*Birds mentioned Mute Swan Wood Duck Blue-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Northern Pintail Northern Shoveler American Wigeon Black 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 Glossy Ibis WHITE IBIS Osprey Northern Harrier Sharp-shinned Hawk Cooper's Hawk Bald Eagle Red-tailed Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Clapper Rail Virginia Rail American Oystercatcher American Avocet American Golden Plover Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Killdeer UPLAND SANDPIPER Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Western Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher Wilson's Phalarope Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper Greater Yellowlegs Willet Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Black-backed Gull Black Tern Least Tern Royal Tern Caspian Tern Common Tern Black Skimmer Yellow-billed Cuckoo Eastern Screech Owl Great Horned Owl Barred Owl Eastern Whippoorwill Common Nighthawk Ruby-throated hummingbird Red-headed Woodpecker American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER Least Flycatcher YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER Alder Flycatcher Acadian Flycatcher Blue-headed Vireo Warbling Vireo Yellow-throated Vireo PHILADELPHIA VIREO COMMON RAVEN Northern Rough-winged Swallow Cliff Swallow Brown-headed Nuthatch Veery Swainson's Thrush Ovenbird Worm-eating Warbler Northern Waterthrush Blue-winged Warbler BREWSTER'S WARBLER Black and White Warbler American Redstart Prothonotary Warbler Tennessee Warbler Nashville Warbler Northern Parula Cape May Warbler Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Magnolia Warbler Prairie Warbler Palm Warbler Pine Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Wilson's Warbler Canada Warbler Seaside Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Vesper Sparrow Summer Tanager Rose-breasted Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Dickcissel Bobolink Baltimore Oriole Orchard Oriole
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: September 8, 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 8th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list increased to 324 species this week. 25 species of WARBLER were reported throughout the state this week.
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS made their arrival into the state this week, with the first sighting at Cartanza Road off Route 9, north of the town of Little Creek. Also reported was WESTERN SANDPIPER , BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen at Cartanza Road on Monday. HORNED LARK, BOBOLINK, and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen along the fields. Another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen nearby along Route 9 at Persimmon Tree Road, north of Cowgill's Corner. That bird was in with a large flock of 60 BLACK-BELLIES that included 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER. BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was also photographed at close range at Whitehall Crossroads, the intersection of Whitehall Neck Road and the Smyrna-Leipsic Road, north of Leipsic along Route 9 on Monday. The potato fields along Route 9 had a plethora of shorebirds including, BLACK-BELLIED, SEMIPALMATED and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, with WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER plus AMERICAN KESTREL and BOBOLINK. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were also seen further north on Route 9 past the intersection with Raymond Neck Road along with 110 BLACK-BELLIED, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and KILLDEER.
There was a peak count of 190 AMERICAN AVOCETS at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna along with 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and 4 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. Other shorebirds seen included 30 STILT SANDPIPERS with DUNLIN, LEAST, PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, plus SHORT-BILLED and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen flying into the marsh opposite Raymond Pool on Saturday, LEAST BITTERN was seen there the same day. YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS was seen at Bear Swamp along with LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS. A ROYAL TERN was seen with CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS at Sheerness Pool. Raptors seen at the refuge this week included MERLIN, PEREGRINE FALCON, and NORTHERN HARRIER, plus BALD EAGLES. Birds around the refuge headquarters included NORTHERN BOBWHITE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and a "TRAILL'S -TYPE" FLYCATCHER. SAVANNAH SPARROW is now being seen along the auto-tour Road.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen at Ashland Nature Center near Hockessin, seen from the Hawkwatch Hill in the morning and down at the marsh along Red Clay Creek later in the day. LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen on Saturday. Both BLUE-HEADED and WARBLING VIREO along with NASHVILLE, 12 TENNESSEE, 7 BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and CANADA WARBLER. PECTORAL, SOLITARY, and LEAST SANDPIPERS continue be seen at Yorklyn Village along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS and GREEN HERON.
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen Tuesday at Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road in Newark. Four species of Empidonax flycatcher reported there this week including ALDER on Saturday, plus LEAST and ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Middle Run today. 20 species of warbler were reported at Middle Run this week including BREWSTER'S WARBLER seen there on Saturday along with BLUE-WINGED, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACKBURNIAN, PINE, PRAIRIE, plus BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was seen on Monday and an early PALM WARBLER was seen Thursday. Lots of BALTIMORE ORIOLE, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and VEERY were reported along the birding trail.
A YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was singing along Thompson Station Road at White Clay Creek State Park. Warblers seen included BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA and CANADA. MAGNOLIA and CANADA WARBLER were seen at Newark Reservoir. NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen in North Star along with PARULA and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. TENNESSEE and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER were seen at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge along with a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.
WILSON'S and WORM-EATING WARBLER were found at Brandywine Creek State Park along with BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN. Lots of NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH were found along the creek along with SOLITARY SANDPIPER, GREAT EGRET, and GREEN HERON. Several VEERY and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were found in the woods. Another YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in a yard in Brandywine Hundred along Naaman's Creek on Saturday along with NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, TENNESSEE, BLACKBURNIAN, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at Bellevue State Park and at Northminster today. Two PIED-BILLED GREBES were reported at Blue Rocks Pond near Rock Manor Golf Course.
There was a big flight of 68 COMMON NIGHTHAWK seen at Center Mill Road near Yorklyn on Sunday. Nighthawk migration was also seen this week at Sherwood Park near Wilmington, Brookside near Newark, Governors Square in Bear, and downstate at Delaware City, Brecknock Park in Camden-Wyoming, Frederica, Prime Hook Beach, Midway, and Cape Henlopen State Park.
