Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - August 29, 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 the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, on Friday, August 29th this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The I-495 Bridge is reopened and traffic is flowing again in The First State! This unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 313 species this week, with 30 species of shorebirds and 20 species of warblers reported!

New this week was a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER at Raymond Pool in Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. Water levels in the impoundments are perfect for shorebirds, including counts of over 500 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 1300 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 4 MARBLED and a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT, plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, "WESTERN" WILLET, STILT, WHITE-RUMPED, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A pair of early WILSON'S SNIPE was reported at Bear Swamp. An immature WHITE IBIS made a brief appearance at Shearness Pool. Also seen there were TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GADWALL, LESSER SCAUP and 6 RUDDY DUCKS. The previous reported SEDGE WREN continues to be found by the Allee House, along with BOBOLINKS and BLUE GROSBEAK. Lots of BANK SWALLOWS were among the hundreds of TREE SWALLOWS being seen at the refuge. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are coming to the feeders at the visitor center. Also seen was a BONAPARTE'S GULL with CASPIAN TERNS at Shearness Pool.

The south side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area off the Pickering Beach Road also had lots of shorebirds this week including 1500 LESSER YELLOWLEGS with 45 STILT, 30 PECTORAL, 20 WESTERN, and 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Also seen there was 8 WILSON'S PHALAROPE in the pond on the west side of the dike. Other birds seen included BLACK-NECKED STILT, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. A pair of BLACK TERNS were found, along with CASPIAN and 6 ROYAL TERNS, plus a BONAPARTE'S GULL. The site had 6 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, several flights of GLOSSY IBIS, flyover COOPER'S HAWK and two BALD EAGLES. Landbirds included GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW WARBLER, BOBOLINK, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

A RED KNOT was found at Port Mahon. Also reported were BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, WILLET, ROYAL TERN, and a high count of 730 GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Four BLACK SCOTERS were also reported on the Delaware Bay.

A big flight of neotropical migrants were found today at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. Warblers found there today included NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, CANADA, WILSON'S, PRAIRIE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, MAGNOLIA, and CHESTNUT-SIDED. Also seen there this week were BLUE-WINGED, KENTUCKY, BLACKBURNIAN, OVENBIRD, and AMERICAN REDSTART. LEAST FLYCATCHER has been seen at Middle Run almost every day including five today. A CLIFF SWALLOW was seen with 200 TREE SWALLOWS. A calling CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was reported this week, an extraordinary report from Delaware's Piedmont. Also reported were several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying over.

A big flight of NIGHTHAWKS were seen through the state this week. A flight of 250 birds were seen over the Brandywine Creek on Monday. A NIGHTHAWK was seen perched on a branch at Cape Henlopen State Park. Other birds were seen at Tallyville, Shortwood in Brandywine Hundred, Pike Creek, Ashland Nature Ctr., New Castle, and at Eastwind next to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

LEAST FLYCATCHER was also seen at White Clay Creek State Park, along with SOLITARY SANDPIPER, BARRED OWL, and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. Warbler seen at the park included CANADA, BLACK AND WHITE, PARULA, OVENBIRD, BLUE-WINGED, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen off of 10 Foot Road, also known as Fairhill School Road near Milford Crossroad.

The first BROAD-WINGED HAWK of the season, along with RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen over the Ashland Nature Center Hawk watch. GREAT HORNED OWL and SCREECH OWL were recorded in the evening.

An early female NORTHERN HARRIER was seen flying over the fields at Brandywine Creek State Park. Low water on the Brandywine Creek has created multiple sandbars producing 7 SOLITARY SANDPIPER, plus SPOTTED and LEAST SANDPIPERS and GREEN HERON. Warbler seen in the park included BLUE-WINGED, YELLOW, CHESTNUT-SIDED, CANADA, and BLACK AND WHITE. Several EASTERN SCREECH OWLS and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO were also found.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen swooping over Concord High School in Brandywine Hundred today. Birds along Grubb Road included a COOPER'S HAWK plus TENNESSEE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and CANADA WARBLER.

Another CHUCK WILLS WIDOW was reported at the St. Jones Reserve of the Kitts Hummock Road. SORA and PIED-BILLED GREBE were also found along with WHIMBREL.

Large numbers of long legged waders continue to be seen at the Broadkill Beach Marsh last weekend. Over 800 SNOWY EGRETS, with 10 TRICOLORED HERON, 7 GREEN HERON plus LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and GLOSSY IBIS were reported. Also seen was AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN and PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN and BLACK SKIMMER. The headquarters at Prime Hook had YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER and "EASTERN" WILLET were found at Fowler's Beach along with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, and WESTERN and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also found there along with LEAST, ROYAL, CASPIAN, and BLACK TERN and BLACK SKIMMER. PEREGRINE FALCON was also found hunting in the area. Sparrows seen included SEASIDE and SALTMARSH SPARROW. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was found in the woodlot at the edge of the marsh.

A SUMMER TANAGER was found at the McCabe Preserve along Broadkill River near Milton. Also reported was PILEATED WOODPECKER and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH. A female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was reported in a back yard at Old Landing near Rehoboth Beach.

BLACK and SURF SCOTER were reported at Roosevelt Inlet and the jetty off Cape Henlopen State Park. Large numbers of herons are roosting on the inner breakwater including 400 SNOWY EGRETS and a TRICOLORED HERON with 400 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and ROYAL TERN. A WILSON'S STORM PETREL was reported off Cape Henlopen point. Also seen there were ROYAL, CASPIAN, and COMMON TERNS. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at Gordon's Pond, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and PRAIRIE WARBLER.

Four BROWN PELICAN were seen flying over Indian River Inlet. Also reported was 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. The inlet had 40 COMMON TERNS plus 6 ROYAL TERNS seen over the rips. BROWN PELICANS were also reported at Cape Henlopen, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.

WILSON'S STROM PETREL and CORY'S SHEARWATER were reported in Delaware on the Pelagic Trip out of Lewes last weekend. That trip concentrated on the deep water at Baltimore Canyon, reporting LEACH'S and BAND-RUMP STORM PETREL, AUDUBON'S, GREAT, and SOOTY SHEARWATER, REDNECKED PHALAROPE, immature LONG-TAILED JAEGER plus a brief look at a WHITE-FACE STORM PETREL seen in Maryland waters.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, David Fees, Kathleen O'Neill, Maureen Markow, Kim Steininger, Mike Smith, Marianne Malgisi, Holly Merker, John Vasallo, Pete Covier, Brian Henderson, Andrew Albright, Bert Filemyr, Mike Rosengarten, Jane Henderson, Ian Stewart, Matt Boone, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, 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!

Birdline Delaware is posted on the Delaware Audubon web site as a public service. It is neither created nor sponsored by the Delaware Audubon Society.