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22 Feb: @ 16:45:33 
RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 21st, 2020 [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]
21 Feb: @ 11:52:43 
Re: Ravens near Hercules CC [sheilaannand .]
21 Feb: @ 11:05:32 
Ravens near Hercules CC [Bob Rufe]
13 Feb: @ 20:09:26 
RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 13th, 2020 [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]
12 Feb: @ 07:34:37 
Retraction: GWFG in Sussex Feb 10 [Jeff Shenot]
11 Feb: @ 15:48:45 
Tues Feb. 11 Cape Henlopen Bird Walk Results [Richard Julian]
11 Feb: @ 14:20:04 
Re: GWFG in Sussex Feb 10 (misreport as PFGO) [Clive Harris]
11 Feb: @ 13:41:12 
GWFG in Sussex Feb 10 (misreport as PFGO) [Jeff Shenot]
08 Feb: @ 08:47:24 
RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 7th, 2020 [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]
30 Jan: @ 19:01:31 
RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 30th, 2020 [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]
30 Jan: @ 06:43:54 
pop-up tour to Veolia settling ponds - Saturday [sally o'byrne]
24 Jan: @ 20:54:44 
RBA: Birdline Dellaware, January 24th, 2020 [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]
24 Jan: @ 16:42:44 
Brandywine Creek Birdwalk Rescheduled [Andy Ednie, Claymont, DE.]





Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 21st, 2020
Date: Sat Feb 22 2020 16:45 pm
From: 000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* February 21, 2020
* DEST 20.02.21

*Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
Ross™s Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Common Eider
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
RED-NECKED GREBE
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Ruddy Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson™s Snipe
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte™s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Forster™s Tern
Razorbill
COMMON MURRE
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Eastern Screech-Owl
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Tree Swallow
Common Raven
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
American Pipit
Chipping Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
LINCOLN™S SPARROW
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
PAINTED BUNTING

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 21, 2019
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie ([email protected])
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, February 21st, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. There were two new birds added this week, the unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 increased to 191 species.

This week, 2 PAINTED BUNTINGS were seen coming to feeders downstate. A male PAINTED BUNTING made an appearance at a feeder in Lewes. The other PAINTED BUNTING was a female that was visiting a feeder for three days in Dover. Both of these birds have been photographed. Unfortunately, the feeders are at private residences and permission for visitation has not been obtained.

The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues to be seen with the flock of SNOW GEESE along Cods Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. A white phase ROSS™S GOOSE along with BRANT were also seen in the flock. The large goose flock is moving around the area along Bakersfield™s, Draper, Sugar Hill, and Thirteen Curves Rd. you can stop along the roadside to watch birds but be careful not to park in front of people™s houses or in their driveway. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and EASTERN PHOEBE were also seen in the area. Six AMERICAN AVOCETS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and WILLET were seen at Cods Rd., AMERICAN PIPITS were flying over. Other waterfowl reported at Prime Hook included TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, and all three species of MERGANSER, COMMON, HOODED, and RED-BREASTED. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported along Fowlers Beach Road along with SHORT-EARED OWL and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. SNOW BUNTING, Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were !
seen along the beach. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST SANDPIPER, and FORSTER™S TERN was reported at on Prime Hook Beach Road. A REDHEAD was seen along the Broadkill Beach Road

The previously reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen at the Marion Okie Nature Preserve on Long Neck Road off the John J. Williams Highway (Route 24). This bird is being seen in the brush and scrub pine along the trail to the bay between the parking lot and the weather station. Observers looking for the bird also found an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER there on Tuesday. BRANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen on Indian River Bay. A nest colony of GREAT BLUE HERONS were seen at Massey™s Landing using man-made nest platforms.

On Wednesday, there was a big flight of northward migration of seabirds past Cape Henlopen State Park viewed from the hawk watch platform that included 1124 NORTHERN GANNET, 266 RED-THROATED LOON, 19 RAZORBILL, 2 HARLEQUIN DUCK, and a RED-NECKED GREBE along with 2 REDHEAD, 88 NORTHERN PINTAIL, and 9 LONGTAILED DUCKS, but only 140 SURF and 40 BLACK SCOTER. IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW and HORNED GREBE were reported at Cape Henlopen Point. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH continues to be seen at the Seaside Nature Center. Eighteen COMMON EIDERS including an adult male were reported from the Cape May- Lewes Ferry on the outer breakwaters. Other seabirds seen included 85 NORTHERN GANNET, 2 RAZORBILL, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, and BALD EAGLE. Another ROSS™S GOOSE was seen among the SNOW GEESE opposite Cape Henlopen High School along the Freeman Highway.

Wolfe™s Neck Water Treatment Plant near Midway had 2 BLACK-HEADED and 40 BONAPARTE™S GULLS reported there this week. Waterfowl seen included NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREATER, and LESSER SCAUP. CACKLING and ROSS™S GOOSE was seen among the SNOW GEESE along Wolfe™s Point Road along with EASTERN PHOEBE. There was a peak count of 873 CANVASBACK on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach along with 2 male REDHEADS on Tuesday. Other waterfowl reported included WOOD DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, and BONAPARTE™S GULL. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen in the pines along lakeshore.

A COMMON MURRE was reported at Indian River Inlet on Tuesday. There was a peak count of 11 RAZORBILLS seen on Thursday. Waterfowl at the jetty included 2 COMMON EIDER, BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, BLACK, and SURF. PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, GREAT CORMORANT, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen along the jetty. PEREGRINE FALCON and BALD EAGLE were seen hunting in the area. Two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Burtons Island behind the North Marina at Indian River Inlet along with BRANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RUDDY DUCK. Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen from the causeway. TREE SWALLOW and PINE WARBLER were found on the island.

