Date: 9/21/18 8:09 pm
From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <ednieap...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 21st, 2018

* Delaware

* Statewide

*September 21, 2018

* DEST1809.21


*Birds mentioned

Mute Swan

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Black Scoter

Wild Turkey

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Common Nighthawk

Eastern Whippoorwill

Virginia Rail


Common Gallinule

American Avocet

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Hudsonian Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone


Red Knot

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Black Tern

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Pied-billed Grebe

Common Loon

Red-throated Loon

Northern Gannet

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron


Glossy Ibis


Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Bald Eagle

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-headed Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon


Eastern Kingbird

Common Raven

Horned Lark

Warbling Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Bank Swallow

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch


Marsh Wren


Swainson’s Thrush

American Pipit

American Goldfinch

Purple Finch

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow



Northern Waterthrush

Worm-eating Warbler

Brewster’s Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Tennessee Warbler


American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Canada Warbler

Summer Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting



Hotline: Birdline Delaware

Date: September 21, 2018

To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)

Compiler: Andy Ednie (<ednieap...>)

Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern

New Jersey, Maryland


For the last day of Summer on Friday, September 21st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Finally, Hurricanes Florence and Gordon have moved away to open the flood gates of migration. The Delaware Annual list increased to 308 species, including 23 species of warbler this week.


New this week was a sighting of CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge below Glasgow on Wednesday. That bird was photographed in a private yard that has also produced NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NORTHERN PARULA, and YELLOW WARBLER this week plus a MERLIN. Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found dead on the sidewalk in Milford the same day. There was a flurry of CONNECTICUT WARBLER sightings on Wednesday in the region, with reports from Cape May Point and The Villas in New Jersey plus two sightings near Baltimore.


Also new was an unconfirmed report of PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER at the Aquatic Education Center near Woodland Beach on Monday. Photographs of this species shows a molting GOLDEN PLOVER with long continuous lateral stripe contrasting the black belly plus predominately white undertail coverts with black spotting. Unfortunately, the photographs do not reveal the length of the tail to wing primary projections which facilitates identification for molting GOLDEN PLOVERS. Hopefully some more photographs will become available. The previously reported pair of SEDGE WRENS continue to be singing in the brush by the Aquatic Education Center off Lighthouse Road.


Wick’s Potato Farm on the Smyrna-Leipsic Road continues to have large numbers of shorebirds present. There was a peak count of 105 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER with BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER plus DUNLIN, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. HORNED LARK and AMERICAN PIPIT were seen among the shorebirds.


A pair of HUDSONIAN GODWIT were found Sunday at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna opposite Sheerness Pool. Other shorebirds reported included AMERICAN AVOCETS, SPOTTED, SOLITARY, STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER along with both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. MUTE SWAN was seen at Sheerness Pool along with NORTHERN PINTAIL. Waders included BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, CATTLE EGRET, and GLOSSY IBIS. Raptors reported included AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, and PEREGRINE FALCON. SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen in the marsh. Warblers along Raymond Neck Road this week included CANADA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and MAGNOLIA.


Nine species of warbler were seen along the central road in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area on Wednesday including CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, and PALM WARBLER plus ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and lots of RED-EYED VIREOS. RUDDY TURNSTONES and ROYAL TERNS were seen at Port Mahon.


A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported in downtown Dover near Silver Lake along Hazel Road. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH continues to be reported at Big Stone Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Warblers reported at Milford Neck included CAPE MAY, NORTHERN PARULA, BAY-BREASTED, YELLOW, BLACKPOLL and PALM WARBLER.


A WHITE IBIS was reported at Oyster Rock Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. A late EASTERN WHIPPOORWILL was calling at Broadkill on Monday evening. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a single RED KNOT were seen on Broadkill Beach. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS along with MARSH WREN, BOBOLINK, and INDIGO BUNTING were seen at Fowler’s Beach. Waterbirds reported included NORTHERN PINTAIL, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and CASPIAN TERN. The tern flock at Broadkill Marsh included BLACK, CASPIAN, ROYAL, COMMON TERN and BLACK SKIMMER along with AMERICAN AVOCET and another HUDSONIAN GODWIT. There was a peak count of 214 FORSTER’S TERNS along the Prime Hook Beach Road along with 46 GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Waterfowl reported included BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Four AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS along with BLACK-BILLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Mispillion inlet along with 26 CASPIAN and 40 ROYAL TERNS plus 5 BLACK SKIMMERS. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting in the area.


A peak count of 5 PIPING PLOVER were seen at Cape Henlopen Point along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SANDERLING, SEMIPALMATED, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, plus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 16 BROWN PELICANS. Terns reported included FORSTER’S, COMMON, ROYAL, and CASPIAN TERN plus 12 BLACK SKIMMERS. Four BLUE GROSBEAK and YELLOW WARBLER were found in the dunes. Three WILD TURKEYS were seen at the entrance to Cape Henlopen State Park. A late BANK SWALLOW was with 70 TREE SWALLOWS at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park along with a late EASTERN KINGBIRD on Saturday plus BOBOLINK and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. TRICOLORED, GREEN, and LITTLE BLUE HERON plus GLOSSY IBIS and large numbers of GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS were found on the Gordon’s Pond wash flats along with AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPER and both YELLOWLEGS.


