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29 Jul Bombay Hook [Taylor McLean ]
29 Jul Woodland Beach -Taylor's Gut [Taylor McLean ]
29 Jul Gordon's Pond--GULL-BILLED TERN [Mike Hudson ]
29 Jul World Shorebirds Day, September 6th [Laura Chamberlin ]
28 Jul Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Wednesday ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
27 Jul Broadkill Road Flats [Taylor McLean ]
27 Jul Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd. [Taylor McLean ]
26 Jul Brandywine Creek results 7/26/14 [Andrew Ednie ]
26 Jul Test [Taylor McLean ]
26 Jul Fwd: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014 [Taylor McLean ]
25 Jul Brandywine Birdwalk [Andrew Ednie ]
20 Jul Re: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd. [pdiacont ]
20 Jul Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd. [Tim Schreckengost ]
18 Jul RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 18th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
16 Jul kestrel at ILG ["sally o'byrne" ]
16 Jul Dickcissel life bird help? ["Amy O'Neil" ]
15 Jul Belize help requested [Ann Marie Dinkel ]
13 Jul Sussex - Sandwich Tern at Prime Hook Beach Rd. [Tim Schreckengost ]
12 Jul RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 11th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
11 Jul Middletown Birds [Rodney Murray ]
11 Jul DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - Tomorrow at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m. [Bob Rufe ]
10 Jul Broadkill Beach Marsh ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
8 Jul Special Summer DVOC Meeting this Thursday Night featuring Cassinia [Steve Kacir ]
8 Jul Black necked Stilts [John Hoyt ]
7 Jul DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - This Saturday at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m. [Bob Rufe ]
7 Jul DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - This Saturday at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m. ["Bob Rufe rrufe1 AT aol.com [DOSMembers-only]" ]
7 Jul Fowlers Beach Birds [Christopher Bennett ]
7 Jul 5th Annual Wild Turkey Survey ["DiBona, Matthew T. (DNREC)" ]
5 Jul Glossy Ibis [Edward Crawford ]
5 Jul Fwd: Results of The June Challenge 2014 [Christopher Bennett ]
4 Jul Sussex: Wilson's Storm-Petrels at Cape Henlopen State Park [Tim Schreckengost ]
4 Jul Turkey on Papermill Road [Tom Clarke ]
4 Jul RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 4th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
1 Jul Big June at Middle Run: The Recap [Derek Stoner ]
30 Jun Big June - June Challenge is almost over [Christopher Bennett ]
30 Jun Black Scoters at Beach Plum Island and Cape Henlopen [Bill Fintel ]
30 Jun Long-Tailed Duck at Broadkill [Sharon Lynn ]
29 Jun Reeve at Bombay Hook NWR [Taj Schottland ]
29 Jun Re: Dangerous Bill for Beach-Nesting Birds [Dennis Barrowclough ]
29 Jun Bird Walk Results [Joe Sebastiani ]
28 Jun SB265 [John Long ]
28 Jun Great Egret at Foulk & Naamans [susan ruth marengo ]
27 Jun RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 27th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
27 Jun Northern Kent County Bayshore Birding [Christopher Bennett ]
27 Jun Dangerous Bill for Beach-Nesting Birds [Matthew Sarver ]
27 Jun Beginner Bird Walk [Joe Sebastiani ]
24 Jun Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Tomorrow ["Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" ]
22 Jun Re: winter wrens [Maurice Barnhill ]
22 Jun winter wrens [susan ruth marengo ]
22 Jun Gordon's Pond Trail [John Long ]
21 Jun White Ibis Pea Patch Island [Joe Sebastiani ]
21 Jun orchard and prothonotary.... [Ben Tebbens ]
20 Jun RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 20th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
21 Jun "Bird Experience At Middle Run" Camp Highlights [Derek Stoner ]
20 Jun Coot and Black Tern at Little Creek [Christopher Bennett ]
20 Jun Robbins Road Woodpeckers [Mary Lukaszewski ]
19 Jun Avocets and Black-necked Stilts [John Long ]
19 Jun Open House at Middle Run on Friday Afternoon (6/20) [Derek Stoner ]
18 Jun Fwd: Wilson's Phalaropes at Broadkill [Sharon Lynn ]
18 Jun Wilson's Phalaropes at Broadkill [Sharon Lynn ]
18 Jun Wilson's Phalarope at Big Stone Beach [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Jun Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 6/17/14 ["Howard B. Eskin" ]
17 Jun Surprise!! [Christopher Bennett ]
17 Jun This Thursday - Wilmington Peregrine FalconWatch Event [Bill Stewart ]
16 Jun Good Birds in Kent County [Christopher Bennett ]
16 Jun Hummers.... [Ben Tebbens ]
16 Jun Cuckoo [susan ruth marengo ]
16 Jun DOS Annual Picnic - this Wednesday! [Bill Stewart ]
15 Jun Middle Run Link [Derek Stoner ]
15 Jun Middle Run Brochure and Map [Derek Stoner ]
15 Jun Middle Run Cuckoo [susan ruth marengo ]
15 Jun Late Lone Upland SP along Cods Road ["Fees, David F. (DNREC)" ]
14 Jun Black Scoter not Ruddy [John Hoyt ]
14 Jun Rudy Ducks [John Hoyt ]
14 Jun RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 13th, 2014 [Andrew Ednie ]
13 Jun Common Gallon use at Bombay Hook [Christopher Bennett ]

Subject: Bombay Hook
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:32:39 -0400
Nice views of Stilt Sandpipers; and many Dowitchers mostly in the distance. The 
shorebird setup at Shearness Pool looks good! 

Jul 29, 2014
Bombay Hook - Raymond's Pool & Shearness Pool
Traveling
1 miles
120 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
45 Canada Goose
2 Wood Duck
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
12 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
1 Glossy Ibis
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
3 Bald Eagle
5 Clapper Rail
17 Semipalmated Plover
14 Black-necked Stilt
30 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
6 Greater Yellowlegs
27 Lesser Yellowlegs
200 Semipalmated Sandpiper
5 Western Sandpiper
3 Least Sandpiper
28 Stilt Sandpiper
350 peep sp.
800 Short-billed Dowitcher
7 Caspian Tern
12 Forster's Tern
1 Mourning Dove
1 Blue Jay
2 Fish Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Bank Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
25 swallow sp.
3 Marsh Wren
1 American Robin
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch

Good shorebirding!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Woodland Beach -Taylor's Gut
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:28:41 -0400
Dear Fellow Birders:
I had the opportunity to study a few shorebirds at low tide at Taylor's Gut 
north of Bombay Hook. 

Jul 29, 2014
Woodland Beach - Taylor's Gut
Traveling
0.25 miles
140 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
6 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
2 Clapper Rail
120 Semipalmated Plover
5 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Greater Yellowlegs
24 Lesser Yellowlegs
400 Semipalmated Sandpiper
4 Western Sandpiper
700 peep sp.
27 Short-billed Dowitcher
16 Forster's Tern
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Chimney Swift
2 Bank Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
8 swallow sp.
6 Marsh Wren
1 Blue Grosbeak
2 Indigo Bunting
7 Red-winged Blackbird

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Gordon's Pond--GULL-BILLED TERN
From: Mike Hudson <birdman96 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:49:32 -0400
Hi all,

I was at Gordon's Pond from about 9:40 until 1:20 today. I walked most of the 3 
mile trail and then turned around and walked back. With 51 species, it was 
quite a good day. 


The best birds were probably two of the many terns seen from the observation 
platform. An adult GULL-BILLED TERN flew by twice over a period of about twenty 
minutes. It was flying a large circuit around the portion of the pond/mudflats 
between the deck and the island, when I saw it. At one point it looked like it 
and landed among a small knot of terns behind the island, but I never refound 
it, so I can't be sure. Shortly after the Gull-billed's first circuit, a BLACK 
TERN flew by. It looked like it had flown in from the marshes closer to the 
parking lot, and it was moving pretty quick. It looked like it crossed the 
trail and flew back towards the grassy marsh between the park and Rehoboth. 


Other birds of note included multiple LEAST TERNS, both SHORT-BILLED and 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a PEREGRINE FALCON, and several BROWN-HEADED 
NUTHATCHES. 


Good birding! 

Mike H
Baltimore City, MD
Subject: World Shorebirds Day, September 6th
From: Laura Chamberlin <lchamberlin AT MANOMET.ORG>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:08:06 +0000
Hi all,
Is anyone participating in World Shorebirds Day? If you aren't familiar, there 
is still time to register for the First Annual World Shorebirds Day on 
September 6th. I just looked on the website and there are 235 events 
registered, but none in Delaware. 


You can register an event at http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ It can be 
as informal as you and your scope, or you can lead a walk/event. There is a 
particular focus on monitoring events, highlighting the importance of 
monitoring and teaching more people how to count shorebirds. There is also a 
group of artists around the world who will be sketching shorebirds. 


I haven't yet established anything for this day, but let me know if you are 
interested in collaborating. 


Laura


Laura Chamberlin
Celebrate Delaware Bay Coordinator
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Wilmington, DE
Cell: 302-922-0682
lchamberlin AT manomet.org
www.celebratedebay.org
Subject: Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Wednesday
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:45:02 +0000
I will be conducting the second to last evening heronry survey in Delaware City 
this Wednesday evening beginning at 6:17 pm in Battery Park at the end of 
Clinton Street. The survey begins two hours before and ends 30 minutes after 
sunset (8:17 pm). During the survey we count every individual heron, egret and 
ibis we see flying to and from the heronry on Pea Patch Island. In the past we 
have usually have counted around 1,000 birds, though we have seen as many as 
1800 and as few as 560. If you can identify the 9 species of herons, egrets and 
ibis in flight you are welcome to come out and help us count. If you don't feel 
confident identifying birds, you are more than welcome to help us spot birds or 
just come out and enjoy the flight. July is the best month for practicing your 
identification of immature Little Blue Herons - of which there are usually 
quite a few mixed in with large mixed species flocks. We also usually see Bald 
Eagles, Osprey, Swallows, Caspian Terns and other birds during the survey. 


I hope you will be able to come out and join us.

Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9230
Fax: (302) 739-6967
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Broadkill Road Flats
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:57:11 -0400
Jul 27, 2014
Prime Hook NWR--Broadkill Marsh
Traveling
0.5 miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1

Comments: The side of the road that is closest to Bombay Hook ( west-nw?) had 
decent shorebird habitat. The other side of the road was full of water and not 
so good. 

11 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
14 Snowy Egret
240 white egret sp. -- Far away from the road, a Large heronry on the side of 
the road closest to Bombay Hook 

1 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
7 Black-necked Stilt
1 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
8 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
18 Semipalmated Sandpiper
2 Stilt Sandpiper
2 Short-billed Dowitcher
4 Laughing Gull
2 Least Tern
33 Forster's Tern
2 Purple Martin
6 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
2 Marsh Wren
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd.
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:18:17 -0400
Start time: 7:30 am
Jul 27, 2014
Prime Hook NWR--Fowler Beach Rd.
Traveling
1 miles
150 Minutes
Observers: 1
Comments: Nice habitat for shore birds at low tide
3 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
8 Snowy Egret
1 Cattle Egret
1 Glossy Ibis
4 Osprey
12 Clapper Rail
4 Black-bellied Plover
7 Semipalmated Plover
2 American Oystercatcher
2 American Avocet
1 Spotted Sandpiper
19 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Willet
1 Willet (Western)
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
18 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
14 Ruddy Turnstone
16 Sanderling
27 Semipalmated Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
3 Dunlin
40 peep sp.
7 Short-billed Dowitcher
30 Laughing Gull
2 Ring-billed Gull
8 Herring Gull
18 Great Black-backed Gull
6 Least Tern
24 Forster's Tern
1 Royal Tern
16 Black Skimmer
1 Mourning Dove
36 Tree Swallow
9 Barn Swallow
2 House Wren
2 Marsh Wren
8 Common Yellowthroat
2 Saltmarsh Sparrow
22 Seaside Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Blue Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
16 Red-winged Blackbird
26 Common Grackle
8 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Good birding!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Brandywine Creek results 7/26/14
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:44:23 -0400
Greetings, 
We had a nice walk along the Brandywine today. Highlights were a SOLITARY
SANDPIPER and 3 GREEN HERON, one in juvenile plumage. A SCREECH OWL was
trilling along the opposite bank. Seems like there are a lot of SCARLET
TANAGERS around this year. Coming back to the nature center, we had a large
number of PURPLE MATINS perched on the dead tree branches. A MEADOWLARK flew
by and we ended with nice looks at BLUE GROSBEAK, still an unusual species
in Delaware's Piedmont. Thanks to the naturalist , Katie for helping out.
Here's our complete list:

Brandywine Creek SP, New Castle, US-DE
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     overcast, rain shower.
51 species

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  18
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  6
American Robin  17
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Ovenbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  6


Andy Ednie 
Claymont, Delaware
Subject: Test
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:10:23 -0400
Testing my de birds account. Please disregard.

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Fwd: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:27:07 -0400
> From: Taylor McLean 
> Date: July 26, 2014 at 11:18:03 AM EDT
> To: DE-Birds 
> Subject: eBird -- Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond -- Jul 26, 2014
> 
> 
> Jul 26, 2014
> Cape Henlopen SP--Gordon's Pond
> Traveling 1.5 miles
> 60 Minutes
> 
> Comments: Pretty decent shorebird habitat (and pretty good habitat for White 
Ibis), but not a lot of birds. Below is the list. 