REDHEADED WOODPECKER was seen at Midway and at Angola Neck near Rehoboth Beach. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen on Rehoboth Bay from Angola Neck Nature Preserve. A RUSTY BLACKBIRD reported at Old Landing BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to come to a feeder near Lewes. Wagaman™s Pond in Milton had 19 RING-NECKED DUCK, 35 BUFFLEHEAD, and a GREATER SCAUP.

Big numbers of waterfowl were seen at the main impoundments in Little Creek Wildlife Area including GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HOODED MERGANSER, RING-NECKED DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. Shorebirds are beginning to appear with both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS seen. An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was seen in the Wood duck box. RING-NECKED DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE were seen at the Port Mahon impoundments. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL continues to be seen along the Port Mahon Road. SHORT-EARED OWL was also seen at the marsh at Bennett™s Pier in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Ten BALD EAGLES were reported along Bennett™s Pier Road. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH continues be reported along Big Stone Beach Road.

SPARROWS were the highlight at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna this week. A LINCOLN™S SPARROW was photographed behind the visitor center. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were found by the Boardwalk Trail parking lot. FOX SPARROW was seen at Bear Swamp. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were found by the Bear Swamp tower. EASTERN PHOEBE was found at Finis Pool. A SANDHILL CRANE was heard calling from the visitor center over by Shearness Pool on Monday. Waterfowl reported included TUNDRA SWAN, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, and all three species of MERGANSER COMMON, HOODED, and RED-BREASTED. Shorebirds reported included AMERICAN AVOCET, KILLDEER, DUNLIN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON SNIPE. AMERICAN BITTERN was photographed by Bear Swamp.

There was a second report of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER found at the north side of C&D Canal zone west of Summit Bridge by the goose pond. Seen by a single observer, the bird was in thick brush along the dirt roadway. Although search for the bird is not been re-found. This is a first record for New Castle County.

Six GREAT EGRETS, SORA, and SANDHILL CRANE were found at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues to be seen by the bench along the trail to the observation platform. Other land birds seen included CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, MARSH WREN, and FOX SPARROW. MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN were seen on Thousand Acre Marsh. WOOD DUCK and 28 WILD TURKEY were found at the Warren Tract off Port Penn Road. PIED-BILLED GREBE was reported at the Route 9 Causeway over Augustine Creek

A BRANT was found on the Delaware River at Veterans Park in Delaware City. BALD EAGLE was seen flying over Pea Patch Island. A pair of SANDHILL CRANES were seen in Dragon Run Marsh along with AMERICAN COOT. Waterfowl seen included WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, and HOODED MERGANSER. CATBIRD was seen in the brush by Canal Pond off Cox Neck Road.

GREAT EGRET was found at Becks Pond in Bear. KILLDEER was reported at the University of Delaware ag farm. BARRED OWL was reported at Phillips Park in Newark. EASTERN SCREECH OWL was seen poking its head out of the box in Hockessin. PINE WARBLER was reported at Curtis Mill Park in White Clay Creek State Park and coming to a feeder in Pike Creek. COMMON RAVEN was reported at the Hudson Service Center in Newark and a pair of COMMON RAVENS were heard calling at Hercules Road and Lancaster Pike near Hockessin. SAVANNAH and CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen at Coverdale Farm near Ashland Nature Center. The CHIPPING SPARROWS were already molted into spring plumage.

A LESSER SCAUP was seen at Carpenters Cove along the Route 82 Causeway over Hoopes™s Reservoir. Other waterfowl seen included BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, and both COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. COMMON MERGANSER was also seen on Brandywine Park in downtown Wilmington along with PILEATED WOODPECKER. RING-NECKED DUCK and PILEATED WOODPECKER were reported at Winterthur Museum and Gardens near Greenville. RING-NECKED DUCK was also seen at Harry™s Pond in the Brandywine Town Center.


An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed by the Allee House in Bombay Hook. AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported doing courtship display at the Baxter tract in Augustine Wildlife Area and at Milford. One of the best places to see WOODCOCK at dusk continues to be along the entrance road to Prime Hook and at Foord™s Landing Road in the refuge.

Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, Susan West, Maria Evans, Frank Marenghi, Rod Murray, Billy Weber, Bert Filemyr, Win Shafer, Al Gaurante, Byron Swift, Sheila Smith, Maureen Markow, Tom Reed, Andrew Albright, Karen Connelly, Ian Stewart, Sheila Smith, Richard Julian, Jeff Climie, Clive Harris, Brian McCaffery, Dave Fees, Steve Graff, Carolyn Holland, Vivian Gray, Gina Sheridan, Denis Murphy, Aaron Reb, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Kitt Heckscher, Gary Griffith, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, John Long, Rob and Carol Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Nancy Cunningham, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Chris Haddon, Dean Coffin, John and Andy Dunn, Guy Harrington, Ryan Crane, Joe Swertinski, and Joe Russell. Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email [email protected] Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Re: Ravens near Hercules CC
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 11:52 am
From: sheila.annand AT gmail.com
 
Very nice!
Meghann Metwichuk and I saw a pair there a few weeks ago when she came to
tour the grounds with Julie.


On Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 12:05 PM Bob Rufe wrote:

> Spring is in the air!
>
> Pair of Ravens seen soaring and croaking over former Hercules CC (and
> Delaware National CC) this morning at about 8:30.
> Trailing bird had a softer, more rapid "croak" than the lead bird -
> perhaps a female?
> A first fior the "yard" list.
>
> Bob Rufe.
>

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Subject: Ravens near Hercules CC
Date: Fri Feb 21 2020 11:05 am
From: 00000188473bce75-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Spring is in the air!
Pair of Ravens seen soaring and croaking over former Hercules CC (and Delaware National CC) this morning at about 8:30.Trailing bird had a softer, more rapid "croak" than the lead bird - perhaps a female?A first fior the "yard" list.
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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 13th, 2020
Date: Thu Feb 13 2020 20:09 pm
From: 000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* February 13, 2020
* DEST 20.02.13

*Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Ross™s Goose
Brant
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Common Eider
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
American Woodcock
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte™s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
RAZORBILL
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Northern Gannet
Great Cormorant
Great Egret
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Tree Swallow
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: February 13, 2019
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie ([email protected])
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Thursday, February 13th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. There were no new birds added this week, the unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 unofficial list remains at 189 species. Happy Valentine™s Day everybody!

The previous reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen intermittently at the Marion Okie Wildlife Preserve on Long Neck near Massey™s Landing. The flycatcher was last reported yesterday! HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and COMMON LOON were seen there on Indian River Bay.

The previously reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues to be seen with a flock of SNOW GEESE along Cods Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. At least two different ROSS™S GEESE have been seen in the flock including a blue phased bird. Six SEMIPALMATED PLOVER plus KILLDEER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road along with 20 TREE SWALLOWS. SURF and BLACK SCOTER plus HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were seen offshore on Delaware Bay. A SORA was calling near Prime Hook headquarters. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen along the dike trail at Prime Hook headquarters, along with ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and BROWN THRASHER. Waterfowl seen included GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and COMMON MERGANSER. MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen hunting in the area. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS continue to be seen at the intersection of Draper and Sugar Hill!
Road. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was found along Grace farm Road.

The previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULLS was seen at Wolfe™s Neck Water Treatment Plant at Midway along with GREATER and LESSER SCAUP. This area is restricted access, you are allowed to drive up to the impoundment but don™t pass the green trash bin. A female REDHEAD was seen with 600 CANVASBACKS on Silver Lake along with GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, plus RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Silver Lake on Sunday.

LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, HORNED GREBE, NORTHERN GANNET, and GREAT CORMORANT were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at Cape Henlopen Point. Waterfowl reported included BRANT, GREATER SCAUP, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and Both BLACK and SURF SCOTER. Both WHITE-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were found in the pine woods at Seaside Nature Center.

RAZORBILL continues to be seen at Indian River Inlet along with COMMON EIDER, BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, BLACK, and SURF. PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE continue to be seen, along with HORNED GREBE and GREAT CORMORANT at the jetty. LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOON were seen offshore. BRANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, and COMMON LOON were seen at Burtons Island, behind the North Marina at Indian River Inlet.

The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Other waterfowl reported there included AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, HOODED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the pine woods.

There were over 100 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Reynolds Pond near Seaford along with BUFFLEHEAD and COMMON MERGANSER. RING-NECKED DUCKS were also found at Tubbs Mill Pond in Milford along with LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and GADWALL. BARRED OWL was reported and Frederica along the Murderkill River along with CHIPPING SPARROW. COMMON MERGANSER and PIED-BILLED GREBE were found at Silver Lake in Dover. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON, along with HORNED GREBE, GADWALL and AMERICAN WIGEON were found at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN THRASHER and CATBIRD were found along the Big Stone Beach Road.

There was a pair of SANDHILL CRANE sightings in Kent County this week. One bird was seen near Smyrna along Delaware Route 1. Another was found near Leipsic along Hurd Road, along with Eastern Meadowlark. The previous reported PINE WARBLERS continue to be seen coming to a yard in Camden-Wyoming. EASTERN MEADOWLARK AMERICAN KESTREL and 75 HORNED LARK were found at Cartanza Road. ROUGH LEGGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL and AMERICAN PIPIT were found at Port Mahon. Waterfowl in the Port Mahan on impoundments of Little Creek Wildlife Area included RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, PIED-BILLED GREBE and AMERICAN COOT.

AMERICAN AVOCETS, KILLDEER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Waterfowl reported included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. Three PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen at Shearness Pool this week. EASTERN MEADOWLARK AND SAVANNAH SPARROW reported along the dike road.

GREAT EGRET was found at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. Waterfowl reported included MUTE SWAN, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, and both HOODED and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. WOOD DUCK and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were found at Greer™s Pond along Dutch Neck Road at Thousand Acre Marsh. A pair of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and two BALD EAGLES were reported on the Reedy Point Jetty. WILD TURKEY continue to be found wandering the streets of Port Penn.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW AND RINGNECKED DUCK were found at blue rock Manor golf course off Concord Pike in Northern Wilmington. There were three reports of COMMON RAVENS in northern Delaware from Bellevue State Park, Hercules Country Club, and at Auburn Heights State Park in Yorklyn. A PINE WARBLER was seen coming to a feeder off Center Mill Road in Yorklyn. WOOD DUCK was also reported along the Brandywine Creek at Brecks Mill along with COMMON MERGANSER. COMMON MERGANSERS were also reported on Hoopes and Newark reservoir. A MERLIN was reported in downtown Wilmington along Lancaster Pike near the Mount Olive Cemetery. CHIPPING SPARROW was reported along the Christiana Creek in Bear.

A PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be seen at the Wells Fargo Tower (formerly the Rollins Building) along Concord Pike north of Wilmington. The pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS at the Brandywine Building in Wilmington continue nest building activity. Since ancient times, Valentine™s Day has always been the beginning of the mating season. MOURNING DOVES can be heard cooing in the early morning hours, one of the first species to nest. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were reported doing the timber-doodle dance. WOODCOCKS were reported this week doing mating activities near Townsend across from Willie™s Farm and at Cedar Swamp Wildlife Area in New Castle County. Downstate, WOODCOCK activity was reported at Fowlers Beach and continues to be seen along the Prime Hook entrance road at dusk.

Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, Rod Murray, Andrew Markel, Ian Stewart, Derek Stoner, Sheila Smith, Dale Murphy, Eric Witmer, Curt Gaskell, Richard Julian, Jeff Climie, Clive Harris, Brian McCaffery, Dave Fees, Carolyn Holland, Gina Sheridan, Denis Murphy, Aaron Reb, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Kitt Heckscher, Gary Griffith, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, John Long, Rob and Carol Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Chris Haddon, Kim Steininger, Dean Coffin, John and Andy Dunn, Ryan Crane, Joe Swertinski, and Joe Russell. Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email [email protected] Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: Retraction: GWFG in Sussex Feb 10
Date: Wed Feb 12 2020 7:34 am
From: jugbay AT msn.com
 
Thanks Clive and Chris for clarifying; additional photos were added to the eBird report and I agree its the PFGO.  Sorry for any confusion or false alarm!

Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Subject: Tues Feb. 11 Cape Henlopen Bird Walk Results
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 15:48 pm
From: rwjulian66 AT gmail.com
 
Birded the Nature Center, Parade Field, The Point and Hawk Watch area. Steady light rain and fog

23 species

Surf Scoter 10
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Mourning Dove 9
Herring Gull 3
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Red-throated Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Flicker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Bluebird 12
American Robin 30
House Finch 10
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-throated Sparrow 5
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Northern Cardinal 8

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Subject: Re: GWFG in Sussex Feb 10 (misreport as PFGO)
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 14:20 pm
From: 000001a3dbd464e1-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
Jeff
It™s a PFGO. A small number have a white front and a mostly pink bill. The grayish tone to the upperparts with distinct white barring and the gingery tone to the breast are unique for PFGO amongst the grey geese. Separates them from bean geese ssp as well.
Best
Clive


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On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 2:40 PM, Jeff Shenot wrote:

While looking at eBird rare bird alerts for DE at lunch today, I saw a Pink-footed Goose report from yesterday (from E.L. at Slaughter Beach Rd, 3:45pm) and wanted to mention in case anyone's interested that the goose in his picture is a Greater White-fronted Goose, not a PFGO. As far as I know this species has not been reported yet (or mentioned in other RBAs), but is a good find.

Best regards-

Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Subject: GWFG in Sussex Feb 10 (misreport as PFGO)
Date: Tue Feb 11 2020 13:41 pm
From: jugbay AT msn.com
 
While looking at eBird rare bird alerts for DE at lunch today, I saw a Pink-footed Goose report from yesterday (from E.L. at Slaughter Beach Rd, 3:45pm) and wanted to mention in case anyone's interested that the goose in his picture is a Greater White-fronted Goose, not a PFGO.  As far as I know this species has not been reported yet (or mentioned in other RBAs), but is a good find.

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Croom MD

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, February 7th, 2020
Date: Sat Feb 8 2020 8:47 am
From: 000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
RBA

* Delaware

* Statewide

* February 7, 2020

* DEST 20.02.07



*Birds mentioned

PINK-FOOTED GOOSE

Ross™s Goose

Brant

Tundra Swan

Mute Swan

Wood Duck

Gadwall

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

EURASIAN WIGEON

American Wigeon

Green-winged Teal

Canvasback

Redhead

Lesser Scaup

Greater Scaup

Ring-necked Duck

HARLEQUIN DUCK

Common Eider

Black Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Surf Scoter

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Common Merganser

Hooded Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Virginia Rail

Sora

King Rail

Clapper Rail

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

American Avocet

Semipalmated Plover

Ruddy Turnstone

Western Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson™s Snipe

American Woodcock

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

RED PHALAROPE

BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE

LITTLE GULL

Black-headed Gull

Bonaparte™s Gull

Iceland Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

RAZORBILL

DOVEKIE

COMMON MURRE

THICK BILLED MURRE

ATLANTIC PUFFIN

Common Loon

Red-throated Loon

Northern Gannet

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Cormorant

American Bittern

Great Egret

Black-crowned Night Heron

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

Barred Owl

Short-eared Owl

Red-headed Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Pileated Woodpecker

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER

Tree Swallow

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Marsh Wren

Brown Thrasher

Gray Catbird

Snow Bunting

Lapland Longspur

LARK SPARROW

Ipswich Savannah Sparrow

LECONTE™S SPARROW

Fox Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Rusty Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Baltimore Oriole

Orange-crowned Warbler

Pine Warbler



Hotline: Birdline Delaware

Date: February 7, 2019

To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)

Compiler: Andy Ednie ([email protected])

Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern

New Jersey, Maryland



For Friday, February 7th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 unofficial list increased to 189 species.



