* January 27, 2017
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
"Sharp-Tailed Type" Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 27, 2017
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland
For Friday January, 27th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
increased to 162 species this week.
During the nor'easter last weekend, a LAUGHING GULL was reported at the
parking lot at Frawley Stadium in downtown Wilmington. Additionally, a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was found there on Wednesday. A pair of COMMON
MERGANSERS were seen on the Brandywine Creek opposite Wilmington Hospital
A RAZORBILL was seen flying by the point at Cape Henlopen State Park on
Wednesday. BRANT, BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus SANDERLING and
DUNLIN were also reported FOX and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen found at the
Seaside Nature Center along with all three species of NUTHATCH,
WHITE-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and RED-BREASTED. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was
found at the Gordon's Pond Trail, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and
A winter plumage adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfe
Point Sewage Treatment Plant at Midway with 5 BONAPARTE'S GULL'S. Eight WILD
TURKEYS were seen outside the plant on Sunday. Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach
had 475 CANVASBACKS, plus LESSER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK.
COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER, BRANT, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, SURF and
BLACK were reported at Indian River Inlet. HORNED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT,
and both COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS were seen offshore. PURPLE SANDPIPER,
RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. A single FORSTER'S
TERN was seen feeding in the inlet.
EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area along with 4 MUTE
SWANS. Other waterfowl reported included AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, PINTAIL,
plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. 50 wild turkeys were seen in the fields at
Assawoman, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the woods.
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLER were reported at Wharton's Bluff near
Frankfurt along Indian River. A flock of 25 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen
at Indian River during the storm. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
also found at Bethany Beach Nature Center along with an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER. A flock of 42 WOOD DUCK were seen in the pond near Angola. Only
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the waste treatment site near
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also found at the headquarters at Prime Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. There were no reports of NORTHERN
SHRIKE this week. SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Oyster Rock Road. A
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found along Prime Hook Beach Road with DUNLIN.
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were also reported, along with LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL. ROSS'S GOOSE was reported with SNOW GEESE along the
Fowler's Beach Road plus at Deep Branch Road. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA
SWAN, BRANT, GADWALL, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER. "SHARP-TAILED TYPE" SPARROWS were reported at Fowler's Beach and
Prime Hook Beach along with MARSH WREN, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. AMERICAN
KESTREL was seen at Fowler's Beach Road. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD,
RED-THROATED LOON, SANDERLING, and 4 HORNED GREBES were seen off Broadkill
Beach. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the field off Cove Neck
Road near Milton.
Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen off Lighthouse Road going to
Mispillion Inlet. RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Kitts Hummock. Ten EASTERN
MEADOWLARK were reported at the Pickering Beach Road. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS
were found among 300 HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near the town of Little
Creek, along with AMERICAN KESTREL.
MARBLED GODWIT was again found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near
Smyrna. The bird was seen on the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool from the
Frink Tower. Waterfowl scene included 170 TUNDRA SWAN, SHOVELER, GADWALL,
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON
MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK. PEREGRINE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL were
reported along with several BALD EAGLES. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was
found at the refuge during the storm on Saturday. Landbirds scene included
EASTERN PHOEBE, FOX, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.
The retention pond at the South Smyrna on-ramp to Route 1 had a REDHEAD with
8 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Saturday. On Sunday, only 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were
found. BARRED OWL was found Saturday at the town at Cheswold.
A male CANVASBACK was found at the spillway to Augustine Creek along Route
9, south of Port Penn on Saturday. RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on
Sunday. Also reported was BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON, and HOODED MERGANSER. A group
of 14 GREAT EGRETS were seen Saturday at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre
Marsh. TUNDRA SWAN and PINTAIL were also reported, along with a GRAY
CATBIRD. GREAT EGRET was also seen Wednesday at Grier's Pond along Dutch
Neck Road. A MERLIN was found at the Gray Fox Farms. Three RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported at Blackbird State Forest opposite the headquarters
Newark Reservoir continues to have 2 drake REDHEADS plus LESSER SCAUP,
COMMON MERGANSER and RING-NECKED DUCK. You can access the reservoir from
Paper Mill Road just past the bridge over White Clay Creek. There is ample
parking and a pathway up the hill. A BARRED OWL was reported at Toad Hill in
Bear. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the E-Building of Christiana Hospital.
RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED
GREBE continue be seen at Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville. BARRED OWL was
seen at the Hillside Mill Cove.
A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be seen at the Village of Linden
Parkland off Milltown Road between Newark in Wilmington. RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH was reported this week in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported this week at Shipley Road near Weldin
Rd., Center Mill Road near Yorklyn, and Bay Pointe, south of Glasgow. A
female PURPLE FINCH was also reported at Bay Pointe.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Jason Wood,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Bob Edelen, Armas Hill, Judy Montgomery, Duane Kornbau,
Andy McGann, John Long, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore, , Rod Murray, Jim
Lenhard, Sean O'Connor, Gwen Moore, Christine Anderson, Kitt Heckscher, Joel
Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe Sebastiani, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry
Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn
Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell, totally Hochhausler and Rachel
Shapiro. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your
reports into 302-792-9591 or email email@example.com. Until next week,
this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!
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