*Birds mentioned Snow Goose Mute Swan Wood Duck Blue-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Black Scoter Red-breasted Merganser Northern Bobwhite Wild Turkey Pied-billed Grebe Wilson's Storm-Petrel WOOD STORK Brown Pelican Snowy Egret Tricolored Heron Little Blue Heron Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron WHITE IBIS Osprey Northern Harrier Sharp Shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Bald Eagle Red-shouldered Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Clapper Rail American Oystercatcher American Avocet Black-necked Stilt American Golden Plover Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Killdeer Marbled Godwit Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Western Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson's Phalarope Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet Lesser Yellowlegs PARASITIC JAEGER Lesser Black-backed Gull Black Tern Gull-billed Tern Least Tern Royal Tern Caspian Tern Common Tern Black Skimmer Common Nighthawk Barred Owl Yellow-billed Cuckoo Ruby-throated Hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker Peregrine Falcon OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER Least Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo COMMON RAVEN Purple Martin Bank Swallow Brown-headed Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch Veery Swainson's Thrush Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Blue-winged Warbler LAWRENCE'S WARBLER Black and White Warbler American Redstart Prothonotary Warbler Nashville Warbler Northern Parula Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Magnolia Warbler Prairie Warbler Pine Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Wilson's Warbler Canada Warbler Grasshopper Sparrow Yellow-breasted Chat Summer Tanager Blue Grosbeak Dickcissel Bobolink Baltimore Oriole Orchard Oriole
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: September 1, 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, September 1st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased to 323 species this week. AMERICAN REDSTART and BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER were widely reported throughout the state this week.
An amazing sight was 2 WOOD STORKS flying over Lewis Beach on Thursday evening, August 24th. This coincides with a pair of WOOD STORKS seen soaring over Cape May, New Jersey the same week. Several sightings of WOOD STORK have been reported this month along the East Coast, including birds at Sandy Hook, North Jersey and Norfolk, Virginia. There has been extralimital report of WOOD STORK at Point Pelee, Ontario along the north shores of Lake Erie. Unfortunately, the sighting in Delaware appears to be a one-day wonder.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at the White's yard on Center Mill Road in Yorklyn on Wednesday. WARBLERS reported at Center Mill included female BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLUE-WINGED, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. A female LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, which is a back cross hybrid of BLUE-WINGED x GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found at Ashland Nature Center on Saturday along the Red Clay Creek. Other WARBLERS reported at Ashland this week included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and CANADA. Migrants reported included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, WARBLING VIREO, and VEERY. The water retention pond at Yorklyn Village at the side of the old NVF factory has been a Mecca of shorebirds in northern Delaware. PECTORAL, LEAST, and 6 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen there along with KILLDEER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. There were also 6 GREEN HERONS on the pond.
LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen Thursday at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark off Possum Park Road. NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at Middle Run on Monday. Other WARBLERS seen included BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, PRAIRIE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKPOLL, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, and CANADA. Several YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS were seen at Middle Run along with YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and both BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLE. NASHVILLE and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was also seen Sunday at Carousel Park off Limestone Road along with a resident SNOW GOOSE. BLUE-WINGED and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER were seen at Newark Reservoir along with a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH walking along the edge of the reservoir. GREAT EGRET and 2 KINGFISHER'S were also found at the pond.
A WILSON'S WARBLER was found at Brandywine Creek State Park on Saturday. 11 species of warbler were reported at Brandywine Creek including NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. GREAT EGRET and SOLITARY SANDPIPER were seen along the creek. Several YELLOW BILLED CUCKOOS and VEERY were found in the woods. BLUE GROSBEAK continues to be found along the entrance road to the nature center. WARBLING VIREO and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were found at First State National Historic Park at the Woodlawn Tract off Ramsey Road. PIED BILLED GREBE was seen at Blue Ball Pond in Alapocos Run State Park. WILSON'S and PINE WARBLER was found in Brandywine Hundred off Grubb Road along with CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH.
A BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was reported at Bay Pointe, south of Glasgow. YELLOW BREASTED CHAT and 150 BOBOLINKS were seen at Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn on Saturday. MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were seen on Thousand Acre Marsh along with LITTLE BLUE HERON, SNOWY and GREAT EGRET. Shorebirds at Ashton Tract included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS along with CASPIAN TERN. Large numbers of TREE SWALLOWS were seen along with PURPLE MARTIN, BANK and BARN SWALLOW. LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER were seen at the Port Penn Impoundments along Route 9. Three GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at Augustine Creek. CASPIAN TERN was seen at Augustine Beach. Further downstate, 31 NORTHERN BOBWHITES were flushed from the field at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area near Flemings landing.
Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were seen at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, along with 2 MARBLED GODWITS and 4 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. Over 200 AMERICAN AVOCETS were being seen along with a late BLACK-NECKED STILT on Monday. Other shorebirds at Bombay Hook included STILT, PECTORAL, WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED, SPOTTED, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER plus a peak count of 75 BLACK-BELLIED and 250 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. GULL-BILLED TERN is still being reported at Sheerness Pool. Waterfowl reported included, MUTE SWAN, GREEN-WINGED, and BLUE-WINGED TEAL. An immature WHITE IBIS continues to be seen at Bear Swamp along with immature YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. A sign of the fall season was a NORTHERN HARRIER hunting over Bombay Hook's marshes. Landbird migrants included SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BOBOLINK, and a MAGNOLIA WARBLER reported along the trail to Raymond Tower. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was also reported at the potato fields along Whitehall Neck Road at the intersection with Route 9, along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and KILLDEER.
A nocturnal flight call station near Frederica reported flyover SWAINSON'S THRUSH and VEERY, along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and BOBOLINK. The most unusual call notes reported was GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. BARRED OWL was heard calling from the nearby Murderkill River.
Two SWAINSON'S THRUSH were also reported along Turkle Pond Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton along with YELLOW-THROATED and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. There was also a late SUMMER TANAGER. Three DICKCISSELS, including one male, were seen along the entrance road near headquarters. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen Saturday at Cod's Road along with 200 BLACK-BELLIED and 12 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Prime Hook Beach Road continues to have a plethora of shorebirds including BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, WILLET, plus both YELLOWLEGS. There is still a flock of 65 BLACK SKIMMER along Prime Hook Road along with, LEAST, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN plus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting over the mudflats. The evening flight of waders at Prime Hook on Monday included 10 WHITE IBIS, TRICOLORED and LITTLE BLUE HERON.
There were a number of SUMMER TANAGERS sightings in Sussex County this last week including the McCabe Preserve near Milton, Abbott's Mill near Milford, Harbleson, and Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel. CANADA WARBLER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were also reported at Nanticoke. BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and OVENBIRD were seen at Abbott's Mill. VEERY And WILD TURKEY were seen at Harbeson. PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER were reported at McCabe Preserve.
Five AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were reported at Mispillion Inlet this week along with RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILLET, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. ROYAL TERN and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen along the shoreline. YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON and CLAPPER RAIL the marshes near the DuPont Nature Center.
Two PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen offshore at Cape Henlopen State Park on Sunday along with PEREGRINE FALCON. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SANDERLING BLACK-BELLIED, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen at Cape Henlopen Point. BLACK TERN was seen at The Point on Sunday along with COMMON, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERNS. Four BLACK SCOTERS were seen off the breakwater. The big flock of TREE SWALLOWS at Cape Henlopen included BANK, BARN, and PURPLE MARTIN. Three WHITE IBIS were reported at Gordon's Pond at the north end of Rehoboth Beach along with SANDERLING and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. WILSON'S STORM-PETREL continues to be seen off the Cape May-Lewes ferry with COMMON and ROYAL TERNS. Two TRICOLORED HERONS with SNOWY EGRETS and a BALD EAGLE were seen flying onto the breakwater jetty from the ferry at sunset.
A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen off Quillen's Point in Indian River Bay with BLACK and ROYAL TERN. Four WHITE IBIS were seen at the James Farm Ecological Preserve near Ocean View on Tuesday. Six WILD TURKEYS were seen at James Farm along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH AMERICAN REDSTART and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at Herring Point on Angola Neck. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also seen at Angola neck Preserve off Camp Arrowhead Road along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. A peak count of 85 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS were counted in a yard near the Peterkins branch at Georgetown.
September 1st is the beginning of the official Hawk Watch season at Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park. Please join hawk counters Dave Brown at Ashland and Jen Ottinger, here for her sixth season at Cape Henlopen. Early counts at Ashland included 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS on Thursday along with BALD EAGLE, SHARP-SHINNED, COOPER'S HAWK and 5 OSPREYS. A pair of COMMON RAVEN were seen flying over Ashland Hawkwatch on Friday. 16 OSPREYS and 5 BALD EAGLES were seen at Cape Henlopen today along with SHARP-SHINNED and COOPER'S HAWK plus PEREGRINE FALCON along with BROWN PELICAN.
There were also 30 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS seen at Ashland on Thursday evening. The peak count of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was 800 at Granogue along the Brandywine Creek at Smith's bridge on Thursday evening! Common nighthawks were also reported at Brandywine Creek State Park, Coverdale farms, and Middle Run.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Jackie Howard, Rebecca Stevens, Frank Rohrbacher, Ann Reeves, Sean O'Connor, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rimmer, Debbie Beers, John Skibicki, , Peter Gibb, Chris Bennett, Andy Dunn, Rob Blye, Dave Fees, Jim and Amy White, Jason Wood, Chris Rowe, Tim Freiday, Joel Martin, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Curt Davis, Dean Coffin, Joe Sebastiani, Megan Kasprzak, Phil Thompson, Ian Stewart, Steve Cottrell, Carolyn D'Amico, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Alissa Kegelman, Colin Flutarty, Joe Russell 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!