RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 6th, 2017


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RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 6, 2017
* DEST1701.06
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*Birds mentioned
Brant
Snow Goose
Ross=92s Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Blue-winged Teal
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
COMMON EIDER
Surf Scoter=20
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
GOLDEN EAGLE
Virginia Rail
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
American Woodcock
Wilson=92s Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
BLACK-HEADED GULL
Iceland GULL
Lesser Black Backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
Forster=92s Tern
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
SNOWY OWL
Barred Owl
Long-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
NORTHERN SHRIKE
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Snow Bunting
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 6, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (ednieap@verizon.net)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For 2017, on Friday, January 6th, this is Birdline Delaware from the
Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial =
Delaware
year list for 2016 reached a record at 336 species last week! The new
unofficial Delaware year list stands at 153 species this week.

News just came in that SNOWY OWL was found at sitting on a chimney in =
South
Bowers Beach, south of Dover. South Bowers is accessed from the
Thompsonville Road off US Route 113 north of Milford. A CLAPPER RAIL was
found in the marsh nearby.

Another new bird this week was a NORTHERN SHRIKE found at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. That bird was found from the =
refuge
headquarters access road off the Black Farm Trail. This is before the =
sharp
90=B0 turn in the road, watched the field edge along the south side or =
hike
the trail to the field along the eastern edge. Also seen in this area =
was an
EASTERN PHOEBE. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the Observation Point
Trail near the headquarters. More on ORANGE-CROWNS later.

The previous reported CRESTED CARACARA continues to be seen in the West
Rehoboth area behind Tangiers Outlet. The bird has been seen off Road =
271
(the Holland Glade Road) and at Hebron Road, the next road to the south. =
A
good place to look is at the parking lot for the Breakwater Trail. Look =
for
the ballfield on the left-hand side of the road, the caracara has been =
seen
in the hedgerow along the Breakwater Trail and in the woods by the silo
behind the ballfield. Also seen in the area has been ROSS=92S GOOSE and
flyover CACKLING GOOSE. Birders looking for the CARACARA might also want =
to
look at the Wolfe=92s Neck sewage treatment plant near Midway. Two
BLACK-HEADED GULLS were seen there on Sunday along with ROSS=92S GOOSE =
and
NORTHERN BOBWHITE.

The previous reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen at =
the
southern trailhead to Gordon=92s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park. Use =
the
parking lot off N. Ocean Dr. in Rehoboth Beach and watch the shrubs from =
the
trailhead onto the beach access trail. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER =
was
also found at Gordon=92s Pond along with RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH. A GREAT EGRET was found at the pond. A CACKLING GOOSE was seen
with the 15,000 SNOW GEESE sitting on the ocean. BLACK SCOTER, =
RED-THROATED
LOON, and NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore.

The year of the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues with at least six =
sightings
this week. Besides the birds reported at Gordon=92s Pond and Prime Hook, =
there
were birds reported at Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach, Creekside =
neighborhood
near Clarksville west of Bethany Beach, and in Lewes. In New Castle =
County,
an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre
Marsh. CHIPPING and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, and both
RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were also found at the Ashton =
Tract.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick =
Island
with nearly 200 AMERICAN WIGEON. Also reported was MUTE SWAN, 230 =
GADWALL,
BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. Shorebirds seen included GREATER
YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN. Land birds included PINE WARBLER with WINTER =
WREN,
PILEATED WOODPECKER, and both WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

A RED-NECK GREBE was seen off Indian River Inlet on Wednesday with
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and all three species of SCOTER: =
SURF,
WHITE-WINGED, and BLACK. Three GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at the inlet =
along
with PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING on the jetty. A
TRICOLORED HERON was found on Thursday at Burtons Island, behind the =
North
Marina. Waterfowl there included 750 BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON LOON.
RUDDY TURNSTONE and BALD EAGLE were reported at the marina.