This has been the winter of the Alcid, with 5 species of Auk reported in the state last week! Last Friday evening, January 31st, a THICK BILLED MURRE was photographed off Bennett™s Pier Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. This is a new record for Kent County, and one of a few records for the state. Birders looking for the bird on Saturday were unsuccessful encountering heavy fog. Other waterfowl included GREATER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-THROATED LOON, and BONAPARTE™S GULL. BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen along the beach. EASTERN PHOEBE and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH were reported along the Bennett™s Pier Road. This could be the furthest north incursion of BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH into the state.



RAZORBILLS continue be seen along the coast of Delaware; three individuals were seen from Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park. Other waterfowl included WHITE-WINGED, SURF and BLACK SCOTER, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE, NORTHERN GANNET, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BRANT and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were found at Cape Henlopen Point along with a flock of SNOW BUNTING. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found by the Seaside Nature Center.



Four RAZORBILLS were reported at Indian River Inlet, along with COMMON EIDER, BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, HORNED GREBE, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK. A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was reported at the Inlet on Tuesday. GREAT CORMORANT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, and RUDDY TURNSTONE were found along the jetty. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on the beach. A small flock of TREE SWALLOWS were seen perched on the dunes north of the inlet. BRANT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and 11 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at Burtons Island.



The pelagic trip from Lewes on Saturday found lots of alcids offshore. There was over 35 RAZORBILLS, plus 103 DOVEKIE, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, and COMMON MURRE. Other highlights included a pair of RED PHALAROPES sitting on the ocean, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, Kulman™s ICELAND GULL (following the boat into Delaware waters), LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and hundreds of NORTHERN GANNET. PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen on the outer breakwater near Lewes. Also spotted were four species of sea mammal, humpback whale, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, harbor and Gray seal.



An immature LITTLE GULL was found Sunday at the Wolfs Neck Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway along with 4 BLACK HEADED and 30 BONAPARTE™S GULLS. An immature ICELAND GULL was also seen at the impoundments on Tuesday along with LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, and NORTHERN SHOVELER. A REDHEAD was seen among the 400 CANVASBACKS on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach along with HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANT. BROWN HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the pines by the lake and TREE SWALLOWS was seen flying over the water.



The previous reported ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to be seen intermittently at the Marion Okie Wildlife Preserve on Long neck near Massey™s Landing. MERLIN, BRANT, and COMMON LOON were seen in the area. RING-NECKED DUCK was seen at the Peninsula Country Club near Oak Orchard. The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at the observation tower in Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Lots of waterfowl were reported at Assawoman including AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, WOOD DUCK, MUTE SWAN, RING-NECKED DUCK, CANVASBACK, HOODED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and AMERICAN COOT.



BARRED OWL, PINE WARBLER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER were seen in western Sussex County at the Pete Gum Preserve in the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Seaford. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the Woods at Herring Creek on Angola neck along the Camp Arrowhead Road. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be coming to a feeder near Lewes.



The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues to be seen off of Cods Road in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton with approximately 10,000 SNOW GEESE. ROSS™S GOOSE and 40 WILD TURKEY were seen at the intersection of Cods and Fowlers Beach Road. SNOW BUNTING, Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW, HORNED LARK, SHORT-EARED OWL, and AMERICAN BITTERN continue to be seen at Fowlers Beach. Waterfowl reported included RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, GREATER SCAUP, and HORNED GREBE. CLAPPER and VIRGINIA RAIL were found in the marsh along with KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and AMERICAN KESTREL were found at Fowlers Beach woods. A KING RAIL was found Saturday at Prime Hook Beach Road along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON SNIPE, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. BRANT and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were found offshore. AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were found along the Dike Trail at Prime Hook Headquarters along with FOX SPARROW, AMERICAN BITTERN, EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, and MARSH WREN. A SORA was calling at the Boardwalk Trail at Prime Hook Headquarters. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were found near headquarters.



A single AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found at Fowlers Beach woods in daylight. One of the first signs of spring is when AMERICAN WOODCOCKS begin their mating timber doodle dance. WOODCOCK were found in courtship display near dusk at the 90 bend along the Prime Hook Beach Entrance Road, at Old Woodland Country Club near Seaford and along Massey Church Road near Smyrna.



Rare sparrows found this last week included a LARK SPARROW coming to a feeder near Argo™s Corner south of Milford. A LECONTE SPARROW was flushed from a field near the parking lot to the Davy Crockett Tract of Little Creek Wildlife Management area just south of the Marshtown Road. This is along Route 9 opposite the Cartanza Road field. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS and several HORNED LARKS were found on Cartanza Road, along with AMERICAN KESTREL. BARRED OWL was reported this week at Cheswold. A pair of PINE WARBLERS were seen coming to a feeder near Camden-Wyoming.



The previous reported light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues to be seen at Port Mahon from the fishing pier along with several SHORT-EARED OWLS at dusk. Waterfowl reported included COMMON GOLDENEYE, CANVASBACK, SURF SCOTER, and RED-THROATED LOON. A GREAT EGRET was found at the Port Mahon impoundments of Little Creek Wildlife Area along with HOODED MERGANSER, SHOVELER, and RUDDY DUCK. AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, PINTAIL, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL were found at the Pickering Beach impoundments along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK. LESSER SCAUP and AMERICAN COOT were found at the central tower tract. A NORTHERN GANNET was seen flying offshore from the tower.



AMERICAN AVOCETS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LONGBILLED DOWITCHER, and -WILSON SNIPE were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A REDHEAD and 35 RING-NECKED DUCK were found at the Raymond Neck Road pond in Finis Woods. Other waterfowl included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, plus BOTH COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Raptors reported included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON, and MERLIN.



