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19 Oct Eastern Meadowlarks [Edward Crawford ]
19 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 146 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
19 Oct White Pelican at Prime Hook [Bill Fintel ]
19 Oct DOS Local Patch Birding Series - Prime Hook NWR Headquarters Results [Tim Schreckengost ]
19 Oct Sussex Co: American White Pelican at Prime Hook HQ on 10/18/2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (18 Oct 2014) 94 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
18 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 168 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 17th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
17 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 186 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (17 Oct 2014) 206 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
17 Oct Cape Henlopen State Park Birdwalk Oct21 ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
17 Oct Ashland Big Sit: The Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct Re: Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count ["Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)" ]
17 Oct Milford and Seaford Christmas Bird Count [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Oct Middle Run: Orange-crowned, Lincoln's, and Finches [Derek Stoner ]
17 Oct DOS Local Patch Trip - Prime Hook HQ on October 18, 2014 [Tim Schreckengost ]
16 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (16 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 91 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
16 Oct Christmas Bird Counts 2014/2015 ["Amy O'Neil" ]
16 Oct Indian River Inlet Sea Watch [Christopher Bennett ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (15 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (14 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (13 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
15 Oct DOS Monthly Meeting - Speaker change - Meeting Still On [Bill Stewart ]
15 Oct Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
14 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (14 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
14 Oct CHSP 10.14 Birdwalk results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Sunday along the Coast ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
13 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (12 Oct 2014) 118 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
13 Oct Steve and Laura Huber at DVOC on Thursday night 16 OCT 204 [Steve Kacir ]
13 Oct Book sale before Wednesday's DOS meeting [Ian Stewart ]
13 Oct Reminder - DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15 [Bill Stewart ]
13 Oct Brandywine Creek Late Warbler Field Trip, 10/12/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
12 Oct Late Report from Chincoteague NWR (VA) and Bombay Hook NWR (DE) [Les Brooks ]
12 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Oct 2014) 73 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
12 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit [Christopher Bennett ]
11 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
11 Oct Carousel Park birds [Ian Stewart ]
10 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 10th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
10 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
10 Oct Bucktoe Big Sit - "Deadwood Birders" [joe sebastiani ]
10 Oct Big Sit at Ashland Tomorrow (10/11) [Derek Stoner ]
10 Oct Lunchtime rush at White Clay -- 11 warbler sp, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch [Alan Kneidel ]
10 Oct My Yard [Sharon Lynn ]
9 Oct Little Creek, Kent County shorebirds [Alan Kneidel ]
9 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Oct 2014) 523 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Oct 2014) 86 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
9 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit Info [Christopher Bennett ]
9 Oct Big Sit at DEEC [Derek Stoner ]
8 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Oct 2014) 275 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
8 Oct DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15 [Bill Stewart ]
8 Oct Cape Henlopen Big Sit this Saturday [Christopher Bennett ]
8 Oct Flint Woods Walk Thursday [joe sebastiani ]
7 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (07 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Oct Peregrine at 30 yds for 1/2 hour [Bill Fintel ]
7 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
7 Oct Sparrows at Fowler's Beach [Maurice Barnhill ]
7 Oct Cape Henlopen Bird Walk 10/7 Results ["Julian, Richard (DNREC)" ]
7 Oct Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 10/6/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
7 Oct Sussex Bird Club Meeting- Sunday, October 12, 2014 [Sharon Lynn ]
6 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Oct 2014) 65 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
6 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Oct 2014) 310 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
5 Oct Middle Run 10/5 [Maurice Barnhill ]
4 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2014) 145 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
4 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Oct RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 3rd, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
3 Oct HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2014) 123 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Oct HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors ["Hawkcount.Org Reports" ]
3 Oct Early & Late Migrants at Bellevue SP ["Amy O'Neil" ]

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

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

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



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


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


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

Monarchs 85


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A summary with photos can be seen here:


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


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

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

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


I'll post a full walk summary later today.

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Dan Walker, Emily Baisden, Kim Steininger

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


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

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

1 Unid. Accipiter

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

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

16 Monarchs

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger, Susan Gruver

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

Visitors:
George O'Shea and 34 others


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-end transcript

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

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

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



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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

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

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


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

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

1 unid. Accipiter, 1 unid. Raptor

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

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

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

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



Cheers

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Good Birding,

Derek Stoner

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


Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feel free to contact me off list for specific directions.

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner, Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease, Mike Gardner

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

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

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



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


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


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


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

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

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

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


Good counting,

Amy O'Neil
DOS Field Trip Co-chair

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        David Beattie

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


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

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

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

1 Monarch

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Mike Gardner

Observers:        

Visitors:
2


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        Ed Rohrback, Joe Russell, Mike Smith

Visitors:
3 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Maureen Ewadinger, Susan Gruver

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


Good birding,

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



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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

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

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



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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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



Cheers

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Bruce Peterjohn, Kevin Bronson

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


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

Raptor Observations:


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

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

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


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


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


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

Good birding,

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

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

Visitors:
25


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

Raptor Observations:
First Golden Eagle of the season!

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

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

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


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


Birding the Glades: 

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



Steve and Laura Huber:

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



We hope to see you there, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Book sale before Wednesday's DOS meeting
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:00:05 -0400
To add extra spice to Wednesday’s meeting we will be selling a selection of
mostly bird-related books from the personal collection of the late Howard
Brokaw. Howard was a justifiably-revered figure among birders in Delaware
and beyond and was one of only a handful of people to achieve the trifecta
of being a president, honorary member and fellow of DOS. Owning one of
Howard’s books is like owning a piece of our history!


The books were generously donated by Howard’s family and all proceeds will
benefit DOS. Some of the books are genuine classics (including first
editions), and some are autographed. For a complete list of the books in
the October sale visit the DOS homepage at http://www.dosbirds.org/ then
click on the link beside the picture of Howard for information and prices.
If you scroll down further there are links to commercial sites giving an
image and more info for each book. The rest of the books will be sold
before the November meeting.


The sale will take place in the Ashland foyer at 630pm, just before the
scheduled meeting. Cash or check only, and please bring your own bag. This
is a great opportunity to get some wonderful gifts prior to the holiday
season or to treat yourself to a special book, knowing that all the
proceeds go to DOS!


Please contact Jean Woods (jwoods AT delmnh.org, 302-658-9111 x 314 if you
have any questions, or myself as a second option.


Ian Stewart
Newark, DE
Subject: Reminder - DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:55:00 -0400
Subject: DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15

Good Morning,
The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their 2nd monthly 
meeting this Wednesday the 15th, featuring guest speaker Dr. David La Puma. 
David is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New 
Jersey and is also an ornithologist who specializes in radar ornithology and 
conservation of endangered species. David's presentation is "Forecasting 
Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms" - As Dr. La Puma notes, "Our observational 
relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in this most recent 
century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us to visualize 
birds in ways never before possible. This ability has led to both a wealth of 
new knowledge, as well as many new questions. We will spend the hour talking 
about how radar technology can be used to study habitat used by migrant 
songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about the 
behavior of Snowy Owls." 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending this Wednesday night, the 15th! 


As an added treat and opportunity, DOS will be selling a wide selection of 
bird-related books kindly donated by Howard Brokaw's family, with all proceeds 
benefiting DOS. The books will be on sale in the foyer from 6:30 onwards, cash 
or check please, no credit cards accepted. 



Delmarva Ornithological Society   October 15th Meeting

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


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Brandywine Creek Late Warbler Field Trip, 10/12/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:58:30 -0400
The DOS field trip to Brandywine Creek State park in northern Delaware had
beautiful, clear, cool  weather. It was the first time this season that I
had to wear a jacket. The morning sunrise had a mini hawk flight with 2
Red-tails, 2 Harriers, an adult Bald Eagle and a kestrel flying past.
Working the entrance booth marsh, I offered free breakfast at Lucky's Coffee
Sop to anybody that could find a Harris' Sparrow. Unfortunately no takers,
but we did see an adult White-crowned Sparrow, immature male Rose-breasted
Grosbeak, and a stunning Blue-headed Vireo. 

 

From the nature center parking lot, we walked the lower rock wall above the
roadway and It was covered in birds, Savannah Sparrows, Bluebirds, Flickers,
and eastern Palm Warblers. A sapsucker was found in a cherry tree by the
disc golf course, along with a Black-throated Green Warbler. We worked the
edge of the Freshwater Marsh Preserve, which was filled with birds. At the
north end  we had Northern Parula, Magnolia, and Black-throated Blue
warblers. We ended the day by the campfire area behind the nature center
with 2 Dark-eyed Juncos. 

 

My only regret  is that this will be the last time we'll see  many of these
species until next springtime, winter is on its way! Below is a list, I
think my numbers are conservative. 

