Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - September 12, 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 Friday, September 12th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. This unofficial Delaware annual list annual list increased to 317 species this week. 5 species of vireo, 27 species of warbler and 30 species of shorebirds were found.

A hotbed for shorebirds this week has been the south side of Little Creek Wildlife Management Area off the Pickering Beach Road. A JAEGER, assumed to be a LONG-TAILED JAEGER was seen along the south bank of the west pool yesterday. To reach this area, walk out between the two impoundments along the dike. You can view both pools from two cane breaks, the first at the sluice gate and the second further north. Also seen was a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE with 8 basic plumaged WILSON'S PHALAROPE. Other highlights there included BLACK-NECKED STILTS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Also reported were incredible numbers of 100-200 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN, STILT, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED KNOT, DUNLIN, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Large numbers of Long-legged waders were seen including TRICOLORED and LITTLE BLUE HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and an immature WHITE IBIS last weekend. Waterfowl included GADWALL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. PEREGRINE FALCONS were also seen hunting in the area.

CONNECTICUT and MOURNING WARBLERS plus PHILADELPHIA VIREO were seen at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark. This area has been a hotbed for migrants this past week. Parking for the birding trail is off Possum Hollow Road, near the entrance to Tri-State Bird Rescue. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen walking near Trail Marker 4 early on Tuesday morning. Several Empidonax flycatchers were seen including YELLOW-BELLIED on Monday and LEAST FLYCATCHER all week. A total of 26 species of warbler were reported this week at Middle Run including BLUE-WINGED, TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY, BLACKBURNIAN, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKPOLL, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, YELLOW-RUMPED, PRAIRIE, PALM, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, plus CANADA. Also reported were WARBLING VIREO, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, plus BOBOLINK, with BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLE. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found in a yard in Newark off Paper Mill Road. Next week should be the peak of warbler fall migration.

An amazing BLACK RAIL was seen briefly along the Boardwalk Trail at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. A peak count of 5 MARBLED and 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen at Shearness Pool. Also reported were RED KNOT and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at Raymond Pool. Also reported were over 300 AMERICAN AVOCETS along with 100 BLACK-BELLIED and 75 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. Other shorebirds seen included STILT, PECTORAL, WESTERN, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. Three PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting shorebirds over Shearness, along with MERLIN and BALD EAGLE. 75 CASPIAN TERNS were counted along with BLACK TERN and a BONAPARTE'S GULL. TUNDRA SWAN, RUDDY DUCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL were among the waterfowl. LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and GLOSSY IBIS were also still being reported. Some warblers along Finis Pool included PARULA, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BLACK AND WHITE. Also seen was ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and SCARLET TANAGER. BOBOLINKS can be seen throughout the refuge right now.

An amazing BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was photographed at The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Saturday. Other shorebirds seen at The Point included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SEMIPALMATED and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, RED KNOT, WESTERN WILLET, and WHITE RUMP SANDPIPER. Also seen were 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS with CASPIAN, ROYAL, and COMMON TERN. 11 BLACK SCOTERS were seen off the breakwater. The Hawk Watch at Cape Henlopen had over 375 OSPREY this week plus 18 BALD EAGLE, 40 AMERICAN KESTREL and 11 PEREGRINE FALCONS. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen from the hawk watch platform today. Falcons were flying on Wednesday with 17 KESTREL, 8 MERLIN, and a PEREGRINE FALCON. Also reported have been PURPLE MARTIN, BARN SWALLOW, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and BROWN PELICAN.

BROWN PELICAN and COMMON TERN were seen at Indian River Inlet. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported at Assawoman Wildlife Area near Fenwick Island. Also seen there were PIED-BILLED GREBE, MUTE SWAN, plus LITTLE BLUE and GREEN HERON. Warblers seen at James Farm Preserve on Cedar Neck included BLACK-THROATED BLUE and MAGNOLIA. A WINTER WREN was reported at Bay Vista near Rehoboth Beach.

Fowler's Beach at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton had 10 BLACK TERNS, with 23 BLACK SKIMMER plus CASPIAN, ROYAL, and LEAST TERN. Shorebirds seen there included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and RUDDY TURNSTONE. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and AMERICAN WIGEON along with SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were also found. Broadkill Marsh had 7 AMERICAN AVOCETS still being seen along with STILT, LEAST, WHITE-RUMP, and WESTERN SANDPIPER, plus DUNLIN, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. BLACK SKIMMER was seen along with BLUE-WINGED and GREEN-WINGED TEAL. PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen hunting overhead. WILD TURKEY was seen at the headquarters along with a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS continue to be seen in migration; over 200 were seen at Newark last evening. 30 were seen at Ashland Nature Center on Wednesday. Three NIGHTHAWKS were reported flying over Augustine Creek near Port Penn. A BARRED OWL was also reported there. 12 NIGHTHAWKS were reported at Brandywine Creek State Park on Sunday evening. And one was seen at Cape Henlopen State Park on Saturday.

PHILADELPHIA along with YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was also seen at Brandywine Creek State Park on Saturday. Three SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were seen on the sandbar north of Rockland Bridge. Warblers reported included BLUE-WINGED, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACKBURNIAN, TENNESSEE, YELLOW, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, REDSTART, and CHESTNUT-SIDED.

A BLACK VULTURE was seen flying over downtown Wilmington this week. Warblers seen in a yard near Delcastle included BLACKBURNIAN, CANADA, and PARULA. A PALM WARBLER was seen at Woodland Park. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO was seen at Flint Woods Preserve near Centreville along with OVENBIRD, PARULA, NASHVILLE and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.

Landbirds at Ashland Nature Center included WARBLING VIREO, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER. A few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS have been reported at the Hawk Watch daily along with a total of 10 BALD EAGLES. The best day of the week was last Sunday with 15 OSPREY, 3 BALD EAGLE, and 5 BROAD-WINGS. Also reported have been flights of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

A late COMMON GALLINULE was reported at Augustine Creek. LITTLE BLUE HERON and GLOSSY IBIS are still being reported at the Port Penn impoundments along with SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and SOLITARY, LEAST and WHITE-RUMP SANDPIPER. CASPIAN TERNS are still being seen at Port Penn and Thousand Acre Marsh along with BOBOLINK.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week including, Nancy Cunningham, Rachael Shapiro, Karen Bennett, Mike Bowen, Keith Maley, Robert Cucla, Robert Klarquist, Andrew Bogush, Hannah Greenberg, Zoe Yost, Sally O'Byrne, Maureen Markow, Chuck Brandt, David Fees, Amy and Kathleen O'Neil, Kim Steininger, Hank Davis, Matt Boone, Jacklyn Smolinsky, Chris Rowe, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Sue Gruver, Sharon Lynn, Lynn Smith, Tim Schrenkengost, Alex Lamoreaux, Maurice Barnhill, Alan Kneidel and Joe Russell. Special thanks to our two hawk counters this season Jennifer Ottinger and Will Almeida. 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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