Snow Goose Tundra Swan Blue-winged Teal Green-winged Teal Black Scoter Ruddy Duck Pied-billed Grebe American Bittern Least Bittern Little Blue Heron Tricolored Heron Cattle Egret Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron Glossy Ibis Black Vulture Bald Eagle Osprey Northern Harrier Broad-winged Hawk Merlin Virginia Rail Common Gallinule American Coot Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Killdeer American Oystercatcher Black-necked Stilt American Avocet Spotted Sandpiper Solitary Sandpiper UPLAND SANDPIPER Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone Sanderling Western Sandpiper Least Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper Short-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher WILSON'S PHALAROPE Bonaparte's Gull Lesser Black-backed Gull Least Tern Gull-billed Tern Caspian Tern Black Tern Royal Tern Black Skimmer PARASITIC JAEGER Yellow-billed Cuckoo Pileated Woodpecker Willow Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Northern Rough-winged Swallow Bank Swallow Cliff Swallow Brown-headed Nuthatch Louisiana Waterthrush American Redstart Yellow Warbler Prairie Warbler Yellow-breasted Chat Grasshopper Sparrow Saltmarsh Sparrow Seaside Sparrow Eastern Meadowlark
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For Friday, August 9, this is Birdline Delaware. The Birdline comes to you from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The 2013 Delaware state annual list reached 300 species this week with 24 species of shorebirds!
New this week was an UPLAND SANDPIPER at the Middletown Industrial Park along Levels Rd., on the west side of town. This area is accessed via Rt. 301, just south of the Middletown Home Depot. At the nearby Charles Price Park, EASTERN MEADOWLARK was seen plus CATTLE EGRET by the pond, with GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPER. AMERICAN COOT, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN HERON were seen by the St. Anne's Church Road pond.
Downstate, a dark phase PARASITIC JAEGER was seen from the new catwalk of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. That bird was harassing terns off the rips before flying north towards Rehoboth Beach. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was found in the pines by the inlet. At Rehoboth, beach-goers were treated to flybys of MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK TERNS and a single GULL-BILLED TERN.
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE continues to be seen at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge along the Broadkill Beach Road. Also seen there were WHITE-RUMPED, WESTERN, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. Six BLACK-NECKED STILTS were also in the area. TRICOLORED HERON was found at Fowler's Beach on the north side of Prime Hook. Also reported was LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, LEAST, CASPIAN, ROYAL TERN, and BLACK SKIMMERS. Shorebirds seen included BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, plus SPOTTED, WESTERN, LEAST and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also seen at Cape Henlopen State Park from the Dune overlook. BLACK SCOTER continues to be seen at the inner harbor jetty. BROWN PELICAN and COMMON TERNS were reported at The Point.
WILSON'S PHALAROPE was also found in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. That bird was seen at Raymond Pool along with MARBLED GODWIT, and thousands of other shorebirds. A peak count of 386 AMERICAN AVOCETS was reported this week along with an incredible 289 STILT SANDPIPERS! Also seen were BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and both LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER. A GULL-BILLED TERN was found among the roosting terns at Bear Swamp.
Waterfowl seen at Bombay Hook included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, RUDDY DUCK, and PIED BILLED GREBE. Waders seen included several LEAST BITTERNS, plus AMERICAN BITTERN, CATTLE EGRET, and a LITTLE BLUE HERON flying over the visitor center. BLACK-CROWNED and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. Several BALD EAGLES in various plumages were reported throughout the refuge along with NORTHERN HARRIER. Swallows flying over included two CLIFF SWALLOWS along with BANK and ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. Land birds included WILLOW FLYCATCHER, plus migrant warblers including LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, PRAIRIE WARBLER, along with resident YELLOW WARBLER and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was reported along the road to the Allee house.
A BONAPARTE'S GULL continues to be seen at Taylor's Gut in Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Shorebirds seen there included a single PECTORAL SANDPIPER along with a few AMERICAN AVOCETS and STILT SANDPIPERS. LEAST TERN was also seen flying over the gut along with BLACK VULTURE, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
A family of AMERICAN COOTS was found at Little Creek Wildlife Management Area near Dover. Three LEAST BITTERNS and an immature GREEN HERON were seen, also two juvenile BLACK TERNS, COMMON GALLINULE, and VIRGINIA RAIL. RUDDY TURNSTONE and SANDERLING were reported along the Port Mahon Road. OSPREY and ROYAL TERN were also seen there.
Migrant hawks included a MERLIN photographed west of Felton in Kent County. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen over the Brandywine Creek at the Rockland on Sunday. Also at Brandywine Creek was YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and WARBLING VIREO. Other migrants reported include a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at a yard in Claymont, plus PILEATED WOODPECKER and AMERICAN REDSTART reported at Ashland Nature Center. WILLOW FLYCATCHER was found in Pike Creek.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were found at Lum's Pond State Park near Glasgow. SOLITARY SANDPIPER was found at the Port Penn impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area, along with 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at Fort DuPont State Park. A field in Bear along Rt. 40 had 47 KILLDEER. The retention pond at Rts. 40 and 7 near the TD Bank had three LITTLE BLUE HERONS.
The Heron survey last week in Delaware City still had over 500 CATTLE EGRETS counted, plus 258 LITTLE BLUE HERON and 25 GLOSSY IBIS. Only nine BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were reported and no YELLOW CROWNS. CASPIAN TERN OSPREY AND BALD EAGLE plus lots of keep sandpipers were seen flying over the river.
Many thanks to those people that helped put together the Birdline this week including, Frank Marenghi, Andrew Bogush, Russell Rogers, Holly Merker, Chris and Karen Bennett, Mike Moore, Phil Kenney, Nancy Goggin, Colin Campbell, David Roberts, Denise Bittle, Robert Hughes, Bob Strahorn, Tim Schreckengost, Mason Sieges, Joe Sebastiani, and Derek Stoner. 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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