Date: 9/29/18 1:28 pm From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <ednieap...> Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 28th, 2018
*September 28, 2018
American Golden Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
American White Pelican
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: September 28, 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 Friday, September 28th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The Delaware Annual list remains at 308 this week.
Today, a RUDDY SHELDUCK was found at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. This species is normally found in Eurasia, from Asia Minor to the Indian subcontinent. A previous sighting of the species, possibly the same bird, was at Broadkill Marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton the summer. The RUDDY SHELDUCK at Silver Lake was with MALLARDS by the gazebo.
There were two more sightings of CONNECTICUT WARBLER this week. One was photographed from a yard in Harbeson on Sunday. Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen near Frederica along with CAPE MAY WARBLER and BOBOLINK. Birds seen at the former location included NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen Saturday at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The previous WHITE PELICAN reported at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City has not been seen all week. There was a peak count of 300 American Avocets, along with 6 GUDSIONIAN and 2 MARBLED GODWITS. Other shorebirds seen included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LONG and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, plus SPOTTED, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER along with the first WILSON’S SNIPE of the season. RED KNOT and BLACK TERN were seen on Saturday along with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Seven PURPLE MARTINS were seen flying over Sheerness pool with a large flock of TREE SWALLOWS. BARN OWL was seen at the visitors center early Thursday morning. PEREGRINE FALCON was photographed at Raymond Pool by the sluice gate. LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS continue to be seen among the waders, along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Bear Swamp. SAVANNAH and SEASIDE SPARROW were reported along the dike road. WILD TURKEY and NORTHERN BOBWHITE continue to be found in the refuge.
A single BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER continues to be seen at Wicks Potato Farm along the Leipsic – Smyrna Road (Route 9), just south of the intersection with Whitehall Neck Road. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS continue to be seen along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Also seen was PECTORAL and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.
Three VIRGINIA RAILS were heard calling in the marsh at Big Stone Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. A COMMON TERN was seen along the bayshore at Big Stone Beach. The woods along the roadway produced BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH plus CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, and YELLOW WARBLER. NORTHERN PARULA and PRAIRIE WARBLER were found at the dog training area.
Three WHITE IBIS were found on Saturday at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park with GREAT and 60 SNOWY EGRETS. PIPING PLOVER was reported at Cape Henlopen Point along with BROWN PELICAN, CASPIAN TERN, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. WILD TURKEY was found by the Seaside Nature Center along with CAPE MAY WARBLER, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.
AMERICAN AVOCET and BLACK SKIMMER were found at Broadkill Marsh. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Old Landing in Rehoboth Beach. WHITE-EYED VIREO was found at a yard near Lewes along with NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. SUMMER TANAGER continues to be reported at the Nanticoke Wildlife Area in western Sussex County along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and BOBOLINK.
The first BLUE-HEADED VIREO of the season was reported at Brandywine Creek State Park on Monday along with SCARLET TANAGER and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Warblers seen included WILSON’S, NASHVILLE, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CAPE MAY, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Winterthur Museum. YELLOW-THROATED VIREO along with CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, AND PINE WARBLER was found in Bellefonte. NASHVILLE WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were found along Weldin Road in Brandywine Hundred.
An immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found in Mount Cuba along Hillside Mill Road near Red Clay Creek. another BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found at Coverdale Farms off Way Road along with SCARLET TANAGER, INDIGO BUNTING, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGET. Warblers seen included PALM, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, and MAGNOLIA.
Warblers reported at Ashland Nature Center included OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WILSON’S, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, BLACKPOLL, BAY-BREASTED, PRAIRIE, PALM, plus BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN. Other landbirds at Ashland included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, plus WARBLING, YELLOW THROATED, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. COMMON RAVEN was reported at Auburn Heights State Park in Yorklyn.
Three PURPLE FINCHES were found at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark on Tuesday along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and INDIGO BUNTING. Warbler seen included CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. The first GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET of the season was reported Monday at the Dellaire development off Kirkwood Highway near Newark. BLACKPOLL WARBLER was reported at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge.
VIRGINIA RAIL and CASPIAN TERN were seen at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. Landbirds reported included INDIGO BUNTING, YELLOW, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was reported that the Port Penn impoundments along Route 9. A BARRED OWL was found calling at Augustine Creek off Pole Tavern Road.
There was a big flight of hawks at Ashland Nature Center Hawk Watch on Saturday, including 1300 BROAD-WINGS, 38 SHARPS-SHINNED, 44 AMERICAN KESTREL and 15 BALD EAGLES. Over 200 more BROAD-WINGS were seen on Monday. A leucitic BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen flying in the kettle on Wednesday. COMMON RAVENS continue to be seen nearly daily at the hawk watch. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen this evening. Other highlights included PURPLE FINCH, TENNESSEE, and CAPE MAY WARBLER.
Cape Henlopen State Park Hawk Watch also had a big flight on Saturday including 250 OSPREY, 15 BALD EAGLES, 22 SHARP-SHINNEDs plus lots of Falcons: 52 AMERICAN KESTREL, 34 MERLIN, and 45 PEREGRINE FALCONS. Cape Henlopen for the month has reported 176 KESTRELS plus 97 MERLIN and approximately 100 PEREGRINES along with 1250 OSPREY. Other highlights at Cape Henlopen hawk watch included the first BRANT of the season along with RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, SURF and BLACK SCOOTER. BROWN PELICAN has been seen almost daily. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen sitting near the hawk watch platform, along with RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including Mike Moore, Wayne Longbottom, Joe Sedransk, Jen Driscoll, Jessica Shahan, Tim Freiday, Nick Pulcinella, John Read, Aaron Reb, Bill Oyler, 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, Joe Sebastiani, 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!