American White Pelican Brown Pelican SANDHILL CRANE American Bittern Little Blue Heron Green Heron Black-crowned Night Heron Yellow-crowned Night Heron Glossy Ibis Osprey Bald Eagle Northern Harrier Cooper's Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Broad-winged Hawk Sora Black-bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover American Oystercatchers American Avocet Spotted Sandpiper Hudsonian Godwit Marbled Godwit UPLAND SANDPIPER Western Sandpiper White-rumped Sandpiper Pectoral Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Caspian Tern Royal Tern Black Skimmer Yellow-billed Cuckoo Common Nighthawk Pileated Woodpecker American Kestrel Merlin Peregrine Falcon Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher Great Crested Flycatcher Yellow-throated Vireo Warbling Vireo Red Breasted Nuthatch Brown Headed Nuthatch Winter Wren Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Veery Bicknell's Thrush Swainson's Thrush Blue-winged Warbler Brewster's Warbler Tennessee Warbler Nashville Warbler Northern Parula Yellow Warbler Chestnut-sided Warbler Magnolia Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Black-throated Green Warbler Black Bernie and Warbler Pine Warbler Prairie Warbler Bay-breasted Warbler Blackpoll Warbler Black and White Warbler American Redstart Worm-eating Warbler Ovenbird Northern Water Thrush CONNECTICUT WARBLER Wilson's Warbler Canada Warbler Scarlet Tanager Vesper Sparrow Savannah Sparrow Rose-breasted Grosbeak Blue Grosbeak Bobolink Baltimore Oriole Purple Finch
Birdline Delaware Number: 302-658-2747
For Friday, September 14th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. There was a big flight of migration all week after the cold front on Saturday. The 2012 Delaware state annual list increased to 310 species, including 24 species of warblers this week!
New this week was a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER reported on Saturday morning at Wick's Potato Farm, along Route 9 north of Leipsic. That bird was with several BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS in the plowed fields. Birds at nearby Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge included 3 MARBLED GODWIT and 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS at Raymond Pool along with over 500 AMERICAN AVOCETS. Also reported among shorebirds there were SPOTTED, WESTERN, WHITE-RUMPED, STILT, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen along with 8 LITTLE BLUE HERONS and several GLOSSY IBIS. There were seven BLACK-CROWNED and a single YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON at Night Heron Island in Bear Swamp. VESPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS were reported this week, also lots of BLUE GROSBEAK and BOBOLINKS.
Further downstate, an UPLAND SANDPIPER was found at the Rehoboth Golf Park off Country Club Road, behind the Tangiers Outlet Center in Rehoboth Beach. That bird flew into the back fairways after the golfers had left for the day. Also seen at the golf course this week were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, and RED-EYED VIREOS.
Upstate, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found on Sunday at Brandywine Creek State Park. That bird was seen down the hill from the bathrooms along the cross-country course below the hawk watch parking lot. Also seen that same day was a BREWSTER'S WARBLER, the hybrid of BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, at the southeast corner of the Tuliptree Woods Preserve. A total of 18 species of warbler were reported Brandywine Creek this week including OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, PARULA, WORM-EATING WARBLER, WILSON'S, CANADA, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, NASHVILLE, CHESTNUT-SIDED, and MAGNOLIA. SWAINSON'S THRUSH and VEERY were also reported in the park. Four species of Vireo, including WARBLING and YELLOW-THROATED were seen. YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PILEATED WOODPECKER, SCARLET TANAGER, and several ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were also found.
A BICKNELL'S THRUSH was seen this week at Woodlawn Trustees Preserve along Ramsey Road on Monday. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen there today, along with PINE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and a singing WINTER WREN.
A pair of PURPLE FINCHES were found at Middle Run Natural Area feeding in the cherry trees near the Tri-State Bird Rescue buildings. This is a very early report of winter finches arriving in Delaware. On Monday, two LEAST FLYCATCHERS and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were found at Middle Run by trail marker 3. Also reported were both ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE GROSBEAK. Eleven COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen there this evening. Warblers seen included TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, MAGNOLIA and NORTHERN PARULA along with a late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.
A pair of BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were reported at Possum Hill in White Clay Creek State Park near Newark this week. Some warblers reported along the White Clay Creek included OVENBIRD, NASHVILLE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, CHESTNUT SIDED, MAGNOLIA, BLACKPOLL, BLACK AND WHITE, and AMERICAN REDSTART. GREEN HERON, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and LEAST FLYCATCHER along with four species of VIREO again were also reported.
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen flying over Ashland Nature Center from the hawkwatch on Tuesday. That day was also highlighted by a huge flight of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, more than 2500 were reported. Also seen that day were 24 BALD EAGLES, 3 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 14 AMERICAN KESTREL, and 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS. Also seen this week was a single MERLIN, plus 16 OSPREY and a high count of 20 RED-SHOULDERS on Sunday.
Other birds at Ashland Nature Center this week included 2 PURPLE FINCHES and 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES plus NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED BLUE and GREEN, BAY-BREASTED and TENNESSEE WARBLERS. The Saturday walk at Burrows Run Natural area near Ashland found another YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, plus NASHVILLE, MAGNOLIA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, and AMERICAN REDSTART. There were also flyby male NORTHERN HARRIER, hovering AMERICAN KESTRELS and a BALD EAGLE.
There were 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at the point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Tuesday. These are probably the same birds previously seen at Fowler's Beach. A flight of 12 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen at Herring Point on Monday. Lots of BROWN PELICANS continue to fly past the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch all week. A peak count of 77 OSPREY reported on Saturday along with 12 BALD EAGLE and 9 MERLIN. A single BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported on Wednesday at the watch. Nine MERLIN and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported on Thursday. An unusual bird for the coast was a PILEATED WOODPECKER that flew past the hawk watch this week. Warblers seen included PRAIRIE, YELLOW, PINE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and AMERICAN REDSTART. Both RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were reported at the hawk watch this week.
Two late reports included a BAND-RUMPED STORM PETREL off the Delaware coast by fishermen in August. There was also report of 32 BROWN PELICAN at Bethany Beach last week. CASPIAN and ROYAL TERNS were reported at Indian River Inlet, along with an immature BLACK SKIMMER flying down the coast.
A COOPER'S HAWK and adult BALD EAGLE were seen at Bellevue State Park in Brandywine Hundred on Monday. AMERICAN REDSTARTS, plus MAGNOLIA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK AND WHITE and NORTHERN PARULA along with a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE were also seen.
Two more NIGHTHAWKS were reported in Bear this week. A pair of PINE WARBLERS continues to come to a yard there. Hope they stick around for the Christmas counts, right Jim!
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to be seen at Abbott's Mill Nature Center near Milford. A very vocal RED-SHOULDERED HAWK is also being seen there. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were reported again this week at Mispillion Inlet near Milford.
Finally, a pair of SORAS were reported at Armstrong Farm near Smyrna this week. SPOTTED SANDPIPER and lots of BOBOLINKS were also reported there.
Two traffic notes this weekend, the Route 9 bridge at Reedy Point will be closed until October and Brandywine Creek State Park will be closed for birding all weekend due to the Revolutionary War re-enactment taking place.
Special thanks this week to Hank Davis, Derek Stoner, Howard Eskin, Kim Steininger, Carol Majors, Amy O'Neil, Bill Stewart, Lynn Smith, Sue Gruver, Andrew Bogush, and Maurice Barnhill for sharing their sightings. Also, special thanks to our two hawk counts Tonya Mommone and Jennifer Ottinger for their excellent work. Please call your reports to me at 302-792-9591 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next time, good birding!
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