Date: 10/17/20 7:16 am
From: Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE. <000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, October 16th, 2020
* Delaware
* Statewide
* October 16, 2020
* DEST 20. 10. 16

*Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Mute Swan
Blue-winged Teal
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Common Nighthawk
Virginia Rail
Common Gallinule
American Coot
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Marbled Godwit
Pectoral Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Wilson’s Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Northern Gannet
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red -shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Raven
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
American Pipit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Savannah Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: October 16, 2020
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 16th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 increased 2 birds to a new record of 340 species! The previous high was 335 species in 2017. There were so many RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCHES reported that I can’t list everybody! Needless to say, there is an incursion of northern species this year.

Cape Henlopen State Park was a hot spot for new birds this week. On Monday, a bird flushed between the Pinelands Trail and the entrance booth was identified as a red-phase RUFFED GROUSE. Unfortunately, this bird has not been re-found and RUFFED GROUSE have not been seen in Delaware in 140 years! The nearest population of RUFFED GROUSE is in along Blue Ridge in the Appalachians and are difficult to raise, so are rarely hatched in captivity making this a truly remarkable record. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was reported flying down the beach at Cape Henlopen. On Monday evening, LAUGHING GULLS coming into roost at Cape Henlopen Point during a nor’eastern included a juvenal SABINE’S GULL, identified by the bright black and white wing pattern. BROWN PELICAN, 18 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BILLED PLOVER and the first RED-THROATED LOON of the season were also present. Eighteen LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Herring Point, along BLACK and SURF SCOTER. There first GREATER SCAUP!
, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and WHITE WINGED SCOTER of the season with 540 SURF and 550 BLACK SCOTERS were seen at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch, along with 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS on Tuesday. A flight of 122 GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen soaring over the hawk watch on Sunday, along with a late BOBOLINK. PINE SISKINS and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were seen at the Seaside Nature Center.

There were 40 WHITE IBIS, mostly immatures, at Gordon’s Pond on Saturday. VIRGINIA RAIL was calling along the marsh edge. Shorebirds reported included WILLET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and PINE SISKIN were seen along the woodlands. Hunting over Gordon’s Pond was the falcon trifecta, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, and PEREGRINE FALCON.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at the McCabe Preserve near Milton. A late YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was photographed along the Boardwalk trail at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge. BARRED OWL was along the refuge entrance road. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and a late BLUE GROSBEAK was seen along Draper Road. A late YELLOW WARBLER was seen along Fowler’s Beach Road, along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, SWAINSON’S and HERMIT THRUSH. LITTLE BLUE and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen in the marsh.

Three TRICOLORED HERONS were photographed at Savage’s Ditch in Delaware Seashore State Park. AMERICAN PIPIT was reported at Burton‘s island, along with TENNESSEE, PALM and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. SORA was calling at Assawoman Wildlife Area. Landbirds reported included NASHVILLE WARBLER AND BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. WHITE-BREASTED AND SEVERAL RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES WITH PINE SISKINS were coming to a feeder at North Indian Beach, south of Dewey. A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was still coming to a feeder on Angola neck.

A late SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING was seen at Nanticoke Wildlife Area on Sunday. EASTERN WOOD PEWEE and BLUE GROSBEAK was seen at the Chapel Branch Nature Preserve in Seaford, along with NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE and TENNESSEE WARBLER. A late WHITE-EYED VIREO was seen in a yard in Seaford. A late BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was seen at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center near Milford. AMERICAN PIPIT and WILSON’S SNIPE were reported in fields near Frederica.

VIRGINIA RAIL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a late MARSH WREN were found at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. PIED-BILLED GREBE, RING-NECKED and 209 RUDDY DUCKS were seen at the main tower in Little Creek Wildlife Area. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, CASPIAN TERN and distant PHALAROPE species were seen at the impoundments. A late WILSON’S WARBLER was seen along the entrance road. were seen at Port Mahon, along ROYAL TERN and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.

A flock of shorebirds along the entrance road, near the intersection of Whitehall neck road and route 9 included 40 BLACK-BELLIED, and10 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS plus DUNLIN, PECTORAL and LEAST SANDPIPER. The first SNOW GOOSE of the season was seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week. There was a peak count of 20 PIED-BILLED GREBES on Shearness Pool, along with VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, and AMERICAN COOT. Waterfowl included MUTE SWANS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREATER SCAUP, RING-NECKED and RUDDY DUCK Shorebirds seen included AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, PECTORAL, WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED, SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPER, plus both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was seen at Bear Swamp. DARK-EYED JUNCO, WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN’S SPARROW, along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PALM, MAGNOLIA and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen by the visitor’s center. A VESPER SP!
ARROW was seen among the SAVANNAH SPARROWS at the Shearness Pool dike. WILD TURKEY and NORTHERN BOBWHITE were found along the auto tour road. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a female BLUE GROSBEAK were found along Raymond Neck Road behind Finis Pool.

SORA, MUTE SWAN, CASPIAN TERN and LITTLE BLUE HERON were seen at thousand Acre Marsh at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area, along with a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Landbirds seen included a late EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, plus American REDSTART and BLACKPOLL WARBLER. CAPE MAY, PARULA, BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen at Ft. duPont State Park near Delaware City. WILD TURKEY was reported at cedar swamp wildlife area south of Odessa.

There was a THRUSH flush at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark including EASTERN BLUEBIRD, VEERY, HERMIT, SWAINSON’S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. Other landbirds included ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, JUNCO and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, plus MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN WARBLER. A late BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported at the University of Delaware Ag Farm south of Newark. COMMON NIGHTHAWK and BARRED OWL were found in Phillip’s Park off Park Place in Newark.

PHILADELPHIA, BLUE HEADED, and RED-EYED VIREO were photographed Sunday at Ashland Nature Center. Warblers reported included late BLACKBURNIAN, NASHVILLE, PALM, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, plus BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN WARBLER. LINCOLN’S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were seen along the flood plain behind the nature center.

BLUE-HEADED VIREO and COMMON RAVEN were reported at first state national historical Park off Ramsey Road, along with WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Warblers reported included TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, PALM and WILSON’S. PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported at Harry’s Pond at the Brandywine Town Center. CHIMNEY SWIFT numbers peaked with 894 on Tuesday and 987 SWIFTS on Wednesday roosting at the Ingleside Retirement Apartments in downtown Wilmington. Viewing the SWIFTS is best along 11th Street between Broom and Franklin Ave near Cool Springs Reservoir at dusk.

There was a big flight of hawks at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch on Wednesday, including 459 SHARP-SHINNED, 23 COOPERS and 6 late BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, plus 126 OSPREY, 26 BALD EAGLES and 21 NORTHERN HARRIERS. A flight of falcons on Tuesday included 44 MERLIN, 28 KESTRELS, and 9 PEREGRINES. BRANT and NORTHERN GANNET were seen at the hawk watch this week. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS are still trickling through at the Ashland Nature Center Hawk Watch, along with SHARPY, COOPERS and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. A late NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at Ashland on Thursday.

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t Davis, Phil Thompson, Ryan Crane, Joe Swertinski, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to Delaware Hawk Watches, Jen Ottinger at Cape Henlopen and Dave Brown at Ashland Nature Center. Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email <ednieap...> Remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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