> 22 Canada Goose
> 18 Great Egret
> 11 Snowy Egret
> 1 Green Heron
> 3 Glossy Ibis
> 1 Osprey
> 3 Semipalmated Plover
> 6 Greater Yellowlegs
> 3 Lesser Yellowlegs
> 7 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
> 7 Least Sandpiper
> 5 peep sp.
> 18 Laughing Gull
> 7 gull sp.
> 6 Forster's Tern
> 3 Mourning Dove
> 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
> 2 Fish Crow
> 2 crow sp.
> 28 Purple Martin
> 2 Barn Swallow
> 1 Carolina Chickadee
> 2 Gray Catbird
> 7 Common Yellowthroat
> 2 Eastern Towhee
> 3 Northern Cardinal
> 7 Blue Grosbeak
> 3 Indigo Bunting
> 4 Red-winged Blackbird
> 1 House Finch

> Taylor McLean
> Towson, MD
> mcleant11 AT gmail.com
Subject: Brandywine Birdwalk
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:04:28 -0400
The monthly walk at Brandywine Creek State park will be this Saturday. We'll
meet at the nature center at 8 am. Last weekend I had Green heron, Spotted
Sandpiper, Kestrel and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There were 3 screech owls
trilling along the creek in the early morning. Highlight was a single female
Redstart. The walk is free but park fees are in effect if you don't have a
seasonal pass, $3 for in-state, $7 for out-of-state vehicles. The walk
usually lasts 2-3 hours. 

 

Good birding, 

Andy

 

Andy Ednie 

Claymont, Delaware

 
Subject: Re: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
From: pdiacont <pdiacont AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:38:13 -0400
Heading down that way tomorrow and for a week or so.


Sent from my Galaxy S®III

-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Schreckengost
Date:07/20/2014 3:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
Birders, Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland found a male Ruff along Fowler Beach Rd. It is before the bridge on the south side of the road. As the messenger, Tim Schreckengost Rochester Mills, PA (814) 952 - 2934 nemesisbird.com Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sussex: Ruff at Fowler Beach Rd.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:27 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland found a male Ruff along Fowler Beach Rd. It is 
before the bridge on the south side of the road. 


As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952 - 2934
nemesisbird.com
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 18th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:45:56 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* July 18, 2014
* DEST1407.18
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wilson's Storm Petrel
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black -crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
WHITE IBIS
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Dunlin
Stilt Sandpiper
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-will's-widow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
LEAST FLYCATCHER
Warbling Vireo
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Summer Tanager
Grasshopper Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: July 18, 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, July 18th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
annual list remains at 302 species this week. 

For the last two days, WHITE IBIS have been seen near Lewes, Delaware. Those
birds were seen near the Freeman Highway Bridge going over the Lewis-
Rehoboth canal. You may remember that last year at this time over 100 WHITE
IBIS were seen flying between the Broadkill Beach marsh and the outer
breakwater at Cape Henlopen State Park. This might be a start of another
major influx!

Some birds this week at Cape Henlopen included a GULL-BILLED TERN with
PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, and WHIMBREL at the point. There was
also returning RED KNOTS. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, CEDAR WAXWING, and PINE
WARBLER were seen by the Seaside Nature Center. Four WILSON'S STORM PETRELS
were seen offshore. COMMON NIGHTHAWK and a singing CHUCK WILLS WIDOW were
reported at the campground. PIPING PLOVERS have also fledged chicks down at
Gordon's Pond were 2 BROWN PELICANS were seen flying by. SPOTTED SANDPIPER
was seen at the pond plus 43 GLOSSY IBIS, 15 SNOWY EGRET and GREEN HERON.
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen in the woods by the pond.

Once again last week, a SANDWICH TERN was reported at Fowler's Beach along
with Royal and LEAST TERN, plus BLACK SKIMMER. Shorebirds included
BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, RUDDY
TURNSTONE, and RED KNOT. Broadkill marsh at Prime Hook National Wildlife
Refuge near Milton has been a hotbed of activity. Over 40 AMERICAN AVOCETS
with BLACK-NECKED STILT have been reported there waders included LITTLE BLUE
HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. The headquarters area at Prime Hook had a male
AMERICAN REDSTART by the end of the boardwalk trail. This is a rare bird in
southern Delaware during breeding season. Also reported was YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO, PRAIRIE WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Grasshopper sparrows was
seen in the field in front of the headquarters.

More BROWN PELICANS were seen at Indian River Inlet. Also reported there was
3 WHIMBREL and over 50 COMMON TERNS. A YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON was
reported at Burton's Island with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. LEAST BITTERN and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at the Bethany Beach nature trail off
Route 26. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported James Farm's Ecological
Preserve off Quillen's Point Road.

Shorebirds in Western Sussex County included a pair of DUNLIN and SOLITARY
SANDPIPER at the Bridgeville pond off of Route 13 near Seaford. That pond
also HAD LEAST SANDPIPER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna continues to be a hotbed
for shorebirds. BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCET were reported along
with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus SPOTTED, WESTERN, PECTORAL,
and STILT SANDPIPER. TUNDRA SWAN continues to be seen at Sheerness Pool.
LEAST BITTERN with BLACK and YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON were reported at
Bear Swamp. A CATTLE EGRET was seen swimming in Shearness. A peak count of
10 BALD EAGLES, mostly immatures, were reported on the sandbar in Sheerness
Pool.

Four MUTE SWANS were seen at Thousand Acre Marsh. A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen
crossing Reedy Point Road. Numbers of CASPIAN TERNS are increasing at both
Thousand Acre and Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area
with a peak count of eighteen. There is also been an increase of swallow
activity, with a single BANK SWALLOW seen among 400 TREE SWALLOWS. CLIFF
SWALLOWS were still on nest at Taylor's Bridge, a new location for the
state!

New this week was the arrival of LEAST FLYCATCHER at Middle Run Natural Area
in Newark. YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO continue to be seen there
along with YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and OVENBIRD. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was
seen at Wedgewood Road in White Clay Creek State Park. Also reported was
VEERY and WARBLING VIREO.

There were over 70 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS banded at a yard in Georgetown
over 2 hours last weekend. This place is abuzz with Hummers due to planting
and 24 feeding stations. Which just goes back the saying "if you build it -
they will come". This yard in Georgetown also has SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE
GROSBEAK, and a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER feeding a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD chick.
Thanks Chuck.

A pair of RED-TAILED HAWK babies were rescued from their nest on the
underside of the I-495 bridge over the Christiana River in Wilmington. Those
guys were taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue for safety. More than just humans
have been affected by that bridge closure. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at
the Greater Wilmington Airport. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Bob Rufe, Chris
and Karen Bennett, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, Dave Carter,
Ed Hastings, Glen Lovelace, Sally O'Byrne, Rachael Shapiro, Chuck Fullmer,
Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Alan Kneidel. 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: kestrel at ILG
From: "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:48:48 -0400
Yesterday when flying into the New Castle County Airport in the middle of the 
storm, I spied a kestrel flying over the taxi-way and was able to follow it 
until it appeared to go into the eves of one of the working hangers. I remember 
a few years back, a kestrel was documented nesting in one of the buildings at 
the Dover Air Force Base. 


If any of you are flying Frontier Airways in the next couple of weeks, keep 
your eye out for it. 


Sally O'Byrne
Subject: Dickcissel life bird help?
From: "Amy O'Neil" <parakeet93 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:26:35 -0400
I have out of town visitors who would love to add a Dickcissel to their life 
lists. 


Can anyone confirm if the Dickcissels at Charles E. Price Memorial Park are 
still singing along the entrance road to the park? 


I haven't seen any July eBird reports of them there, but I saw that they were 
listed in the Birdline this past week. I wasn't sure where they were seen (or 
heard) in the park, though. 


Thanks very much. 

Amy O'Neil
North Wilmington 
Subject: Belize help requested
From: Ann Marie Dinkel <adinkl AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:50:12 -0400
Hello all,

 

My husband (a non-birder) and I are planning to visit Belize next year.  Any
recommendations for hotels (other than Chan Chich), must see places and any
other suggestions or cautions?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Ann

 

Ann Marie Dinkel, RLATG, MMngt.

Training and Operations Consulting Services

Lewes, DE

www.tocservices.com  

 
Subject: Sussex - Sandwich Tern at Prime Hook Beach Rd.
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:37:09 -0400
Birders,

Alan Hunter Kneidel reports a Sandwich tern on a sandbar at very end of
Prime Hook Beach Rd. with other terns and laughing gulls.

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 11th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:45:10 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* July 11, 2014
* DEST1407.11
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Bobwhite
WILSON'S STORM PETREL
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling, 
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
GLAUCOUS GULL
Black Tern
Least Tern
Common Tern
SANDWICH TERN
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Acadian Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Marsh Wren
Veery
Wood Thrush
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: July 11, 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 7/11 on Friday, July 11th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware
annual list increased to 302 species this week.

Hurricane Arthur hit southern Delaware last weekend, with sightings of
WILSON'S STORM PETRELS off Cape Henlopen State Park and Fowler's Beach in
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. New this week was a pair of SANDWICH
TERNS that showed up at Fowler's Beach on Sunday, a nice addition along with
LEAST, ROYAL and FORSTER'S TERN plus BLACK SKIMMER. Lots of shorebirds were
also seen at Fowler's, including BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS,
both YELLOWLEGS, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, DUNLIN,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, RED KNOT, and SANDERLING, plus LEAST, SEMIPALMATED and
WESTERN SANDPIPER. The marsh also had CLAPPER RAILS with downy young, MARSH
WREN, and SEASIDE SPARROW. A pair of BALD EAGLES were seen overhead.
Shorebirds seen at Prime Hook Beach Road included 65 AMERICAN AVOCETS and
BLACK-NECKED STILTS, plus a BLACK TERN still in full breeding plumage. 

Cape Henlopen Point had LEAST and ROYAL TERN plus PIPING PLOVER and
OYSTERCATCHER.  Twelve BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the jetty of the inner
breakwater, a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was up on the beach. BLACK and
SURF SCOTERS were seen from the Cape May - Lewes Ferry, along with WILSON'S
STORM PETREL. Four PIPING PLOVERS were found at Gordon's Pond, at the north
end of Rehoboth Beach. The flats there also had a pair of BLACK-NECKED
STILTS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. A
peak count of 66 SNOWY EGRETS, 69 GLOSY IBIS and 2 GREEN HERONS was
recorded. The marsh on along the Lewes-Rehoboth canal had 2 dozen SEASIDE
SPARROWS. 

The all-white possible GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed along the bayshore at
Dewey Beach. Twelve COMMON TERNS were seen at the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
BROWN PELICAN was seen offshore at Bethany Beach.  Another SANDWICH TERN was
found at Assawoman Wildlife Area loafing on a sand bar. Five MUTE SWANS and
CATTLE EGRETS were also seen. 

New shorebirds this week at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge included
SOLITARY, SPOTTED, STILT and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. BLACK-NECKED STILT and
AMERICAN AVOCETS were also reported. The previously reported TUNDRA SWAN
continues to be seen at Shearness Pool. NORTHERN BOBWHITES were reported at
the entrance gate. Waders included 110 GREAT EGRETS, 35 SNOWY EGRETS, 2
LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 40 GLOSSY IBIS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, LEAST
BITTERN and GREEN HERON were also seen. Ten WESTERN SANDPIPERS were reported
at Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. 

BLACK-NECK STILT was still on nest at Little Creek Wildlife Area.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were reported there. 

CHAT, ORCHARD ORIOLE and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were reported at the Westtown
Pump Station off Industrial Road in Middletown. There were still DICKCISSELS
at the Charles E. Price Park off Levels Road south of Middletown.
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were also seen, the park also
had a flock of CATTLE EGRETS. 

A pair of WORM-EATING WARBLERS was found along Thompson Station Road at
White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. These might be nesting or early
migrant, either way they're rare in the Delaware piedmont at this time of
year. Also reported were 25 OVENBIRDS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN
REDSTART. THRUSH along Thompson Station Road included 18 VEERY and 20 WOOD
THRUSH. A BARRED OWL continues to be found at Middle Run. 

An AMERICAN REDSTART was also found along the Brandywine Creek at the First
State National Monument. VEERY, OVENBIRD, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were
also reported. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was there and at Thompson Bridge in
Brandywine Creek State Park. A BLUE GROSBEAK was by the nature center at
Brandywine Creek. WARBLING VIREO was heard downtown at the Wilmington and
Brandywine Cemetery.  BLUE GROSBEAK plus both YELLOW-BILLED and BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOOS were at Ashland Nature Center. Also reported were RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, David Fees, Jerald Reb, Amy O'Neill, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Eric Hartshaw, Jeff Shenot, Holly
Merker, and Alan Kneidel. 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: Middletown Birds
From: Rodney Murray <rcmurray213 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:08:20 -0400
Took a jaunt around the wilds of Middletown this morning, and I guess the
best birds were two YB Chats belting out their remarkable repertoires in
the trees and tangles beside the gravel road which leads to the Westown
pumping station (off Industrial Drive).  Also there were several Field
Sparrows, a single Grasshopper Sparrow, Orchard Orioles, among other usual
species.

