Date: 9/29/18 1:28 pm
From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <ednieap...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, September 28th, 2018

* Delaware

* Statewide

*September 28, 2018

* DEST1809.28


*Birds mentioned


Black Scoter

Surf Scoter

Red-breasted Merganser

Northern Bobwhite

Wild Turkey

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Common Nighthawk

Virginia Rail

American Avocet

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Marbled Godwit

Hudsonian Godwit

Red Knot

White-rumped Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper


Long-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Black Tern

Caspian Tern

Common Tern

Black Skimmer

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron


Glossy Ibis


Sharp-shinned Hawk

Bald Eagle

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-headed Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

American Kestrel


Peregrine Falcon

Common Raven

Horned Lark

White-eyed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Purple Martin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Swainson’s Thrush

Purple Finch

Savannah Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow



Northern Waterthrush

Nashville Warbler

Tennessee Warbler


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

Wilson’s Warbler

Summer Tanager

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting



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.




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!


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