Date: 3/25/20 8:31 am From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request...> Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, March 23rd, 2020
RBA * Delaware * Statewide * March 24, 2020 * DEST 20. 03. 24
*Birds mentioned PINK-FOOTED GOOSE Snow Goose Brant Mute Swan Wood Duck Blue-winged Teal Gadwall Northern Pintail American Wigeon Green-winged Teal Eurasian Green-winged “Common” Teal Ring-necked Duck Greater Scaup Black Scoter Surf Scoter Long-tailed Duck Bufflehead Common Goldeneye Common Merganser Hooded Merganser Red-breasted Merganser Ruddy Duck Wild Turkey Eurasian Collared-Dove Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe Virginia Rail King Rail Clapper Rail American Coot Sandhill Crane American Oystercatcher Black-necked Stilt American Avocet Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Piping Plover Killdeer Western Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper RUFF Wilson’s Snipe American Woodcock Greater Yellowlegs Lesser Yellowlegs Bonaparte’s Gull Laughing Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Common Loon Red-throated Loon Northern Gannet Great Cormorant American Bittern Great Egret Snowy Egret Black-crowned Night Heron Glossy Ibis Osprey Barred Owl Short-eared Owl Yellow-bellied Sapsucker American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon Eastern Phoebe Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tree Swallow Purple Martin Blue-headed Vireo Common Raven Brown-headed Nuthatch Winter Wren Marsh Wren Gray Catbird Brown Thrasher PINE SISKIN Chipping Sparrow Fox Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Eastern Meadowlark Rusty Blackbird Orange-crowned Warbler Pine Warbler Palm Warbler Yellow-throated Warbler Common Yellowthroat
Hotline: Birdline Delaware Date: March 23, 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 Tuesday, March 23rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. There were 5 new birds added this week, the unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 increased to 215 species. OSPREY, EASTERN PHOEBE, CHIPPING SPARROW, and PINE WARBLER are now being seen throughout the state. New this week were YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, SNOWY EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, and BLACK-NECKED STILT.
For birders coming to Delaware, there is currently a “Shelter-in-Place” order for the entire state due to the coronavirus. No one is to be on the highways except for emergency, groceries, medication, or essential businesses. Delaware’s beaches are closed. The State Parks continue to be open but park offices are closed. The point parking lot at Cape Henlopen State Park is closed. Delaware’s national wildlife refuges at Bombay Hook and Prime Hook continue to be open, although the visitor center and restrooms are closed. Fowlers Beach in Prime Hook is now closed along the dunes and shoreline for beach nesters. Bombay Hook will close from mid-April to mid-May due to road repair, although some areas of the refuge will remain open.
Now for the good news: Spring migration is beginning to crank up! The first YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS of the season were found at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel yesterday, along with BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, and CHIPPING SPARROW. AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along Callaway Road west of Seaford. PINE SISKINS were reported Saturday flying over Redden State Forest’s near Georgetown. FOX SPARROW and WILD TURKEY were found at Harbison. RUSTY BLACKBIRD and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were reported at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach.
A male RUFF was found at the north end of Shearness Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Smyrna on Friday. This bird appears to be a molting bird with a short orange bill, yellow-orange legs, and mottling across the breast. That bird was re-found on Saturday at the north end of Raymond Pool. Also reported in the same vicinity was a EURASIAN COMMON GREEN-WINGED TEAL, along with AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, plus GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. The RUFF was seen again today at the southwest corner of Raymond Pool from the tower. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 33 WILSON SNIPES were found at Bear Swamp. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported by the visitor center. Waterfowl at Bear Swamp included HORNED GREBE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and BUFFLEHEAD. Other waterfowl at the refuge included MUTE SWAN, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN COOT, and PIED BILLED GREBE. BONAPARTE’S and LAUGHING GULLS were seen at Leatherberry Flats. SH! ORT-EARED OWL was seen over the marsh opposite Shearness and Raymond Pools this evening. LINCOLN’S SPARROW and PURPLE MARTIN were seen at the visitor center. The first SNOWY EGRET of the year was seen last Friday. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Shearness Pool on Thursday. WILD TURKEY was reported at Finis Pool. EASTERN MEADOWLARK, HORNED LARK, KILLDEER, and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen along Whitehall Neck Road.
PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park from the Point Parking Lot prior to closing along with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Waterfowl included BRANT, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, plus FORSTER’S TERN. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying north along the beach from the hawk watch on Friday, along with BROWN PELICAN, MERLIN, and AMERICAN KESTREL. A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was reported among 250 TREE SWALLOWS. Strong Northwest winds produced offshore migration on Friday including 2100 NORTHERN GANNET, 300 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT EGRET, and a peak count of 41 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS (20 were on the beach in front of the hawk watch platform). LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen at Herring Point. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found along the Gordon’s Pond Trail at Cape Henlopen.
