*Birds mentioned Pied-billed Grebe Brown Pelican Great Egret Snowy Egret Tricolored Heron Little Blue Heron Cattle Egret Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron WHITE IBIS Glossy Ibis Northern Harrier Cooper's Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Sandhill Crane American Oystercatcher American Avocet Black-necked Stilt Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Dunlin Semipalmated Sandpiper Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet Lesser Yellowlegs Black Tern Least Tern Royal Tern ELEGANT TERN Caspian Tern Common Tern SANDWICH TERN Black Skimmer EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE Yellow-billed Cuckoo Ruby-throated Hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker Peregrine Falcon Acadian Flycatcher Willow Flycatcher Bank Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Cliff Swallow Purple Martin Brown-headed Nuthatch Ovenbird Louisiana Waterthrush Worm-eating Warbler Black and White Warbler American Redstart Tennessee Warbler Yellow Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Prairie Warbler Pine Warbler Canada Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat Seaside Sparrow Grasshopper Sparrow Summer Tanager Blue Grosbeak Bobolink Eastern Meadowlark
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: August 11, 2017 To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE) Compiler: Andy Ednie (<ednieap...>) Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern New Jersey, Maryland
On Friday, August 11th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased to 320 species this week, with one species that would be new to the Delaware State List if accepted by the Delaware Rare Birds committee.
New this week was a possible ELEGANT TERN at Cape Henlopen Point in Cape Henlopen State Park on last Saturday morning. Unfortunately, the bird was seen flying way. However, there was a report of a possible TERN with thin orange bill flying past the Cape Henlopen swimming beach on Saturday afternoon that might have been the same bird. Other TERNS reported at Cape Henlopen included ROYAL, LEAST, FORSTER'S, and COMMON TERNS, along with a single BLACK SKIMMER. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen running along the wash flats. There was also a nearby hunting PEREGRINE FALCON.
Other rare TERNS seen in Delaware included a SANDWICH TERN found on the wash flats at Little Assawoman Bay behind South Bethany Beach. Another SANDWICH TERN, perhaps the same bird, was also seen flying along the beach at Bethany. Many TERNS were seen at Kings Grant near Fenwick Island that included 94 ROYAL TERNS plus CASPIAN, FORSTER'S and COMMON TERN. Three AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were opposite King's Grant. Along the beach at Kings Grant near Fenwick Island were 72 SANDERLING plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 WILLET.
A BLACK TERN was seen at Quillen's Point on Cedar Neck by the VFW Hall along with COMMON and ROYAL TERNS. SANDERLING, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen along the shoreline. BROWN PELICANS were seen off Indian River Bay. COMMON and ROYAL TERNS were seen at Indian River Inlet along with RUDDY TURNSTONE, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SANDERLING, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. There was also a flyover TRICOLORED HERON and GLOSSY IBIS. Four YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at Burton's Island, opposite the North Marina. There were several sightings of BROWN PELICAN including eight at Indian River Inlet. Six BROWN PELICANS were seen on Rehoboth Bay by boat. BROWN PELICAN was also reported off Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
A peak count of 191 WHITE IBIS was seen Sunday morning flying over Roosevelt Inlet in Lewes along with over 200 GREAT and 162 SNOWY EGRETS, 84 GLOSSY IBIS, 3 GREEN HERONS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. TRICOLORED HERON was also seen at Roosevelt Inlet on Saturday. WHITE IBIS was also reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and along Long Neck near Massey's Landing. TRICOLORED HERON was seen flying over Dewey Beach with CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along the Herring Point Trail on Monday. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Angola Neck off Camp Arrowhead Road along with 5 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES and a BLUE GROSBEAK. A EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was again reported in Selbyville. A male SUMMER TANAGER was seen Wednesday in the woodlands at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. WARBLERS reported at Prime Hook included PRAIRIE, PINE, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was calling along the entrance road.
AMERICAN AVOCET and BLACK-NECKED STILT were seen from the Observation Point Trail at Prime Hook. Three RED KNOTS were seen along Prime Hook Beach Road along with PECTORAL SANDPIPER. LEAST TERN and a peak count of 65 BLACK SKIMMERS were at Prime Hook Beach. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen at Oyster Rock Road. SOLITARY and PECTORAL SANDPIPER were reported at the Gravel Hill Ponds along the Georgetown Road, southwest of Milton.