Three TRICOLORED HERONS plus YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS continue to be seen at Burtons Island Causeway near the North Marina at Indian River Inlet. Two BLACK TERNS were seen feeding at the inlet on Tuesday. A large flock of terns on the beach halfway between the inlet and the lifesaving station included, COMMON TERN, 100 CASPIAN plus 40 ROYAL TERNS. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were found on the Indian River Inlet jetty.


A peak count of 18 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS was seen flying by Fenwick Island along with SANDERLING, WILLET, and 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL. NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN PELICAN were seen offshore. PIED-BILLED GREBE was seen it Assawoman Wildlife Area along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. The first PALM WARBLER of the season was found at Assawoman on Sunday.


Four RED-HEADED and PILEATED WOODPECKERS were found at Herring Creek Nature Trail on Angola Neck along the Camp Arrowhead Road, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was photographed at a private yard in Harbison along with VEERY. Warblers reported included AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK AND WHITE, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and PINE. This property also hosted 11 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS. SUMMER TANAGER continues to be seen at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel.


BLUE-WINGED TEAL and NORTHERN SHOVELER along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen at Newark Reservoir on Saturday. Two COMMON RAVENS were seen flying overhead. Other landbirds reported included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus PARULA and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. A female BLACK-THROATED BLUE plus CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER were found at Middle Run Natural Area off Possum Park Road. The sunflower field at the University of Delaware ag farm behind Townsend Hall had a peak count of 110 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.


A late WORM-EATING WARBLER was found at Brandywine Creek State Park at the north end of the Freshwater Marsh Preserve along with NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. VEERY, OVENBIRD, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER were found at Bellevue State Park. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported off Weldin Road in Brandywine Hundred. The first YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER of the season was reported there on Sunday along with MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were also reported this last week along Shallcross Avenue in downtown Wilmington near the Delaware Art Museum and at Northminster off Naaman’s Road.


Ashland Nature Center was a hotspot for warbler migration this week. A late BREWSTER’S WARBLER was seen on Saturday along with OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus WARBLING, YELLOW-THROATED, and PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Warblers seen including NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. A pair of MARSH WRENS were found at the wet area along the Red Clay Creek at the entrance gate on Tuesday. BLUE GROSBEAKS feeding young were found at Yorklyn Village. A CASPAIN TERN was seen Sunday morning at Hoopes Reservoir.


A BLACK SKIMMER was found at Thousand Acre Marsh on Wednesday along with VIRGINIA RAIL and 2 SORA. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues to be seen on Cormorant Island from Dutch Neck Road. COMMON GALLINULE and LITTLE BLUE HERON were found at Grier’s Pond. LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS were reported at the Ashton tract in Augustine Wildlife Area along with CASPIAN TERN. CASPIAN TERNS and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were found at Augustine Beach.


There was a small flight of 108 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS on Wednesday, which might be the high count this year, along with 36 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 38 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS. A total of 40 BALD EAGLES, 11 MERLIN and 3 PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen at Ashland this week. Other migrants included an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Thursday, PURPLE FINCH on Sunday and a common loon on Tuesday. Also seen was CAPE MAY and PALM WARBLER, COMMON RAVEN and several flights of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, including 75 NIGHTHAWKS on Wednesday evening.


There was also a big flight of raptors at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on Wednesday, including 63 KESTRELS, 18 MERLIN and 10 PEREGRINES, along with NORTHERN HARRIER and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. A total of 525 OSPREY and 50 BALD EAGLES were seen at The Cape this week. Other highlights included the first RED-THROATED LOON of the season, plus BLACK SCOTER, AMERICAN AVOCET, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were reported at the hawk watch daily.


Thanks to those that contributed this week, including Mike Moore, John Taylor, Art Zdanczwic, Matt Sarver, Tim Freiday, Adam Balick, George Armistead, Bert Filemyr, Mike Rosengarten, Ray Hendrick, Arms Hill, Bill Oyler, Brian McCaffrey, Richard Julian, Joel Martin, Steve Graff, Scott Northey, Chris Bennett, Phil Thompson, Ryan Crane, John Skibicki, Chris Rowe, Andy and John Dunn, Ian Stewart, Lisa Smith, Megan Kasprzak, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Judy Montgomery, Amy O’Neil, Joe Sebastiani, Curt Davis, Ellen and Jake Jacobson, Rob Blye, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, David Fees, John Long, Joe Swertinski and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our hawk counters, Dave Brown at Ashland Nature Center and Jen Ottinger at Cape Henlopen.  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!


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