In a field near Chas. Price Mem. Park was a small flock of Cattle Egret.
In the park itself was at least one of the continuing Dickcissels, perched
as usual atop one of the small trees near the entrance.  E Meadowlarks and
Grasshopper Sparrows abound.

Rod Murray, Middletown
Subject: DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - Tomorrow at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m.
From: Bob Rufe <rrufe1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:25:33 -0400
Quick Update ...


Some have asked - the trip is free and open to the public.


I took a scouting run yesterday. Southbound migrants have returned and are 
plentiful in the impoundments. One of the highlights was the season's first 
Pectoral Sandpiper (Bear Swamp Pool), and the first Stilt Sandpipers 
(Shearness) reported from BBH. 



There were few shorebirds reported on the sign-in log, so they must have just 
started to arrive. 



Avocet ~ 75
Short-billed Dowitcher ~ 3000
Least Sandpiper ~ 20
Semipalmated Sandpiper ~ 250
Western Sandpiper ~ 10  
Semipalmated Plover ~ 4
Spotted Sandpiper ~ 2
Lesser Yellowlegs ~ 450
Greater Yellowlegs ~ 15
Killdeer ~ 7
Black-necked Stilt ~ 2
Pectoral Sandpiper ~ 1


The DOS-sponsored trip meets at BBH NWR headquarters at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday 
and will end at noon. Bugs were not bad at all! 



I will have two prizes - one for the most life birds spotted by a participant; 
and a new category - the most life birds spotted by one participant for someone 
else. To be awarded at the trip's conclusion at noon. Carpools encouraged. 



Cheers!


Bob.







 
  
    
                  

36th Annual Trip! 



Our annual search for early returning migrants. 


The target is 15 different species of shorebirds - sometimes a rarity or two 
appears. 



But our real goal is showing every species of bird to every participant, 
especially beginners. 



Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat; drinks and a snack. Half Day Trip.



 Entrance fees in effect.



Post trip tally rally and optional lunch at Boondocks, Smyrna.


Bob Rufe, Trip Leader 
rrufe1 AT aol.com 
302-998-9298

    
             
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Subject: Broadkill Beach Marsh
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:20:46 +0000
I stopped by Broadkill Beach marsh and Fowler Beach this morning before work. 
Notable at Broadkill were 20-30 Stilt Sandpipers and double that many avocets. 
There were also 20 or so SB Dowitchers and 3 Lesser Yellowlegs mixed in or near 
the Stilts for size, structure, and bill comparison. Seems kind of early for 
Stilts, especially that many. Had three Dunlin at Fowler, with one in alternate 
plumage. 


Good birding,

Dave
Subject: Special Summer DVOC Meeting this Thursday Night featuring Cassinia
From: Steve Kacir <setkacir AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:48:54 -0400
Hello birders!

The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC) is presenting a special informal 
summer meeting which is all about the DVOC's flagship publication, the journal 
"Cassinia." 


Bert Filemyr will present a brief program putting the journal "Cassinia" into 
context, both historical and modern. An enthusiastic historian of ornithology, 
Bert's programs are always entertaining and informative. Anyone with an 
interest in the history of ornithology in the Delaware Valley and greater 
Philadelphia region will enjoy this talk. 


Steve Kacir will present a brief and entertaining program titled "It's Easy to 
Write for 'Cassinia'" which will give an overview of some of the types of 
articles that have seen print in "Cassinia." Steve will also detail how one 
might easily turn a day's twitching into a submission for the general notes 
section and how to expand upon a personal experience for a more detailed 
article: from the sublime to the absurd - pick your flavor! 


Editor Dave Long and the Cassinia Committee will then break the attendees up 
into brainstorming groups and creative development sessions. Be a part of 
history! Let's make this the best Cassinia since the first issue was printed in 
1901! 


The DVOC meeting takes place this Thursday, 10 July 2014 and begins at 7:30PM 
at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. All who have an interest 
are invited to attend; the program is free with no admission charged. 
Similarly, both members and nonmembers are encouraged to submit articles, 
photos and local bird record notes to "Cassinia" -- contact DVOC Editor Dave 
Long for more information: 


More details can be found on the DVOC website -- http://www.dvoc.org/Main.htm

Directions to the Schuylkill Center -- 
http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/aboutus/directions.html 


"Cassinia" Website -- http://www.dvoc.org/Publications/Cassina/Cassinia.htm

Archives of "Cassinia" -- http://www.dvoc.org/CassiniaOnLine/Index.htm

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely, 

Steve Kacir
DVOC Vice President
setkacirgmail.com
Subject: Black necked Stilts
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:47:13 -0400
At least 20 Black necked Stilts along the dike trail at Prime Hook this 
morning. 


John Hoyt
Lewes

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - This Saturday at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m.
From: Bob Rufe <rrufe1 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:54:34 -0400
36th Annual Trip! 



Our annual search for early returning migrants. 


The target is 15 different species of shorebirds - sometimes a rarity or two 
appears. 



But our real goal is showing every species of bird to every participant, 
especially beginners. 



Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat; drinks and a snack. Half Day Trip.



 Entrance fees in effect.



Post trip tally rally and optional lunch at Boondocks, Smyrna.


Bob Rufe, Trip Leader 
rrufe1 AT aol.com 
302-998-9298
Subject: DOS Field Trip - Shorebirds! - This Saturday at Bombay Hook NWR, 8 a.m.
From: "Bob Rufe rrufe1 AT aol.com [DOSMembers-only]" <DOSMembers-only-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:54:34 -0400 (EDT)
36th Annual Trip! 



Our annual search for early returning migrants. 


The target is 15 different species of shorebirds - sometimes a rarity or two 
appears. 



But our real goal is showing every species of bird to every participant, 
especially beginners. 



Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and a hat; drinks and a snack. Half Day Trip.



 Entrance fees in effect.



Post trip tally rally and optional lunch at Boondocks, Smyrna.


Bob Rufe, Trip Leader 
rrufe1 AT aol.com 
302-998-9298
Subject: Fowlers Beach Birds
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:41:53 -0400
Karen and I stopped at Fowlers yesterday evening after a nice 10 mile bike
ride in Cape Henlopen State Park (entirely on trails within the eastern
part of the park and the only section we rode twice was the trail to and
from Gordons Pond) and had quite a few nice birds.  The best birds of the
evening were a single adult SANDWICH TERN that was sitting on a sand spit
with other terns and Black Skimmers.  The bird eventually flew off over the
road and north towards Slaughter Beach.  We also had three WILSON'S
STORM-PETRELS flying around offshore.

Other good birds included Red Knot (inlcuding a breeding plumage bird with
a lime flag - though too far away to read a code), Dunlin, Sanderling,
Least, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitcher,
Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least,
Common (1) and Forster's Terns, Black Skimmers and Clapper Rail (including
2 downy chicks).

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: 5th Annual Wild Turkey Survey
From: "DiBona, Matthew T. (DNREC)" <Matthew.DiBona AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:03:02 +0000
To All:

I apologize for any cross-posting but wanted to ask members of the DE-Birds 
community to consider participating in the Division of Fish and Wildlife's 
annual volunteer turkey survey. Some of you have submitted turkey sightings in 
previous years (some of you for multiple years!) and we really appreciate your 
assistance. Since 2010 we have been asking people to report sightings of 
turkeys (especially of hens with or without poults) during the months of July 
and August. These observations provide an index of annual turkey reproductive 
success and help the Division monitor the long-term health of our turkey 
population. 


A copy of the data sheet and instructions, as well as, the summary report from 
last year's survey, can be found at: 
http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/Delaware_wild_turkey_survey.aspx 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. And if you 
have friends, co-workers, etc. who would be interesting in participating, 
please feel free to forward this email! 


Thank you in advance for any assistance,


Matthew DiBona
Wildlife Biologist - Species Conservation and Research Program
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
6180 Hay Point Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
P: 302-735-3604
F: 302-653-6755
E: Matthew.Dibona AT state.de.us




Matthew DiBona
Wildlife Biologist - Species Conservation and Research Program
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
6180 Hay Point Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
P: 302-735-3604
F: 302-653-6755
E: Matthew.Dibona AT state.de.us
Subject: Glossy Ibis
From: Edward Crawford <coastalcoaster AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:40:29 -0400
At approximately 8:30am today there were 28 Glossy Ibis at low tide feeding 
just off the new Gordon's Pond trail. About halfway, on the east side very 
close to the trail, and they did not spook. 

Subject: Fwd: Results of The June Challenge 2014
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:35:03 -0400
I received the email below from Rex Rowan in Florida with the results from
this year's June Challenge.  Remember that this "competition" only includes
seen birds.  Delaware birders really responded to the challenge and we far
surpassed all other states after Florida for number of participants.  And
through our efforts clearly demonstrate that Delaware is a premiere birding
destination any time of year.  Congratulations to all the Big June - June
Challenge participants.  I'll be posting Big June totals this evening.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Rex Rowan" 
Date: Jul 4, 2014 1:14 PM
Subject: Results of The June Challenge 2014
To: "brdbrain AT listserv.admin.usf.edu" 
Cc:

To the extent that it's a contest, The June Challenge is an intra-county
contest and not an inter-county contest. A small county doesn't have the
same birding potential as a large county, a landlocked county doesn't have
the same potential as a coastal county, and a county with a small or
nonexistent birding community will never amass a list as long as that of a
county with a lot of birders who communicate their finds to each other
instantly via Facebook. So, while birders working within the same county
during the same period of time can be reasonably compared to each other,
comparisons between counties are senseless. Nonetheless they are very
popular! So here are the top three individual lists in this year's
Challenge, and the top three cumulative county lists:

Remember, the first number in the parentheses is the number of
ABA-countable birds, those that are considered to be native to North
America or to have established populations here. The second number is the
number of non-established exotics that were seen. So if I saw 100 native
species during the June Challenge, and also saw a free-ranging peacock, my
total would be listed as 101 (100/1).

TOP INDIVIDUAL LISTS
1. Dave Gagne (Pasco)  145 (145/0)
2. Michael Brothers (Volusia)  142 (138/4)
3. Rocky Milburn (Hillsborough)  139 (138/1)

TOP CUMULATIVE COUNTY LISTS
1. Miami-Dade  158
2. Palm Beach  155
3. Pinellas  152

The three top cumulative county lists if we stick to ABA-countable species
- which we don't, but IF we did - are Pinellas County (150), Palm Beach
County (147), and in third place a tie between Palm Beach County and Dave
Gagne (145).

This year we had a total of 134 individual entries from 29 Florida
counties, plus 36 entries from eleven counties in eight other states. In
addition, two Florida birders submitted entries from outside the U.S. -
Susan Daughtrey from Abaco, Bahamas, and Janet Leavens from Hyderabad,
India. I asked only for numbers, not lists, but some people submitted lists
anyway, and I've supplied links to out-of-state lists (including Susan's
and Janet's) in case you want to see what's beyond our borders during June.

My apologies if I left anyone out. Thanks for playing, and see you next
year!

ALACHUA  128 (124/4)
Maralee Joos  116 (113/3)
Danny Shehee  116 (113/3)
Lloyd Davis  113 (110/3)
Chris Cattau  111 (107/4)
Barbara Shea  109 (106/3)
Howard Adams  107 (105/2)
Bob Simons  107 (105/2)
Bob Carroll  104 (101/3)
Rex Rowan  102 (101/1)
Dalcio Dacol  101 (101/0)
Brad Hall 101 (101/0)
Ron Robinson  101 (98/3)
Barbara Mollison  100 (98/2)
Felicia Lee  100 (97/3)
Benjamin Ewing  100 (96/4)
Samuel Ewing  100 (96/4)
Anne Kendall  97 (97/0)
Erika Simons  97 (95/2)
Sharon Kuchinski  94 (92/2)
John Martin  93 (91/2)
Geoff Parks  93 (90/3)
Deena Mickelson  91 (91/0)
Anne Barkdoll  90 (87/3)
Phil Laipis  86 (86/0)
Tina Greenberg  85 (84/1)
Bob Knight  83 (83/0)
Debbie Segal  82 (82/0)
Ellen Frattino  82 (80/2)
Becky Enneis  81 (80/1)
Amber Roux  81 (80/1)
Christine Zamora  81 (80/1)
Nora Parks-Church  81 (78/3)
Elizabeth Martin  79 (77/2)
Katherine Edison  77 (74/3)
Hannah Ewing  76 (73/3)
Adam Zions 76 (72/4)
Barbara Woodmansee  75 (75/0)
Carol Huang  70 (69/1)
Conrad Burkholder  69 (69/0)
Emily Schwartz  69 (69/0)
Roy Herrera  68 (68/0)
Bill Enneis  56 (56/0)
Sue Ann Enneis  56 (56/0)
Sidney Wade  51 (59/0)
Debbie Spiceland  43 (43/0)
Arthur Baker  34 (34/0)
Alex Baker  34 (34/0)
Andy Baker  34 (34/0)

BREVARD  119 (116/3)
Jim Armstrong  102 (101/1)
Sarah Linney  74 (74/0)
Jim Eager  72 (70/2)
Jenn Anselmo  63 (61/2)
Doug Stuckey  61 (60/1)
Jason Frederick  24 (24/0)

BROWARD  106 (96/10)
Steven Kaplan  101 (93/8)
Warren Parker  79 (74/5)