Three YELLOW-CROWNED plus BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen from the DuPont Nature Center at Mispillion Inlet. Four AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and SPOTTED and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were seen from the viewing deck. CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS were seen along the stakes by the Nature Center. SEASIDE SPARROW was found in the marsh. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at the back-beach area of Mispillion.
Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS including two juveniles were seen at Milford Neck Wildlife Area along the Big Stone Beach Road along with 3 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES. BLUE GROSBEAK, YELLOW-THROATED and PINE WARBLER, plus YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found along the roadside. NORTHERN HARRIER was seen hunting over the marsh. PIED-BILLED GREBE was found on the pond with CASPIAN TERNS. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen flying over Cheswold. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and ROYAL TERN were found at Port Mahon.
A BAIRD"s SANDPIPER was found on Wednesday at Whitehall Neck Road along the entrance to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Other shorebirds reported included PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BLACK-BELLIE and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER plus 40 KILLDEERS and lots of HORNED LARK. A peak count of 137 AMERICAN AVOCETS were counted at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook along with a single BLACK-NECKED STILT. Shorebirds there included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, DUNLIN, WHITE-RUMPED, STILT, PECTORAL, and LEAST SANDPIPER along with LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER plus both YELLOWLEGS. TRICOLORED HERON, LITTLE BLUE HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen at the refuge. Several WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were reported along with BOBOLINK in the reeds and several immature YELLOW WARBLERS. BANK SWALLOWS were picked out among the swallows flying over the impoundments.
In northern Delaware, the first wave of passerines migrants arrived. WARBLERS at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark included a TENNESSEE and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER on Thursday. A big wave WARBLERS on Wednesday included CANADA, WORM-EATING, BLUE WINGED, PRAIRIE, OVENBIRD, and several AMERICAN REDSTARTS. A CLIFF SWALLOW plus BANK and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was picked out among the multitude of birds landing on the telephone line. Three YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were reported along with BARRED OWL along the creek.
Another BARRED OWL was reported along the headwaters of the Christiana River at Christine Manor near Newark. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was found along the Christiana River in Bear. The pond at the Helen Graham Cancer Center on the campus of Christiana Hospital had a flyover GLOSSY IBIS plus LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY EGRET, and GREEN HERON. LITTLE BLUE HERON was also found at the pond at the University of Delaware ag farm near Townsend Hall, along with 3 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. WILLOW FLYCATCHER is also still being reported at the wood lot.
The first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the season was seen flying over Ashland Nature Ctr., Hawk watch on Wednesday. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported at Ashland along with five RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at the flower garden behind the Nature Center. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was reported in a yard off Center Mill Road. Shorebirds at Yorklyn Village this week included SOLITARY, SPOTTED, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
WORM-EATING WARBLER, OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were seen at Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday. BANK, TREE, and BARN SWALLOW plus PURPLE MARTIN were seen flying over the fields. AMERICAN REDSTART and YELLOW WARBLER were found in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road. A female REDSTART was seen coming to a hummingbird feeder off Shipley Road. The ponds at Alapocos Run State Park had a PIED BILLED GREBE and 4 GREEN HERONS.
The cow pasture along Bayview Road south of Port Penn had 171 CATTLE EGRETS plus 1 immature WHITE IBIS. Price Park in Middletown had GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. The impoundments at Augustine Wildlife Area north of Port Penn had 3 STILT SANDPIPERS on Tuesday along with PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, plus LEAST and CASPIAN TERN. Six SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Port Penn impoundments on Sunday.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Bruce Peterjohn, Jeff Climie, John Long, Andrew Albright, Mike Moore, Kevin Bronson, Mike Bowen, Doug Wentzel, Marta Hayden, Carlton Groff, Mark Nale, Chris and Karen Bennett, Rob Blye, Dave Fees, Jim and Amy White, Jason Wood, Chris Rowe, Tim Freiday, Frank Lesnik, Joel Martin, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, teven Grunwald, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Joe Sebastiani, Phil Thompson, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Alissa Kegelman, Rachel Shapiro, and Joe Swertinski. Remember, the Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email <ednieap...> Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!