Date: 12/28/19 7:05 am
From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, December 27th, 2019
* Delaware
* Statewide
* December 27, 2019
* DEST 1912.20

*Birds mentioned
Ross’s Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Forster’s Tern
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Red-throated Loon
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Marsh Wren
Gray Catbird
Snow Bunting
Lapland Longspur
American Tree Sparrow
Savannah Ipswich Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Orange-crowned Warbler

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: December 27, 2019
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, December 27th, the last Birdline of the year, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody! The unofficial Delaware Annual list increased to 328 species this week.

Holiday plans were put on hold for a female WESTERN TANAGER found next to the visitor center at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. This bird was found on Christmas Eve Day coming to the berry bushes next to bathrooms at the headquarters and has been present daily. Look for the yellow-breasted, greenish-back bird with yellow orange bill and yellow wing bars feeding with NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and HOUSE SPARROWS. There’s been a rash of WESTERN TANAGER sightings along the East Coast this month, with birds reported in Cape May, Sandy Hook, Long Island, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Birders looking for the TANAGER have found other good birds at the refuge including AMERICAN AVOCET, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A CLAPPER RAIL was reported calling at Bear Swamp. MARSH WREN was found by Raymond Pool. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN, CACKLING GOOSE, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN COOT, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. EASTERN MEADOWLARK and HORNED LARK were reported along Whitehall Neck Road.

AMERICAN COOT and BUFFLEHEAD were found at Taylor’s Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. BARN OWL was reported along the Woodland Beach Road. COMMON GOLDENEYE was reported at Port Mahon just past the fishing pier along with BLACK SCOTER. A single BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE made a brief appearance at the fishing pier. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road along with AMERICAN KESTREL.

A raft of CANVASBACKS was seen off Kitts Hummock along with SURF SCOTER. GREATER SCAUP and RUDDY DUCK were seen off of Pickering Beach. WILSON’S SNIPE were reported at a field near Frederica off Johnnycake Landing Road, along with AMERICAN KESTREL.

Another new bird this week was an EVENING GROSBEAK coming to a feeder near Newark off Delaplaine Avenue off Capital Trail east of Possum Park Road. This is near Middle Run Natural Area where a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was seen. CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and a large raft of COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on Newark Reservoir, along with 3 BALD EAGLES. A pair of COMMON RAVENS was seen over I 95 at Churchman’s Marsh.

COMMON MERGANSERS and WINTER WREN were seen at Ashland Nature Center along the Red Clay Creek. Waterfowl at Hoopes’s Reservoir included PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, BLACK, RING-NECKED, and RUDDY DUCK, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. A COMMON RAVEN was seen at Hillside Mill Cove along with PILEATED WOODPECKER and SAPSUCKER. A MERLIN was reported at Bellevue State Park.

WOOD DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, KILLDEER, and BELTED KINGFISHER were seen at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found in the woodlot and plus a flyover BALD EAGLE. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at the entrance to the Port of Wilmington with a large group of GREAT BLACK-BACKS.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was photographed at the entrance to Stave’s Landing Road on Tuesday. SAVANNAH and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW were seen at Stave’s Landing wildlife area. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen flying by Collins Beach in Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, and over 600 DUNLIN were reported. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and AMERICAN PIPIT were found at Cedar Swamp.

A late GREAT EGRET was reported at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area along with CATBIRD and FOX SPARROW. Waterfowl reported included MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN BUFFLEHEAD, and AMERICAN COOT. MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, and PIED-BILLED GREBE were found at Dragon Run in Delaware City.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen at Fowlers Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, along with BARRED and GREAT HORNED OWL. SNOW BUNTINGS continue to be seen along the beach. There was a flyby AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on Wednesday morning. Waterfowl reported included ROSS’S and CACKLING GOOSE, SURF SCOTER, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK were found out in the marsh. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was found along the dike trail at Prime Hook headquarters along with CLAPPER RAIL and FORSTER’S TERN. FOX SPARROW and BARRED OWL were reported near Turkle Pond.

CLAPPER RAIL was also reported at Canary Creek near the University of Delaware Marine School in Lewes. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES continue be reported at the Seaside Nature Center. A pair of TREE SWALLOWS were seen flying over Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday. Waterfowl on the lake included 650 CANVASBACK and several HOODED MERGANSERS.

Four COMMON EIDERS were reported today at Indian River Inlet along with BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, BLACK and SURF. PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen on the jetty. GREAT CORMORANT was reported on the channel marker. “IPSWICH” SAVANNAH SPARROW and TREE SPARROW were photographed along the beach. The mud flats at Quillen’s Point at the end of Cedar Neck near Ocean View had 22 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, SANDERLING and both LESSER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. BRANT, BUFFLEHEAD, GOLDENEYE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen on Indian River Bay.

Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, including Jen Driscoll, Anthony VanSchoor, Gina Sheridan, Andrew Albright, John Janowski, George Armistead, Liz Porter, Brian Henderson, Kristin Leprich, Elizabeth Clements, Rick Cheicante, Adam Woodis, Al Guarente, Rodney Murray, Curt Davis, Aaron Reb, Bert Filmyer, Mike Rosengarten, Dave Belford, Kathie O’Neil, Katie Bird, Mike Hudson, Gary Griffith, Joe Sebastiani, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, Rob Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Scott Northey, Amy and Jim White, Sally O’Byrne, Colin Campbell, Ryan Crane, Joe Swertinski and Joe Russell. 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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