CHARLOTTE
Dennis Peacock  123 (123/0)
Mike Manetz  111 (111/0)
 Susan Daughtrey  100 (100/0)
Brant Julius  81 (81/0)

CLAY
Martha Fethe  62 (62/0)
Jan Morgan  62 (62/0)
Cathy Levreault  57 (57/0)

COLLIER  100 (100/0)
Monica Higgins  84 (84/0)

DUVAL
Thomas Rohtsalu  115 (113/2) See his June Challenge photo album here
.
Carly Wainwright  107 (104/3)

FLAGLER
Amber Bobbitt  76 (76/0)

FRANKLIN
John Murphy  128 (128/0)

GLADES
Ann Starck  74 (72/2)

HENDRY
Kim Willis  77 (77/0)
Margaret England  65 (65/0)

HERNANDO
Stephen Mann 110 (110/0)

HILLSBOROUGH  148 (145/3)
Rocky Milburn  139 (138/1)
Sandy Harris  120 (118/2)
Susan Pepper  120 (118/2)
Ken Allen  116 (116/0)
Jason Guerard  80 (80/0)

INDIAN RIVER
Doug Sutherland  64 (64/0)
Jenn Anselmo  41 (40/1)

LAKE
Earl Horn  99 (97/2)
Leann Streeper  93 (92/1)
Bob Streeper  92 (91/1)
Nadia Streeper  80 (79/1)

LEE
France Paulsen  94 (94/0)
Bob Hargrave  86 (86/0)
Bob Repenning  84 (84/0)

MANATEE  129 (122/7)
Billie Knight  125 (120/5)
Jerry Knight  125 (120/5)

MARION
Doug Richard  101 (101/0)
Alice Horst  95 (90/5)
Donna Schromm  85 (82/3)

MARTIN
Nancy Price 95 (90/5)

MIAMI-DADE  158 (143/15)
Christine Manfredi  137 (123/14)
Larry Manfredi  137 (123/14)
Philip Manfredi  137 (123/14)

OKALOOSA
Bruce Purdy  120 (118/2)

ORANGE
Bob Sicolo  116 (109/7)
John Thomton  107 (105/2)
Ellen Rocco  91 (84/7)
Andy Prather  42 (42/0)

PALM BEACH  155 (147/8)
Marcello Gomes 113 (108/5)
Chuck Weber     112 (109/3)
Susan McKemy  112 (107/5)
Sue Young   102 (101/1)

 PASCO
Dave Gagne  145 (145/0)
Ken Tracey  135 (135/0)
Bill Pranty  118 (118/0)
Mike Ranck  98 (98/0)
J. Mike Kell  93 (93/0)
Jason Guerard  58 (58/0)

PINELLAS  152 (150/2)
Dan Sauvageau  138 (134/4)
 JoAnna Clayton  130 (126/4)
Ron Smith  122 (122/0)
Don Margeson  121 (121/0)
Tom Mast  119 (119/0)
Mark Burns  108 (108/0)
Nicole Ploger  101 (101/0)
Troy Ploger  101 (101/0)
Cuneyt Yilmaz  100 (100/0)
Colin Gjervold  99 (99/0)
Eric Plage  95 (95/0)

ST. JOHNS
Sue Killeen  134 (133/1)
James Wheat  130 (130/0)
Diane Reed  127 (127/0)
 Chris Hooker  106 (104/2)
Graham Williams  92 (92/0)
C.J. McCartney  54 (54/0)

SARASOTA  131 (124/7)
Claire Herzog  131 (124/7)
Nancy Edmondson  122 (115/6)
Stu Wilson  97 (96/1)

SEMINOLE
Scott Simmons  105 (104/1)
Graham Williams  101 (98/3)

VOLUSIA
Michael Brothers  142 (138/4)
Eli Schaperow  98 (97/1)


*OUTSIDE FLORIDA* (species lists are linked when provided)

PUEBLO COUNTY, COLORADO
Monica Higgins  42 (42/0)

 


KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE
Chris Bennett  155
Doris Boyles  81
Dottie Boyles  81
Joel Martin  46
Bob Bryant  34

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
Derek Stoner  116
Judy Montgomery  115
Christopher Rowe  108
Bill Stewart  91
Amy O’Neil  77
Chris Bennett  73
Kelly Stringham  71
Bob Bryant  58
Ian Stewart  58
David Beattie  47
Doris Boyles  45
Dottie Boyles  45
Amy White  37

SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE
Sue Gruver  134
Sharon Lynn  125
Jean Shaw  110
Chris Bennett  108
John Long  99
Bob Edelen  52
Doris Boyles  51
Dottie Boyles  51

FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA
Bob Hargrave  32 (32/0)

 


HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND  139

(No individual entries submitted.)

KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
Bly Bylsma  113 (113/0)

 


HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
Barbara Bowen  88 (86/2)

 

Susan Epps  88 (86/2)

 


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Brian Henderson  93 (93/0)

 


BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Christopher Tynan  76 (76/0)

 


KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA  96 (96/0)
Lex Glover  87 (87/0)

 

Steve Patterson  68 (68/0)

 



*OUTSIDE THE U.S.*

ABACO, BAHAMAS
Susan Daughtrey  57

 


HYDERABAD, INDIA
Janet Leavens  92

 

Subject: Sussex: Wilson's Storm-Petrels at Cape Henlopen State Park
From: Tim Schreckengost <timschreckengost AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:32:51 -0400
Birders,

Alan Kneidel reports Wilson's Storm-Petrels close to shore from the
bathhouse just south of hawk watch at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Bathhouse marked with green arrow: http://goo.gl/maps/lbxjd

As the messenger,
Tim Schreckengost
Rochester Mills, PA
(814) 952-2934
www.nemesisbird.com
Subject: Turkey on Papermill Road
From: Tom Clarke <tom AT CSSSTAFFING.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:58:42 -0400
I was driving on Papermill Road around 4PM Thursday and between the Happy
Harrys and the Path that crosses  Papermill Road between White Clay and
from Middle Run, was a Turkey (hen).  She was trying to cross the road (no
she was not a chicken!) to White Clay.  Interesting to see one around
there.  Wonder if anyone else has seen turkeys in that area?



Tom Clarke

Hockessin
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, July 4th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:23:59 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* July 4, 2014
* DEST1407.04
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
LONG-TAILED DUCK
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Wilsons Storm Petrel
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Black Vulture
Bald Eagle
Coopers Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Virginia Rail
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Piping Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
RUFF (REEVE)
Short-billed Dowitcher
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Eastern Screech Owl
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Whippoorwill
Chucks-will-widow
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Grasshopper Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Blue Grosbeak
Eastern Meadowlark
Orchard Oriole

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: July 4, 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 Independence Day, July 4th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware
Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware
annual list remains at 301 species this week , but with Hurricane Arthur
passing off the coast today after ripping through the Outer Banks there
should be some fallout of tropical species. 

The beginning of July is also the startup of the Siberian Express as
southbound shorebirds begin to arrive back in Delaware. Last weekend a
REEVE, thats a female RUFF, was found on Saturday at Raymond Pool in Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird was photographed on
Sunday at the south end of Shearness Pool, but not reported since. Also at
the Hook, has been AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, both YELLOWLEGS,
SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. An injured SNOW GOOSE was at
Bear Swamp, TUNDRA SWAN continues at Shearness Pool. Also, LEAST BITTERNS
have been very common this summer at Shearness and Bear Swamp, A single
immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen with BLACK-CROWNS at the north
end of Bear Swamp. Peak numbers of waders are arriving at the refuge to feed
in post breeding dispersal. Counted this week were 150 GREAT EGRETS, 75
SNOWY EGRETS, 4 GREEN HERONS and 60 GLOSSY IBIS. A ROYAL TERN was a flyover
at Shearness Pool, along with CASPIAN TERN and BLACK SKIMMER. NORTHERN
BOBWHITE and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were also reported on the refuge. 

Downstate, a drake LONG-TAILED DUCK was found at Broadkill Beach south
impoundment. Also reported have been SNOW GOOSE, a female NORTHERN PINTAIL,
4 NORTHERN SHOVELER, and 6 RUDDY DUCKS. Offshore, a total of 30 BLACK SCOTER
and 2 SURF SCOTERS were seen at Beach Plum Island at the south end of
Broadkill and along the breakwaters at Cape Henlopen State Park. Also seen
at Broadkill Beach was 55 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, both
YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and 12 BLACK SKIMMERS. LEAST BITTERN was
photographed along Prime Hook Beach Road. Six late RED KNOTS, plus
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, a WESTERN SANDPIPER, and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was
seen at Fowlers Beach. On the sandbar was BLACK SKIMMER and LEAST TERN. 

BROWN PELICAN was seen at Fowlers Beach. Fifteen BROWN PELICANS, including
several adults with immature birds were seen flying over Indian River inlet
on Monday. Later that same day, 15 pelicans were reported at the DuPont
Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet, perhaps the same birds flying up the bay.
A pair of OYSTERCATCHERS were also at Mispillion, along with SEASIDE
SPARROWS and an immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Five BLACK SCOTERS were
seen off the jetty. A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on the
shoreline at the north side of Slaughters Beach. 

WILSONS STORM-PETREL was seen flying from the deck of the Cape May-Lewes
Ferry. BLACK SKIMMER was seen flying along the coast at Herring Point in
Cape Henlopen State Park.  A small Cessna two-seater airplane made an
emergency landing at Herring Point yesterday. The new bike trail at Gordons
Pond, at the north end of Rehoboth Beach has attracted lots of birders.
SNOWY and GREAT EGRETS plus GLOSSY IBIS were seen on the pond. Along the
weeds, VIRGINIA RAIL was found. Shorebirds included BLACK-NECKED STILT and
PIPING PLOVER. A peak count of 38 SEASIDE and 1 SALTMARSH SPARROW, plus an
EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was reported at Gordons
Pond, also BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLERS were also seen
at the Seaside Nature Center. 

COMMON NIGHTHAWK was also report in western Seaford, hopefully nesting
there. WHIPPOORWILL was reported at Oyster Rocks Road, along with EASTERN
SCREECH OWL. CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was still calling at Old Landing near
Rehoboth Beach this week. 

A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER made an unexpected visit to a backyard near
Georgetown. In western Kent Co., HOODED and KENTUCKY WARBLER were found near
Hartley. Those woods also had YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO. 

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported at Ashland Nature Center. Several
YELLOW-BILLS were also there. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was also reported at Ft
Delaware State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, Middle Run Natural Area
and White Clay Creek State Park. The previously reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
at Middle Run has not been found since early June. Also reported at Ashland
were YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SCARLET TANAGER and VEERY.


VEERYS are currently being tracked at White Clay Creek State Park. A
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was seen feeding young there. YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
continues at Thompsons Station Road. WARBLING and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS
were also found. A COOPERS HAWK was seen over Newark Reservoir and a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen sitting on the wire along RT 273,  mile east
of Newark. A BLUE GROSBEAK was found outside the nature center at Brandywine
Creek State Park. BLACK VULTURE, SCREECH OWL and PRAIRIE WARBLER were also
reported. 

A ROYAL TERN was seen at Battery Park in New Castle. This is an early date
for this uncommon but regular fall visitor to the rock pilings on the
Delaware River. A SNOW GOOSE was among the CANADA GEESE at the park. Flyover
herons included GREAT and SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS.
WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and ORCHARD ORIOLE were also found. A
BLUE GROSBEAK was reported at the Ommelanden Gun Range along Route 9. 

A PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported at Dragon Run near Delaware City.
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was again seen this week at Ft Delaware State
Park. LEAST TERNS were seen at the Port Penn impoundments of the Augustine
Beach Wildlife Area. CATTLE EGRETS were seen flying over the Route 1 toll
plaza just south of the Bill Roth Bridge. CLIFF SWALLOWS are still being
seen at the Route 9 Bride over the Appoquinimink Creek near Odessa. BALD
EAGLES were seen at Dragon run and Odessa. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, David Fees, Alissa Kegelman, Amy ONeill, Chris Rowe, Joe
Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Bill Fintel, Chuck
Fullmer, Brian Quindlen, Jim Austin-Cole, Art Zdancewic, Rich Ehrlich, Mike
Bowen, Taj Schottland,  and Alan Kneidel. 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: Big June at Middle Run: The Recap
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:42:59 -0400
Greetings DE-Birders:
 
The month of June has passed on by, and here on July 1st it is time to report 
on the "Big June" list I kept for Middle Run Natural Area. 

 
On June 1, a three-hour exploration of the Middle Run Birding Trail after 
sunrise yielded 72 species, with the big highlight being the great showing by 
flycatchers: Olive-sided, Alder, Willow, and Acadian, along with the three 
"Easterns": Wood-pewee, Phoebe, and Kingbird. Close looks at Black-billed 
Cuckoo, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Blue-winged Warbler combined with flyover 
Osprey and Cooper's Hawk made for a great start to the month. 

 
The evening of June 2 found me doing skywatching for nighthawks and flyover 
shorebirds, neither of which materialized. A calling Barred Owl (#73) and 
Scarlet Tanager (#74) were the two new species added to the list. The following 
evening a group of birders joined me at the Sky Watch, and while they enjoyed 
super looks at the now-famous Black-billed Cuckoo, I added Blue Grosbeak(#75) 
and flyover Wood Ducks(#76) to the list for the month at Middle Run. 

