Date: 1/3/20 4:36 pm
From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 3rd, 2020
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 03, 2020
* DEST 20.01.03

*Birds mentioned
Ross’s Goose
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
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
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Clapper Rail
King Rail
Virginia Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Forster’s Tern
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barn Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Saw-whet Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Tree Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Snow Bunting
Savannah Ipswich Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Purple Finch
Baltimore Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 03, 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, January 3rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2019 peaked at 329 species. That’s two species more than the 10-year average! The 2020 unofficial list is already at 117 species.

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found last week at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along Prime Hook Beach Road. That bird has subsequently been seen off Short’s Beach and among the 50,000 SNOW GEESE off Draper Road. Also reported in the flock have been ROSS’S and CACKLING GOOSE. These geese were also seen along with a raft of WOOD DUCK off Sylvian Acres Road, along the west side of Route 1 opposite Prime Hook. ROSS’S GOOSE was also seen off of Thirteen Curves Rd. along with AMERICAN PIPIT. Lots of shorebirds seen along Prime Hook Beach Road included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, WESTERN SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, and WILSON SNIPE. WILLET, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen along the Dike Trail at Prime Hook headquarters. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported along the entrance road. Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Fowlers Beach, along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and RUDDY TURNSTONE.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen at Fowler’s Beach. There was a peak count of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS along the beach. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in the marsh. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and GRAY CATBIRD was reported by the entrance woods. Waterfowl reported included RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE, NORTHERN GANNET, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HOODED MERGANSER. BARRED OWL was heard calling along Little Neck Road. PINE WARBLER and WILD TURKEY were seen at Little Neck Wildlife Area. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and BROWN THRASHER were reported at the intersection of Prime Hook Beach and Cods Road. Raptors reported at Prime Hook included PEREGRINE FALCON, MERLIN, and AMERICAN KESTREL.

RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, and WILLET were reported at Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, along with 14 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach. IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW was found along the dunes at Cape Henlopen Point. PINE WARBLER was found at Herring Point and Fort Miles. BRANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE were seen at The Point, along with PEREGRINE FALCON. An immature GREAT CORMORANT was photographed at the fishing pier. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen coming to the feeders at the Seaside Nature Center. SEDGE WREN, VIRGINIA, and KING RAIL were heard calling from the Walking Dunes Nature Trail near the Saltmarsh Spur. In Lewes, a NELSON’S SPARROW was found along Canary Creek at the University of Delaware Marine labs. A big flock of 150 NORTHERN GANNETS was seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry along with BLACK and SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and 8 GREAT CORMORANTS sitting on the breakwater. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was als!
o found in the pines by the ferry terminal.

A peak count of 3 BLACK-HEADED GULLS was found at the Wolfs Neck Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. Waterfowl on the settling ponds included GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found in the pines and a single SNOW BUNTING was found out in the fields around the treatment plant. A peak count of 850 CANVASBACK were seen on Silver Lake along with 2 female REDHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER.

A RAZORBILL was seen yesterday off the north jetty at Indian River Inlet. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen flying offshore. Other waterfowl included COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, plus WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK SCOTER. GREAT CORMORANT was seen on the channel marker. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and PURPLE SANDPIPER were seen on the jetty. FORSTER’S TERN, BONAPARTE’S and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found along the Inlet. AMERICAN BITTERN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen at the marsh behind the south campground. TREE SWALLOW, TRICOLORED HERON, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and PEREGRINE FALCON were reported at Burtons Island Causeway behind the North Marina. NELSON’S SPARROW was photographed at Savage’s Ditch in Delaware Seashore State Park. A large flock of BRANT was seen off of Quillen’s Point on Cedar Neck along with COMMON GOLDENEYE.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Eight BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen on the pond along with MUTE SWAN, 440 GADWALL, 280 AMERICAN WIGEON, LESSER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER, and-PIED BILLED GREBE. A SORA was heard calling along with VIRGINIA RAIL. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found in the refuge. A SAW-WHET OWL was reported at the Marion Okie Nature Preserve on Long Neck. CLAPPER RAIL, HOODED MERGANSER, and TUNDRA SWAN were reported at the Peninsula nature Center near Millsboro. A juvenile female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen coming to a feeder off White Neck Road near Holt’s Landing State Park.

The previous reported WESTERN TANAGER was reported today at the visitor center in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. This bird has been seen behind the picnic pavilion to the Viburnum Bush next to the bathrooms. Shorebirds continue be seen on Raymond Pool including AMERICAN AVOCET, LESSER AND GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, LONGBILLED DOWITCHER, AND WILSON SNIPE. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK reported at Finis Pool along with BARRED OWL. Waterfowl included 3 CANVASBACK on Tuesday along with TUNDRA SWAN, CACKLING GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, plus COMMON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. VIRGINIA and CLAPPER RAIL were found along the Boardwalk Trail along with SEASIDE SPARROW, MARSH, and SEDGE WREN. Raptors reported included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, plus PEREGRINE, MERLIN, and KESTREL. BARN OWL was heard calling from the visitor center at dusk.

A late phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along the Port Mahon Road, along with SHORT-EARED OWLS. Waterfowl at Port Mahon included COMMON GOLDENEYE and LONGTAILED DUCK. A peak count of 42 NORTHERN GANNETS were seen offshore over the Delaware Bay on Tuesday. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was seen in the reeds along the roadside. GREAT EGRET was seen flying into the Little Creek impoundments. HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen at Little Creek Wildlife Area. A raft of CANVASBACK with a single REDHEAD was seen at Pickering Beach along with LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and RUDDY DUCK. A RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the Delaware River off of Woodland Beach along with COMMON GOLDENEYE and GREATER SCAUP. HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER were seen on Silver Lake in Dover. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and WINTER WREN were seen in the park. AMERICAN PIPIT and PEREGRINE FALCON were seen in Frederica off of Johnnycake Landing Road.

A male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found today along Stave’s Landing Road, in a flock of several hundred blackbirds. GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and RING-NECKED DUCK were seen at Hangman’s Creek along Route 9. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found at Collins Beach in Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area. RED THROATED LOON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen at Augustine Beach near Port Penn. DUNLIN were seen on the breakwater from the parking lot. MUTE SWAN was reported at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and both RUBY-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were found in the woods. GREAT EGRET was reported at Thousand Acre Marsh south of Delaware city.

A PURPLE FINCH was seen Sunday at Ashland Nature Center. An AMERICAN KESTREL was reported at Coverdale Farms. CHIPPING SPARROW was found at Curtis Mill Park in White Clay Creek State Park in Newark. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were reported at Hopkins Bridge. COMMON MERGANSER was reported at Newark reservoir. Waterfowl on Hoopes’s reservoir included RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK. HOODED MERGANSER was also seen at the Winterthur Ponds along Route 100 near Montchanin.

Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, including Mike Smith, Alissa Kegelman, Mike Bowen, Leo Custer, Anthony VanSchoor, Brian Henderson, Al Guarente, Rodney Murray, Curt Davis, Aaron Reb, Bert Filmyer, Mike Rosengarten, Dave Belford, Kathie O’Neil, Katie Bird, Gary Griffith, Joe Sebastiani, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Steve Graff, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Kitt Heckscher, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, Rob Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Scott Northey, Amy and Jim White, Sally O’Byrne, Jeff Gordon, 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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