Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - September 18, 2015

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, September 18th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The dawn of Monday, September 14th broke with a bright sky and northwest wind, opening the floodgates of fall migrants. A total of 28 species of WARBLER were found this week. This week also was highlighted with the start of the BROAD-WINGED HAWK migration. The unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 322 species.

The best spot for warblers this week has been Middle Run Natural Area near Newark off of Possum Park Road with a total of 20 species of warbler found. On Monday, the first CONNECTICUT WARBLER of the year was seen, plus BLACK AND WHITE, MAGNOLIA, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, CHESTNUT-SIDED, PRAIRIE, CANADA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN and BLACK-THROATED BLUE. Other birds this week included WORM-EATING, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, CAPE MAY, and WILSON'S. On Monday a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen flying over. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen on Tuesday. PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found on Thursday by trail marker #10. Also reported were VEERY, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING, BOBOLINK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. A BARRED OWL has been seen down along the creek valley.

Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was seen at Brandywine Creek State Park on Monday. That bird was seen along the cross-country course as it goes into the woods below the bathrooms. Also seen were CAPE MAY, TENNESSEE, BLACKPOLL, and WORM-EATING, plus lots of BLACK-THROATED GREEN'S. SWAINSON'S THRUSH and SCARLET TANAGER were also found along the creek, plus GREAT EGRET and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. A male HOODED WARBLER was seen today at Ramsey Road, along with PHILADELPHIA and WARBLING VIREO. An OSPREY was perched over the river.


Some warblers at Covered Bridge Farm included TENNESSEE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and REDSTART. LEAST SANDPIPER was found at Newark Reservoir. A late CATTLE EGRET was seen in the field along the Pulaski Highway at Walthers Road.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and WARBLING VIREO were found at Fort DuPont State Park in Delaware City. Other warblers included BLACKPOLL, PARULA, and BLACK AND WHITE. Also seen was CASPIAN TERN and BALD EAGLE. Two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were found at Port Penn Impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area today. Also seen were 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS plus STILT, WHITE-RUMPED and LEAST SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. 145 CASPIAN TERNS were reported plus 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS. A BARRED OWL was heard calling at Augustine Creek. PALM WARBLER was seen today at Biddle Point along the C&D Canal.

Downstate, 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were found yesterday at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna, with over a hundred BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Three MARBLED GODWITS were seen at Shearness Pool. Over 500 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue at the refuge, plus a PEREGRINE FALCON seen harassing the shorebirds. Both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were reported. COMMON and LEAST TERNS were found at Shearness Pool yesterday along with several CASPIAN and FORSTER'S TERNS. WILSON'S SNIPE was at Shearness and AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found at dusk on the backside of Bear Swamp. Waterfowl included PIED-BILLED GREBE, BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus NORTHERN SHOVELER. There still a lot of waders being seen including 200 GREAT EGRETS, 25 SNOWY EGRETS, and one LITTLE BLUE HERON. 30 BLACK-CROWNED and one YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON were seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. This week also highlighted the return of SAVANNAH SPARROWS along the wildlife drive. LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen at Finis Woods, BOBOLINK continue to be seen in the reeds on the roadway.

LEAST FLYCATCHER was also found at Killen's Pond State Park near Magnolia along with a VEERY. Warblers seen included CAPE MAY, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, MAGNOLIA, PARULA, and PINE. LEAST and TRAILL'S-TYPE FLYCATCHER was also found along Marshtown Road near Little Creek. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was also seen along with INDIGO BUNTING and BOBOLINK. Warblers seen included PALM, CHESTNUT-SIDED, MAGNOLIA, PARULA, and BLACK AND WHITE. Warbler seen at the Logan Tract near Kitts Hummock included BLACKBURNIAN, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BLACK AND WHITE.

BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES continue to be seen at Big Stone Beach in Kent County. Also reported were MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and PILEATED WOODPECKER. A WILSON'S WARBLER was also found along with PARULA, PINE, MAGNOLIA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN. Shorebirds seen at Big Stone included 20 GREATER and 10 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

More shorebirds were seen at Port Mahon near Dover including, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, WESTERN, LEAST, and 7 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. ROYAL TERNS continue be seen on the pilings. Also seen were YELLOW WARBLER, BOBOLINK, and BOAT TAILED GRACKLE.

Four WHITE IBIS continue be seen at the Observation Trail at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. 11 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to be seen at Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook. Four RED KNOT were seen at Fowler's Beach along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen in the reeds. 88 AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Broadkill Marsh along with STILT, PECTORAL, and WESTERN SANDPIPER. Eight BLACK TERN and 52 BLACK SKIMMERS were also at Broadkill. Waders included a single LITTLE BLUE HERON with GREAT and SNOWY EGRETS. The Observation Trail at headquarters had WINTER WREN and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. PIED-BILLED GREBE was also found there, along with SPOTTED and 3 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

A CAPE MAY WARBLER was photographed in a yard in Milton. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen west of Georgetown along with SUMMER TANAGER. Warblers seen included BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, PARULA, MAGNOLIA, and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. Another SUMMER TANAGER was seen at Oak Grove, west of Seaford along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Warblers included BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT SIDED, BLACK -THROATED GREEN, and MAGNOLIA. BALTIMORE ORIOLE and ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK reported at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen at Angola Neck, this week past Camp Arrowhead.

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and VERRY reported along the Dunes Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park. Warblers seen included OVENBIRD, BLACK AND WHITE, PARULA, and PINE. Another YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was also seen in the pines behind the Seaside Nature Center on Sunday. PALM WARBLER was seen at the Hawkwatch. 13 WESTERN WILLETS were found at Herring Point along with over 50 SANDERLING. An immature YELLOW-CROWNED was with 10 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS at the Monroe Avenue pond.

It was a big week for hawk watches. Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch reported a big wave of FALCONS including 100 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 50 MERLIN, and 30 PEREGRINES this week. Also seen were 400 OSPREY and 35 BALD EAGLES. The big day at the Hawkwatch was Tuesday with 16 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 61 SHARP-SHINS, 10 NORTHERN HARRIER, plus good numbers of KESTREL, MERLIN, and PEREGRINE. Also reported at Cape Henlopen this week was BROWN PELICAN, COMMON LOON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH.

Over 1800 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS flew past Ashland Nature Center Hawk Watch this week. Peak counts were 741 BROAD-WINGS on Monday and 656 on Wednesday. Also seen were 120 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 25 BALD EAGLES and 30 AMERICAN KESTRELS. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen flying past the Hawk watch on Wednesday. Land birds included RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. A PALM WARBLER was seen on Wednesday.

Ashland Nature Center also had a few COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying over. Two were seen flying over at noon! A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was found at MIDDLE RUN on Monday perched on a tree branch. Another NIGHTHAWK was seen flying over Newark. A big flight of 635 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen going into roost in Wilmington at 11th and Broom St.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Derek Stoner, Chuck Brandt, Jeff Gordon, Laura Balascio, John Long, David Kerr, Margaret Higbee, Nancy Cunningham, Bob Edelen, Rich Clifton, Kelly Nunn, Amy O'Neil, Kim Steininger, David Fees, Chris and Karen Bennett, Sally O'Byrne, Phil Thompson, Ian Stewart, Joe Sebastiani, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Alan Kneidel, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our hawk counters, Jen Ottinger and Sharon Ellison. 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!

Birdline Delaware is compiled by Andy Ednie, the 2010 recipient of Delaware Audubon's Conservation Award. It is posted on the Delaware Audubon web site as a public service. The Birdline is not sponsored by the Delaware Audubon Society.