SANDHILL CRANE and GREAT EGRET were found at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. Waterfowl included MUTE SWAN, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER. FOX SPARROW was found at the Ashton tract woods. Six BALD EAGLES were seen at Thousand Acre Marsh.



COMMON MERGANSER and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were found at Newark Reservoir YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was reported along Star Road near White Clay Creek State Park. A GRAY CATBIRD was reported at the Middle Run Pond Complex. COMMON MERGANSERS were found at White Clay Creek Country Club near Delaware Park in Stanton. RING-NECKED DUCK was found on Blue Rocks Pond near Alapocos State Park.



There was a big collection of waterfowl on the Veolia Water Treatment Plant impoundments near the Wilmington Sewage Treatment Plant off Hay Road in Wilmington. This is a restricted area that requires special permission to access. Birds seen included 350 SHOVELER, 200 RING-NECKED DUCK, 60 LESSER and 8 GREATER SCAUP, 40 BUFFLEHEAD, 220 RUDDY DUCK, 115 AMERICAN COOT, along with GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.



A PEREGRINE FALCON continues to be seen at the Wells Fargo Tower (formerly the Rollins Building) along Concord Pike north of Wilmington. The pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS at the Brandywine Building in Wilmington have been starting their mating routine this week. It™s unclear if the bird at the Wells Fargo Tower is one of the Wilmington Falcons or a separate individual, time will tell.



Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, including Paul Guris, David Bridge, Ray Hendrick, Brian McCaffery, Rachel Yurchisin, Kyle Klotz, John Taylor, Dave Fees, Carolyn Holland, Gina Sheridan, Denis Murphy, Curt Davis, Aaron Reb, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Kitt Heckscher, Gary Griffith, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, John Long, Rob and Carol Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Chris Haddon, Kim Steininger, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Scott Northey, Dean Coffin, John and Andy Dunn, Ryan Crane, and Joe Russell. Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email [email protected] Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!



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Subject: RBA: Birdline Delaware, January 30th, 2020
Date: Thu Jan 30 2020 19:01 pm
From: 000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 30, 2020
* DEST 20.01.30

*Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Ross™s Goose
Cackling Goose
Brant
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Ring-necked Duck
Common Eider
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
Semipalmated Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte™s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
RAZORBILL
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Common Raven
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Chipping Sparrow
Seaside Sparrow
Ipswich Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Pine Warbler

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 30, 2019
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie ([email protected])
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Thursday, January 30th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 unofficial list remans at 178 species.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues be seen at the Marion Okie Nature Preserve on Long Neck near Millsboro, last seen on Tuesday. Several birders have mentioned that this is a very uncooperative staked out vagrant, taking several visits before being seen. EASTERN PHOEBE and AMERICAN BITTERN were also reported at the refuge. Waterfowl reported included a peak count of 34 HORNED GREBES, plus BRANT, SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and a wayward RAZORBILL flying by. To reach the site take Route 24 to Route 5 and drive east. The parking lot for the preserve is on the right side of the road past Pot Nets Trailer Park and before you get to Massey™s Landing.

It™s been a wild goose chase at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. The previous reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues to be seen a flock of 10,000 snow geese along Cods Road. Also seen in the goose flock has been CACKLING and both white and blue phase ROSS™S GOOSE. When looking for the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, please be considerate to the residents along Cods Road, don™t park in front of their house or in their driveway. Also reported was a PINE WARBLER at the intersection of Cods and Prime Hook Beach Road. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were seen along Prime Hook Beach Road. A raft of 40 GREATER SCAUP were seen off Short™s Beach. SHORT-EARED OWLS continue be reported at Fowlers Beach along with AMERICAN BITTERN, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and MARSH WREN. IPSWICH SPARROW and a flock of 60 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along the coastline. WOOD DUCK and COMMON MERGANSER were seen at Turkle™s Pond by Prime Hook headquarters.

RAZORBILL and 11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park. A peak count of 14 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was seen at the Seaside Nature Center. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BRANT, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, GREAT CORMORANT, and PURPLE SANDPIPER were seen at Cape Henlopen Point. RAZORBILL, NORTHERN GANNET, and GREAT CORMORANT were seen from the Cape May Lewes ferry, along with BONAPARTE™S AND LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

A winter plumage adult BLACK-HEADED GULL with 30 BONAPARTE™S GULLS was seen at Wolfe™s Neck Waterfowl Treatment Plant near Midway. A REDHEAD was seen with a flock of 560 CANVASBACK on Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK. RUSTY BLACKBIRD and CEDAR WAXWING was seen at Old Landing Country Club near Rehoboth. BRANT and HOODED MERGANSER were seen along the waterways.

Several RAZORBILLS continue be seen at Indian River Inlet. One RAZORBILL was seen in the inlet opposite the south campground. Waterfowl reported included BRANT, COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, SURF, and BLACK. GREAT CORMORANT, NORTHERN GANNET, COMMON and RED-THROATED LOON were seen offshore. PURPLE SANDPIPER and RUDDY TURNSTONE were found on the jetty. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen cruising the area. WILSON™S SNIPE and TREE SWALLOW were found in the marsh over the south campground.

