*Birds mentioned Mute Swan Blue-winged Teal Black Scoter Surf Scoter Northern Bobwhite Wild Turkey Common Loon Pied-billed Grebe Brown Pelican American Bittern Least Bittern Great Egret Snowy Egret Tricolored Heron Little Blue Heron Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron WHITE IBIS Glossy Ibis Black Vulture Osprey Bald Eagle Cooper's Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Virginia Rail Clapper Rail American Oystercatcher American Avocet Black-necked Stilt Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Marbled Godwit Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Semipalmated Sandpiper Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson's Phalarope RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Black-backed Gull Least Tern Royal Tern Caspian Tern Common Tern SANDWICH TERN Black Skimmer Common Nighthawk Barn Owl Eastern Screech Owl Great Horned Owl Barred Owl Yellow-billed Cuckoo Ruby-throated Hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker Peregrine Falcon YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER Least Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Blue-headed Vireo Horned Lark Bank Swallow Brown-headed Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch Veery Ovenbird Worm-eating Warbler Black and White Warbler American Redstart Prothonotary Warbler Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Magnolia Warbler Prairie Warbler Pine Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler MOURNING WARBLER Hooded Warbler Canada Warbler Seaside Sparrow Grasshopper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Rose-breasted Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Bobolink YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: August 25, 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 25th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased to 321 species this week. AMERICAN REDSTART and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER were widely reported throughout the state this week. Birders traveling to central Delaware should be aware that the Dover Airshow is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, an extra inconvenience to the normal beach traffic jams.
New this week was 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES seen offshore of Indian River Inlet on Sunday, along with WILSON'S STORM-PETREL and BLACK TERN. A rarity offshore was a BROWN PELICAN.
WILSON'S PHALAROPE was found yesterday at the north end of Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, along with MARBLED GODWIT. Raymond Pool is at perfect water levels right now with an evening high tide. A peak count of 392 AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported with 400 BLACK-BELLIED and 250 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, DUNLIN, STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, WESTERN, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILLET, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting over the flocks of shorebirds. BLACK TERN was seen today at Raymond Pool. BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen at Shearness Pool. GULL-BILLED TERN was seen Sunday flying over Bear Swamp, along with CASPIAN, FORSTER'S, and a COMMON TERN. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen on the east side of the Raymond dike. A immature WHITE IBIS was photographed with TRICOLORED HERON, GREAT and SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and a peak count of 10 BLACK-CROWNED and 4 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS at Bear Swamp. Waterfowl reported included 3 MUTE SWANS plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL. WILD TURKEY and NORTHERN BOBWHITE reported along the roadside. BARRED and BARN OWL were found at the refuge. Migrants included BOBOLINK, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.
Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were seen at Whitehall Neck Crossroads opposite Wicks Potato Field on Sunday along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was found there on Wednesday along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BOBOLINK, BANK SWALLOW, and HORNED LARK were seen along the roadside.
A PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen at Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area along Route 9. A BLACK TERN was found at the central tower in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area. Three VIRGINIA RAILS were calling at Pickering Beach Road. ROYAL TERNS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were found along Port Mahon.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be found along Big Stone Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was found in the woods. A few warblers at Big Stone Beach included BLACK AND WHITE, YELLOW, AMERICAN REDSTART, and PINE WARBLER.
A rare MOURNING WARBLER was found at the White's yard off Center Mill Road near Yorklyn on Sunday. There was also flyover LAUGHING GULL, a rare species for Delaware's Piedmont. Yorklyn Village had SOLITARY and LEAST SANDPIPER. The first ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK of the season was reported at Ashland Nature Center along with INDIGO BUNTING, WARBLING VIREO and VEERY. Warbler highlights included BLACKBURNIAN, BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, CANADA, and OVENBIRD. A young GREAT HORNED OWL and EASTERN SCREECH OWL were found at Ashland in the evening. Several small flights of BROAD-WINGED HAWK have been already reported at Ashland Hawk watch, but the official count starts next week.
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on Monday, LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen today. Warbler highlights included a female HOODED, BLACKBURNIAN, an early BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PRAIRIE, and CANADA. BARRED OWL was found along the creek. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were found in the woods. BOBOLINK have been reported flying over Middle Run. A drake BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at Newark Reservoir. GREAT EGRET and LEAST SANDPIPER were seen along the shoreline. An extremely early BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported today in the neighborhood behind the reservoir.
BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and PRAIRIE WARBLER were found at Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday. BOBOLINK was reported in the field along the entrance road by the turn to the Hawkwatch. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was calling in the woods. There was a peak count of 5 EASTERN SCREECH OWLS found on Sunday. Three GREEN HERONS and BELTED KINGFISHER were found at Hoope's Reservoir, but high water has prevented any shorebird sightings.
A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER along with BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, REDSTART, and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER were seen in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road. A PIED-BILLED GREBE continues to be seen at Rock Manor Pond near Alapocos Run State Park.