 

Andy

-------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

 

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, US-DE

Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

2.0 mile(s)

Comments: DOS field trip, :Last Gasp for Warblers" 10 participants

58 species

 

Canada Goose  65

Great Blue Heron  1     flew over entrance booth

Turkey Vulture  2

Osprey  1

Northern Harrier  2     migrating south high up in early morning

Red-tailed Hawk  3

Mourning Dove  4

Eastern Screech-Owl  1 calling

Chimney Swift  1

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  4

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  9

Pileated Woodpecker  1

American Kestrel  1

Eastern Phoebe  5

Blue-headed Vireo  4

Blue Jay  6

American Crow  4

Tree Swallow  50

Carolina Chickadee  9

Tufted Titmouse  4

White-breasted Nuthatch  4

Carolina Wren  5

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1     heard only

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  11

Eastern Bluebird  7

Hermit Thrush  1

Gray Catbird  1

Northern Mockingbird  3

European Starling  20

Cedar Waxwing  12

Common Yellowthroat  1

Northern Parula  1

Magnolia Warbler  1

Black-throated Blue Warbler  3, 2 adult male, (my favorite warbler)

Palm Warbler  5 along rock wall

Yellow-rumped Warbler  17

Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Eastern Towhee  6

Chipping Sparrow  36

Field Sparrow  5

Savannah Sparrow  15

Song Sparrow  6

Swamp Sparrow  4

White-throated Sparrow  25

White-crowned Sparrow  2 at entrance booth

Dark-eyed Junco  2

Northern Cardinal  8

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2,  good looks!

Indigo Bunting  2, drab plumage

Red-winged Blackbird  30

Eastern Meadowlark  7, in field in front of nature center. Good count!

Common Grackle  10

House Finch  4

American Goldfinch  3

 

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Late Report from Chincoteague NWR (VA) and Bombay Hook NWR (DE)
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:51:52 -0700
Hello everyone!

Sorry for late report.  


Returned from Ocean City, MD, trip with a busted laptop. Still had a great time 
and visited both Chincoteague NRW and Bombay Hook NWR. I also briefly visited a 
couple other locations in between. Relatively slow birding but still super to 
feel the salt air and sun shine. My photo editing has just started. Just a few 
new pictures posted. The links are below if you care to have a look. 



Red Fox & Peregrine Falcon (Bombay Hook NWR)

http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/wildlife/a-red-fox-on-the-trail-nfp-s/ 



http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/raptors/a-falcon-in-the-sun-nfp-s/ 


Song Sparrow (Chincoteague NWR)

http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/fall-song-sparrow-nfp-s/ 



I saw the following at Chincoteague NWR

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier (Female)
DC Cormorant

Belted Kingfisher 

Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron (First time I have seen one here)
White Ibis (Immature)

Tricolor 

Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellowlegs
Common Grackle
Song Sparrow
(The deer and elk must know hunting season is here as I found none!)



I saw the following at Bombay Hook NWR

Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier (Female)
Peregrine Falcon

DC Cormorant
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yelowlegs
Dunlin
Peeps
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Mallard
American Black Duck

Northern Pintail (Female)

Northern Shoveler (Female)

Forster's Tern
Savanna Sparrow (?) (Need to look a bit closer)


Non birds
White Tailed Deer
Red Fox

I will post when I have more (hopefully) images.


Best birding!

Les Brooks
Glen Allen, VA
http://www.natures-finest-photography.com
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (12 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:10:36 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 12, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                2             31            111
Turkey Vulture               3             41            235
Osprey                      46            432           2557
Bald Eagle                   6             80            253
Northern Harrier             7             82            146
Sharp-shinned Hawk          24            500            977
Cooper's Hawk                3             60            133
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            16            235            687
Merlin                      11            136            377
Peregrine Falcon            12            178            439
Unknown Accipiter            1              4             11
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     131           1883           6074
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Martin Sokouch, Melody Schultz,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Martin, Melody, Sue, Alex, Ian, and Rich for helping with the
count this afternoon!
34 Visitors



Weather:
Clear skies in the morning turning cloudy after noon, temp 14-18C, vis
20km, wind ENE, E 10-12mph decreasing to 5mph late in the day.


Raptor Observations:
Good flight of Ospreys, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Kestrels, Merlin, and
Peregrines. Six Bald Eagles: 3 juvenile, 2 immature, 1 unk age. Two
resident adult Bald Eagle.


Non-raptor Observations:
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Black Scoter,
Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter (1), Parasitic Jaeger, Lesser Black-backed
Gull, DC Cormorant (1300).


Predictions:
Cloudy with a chance of showers after 11am, high 70F, SE wind 5-10mph

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (11 Oct 2014) 73 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:10:43 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       4             51            217
Bald Eagle                   3             57            149
Northern Harrier             3             22             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            251            855
Cooper's Hawk                8             19             98
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            1             30           3507
Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            20             74            255
Merlin                       4              8             19
Peregrine Falcon             4             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      73            581           5381
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Bill Stewart, Damon Orsetti, Dan Walker, Derek Stoner,
                  Hilary Sullivan, Holly Merker, Judy Montgomery,
                  Kim Steininger, Molly Daly, Tom Lazlo

Visitors:
Thanks everybody for making THE BIG SIT such a fantastic day, despite the
elements, we had great company, too much tasty food and great looks at
birds!
I am sure I am missing a few, sorry: Tom and Ryan Lazlo, Dan Walker, Judy
Montgomery, Kim Steininger, Bill Stewart, Damon Orsetti, Hilary Sullivan,
Molly Daly, Holly Merker, Derek Stoner, Kelly Nunn


Weather:
Overcast all day and rain until 10, with an evening drizzle.  Slight
Northerly winds, Temperature high of 12.3, besides the first hour full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
FALCONS!
4 Osprey, 3 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 26 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 8
Cooper's Hawks, 1 Broad-wing Hawk, 20 American Kestrels, 4 Merlins, 4
Peregrine Falcons

Non-raptor Observations:
Today was THE BIG SIT, around 68 species, officially posted by Derek
Stoner.

Canada Goose, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Great Egret, American
Woodcock, all of the "expected" Raptors, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned
Owl, all of the eastern woodpeckers(no red-head), Eastern Phoebe,
Blue-headed Vireo, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Black and
white, Magnolia, Palm, and Yellow-rumped Warblers; Chipping, Field, Vesper,
Savannah, Song, and White-throated Sparrows, Scarlet Tanager and Purple
Finch.

1 Monarch.
White-tailed Deer, Eastern Grey Squirrel, Groundhog, Raccoon, Eastern
Cottontail
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:48:08 -0400
I will post a more detailed report later today, but after 11 hours of wet
and wind on the Cape Henlopen hawkwatch yesterday - 20 or so intrepid
birders tallied a grand total of 75 species.  In addition to the birds that
Jen mentioned in her hawk watch report we also had a Cape May Warbler and
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the last hour.  Not a bad total considering the
miserable conditions most of the day.

Join Anthony and I next week at Indian River Inlet at 8 am for the first
Sea Watch of the season.  I'll have more details about that shortly as well.

Chris Bennett
warm and dry in Milford, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (11 Oct 2014) 8 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:10:13 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 11, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               0             38            232
Osprey                       3            386           2511
Bald Eagle                   0             74            247
Northern Harrier             0             75            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            476            953
Cooper's Hawk                0             57            130
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0            219            671
Merlin                       3            125            366
Peregrine Falcon             2            166            427
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                       8           1752           5943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Anthony Gonzon, Bruce Peterjohn, Chris Bennett,
                  Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to all the awesome volunteers that came out to help with the Big
Sit: Sue, Sharon, Anthony, Bruce, Christopher, Alex, Ian, Alan, Laura, Tim
and Stephan Lorenz from High Lonesome Bird Tours. Special thanks to Chris
Bennett for coordinating the event and being a fantastic leader throughout
the difficult weather conditions.   


Weather:
Overcast and rain all day with a few short periods without rain, temp 14C,
vis 3-15km, winds NE 5-10 early then 15-20mph in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
Very few migrants including a few Osprey, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon.
Several Peregrine and a couple of Osprey were seen flying in the vicinity
of the hawk watch throughout the day but not moving through on migration. 
 

Non-raptor Observations:
The BIG SIT was today. Aprroximately 70 species observed including:
Parasitic Jaeger, Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Surf Scoter, Black
Scoter, Swainson's Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo, Northern Waterthrush,
Black-throatd Green, Common Yellowthroat, House Wren, DC Cormorant. The
official Big Sit count will be posted by Chris Bennett on DE Bird.


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 64, N wind 10-15mph.

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

Subject: Carousel Park birds
From: Ian Stewart <istew AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:32:46 -0400
Motivated by Alan's post from yesterday I spent an hour at Carousel Park,
Wilmington, this afternoon and found it to be also jumping with birds,
especially in the woods around the 'magic triangle' where the stream leads
into the lake. I counted at least 17 yellow-rumped warblers,5 ruby-crowned
kinglets, and a single junco, all of which were new fall birds for me. Also
3 winter plumage chipping sparrows which I guess are migrants (?), and a
swamp sparrow. On the lake were 2 pied-billed grebes and a female ruddy
duck, and feeding in the shallows were a lesser yellowlegs and spotted
sandpiper.I love it when you go to a familiar place but see a new set of
birds!

