Date: 8/5/22 6:28 pm
From: Andrew Ednie <000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [de-birds] RBA: Birdline Delaware, August 5th, 2022
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* August 5, 2022
* DEST 2022.08.05

*Birds mentioned
BLACK- BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK
Mute Swan
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Black Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Common Nighthawk
Eastern Whippoorwill
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Virginia Rail
King Rail
Common Gallinule
Sandhill Crane
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
RUFF
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Bonaparte’s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Black Tern
Caspian Tern
Least Tern
Common Tern
Royal Tern
SANDWICH TERN
Black Skimmer
Common Loon
Brown Pelican
Least Bittern
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Glossy Ibis
White Ibis
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Warbling Vireo
Common Raven
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Bank Swallow
SEDGE WREN
Seaside Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Worm-eating Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Prothonotary Warbler
Black and White Warbler
American Redstart
Hooded Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Summer Tanager
DICKCISSEL

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: August 5, 2022
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, August 5th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science in Greenville. The Birdline is the rare bird alert for The First State sponsored by the Delaware Ornithological Society. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of our sponsors. The unofficial Delaware Annual List remains at 314 species.

The first wave of migration is underway with lots of swallows being seen. BANK SWALLOWS are now being seen throughout the state peak count of 400 BANK SWALLOWS along Lighthouse Road at Mispillion Inlet near Slaughter Beach.

An immature DICKCISSEL was photographed Wednesday along the edge of the cornfield at the University of Delaware’s Ag Farm behind Townsend Hall, seen with WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW WARBLER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER and COMMON RAVEN. SOLITARY SANDPIPER and GREEN HERON were seen by the wet field area. AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW WARBLER and WARBLING VIREO reported at Ashland Nature Center. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO for was reported at Coverdale Farms. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was found at Flint Woods near Centreville.

Some more early migrants included LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH reported at First State National Historic Park and at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported at Meadows Tract in Blackbird State Forest and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, AMERICAN REDSTART was also reported at Bombay Hook and in a yard in Greenwood, WORM-EATING WARBLER was found west of Georgetown along Raccoon Ditch Road, and a HOODED WARBLER was discovered behind Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park along the Walking Dunes Nature Trail. A BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was reported along the North Gordon’s Pond bike trail.

SANDHILL CRANES were heard today at the observation platform at the Port Penn Impoundments of Augustine Wildlife Area. Other marsh birds seen there included COMMON GALLINULE, LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS. Shorebirds were seen at Augustine Creek Causeway along Route 9 included SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST SANDPIPER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

SANDHILL CRANES were also reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The previous reported SEDGE WREN continues to be found across from the visitor center along the maintenance road by the Purple Martin houses. Shorebirds included a single RUFF this week along with BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILLET, plus STILT, PECTORAL, WHITE-RUMPED, WESTERN, SPOTTED, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. A single RUDDY TURNSTONE was seen at Bear Swamp. BONAPARTE’S GULL plus gull BILLED, LEAST, COMMON, BLACK, and CASPIAN TERNS were found at Shearness Pool. Waterfowl reported included mute SWAN, BLUE-WING and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE, COMMON GALLINULE, VIRGINIA RAIL and LEAST BITTERN. YELLOW-CROWN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were reported at the swimming hole. NORTHERN BOBWHITE and WILD TURKEY were reported near the visitor center. Three species of falcon were found at t!
he refuge this week including MERLIN, PEREGRINE, and AMERICAN KESTREL along with NORTHERN HARRIER.

The previous reported BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS continue to be seen at the Amalfi Road Retention Pond off Underwood’s Corner Rd. near Clayton along with a single SANDHILL CRANE. Shorebirds at Port Mahon included RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILLET, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. ROYAL, CASPIAN, and LEAST TERNS were found along the old bulkhead. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (2 adults and 2 immatures) was found along the Big Stone Beach Rd. in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. A KING RAIL continues to be seen at the Big Stone Beach marsh along with BLACK-NECKED STILT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and TRICOLORED HERON. WILD TURKEY was reported along the Dog Training Area.

There was a big flock of 81 WHITE IBIS seen flying over Big Stone Beach on Tuesday. Once again, this is been a big year for WHITE IBIS in Delaware with multiple sightings along the beach from Big Stone to Indian River Inlet. Peak counts included 239 WHITE IBIS at Gordon’s Pond State Park north of Rehoboth and a flight of 860 WHITE IBIS Wednesday evening at Dewey Beach (including one flock of 300 birds!). This is nearly double the previous high count of 491 birds seen from the same location last year. Where are all these WHITE IBIS coming from and where are they going?

Shorebirds continue to be seen at this Mispillion Inlet from the DuPont Nature Center including AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, WILLET, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. There was a big count of 200 ROYAL TERN at the old docks, along with BROWN PELICAN and TRICOLORED HERON. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW continue to be seen at the Marvel Saltmarsh Preserve in Slaughter Beach.

A PIPING PLOVER was seen on the mud flats at Broadkill marsh in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along with BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and WILLET plus BLACK and COMMON TERN. PIPING PLOVER was also seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road on Tuesday along with WHITE-RUMPED and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. BLACK SKIMMER and LEAST TERN were seen at the bridge along with BONAPARTE’S and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. WHITE-RUMPED and WESTERN SANDPIPER along with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and BOBOLINK were found along the Dike Trail at Prime Hook Headquarters. BLACK-NECKED STILT, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LITTLE BLUE HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS were found at Oyster Rocks Road.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PIPING PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen at Cape Henlopen Point. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen at the Point Parking Lot and at Fort Miles. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at Herring Point. Three WHIMBRELS were seen at Gordon’s Pond plus BLACK-NECKED STILT, WILLET, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and TRICOLORED HERON. GADWALL and a hunting PEREGRINE FALCON were seen at the pond. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and LEAST TERN were reported from Whiskey Beach. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were also reported at the Great Marsh Preserve along Canary Creek north of Lewes.

There was a peak count of 6 SANDWICH TERNS reported at Dewey Beach from Rehoboth Bay Marina off Collins Avenue at the south end of town along with ROYAL and COMMON TERN plus flyover LITTLE BLUE HERON. Please note that this is private property and has limited access, you can only see the terns through the chain-link fence at the south side of the Marina. A BLACK SCOTER was seen from the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Thompson’s Island behind Spring Lake Condominiums in Delaware Seashore State Park. TRICOLORED HERON plus BLACK-CROWNED and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen at Savages Ditch in Delaware Seashore State Park. TRICOLOR, YELLOW-CROWN, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also seen at Burton’s Island Causeway along with a non-breeding plumage COMMON LOON. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen across from the North Indian River Marina. BROWN PELICAN and COMMON TERN were seen at Indian River Inlet. PIED-BILLED GRE!
BE was reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area.

Lots of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are being seen at feeders and gardens throughout the state. Six HUMMINGBIRDS were seen today at Winterthur Museum and Gardens by the Brown Horticulture Center. There was a peak count of 110 RUBY THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS found Sunday at a yard near Harbison, including 53 RUBY-THROATS banded plus 10 recaptures from previous years. SUMMER TANAGER was seen at Harbison and Trap Pond state Park near Laurel. A late EASTERN WHIPPOORWILL was heard calling at Raccoon Ditch Road in Blackbird State Forest west of Georgetown.

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