Two BALTIMORE ORIOLES are being seen in the Delaware Beach area. One is coming to a feeder near Lewis and the other is coming to a feeder near Holt™s Landing State Park on White™s Neck. A PINE WARBLER was reported at Bay Forest in Bethany Beach. PINE WARBLER, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and WILD TURKEY were reported at the Angola Neck Preserve off the Camp Arrowhead Road. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at West Bay Park also on Angola Neck. WOOD DUCK and 62 RING-NECKED DUCK were reported at Trussum Pond State Park near Laurel.

SHORT-EARED OWL continues be reported at Port Mahon. Four FOX SPARROWS were seen along the Port Mahon Road. Two AMERICAN BITTERNS, GREAT EGRET, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen at the Central Tower Road at Little Creek Wildlife Area. AMERICAN COOT, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER were seen in the impoundment, plus SHORT-EARED OWL was seen over the marsh. BROWN THRASHER and AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen along the entrance road. AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Cartanza Road. LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and SEASIDE SPARROW was reported along the Big Stone Beach Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area at the last marsh along the road before coming to the beach.

AMERICAN AVOCETS are still being seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna along with LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON™S SNIPE, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Four BRANT were seen at Raymond Pool this week. AMERICAN BITTERN was reported at Bear Swamp. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. SAVANNAH SPARROWS were reported along the dike road. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER were found in Finis Woods. Eight EASTERN MEADOWLARKS plus 85 TUNDRA SWANS were seen along Whitehall Neck Road.

SANDHILL CRANE and COMMON GALLINULE were reported at the Ashton tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found by the first bench along the trail to the observation platform, along with HOUSE WREN, CHIPPING SPARROW, GRAY CATBIRD and BROWN THRASHER. Waterfowl seen included MUTE SWAN, COMMON MERGANSER, and AMERICAN WIGEON, along with GREAT EGRET out in the marsh. WILD TURKEY was reported along the entrance road. AMERICAN COOT, MUTE SWAN, and HOODED MERGANSER were also reported at Dragon Run Marsh in Delaware City. RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER and RUDDY DUCK were reported at the St. Anne™s Retention Pond near Middletown.

A pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS have been seen perched on the Wells Fargo Tower (formerly known as the Rollins Building) along Concord Pike. A COMMON RAVEN was reported in Bellefonte. WOOD DUCK and PIED-BILLED GREBE were reported at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. A NORTHERN HARRIER was reported over the fields from the nature center parking lot at Brandywine Creek State Park. COMMON MERGANSERS were reported along the Red Clay Creek near Snuff Mill Road, on White Clay Creek Golf Course near Delaware Park, Newark Reservoir, and at Hoopes Reservoir. HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD were seen at this latter location.

A BARRED OWL was reported at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. BARRED OWL and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were reported at Starr Road along Route 896. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was also reported at Newark Reservoir and the Bioscience Building along Route 72 in Newark. The retention pond at the Bioscience Building also had a melanistic CANADA GOOSE.

Thanks to all the people that make the Birdline possible, including Mike Bowen, Dave Fees, David Evangelista, Bob Diebold, Chris Haddon, Carolyn Holland, Gina Sheridan, Denis Murphy, Michelle Hanko, Tim Boucher, Pete Gibb, Rodney Murray, Curt Davis, Aaron Reb, Mike Moore, John Skibicki, Chris and Karen Bennett, Anthony Gonzon, Kitt Heckscher, Jacolyn Smolinsky, Megan Kasprzak, Wayne Longbottom, John Long, Rob Blye, Ellen Jacobson, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Kim Steininger Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass, Kris Barnicik, Scott Northey, Dean Coffin, Ryan Crane, and Joe Russell. Birdline needs your sightings. Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email [email protected] Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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Subject: pop-up tour to Veolia settling ponds - Saturday
Date: Thu Jan 30 2020 6:43 am
From: salobyrne AT gmail.com
 
I™ve decided to lead a last minute tour to Veolia wastewater treatment plant on Saturday morning from 8:30 - 11.  This is the best place in New Castle County to see winter ducks, but it is a closed industrial site - open only with permission. This site is next to the landfill so you will also see lots and lots of gulls and crows.   We will meet at Fox Point Park at 8:30, consolidate into fewer cars, and then drive to the settling ponds that are alongside the river.   If you have a scope bring it.

If you would like to come, please let me know by tomorrow afternoon because I™ll need to contact Veolia with the number of people coming. The limit will be 10 people.

Sally O'Byrne

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Subject: RBA: Birdline Dellaware, January 24th, 2020
Date: Fri Jan 24 2020 20:54 pm
From: 000006be14ba5998-dmarc-request AT lists.princeton.edu
 
RBA
* Delaware
* Statewide
* January 24, 2020
* DEST 20.01.24

*Birds mentioned
PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
Ross™s Goose
Cackling Goose
Brant
Tundra Swan
Mute Swan
Gadwall
EURASIAN WIGEON
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
HARLEQUIN DUCK
Common Eider
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Surf Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Sora
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Killdeer
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Forster™s Tern
Black-headed Gull
Bonaparte™s Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
GLAUCOUS GULL
RAZORBILL
Common Loon
Red-throated Loon
Great Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
NORTHERN GOSHAWK
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Harry Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
Common Raven
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
LARK SPARROW
White-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

Hotline: Birdline Delaware
Date: January 24, 2019
To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler: Andy Ednie ([email protected])
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern
New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, January 24th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware Annual list for 2020 unofficial list is already at a whopping 178 species!