Ian Stewart
Newark, DE
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 10th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:46:45 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 10, 2014
* DEST1410.10
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Broad-winged Hawk
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
PARASITIC JAEGER
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood Peewee
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush 
Gray Catbird
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Nelson's Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark Eyed Junco
Scarlet Tanager
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
PURPLE FINCH

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 10, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remains at 318 species.

This has been a banner week at the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch, with almost
non-stop activity all week! The highlight has been sightings of PARASITIC
JAEGERS almost daily, including 4 birds, 3 light phase and a dark phase bird
on Monday. Those birds were seen offshore chasing ROYAL TERNS and LAUGHING
GULLS. Also reported were COMMON LOON, NORTHERN GANNET, BLACK and SURF
SCOTER Lots of waterfowl was moving offshore, including 33 WOOD DUCKS,
AMERICAN WIGEON, and PINTAIL. There was also a high count of 12 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS along
the beach. Landbirds included LINCOLN'S SPARROW, INDIGO BUNTING, and both
RED-BREASTED and BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH. WARBLERS seen included MAGNOLIA,
CAPE MAY, and BLACKPOLL. 

Cape Henlopen State Park also had a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in the brush by
The Point, along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, and BLUE
GROSBEAK. BLACK SCOTERS were along the bayside breakwater. CASPIAN and ROYAL
TERNS were at The Point. A DARK-EYED JUNCO was among the CHIPPING SPARROWS
at Ft. Miles. There was also 2 NORTHERN BOBWHITE and a flyover BOBOLINK.
WHITE-EYED VIREO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and PINE WARBLERS
were at the Walking Dunes. A GREEN HERON was seen at Gordon's Pond, along
with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, CASPIAN TERNS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS.

There was a huge hawk flight on Thursday at Cape Henlopen, with a late push
of 67 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 250 SHARP-SHINED HAWKS, plus 21 COOPER'S HAWKS
and 31 NORTHERN HARRIERS. There was also a big flight of FALCONS with 60
AMERICAN KESTRELS, 36 PEREGRINE FALCONS, and 12 MERLIN. A peak count of 31
BALD EAGLES was at the hawkwatch on Sunday, plus 31 MERLIN, 8 PEREGRINE and
47 KESTRELS. Totals for the week included 250 OSPREY and 50 NORTHERN
HARRIERS. It was a tough week for GRAY CATBIRDS as several were seen in the
talons of hawks as they flew past the platform. 

Another early arrival was a HORNED GREBE with a PIED-BILLED GREBE at the
south impoundment of Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge
near Milton. The marsh at Broadkill had 116 AMERICAN AVOCETS plus WILLET and
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Waders seen included LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY
IBIS. SNOW GEESE were seen at Fowler's Beach, along with SURF SCOTER and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was found along with
several BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, plus LEAST SANDPIPER,
SANDERLING and DUNLIN. The sandbar had 80 BLACK SKIMMERS, plus 150 FORSTER'S
and 3 ROYAL TERNS. Fowler's Beach Road had 6 NELSON'S SPARROWS walking right
in the roadway, including both Midwestern and Maritime races, along with
SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW. This has always been a great place to observe
all 3 species of marsh sparrow together in the fall. 

Some other landbirds around Prime Hook included a late BLUE-WINGED and
CANADA WARBLER in the Pinelands. Warblers around headquarters included PINE,
PALM, PRAIRIE, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
BOBOLINK, INDIGO BUNTING, and BLUE GROSBEAKS were also reported.  Eastwind
off Cods Road had a late EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-EYED
VIREO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK
AND WHITE, and BLACKPOLL WARBLERS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and GREEN HERON
were seen with 100s of egrets along Prime Hook Beach Road, along with
AMERICAN WIGEON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE. 

A late OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported in a yard in Lincoln.
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also seen there and at a feeder in Lewes. A
birder at Old Landing reported a windfall of birds in her yard, including
SCARLET TANAGER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and NORTHERN PARULA. Overhead were
BROAD-WINGS, NORTHERN PINTAIL and a WILLET. 

The number of MARBLED GODWITS at Bombay Hook National wildlife refuge keeps
increasing, with a peak count of 18 this week, plus 400 AMERICAN AVOCETS.
Also reported were 50 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, WILSON'S SNIPE, plus STILT, WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED and PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported, along with BALD
EAGLES and PEREGRINE FALCONS. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen from
the Boardwalk Trail. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen by the visitor's center.


The south sides of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area continue to be a
great birding area. This area is accessed through the locked gate off the
Pickering Beach Road. Among the 100's of peep were 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, plus
2 WHITE-RUMPED and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, plus 25 CASPIAN TERNS. Four BALD
EAGLES were in the area, plus PEREGRINE. BLUE GROSBEAK, MARSH WREN and
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were found in the weeds. 

Fork Branch Nature Preserve off the Delaware State University campus in
Dover had a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, plus BLACKPOLL, PARULA BLACK-THROATED
BLUE and GREEN. A PALM WARBLER and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were found in a
yard in Cheswold. 

A possible ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported at Hopkins Bridge in White
Clay Creek State Park, feeding along the woods edge. Also seen were REDSTART
and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. Birds at Nine Foot Road today included 11 species of
WARBLER: CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT SIDED, BLACKPOLL,
BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and about 30 PALM WARBLERS, male PURPLE FINCH
and a MARSH WREN by the farmhouse pond. WILD TURKEY was also reported at
White Clay. Migrants are still be seen at the nearby Middle Run Natural area
off Possum Park Rd. including BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREO, along with
REDSTART, PARULA, YELLOW-RUMPED and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. 

BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was also seen at Brandywine Creek State Park by
the entrance booth, along with BLUE GROSBEAK. A PALM WARBLER along with
YELLOW-RUMPS was seen at Ramsey Road. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was reported in
Deerhurst. BARRED OWL and a late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD were still
present at Shortwood off Grubb Road. 

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was photographed at Ashland Nature Center. Other
sparrows included SWAMP and WHITE-THROAT. BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREO
were also reported, along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, REDSTART, PINE,
PALM and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. PURPLE
FINCH and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were seen today. 

The hawk watch at Ashland had 22 BROAD-WINGS on Sunday, plus 40
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS and 13 BALD EAGLES. There were a total of 150 SHARPIES
and 35 BALD EAGLES for the week. Also seen were flyover COMMON LOONS and
CORMORANTS. 

SNOW GEESE were reported flying over Delaware City this week. BLUE-HEADED
VIREO and SAPSUCKER were found along the Mike Castle Trail on the north side
of the C&D Canal. WINTER WREN and REDSTART were found in the woods along the
south side of the Reedy Point Bridge. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was seen at
Grier's Pond at Thousand Acre Marsh. There were still 3 CATTLE EGRETS left
at the cattle farm on Rd 30 off Route 9, north of Fleming's Landing. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Ken Bass, Steven
Courtney, Jim Austin-Cole, Bill Stewart, holy Merker, Abby Walters, Chandler
Wiegard, Joel Martin, Amy O'Neil, Sally O'Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe,
Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich Clifton, Richard Julian, Sue Gruver,
Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe
Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer
Ottinger and Will Almeida. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings!
Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email ednieap AT verizon.net.
Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

-end transcript


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (10 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:10:55 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             16             24
Turkey Vulture               0             14             14
Osprey                       1             47            213
Bald Eagle                   2             54            146
Northern Harrier             1             19             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12            225            829
Cooper's Hawk                0             11             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            11             54            235
Merlin                       1              4             15
Peregrine Falcon             0              6              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      28            508           5308
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Debra Palermo, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
No visitors today.
Thanks Deb and Pat!


Weather:
Almost no wind all day.  Temperature high of 15.1 C, 100% cloud cover,
which brought a drizzle from noon on.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Slow raptor movement due to overcast and lack of wind.
1 Osprey, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier, 12 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 11
American Kestrels, 1 Merlin.

Non-raptor Observations:
It seemed the night brought a new community of birds.  The cloud cover and
late day rain brought a good deal of late day warbler/sparrow activity, and
a female/immature purple finch was spotted at the feeders, the first of the
season!

679 Canada Geese, 3 Great Blue Herons, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Blue-headed
Vireo, 6 Palm Warblers, 1 Female Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Black-throated
Green Warbler, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, 6 Savannah Sparrows,
1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Female/Immature Purple Finch

Predictions:
Predicted to be similar temperature as today, rainy in the morning. 
Tomorrow is The Big Sit, please come out and join in on the fun!
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (10 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:10:58 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               0             38            232
Osprey                       6            383           2508
Bald Eagle                   0             74            247
Northern Harrier             3             75            139
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            476            953
Cooper's Hawk                1             57            130
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2            219            671
Merlin                       3            122            363
Peregrine Falcon             2            164            425
Unknown Accipiter            0              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      18           1744           5935
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue for hanging out at the watch with me! 
7 visitors. 