BRANT, SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and Both COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS continue be seen at Indian River Inlet. Large numbers of NORTHERN GANNETS were seen flying offshore. Fourteen BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at the Burtons Island Causeway behind North Marina. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen along the beach at Tower Rd., Oceanside in Delaware Seashore State Park. Four AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen flying down from Bethany Beach on Saturday. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, and GRAY CATBIRD were found at James Farm Eco-Preserve near Ocean View. HORNED GREBE was seen it White’s Creek on Cedar Neck. KING and VIRGINIA RAIL along with AMERICAN BITTERN were reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Waterfowl seen included MUTE SWAN, WOOD DUCK, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found in the pine woods. A PALM WARBLER was found by Camp Barnes. EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE continues ! be reported along Main Street in Selbyville.
At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, the first BLACK-NECKED STILT of the season was reported along Prime Hook Beach Road along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON SNIPE, FORSTER’S TERN, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. The first GLOSSY IBIS of the season were 6 flyover birds at Black Farm Trail near Prime Hook headquarters. The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was seen Saturday with 1500 SNOW GEESE along Sugar Hill Road. WESTERN SANDPIPER was found Wednesday at Broadkill Beach impoundments along with AMERICAN AVOCET, DUNLIN, plus both YELLOWLEGS. NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen out in the marsh WILD TURKEY was seen in the fields past the refuge entrance. SURF SCOTER was seen on the Delaware Bay. Waterfowl at headquarters included COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and HORNED GREBE. A large flock of AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen from the Observation Point Trail. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported at Oyster ! Rock Road. Another SANDHILL CRANE, perhaps the same birds seen the day before at Cape Henlopen was reported flying over Dupont Nature Center on Saturday. Four AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Mispillion Inlet.
VIRGINIA and CLAPPER RAIL reported at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. MARSH WREN and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found along the roadway. AMERICAN AVOCET and FORSTER’S TERN were seen over the marsh. NORTHERN GANNET and HORNED GREBE were seen at the Delaware Bay. LAUGHING GULLS were reported in downtown Milford along Franklin Street.
Fifteen AMERICAN PIPITS were seen along the Kitts Hummock Road today. Ringnecked duck, American coot, and Bonaparte’s gull were seen at Little Creek from the main tower, along with NORTHERN GANNETS out over the Delaware Bay. A pair of PURPLE MARTINS were seen with a flock of TREE SWALLOWS at Little Creek. GREATER SCAUP was seen off Port Mahon. RING-NECKED DUCK was seen last Friday at Silver Lake in Dover. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was reported coming to a feeder in Cheswold. AMERICAN COOT, RUDDY, and RING-NECKED DUCK were seen at Taylor’s Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Two GRAY CATBIRDS were reported by the Taylor’s Gut observation tower.
SANDHILL CRANE was reported flying over Bay View Road near Port Penn today. MARSH WREN, FOX SPARROW, PINE WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were found at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area. Waterfowl seen included lots of GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus WOOD DUCK, MUTE SWAN, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, CLAPPER RAIL, and GREAT EGRET. GREATER YELLOWLEGS was seen at the Port Penn Impoundments. OSPREY and BALD EAGLES are being seen at Augustine Beach. COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and WOOD DUCK were reported at Dragon Run. There was a peak count of 22 GREAT EGRETS at The Pea Patch Island rookery seen from Veterans Park in Delaware City. RING-NECKED DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, and 8 GREAT EGRETS were found at the C&D Canal zone west of Summit Bridge. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported at Price Park in Middletown.
Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were found on Newark reservoir on Friday, along with the regular COMMON MERGANSERS. RUSTY BLACKBIRD was found at Phillips Park in Newark. BARRED OWL was found along Star Road north of Newark. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen chasing KILLDEER at Christiana Hospital on Sunday. GREAT EGRET was found at the J.P. Morgan Ponds off Route seven in Christiana.
A COMMON RAVEN was reported Thursday along the Ashland-Clinton Road near Yorklyn. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen along the Red Clay Creek at Yorklyn and Ashland Nature Center. FOX SPARROW, WINTER WREN and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were reported at this latter location. RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER reported at Auburn Heights State Park. A BROWN THRASHER was reported in a yard in Hockessin. RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER were seen at Hoopes Reservoir.
EASTERN MEADOWLARK continues to be seen along the entrance road to Brandywine Creek State Park near the intersection to the hawk watch parking lot. PIED-BILLED GREBE and WOOD DUCK were seen on the creek. WOOD DUCK was also seen at Brecks Mill. A PIED-BILLED GREBE was found on the pond at the University of Delaware Goodstay Center north of Wilmington. RING-NECKED DUCK was seen on Rock Manor Pond. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported along Naaman’s Creek Trail north of Arden.
VIRGINIA RAIL was calling at the Broad Dike Marsh behind New Castle Elementary School. Waterfowl reported included WOOD DUCK and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BROWN THRASHER was found in the woods. Eight GREAT CORMORANTS continue to be seen on the green navigational marker in the Delaware River from Gov. Printz Boulevard in Claymont.
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