Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - June 5, 2015

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

This is Birdline Delaware, for Friday, June 5th from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware annual list remained at 298 species this week.

A male DICKCISSEL was found at the Charles E. Price Park in Middletown today. This is along St Anne's Church Road south of town. An EASTERN MEADOWLARK was also seen there this week.

The previous reported DICKCISSEL continues to be seen on the wire at Cods Road, just north of the intersection with Prime Hook Beach Road near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The bird is being seen by the house near the intersection. BLACK SKIMMERS were also reported along the Prime Hook Beach Road along with BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LEAST and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, plus GADWALL and NORTHERN SHOVELER.

The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to be seen at Fowler's Beach in Prime Hook. 6 to10 pelicans can be seen at a distance from the fishing bridge. Also reported were 60 to 100 BLACK SKIMMERS loafing on the sandbar. Up to 12 BALD EAGLES were reported in the area. TUNDRA SWAN was also reported.

The DuPont Nature Center continues to have a plethora of shorebirds including 300 RED KNOT, over 500 RUDDY TURNSTONES, 3000 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, plus AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACKBELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, SANDERLING, and BLACK NECKED STILT. SALTMARSH SPARROW and CLAPPER RAIL were seen in the marsh along Lighthouse Road headed towards the nature center at Mispillion Inlet.

A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen at the Port Penn Impoundments of Augustine Beach Wildlife Area on Saturday. That bird was seen from the boardwalk. Also reported were SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and LEAST SANDPIPER.

There were a lot of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER sightings in southern Delaware around Indian River Bay. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area - where they've been all season. BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, MUTE SWAN, and BLACK SKIMMER were also seen at Assawoman. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was also reported at Angola Neck, Camp Arrowhead, and Herring Creek at Long Neck.

BROWN PELICAN was seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and PIPING PLOVER were seen at Cape Henlopen State Park. TRICOLORED HERON with LEAST TERN and PIPING PLOVER were seen at Gordon's Pond. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at Burton's Island near Indian River Inlet. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was reported at Old Landing.

Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were also seen at Cape Henlopen this weekend. CHUCK WILLS WIDOW was reported at Angola Neck. WHIPPOORWILLS continue to be heard at Big Stone Beach in Milford Neck Wildlife Area.

Redden State Forest had SUMMER TANAGER and WORM-EATING WARBLER at the headquarters tract. Some Kent County sparrows included VESPER and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW plus HORNED LARK along Route 12 at Walnut St. in Felton. This is just South of Dover along Route 13.

There were no further reports of phalaropes at the Pickering Beach side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area this week. There are still lots of shorebirds there including AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, an unusual bird for that area. Also reported were 7 BLACK-NECKED STILTS plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, WHITE-RUMPED, SEMIPALMATED, and LEAST SANDPIPER, also reported was BLACK SKIMMER and LEAST BITTERN.

RUDDY DUCK and 3 SNOW GEESE were reported at Port Mahon. Also seen there was GREEN HERON and BLACK SKIMMER.

Two AMERICAN AVOCETS reported at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Also reported were BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WILLET, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON with BLACK-CROWNS was seen at Night Heron Island. Also reported was MUTE and TUNDRA SWAN, plus BLUE-WINGED TEAL. BLACK SKIMMER was reported opposite Shearness Pool. NORTHERN BOBWHITE was reported at the Allee house.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER was reported at Thousand Acre Marsh, just south of Delaware City. Also reported were LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, and GLOSSY IBIS. A LEAST BITTERN was reported at Grier's Pond off Dutch Neck Road. A late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen along Dutch Neck Road. Also reported there was a calling SANDHILL CRANE, heard but not seen.

CATTLE EGRETS were seen with the cattle at the farm on Walther's Road near Lum's Pond. PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was reported at Lums Pond.

EASTERN MEADOWLARKS were also reported at Brandywine Creek State Park. A late BOBOLINK was also heard in the fields by the entrance booth. Five WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were found along with BLUE GROSBEAK, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and PRAIRIE WARBLER. GREAT EGRET was reported at the Winterthur ponds by Rt 100.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was reported at White Clay Creek State Park along with BARRED OWL. YELLOW-THROATED and WARBLING VIREOS were still being found there along with VEERY, YELLOW WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER.

LEAST BITTERN and WILLOW FLYCATCHER were also reported at the Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge in downtown Wilmington. BALD EAGLE was seen flying over. Other birds seen included MARSH WREN, BLUE GROSBEAK, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

There have been a couple of sightings of COOPER'S HAWKS this week. This is supposed to be a rare nester in the state. Sightings in northern Delaware include Glasgow and south of New castle on River Road by Federal Lane. Birds were also seen near Townsend in Blackbird State Forest and at Bombay Hook. In southern Delaware, birds were seen near Rehoboth Beach at Old Landing and Camp Arrowhead. Please report any sightings to the Birdline or eBird. Only one AMERICAN KESTREL was reported for the entire state at Bombay Hook. PEREGRINE FALCONS are still being seen in downtown Wilmington on the Brandywine building at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Marc Ribando, Kurt Gaskill, Rod Murray, Jim Lenhard, Marie Gardner, Heather Orkis, Colin Campbell, Lisa Walsh, Allen Cartier, Bert Filemyr, Mike Rosengarten, Cyrus Moqtadari, Frank Rohrbacher, Damon Orsetti, Chris and Karen Bennett, Sally O'Byrne, Joe Sebastiani, Rich Clifton, Chris Rowe, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Vince Gambal, Bill Stewart, Ian Stewart, Elora Grahame, Tim Freiday, Chandler Wiegand, 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!

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.