* February 3, 2017
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Black-crowned Night Heron
Lesser Black-backed Gull
"Ipswich" Savannah Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 3, 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 February 3rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum
of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list
remains at 162 species this week.
A COMMON RAVEN was seen over Alapocos Run State Park, north of Wilmington on
Sunday, the second sighting this year. Alapocos Run State Park is off US
Route 202 opposite Bancroft Mills where the birds were seen this time last
year. Three RING-NECKED DUCKS and a COOT were seen off Blue Rocks Pond near
Rock Manor Golf Course. RING-NECKED DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, PIED-BILLED
GREBE and COOT were seen at the Blue Ball Pond. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was
seen in the brush near Blue Ball Barn and 110 SNOW GEESE was seen flying
over. CACKLING GEESE were again seen at Bellevue State Park.
GREATER SCAUP and a pair of male REDHEADS were seen at Hoopes's Reservoir in
Greenville. Those birds were seen with 150 RING-NECKED DUCK, 3 BUFFLEHEADS,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER from the Route 82 Causeway.
Three RUDDY DUCK, 4 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and 25 AMERICAN COOTS were seen at
the Hillside Mill Cove, along with 3 BALD EAGLES. A pair of BALD EAGLES was
seen along the creek at Brandywine Creek State Park, along with NORTHERN
PINTAIL and COMMON MERGANSER.
The previous reported REDHEADS at Newark Reservoir were not seen this week,
but MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK, and 8 COMMON MERGANSERS were reported. HOODED
MERGANSERS were seen at the Bean Pond at Middle Run Natural Area near
Newark. BARRED OWL was found in the Middle Run valley. Land birds included
PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WINTER
WREN, and FOX SPARROW. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen hunting behind Christiana
A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be seen at the Village of Lindell
Parkland off Mill Creek Road. PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
BROWN CREEPER, and WINTER WREN were seen at Ashland Nature Center.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was also seen at the White's feeder off Center Mill
Road with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, plus MERLIN and EASTERN SCREECH OWL.
A SHORT-EARED OWL made an impromptu visit to Shearness Dike in Bombay Hook
National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna on Sunday. BARRED OWL continues to be
seen at Finis Pool. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were doing their courtship dance in
the field on the left past the entrance gate on Wednesday morning. Also
reported was PEREGRINE FALCON at Raymond Pool, AMERICAN KESTREL at Raymond
Neck Road, and MERLIN on Whitehall Neck Road. The previous reported eight
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue be seen at Raymond Pool. Other
waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and all three species of
MERGANSER, HOODED, COMMON, and RED-BREASTED. AMERICAN COOTS were seen by the
Daly Pullout. The previous reported MARBLED GODWIT has been seen in
intermittently in the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool along with GREATER
and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and WILSON'S SNIPE. Two BONAPARTE'S and a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported by the marsh. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
was found at Raymond Pool. RUSTY BLACKBIRD, FOX SPARROW and PILEATED
WOODPECKER were found at Finis Pool.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen flying with a flock of SNOW GEESE over Frederica.
BROWN THRASHER, BROWN CREEPER, with RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET
and EASTERN TOWHEE were found at the Delaware State University campus.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL with 20 BONAPARTE'S GULL'S continues to be seen at the
Wolfe Point Sewage Treatment Plant behind Midway near Rehoboth Beach. Silver
Lake in Rehoboth Beach had a peak count of 250 CANVASBACKS along with RED
BREASTED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD,
and HOODED MERGANSER were found at Spring Lake along Route 1 north of Dewey
Beach. Thompson's Island, behind Spring Lake condominiums added 2 BELTED
KINGFISHER, plus YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, and CEDAR WAXWING. Eagle Creek near Bay Vista at
COMMON GOLDENEYE and 52 RUDDY DUCKS.
A RAZORBILL was seen at Indian River Inlet today. LONG-TAILED DUCK, HOODED
MERGANSER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BRANT, and all three species of SCOTER,
WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK were seen at the inlet this week. BONAPARTE'S
and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on the beach. RUDDY TURNSTONE and
PURPLE SANDPIPER with SANDERLING and DUNLIN were on the jetty along with
GREAT CORMORANT. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found in the pines by the inlet
MUTE SWAN was reported with TUNDRA SWAN at Assawoman Wildlife Area near
Fenwick Island. GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, and HOODED MERGANSER were found on
the ponds. MARSH WREN and EASTERN TOWHEE were found along the edges.
Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Gordon's Pond in Cape
Henlopen State Park on the marsh side opposite bench # 5. GADWALL, SHOVELER
and BUFFLEHEAD were found on the pond. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found in
the woods. Two immature drakes and a hen COMMON EIDER were seen at the
Harbor of Refuge lighthouse. A flock of the 113 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at
the Cape Henlopen point on Monday along with BRANT, COMMON and RED-THROATED
LOONS, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, and NORTHERN GANNET. PURPLE FINCH, FOX
SPARROW, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found at feeders at the Seaside
Nature Center. Birders on the Cape May Lewes Ferry reported 16 GREAT
CORMORANTS, 120 NORTHERN GANNETS, HORNED GREBE, LONGTAILED DUCK, and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER while crossing over to New Jersey. There was also a
PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the harbor jetty.
A PINE WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH continue be coming to feeders at
Wharton's Bluff near Millsboro. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen today at
the Bethany Beach Nature Center. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found in
a yard near Lewes. All three species of NUTHATCHES, WHITE-BREASTED,
RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED were coming to a feeder at on in Angola Neck.
EASTERN TOWHEES were found in the Camelot development of Rehoboth Beach.
A male BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was found along Thirteen Curves Road between
Draper and Cods Road near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. WOOD DUCK and
CACKLING GOOSE were also seen along Thirteen Curves Road. A flock of 75
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen on Fowler's Beach with GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
and DUNLIN. TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW GOOSE, BUFFLEHEAD, and plus SURF and BLACK
SCOTER were seen offshore. Two "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS and EASTERN
MEADOWLARK were found along the Fowler's Beach Road, plus MARSH WREN at the
bridge, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and BARRED OWL at dawn along the road curve.
RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER were reported at Prime Hook Beach Road
along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. 25 COMMON
MERGANSERS and 2 HOODED MERGANSERS were found at Turkle's Pond. AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS were "peenting" at dawn by the Prime Hook headquarters.
An EASTERN PHOEBE was found at along the Nanticoke River at the Pete Gum
Tract in Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, and the mimic thrushes including CATBIRD and BROWN
THRASHER. This is also a great spot for raptors including BARRED OWL,
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and BALD EAGLE. A flock of AMERICAN PIPITS were seen
near Milford along Cedar Creek Road.
A LONG-EARED OWL was heard calling at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE is also coming to a feeder in the Bay Pointe
development. The C&D canal Wildlife Area West of Summit Bridge had a BARRED
OWL plus 2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.
Three RED-THROATED LOONS and 300 SNOW GEESE were seen off Augustine Beach
near Port Penn. GREAT EGRET continues at Grier's Pond off Dutch Neck Road.
Waterfowl is beginning to return to the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh
including COMMON MERGANSER, SHOVELER, and 50 NORTHERN PINTAILS. There was
also six BALD EAGLES and a COOPER'S HAWK reported. CHIPPING SPARROW was
found at the Ashton Tract on Sunday.
Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the Ponds of Bayberry along
St. Ann's Church Road, south of Middletown. That make "Speckle-bellies" in
all three counties in the state! BROWN CREEPERS were found at Blackbird
It is being reported that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources is
closing the Redden Forest rest stop parking lot due to illegal activities.
This will make for difficult birding for Southern specialties like YELLOW
THROATED, PROTHONOTARY, and WORM EATING WARBLER during the early spring.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Billy Weber, Mike
Bowen, Armas Hill, Jason Wood, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Kim Steininger, Bill
Telfair, Jim Fioventuro, Jared Clarke, John Dunn, Andy McGann, Keith
Leonard, John Long, Mike Moore, , Rod Murray, Rob Blye, Diane Kane, Wayne
Longbottom, Dick Plambeck, Joel Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe Sebastiani,
Derek Stoner, Tim Freiday, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and
Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe
Russell, 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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