Date: 10/7/18 5:00 pm From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <ednieap...> Subject: [de-birds]
Sorry this is out late, had a problem with my computer!
*October 5, 2018
Blue winged Teal
American Golden Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Eastern Wood Pewee
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 5, 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, October 5th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The Delaware Annual list increased to 310 this week.
Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen flying over Brandywine Hundred near Bellevue State Park on Monday after the cold front passed. These birds have not been relocated unfortunately.
The cold front that pass through last Saturday brought a wave of warblers to Sussex County. The highlight was a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER found at the point parking lot in Cape Henlopen State Park. The bird was observed to have the black and white striped body with yellow lores. Seen on Saturday morning, it has not been seen since.
Some other warbler highlights included a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Nanticoke Wildlife Area last Monday, along with NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, and AMERICAN REDSTART. Other highlights included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, VEERY, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus BLUE-HEADED, WHITE-EYED, and RED-EYED VIREO. TENNESSEE WARBLER along with BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE, PINE and PARULA were founded at Harbison, plus YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and BLUE GROSBEAK. There was a count of 10 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES coming to the feeder. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, along with CAPE MAY, PARULA, and REDSTART plus SCARLET TANAGER were seen at Redden State Forest near Georgetown. A late SUMMER TANAGER was seen on Wednesday.
The previously reported RUDDY SHELDUCK continues at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach. This bird is reported to be un-banded, but its origins are still of question. The RUDDY SHELDUCK at Silver Lake was with MALLARDS by the gazebo. The SHELDUCK was joined by 4 SNOW GEESE.
Five immature WHITE IBIS were seen at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park with GLOSSY IBIS, GREAT EGRET, and 45 SNOW EGRETS. Shorebirds reported included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A peak count of 12 RED-BREASTED with 2 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen along the trail with BLUE GROSBEAK and SAVANNAH SPARROW. BLACK SCOTER was seen offshore.
BLACK SCOTER, BROWN PELICAN, NORTHERN GANNET, and PARASITIC JAEGER were seen at Herring Point. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN with BROWN PELICAN were seen at Cape Henlopen point. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen on Tuesday by the Seaside Nature Center along with RED-EYED VIREO, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, plus PALM, CAPE MAY, PRAIRIE, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.
Thompson’s Island in Delaware Seashore State Park north of Dewey Beach had late YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and RED-EYED VIREO on Thursday along with MAGNOLIA, PINE, and YELLOW WARBLER. The woods at Thompson Island produced YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.
12 BRANT were seen at Indian River Inlet with BROWN PELICANS. RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. ROYAL and CASPIAN TERNS were seen flying over the inlet. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen from the Burtons Island Causeway. BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was found in the woods at Burtons Island. TRICOLORED HERON was found at Savage’s Ditch in Delaware Seashore State Park north of Indian River Inlet.
BLACK SCOTER, BONAPARTE’S, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found in York Beach south of Bethany. The first BROWN CREEPER of the season was found Tuesday at Bethany Beach Nature Center along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and PALM WARBLER. A late YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was found that Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island.
Three juvenile WHITE IBIS were found today at Broadkill Beach in PRIME HOOK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE west of S. Bayshore Rd. SURF SCOTER, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN was seen on Delaware Bay at Broadkill. RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILLET with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found on the beach. The first LINCOLN’S SPARROW the season was found by Prime Hook headquarters along with PRAIRIE, PALM, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER plus RED-BREASTED and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Other birds reported included BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, BARRED OWL, and SCARLET TANAGER. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported off of Deep Branch Road. Four TRICOLORED HERONS with 43 SNOWY EGRETS were found at Prime Hook Beach Road on Saturday. Waterfowl included NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and GADWALL.
YELLOW BREASTED CHAT, REDSTART and BLACKPOLL WARBLER were found that the dog training area in Milford Neck Wildlife Area on Wednesday. SANDERLING, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and ROYAL TERN were seen from Big Stone Beach. A VIRGINIA RAIL was found in the marsh off the Big Stone Beach Road. Warblers reported included CAPE MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, PINE, YELLOW-RUMPED, NORTHERN PARULA, and AMERICAN REDSTART. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen along with the NUTHATCH trifecta: WHITE-BREASTED, RED-BREASTED, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. A late INDIGO BUNTING was seen at Fredericia, along with NORTHERN BOBWHITE. Warblers seen included BLACK-THROATED BLUE, PALM, CAPE MAY, NASHVILLE, and TENNESSEE WARBLER. RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were seen in the yard in Cheswald. A VESPER SPARROW was found Tuesday along with SAVANNAH SPARROWS at Wicks Potato Farm north of Leipsic.
Three AMERICAN BITTERNS along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, SNOWY EGRET, 26 GREAT EGRET, and 23 LITTLE BLUE HERONS are found at the central tower in Little Creek Wildlife Management Area along with AMERICAN WIGEON and AMERICAN COOT. Another LINCOLN’S SPARROW was reported on Tuesday along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Warblers reported along the central tower road included CAPE MAY, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, and BLACKPOLL WARBLER.
