Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - August 12, 2016

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, August 12th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The unofficial Delaware year list remains at 318 species this week.

This week, the first trickle of migrants began to appear. In northern Delaware, nine species of WARBLER were found at Middle Run Natural Area near Newark including, OVENBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACK AND WHITE, CANADA, PRAIRIE, YELLOW, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH. Also seen was a CLIFF SWALLOW overhead among swallows and flyover BOBOLINKS. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed along the trail. An adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen plus space 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS. The ponds at Paper Mill Park had WOOD DUCK and GREEN HERON.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was found at the Curtis Paper Mill in White Clay Creek State Park. Waterbirds there included a LITTLE BLUE HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and BELTED KINGFISHER. GREEN HERON was found at Hopkins Bridge along the White Clay Creek along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. A PEREGRINE FALCON was reported flying over Main Street in Newark.

GREEN HERON and SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at Ashland Nature Center. Landbirds seen there included YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, WARBLING VIREO, and REDSTART. REDSTART and BLUE-WINGED WARBLER were seen at Brandywine Creek State Park along with YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. SPOTTED and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS were found along the Brandywine plus GREEN HERON. Five EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS were found calling during the morning hours. BOBOLINK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK plus BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLE were found in the fields along the entrance road to the nature center. AMERICAN REDSTARTS were also at Shortwood along Naaman's Creek in Brandywine Hundred.

WHITE IBIS continue be found in the state, which have been seen every week since May. An immature WHITE IBIS was seen at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday along with LITTLE BLUE and GREEN HERON, GREAT, SNOWY, and CATTLE EGRET, plus GLOSSY IBIS. Five YELLOW-CROWNS and several BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were found at Night Heron Island. A RUDDY DUCK was found at Sheerness Pool, along with 3 MUTE SWANS. A remaining BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen along with a peak count of 450 AMERICAN AVOCETS at Raymond Pool. Other shorebirds included 250 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER plus a few BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. Sandpipers included PECTORAL, STILT, WESTERN, LEAST, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER along with RUDDY TURNSTONE and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A LEAST TERN continues to be seen at Bear Swamp. CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Shearness Pool. Several BANK SWALLOWS were reported at the refuge plus 40 PURPLE MARTINS. AMERICAN KESTREL, PEREGRINE FALCON, BALD EAGLE and OSPREY were also seen.

A LEAST BITTERN was seen flying across the road at Garrison Lake on Route 13, south of Smyrna. Shorebirds seen along Port Mahon included RUDDY TURNSTONE and LEAST SANDPIPER. ROYAL TERNS continue be seen along the bulkhead. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were seen along the Port Mahon Road. BLACK SKIMMERS and BLUE-WINGED TEAL were found at the Ted Harvey Conservation Area along the Kitts Hummock Road. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was also seen there along with PEREGRINE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL. Landbirds included WILLOW FLYCATCHER and 4 BOBOLINK.

AMERICAN REDSTARTS were found in Dover this week. YELLOW WARBLER was reported in Cheswold. EASTERN MEADOWLARK and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were reported at Dover Air Force Base along Route Nine.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was also reported along Route 36 between Milford and Slaughter's Beach. SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROWS were seen along Lighthouse Road going to Mispillion Inlet. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and CLAPPER RAIL were also reported. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and RUDDY TURNSTONE were seen from the DuPont Nature Center.

Three MARBLED GODWITS were seen along the Prime Hook Beach Road at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Also seen were WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, plus BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. BONAPARTE'S GULL and a flock of 30 BLACK SKIMMERS continue to be seen at Prime Hook Beach. STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen at Cods Road. STILT SANDPIPER plus BLACK SKIMMER, LEAST, and COMMON TERN were seen at Broadkill Beach Marsh. A huge flock of 300 EGRETS were seen along the Observation Point Trail at Prime Hook headquarters.

Only COMMON LOON was reported this week at Cape Henlopen State Park along with BLACK SCOTER. A BLACK TERN was seen at The Point with LEAST, COMMON, CASPIAN, and ROYAL TERN. Shorebirds seen included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PIPING PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING.

PIED-BILLED GREBE continues to be seen at Gordon's Pond along with TRICOLORED HERON. VIRGINIA and CLAPPER RAIL were reported in the marsh. Shorebirds seen included 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and WILLET. ROYAL TERNS were along the beach. NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen flying over the pond. Eight BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the pinewoods alongside the pond.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen last week from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were seen this week from the ferry, along with COMMON and FORSTER'S TERNS. Also reported was a flyby AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER.

More WHITE IBIS were seen at the Rehoboth Marshes. One was seen at Delaware Seashore State Park South of Dewey Beach. Seven were seen at James Farm Ecology Preserve on Cedar Neck, north of Bethany Beach. TRICOLORED HERONS were also seen at both of these sites. The marsh at James Farm included AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and CLAPPER RAIL.

SALTMARSH and SEASIDE SPARROW were also reported this week at Assawoman Wildlife Area. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen there along with PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH. In the woods was a COOPER HAWK. MUTE SWAN, GREEN HERON, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and ROYAL TERN were reported at Mulberry Landing.

Another REDHEADED WOODPECKER continues to be seen along Herring Creek at Angola Neck. WILD TURKEY, YELLOW BILLED CUCKOO, EASTERN SCREECH-OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and SUMMER TANAGER were seen at Angola. Hummingbirds are filling the garden there with 30 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS counted this week.

The wet fields along The Atlantic Rd., north of Seaford continue to produce prodigious shorebirds including SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, both GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, plus GLOSSY IBIS.

Back in northern Delaware, a TRICOLORED HERON was seen flying down the Delaware River from Collins Beach simultaneously with a RUDDY TURNSTONE flying upriver. VIRGINIA RAIL was found at Stave's Landing Wildlife Area. CASPIAN TERNS were seen at Augustine Beach. And a COMMON MERGANSER was found at the Grassdale Center at Fort DuPont State Park along the C&D canal.

Thanks to everybody that contributed this week, including, Alan Kneidal, Keith Leonard, Nick Pulcinella, Pete Saenger, Art Dranglis, Joe Swertinski, Mark Nale, Racheal Shapiro, John Long, Steve Cottrell, Ian Stewart, Brian McMahon, Josh Berman, Donna Mario, Rob Blye, Kim Steininger, George Armstead, Bill Stewart, Holly Merker, Bob Klarquist, Joel Martin, Chris Bennett, Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn, Phil Thompson, Joe Sebastiani, Derek Stoner, Jerald Reb, Ken Wat, Teddy Burke, Chris Rowe, Glen Lovelace, and Dave Fees. 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.