A flight of 10 SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying over Biddle's Corner along Route 13 near St. George's. SANDHILL CRANE was also seen in Thousand Acre Marsh. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON plus LITTLE BLUE HERON and CATTLE EGRET were seen at Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area. AMERICAN WIGEON was reported there this week along with MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK plus BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. An early YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen on Saturday. LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen there on Sunday along with CAPE MAY WARBLER, and WARBLING VIREO. Shorebirds reported included WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and both YELLOWLEGS.
A peak count of 6 PIED BILLED GREBES were found at the South impoundment of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area off the Pickering Beach Road. Other waterfowl seen included NORTHERN SHOVELER and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Landbirds reported included BOBOLINK and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were seen at Milford Neck Wildlife Area along the Big Stone Beach Road. BLACK TERN was seen flying over the marsh. Four WHITE IBIS were reported at the south end of the marsh on Thursday evening. Large numbers of waders were reported at Big Stone Beach including 159 GREAT and 127 SNOWY EGRETS along with LITTLE BLUE and GREEN HERON. Waterfowl reported included 2 NORTHERN PINTAILS plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL. VIRGINIA RAIL was calling in the marsh. Evening birding produced EASTERN SCREECH OWL, GREAT HORNED OWL, and BARRED OWL plus a late EASTERN WHIPPOORWILL
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen at Mispillion Inlet from the DuPont Nature Center along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SANDERLING, and WILLET. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen along the beach. Terns seen included LEAST, BLACK, and ROYAL TERN. BLACK TERN was also seen on Saturday at Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton along with LEAST, ROYAL, CASPIAN, and COMMON TERN. RUDDY TURNSTONES, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and were seen in the marsh. AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was seen along Clifton Rd., west of Route 1 near Jefferson Crossroads, with a big flock of 80 BLACK-BELLIED and 40 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. 50 BLACK SKIMMERS were seen at Prime Hook Beach Road along with STILT SANDPIPER and 60 AMERICAN AVOCETS. A VESPER SPARROW was seen along the entrance road to Prime Hook Headquarters along with DICKCISSEL, CATTLE EGRET, WILD TURKEY and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. Two WHIPPOORWILLS were calling at Oyster Rock Road on Thursday evening.
Several SUMMER TANAGERS were again reported this week. Three SUMMER TANAGERS were at Nanticoke Wildlife Area along with NORTHERN PARULA, WORM-EATING, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. SUMMER TANAGER was again seen at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford. Another SUMMER TANAGER was seen at Georgetown at Redden State Forest along with YELLOW WARBLER. SUMMER TANAGER was seen in Greenwood with YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and WILD TURKEY. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was reported in Milton.
COMMON LOON was reported at the VFW Hall at Quillen's Point on Cedar Neck near along with COMMON, FORSTER'S, LEAST, and ROYAL TERN. BROWN PELICANS were reported at Indian River Inlet and Burton's island. Six TRICOLORED and 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at Burtons Island along with SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLACK-BELLIED, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was seen in the woods along with flyover BOBOLINK at Burton's Island. TRICOLORED HERON was also seen at Delaware Seashore State Park along Rehoboth Bay, south of Key Box Road along with 9 BROWN PELICANS, CLAPPER RAIL, and SEASIDE SPARROW. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Fenwick island.
BLACK SCOTERS continue to be seen off Cape Henlopen State Park along the breakwater jetty. BROWN PELICAN was seen flying off Cape Henlopen Point along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. Terns at The Point included BLACK, LEAST, COMMON, ROYAL, and CASPIAN TERN. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen in the woods along with PRAIRIE WARBLER. BROWN PELICANS, BLACK TERN and NORTHERN BOBWHITE were reported at Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch.
This was the first week of the official Hawk Watch season at Ashland Nature Center and Cape Henlopen State Park. Twelve BALD EAGLES were seen on Sunday at Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch along with 59 OSPREYS, plus SHARP-SHINNED, COOPER'S, and RED-TAILED HAWK, and PEREGRINE FALCON. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen on Thursday at Cape Henlopen. MERLIN was seen at Cape Henlopen on Monday and Thursday. A late CLIFF SWALLOW was seen at Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch on Tuesday. BROAD WINGED HAWKS have been a daily occurrence at the Ashland Nature Center Hawkwatch. Five BALD EAGLES were seen on Monday, plus SHARP-SHINNED AND COOPER'S HAWK. COMMON RAVEN was seen on several occasions. PECTORAL and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen flying over the Hawkwatch possibly from Yorklyn Village on Thursday. Please join hawk counters Dave Brown at Ashland and Jen Ottinger, at Cape Henlopen.
A quick reminder, lots of hummingbirds are still being seen. Peak count was 12 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS near Harbleson. Keep those hummingbird feeders going!
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Jeff Climie, Andy McGann, Sean O'Connor, Curt Davis, Kitt Heckscher, Anthony Gonzon, Marie Gardner, Zoe Yost, Matt Sarver, Scott Northey Annette McLellan, Amy O'Neil, Sally O'Byrne, John Skibicki, , Peter Gibb, Chris Bennett, Rob Blye, Bob Edelen, Colin Fluharty, Dave Fees, Jim and Amy White, Jason Wood, Kelly Nunn, Hannah Greenberg, Chris Rowe, Tim Freiday, Joel Martin, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Derek Stoner, Joe Sebastiani, Megan Kasprzak, Phil Thompson, Ian Stewart, Steve Cottrell, Mike Hudson, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, John Long, Teddy Burke, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Alissa Kegelman, 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!