Two HUDSONIAN and 9 MARBLED GODWITS with 300 AMERICAN AVOCETS were found at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Other shorebirds reported included STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED, SEMIPALMATED, and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, WILLET, plus LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. The first flocks of SNOW GEESE have arrived at the refuge, seeing at Sheerness Pool and along Whitehall Neck Road. Other waterfowl included 7 MUTE SWAN, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and SORA. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on Leatherberry Flats opposite Sheerness Pool. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen hunting shorebirds over Raymond Pool. WILD TURKEY was seen walking along Finis Pool Road and NORTHERN BOBWHITE was heard calling by the visitor center. Late passerines included in EASTERN KINGBIRD on Saturday, plus WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, and BOBOLINK. WARBLERS reported included TENNESSEE, PALM, YELLOW, BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, NORTHERN PARULA, and AMERICAN REDSTART.
An extraordinary AMERICAN AVOCET was seen Tuesday on Newark Reservoir along with SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Waterfowl included 10 NORTHERN SHOVELER and a female BLUE-WINGED TEAL. The first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW of the season was by the reservoir. A CACKLING GOOSE was found at the University of Delaware Ag farm off S. College Ave. along with SOLITARY SANDPIPER and PALM WARBLER.
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also reported at Middle Run Natural Area with RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, INDIGO BUNTING, EASTERN WOOD PEEWEE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. A late WARBLING VIREO was found plus WHITE-EYED and RED-EYED VIREO. WARBLERS reported included MAGNOLIA, BAY-BREASTED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, OVENBIRD, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, PALM, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and WILSON’S WARBLER.
LINCOLN’S SPARROW and WINTER WREN were new species at Ashland nature Center along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PURPLE FINCH, RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, plus WOOD, GRAY-CHEEKED and SWAINSON’S THRUSH. Late landbirds included BALTIMORE ORIOLE and SCARLET TANAGER. Warblers reported included a late CANADA plus OVENBIRD, REDSTART, CAPE MAY, PALM, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKBURNIAN, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BAY-BREASTED, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SWAINSON’S THRUSH plus SCARLET TANAGER were seen at Coverdale Farms Preserve off Way Road. Warblers reported included BLACKPOLL, CAPE MAY, PINE, and YELLOW-RUMPED. PALM WARBLER and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen in the yard near Yorklyn off Center Mill Road.
Another late CANADA WARBLER was found at Hillside Mill Road along Hoopes Reservoir with BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. GREEN HERON was seen walking along the shoreline. GREEN HERON was also seen at Brandywine Creek State Park. Landbirds reported included SWAINSON’S THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED kinglet, plus AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM, BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE, YELLOW, MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. BROAD-WINGED HAWK and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen at the park on Sunday.
SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-EYED, and RED-EYED VIREO was seen at Bellevue State Park along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. Warblers reported included PALM, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were also reported in Brandywine Hundred at Northminster and along Naaman’s Creek. MAGNOLIA WARBLER was reported off of Weldin Road. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported near Silverside Road.
A huge flock of 1500 TREE SWALLOWS were reported at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. Waterfowl included MUTE SWAN and COMMON GALLINULE. SPOTTED SANDPIPER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were found in the marsh along with flyover CASPIAN TERN. LITTLE BLUE HERON with GREAT EGRET were seen feeding along the edge. RED BREASTED NUTHATCH, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER were found in the woods. A BLACKPOLL WARBLER was found at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge.
A big flight of raptors was seen today at the Ashland Nature Center Hawk Watch including 56 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 28 AMERICAN KESTRELS, plus BROAD-WINGED HAWK, MERLIN and PEREGRINE FALCON. There was a good flight of 420 BROAD-WINGS were counted over the weekend, plus 90 OSPREY and 15 BALD EAGLES. All seven species of commonly occurring WOODPECKERS were seen on Saturday at the Hawk Watch including an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER plus YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED. A big flight of 400 BLUE JAYS were seen on Sunday. 40 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on Wednesday evening. New at the Hawkwatch this week was CACKLING and SNOW GOOSE. Other species seen included daily COMMON RAVEN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and PURPLE FINCH (including a brightly colored male). Warblers reported included MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, PALM, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, YELLOW, TENNESSEE, CAPE MAY, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and NASHVILLE WARBLER.
Saturday was a banner flight at Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch with 47 BALD EAGLES, 127 SHARP-SHINS, 17 COOPER’S HAWKS, 46 KESTRELS, 27 MERLIN, and an amazing 60 PEREGRINE FALCON. This week there were an incredible 130 BALD EAGLES, 350 OSPREY, and 100 PEREGRINES seen at the hawk platform. A big flight of 116 GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen flying over today plus 30 BROWN PELICANS, BRANT, COMMON LOON, PARASITIC JAEGER, and an AMERICAN COOT sitting on the Atlantic Ocean. Also seen this week was BLACK and SURF SCOTER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON TERN, and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER. Landbird seen included RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, BLACKPOLL, PRAIRIE, and PINE WARBLER.
Thanks to those that contributed this week, including Hannah Greenberg, Hank Davis, Patrick Carney, Mike Gardner, Gina Sheridan, Carlton Groff, Elaine Wagner, Craig Jeschke, Bob Rufe, Guy Tingos, Anthony Gonzon, Thomas Roth, Kelly Krechmer, Mike Moore, Wayne Longbottom, Tim Freiday, 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, Amy and Jim White, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Joe Sebastiani, Ellen and Jake Jacobson, Rob Blye, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, 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!