Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - April 10, 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, April 10th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and PINE WARBLERS were seen throughout the region. New shorebirds are starting to arrive! The unofficial Delaware annual list jumped up by 6 birds to 214 species this week. The first RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD of the year was reported today in Lewes!

A REDNECKED GREBE was seen at Hoopes reservoir on Saturday. That bird was seen at the Hillside Mill Rd. Cove near Mt. Cuba observatory. Look across the pond for the bird, molting into breeding plumage. Also at the reservoir were 40 COMMON MERGANSERS, 30 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 5 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BUFFLEHEAD, and WOOD DUCK.

RED-NECKED GREBES were also seen at Indian River inlet. One bird was seen at the inlet on the west side of the bridge and the other was seen on the backside of Bottom Hills Drain near North Marina from the hill by the causeway. Also seen was TRICOLORED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, plus COMMON LOON, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a peak count of 38 OSPREY. HORNED GREBES were seen in breeding plumage at North Marina. The previously reported drake HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to be seen at the jetty, along with 3 LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS plus a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. NORTHERN GANNETS were seen migrating north along the shore. PURPLE SANDPIPER is still being seen on the jetty.

AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and WILLET were reported at Fenwick Island. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Bethany Beach. Eight WILD TURKEYS were seen in James Farm on Cedar Neck along with HERMIT THRUSH and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Lots for AMERICAN KESTRELS were seen flying along the coast today, 11 were seen at Tower Rd in Delaware Seashore State Park. Another 20 were reported at Dewey Beach.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen coming to a yard at Bay Vista on Tuesday. That yard also had YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER and CEDAR WAXWINGS. A male PURPLE FINCH was reported at another feeder near Lewes. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are still coming to a feeder in Midway, PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen there.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen flying out over the ocean from the Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch on Monday. Several BONAPARTE'S GULLS were also seen, along with over 200 NORTHERN GANNETS. PIPING PLOVER and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER were seen along the shoreline. Swallows were seen flying along the coast including PURPLE MARTIN, BARN, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. BROWN-HEADED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found in the pines by the Hawkwatch, along with BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and PINE WARBLER. Four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at the Monroe Avenue pond. CATTLE EGRET was seen along Route 9 in Lewes opposite Cape Henlopen High School.

At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton, the first BLACK SKIMMER of the year was found along Prime Hook Beach Road on Tuesday. Approximately 50 AMERICAN AVOCETS continue to be seen there. Also reported were GREAT and SNOWY EGRET, plus GLOSSY IBIS. Waterfowl seen included WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and BUFFLEHEAD. Nearby, a VESPER SPARROW was reported off Cods Road. Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Broadkill Marsh. TRICOLORED and LITTLE BLUE HERON reported at the Prime Hook headquarters area. Also seen there were 6 BLACK-NECKED STILT and 2 WILLET. A single WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen on the ponds along with BLUE-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.

PECTORAL and LEAST SANDPIPER plus SEMIPALMATED PLOVER were reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The first BLACK-NECKED STILT of the season was found there on Saturday. SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and WILSON'S SNIPE were also reported, along with BONAPARTE'S GULL and FORSTER'S TERN. Two MUTE SWANS continue to be seen at Shearness Pool along with 16 TUNDRA SWAN, plus BLUE WINGED TEAL, 40 RING-NECKED DUCKS, flyover COMMON, GOLDENEYE, RUDDY DUCK, AMERICAN COOT and PIED-BILLED GREBE. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were reported at Bear Swamp. BARN OWL was reported in the early morning. Landbirds at Finis Pool included a BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER, BROWN THRASHER, PALM, and PINE WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, plus RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

AMERICAN AVOCET was also seen flying along the shore at Big Stone Beach on Saturday, along with LAUGHING GULLS and FORSTER'S TERNS. HOODED MERGANSER, NORTHERN SHOVELER and GREEN-WINGED TEALS were also seen. Large numbers of SURF SCOTER were seen offshore. PINE WARBLERS were found in the woods. WHITE-CROWNED and CHIPPING SPARROWS were coming to a feeder near Cheswold.

A late REDHEAD was found at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. A CATTLE EGRET was seen in the field across from the aquatic center off Route 9. A big flock of gulls in a field off Hurd Road, north of Leipsic included about 200 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.

The first GREEN HERON the season was found at Carousel Park near Pike Creek. Two MUTE SWANS continue be seen on the pond there along with 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS. The first BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER of the season was found at Lums Pond State Park. 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS reported at Folley Pond in Banning Park. Another RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen coming to a yard at Bay Pointe near Summit Bridge.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Ashland Nature Center, along with PINE and PALM WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. COMMON MERGANSERS were still being seen along Red Clay Creek. AMERICAN KESTREL has also been in the area. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH WAS ALSO SEEN AT Coverdale Farms, plus SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Another YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found today at the Hopkins Bridge Nature Center in White Clay Creek State Park. PINE and PALM WARBLERS plus LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were also reported. A BARRED OWL was fishing along the creek, just stocked with trout. A pair of HORNED GREBES, plus COMMON MERGANSER are still being seen at Newark Reservoir.

The first HOUSE WREN of the season was reported at Delaware City, along with BLUEGRAY GNATCATCHER. COMMON LOONS in breeding plumage was seen flying up the Delaware River. LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS were seen flying out to Pea Patch Island. A HORNED GREBE plus RINGNECKED and WOOD DUCK were seen at Dragon Run, along with NORTHERN SHOVELER and GADWALL. A singing WINTER WREN was also reported.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER was also found at Port Penn Impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area. Other shorebirds seen there included 50 YELLOWLEGS, both GREATER and LESSER, plus DUNLIN and WILSON'S SNIPE. Eight CASPIAN TERNS were also reported along with FORSTER'S TERNS and BONAPARTE'S GULL. The Baxter track of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area had a FOX SPARROW along with PINE WARBLER and BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. AMERICAN COOTS were seen at the Levels Road pond in Middletown. EASTERN MEADOWLARK was found at the Charles Price Park.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen off of Fox Point State Park. GREATER YELLOWLEGS was also seen flying up the river, along with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. PINE SISKINS continue be seen at Canterbury Hills in Hockessin. SISKINS were also seen last weekend coming to a feeder in Walnut Ridge near Centreville.

The Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch had good numbers of MERLINS passing through this week, along with a few AMERICAN KESTRELS. An intruder PEREGRINE FALCON has been seen around the nest box on the Brandywine building in downtown Wilmington. This might be a young bird from previous years that had a failure to launch.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Jerry AmEnde, Mike Moore, Bob Rufe, Jim White, Matt Sarver, Judy Montgomery, Bruce Peterjohn, Karen and Chris Bennett, Kevin Bronson, Jim Austin-Cole, Joel Martin, Rachael Shapiro, Jeff Gordon, George Armstead, Hannah Greenberg, Amy and Kathleen O'Neil, Peter Hall, Gary and Judy Charles, Phil Thompson, Brian McCaffrey, Sally O'Byrne, David Fees, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Rich Clifton, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, John Long, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Alan Kneidel, Tim Freiday, Tim Schreckengost, Maurice Barnhill, and Joe Russell. 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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