12            182            189
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        David Beattie, Victoria Hawk

Visitors:
4 visitors today. Special thanks for Victoria Hawk from Delaware Fish and
Wildlife for spending the day with me on the hill!


Weather:
Warm and cloudy with a slight north west to west wind. 

Raptor Observations:
A slow start to the day ended with a strong push of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS. 8
migrated past the hill in total. We also had one low MERLIN flash by. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A  female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK flew past the hill at 9:15 AM giving its
distinctive "chink" call. At 1:15 a pair of COMMON RAVENS soared above the
hill with a Turkey Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk, hanging around for a few
minutes allowing everyone great scope views. 

Predictions:
Similar to today's weather, hot with west winds. Slight chance of storms in
the afternoon. 
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Subject: last chance- Sparrow workshop this Saturday 10-noon at the museum
From: Jean Woods <JWoods AT DELMNH.ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 19:27:51 +0000
Do you find sparrows confusing?



Attend the Sparrow ID Workshop offered by the Delmarva Ornithological Society 
and held at the Delaware Museum of Natural History on Saturday, September 10 
from 10 am-noon. Using skins from the Museum's collection you will learn how to 
identify breeding, wintering, and migrating sparrows. This workshop is free but 
space is limited and registration is required by contacting Jean Woods at 
jwoods AT delmnh.org or (302-658-9111 ext. 314). Age 16 
and over unless accompanied by a parent. 




Best wishes- Jean


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

Curator of Birds Fax: 302-658-2610 

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

(4840 Kennett Pike)
Wilmington, DE  19807


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Subject: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Sep 2016) 115 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:23:20 -0800
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 07, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2              2              2
Turkey Vulture               4              5              5
Osprey                      76            479            479
Bald Eagle                   8             18             18
Northern Harrier             2              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13             39             39
Merlin                       3              9              9
Peregrine Falcon             1              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Swallow-tailed Kite          0              0              0

Total:                     115            572            572
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alissa Kegelman, Ann Dinkel, Diane Kane, Susan Gruver,
                  Vincent Gambal

Visitors:
Thanks Sue, Alissa, Diane, Ann and Vince for helping with the count!
24 visitors


Weather:
Clear to partly cloudy, temp 23-29C, N,NNW wind 5-10mph, vis 20km


Raptor Observations:
Ospreys moving through, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, our first
Red-tailed Hawks, several Kestrels and Merlin. Eight migrant Bald Eagles,
and 2 resident adults


Non-raptor Observations:
Brown Pelican, American Redstart, Prairie Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch,
Bobolink. 

Predictions:
Sunny with a high of 93F, West wind 5-10mph.

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Subject: Ashland Nature Center (07 Sep 2016) 21 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 12:41:40 -0800
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 07, 2016
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             16
Bald Eagle                   2             14             16
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             19             19
Cooper's Hawk                3             16             16
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             10             12
Broad-winged Hawk            1             24             24
Red-tailed Hawk              0             17             20
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             38             38
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              2
Unknown Buteo                2              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      21            170            177
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Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Hannah Greenberg

Observers:        Derek Stoner, Nina DePinto

Visitors:
We had 11 visitors today!


Weather:
The day started out with clear blue skies and a slight NNW wind which
picked up throughout the day with the skies becoming cloudy by mid-day. 

Raptor Observations:
AMERICAN KESTRELS stole the show today, starting out with one perched in a
tree behind the hawk watch, the birds continued to migrate throughout the
day providing great looks. 2 adult BALD EAGLES flew by low mid-day.
Multiple close SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS finished out the count.

Non-raptor Observations:
A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flew past this morning, alerting us that
it was something interesting by flashing the bright white patches on it's
dark wings. At around 3:00 the COMMON RAVEN made a second appearance, first
it was heard to the SE of the hill, then flew over towards the W. 

Predictions:
We are looking at a hot day tomorrow - clear skies with west winds. 
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Report submitted by Hannah Greenberg (h.greenberg12 AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delnature.org




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Subject: First Walk at Middle Run... A Success! BioBlitz coming up soon!
From: Tim Freiday <tim.freiday777 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 22:42:00 -0400
Hello Fellow Birders,

Today the 6th of September marked the first bird walk of the season at Middle 
Run, and it was a good one despite some windy conditions. 21 observers tallied 
58 species in 2 hours and 46 minutes. September is the most diverse month for 
fall warblers, and we had a good haul with with 9 species today. Lots of 
AMERICAN REDSTARTS today as expected, along with decent numbers of 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. A desirable TENNESSEE WARBLER offered brief but 
nice looks to some participants. Other warbler species encountered include 
MAGNOLIA, BLACK-AND-WHITE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and PRAIRIE WARBLER along with 
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and NORTHERN PARULA. 


We also encountered two smart-looking PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, one in the field 
near Trail Marker 4 and one near Trail Marker 10. A couple of LEAST FLYCATCHERS 
were seen near Trail Marker 4. We had VEERY and WOOD THRUSH in the woods near 
Trail Marker 10. Overall birding was good once we got into flocks. 


Complete checklist for our walk today here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31451351

Map of the birding trail here:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KqJ-8JC5UsQgSL3iwVLScJ7aX0c&usp=sharing


With the diversity of life so great in September, what better time than now to 
get out and celebrate it? That's what we plan on doing this Saturday at the 
Middle Run BioBlitz! Come on out for a bird walk starting at 7:00 AM, followed 
by a stream sampling session starting at 9:30 and the Butterfly and Dragonfly 
walk at 10:00 AM! Additionally, I will be coming back to Middle Run at 6:30PM 
and will be searching for nighthawks and owls and the like. All are welcome and 
there is no fee or need to register, just join the festivities! 


Happy Birding,
Tim

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