 
On June 7 I added the elusive Rock Pigeon (#77) and Mallard (#78) to the list, 
and found a Pine Warbler(#79) the following day in a White Pine plantation in 
the southeastern corner of the park. A White-breasted Nuthatch (#80) made it on 
the list this week, too. 

 
On June 20 I spent the full day with the students at the "Bird Experience at 
Middle Run" summer camp, and photographed a flyover Little Blue Heron (#81), 
saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird (#82) at the feeder the campers installed, and 
watched Ian Stewart spot a new state bird for him: Yellow-billed Cuckoo (#83). 

 
On June 30 I made one last swing through the pond complex in the northwestern 
of the park and finally found Green Heron(#84) and Belted Kingfisher (#85). 

 
Looking at the list of 85 species I observed a Middle Run during June, 78 of 
those species have been documented breeding in the park. This means that 7 
species I saw were "bonus birds" that were passing through or visiting during 
this peak month for nesting activity. During the month, I confirmed breeding 
activity for 45 of the species that I observed at Middle Run, and I 
photographed a total of 41 species. 

 
Through exploring some of New Castle County's other birding hotspots during the 
course of the month (joined by Judy Montgomery), we had great looks at unique 
birds like King Rail, Dickcissel, Savannah Sparrows, Least Tern, and Black 
Scoter, among the more than 100 species we found around the county as we took 
part in the June Challenge to see how many birds we could see in the county. 

 
I hope everyone who participated in the June Challenge/Big June in Delaware 
enjoyed their time afield and learned new things about birds in this bird-rich 
state. Thanks to Chris Bennett for encouraging folks to get involved and 
excited about being out birding in June, when surprises and interesting 
encounters await inquisitive observers. 

 
Good birding,
 
Derek Stoner
 		 	   		  
Subject: Big June - June Challenge is almost over
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:56:03 -0400
I'm sure there are at least a few of you hardcore birders that are out
trying to top off you list in the last 90 minutes of June.  I ended my
quest this evening at Mispillion Habor in a fruitless search for a Wilson's
Storm-Petrel.  I did have 15 Brown Pelicans - one sub-adult sitting on the
north jetty, a flock of 13 and a singleton out over the bay - the largest
number I've ever seen north of the ocean coast.  I spent a little time
before that trying to get my Sussex County list over the century mark.  I
got to Broadkill Beach Road right after Sharon's Long-tailed Duck
disappeared - but I did manage to spot the Snow Goose, a Northern Pintail,
6 Ruddy Ducks and a bunch of Avocets.  Between there and Mispillion, I
stopped at the Prime Hook Visitor Center, Prime Hook Beach Road and Fowlers
Beach.

My total for Sussex County ended up at 108 species seen, and an additional
11 species heard - grand Big June Total is 119 species.

In Kent County I tallied 155 species seen and an additional 4 species heard
- Big June Total is 159.

In New Castle County I saw 73 species and heard an additional 13species
hear - Big June Total 86.

My cumulative total for June in all three counties was 165 species seen and
7 species heard.  It was a lot of fun.

For those of you that participated - and if you kept track of the birds you
saw - please send me that total before 4 pm tomorrow so that I can forward
them down to Florida in time to be included in the June Challenge tally.
You can also send me your Big June (seen and heard birds) totals at the
same time or get them to me before Wednesday so that I can post the final
numbers before the weekend.

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

Thanks!

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Black Scoters at Beach Plum Island and Cape Henlopen
From: Bill Fintel <kittiwakebill AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:00:03 -0400
I have observed over 30 Black Scoters, plus at least 2 Surf Scoters at
Beach Plum Island and Cape Henlopen the past 2 days. All were seen from my
boat, so not easy to see from land. They have been resting on the protected
beaches, and got into the water as I approached (but of course then moved
away).

They all looked healthy, many appeared to be sub-adult, but definitely some
adult males, so why are they here vs the Canadian tundra???

Bill Fintel
Lewes, DE
Subject: Long-Tailed Duck at Broadkill
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:28:58 -0400
It is June 30 and I am looking at a male LONG- TAILED DUCK in the south 
impoundment on Broadkill Beach Road. The SNOW GOOSE is also in the same 
impoundment. Wanted to get the word out! 

Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Reeve at Bombay Hook NWR
From: Taj Schottland <tsurfbird AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 15:45:02 -0400
The Reeve that Karen Bennett found yesterday at Raymond Pool was present
again today at Shearness. Alan Kneidel and I observed it feeding for 10
minutes in shallow water along the sand spit on the south side of
Shearness. It then flew off over the road and towards the marsh. I captured
a photo of it as it flew off:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/88981103 AT N07/14534167732/

Cheers,
-Taj

-- 
Taj Schottland
Avian Biologist
Cardno ENTRIX
CELL: 802-258-1200
EMAIL: taj.schottland AT cardno.com
Subject: Re: Dangerous Bill for Beach-Nesting Birds
From: Dennis Barrowclough <barrowclough AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:48:51 -0400
Below is a response from Senator McBride and his goals involving the subject 
matter. 

Try to remain calm. The world is not falling and there is no plan by the 
government to destroy our beaches! 


Dennis Barrowclough



&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& 

Thank you very much for your email. 
I introduced SB 265 at the request of a constituent. However, I had no 
intention of bringing the bill up for a vote. As you may know, the 147th 
General Assembly will complete its work in November, at which time SB 265 can 
no longer be considered. 

But that request raised some important issues about finding the balance among 
the competing desires for use of our beaches. This deserves a full discussion 
among all the interested parties to see if we can find common ground that can 
accommodate the desires and competing interests of all concerned. 

I think we can all start by agreeing that our nationally recognized beaches are 
a treasure that should, to the degree practicable, be enjoyed by all. That is 
why the state takes actions to protect active nesting sites and I would not 
foresee that changing in any circumstance. 

As you know, I have always worked to preserve and protect our environment, and 
I will not waiver in that commitment. But in honoring my constituent's request, 
I hope we can start this much-needed dialogue. 

Please, feel free to share this with other concerned parties. 
All the best.
 



This email composed of 100% recycled electrons

Senator David B. McBride, P.E., BCEE (D)      
Senate Majority Leader
13th District
7 Nicole Ct.
Hawk's Nest
New Castle, DE 19720
302.322.6100 Residence
302.577.8744 Wilmington Office
302.744.4167 Dover Office

On Jun 28, 2014, at 8:22 PM, "Dennis Barrowclough"  
wrote: 

 
Please move forward with what you believe is best. To often people are against 
bills even if they don’t really know what affect it will have. 

 
Denny Barrowclough
Hockessin  DE


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

Sent: Friday, June 27, 2014 9:02 AM
To: de-birds AT PRINCETON.EDU
Subject: [de-birds] Dangerous Bill for Beach-Nesting Birds

All,

I am passing along the following information that I received this morning as a 
service to the birding community, because this bill, if passed, could have 
significant impacts on our coastal birds and the ability of birders to enjoy 
them. 


As the current Delaware legislative session draws to a close, Senator McBride 
has introduced Senate Bill 265 that would allow anyone with a beach permit to 
drive on to State beaches without having to actively surf fish. 

You can well imagine the significant increase in vehicles that will suddenly be 
driving on to the beach which will also mean more likelihood for interactions 
with shorebirds such as the piping plover and our fisherman who have a long 
standing tradition of responsibly fishing along our coastline. With our 
wildlife and parks enforcement officers already under resourced, now is not the 
time to allow a complete change in state park policy. 


If you can, please consider contacting Senator McBride’s office to tell him 
that this change in policy should be properly vetted by DNREC and the 
environmental and fishing community before moving forward. His e-mail is: 

David.McBride AT state.de.us

If you would like a copy of the bill, please contact me off-list.

Best,
Matt Sarver
Greenville, DE



--
Matthew Sarver
Sarver Ecological, LLC
6 Walnut Ridge Rd
Greenville, DE 19807
724-689-5845
matt AT matthewsarver.com
Subject: Bird Walk Results
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:06:32 -0400
Yesterday, I led a beginner bird walk starting at Battery Park in old New 
Castle along the path that goes downriver to Gambacorta Marsh. Nine very good 
birders attended, and we had a really nice walk. If you haven't birded this 
path, it is a combination of river front, marsh, thicket, and young woodland 
producing a good variety of birds for about a mile and a half. We found 51 
species including one I have never encountered in New Castle County before, 
Royal Tern. A Snow Goose was a nice find among the large Canada Goose flock in 
Battery Park. Flyover herons and egrets included Great Blue, Little Blue, Great 
Egret, Snowy Egret, and Glossy Ibis. 


Ring-billed Gulls, a first for my Big June, were perched on the pilings with a 
few young Laughing Gull and a Forster's Tern. The Royal Terns were flying 
upriver and our look was not very good. These were large terns with pale under 
the wingtips, and the size and impression of a Royal. I would have probably let 
them go as un-identified due to our brief look, but one of them made the 
distinctive "Kooorick!" call of a Royal Tern, clinching it. We never got 
another look at them, although we hoped they would perch on the pilings with 
the other gulls and tern. 


Life birds in the group included Purple Martin, Indigo Bunting, and Marsh Wren 
and we had good looks at Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Common 
Yellowthroat, and Orchard Oriole. We tried to see a Yellow-breasted Chat and 
Warbling Vireo that we singing, but they remained hidden in the summer 
vegetation. 


This is a fun place to bird, but if you go, remember that you will have the 
company of bikers, hikers, and joggers as it is a fairly popular trail. 


Joe Sebastiani
Subject: SB265
From: John Long <johnlong611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:22:31 -0400
Sent a message to Senator McBride about this bill and got the following
response:




Thank you very much for your email.

I introduced SB 265 at the request of a constituent. However, I had no
intention of bringing the bill up for a vote.  As you may know, the
147th General
Assembly will complete its work in November, at which time SB 265 can no
longer be considered.

But that request raised some important issues about finding
the balance among the competing desires for use of our beaches. This
deserves a full discussion among all the interested parties to see if
we can find common ground that can accommodate the desires and competing
interests of all concerned.

I think we can all start by agreeing that our nationally recognized beaches
are a treasure that should, to the degree practicable, be enjoyed by all.
That is why the state takes actions to protect active nesting sites and I
would not foresee that changing in any circumstance.

As you know, I have always worked to preserve and protect our environment,
and I will not waiver in that commitment. But in honoring my constituent's
request, I hope we can start this much-needed dialogue.

Please, feel free to share this with other concerned parties.

All the best.




This email composed of 100% recycled electrons

Senator David B. McBride, P.E., BCEE (D)
Senate Majority Leader
13th District
7 Nicole Ct.
Hawk's Nest
New Castle, DE 19720
302.322.6100 Residence
302.577.8744 Wilmington Office
302.744.4167 Dover Office
Subject: Great Egret at Foulk & Naamans
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:47:32 -0400
There was a great egret at the Foulk & Naamans pond yesterday.  During my
youth and since my return, I have never seen one at this location.

Have not seen the Northminster sharpies forever so I guess they moved on,
but it was fun while it lasted.

Susan Marengo
North Minster
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 27th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:43:45 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* June 27, 2014
* DEST1406.27
      	
*Birds mentioned
Tundra Swan
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Brown Pelican
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night heron
Yellow-crowned Night heron
WHITE IBIS
Glossy Ibis
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Common Gallinule
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo
Barn Owl 
Common Nighthawk
Chuck-will's-widow
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
American Redstart
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Grasshopper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: June 27, 2014
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap AT verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, June 27th is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
reached 301 species this week with one new addition. 

New this week was a near adult WHITE IBIS flying out of the rookery at Pea
Patch Island from Ft. Delaware at Delaware City. Besides the hundreds of
HERONS, EGRETS, and IBIS that make up this large heronry, there were also 5
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS seen. Some birds from the surrounding marshes
included LEAST and CASPIAN TERNS at Thousand Acre Marsh. VIRGINIA RAIL was
reported at Dragon Run, SORA was calling at Grier's Pond, and KING and
CLAPPER RAILS were reported from the Appoquinimink Bridge along Rt 9, 20
CLIFF SWALLOWS were also seen there. Seven CLIFF SWALLOWS were reported at
the Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. 

Further south, but still in New Castle Co., at Collins Beach in Cedar Swamp
Wildlife Area was NORTHERN BOBWHITE and a SEASIDE SPARROW. This might be the
first county record of SEASIDE SPARROW; the previous northernmost sightings
were from Fleming's Landing in Kent Co. 

A pair of DICKCISSELS continues at the Charles E. Price Park off Levels Rd.
south of Middletown. An adult LITTLE BLUE HERON was also seen at the pond
there. EASTERN MEADOWLARK, GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were also
reported. 

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, plus 3 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were found at White Clay
Creek State Park in Newark. This seems to be a good year for CUCKOOS in
Delaware, with YELLOW-BILLS also reported at Middle Run and Ashland Nature
Center. A load of warblers were reported at White Clay, one of the most
productive breeding grounds in the state. Highlights included 40 OVENBIRDS,
25 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, KENTUCKY, HOODED,
and PRAIRIE WARBLER, plus NORTHERN PARULA. Also reported was VEERY (one
banded), plus YELLOW-THROATED and WARBLING VIREO. 