RAZORBILLS have been sighted along the Delaware Coast from Herring Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, south to Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. The focal point of sightings has been at Indian River Inlet with a peak count of 4 RAZORBILLS seen off the jetty and in the inlet. Waterfowl reported included COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, BLACK, and SURF. A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Tuesday and Wednesday. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was found today on the jetty. BONAPARTE™S and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were seen last weekend along with FORSTER™S TERN. Shorebirds seen included PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING. GREAT CORMORANT and NORTHERN GANNET were seen offshore.

An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen Wednesday flying out over the marsh at Burton™s Island, behind the North Marina. Waders seen there included TRICOLORED HERON, AMERICAN BITTERN, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. An AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was seen on Monday along with LESSER YELLOWLEGS. Waterfowl seen included BRANT, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. A PALM WARBLER with YELLOW-RUMPED™S was seen in the cedar trees across from the overnight cabins at the North Marina.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found today at the Marion Okie Nature Preserve on Long Neck near Millsboro. To reach the site take Route 24 to Route 5 and drive east. The parking lot for the preserve is on the right side of the road past Pot Nets Trailer Park and before you get to Massey™s Landing. This bird was first discovered last week, but had been a hiatus until today. A MERLIN was seen at the Okie Nature Preserve earlier this week.

PRAIRIE and PINE WARBLER was found at James Farm Preserve along Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The previous reported EURASIAN WIGEON continues to be seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Other waterfowl reported included MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED DUCK, and HOODED MERGANSER. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT were reported by the observation tower.

The previously reported PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was found again today among 100,000 SNOW GEESE at the intersection of Wells and Buttonwood Road, north of Fowlers Beach near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton. 60 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Fowlers Beach along with IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROW and HORNED LARK. RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and DUNLIN were seen along the beach. 2 to 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen at Fowlers Beach Marsh. WILLET and 14 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Prime Hook. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS reported that Draper™s Road. A peak count of 64 WILD TURKEYS were found at Little Neck Wildlife Area off the Prime Hook Beach Road. PEREGRINE FALCON was seen at the Dupont Nature Center near Slaughters Beach. A LARK SPARROW was seen coming to a feeder near Argo™s Corner along Bucks Road last week, but not seen since. Several WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at the feeder included a GAMBELL™S subspecies of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

ROSS™S GOOSE was seen at Herring Point with a large flock of SNOW GEESE. There was a peak count of 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach. SURF SCOTER, RED-THROATED, and COMMON LOON were seen offshore. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was reported at the Seaside Nature Center. The previous reported BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfs Neck Sewage Treatment Plant near Midway. BONAPARTE™S GULL, LESSER SCAUP, and NORTHERN SHOVELER were seen on the treatment ponds. CANVASBACK continue be seen at Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach, along with HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT. A pair of TREE SWALLOWS was seen flying over Silver Lake yesterday. Also reported has been a BALTIMORE ORIOLE and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER coming to feeders in Lewes.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was reported along the Bennett™s Pier Road in Milford Neck Wildlife Area along with several YELLOW RUMPED™S and CEDAR WAXWING. This bird was seen in the junipers just before the bear right sign on the way to the beach. BLACKBELLIED PLOVER, SANDERLING and DUNLIN were seen at Bennett™s Pier Beach. WILD TURKEY and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were seen along the roadway. PEREGRINE FALCON, BLACK and SURF SCOTER were seen at Big Stone Beach. RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and SHOVELER were found at Tubbs Mill Pond in Milford. A lone CANVASBACK was in the retention pond along Route 1 south of Frederica. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER were found at Killen™s Pond State Park. A MERLIN was seen along scrap Tavern Road near Frederica.

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue be seen at Port Mahon near Dover. NORTHERN GANNET was seen offshore. The previously reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continues to be seen intermittently by the fishing pier. HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER was seen at Little Creek Wildlife Area. An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen along the central tower road.

A flock of 40 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Waterfowl reported included TUNDRA SWAN, AMERICAN WIGEON, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was found today along the Saltmarsh Boardwalk near Raymond Pool. BARRED OWL was found in Finis Woods along with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, HAIRY, and PILEATED WOODPECKER. BROWN THRASHER was seen behind Bear Swamp. KILLDEER and EASTERN MEADOWLARK were found along Whitehall Neck Road.

A SORA was calling at the Ashton Tract in Augustine Wildlife Area near Port Penn. Waterfowl reported included MUTE SWAN, GADWALL, COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, GRAY CATBIRD, and FOX SPARROW were found in the woods. GREAT EGRET was reported at the Port Penn impoundments along Route 9. AMERICAN WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, and AMERICAN COOT was found at Dragon Run marsh in Delaware City.

A COMMON RAVEN was reported in Newark at the intersection of S. College Ave. and I-95. COMMON MERGANSERS continue to be seen on Newark Reservoir. CHIPPING SPARROW was reported at Curtis Paper Mill Area in White Clay Creek State Park. BARRED OWL was heard calling along the red Clay Creek near Yorklyn.

Waterfowl on Hoopes Reservoir included RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK, COMMON and HOODED MERGANSER. Harry™s Pond at the Brandywine Town center had RUDDY DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was found in the trees by the pond. A CACKLING GOOSE was found in Bellevue State Park by the track. YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found by the tennis courts parking lot.

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Subject: Brandywine Creek Birdwalk Rescheduled
Date: Fri Jan 24 2020 16:42 pm
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The monthly Saturday walk at Brandywine Creek State Park has been reschedule due to weather. We'll be conducting the walk on Sunday, January 26th, meet at the nature center off Addams Dam Road at 8 am.


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