Weather:
Overcast with intermittent rain, temp 17-18C, vis 20km decreasing to 10km,
light E winds. Steady rain after 1pm EST


Raptor Observations:
Very few raptor migrants seen today with Ospreys, Harriers, and a few
falcons. Observations ended at 1pm EST due to rain.


Non-raptor Observations:
Fantastic Great Blue Heron migration with groups of 6-36 seen through the
morning; total of 112 GB Heron for the day. Common Loon, Kingfisher, Black
Scoter, Wigeon, Pintail, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warbler, DC Cormorant
(1440).
A group of 30 Oystercatchers seen flying north of the radar tower. The
Oystercatchers were later observed on the beach at The Point. 

Predictions:
Rain through the morning with a chance of rain in the afternoon, temp 64F,
N wind 14-20mph.

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

Subject: Bucktoe Big Sit - "Deadwood Birders"
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:53:06 +0000
If you care to work on your Chester County, PA list, I will be leading the Big 
Sit at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, 432 Sharp Road, Avondale, PA. Park at the first 
parking lot and the Sit will be at the shelter by the bird feeder. I plan to be 
there by 6am, unless it is heavy rain. Join us if you would like to scan the 
skies for hawks, nearby thickets for skulking warblers and sparrows, and the 
feeders for your first Purple Finch of the fall. We will make grilled breakfast 
sandwiches in the morning, and will grill up some lunch as well. Feel free to 
stop by and help the Bucktoe "Deadwood Birders" try to find as many species as 
we can from our 17&1/2 foot diameter circle, and have some fun too. 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: Big Sit at Ashland Tomorrow (10/11)
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:20 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:

Tomorrow will be the 7th Annual Big Sit at the Ashland Hawk Watch, jointly 
hosted by the Delaware Nature Society and the Delmarva Ornithological Society. 
This annual celebration of fall migration and the best of 
birding-meets-tailgating has become a great tradition in Delaware. 


The official count will begin at 6:00am, as we try for nocturnal flight calls 
and owls, followed by the dawn chorus. Will Almeida, the 2014 Ashland Hawk 
Watcher, will be captaining the Big Sit and helping us find the migrants. 
Kelley Nunn, last year's hawk watcher, will be lending her skills as well as we 
bring together a team of experienced birders for this friendly birding 
competition. 


For those attending the Ashland Big Sit, please note that you must park in the 
main parking lot and walk up the hill from there. The parking area at the 
Overnight Lodge is closed due to a group that is staying in the Lodge. Thanks 
for cooperating with this request. 


Given the forecast of rain showers overnight and lingering into the morning, it 
should be a very interesting Big Sit day. Fortunately there is a large tent 
atop Hawk Watch Hill where we can be protected from the rain and keep scanning 
the skies. 


Best wishes to all the Big Sit participants, wherever you may be this weekend. 
With eyes on the sky at Ashland, Bucktoe, Cape Henlopen, and DEEC ( and 
elsewhere around the region and the world), there will be plenty of Fall 
migrants found and enjoyed by all. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Delaware Nature Society Family Program Coordinator, Delmarva Ornithological 
Society Outreach and Publicity Coordinator 

Subject: Lunchtime rush at White Clay -- 11 warbler sp, Marsh Wren, Purple Finch
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:21:30 -0400
DE-Birders,

The Neotropical faucet is still flowing! I took a lunch break walk in White
Clay Creek State Park today and found the area *overrun* with birds. I
covered the area along Fairhill School Drive/Nine Foot Road, which comes
off of Thompson Station Road. I focused around the farm pond and the
invasive thickets above the entrance road (there is a bike trail that
bisects these thickets spot).

100+ migrants easy, including 11 species of warbler, PURPLE FINCH, and a
MARSH WREN at the farm pond. Here's an ebird checklist with additional
details and some photos.

This is a great spot, and shares many of the features that make Middle Run
such a superb birding location. The clouds and drizzle seem to be keeping
birds active today, so get outside if you can!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20188916

Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: My Yard
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:17:50 -0400
After enjoying an incredible morning from my deck yesterday- 40 species,
with a nice raptor flight- AMERICAN KESTREL, COOPER'S HAWK, SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OSPREY, BALD
EAGLE, and NORTHERN HARRIER- I thought it could not get any better.

 

This morning brought a flurry of activity behind my house.  I have a large
Black Gum tree, and the berries are extremely attractive to many species of
birds.  Earlier, there were RED-EYED VIREOS, AMERICAN ROBINS, GRAY CATBIRDS,
NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD,BROWN THRASHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN
FLICKERS, HAIRY WOODPECKER, DOWNY WOODPECKERS, and a YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER among others enjoying the fruit.

 

I had a large number of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, plus a nice NORTHERN PARULA
in my Holly tree.  26 GREAT BLUE HERONS flew over the house.  A COMMON LOON
flew low over the yard. An EASTERN PHOEBE came by briefly to check out the
activity.

 

 

I was thrilled with that!  But birds just seemed to keep coming, so I
stepped back out before heading to work.

 

The woodpeckers were still in the Black Gum tree, along with many AMERICAN
ROBINS.  But wait, there was also a SWAINSON'S THRUSH!  Now there were 3
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS!  And I was happy with one! I went to get my
camera, and there was a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.  This was getting
silly!  I looked down in the Holly tree and a PURPLE FINCH was sitting
there.  Then a RED-TAILED HAWK, flew low over the trees before landing.
The only birds that seemed to care were the BLUE JAYS.

 

If you have a Black Gum tree, watch it!  I look forward to this time of
year.  My yard list stands at 119 species for 2014.

 

Sharon Lynn

Rehoboth Beach 
Subject: Little Creek, Kent County shorebirds
From: Alan Kneidel <akneidel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:12:24 -0400
DE-Birders,

Things have slowed down considerably at the south impoundment at Little
Creek. I swung by there Tuesday morning, and most of the waders, terns, and
gulls have cleared out. I did still have 8 species of shorebird, including
a few each of Pectoral, White-rumped and Stilt Sandpiper. Most numerous
species were Lesser Yellowlegs and Semipalmated Sandpiper. So... still
worth checking.

I wrote an article for Nemesis Bird about the shorebird/waterbird spectacle
at Little Creel this past September. Many of you played significant roles
in turning up some of the good birds there, and might derive some enjoyment
from reading it.

Here is a link to the piece. Enjoy.


http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/little-creek-delawares-shorebird-hotspot-2014/ 


Alan Kneidel
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (09 Oct 2014) 523 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:10:38 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             29            109
Turkey Vulture               1             38            232
Osprey                      32            377           2502
Bald Eagle                   9             74            247
Northern Harrier            31             72            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk         251            475            952
Cooper's Hawk               21             56            129
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk           67             79             82
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            60            217            669
Merlin                      12            119            360
Peregrine Falcon            36            162            423
Unknown Accipiter            1              3             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     523           1726           5917
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Ann Dinkel, Carol Cwiklinski,
                  Lorraine Logan, Ruth Kaufman, Steve Small, Susan Gruver,
                  Tim Schreckengost

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Lorraine, Ruth, Ann, Alex, Tim and also Steve and Carol from
Snickers Gap for assisting with the count!
Rich plus 22 other visitors



Weather:
Clear to partly cloudy, temp 17-23C, vis 23km, very light N winds turning W
late in the afternoon. 


Raptor Observations:
Awesome Sharp-shinned Hawk flight, and good push of Broad-winged Hawks,
Harriers (2 adult male), Kestrels and Peregrine Falcons. Great morning
flight with falcons coming through later in the day. One Merlin carrying a
Catbird in its talons flew right over the platform. A Peregrine was also
seen taking a Catbird in mid-air over the dunes just east of the platform!
Nine Bald Eagles: 2 juv, 4 imm, 2 adult, 1 unk


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger (2), Wood duck (33), Common Loon, Red-bellied Woodpecker
(7), Song Sparrow, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler (2), Blackpoll
Warbler, Catbird (-2), 
DC Cormorant (163)

Monarch 31


Predictions:
Mostly cloudy, high 64, NE wind 5-10mph, chance of rain after 1pm

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (09 Oct 2014) 86 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:10:01 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 09, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               10             16             24
Turkey Vulture               9             14             14
Osprey                       2             46            212
Bald Eagle                   4             52            144
Northern Harrier             2             18             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          49            213            817
Cooper's Hawk                1             11             90
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              7             30
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              1             10             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             43            224
Merlin                       1              3             14
Peregrine Falcon             1              6              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      86            480           5280
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Carol Spease

Visitors:
20 Visitors.

