*Birds mentioned Greater White-fronted Goose Snow Goose Ross's Goose Cackling Goose Mute Swan Tundra Swan Wood Duck American Wigeon Northern Shoveler Canvasback Redhead Ring-necked Duck Greater Scaup Long-tailed Duck COMMON EIDER Black Scoter White-winged Scoter Surf Scoter Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Common Merganser Hooded Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck Wild Turkey Ring-necked Pheasant Red-throated Loon Common Loon Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe RED-NECKED GREBE Great Cormorant Black-crowned Night Heron Bald Eagle Red-shouldered Hawk ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK American Avocet Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Dunlin Purple Sandpiper RED PHALAROPE BLACK-HEADED GULL Bonaparte's Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Barn Owl Great Horned Owl Barred Owl Short-eared Owl Red-headed Woodpecker Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Pileated Woodpecker Merlin American Kestrel Brown-headed Nuthatch Brown Thrasher Gray Catbird American Pipit Snow Bunting Lapland Longspur ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Pine Warbler American Tree Sparrow Chipping Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Fox Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Eastern Meadowlark Rusty Blackbird YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: January 12, 2018 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, January 12th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware state annual list is already up to 142 species.
Today, a RED PHALAROPE was photographed at Indian River Inlet during the storm. There are only a handful of records for this species in Delaware during winter. The bird was seen flying up and floating through the inlet several times. Yesterday, a RED-NECKED GREBE was discovered at the tip of the north jetty. There has been a ton of waterfowl at the inlet due to freezing temperatures and ice in Indian River Bay. Two REDHEADS were seen in the raft of diving ducks, including LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and GREATER SCAUP. A peak count of 12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen in the inlet, along with 4 COMMON EIDERS, plus BRANT and 8 GREAT CORMORANTS. A peak count of 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen on the jetty, along with RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN and SANDERLING. LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 15 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at the inlet. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Burton's Island causeway at the inlet's north marina, along with BRANT and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
The previously reported BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfe Neck Water Treatment Plant near Midway (between Rehoboth Beach and Lewes). There were 6 CANVASBACKS on Silver Lake in Rehoboth, along with a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.
Another BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen on the beach at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, along with 6 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. HORNED GREBE, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON, LONG-TAILED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, SURF and BLACK SCOTER plus RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen at Herring Point. BRANT and GREAT CORMORANT were seen at Cape Henlopen Point. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen at Ft. Miles. A PINE WARBLER was seen at the Biden Center.
For the first time in a month, SNOWY OWLS were not reported at Fowler's Beach, but there were still 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS. SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN PIPIT and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were at Fowler's. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN, SURF and BLACK SCOTER. An AMERICAN AVOCET and the previously reported dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were seen at Broadkill Beach marsh. A group of 52 WILD TURKEY were seen along Prime Hook Beach Road. A pair of WOOD DUCK was found along Thirteen Curves Road. AMERICAN WIGEON was seen at the Cods Road Bridge.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is continuing to be seen coming to a feeder in the Woods at Herring Creek on Angola Neck off the Camp Arrowhead Road, along with PINE WARBLER, BROWN THRASHER and FOX SPARROW. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found along the Herring Creek Trail at Angola Neck. BROWN THRASHERS were also seen at feeders in Bay Vista near Rehoboth and in Greenwood. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen in a yard in Seaford.
All three species of SCOTER, BLACK, SURF and WHITE-WINGED, plus GREATER SCAUP and COMMON LOON were seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and MARSH WREN seen along the Big Stone Beach Road. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen in a flock of SNOW GEESE flying over Frederica. AMERICAN PIPIT was found in a field near Frederica of Route 12, Johnny Cake Landing Road.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was with HORNED LARK along the Port Mahon Road on Sunday. AMERICAN KESTREL, AMERICAN BITTERN and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported at Port Mahon. RING-NECKED DUCK and COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen at Little creek. AMERICAN KESTREL was also seen at Cheswold, along with a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW coming to a feeder.
A pair of SHORT-EARED OWLS continues at Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. GREAT HORNED OWL was seen at Raymond Pool. Although the refuge impoundments are all frozen, waterfowl seen include TUNDRA SWAN, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. Sparrows collecting along the roadside included FOX, SAVANNAH, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen at Finis Pool. A big flock of 85 TUNDRA SWANS were seen outside the refuge in a wheat field along Hurd Road. 30 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were found along Whitehall Neck Road. A BARN OWL was heard in a yard north of Smyrna along Massey Church Road.
Three WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were photographed sitting in a field along Stave's Land Road, off route 9 south of Odessa. NORTHERN BOBWHITE, BROWN THRASHER and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were seen at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. Raptors reported at Cedar Swamp included a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and MERLIN.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was photographed at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen on Thursday. Landbirds along the Sparrow Trail included GRAY CATBIRD, FOX, SAVANNAH, WHITE-CROWNED, CHIPPING and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. A few MUTE SWANS were seen sitting on the ice along with 5 BALD EAGLES at Thousand Acre Marsh at the Ashton Tract. RED-BREASTED and COMMON MERGANSER plus a pair of Dunlin were seen at Augustine Beach near Port Penn.
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and CACKLING GOOSE was seen at Newark Reservoir off Paper Mill Road. Other waterfowl included 4 REDHEADS along with RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN COOT.
A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD made a brief appearance at a feeder in Pike Creek off New Linden Road. BARRED OWL was seen along upper Pike Creek Road. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found at the Tri-State Bird Rescue feeder in Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road. KILLDEER and SAVANNAH SPARROW were seen in the fields at the University of Delaware Ag Farm. A PINE WARBLER is coming to a feeder in Brookside near Newark for the 4th year in a row.
A raft of 4 CANVASBACK was found at Hoopes' Reservoir yesterday. COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen at the Hillside Mill Cove on Sunday. Other waterfowl reported included RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK and both HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. A COMMON MERGANSER was seen on the Brandywine Creek at Breck's Mill near Greenville. GREAT CORMORANT was seen on the Delaware River at Fox Point state Park.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Nicole Koeltzow, Bert Filemyr, Lisa Smith, Sally Fintel, John Hannum, Ken Rosenthal, Patrick Carney, Steve Graff, Andy McGann, Ryan Crane, Megan Kasprzak, Matt Sarver, Lauren Morgans, Chris Bennett, Rob Blye, Bob Edelen, Dick Plambeck, Dave Fees, Jim and Amy White, Chris Rowe, Tim Freiday, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Joe Sebastiani, Phil Thompson, 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!