Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - August 22, 2014

To Report: Andy Ednie 302-792-9591 (VOICE)
Compiler/Transcriber: Andy Ednie (
Coverage: Delaware, Delmarva Peninsula, nearby Delaware Valley, Southern New Jersey, Maryland

For Friday, August 22nd this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 304 species this week. Highlights were some interesting shorebirds and 20 species of warbler.

New this week was a LARK SPARROW near Smyrna. That bird was seen along Lighthouse Road, between Route 6 and Route 9 East of town. To find this bird take Lighthouse Road east of the Boondocks Restaurant, it was last seen at house #668. There are lots of birds in this area including BLUE GROSBEAK, HORNED LARK, and BOBOLINK. Also seen was SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the pond in front of Boondocks.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen not far from the site, at Finis Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. That bird was seen next to an EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE for good comparison. Also reported at Bombay Hook was a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at Finis Pool. The previous reported SEDGE WREN was last reported on Wednesday west of the ALLE HOUSE, along with GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, and NORTHERN PINTAIL were found at the refuge. A BLACK TERN with ROYAL AND CASPIAN TERNS was reported at Raymond Pool. Shorebirds seen included over 100 AMERICAN AVOCETS, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED and STILT SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.

A second report of BAIRD'S SANDPIPER coming from Sussex County this season was received from a field pond south of Milton on Diamond Farm Road off Route 5. Now is the prime time to find this species of sandpiper passing through the state through to the end of September. Several MARBLED GODWITS were seen in the state this weekend. A pair was seen at Bombay Hook in Raymond Pool. Another GODWIT was reported at Fowler's Beach and Broadkill Beach in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. A third MARBLED GODWIT was reported on the bayside in Dewey Beach, an unusual location for the species. If you're looking for the BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and MARBLED GODWIT, check out Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge which is had a plethora of species this last week. Highlights included seven species of tern including GULL BILLED and BLACK TERN, plus LEAST, CASPIAN, COMMON, ROYAL, and BLACK SKIMMER. There is been a huge roost of egrets at Broadkill Beach impoundment that flock at 9 TRICOLORED HERONS, along with 550 GREAT EGRETS 710 SNOWY EGRETS, and 10 GREEN HERONS. Besides the previously mentioned GODWIT there was also BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, RUDDY TURNSTONE, DUNLIN, and WESTERN SANDPIPER seen at Fowler's Beach. A winter plumage BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen at Prime Hook Beach Road. RED BREASTED MERGANSER, LITTLE BLUE HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, plus BLACK-CROWNED AND YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were also reported at Fowler's. The marsh there produced both SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SPARROW. AMERICAN AVOCETS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at Broadkill Beach along with a SNOW GOOSE. A flight of over 300 BANK SWALLOWS, plus GREAT HORNED OWL and COMMON NIGHTHAWK were also reported at dusk from Broadkill Beach. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found along the boardwalk trail near headquarters. Also reported was WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

The first MISSISSIPPI KITE of the season was seen from the hawk watch at Ashland Nature Center on Wednesday. Also reported there was RED-SHOULDERED HAWK today. A WARBLING VIREO was found at Ashland on Saturday. Warblers reported there this week included BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, CANADA, PRAIRIE, BLACK AND WHITE, and AMERICAN REDSTART.

More flycatchers reported this week included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER today at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. LEAST FLYCATCHERS have been seen there sporadically all week. Also reported was a HOODED WARBLER by trail marker 6. Other warblers reported included BLUE-WINGED, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW, CANADA, and BLACKBURNIAN. BOBOLINKS, ORCHARD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE were also reported. WORM-EATING and KENTUCKY WARBLER, along with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and NORTHERN PARULA reported at White Clay Creek State Park. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and BARRED OWL were found at Wedgewood Road.

LEAST FLYCATCHER was also reported from Brandywine Creek State Park, along with BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. Warbler seen included BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK AND WHITE, CANADA, PRAIRIE, and AMERICAN REDSTART. BANKS SWALLOWS were sitting on the wire by the entrance booth. SOLITARY and SPOTTED SANDPIPER reported along the Creek.

A ROYAL TERN was seen along the Delaware River at Fox Point State Park, along with CASPIAN TERNS. This is an uncommon sighting that far up the river, although they do wander as far north as Philadelphia. LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported at Marl Pit Road in southern New Castle County.

More ROYAL TERNS were seen at Port Mahon, those birds were seen at the old bait store. Also reported was over 100 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WILLET. A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported at the Aquatic Center. Another HOODED WARBLER was found west of Dover at Fork Branch Nature Preserve, near Delaware State University.

16 species of shorebird were seen at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area. Those birds included BLACK-NECKED STILT, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED, SOLITARY, WHITE-RUMP, PECTORAL, WESTERN, and 11 STILT SANDPIPERS. Good numbers of SNOWY EGRETS along with GREAT EGRET and GLOSSY IBIS were reported. The pinewoods along the marsh had YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PINE WARBLER and several BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES.

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was also reported at Cape Henlopen State Park in the woods behind Herring Point. Also seen there was a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER plus PRAIRIE and PINE WARBLER. COMMON and ROYAL TERNS were seen at Cape Henlopen along with 2 BLACK TERNS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at The Point. Shorebirds included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PIPING PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING. Ten BLACK SCOTERS were seen on the Bayside. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported along Route 54 near Fenwick Island. AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the nearby marsh. Assawoman Wildlife Area continues to have MUTE SWANS present. BROWN PELICANS were seen flying up the coast at Bethany Beach.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Todd Frantz, Mike Bowen, Bob Ringler, Carol James, David Fees, Peer DeGennaro, Nancy Goggin, Ian Stewart, Sally O'Byrne, Rod Murray, Colin Campbell, Matt Boone, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Schreckengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Jim Austin-Cole, Maurice Barnhill, Joe Russell, Alan Kneidel and Taj Schottland. Remember, the birdline needs your sightings! Please call your reports into 302-792-9591 or email Until next week, this is Andy Ednie wishing you good birding!

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