Thanks Carol for your day long help!


Weather:
Varying calm Southerly and Westerly winds, Temperature high of 20.9 C,
cloud cover varying all day from as little as 10% to 95% with full
visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
10 Black Vultures, 9 Turkey Vultures, 2 Ospreys, 4 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern
Harriers, 49 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk,
1 Red-tailed Hawk, 5 American Kestrels, 1 Merlin, 1 Peregrine Falcon

Non-raptor Observations:
616 Canadian Geese, 19 Duck sp., 4 Common Loons, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1
Brown Thrasher, 1 White-throated Sparrow.

1 Female American Kestrel was perched on a snag on sledding hill for most
of the day and was seen successfully hunting, tearing at prey and preening.


6 Monarchs

3 White-tailed Deer, a mother and two young were spotted this morning
passing through Sledding hill.

Predictions:
Much cooler than today with potential late evening rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit Info
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:23:56 -0400
Just wanted to let anyone planning to join us on the hawkwatch Saturday for
the Cape Henlopen Big Sit that the hawkwatch parking lot will be locked –
the pavilion is rented – and we will need to park in the bathhouse lot.  To
get to the bathhouse lot drive past the big open field on the right and
continue straight past the road the goes off on the left.  After the 90
degree lefthand turn at the stop sign turn into the second entrance on the
right and turn left when you enter the lot.  Straight ahead you will see a
short path that goes through a small stand of trees to the picnic pavilion
area.  Take this path and then turn right and you will see the steps up to
the hawkwatch.  It looks to be a little damp on Saturday – but I’m sure the
birding (perhaps not the hawkwatching) is going to be great!!


 Chris
Subject: Big Sit at DEEC
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:05:10 +0000
All sitters - big and small,

Join us at DEEC on Saturday, 11 October 2014 for the 4th Annual DEEC Big Sit. 
We will start at 6:00 AM and sit until it gets too dark to see or make up birds 
~ 7:30 PM. DEEC is located at the Wilmington River Front just south of the 
Wilmington Blue Rocks Stadium and next to the large Delmarva Power gas tank 
that sports a mural of a ground nesting Great-Blue Heron. 


Our count circle will be at the Christina River Overlook on the Tidal Pond 
Boardwalk (marsh side of the center). Scrambled eggs and scrapple will be 
served between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. 

Be there or be square!

Jim White
302.593.9622


Delaware Nature Society
Associate Director, Land & Biodiversity Management
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, Delaware 19707
302.593.9622
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (08 Oct 2014) 71 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:10:50 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                6              6             14
Turkey Vulture               4              5              5
Osprey                       6             44            210
Bald Eagle                  12             48            140
Northern Harrier             0             16             62
Sharp-shinned Hawk          29            164            768
Cooper's Hawk                1             10             89
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              6             29
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9             40
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             38            219
Merlin                       0              2             13
Peregrine Falcon             1              5              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              5             25
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      71            394           5194
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Joe Sebastiani

Visitors:
5 Visitors thanks for the company and the eyes on the skies!


Weather:
At times strong, varying Southerly winds, Temperature high of 22.2 C,
cloudless skies in the morning turning into about 50% cloud cover afternoon
on, with full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Today was a great day to catch Bald Eagles, 12 migrated by and most hung
around for a while before making their way SW. I also have begun to count
migrating vultures.
6 Black Vultures, 4 Turkey Vultures, 6 Ospreys, 12 Bald Eagles, 29 Sharp
Shinned Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk,
8 American Kestrels,
1 Peregrine Falcon.
1 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
44 Canadian Geese, 2 Belted Kingfishers made a vocal appearance, 1 Brown
Thrasher visibly foraged all day on the path either leading to the hill or
behind it, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Savannah Sparrow,
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2 Indigo Buntings.

7 Monarchs

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (08 Oct 2014) 275 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:10:56 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 08, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             29            109
Turkey Vulture               6             37            231
Osprey                      61            345           2470
Bald Eagle                  14             65            238
Northern Harrier            10             41            105
Sharp-shinned Hawk          38            224            701
Cooper's Hawk                5             35            108
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              3              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12             15
Red-tailed Hawk              4              9             22
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            65            157            609
Merlin                      22            107            348
Peregrine Falcon            40            126            387
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               2              5             13
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     275           1203           5394
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Maureen Ewadinger, Rob Schroeder,
                  Susan Gruver, Susan Stanton

Visitors:
Thank you to Alex,Maureen,Rob,Jodi and Susan S. and 38 others


Weather:
wind NW/NNW/NW 5-15mph,temp 20-24c,clcv 10/40/10/20%,visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
another nice day of Falcon flight,Osprey, B. Eagle and Sharp-Shinned Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
16-Black-Bellied Plover,12 Lesser Black-Backed Gull,2-Indigo Bunting, 3
Red-Breasted Nuthatch,2 Common Loon

Predictions:
Sunny, high 71, winds west 10-15
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: DOS October Meeting - Dr. David La Puma - 10/15
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:22:20 -0400
Good Afternoon DE-Birders,

The Delmarva Ornithological Society is excited to host their 2nd monthly 
meeting next Wednesday, the 15th, featuring guest speaker Dr. David La Puma. 
David is the new director of the Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New 
Jersey and is also an ornithologist who specializes in radar ornithology and 
conservation of endangered species. David's presentation is "Forecasting 
Fallouts and Studying SNOWstorms" - As Dr. La Puma notes, "Our observational 
relationship with birds goes back to prehistoric times, yet in this most recent 
century we have made technological leaps forward that allow us to visualize 
birds in ways never before possible. This ability has led to both a wealth of 
new knowledge, as well as many new questions. We will spend the hour talking 
about how radar technology can be used to study habitat used by migrant 
songbirds, and how advances in remote transmitters can tell us about the 
behavior of Snowy Owls." 


We hope to see many of you there - the meeting is open to the public so grab a 
birding buddy or two and plan on attending next Wednesday night, the 15th! 


Delmarva Ornithological Society   October 15th Meeting

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


Meeting begins at 7:30 PM

Ashland Nature Center - Hockessin, DE     


Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Cape Henlopen Big Sit this Saturday
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:03:16 -0400
The Cape Henlopen Big Sit will once again take place on the Bunker
Overlook/Hawkwatch at Cape Henlopne State Park this coming Saturday.  The
original plan was to start our "day" at 3 am to listen for flight calls of
birds passing overhead in the predawn hours.  However, the current forecast
is looking pretty grim for the wee hours of the morning - with a 60% chance
of rain between 2 am and 8 am.  So, for the second year in a row I'm going
to cancel the early morning vigil and start the sit at 6 am.  Anyone that
wants to join me for the pre-sunrise start should be at the main gate (just
past the road to the fishing pier) at 6 am.  I will unlock the gate and
lock it behind us.  The gate is usually opened to the public between 7 and
7:30 am.  Everyone else will be able to enter the park then.  The plan is
to remain on the hawk watch until later afternnon.  You are welcome to join
us for the whole day, a few hours or a few minutes.  We have always had a
great time - even when the birds have failed to cooperate.

I hope you can join us.

Chris Bennett
MIlford, DE
Subject: Flint Woods Walk Thursday
From: joe sebastiani <joe AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:03:21 +0000
Tomorrow, I will be leading the Flint Woods Preserve bird walk, starting at 8am 
at the Twaddell Mill Road entrance to the property. Follow Twaddell Mill Road 
east of rt. 52 in Centreville and look for the small road sign for the turn 
into the preserve. Directions can be found at: 
www.delnature.org/FlintWoodsPreserve. 
This preserve is private, and is only accessible through guided walks from the 
Delaware Nature Society. We appreciate your membership in the Society if you 
attend. I hope to see you tomorrow. Joe 


Joe Sebastiani
Seasonal Program Team Leader
Delaware Nature Society
www.delawarenaturesociety.org
P.O. Box 700
Hockessin, DE 19707
(302) 239-2334 ext. 115
fax (302)239-2473
joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org
The Nature of Delaware Blog www.delawarenaturesociety.org/blog
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (07 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:10:24 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               0              1              1
Osprey                       3             38            204
Bald Eagle                   7             36            128
Northern Harrier             2             16             62
Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            135            739
Cooper's Hawk                0              9             88
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4             27
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              2              8             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             30            211
Merlin                       0              2             13
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             24
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      28            323           5123
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        

Visitors:
No visitors, thanks Dirk and Joe for stopping by!


Weather:
gentle varying Southerly winds, temperature high of 20.3 C, 40% cloud cover
in the morning increasing to full cloud cover from noon on, precipitation
followed and continued the rest of the day.  Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
Slow day due to south winds. 3 Ospreys, 7 Bald Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers,
14 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
6 Canadian Geese, 20 Duck sp., 166 American Crows, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1
Palm Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
5 Monarchs

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

Subject: Peregrine at 30 yds for 1/2 hour
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:50:31 -0400
Such a treat to have such an awesome bird so close for so long.

