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Birdline Delaware Number: 302-658-2747
For Friday, May 3rd, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list now stands at 257 species. With waves of new birds expected, migration has ground to a complete halt here in Delaware.
A total of 13 warbler species plus ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, SCARLET TANAGER, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE were all reported this week at White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. This is usually a hotbed of arriving migrants but so far only BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH have been reported along with the usual residents including up to 3 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, BLUE WINGED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and NORTHERN PARULA.
A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was found at Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday. Migrant warblers there included BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, and PALM WARBLER, BLUE HEADED VIREO was also seen there. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was reported in the fields by the nature center. SAVANNAH SPARROW was reported at nearby properties of Granogue.
BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were seen flying over Ashland Hawk Watch this last weekend along with a few migrant COMMON LOONS. Loons are still being seen at Hoopes Reservoir. NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and PALM WARBLER along with BLUE GROSBEAK reported at Coverdale farms near Ashland. A late WINTER WREN was also reported there.
A late DARK-EYED JUNCO is still being seen at a feeder near Bear. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are still being seen at several feeders in the area including Arundel, Milford, Dewey, and Bay Vista. PURPLE FINCH was reported in Brandywine Hundred at Grubb Road. PINE SISKIN has been reported at Walnut Ridge near Centreville and in Yorklyn.
Rails are still being found at Thousand Acre Marsh near Delaware City. SORA, KING, VIRGINIA, and CLAPPER RAIL were all reported. A late SNOW GOOSE was also seen, plus LITTLE BLUE HERON and CATTLE EGRET. There were 8 CLIFF SWALLOWS at the Appoquinimink Bridge.
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and 2 breeding plumage AMERICAN PIPITS plus calling NORTHERN BOBWHITE were found along Whitehall Neck Road, heading towards the entrance to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A HOODED WARBLER was found in Bombay Hook on the nature trail headed towards Bear Swamp Tower. Other birds reported at Bombay Hook included PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER. shorebirds seen included over 350 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, and SEMIPALMATED, LEAST, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. A few late lingering waterfowl included both TUNDRA and MUTE SWAN, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.
The first RED KNOTS arrived at Slaughter Beach, seen from the Dupont Nature Center along Lighthouse Road. Also seen there were several AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS and 25 RUDDY TURNSTONE. BLUE HEADED VIREO and PALM WARBLER were reported at the nearby Milford Neck Wildlife Area.
CASPIAN TERNS and BLACK SKIMMERS were again reported at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. A WILSON'S WARBLER plus YELLOW-THROATED, BLACK AND WHITE, PINE, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER were reported near Headquarters. BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCETS were reported on the Broadkill Beach Road. SEASIDE SPARROWS were reported at Oyster Rocks Road. The Fowler's Beach Road is closed at Slaughters Ditch due to road destruction from spring tides. It seems that the road is crumbling underneath the asphalt from flooding. At this point it is unsure if this road will be re-open again but it is still accessible by walking.
The first SUMMER and SCARLET TANAGERS of the year were reported at Redden State Forest near Ellendale. Also reported there were late PINE SISKIN and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and ORCHARD ORIOLE were found along W. Robbins Rd. Warblers reported included WORM-EATING, YELLOW-THROATED, PRAIRIE, BLACK AND WHITE, and OVENBIRD.
PIPING PLOVER was reported at Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park. Also reported there was BROWN PELICAN and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS out on the beach. The Hawk watch at Cape Henlopen continues to see MERLIN and AMERICAN KESTREL. WHIMBREL and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were reported from the Hawk watch on Saturday. Lots of NORTHERN GANNETS were reported from the Cape May - Lewes ferry this week.
Late waterfowl on Rehoboth Bay from Thompson's island in Delaware Seashore State Park included BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and 2 HORNED GREBES. Migrant warblers there included BLUE-WINGED, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and YELLOW. Also reported were SPOTTED SANDPIPER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO.
Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Taj Schottland, Bill Stewart, Kim Steininger, Andrew Bogush, Jason Beale, Beverly Corelle, Frank Rohrbacher, Nancy Goggin, Sue Gruver, Derek Stoner, Judy Montgomery, Andy Urquhart, Jim Lenhard, Chris Bennett, David Fees, Amy White, Phil Thompson, Lynn Smith, Amy O'Neil, Sally O'Byrne, Keith Muller, John Dunn, Chuck Fullmer, Joe Sebastiani, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. If you want to get your report mentioned, please call me at 302-792-9591 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, good birding!!!
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