Little Creek Wildlife Management Area continues to have a single remaining
RED-NECKED GREBE, along with GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RUDDY DUCK, LEAST TERN and
BLACK SKIMMER at the Pickering Beach impoundments. There were 50-100 GLOSSY
IBIS among the throngs of waders at Little Creek. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was
seen from the central tower at Little Creek, along with COMMON GALLINULE,
AMERICAN COOT, nesting BLACK-NECKED STILTS, a single BLACK TERN and over 100
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Two immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found
in the evening at the center tower. 

DOWITCHERS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS and AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported at Bombay
Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also reported were both
YELLOWLEGS and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. These might be birds that lingered in
the area or early returning migrants. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen walking
across the road behind Bear Swamp. Also reported were the lingering TUNDRA
SWAN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and BLACK SKIMMERS. A pair of CATTLE EGRETS continue
along the dike road, along with SNOWY EGRET, GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Six BARN OWLS were banded in the box at
Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. A VIRGINIA RAIL was also reported in the
marsh. 

COOPER'S HAWKS were reported in all three counties this week. One was seen
at Bellevue State Park over I-95 in northern Delaware. Another was seen at
Bombay Hook and one was seen at Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach. NORTHERN
HARRIERS were seen at Bombay Hook and Little Creek. PEREGRINE FALCON
continues to be seen in downtown Wilmington at the Brandywine Building, and
also flying over the traffic jams on I-95. A GREAT EGRET was seen at the AAA
Pond on Rt. 7 near Stanton, just off I-95. 

CHUCKS-WILL-WIDOW and COMMON NIGHTHAWK were found at the fishing pier in
Cape Henlopen State Park. BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and 2
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found at Cape Henlopen Point. BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH plus PRAIRIE and PINE WARBLERS were found at the point parking lot.
A TRICOLORED HERON was reported at Delaware Seashore State park. 

In western Sussex Co,  a pair of DICKCISSELS were reported at the Organic
Cow Farm near Oak Grove, west of Seaford. Also reported there were
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, David Fees, Marie Gardner, Marian Quinn, Amy O'Neill, Kim
Steininger, Chris Rowe, Brian Henderson, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, and Alan Kneidel. 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: Northern Kent County Bayshore Birding
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:14:43 -0400
I spent a few hours last evening after work with Glen Lovelace and Dave
Fees between Kitts Hummock and Taylors Gut, and then about an hour this
morning before work at Little Creek looking for a few birds missing from my
June Challenge List.  In addition to the five new birds I added we saw
quite a few other good birds as well.

We started last evening on the beach at Kitts Hummock where we had a couple
Bald Eagles.  We walked into the impoundments north of Pickering Beach
Road.  There was a Killdeer sitting on a four egg nest in the middle of the
parking lot.  The impoundment on the west side of the parking lot had a
single drake Green-winged Teal and 2 Ruddy Ducks.  The large impoundment to
the east had 50 - 100 Glossy Ibis including a couple juveniles.  There were
also large numbers of Snowy and Great Egrets, Ring-billed and Laughing
Gulls and Black Skimmers.

From the tower at Little Creek we had a single basic plumage Black Tern,
more Bald Eagles, 2 American Coots, a single male Northern Harrier,100+
Short-billed Dowitchers and a couple Black-necked Stilt pairs with young
and at least 3 birds sitting on nests.

We had a limited amount of time to bird Bombay Hook and only got around
Raymond and part way down Shearness.  The Tundra swan was in Shearness
and 2 Cattle Egrets flew in and joined the massive group of Egrets and
Ibis in the pool.  Oh yeah we had more Bald Eagles and a single Northern
Harrier (that looked for the brief time that it was in view like a
juvenile).  On the way out of the refuge an adult Cooper's Hawk
flew across in front of us and disappeared into the woods between the
Shearness tower and the visitor center.  Coop and Cattle Egret were new for
my list.

From there we drove up to the tower at Woodland Beach Wildlife
Area.   After dusk we added Barn Owl - the third new June Challenge bird of
the evening.

This morning before coming in to the office I ran out to Little Creek and
walked past the gate at the tower to check out the freshwater impoundment
west of the road.  Among a big group of roosting egrets I found two
juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.  In the big impoundment east of the
road a spotted a single Pied-billed Grebe.  Before heading to the office I
climbed the tower and from there I had a single Common Gallinule in the
northeast corner of the impoundment and the continuing Red-necked Grebe
that had been hanging out in the freshwater impoundment off of Pickering
Beach Road.  The YCNH and PBGR were both new for June.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Dangerous Bill for Beach-Nesting Birds
From: Matthew Sarver <mjsarver AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:01:31 -0400
All,

I am passing along the following information that I received this morning
as a service to the birding community, because this bill, if passed, could
have significant impacts on our coastal birds and the ability of birders to
enjoy them.

As the current Delaware legislative session draws to a close, Senator
McBride has introduced Senate Bill 265 that would allow anyone with a beach
permit to drive on to State beaches without having to actively surf fish.
You can well imagine the significant increase in vehicles that will
suddenly be driving on to the beach which will also mean more likelihood
for interactions with shorebirds such as the piping plover and our
fisherman who have a long standing tradition of responsibly fishing along
our coastline. With our wildlife and parks enforcement officers already
under resourced, now is not the time to allow a complete change in state
park policy.

If you can, please consider contacting Senator McBride’s office to tell him
that this change in policy should be properly vetted by DNREC and the
environmental and fishing community before moving forward. His e-mail is:
David.McBride AT state.de.us

If you would like a copy of the bill, please contact me off-list.

Best,
Matt Sarver
Greenville, DE



-- 
Matthew Sarver
Sarver Ecological, LLC
6 Walnut Ridge Rd
Greenville, DE 19807
724-689-5845
matt AT matthewsarver.com
Subject: Beginner Bird Walk
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:12:12 -0400
On Saturday, I will be leading a Beginner Bird Walk for the Delmarva 
Ornithological Society. This is a family-friendly event. We will meet at the 
end of Delaware Street in old New Castle at the waterfront, i.e. Battery Park. 
From here, we will walk along the river to identify summer resident birds, and 
scope out the river for anything unusual flying around. This walk is from 8am 
to 11am. 


Joe Sebastiani
Subject: Evening Heronry Survey in Delaware City Tomorrow
From: "Bennett, Chris (DNREC)" <Chris.Bennett AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:36:42 +0000
I will be conducting the monthly Pea Patch Heronry Evening Survey tomorrow 
night in Delaware City beginning at 6:34 pm. The survey takes place in Battery 
Park at the end of Clinton Street. We usually set up along the sea wall in 
front of the flag pole. June is usually a pretty busy survey with lots of Great 
and Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons and Glossy Ibis and good numbers of the 
other common species that nest on Pea Patch Island. For those doing a New 
Castle County Big June/June Challenge we sometimes get other good stuff as 
well. A couple years ago we had a Royal Tern fly by. You can come and help with 
the survey or come to just watch the birds. 


I hope you can join us.

Chris Bennett
Natural Resource Planner
Environmental Stewardship Program
Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation
152 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-9230
Fax: (302) 739-6967
"The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What 
good is it?'" 

 Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac 

Subject: Re: winter wrens
From: Maurice Barnhill <mvb AT UDEL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:39:48 -0400
The Birds of Delaware gives a last spring date for Winter Wren of May 
11.  They do not breed here. Is there any chance your birds could be 
fledgling House Wrens?

On 6/22/2014 2:57 PM, susan ruth marengo wrote:
> I am not a wiz on wrens.  Are winter wrens around this time of year and do
> they nest in DE?
>
> I know our yard area has carolina wrens (song, white eye stripe) and house
> wrens (song, plain, less cocked tail).  We have had little brown jobs with
> very cocked tails flitting around that look like small house wrens with
> very short tails.
>
> Susan Marengo
>
>


-- 
Maurice Barnhill
Newark, DE
Subject: winter wrens
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:57:54 -0400
I am not a wiz on wrens.  Are winter wrens around this time of year and do
they nest in DE?

I know our yard area has carolina wrens (song, white eye stripe) and house
wrens (song, plain, less cocked tail).  We have had little brown jobs with
very cocked tails flitting around that look like small house wrens with
very short tails.

Susan Marengo
Subject: Gordon's Pond Trail
From: John Long <johnlong611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:56:56 -0400
Bonnie and I biked on the new Gordon's Pond trail this morning and I took
binoculars. The layout of the trail is great for birding. Saw 12 common
yellowthroats, 2 eastern towhees, 5 willers and a red-tailed hawk along
with many other birds. The birds are very visible on reeds and sparse trees
along the trail. Highly recommend this new birding site.
Subject: White Ibis Pea Patch Island
From: Joe Sebastiani <bunker17 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:02:50 -0400
Today, Brian Henderson and I had a near-adult White Ibis at Pea Patch Island. 
We were on the island, and watched it fly from the colony area to the south end 
of the island where it landed and fed with some Glossy Ibis. You could probably 
see it flying around the island if you are at the Delaware City Waterfront. 
Either that, or spring for the boat trip out to the island. We also had 5 
Yellow-crowned and 7 Black-crowned Night Herons on Pea Patch with a 
King/Clapper rail calling, 4 Chat, and 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 


Other good birds today included American Coot and calling Pied-billed Grebe at 
the Delaware City Wetlands, 2 Least Tern in Thousand-acre Marsh, and Bobwhite, 
Turkey, and Harrier at Cedar Swamp wildlife area. 


It was a really nice, cool day to be out birding, and there were few biting 
insects. Perfect late-June weather. 


Joe Sebastiani
Subject: orchard and prothonotary....
From: Ben Tebbens <bentebbens AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:59:11 -0400
Well, just want to say I hope everyone's "summer" is starting off well 
today ;) Hasn't it been just an amazing spring, I can only hope and pray 
the summer is as memorable.

Well, once again and I never want to take it for granted but thank God 
the lovely Orchard Orioles have stopped by along with the American 
Goldfinches and others to stripping the "Red Hot Pokers" bare ;)  I'm so 
glad they love these wonderful plants and that I was able to get a few 
photo's of them. Also while out in the woods just the other day the 
wonderful "Prothonotary Warbler" graced my presence. They would chirp 
and chirp, don't count on them sitting still for very long though for 
many pictures but thank God I did get a few;)

If you'd like to see the wonderful Orchards or the Prothonotary, feel 
free to visit my links below, there are three shots of each. One link is 
for flickr and the other is for facebook. I hope you have a wonderful 
day and a fabulous birding summer ahead. God bless, Ben Tebbens of Lincoln.


Flickr Orchards:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/21183284 AT N05/14468424141/in/photostream/

Facebook Orchards:
https://www.facebook.com/ben.tebbens



Flickr Prothonotary Warbler Link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/21183284 AT N05/14468406881/in/photostream/
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 20th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:17:36 -0400
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* June 20, 2014
* DEST1406.20
      	
*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Bobwhite
RED-NECKED GREBE
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
UPLAND SANDPIPER
Red Knot
Ruddy Turnstone
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-Billed Dowitcher
WILSON'S PHALAROPE
Bonaparte's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Least Tern
Caspian Tern
Black Tern
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Barred Owl
Common Nighthawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cliff Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Veery
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Worm-eating Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Scarlet Tanager
Summer Tanager
Grasshopper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Dickcissel
Eastern Meadowlark

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: June 20, 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, June 20th is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of
Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual list
reached 300 species this week with one new addition. Traffic tie-ups should
be heavy this weekend, with 100,000 fans at the Firefly Festival in Dover,
plus the I-495 Christiana River Bridge closing in Wilmington, along with the
usual beach traffic. 

The place to be has been Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. An
UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at the intersection of Thirteen-Curves and Cods
Road on Sunday. A pair of WILSON'S PHALAROPE were seen at Broadkill Beach
impoundment on Wednesday. Other interesting birds at Fowler's Beach were a
PIPING PLOVER along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RED KNOT, LEAST SANDPIPER,
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, LEAST TERN and 25 BLACK SKIMMER. SKIMMERS were also
seen at Broadkill Beach along with AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED STILTS,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and CASPIAN TERN. SNOW GOOSE continues to be seen
along the Prime Hook Beach road. Headquarters area continues to have
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, along with PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED, and PRAIRIE
WARBLER plus YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Two more PHALAROPES were seen the same day at Big Stone Beach in Milford
Neck Wildlife Area. One of those birds was positively identified as a
WILSON'S PHALAROPE but the other was too far away. It's unclear if these are
the same birds that were seen later in the day then at Prime Hook.
BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen on nest at Big Stone Beach. Other birds seen
there included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, 16 DUNLIN, 144 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and 80 BLACK SKIMMER.

Little Creek Wildlife Management Area also continues to have excellent
birding. BLACK TERN and AMERICAN COOT were seen from the central tower
today. A very late lingering RED-NECKED GREBE, along with RING-NECKED and
RUDDY DUCK continue to be seen from the impoundments of the Pickering Beach
Road. A young male RUDDY DUCK was also seen off Port Mahon along with
SKIMMERS, WILLETS, and BALD EAGLE.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL showed up at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also seen were AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-NECKED
STILTS, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. Eight
BLACK SKIMMERS were seen roosting on the sandbar in Sheerness Pool. LEAST
BITTERNS continue to be seen in the phragmites there, along with TUNDRA
SWAN. There was a peak count of 22 WOOD DUCK. BOBWHITE and RINGNECKED
PHEASANT along with GRASSHOPPER SPARROW reported near the Allee house.
Waders included a pair of CATTLE EGRET along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON,
SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS and GREEN HERON.