We were fishing off the north end of the outer breakwater hooked into the
jetty. Above us was an adult Peregrine on the navigation tower. It was
clearly surveying its options, as we could see its head follow terns and
Laughing Gulls.

Fish bite was slow, so the Peregrine was a real treat. It finally lifted
off and flew low and fast down the breakwater. When we left (due to no
fish) we re-encountered the Peregrine on the breakwater, and then watched
it lift off and make attacks on a tern, and  it was joined by another
Peregrine.

They got out of site offshore, and we beat our way home through very choppy
seas with about 20 knot south winds. Good birding at least.

Bill Fintel and Bill Cordrey
Lewes, DE
Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (06 Oct 2014) 33 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:10:49 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               1              1              1
Osprey                       4             35            201
Bald Eagle                   0             29            121
Northern Harrier             0             14             60
Sharp-shinned Hawk          17            121            725
Cooper's Hawk                2              9             88
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4             27
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              2              6             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             30            211
Merlin                       0              2             13
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              1             28
Unknown Buteo                0              5             27
Unknown Falcon               0              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             24
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      33            295           5095
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Sally O'Byrne

Observers:        

Visitors:
6 


Weather:
Temperature high of 22.7 C, varying Southerly winds, cloudless skies and
full visibility all day

Raptor Observations:
1 Turkey Vulture, 4 Ospreys, 17 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 2
Red-tailed Hawks, 6 American Kestrels.
1 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
10 Canadian Geese, 2 Wood Ducks, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Palm Warbler, 1
Black-throated Green, 1 Blue Grosbeak

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

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (07 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:10:20 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 07, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             24            104
Turkey Vulture               1             31            225
Osprey                      13            284           2409
Bald Eagle                   5             51            224
Northern Harrier             1             31             95
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            186            663
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            103
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12             15
Red-tailed Hawk              1              5             18
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             92            544
Merlin                       2             85            326
Peregrine Falcon            14             86            347
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              3             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      41            928           5119
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Dennis Foley, Donna Hoyt, Joe Russell,
                  John Hoyt, Maurice Barnhill, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Thanks to Sue, Maurice, Joe, Ann, Dennis, Donna, and John for helping with
the count! 
32 visitors



Weather:
Overcast, temp 19-23C, vis 20km, wind SSW, S at 5-10, gusting to 15mph.


Raptor Observations:
Slow day with the south winds, Ospreys, Bald Eagles and Peregrines moving
through. Five Bald Eagles: 1 juvenile, 3 immature, 1 unknown age. Two
resident adult Bald Eagles.


Non-raptor Observations:
Parasitic Jaeger (2), Black Scoter, Caspian Tern, Downy Woodpecker, Fish
Crow, Am Crow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, DC Cormorant (572)


Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 78F, West wind 14-16mph

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

Subject: Sparrows at Fowler's Beach
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:59:42 -0400
This morning Joe Russell and I saw a good number of Nelson's Sparrow, 
including both the eastern and western subspecies, 2 or so Salt-marsh 
Sparrows, and 1-2 Seaside Sparrows at the end of the Fowler's Beach 
road.  It would seem like, at least for the time being, this is a good 
place to get good views of marsh sparrows.

The rest of the day does not need to be reported.

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: Cape Henlopen Bird Walk 10/7 Results
From: "Julian, Richard (DNREC)" <Richard.Julian AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:24:02 +0000
Cape Henlopen Tuesday AM Bird Walk Update, 10/7:

Explored the Gordons Pond Trail from Herring Point to the north end of GP. Saw 
the following birds: 


Brown-headed Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Pine warbler 
(vocal), Carolina Wren (vocal), Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping 
Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, Field Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Gray Catbird, 
Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Osprey, Peregrine 
falcon, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Greater Yellowlegs, Least 
Sandpiper, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, 
Double-crested Cormorant, Forster's Tern, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Tree 
Swallow, American Robin; also Brown-headed Nuthatch, House Finch and Mourning 
Dove at Nature Center 



Richard W. Julian
Cape Henlopen State Park
(302) 645-6852
Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 10/6/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:34:54 -0500
Briton Parker and I were able to get to Bombay Hook NWR and Port Mahon
yesterday on a very sunny day. There were 100's of Avocets in Raymond and
Shearness but, alas, much too far away for our cameras. However, there
were lots of other birds (and mosquitoes), but despite them,  we were
still able to have a fun photo day. To see the Photo Study and a list of
the species seen, please click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookOct6th_2014/BombayHookOct6_14.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: Sussex Bird Club Meeting- Sunday, October 12, 2014
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:05:29 -0400
I am pleased to announce that we have a very special presenter for our next
Sussex Bird Club meeting.

Australia: The Cradle of Songbirds

Sunday October 12

Speaker: Stephan Lorenz - Stephan has been involved with bird research and
guiding for more than ten years (short bio below)

Walking into a forest in Australia for the first time is an unforgettable
experience. The woodlands of Down Under have a distinctly different feel to
birdwatchers. The air is filled with a strange, weird, and sometimes
beautiful chorus of unfamiliar birds. Some species, like shorebirds, pipits,
raptors, crows, and even parrots are familiar; others like the thornbills,
pardalotes, bristlebirds, gerygones, and currawongs take some time getting
used to. While the continent is known for its wealth of parrots, it could
also be called the cradle of songbirds. Recent research has shown that
Australia played a key role in the evolution of some of our most beloved
birds, the passerines. Several ancient lineages of perching birds still
haunt Australian rain forests and bush lands, many of these unique families
are found nowhere else in the world. This presentation will introduce many
of these unique groups of birds, focusing on species endemic to the Red
Continent.

Of course, birds do not exist independent of the landscape and Australia
harbors a huge variety of ecosystems and habitats, ranging from stark
deserts to lush rainforests. With such a diversity of ecosystems it is no
wonder that Australia is home to more than 600 species of birds and many
mammals and reptiles. Join this visual journey across this huge continent
from coastal rainforest, to endless woodlands of eucalypts, barren
heathlands to stark deserts, out to sea and back to coastal lagoons and
nearly everything in between. Stephan Lorenz spent three months working on
bird research in the remote Kimberly and traveled through northern and
eastern Australia. Recently he spent nearly as long on a 12,000 mile cross
country trip, birding in every Australian state and territory, seeing the
vast majority of endemic species. The presentation will feature his
photographs and trip anecdotes from Down Under.

Bio:

Stephan Lorenz has traveled and birded in literally every corner of the
continent, from the Aleutian Islands to Dry Tortugas, from Newfoundland to
Baja, and south to the Darian Gap, Panama. In between, he has visited 48
states, birded all of Central America, and has extensive birding experience
in the Greater Antilles, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Malaysia,
Borneo, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and South Africa. He has been
involved with bird research and guiding for more than ten years and started
birding during the winter months in Texas, which invariably meant looking
down at sparrows, one of his favorite groups.

He completed a BS in Biology at the University of Houston and earned a MS in
Biology from the University of Texas. His research  focused on, no surprise,
the landscape ecology of wintering grassland birds, mainly sparrows.
Continuing ornithological field work, he joined several research projects,
ranging from studying fragmentation of tropical forests in Jamaica for the
Smithsonian Institute, to observing the breeding ecology of fairy-wrens in
Australia for the Max Planck Institute. He also worked as a biologist for US
Fish and Wildlife, conducting seabird studies in Alaska for three seasons,
then joined National Audubon as a Bird Biologist and Educator in southern
California, and has done extensive bird and mammal surveys in Texas. His
love for the tropics lured him to Costa Rica, where he guided for two
seasons in the Osa Peninsula at the Bosque del Rio Tigre Ecolodge. During
the summers he has braved the cold working as a tour guide on St. Paul
Island, Alaska, for two seasons. In addition to guiding experience in Texas
and California, he recently worked as a bird guide in the Brazilian Amazon.
He has guided for High Lonesome BirdTours and runs birding workshops in
Texas.

He has published more than sixty papers and articles on bird distribution,
natural history, bird identification, and travel. Some of his photos and
writing have appeared in BirdWatcher's Digest, WildBird, Birder's World, and
ABA's Winging It and Birder's Guide. He loves to share his experiences
through regular presentations for Audubon Societies, Conferences, Festivals
and Nature Clubs. Currently, he is a Professor of Biology at San Jacinto
College and tries to turn up rarities in Texas, in addition to work on
future articles and Birding Travel, an online magazine.

The meeting will be held at 2:00 pm this coming Sunday, October 12.  Our
meetings are held at Cadbury in Lewes, and are open to Sussex Bird Club
members and those wishing to become members.