Four REDHEAD and RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on Spring Lake condominiums =
off
Route 1 between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. A flock of 300 CANVASBACKS =
were
seen off of Silver Lake and Rehoboth Beach, along with intermittent =
reports
of GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and =
PIED-BILLED
GREBE. Six LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Silver Lake on Sunday

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on Angola Neck along the Camp Arrowhead Road =
near
Herring Creek on Saturday. This is off the John Williams Hwy., Route 24,
west of Rehoboth Beach. Bald Eagle Creek near Rehoboth Beach had HORNED
GREBE and COMMON LOON, along with HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY
DUCK, plus 5 KILLDEER and BELTED KINGFISHER. This area also had the =
Nuthatch
trifecta with RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

Gulls at the Jones Crossing landfill, in Sussex County included 50 =
LESSER
BLACK-BACKED, 4 adult ICELAND and 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS (one adult and two
immature). These gulls can be seen on the pond and sand hills by the =
dredge
area on 28560 Landfill Lane off Hardscrabble Road (Route 20) between
Georgetown and Laurel, which make easy viewing for birders.

A first-year male COMMON EIDER was seen off the Harbor of Refuge =
lighthouse
jetty in Cape Henlopen State Park on Wednesday along with BRANT, =
BUFFLEHEAD,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and GREAT CORMORANT. A =
flock of
30 SNOW BUNTINGS with 5 Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROWS were found at the =
point at
Cape Henlopen. Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a FORSTER=92S TERN =
were seen
at Herring Point. Three VIRGINIA RAILS were heard calling at the bridges
over the marsh along the Saltmarsh Spur Trail behind the campground. A
census of the park found 37 BROWN-HEADED and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES =
on
Sunday. The trip to the Breakwater jetty on Sunday found a second-year
GLAUCOUS GULL along with 25 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 15 RUDDY TURNSTONES,
SANDERLING, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS.

A flock of 13 AMERICAN AVOCETS, along with GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS
were found at the Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge =
on
Sunday. Also seen was a GREAT EGRET on Wednesday. Waterfowl there =
included
GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK,
BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Both COMMON and
RED-THROATED LOONS were seen off Broadkill Beach. PALM WARBLER was seen =
off
13 Curves Rd. Six WOOD DUCK were found at Little Neck Wildlife =
Management
Area off Prime Hook Beach Road, along with AMERICAN PIPIT and PURPLE =
FINCH
plus 2 MERLIN and an AMERICAN KESTREL. A raft of 20 LESSER SCAUP were =
seen
off of Prime Hook Beach. 20 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, KILLDEER and LESSER
YELLOWLEGS were seen at Fowler=92s Beach. VIRGINIA RAIL, BARRED OWL and =
WILD
TURKEY were heard calling at Fowler=92s. ROSS=92S GOOSE was found among =
20,000
SNOW GEESE, plus TUNDRA SWAN, SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. MARSH WREN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and SAVANNAH
SPARROW were seen in the marsh.

Three PURPLE FINCH was also seen coming to a feeder near Georgetown, =
along
with a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Two PINE SISKINS were seen at a feeder =
east
of Seaford with 3 CHIPPING and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. CHIPPING SPARROW =
and
Eastern Phoebe were found at the Hudson Farm near Trap Pond State Park =
near
Laurel along with MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL. A CACKLING GOOSE was =
found
the ponds at Broad Creek in Laurel along with 128 RING-NECKED DUCK, one
female LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. Also =
seen
was BELTED KINGFISHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and 4 PALM WARBLERS. EASTERN =
PHOEBE,
5 RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, 10 FOX SPARROWS and the NUTHATCH trifecta was =
also
found at Woodland Ferry in the West Seaford area.

A ROSS=92S GOOSE was seen at Frederica off Johnny Cake Landing Road. 30 =
SNOW
BUNTINGS were seen with HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near Little Creek. =
SNOW
BUNTING was also seen along the Port Mahon Road, plus an AMERICAN =
BITTERN on
Sunday. A raft of 10 CANVASBACKS, plus GREATER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER,
BUFFLEHEAD and GADWALL were at Kitts Hummock on Saturday. A =
WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW continues to come to a feeder in Cheswold, joined by a PINE =
WARBLER
today.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna continues to have some
outstanding late shorebirds, including MARBLED GODWIT with both GREATER =
and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS on Sunday plus WILLET and AMERICAN AVOCET. A late male
BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at the northwest corner of Shearness Pool. =
Diving
ducks reported included a female REDHEAD, 25 RING-NECKED DUCK, 30 COMMON
MERGANSERS plus TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Bear =
Swamp.
Land birds reported included RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD,
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW and SAVANNAH SPARROW. LONG-EARED =
OWL
was reported from two different areas within the refuge this week, along
with BARN, BARRED, GREAT HORNED and EASTERN SCREECH OWL. LONG-EARED OWL =
was
also reported calling from the holly woods along Texas Lane, south of
Leipsic.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON, previous reported last month was seen again on
Thursday at Hoope=92s Reservoir near Greenville off Hillside Mill Road. =
Other
waterfowl reported at Hoopes=92s included GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, 200 =
RING-NECKED
DUCK, 10 AMERICAN COOT, 2 PIED-BILLED GREBE plus HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. BELTED KINGFISHER, WINTER WREN, and HERMIT THRUSH were along
Hillside Mill Road.

COMMON MERGANSER and BELTED KINGFISHER were found along the Christiana =
River
at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Area in downtown Wilmington. AMERICAN =
TREE
SPARROW and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were also found. A lone ROSS=92S GOOSE was =
seen on
the pond at Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred. Along with RUSTY
BLACKBIRD. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER reported in Ashland Nature Center =
and at
Auburn Heights near Yorklyn. A PINE SISKIN was seen at Ashland today

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported again this week at Ashland Nature
Center, the White=92s feeder in Yorklyn, North Star, Brookside and White =
Clay
Creek State Park near Hopkin=92s Bridge. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were =
reported
Grubb Road and Shipley Road in Brandywine Hundred, Christiana Manor, 2 =
in
Glasgow, Fairfield Crest in Newark and Brookside. A PINE WARBLER was =
also
reported coming to the feeder in Brookside.=20

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also reported at Bay Pointe near Summit =
Bridge,
south of Glasgow. Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found at Summit =
Bridge
Farm, below the canal. Nine COMMON MERGANSERS and a DOUBLE-CRESTED =
CORMORANT
were found at Lums Pond State Park. Raptors reported included =
RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK and a MERLIN by the bathhouse at the Go Ape rope course. A pair of
TUNDRA SWANS were found at Glasgow Park.=20

A pair of MUTE SWANS were found at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware =
City.
Three female COMMON GOLDENEYES were photographed at the Port Penn
impoundments Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. RED-THROATED LOON was =
reported
at Augustine Beach. GRAY CATBIRD and FOX SPARROW were found at the Green
Tract along Route 9, south of Vance Neck Road near Odessa. MERLIN was =
seen
there along with a GREAT HORNED OWL during the daytime.

AMERICAN WOODCOCK and WILSON=92S SNIPE were found at the pond at the
University of Delaware farm, along with CHIPPING SPARROW. BARRED OWL and
WINTER WREN were found at Middle Run Natural Area north of Newark. A =
flock
of 35 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS was found at White Clay Creek State Park near =
the
Nature Center at Hopkin=92s Bridge along with the FOX SPARROW.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Chris Bennett, Al
Guarente, Nick Pulcinella, Mike Moore, Brian McCaffrey, Mike Smith, =
Linda
Dempsey, Armas Hill , Amy O=92Neil, Stephen Courtney, Frank Rohrabacher, =
Frank
Lenik, Desiree Narengo, Zoe Yost, David Bridge, David Belford, Michael
Bradley, Joel Martin, Katie Bird, Glenn Lovelace, Nancy Goggin, Mike =
Walsh,
Joanne Howl, Mary Lukaszewski, Jack and Jean Filigenzi,  Amy and Jim =
White,
Anthony Gonzon, Nancy Cunningham, Katie Bird, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, =
Kim
Steininger, Bill Stewart, Phil Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Brian =
Henderson,
Derek Stoner, Kelley Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken =
Wat,
Alissa Kegelman, Dave Fees, Racheal Shapiro, John Skibicki, Teddy Burke, =
Ed
Crawford, Rob Blye, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Tim Freiday, =
Joe
Swertinski, Joe Russell and Jason Wood. Remember, the Birdline needs =
your
sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email
ednieap@verizon.net. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you =
good
birding!

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