The previous reported DICKCISSELS continue to be singing at the Charles E.
Price Memorial Park in Middletown. The entrance to the park is found off
Levels Road. Also reported there was EASTERN MEADOWLARK, GRASSHOPPER and
SAVANNAH SPARROW. A peak count of 20 CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen at the Route 9
bridge east of Odessa. Also reported was calling CLAPPER and KING RAIL and 4
LEAST BITTERNS. CLIFF SWALLOW was also seen from the Leipsic River Bridge.

PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were also reported at Cape Henlopen
State Park near Lewes. BLACK SCOTER was seen from Herring Point. SURF SCOTER
and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL were reported from the Cape May-Lewes ferry.
BROWN HEADED NUTHATCH was at Gordon's Pond.

Another of those all-white gulls tentatively reported as GLAUCOUS GULL was
seen on the beach on the bayside of Tower Road in Delaware Seashore State
Park, south of Dewey Beach. These birds are obviously larger than the
HERRING GULLS in the area but show no color markings on the body. So far
this year, this plumage showed up at Pickering Beach, Mispillion Inlet,
Prime Hook Beach, and now Delaware Seashore. It's still unclear if this is
one bird over a large area or several birds showing the same plumage.

Other birds in Delaware Seashore State Park this week included BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT HERON at Tower Road along with BLACK SKIMMER and COMMON NIGHTHAWK.
TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Burton's Island along with SNOWY EGRET, GREEN
HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Fifteen COMMON TERNS were counted underneath the
Indian River Inlet Bridge.

The Sussex County field trip to Great Cypress Swamp produced 5 RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, WORM-EATING, PROTHONOTARY,
YELLOW-THROATED, and PRAIRIE WARBLER plus YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and SUMMER
TANAGER. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported at Redden State Forest,
north of Georgetown along W. Robbins Rd.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported at Newark reservoir. White Clay Creek State
Park North of Newark had YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER
reported. WARBLING and YELLOW THROATED VIREO were also seen. Warblers
reported there included YELLOW-THROATED, YELLOW, PRAIRIE, PINE, and AMERICAN
REDSTART. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was reported at Middle Run Natural Area off
the Possum Park Road. BARRED OWL was also heard calling there.

WARBLING VIREO was also reported at Ashland Nature Center and at Coverdale
Farms. OVENBIRD, PRAIRIE WARBLER and SCARLET TANAGER were also reported at
Coverdale. The marsh by the entrance booth to Brandywine Creek State Park
had singing WILLOW FLYCATCHER along with YELLOW and PRAIRIE WARBLER plus
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. EASTERN MEADOWLARKS continue to be seen from the Hawk
watch parking lot.

COOPER'S HAWKS were reported at Coverdale farms and at Bear along Route 7. A
BALD EAGLE was seen flying over a yard in Newark. NORTHERN HARRIERS was
reported at Pickering Beach Rd and Tony Florio's at Woodland Beach Wildlife
Area. A total of six PEREGRINE FALCONS, including three males and a female
hatched this year were seen at the falcon watch in downtown Wilmington. A
ROCK PIGEON and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were seen brought in as prey. The best
place to observe was from the rooftop of the garage at 11th and West
Streets. 

Congratulations to this year Delaware Birdathon that produced $45,000 in
donations, setting a new record. All that money will be donated for habitat
preservation. A record 238 species was this year cumulative total, including
8 write-in species. The top group had a single day total of 188 species!

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, David Fees, Howard Eskin, Chris Rowe, Brian McCaffrey, Bill
Stewart, Mike Bowen, Brian Henderson, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Matt
Boone, Alissa Kegelman, Mary Lukaszewski, Andrew Dursa, Sharon Lynn, Sue
Gruver, and Maurice Barnhill. 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: "Bird Experience At Middle Run" Camp Highlights
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 01:08:07 +0000
Greetings:

This afternoon the "Bird Experience at Middle Run" camp concluded with a fine 
finale, as the group of campers and visitors were treated to a memorable bird 
banding demonstration by UD bird researcher Ian Stewart. After banding a male 
Tree Swallow, we discovered that he is paired with a female swallow that Ian 
banded(as a nestling) during last year's camp! 


The campers recorded all the birds observed each day on their morning walks on 
the Middle Run Birding Trail, and today Delaware's E-Bird Editor Joe Sebastiani 
visited and helped with entering their checklists into the database. More than 
30 total hours of observation effort for the week (and six checklists entered) 
produced a milestone as they entered E-Bird Checklist #1,000 for the Middle Run 
Natural Area. 


For the week, the campers found more than 60 species of birds at Middle Run, 
including favorites like Louisiana Waterthrush, Barred Owl, Scarlet Tanager, 
Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, and Common Yellowthroat. 


The amazing staff at Tri-State Bird Rescue provided hands-on volunteer 
opportunities for the campers to learn about caring for orphaned or injured 
birds, and New Castle County Parks welcomed the camp and all the visitors to 
this special natural area. DNS Naturalist Sarah Stapley did an excellent job of 
training these young conservationists-in-the-making. 


The highlight video from the camp is available for viewing at: 
http://animoto.com/play/QRuSMQb1nNlNKf7SmEqAcA 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Coot and Black Tern at Little Creek
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:25:33 -0400
This morning I had a single American Coot and a basic plumage Black a Tern
from the tower at Little Creek.  Along Edgewater Farm Road I had an
American Kestrel on the wires.

With just over 10 days left in the month my Big June total stands at 138,
June Challenge total is 134.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Robbins Road Woodpeckers
From: Mary Lukaszewski <mlukas AT SPRINTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:01:34 -0400
We were passing the Robbins Rd woodpecker lot yesterday and found our first 
red-headed woodpeckers seen in the lot this summer. 


They were at the end of the top-most branch of the tallest dead tree in the 
middle of the lot, not at the top end of the lot where they had nested for the 
last few years. They were not nesting at this spot; the limb was too narrow to 
hold a nest. One woodpecker was tapping away at the end of the branch while the 
second woodpecker was just sitting close by on another branch watching the 
action. We watched them for about five minutes until they flew toward the 
bottom of the tree and out of sight among the foliage of the other trees. It 
was a long distance from the road and we could not be sure it was the red-heads 
until the sun came out and we could see the colors better in our binoculars. 


Several times we have heard the red-heads in the woods between Sammons Rd and 
Robbins Rd; one time I saw a red-head chasing a pileated across Sammons Rd so 
there is a possibility that there is more than one nest of red-heads but they 
are spreading out across the area. 


Worth a look if you are passing through the area.

Mary Lukaszewski
Subject: Avocets and Black-necked Stilts
From: John Long <johnlong611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:06:45 -0400
Saw a dozen avocets and 2 black-necked stilts at Broadkill Rd. about 100
yards in the bay on the north side of the road this morning at 7:30am.
Subject: Open House at Middle Run on Friday Afternoon (6/20)
From: Derek Stoner <derek AT DELAWARENATURESOCIETY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:32:53 +0000
DE-Birders:

You are invited to an Open House visit with the campers of the Delaware Nature 
Society's "Bird Experience at Middle Run" tomorrow afternoon, Friday June 20, 
from 2:45 to 4:00pm. 


The summer campers will be showing their projects (bird boxes, nest cups, bird 
surveys, and more), and you will have a chance to meet staff from Tri-State 
Bird Rescue to learn about the organization's unique partnership with the camp. 


University of Delaware researcher Ian Stewart will be demonstrating his methods 
for banding songbirds (Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows), and answering 
questions about these popular backyard birds. We will not be actually capturing 
any birds, but will share with you insights about Ian's unique on-going study. 


The meeting place for the Open House will be the parking lot at Tri-State Bird 
Rescue, and the address is 170 Possum Hollow Road, Newark, DE 19711. 


Good birding,

Derek Stoner

Conservation Project Coordinator
Delaware Nature Society
derek AT delawarenaturesociety.org
Subject: Fwd: Wilson's Phalaropes at Broadkill
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:57:35 -0400
Correction: the Phalaropes were in the North impoundment on Broadkill Beach 
Road. 


Sharon Lynn
Rehoboth Beach

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sharon Lynn 
> Date: June 18, 2014 at 9:31:48 AM EDT
> To: de-birds AT princeton.edu
> Subject: Wilson's Phalaropes at Broadkill
> 
> On my way out of town, I decided to stop and scan the impoundments at 
Broadkill Beach Road. There are 2 WILSON's PHALAROPES on the south impoundment 
close to the road. They were with 4 DUNLIN. There is also a lone SNOW GOOSE 
sling the road. 

> Sharon Lynn 
> Rehoboth Beach
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Wilson's Phalaropes at Broadkill
From: Sharon Lynn <slynn001 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:31:48 -0400
On my way out of town, I decided to stop and scan the impoundments at Broadkill 
Beach Road. There are 2 WILSON's PHALAROPES on the south impoundment close to 
the road. They were with 4 DUNLIN. There is also a lone SNOW GOOSE sling the 
road. 

Sharon Lynn 
Rehoboth Beach
 
Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Wilson's Phalarope at Big Stone Beach
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:05:15 -0400
I had a female Wilson's Phalarope in alternate plumage and a second
phalarope I was unable to positively ID this morning in the marsh at the
end of Big Stone Beach Road.
Subject: Photo Study Of Birds At Bombay Hook NWR (Kent), 6/17/14
From: "Howard B. Eskin" <hbeskin AT VOICENET.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:32:27 -0500
Briton Parker and I went to both Bombay Hook NWR and Port Mahon today to
photograph birds. The hot, sunny day produced some birds and far too many
insects. To see the Photo Study and a list of the species seen, please
click on the following link:

http://www.howardsview.com/BombayHookJune17_14/BombayHookJune17_14.html

Regards,
Howard


Howard B. Eskin, Ph.D., P.E.
Harleysville (Montco), PA
Subject: Surprise!!
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:33:43 -0400
This is my 4th year participating in the June Challenge and I've come to
expect the unexpected. Like the near total absence of lingering waterfowl
this year.  They seemed so easy to find those first three years.  Who would
have expected a Red-necked Grebe to still be hanging around half way
through the month.  And then there are the serendipitous sightings that
make the June Challenge, and birding in general, so much fun. In addition
to the lack of waterfowl, other than Mallards, raptors have been difficult
to find as well.  Sure, Bald Eagles are a dime a dozen, but where is there
a Cooper's, Red-shouldered or Kestrel in Kent County when you need one?  Lo
and behold while sitting at the light at the intersection of US-13 and
Division Street in Dover this afternoon, heading back to the office after a
morning in the field at Brandywine Creek, I spotted an American Kestrel
winging its way north over the busy intersection.  Bird number 133 for June
Challenge and 137 for Big June.  13 days left to go in the month.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: This Thursday - Wilmington Peregrine FalconWatch Event
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:05:36 -0400
Wilmington Peregrine FalconWatch on Thursday, June 19th (rescheduled from 6/11) 



Everyone is invited to the FREE and rescheduled Seventh Annual Wilmington 
Peregrine FalconWatch Thursday, June 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Parents and 
children are encouraged to attend. 


The free program focuses on the nesting pair of wild Peregrine Falcons and 
their four chicks that occupied a nest box on the 19th floor of the Brandywine 
Building, in the heart of downtown Wilmington. Enjoy watching the fledglings as 
they learn to fly, hunt and navigate the downtown cityscape. 


The location is the City Center Parking Garage, 11th & Tatnall Streets, 
Wilmington, DE. Park either in the garage or along the street and take the 
elevator to the rooftop parking deck, where the event will be held. 


This event is hosted by the Delmarva Ornithological Society and DuPont's Clear 
into the Future. 


Free Peregrine FalconWatch T-shirts to all attendees and a catered buffet will 
be provided. Casual attire. Optical equipment for viewing the falcons will be 
available. 


For any questions, please contact Bill Stewart  AT  610-864-0370.
Subject: Good Birds in Kent County
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:35:53 -0400
I walked out to the impoundment at Little Creek WA from Pickering Beach
Road hoping to find one or more of the ducks that I'm still missing for my
Big June/June Challenge list.  While I did not get anything new the birds I
had there earlier this month - drake Ring-necked Duck, three male Ruddy
Ducks and the Red-necked Grebe were still there, along with a Tundra Swan
(the same one that's been hanging out at BHNWR??).  On my way out I saw a
male Northern Harrier on the south side of Pickering Beach Road.

At Mispillion Harbor I saw the continuing pale gull (still not sure what
this bird is) and two Royal Terns.  Six continuing Black Scoters were
hauled out on Osprey Beach - on the Sussex Side of Cedar Creek.