 

For directions to Cadbury, please visit our website-

www.sussexbirdclub.com  

Sharon Lynn

Vice President, Programs

Sussex Bird Club

 

 

 

 
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (06 Oct 2014) 65 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:10:11 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 06, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0             24            104
Turkey Vulture               3             30            224
Osprey                      20            271           2396
Bald Eagle                   4             46            219
Northern Harrier             3             30             94
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18            184            661
Cooper's Hawk                0             30            103
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0             12             15
Red-tailed Hawk              0              4             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             90            542
Merlin                       0             83            324
Peregrine Falcon            11             72            333
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              9
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              3             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                      65            887           5078
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Susan Gruver

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Kevin Bronson

Visitors:
thank you to Alex and Kevin for their help today. Bill Fintel and 26 other
visitors


Weather:
wind SW/S 2.3-7.1, temp 16-24c, no clcv, blue sky all day, visb 20k

Raptor Observations:
Peregrine Falcons,Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 2 local Bald Eagle sitting side by
side on the TV tower

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Parasitic Jaegers,3 light and one dark, ( all seen at the same time), 1
N. Gannet, 1-Lincoln Sparrow and 2-White-Throated Sparrow in the parking
lot,Red-Breasted and Brown-Headed Nuthatches,6 Yellow-Rumped Warblers

Predictions:
high 78, 20% chance of a rain shower, wind SSW 10-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Sue Gruver (srgruver AT aol.com)

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (05 Oct 2014) 101 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:10:18 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             31            197
Bald Eagle                  13             29            121
Northern Harrier             2             14             60
Sharp-shinned Hawk          40            104            708
Cooper's Hawk                5              7             86
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              4             27
Broad-winged Hawk           22             29           3506
Red-tailed Hawk              1              4             35
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             24            205
Merlin                       2              2             13
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              6
Unknown Accipiter            1              1             28
Unknown Buteo                1              5             27
Unknown Falcon               1              1             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              3             23
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                     101            262           5062
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Rufe, Kim Steininger

Observers:        Adam Bartles, Angie Barbato, Greg Ajamien, Kim Steininger,
                  Maureen Markow, Sharon Helmerich

Visitors:
7


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
473 Canada Geese migrating, 3 Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull,
Indigo Bunting.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joe Sebastiani (joe AT delawarenaturesociety.org)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (05 Oct 2014) 310 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:10:14 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 05, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                5             24            104
Turkey Vulture              15             27            221
Osprey                      48            251           2376
Bald Eagle                  31             42            215
Northern Harrier            15             27             91
Sharp-shinned Hawk          85            166            643
Cooper's Hawk                7             30            103
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              4
Broad-winged Hawk           12             12             15
Red-tailed Hawk              2              4             17
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            47             87            539
Merlin                      31             83            324
Peregrine Falcon             8             61            322
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               2              3             11
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4             17
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     310            822           5013
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Donna Hoyt, John Hoyt, Paul Kane,
                  Rachel Shaprio, Steven Sushinski, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Anthony and Chris with the BOW group of 10, plus 24 others.
Thanks to Sue, John, Donna, Paul, Alex, and Rachael for assisting with the
count! Thanks also to Steven from the Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watch for helping
today! 



Weather:
Clear skies all day, temp 11-18C, vis 20km, winds NNW to W turning WSW late
in the day at 10-15mph decreasing to 6mph. 


Raptor Observations:
Awesome count of Bald Eagles with 31: 1 juvenile, 25 immature, 4 adult, 1
unknown age. Good flight of Sharp-shinned Hawks, Am Kestrels and Merlin.
Kettle of 12 Broad-winged Hawks in late afternoon. Three adult male
Northern Harriers. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Common Loon, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Pintail, Am Wigeon,
Magnolia Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, DC
Cormorant (890). 

Predictions:
Mostly sunny, high 71F, S wind 9-18mph.

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

Subject: Middle Run 10/5
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:16:29 -0400
Very slow morning today.  The only notable bird was a Winter Wren. There 
was also 1 Black-and-white Warbler following a couple of Titmice around, 
and one briefly-seen Flycatcher that was most likely a Pewee.  The few 
remaining birds I saw were all residents.

-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (04 Oct 2014) 145 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:10:21 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                1             19             99
Turkey Vulture               0             12            206
Osprey                      58            203           2328
Bald Eagle                   3             11            184
Northern Harrier             4             12             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10             81            558
Cooper's Hawk                4             23             96
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            16             40            492
Merlin                      33             52            293
Peregrine Falcon            15             52            313
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              9
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2             15
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     145            511           4702
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Alex Lamoreaux, Susan Gruver, Tim Schreckengost

Visitors:
Ruth, Douglas, Ginger and 11 others.
Thanks to Sue, Tim, and Alex for helping with the count!



Weather:
Rain through the morning, then partly cloudy to overcast, temp 20-22, vis
20km, wind N, NNW at 8-14mph.


Raptor Observations:
No observations until noon due to rain.
Ospreys continue to move through, good falcon flight through the afternoon.
Three Bald Eagles: 1 adult, 2 unknown
2 resident adult Bald Eagles


Non-raptor Observations:
PARASITIC JAEGER, Semipalmated Plover, Great Blue Heron (13), Kingfisher,
Blue-winged Teal, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Golden-crowned Kinglet, DC
Cormorant (458). 


Predictions:
Sunny high of 62F, W wind at 10mph.
Get out and hawk watch!

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (04 Oct 2014) 66 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:10:11 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 04, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      13             26            192
Bald Eagle                   6             16            108
Northern Harrier             7             12             58
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25             64            668
Cooper's Hawk                0              2             81
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2             25
Broad-winged Hawk            5              7           3484
Red-tailed Hawk              1              3             34
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             20            201
Merlin                       0              0             11
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              5
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             27
Unknown Buteo                2              4             26
Unknown Falcon               0              0             10
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      66            161           4961
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Kim Steininger

Visitors:
7 Visitors including Kevin Bronson, thanks!


Weather:
Following a rainy night and morning, today brought mostly West winds with
some variance between North and South, low, heavy clouds that filled the
sky all day. Temperature high of 19.9 C. Full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
13 Ospreys, 6 Bald Eagles, 7 Northern Harriers, 25 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 5
Broad-winged Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 6 American Kestrels, 1 Peregrine
Falcon.
2 Unid. Buteos

Non-raptor Observations:
106 Canadian Geese, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 2 Palm Warblers, 2 Chipping
Sparrows, 1 Song Sparrow, 1 White-throated Sparrow.

7 Monarchs

Predictions:
Tomorrow is predicted to be much colder, with stronger winds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 3rd, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 22:40:43 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 3, 2014
* DEST1410.03
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Snow Goose
Wood Duck
Northern Pintail
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Common Loon
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
ZONE-TAILED HAWK
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Clapper Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Hudsonian Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper 
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Wood Peewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Northern Waterthrush
American Redstart
Black and White Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
NELSON'S SPARROW
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Bobolink
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
PINE SISKIN

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 3, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, October 3rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list increased to 318 species this week, adding a new species to the
Delaware State List.

On Saturday, a ZONE-TAILED HAWK flew over the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch. This
bird was originally seen at Cape May and arrived in Delaware about a
half-hour later. It was seen coming in off the water passing to the
north-west of the Hawkwatch prior to kettling with TURKEY VULTURES and
moving south. This unexpected visitor from the Southwest will be a new
record for Delaware species list. Saturday was a great day at the hawkwatch
with a record-breaking 124 PEREGRINE FALCONS plus 64 MERLIN, 84 AMERICAN
KESTRELS and 12 BALD EAGLES. A BROAD WINGED HAWK was also seen that day. 17
PEREGRINES and 10 MERLIN'S were seen today. 

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT numbers of building off of Cape Henlopen, with a
record 13,000 CORMORANT including one GREAT CORMORANT passing by the
Hawkwatch today. Also seen were BLACK and SURF SCOTER, COMMON LOON, and
NORTHERN PINTAILS. BROWN PELICAN and 6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also
reported this week. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES arrived at the park on October
1, and seen daily with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES at the Hawkwatch. Other birds
reported included PHILADELPHIA VIREO and BALTIMORE ORIOLE, along with PINE,
BAY-BREASTED, YELLOW-RUMPED, NASHVILLE and PALM WARBLER. BLACK SKIMMER,
CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS were reported at the point, along with AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER. Immature BLACK-CROWNED and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were
reported at the Monroe Avenue pond off the Freeman Highway near Lewes.

Lots of egrets were reported at Gordon's Pond, peak count was 300 SNOWY
EGRETS were there this week, along with GREEN HERON. Also reported were
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, SANDERLING, and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER. BOBWHITE has also been seen at Gordon's Pond and at the
hawkwatch. MERLINS and PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting at Gordon's Pond.
A late SPOTTED SANDPIPER was reported at Cape Shores.