There were several reports of COMMON NIGHTHAWK this week. A peak count of 27 NIGHTHAWK were reported at the Hawkwatch at Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday. NIGHTHAWK was also seen at the Hawkwatch at Ashland Nature Center, Middle Run, Coverdale Farms and Savannah Rad in Lewes. COMMON NIGHTHAWK is still being seen at The Point Parking Lot and at Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park.
Two BLACK TERNS were seen at The Point at Cape Henlopen on Saturday. Good numbers of terns were reported at Cape Henlopen this week including LEAST, COMMON, ROYAL, and BLACK SKIMMER, along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and SANDERLING. Both WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found along the nature trails. Warblers reported included REDSTART, PINE, and PRAIRIE WARBLER along with SCARLET TANAGER and BLUE GROSBEAK. BLACK TERN was also reported at Gordon's Pond along with CASPIAN, ROYAL, and LEAST TERN. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SANDERLING, plus STILT, SPOTTED, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were found at the pond along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL and LITTLE BLUE HERON.
Pelagic birds from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry included 6 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS. SURF and BLACK SCOTERS were seen along the jetty along with 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and 460 LAUGHING GULLS. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen sitting on the breakwater jetty on Tuesday.
A SANDWICH TERN with 120 ROYAL TERNS was found today at King's Grant along Grant Ave., north of Fenwick Island. A COMMON LOON was seen on the ocean at Fenwick Towers. Tubb Cove Marsh off Route 54, west of Fenwick had BLACK-BELLIED and 85 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER along with DUNLIN, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, CASPIAN and ROYAL TERN.
One of the most unusual birds found this week was a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD photographed in the Rehoboth Marshes at Delaware Seashore State Park. Also seen in Rehoboth Marshes was AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 3 TRICOLORED HERONS, and 30 WHITE IBIS. TRICOLORED, GREEN, and LITTLE BLUE HERON were seen at Burtons Island along with 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. There was a big group of 37 WHITE IBIS photographed at Massey's Landing on Long Neck. Shorebirds at Massey's included TURNSTONE, WILLET, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
BROWN PELICANS were seen over Indian River Bay from Long Neck. PELICANS continue to be seen interspersed along the coast from Cape Henlopen south to Bethany Beach. 12 BROWN PELICANS were reported at Indian River Inlet along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING. COMMON and ROYAL TERN were seen flying over the inlet and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the beach.
Twelve immature WHITE IBIS were seen Thursday at Prime Hook Beach Road along with AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, STILT, PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. A peak count of 100 BLACK SKIMMERS were found at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton along with LEAST, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN. A BLACK TERN was seen at Broadkill Marsh along with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. BLACK-NECKED STILT with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was also reported. LEAST BITTERN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and PEREGRINE FALCON were reported along the Observation Point Trail.
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, TURNSTONE, and WILLET were seen at Mispillion Inlet from the DuPont Nature Center. ROYAL, CASPIAN, and COMMON TERN were seen at the Inlet. SEASIDE SPARROW and CLAPPER RAIL were found in the marsh.
WORM-EATING WARBLER was found at Abbott's Mill Nature Center west of Milford along with OVENBIRD, BLACK AND WHITE, and REDSTART. Another WORM-EATING WARBLER was found at Harbeson along with PROTHONOTARY and BLACK AND WHITE. 25 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS reported in a yard at Harbeson along with WILD TURKEY and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was also found at Bethany Beach and Nanticoke Wildlife Area. Other birds at Nanticoke included OVENBIRD, BLUE-WINGED and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
Redden State Forest is a place normally known for landbirds but this week a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found at the intersection of Redden and Deer Forest Road. Other shorebirds seen there due to the heavy rains this summer included 70 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER plus LEAST SANDPIPER and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were also reported at the Aston Track in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. MUTE SWAN was seen on Thousand Acre Marsh. Waders reported included GREAT and SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. Raptors flying over included BLACK VULTURE, OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, and COOPER'S HAWK. Unusual landbirds seen included VEERY and YELLOW WARBLER. 120 CATTLE EGRETS continue be seen at the Bayview Cattle Farm off Bayview Rd., south of Port Penn. BOBOLINK AND GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were reported at Prices Park near Middletown. GREAT EGRET was found at the pond there.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, J.B. Churchill, Elizabeth Porter, Joe Hanfman, Debbie Beer, Jeff Holmes, John Skibicki, John Landers, Kyle Klotz, John Vassallo, Ryan Crane, Peter Gibb, Mike Bowen, Chris Bennett, Rob Blye, Dave Fees, Jim and Amy White, Jason Wood, Chris Rowe, Tim and Don Freiday, Joel Martin, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Curt Davis, Dean Coffin, Joe Sebastiani, Brian Henderson, Hank Davis, Andy Dunn, Becky Meister, Carolyn D'Amico, Megan Kasprzak, Phil Thompson, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Alissa Kegelman, 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!