Last evening Karen and I had a single Green-winged Teal at Taylors Gut and
a spotted a single female Northern Harrier over the marsh to the south of
Florio Road from the Woodland Beach WA observation tower.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE
Subject: Hummers....
From: Ben Tebbens <bentebbens AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:58:33 -0400
Just wanting to say and am thinking you folks with hummingbird feeders out have 
hopefully started to see an increase again in activity!!!  At least over here 
in Lincoln we sure have,  maybe not quite the #'s as in early May but getting 
close,  and am getting excited :)  Bless you all,  and happy birding,  Ben 
Tebbens of Lincoln :)  


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: Cuckoo
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:07:52 -0400
Thank you to everyone who sent me the detailed instructions.  My son
suggested we walk up on the mowed grass after the muddy bike trail debacle
but I said ohhhhhhhhh nooooooo that can't be right! Another slice of humble
pie for breakfast

Susan
Subject: DOS Annual Picnic - this Wednesday!
From: Bill Stewart <bird-del AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:47:41 -0400
Good Morning DE Birders-

Everyone is invited to the end-of-the-year DOS Picnic to be held this 
Wednesday! We hope to see both old and new faces for a fun-filled social 
gathering celebrating another wonderful year of the Delmarva Ornithological 
Society! 



Annual DOS Picnic and Delaware Bird-A-Thon Awards Ceremony

This year's Delaware Bird-A-Thon Awards Ceremony will be held in conjunction 
with the DOS Annual Picnic on Wednesday, June 18th, starting  AT  5:30 at the 
Flint Woods Preserve. All DOS members, Bird-A-Thon participants, friends and 
family are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks 
will be provided. Please consider bringing a summer-themed dish to share. 
Adults are welcomed to BYOB/W. 


The Flint Woods Preserve driveway is located off of Center Meeting Rd. directly 
opposite of Pyle's Ford Rd. in Centerville, DE 


Mark your calendars for JUNE 18TH and hope to see another great turnout!

Good birding,

Bill Stewart
DOS VP/Program Chair
Subject: Middle Run Link
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:07:45 -0400
DE-Birders:

The link I previously sent is a bit cuckoo, so this one should work better:

www.delnature.org/middlerun

Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Subject: Middle Run Brochure and Map
From: Derek Stoner <derekstoner AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:51:13 -0400
DE-Birders:

The Middle Run Birding Trail is freshly-mowed and prepped in anticipation of an 
exciting week of the "Bird Experience at Middle Run" summer camp hosted by the 
Delaware Nature Society. 


Breeding bird activity is in full swing and there are plenty of interesting 
birds in the midst of their own June Challenge: raising babies! As always, 
giving the birds plenty of space and respecting their important task is the 
best policy when birding near active nesting sites. 


To view the website about the trail, visit:

delnature.org/middle run

Click on the link for "Middle Run Birding Trail" in bold red letters to get the 
full birding trail brochure and map, with details and descriptions for a 
self-guided tour. 


Thank you to Susan for the reminder to share these directions again.

Good birding,

Derek Stoner
Delaware Nature Society
 		 	   		  
Subject: Middle Run Cuckoo
From: susan ruth marengo <srmarengo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:02:53 -0400
I don't mean to be a complete dolt, but I need some more info on the bb
cuckoo.  I went down possum hill road and turned onto the dirt road that
pointed to the birder's trail. As we entered the trail there was a sign for
the Lenape cut off to the left.  I went to the trail at the back of the
parking lot and went to the right.The woods was very dense -- I thought
cuckoos were edge birds. It went down a very steep hill, then along the
creek and was filled with bikers.  The trail was very narrow etc.

I did see marker #1 (brown metal, white 1).  Is this the right trail?
About how far apart are the markers?

I checked at the bird recovery station down the road and they did not have
any maps or knowledge of bbc except that cuckoos were around all the time,

Thank you so much -- when I moved to TX it took me 6 mo the figure out
which street I needed to turn down to get home!!

Susan Marengo
Subject: Late Lone Upland SP along Cods Road
From: "Fees, David F. (DNREC)" <David.Fees AT STATE.DE.US>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:58:44 +0000
Earlier today I had a single Upland Sandpiper feeding in a newly plowed field 
along Cods Road at 13 Curves Road. After originally spotting it in the bare 
corner of the field, it moved into the short rows of corn toward the middle of 
the field. 


Still a few Red Knots at Fowler's Beach.

The area must have received a heavy rain as water levels were high at Fowler's 
Beach and at Broadkill Beach. Saw a flock of avocets at Broadkill Beach. 


Dave Fees
Seaford, DE
Subject: Black Scoter not Ruddy
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:36:56 -0400
Correction they are 4 Black Scoter.  

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 14, 2014, at 6:30 PM, John Hoyt  wrote:
> 
> Four Rudy Ducks at Herring Point right now. Don't have binocs, but they 
certainly looks to be Rudy's ... 

> 
> John Hoyt
> Lewes, DE
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Rudy Ducks
From: John Hoyt <jhoyt.webmail AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:30:40 -0400
Four Rudy Ducks at Herring Point right now. Don't have binocs, but they 
certainly looks to be Rudy's ... 


John Hoyt
Lewes, DE

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, June 13th, 2014
From: Andrew Ednie <ednieap AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 08:39:01 -0400
RBA

* Delaware

* Statewide

* June 13, 2014

* DEST1406.13

       

*Birds mentioned

Snow Goose

Mute Swan

Ring-necked Duck

Surf Scoter

Black Scoter

Bufflehead

Red-breasted Merganser

Wild Turkey

Ring-necked Pheasant

RED-NECKED GREBE

Brown Pelican

Least Bittern

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Glossy Ibis

Mississippi Kite

Cooper's Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

American Kestrel

Common Gallinule

American Oystercatcher

American Avocet

Black-necked Stilt

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Sanderling

Short-Billed Dowitcher

Bonaparte's Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Black-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Common Nighthawk

Red-headed Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER

Willow Flycatcher

ALDER FLYCATCHER

Warbling Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Veery

Ovenbird

Worm-eating Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

American Redstart

Black and White Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Kentucky Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Northern Parula

Cape May Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-throated Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-breasted Chat

Scarlet Tanager

Summer Tanager

Vesper Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Grasshopper Sparrow

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Blue Grosbeak

Dickcissel

Eastern Meadowlark

 

Hotline: Birdline Delaware

Date: June 13, 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 June, Friday the 13th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. This week's unofficial Delaware annual
list reached 299 species. What will be the 300th species for the year? The
annual June challenge is on, with lots of good birds reported.

 

The Pickering Beach impoundments at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area
had a number of interesting birds this past week including RING-NECKED DUCK,
a late lingering RED-NECKED GREBE and LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. A TRICOLORED
HERON was seen from the central tower. PICKERING BEACH had an immature
BONAPARTE'S GULL and over 50 BLACK SKIMMERS .There has been an all-white
large gull seen at Pickering Beach and also Mispillion Inlet. It's unsure if
this is the same bird, or even what species. This has been reported as a 2nd
year GLAUCOUS GULL or a partial leucistic GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL. The gull
does have a thin two-tone bill, with worn all white plumage. Pictures would
be appreciated.

 

Port Mahon had 11 BROWN PELICANS flying over Delaware Bay plus BLACK
SKIMMER, SANDERLING, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and SALTMARSH
SPARROW. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was also reported at Port Mahon and at
Edgewater Farms, north of Little Creek. A singing DICKCISSEL was also
reported at Edgewater Farms.

 

Other late lingering waterfowl this past week included a female BLACK SCOTER
at Augustine Beach. There were 6 BLACK SCOTERS at Mispillion Inlet. A SURF
SCOTER was seen at the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal near Cape Henlopen
State Park. SNOW GEESE have been reported at Carousel Farm near Marshallton,
Port Mahon, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, and Cupola Park
in Millsboro. MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN have been seen at Bombay Hook National
Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A BUFFLEHEAD was reported at the point at Cape
Henlopen State Park. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were seen at Prime Hook Beach
Road. And finally, RUDDY DUCKS were seen at Port Mahon and at the south side
of Broadkill Beach impoundments.

 

Some other birds seen at Broadkill Beach included BLACK TERN on the north
side impoundments. Prime Hook Woods had BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, SCARLET and
SUMMER TANAGER, plus PROTHONOTARY, YELLOW-THROATED, PINE, and PRAIRIE
WARBLER. Shorebirds seen at Prime Hook this week included AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, two
late RED KNOTS, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and GREATER
YELLOWLEGS. Field birds seen included AMERICAN KESTREL and GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW. SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen in the marsh at Fowler's Beach. 

 

PIPING PLOVERS continue be seen at The Point at Cape Henlopen along with 4
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. ROYAL and COMMON TERN were also reported at The
Point. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at Gordon's Pond. 

 

A late push of hawks included four MISSISSIPPI KITES at Cape Henlopen State
Park on May 31st. A single KITE was seen there later in the week. Also
reported was BROAD-WINGED HAWK at Cape Henlopen, a rare bird there any time
of the year. Another BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported in northern Delaware,
flying over the Greenville Shopping Center last weekend. RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS have been seen nesting along Rt. 41 in Hockessin. COOPER'S HAWKS have
been reported in several locations this last week, including Carousel Farm,
Fairfax, Claymont, and Townsend.

 

A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen along the Bald Cypress Trail at
Trap Pond State Park near Laurel. Also reported was PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.
SUMMER TANAGER was found along the Chapman branch. COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen
flying over Seaford this week. Oak Grove near Seaford reported WORM EATING
WARBLER, SCARLET and SUMMER TANAGER, juvenile PILEATED WOODPECKER, plus
VESPER SPARROW.

 

SUMMER and SCARLET TANAGER were reported along Berrytown Rd., west of Viola
near the Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Refuge. WORM-EATING and KENTUCKY WARBLER
were also found there along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and PILEATED
WOODPECKER.

 

Mispillion Inlet had 4 BROWN PELICANS on the north side today. BLACK and
LEAST TERN were seen flying out over Delaware Bay. Earlier the week, 2 RED
KNOTS were still seen along with RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER with several BLACK SKIMMERS also seen flying by. 

 

A pair of DICKCISSELS continue to be singing at the Charles Price Memorial
Park off St. Anne's Church Road in Middletown. Also reported there were
GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROW, plus EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

 

There was a late push of warblers through the state at the end of May this
year. A MOURNING WARBLER was found at Krapf's property in White Clay Creek
State Park along Creek Road on May 31st. A first-year female CAPE MAY
WARBLER was reported in Cheswold the same day. CANADA WARBLER was reported
in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road. WILSON'S WARBLER was reported at
Rittenhouse Park along the Christiana Creek, south of Newark. A BLACKPOLL
WARBLER was reported north of Newark.

 

Late flycatchers included singing ALDER FLYCATCHERS at Middle Run Natural
Area and Brandywine Creek State Park. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was also at
Middle Run. WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were reported Bellevue State Park, Brandywine
Creek, Ashland Nature Center, Granogue, Thousand Acre Marsh, and Stave's
Landing. 

 

White Clay Creek State Park continues to have HOODED and KENTUCKY WARBLER
along with YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA and AMERICAN REDSTART.
VEERY and WOOD THRUSH of also been reported there. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO
continues to be seen at Middle Run Natural Area at trail marker five.
Warblers seen there included BLUE-WINGED, PRAIRIE, PINE, and BLACK AND
WHITE. BLUE GROSBEAK and VEERY of also been reported along with SNOWY EGRET.
WILD TURKEY was reported at Coverdale Farms.

 

YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO plus YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO
were reported at Granogue along the Brandywine Creek. Seven species of
warbler including YELLOW, PRAIRIE, PARULA, REDSTART, OVENBIRD and
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT reported Brandywine Creek State Park. Also found was
EASTERN MEADOWLARK, BLUE GROSBEAK, WARBLING VIREO, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

 

LEAST TERN and BLACK SKIMMER were reported in New Castle County at Thousand
Acre Marsh this week. Both these species are usually found in the county
only during storms. COMMON GALLINULE was also seen along Dutch Neck Road.
Waders seen included LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, GREEN HERON, and
GLOSSY IBIS. YELLOW BREASTED CHAT was seen at Grier's Pond. LEAST BITTERNS
were seen by kayak at Dragon Run. Veterans Park in Delaware City remains a
good place to see waders flying over included LITTLE BLUE, CATTLE EGRET, and
GLOSSY IBIS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen out at Fort Delaware.

 

A few late remaining AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen at Bombay Hook.
Although unusual, AVOCETS have been over summering at the refuge for the
last 20 years. Historically, AVOCETS the nested the East Coast, with recent
documented finds in North Carolina and Virginia according to "Birds at
Delaware". These loafing summer birds maintain some degree of the
rusty-headed breeding plumage. Also reported at the refuge this last week
has been BLACK-NECKED STILT, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK SKIMMER, and
CASPIAN TERN. A COMMON GALLINULE was found at Sheerness Pool along with
LEAST BITTERN.

 

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Chris and Karen
Bennett, Evan Speck, Rod Murray, David Fees, Glen Lovelace, Joel Martin,
Phil Thompson, Chris Rowe, Holly Merker, Bill Stewart, Marian Quinn, Lynn
McDowell, Jerry AmEnde, Sally O'Byrne, Mike Bowen, Joe Sebastiani, Derek
Stoner, Amy O'Neill, Matt Boone, Mason Sieges, Abby Walter, Tim Freiday,
Rich Clifton, Ian Stewart, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell and Maurice
Barnhill. 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: Common Gallon use at Bombay Hook
From: Christopher Bennett <cpb2564 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:00:54 -0400
This afternoon I had a single Common Gallinule on the backside of Shearness
from about halfway down the dike.

Chris Bennett
Milford, DE