Sparrows are beginning to arrive for the season. A NELSON'S SPARROW was
reported at Cedar Creek boat ramp near Slaughters Beach, along with
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, MARSH WREN and SEASIDE SPARROW. This is near the
DuPont Nature Center where AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and RUDDY TURNSTONES
reported this week. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported at Brandywine Creek
State Park by the entrance booth. A PINE SISKIN was at Auburn Heights in
Yorklyn. A PURPLE FINCH was reported in a yard in Cheswold with BLACKPOLL
WARBLER and AMERICAN REDSTART. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were seen at Ashland
Nature Ctr., Ramsey Road in Brandywine Creek State Park, Bombay Hook on
Saturday, Thousand Acre Marsh and Port Penn. DARK-EYED JUNCOS were also
reported at a yard in Port Penn.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were reported throughout the state last week.
SAPSUCKERS were seen daily at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. Late
warblers seen there this week included BLACK AND WHITE, AMERICAN REDSTART,
CAPE MAY, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, PALM,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACKPOLL, BAY BREASTED, and YELLOW-RUMPED. Other
highlights included passing over BROAD WINGED HAWK and COMMON NIGHTHAWK. A
BARRED OWL was heard calling in the Middle Run Valley in the morning.

SAPSUCKER was also reported at Brandywine Creek State Park. Both
GRAY-CHEEKED and SWAINSON'S THRUSH were found. Late warblers there included
NASHVILLE, BLACK AND WHITE, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and NORTHERN PARULA. A
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was also found in the pines along Twaddle Mill Road at
Flint Woods near Centerville along with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and TENNESSEE,
MAGNOLIA, PARULA, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and PALM WARBLER.
GREEN HERONS continue to be seen at the pond in Bellevue State Park, along
with RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, plus BLACK AND WHITE
and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. PINE WARBLER was seen there today. A big flight of 75
CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen over Belleview last Saturday. WOOD DUCKS were seen
last weekend along the Brandywine Creek at Brecks Mill and on Hoopes
Reservoir.

A late BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milton. Another BLUE-WINGED was reported yesterday at the McCabe
Preserve along the Broadkill Creek. Other birds at Prime Hook included
YELLOW-THROATED and PHILADELPHIA VIREO plus EASTERN KINGBIRD and YELLOW
BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Another PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported Killen's Pond
State Park near Milford. 

Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook reported BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER,
WILLET, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. There were also 160
FORSTER'S TERNS seen on the sandbar with a nearby PEREGRINE FALCON. More
terns were seen at Indian River inlet. A peak count of 26 ROYAL TERNS were
seen there along with CASPIAN and COMMON TERN, also a flyover COMMON LOON.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna continues to have a big
collection of shorebirds. A peak count of 14 MARBLED and one HUDSONIAN
GODWITS were reported today, along with 725 AMERICAN AVOCETS. Also reported
at the refuge this week have been SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WILLET, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A flock of 6 SNOW GEESE were seen at
Sheerness Pool. Tundra Swan was seen at Bear Swamp. Also reported was
BLUE-WINGED TEAL and RUDDY DUCK. Several CANADA X SWAN GOOSE hybrids were
found among the geese today. Other birds reported at The Hook included
GLOSSY IBIS, VIRGINIA and CLAPPER RAIL, CASPIAN TERN, MERLIN, PEREGRINE
FALCON, BALD EAGLE. Many BOBOLINKS are still be seen along the dikes. Late
warblers at Finis Pool included BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK AND WHITE,
MAGNOLIA, PALM, and YELLOW-RUMPED. Also seen were BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GREAT
CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE, and BLUE GROSBEAK. WHITE EYED VIREO
was seen along the trail to Raymond Tower along with CHESTNUT-SIDED and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.

12 CATTLE EGRETS reported in the cow pasture along Route 9, north the
Flemings Landing. LITTLE BLUE HERON along with SNOWY and GREAT EGRET
continue to be seen at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City. A SORA was
heard calling in the phragmites by the south end of the Reedy Point Bridge.
CASPIAN TERNS were also seen flying over along with FORSTER'S TERN. Three
BALD EAGLES were seen sitting on the channel markers off of Augustine Beach,
south of Port Penn. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen sitting out on
the breakwater. A lone RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported at Dragon Run Park.
A late GLOOSY IBIS was seen flying over Churchman's Marsh from I-95.

Ashland Nature Center Hawkwatch reported over 100 BROAD-WINGED plus 200
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS this week. The last BROAD-WINGS were seen on Wednesday,
bringing the count to about 3500 for the season. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were also
seen flying over the Hawkwatch all week. The first GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
was also reported. SAPSUCKER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were reported all
week with, PARULA, PALM, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW-RUMP, BLACK-THROATED GREEN,
CHESTNUT-SIDED, REDSTART, and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER.

 Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Colin Campbell,
Leo Custer, Alissa Kegelman, Joel Martin, Jerald Reb, Walter Durling,
Marshall Walthew, Amy O'Neil, Sally O'Byrne, Kim Steininger, Chris Rowe, Joe
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Gina Sheridan, Rich Clifton, Richard Julian, Sue
Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Jim
Lenhard, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk
counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. Remember, the
birdline needs your sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or
email ednieap AT verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you
good birding!

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Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: HSR: Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (03 Oct 2014) 123 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:10:24 -0400
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch
Lewes, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture               18             18             98
Turkey Vulture              12             12            206
Osprey                      37            145           2270
Bald Eagle                   2              8            181
Northern Harrier             2              8             72
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             71            548
Cooper's Hawk                6             19             92
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              4
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              3
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5             24            476
Merlin                      10             19            260
Peregrine Falcon            17             37            298
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              8
Unknown Buteo                0              0              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              9
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1             14
Mississippi Kite             0              0              0
Zone-tailed Hawk             0              0              1

Total:                     123            366           4557
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Jennifer Ottinger

Observers:        Ann Dinkel, Susan Gruver

Visitors:
Eight visitors.
Thanks to Sue and Ann for assisting with the count and keeping track of all
those cormorants!!


Weather:
Cloudy early with skies clearing in the afternoon, temp 19-23C, vis 20km,
SE, ESE, SSE wind at 5-10mph.


Raptor Observations:
Migrants passing far to the west with a few high overhead. 
Vultures, Osprey, Sharp-shinned, Merlin, and Peregrine Falcon moving
through. One immature and one adult Bald Eagle, 2 resident adult Bald
Eagles. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Black Scoter, Surf Scoter, Common Loon (2), Great Blue Heron (24),
Brown-headed Nuthatch. HUGE Double-crested Cormorant flight with 13,350
counted and one Great Cormorant.


Predictions:
Rain likely before 1pm, temp 73F, S wind 10-15mph becoming NW in the
afternoon. 

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

Subject: HSR: Ashland Nature Center (03 Oct 2014) 50 Raptors
From: "Hawkcount.Org Reports" <reports AT HAWKCOUNT.ORG>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 18:10:11 -0400
Ashland Nature Center
Hockessin, Delaware, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 03, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              8
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8             13            179
Bald Eagle                   4             10            102
Northern Harrier             3              5             51
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21             39            643
Cooper's Hawk                1              2             81
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              2             25
Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           3479
Red-tailed Hawk              1              2             33
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             14            195
Merlin                       0              0             11
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             27
Unknown Buteo                2              2             24
Unknown Falcon               0              0             10
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2             22
Mississippi Kite             0              0              1

Total:                      50             95           4895
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Will Almeida

Observers:        Debra Palermo, Joe Sebastiani, Pat Goodman

Visitors:
6 Visitors today.
Thanks Debra and Pat for all your help today!


Weather:
Slight variable winds, Temperature high of 22.6 C, cloudless skies in the
morning, complete cloud cover mid-day, full visibility all day.

Raptor Observations:
8 Ospreys, 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers, 21 Sharp Shinned Hawks, 1
Cooper's Hawk, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 6 American
Kestrels, 1 Peregrine Falcon.

2 Unid. Buteos, 1 Unid. Raptor

Non-raptor Observations:
77 Canada Goose, 1 Double Crested Cormorant, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 3 Palm Warblers, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 1
White-throated Sparrow, 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

7 Monarchs.

Predictions:
Predicted to be same temperature as today, cloudy and rainy in the morning.
========================================================================
Report submitted by  (williamtalmeida AT gmail.com)
Ashland Nature Center information may be found at:
www.delawarenaturesociety.org

Subject: Early & Late Migrants at Bellevue SP
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:00:27 -0400
This morning on Bellevue State Park's monthly bird walk we found a late 
Northern Waterthrush walking along the edge of the pond - probably the same 
individual we had on Sunday's walk. There were several Green Herons at the pond 
edge as well. 


We also had four Pine Warblers, appropriately found foraging in the pine trees 
behind the Arts Center, and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. 


While out scouting at Bellevue yesterday morning, I found two early Dark-eyed 
Juncos next to the hedgerow separating the garden plots and the field. They 
were so intent on eating that they didn't flush until just before I passed by 
them. I also had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak along the same hedgerow, and a 
single White-throated Sparrow. 


Good birding,

Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington