Birds in Delaware

Birdline Delaware

Rare Bird Alerts - January 27, 2017

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 January, 27th, this is Birdline Delaware from the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville. The new unofficial Delaware year list increased to 162 species this week.

During the nor'easter last weekend, a LAUGHING GULL was reported at the parking lot at Frawley Stadium in downtown Wilmington. Additionally, a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was found there on Wednesday. A pair of COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on the Brandywine Creek opposite Wilmington Hospital.

A RAZORBILL was seen flying by the point at Cape Henlopen State Park on Wednesday. BRANT, BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, plus SANDERLING and DUNLIN were also reported FOX and CHIPPING SPARROW were seen found at the Seaside Nature Center along with all three species of NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED, BROWN-HEADED, and RED-BREASTED. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Gordon's Pond Trail, along with BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH and CHIPPING SPARROW.

A winter plumage adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues to be seen at the Wolfe Point Sewage Treatment Plant at Midway with 5 BONAPARTE'S GULL'S. Eight WILD TURKEYS were seen outside the plant on Sunday. Silver Lake in Rehoboth Beach had 475 CANVASBACKS, plus LESSER SCAUP, HOODED MERGANSER, and RUDDY DUCK.

COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BRANT, and all three species of SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED, SURF and BLACK were reported at Indian River Inlet. HORNED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, and both COMMON and RED-THROATED LOONS were seen offshore. PURPLE SANDPIPER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and SANDERLING were seen on the jetty. A single FORSTER'S TERN was seen feeding in the inlet.

EURASIAN WIGEON was again seen at Assawoman Wildlife Area along with 4 MUTE SWANS. Other waterfowl reported included AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, PINTAIL, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. 50 wild turkeys were seen in the fields at Assawoman, RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were found in the woods. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and PINE WARBLER were reported at Wharton's Bluff near Frankfurt along Indian River. A flock of 25 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at Indian River during the storm. RED-BREASTED and BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was also found at Bethany Beach Nature Center along with an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. A flock of 42 WOOD DUCK were seen in the pond near Angola. Only LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at the waste treatment site near Hardscrabble.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also found at the headquarters at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. There were no reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE this week. SHORT-EARED OWL was reported at Oyster Rock Road. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was found along Prime Hook Beach Road with DUNLIN. GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS were also reported, along with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. ROSS'S GOOSE was reported with SNOW GEESE along the Fowler's Beach Road plus at Deep Branch Road. Waterfowl seen included TUNDRA SWAN, BRANT, GADWALL, SHOVELER, PINTAIL, BUFFLEHEAD, plus HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER. "SHARP-TAILED TYPE" SPARROWS were reported at Fowler's Beach and Prime Hook Beach along with MARSH WREN, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK. AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at Fowler's Beach Road. SURF and BLACK SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-THROATED LOON, SANDERLING, and 4 HORNED GREBES were seen off Broadkill Beach. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the field off Cove Neck Road near Milton.

Three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were seen off Lighthouse Road going to Mispillion Inlet. RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Kitts Hummock. Ten EASTERN MEADOWLARK were reported at the Pickering Beach Road. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found among 300 HORNED LARK at Cartanza Road near the town of Little Creek, along with AMERICAN KESTREL.

MARBLED GODWIT was again found at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Smyrna. The bird was seen on the mud flats opposite Shearness Pool from the Frink Tower. Waterfowl scene included 170 TUNDRA SWAN, SHOVELER, GADWALL, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED and COMMON MERGANSER, plus RUDDY DUCK. PEREGRINE FALCON and AMERICAN KESTREL were reported along with several BALD EAGLES. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was found at the refuge during the storm on Saturday. Landbirds scene included EASTERN PHOEBE, FOX, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

The retention pond at the South Smyrna on-ramp to Route 1 had a REDHEAD with 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Saturday. On Sunday, only 20 HOODED MERGANSERS were found. BARRED OWL was found Saturday in the town of Cheswold.

A male CANVASBACK was found at the spillway to Augustine Creek along Route 9, south of Port Penn on Saturday. RED-THROATED LOON was seen there on Sunday. Also reported was BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON, and HOODED MERGANSER. A group of 14 GREAT EGRETS were seen Saturday at the Ashton Tract at Thousand Acre Marsh. TUNDRA SWAN and PINTAIL were also reported, along with a GRAY CATBIRD. GREAT EGRET was also seen Wednesday at Grier's Pond along Dutch Neck Road. A MERLIN was found at the Gray Fox Farms. Three RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported at Blackbird State Forest opposite the headquarters building.

Newark Reservoir continues to have 2 drake REDHEADS plus LESSER SCAUP, COMMON MERGANSER and RING-NECKED DUCK. You can access the reservoir from Paper Mill Road just past the bridge over White Clay Creek. There is ample parking and a pathway up the hill. A BARRED OWL was reported at Toad Hill in Bear. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen on the E-Building of Christiana Hospital.

RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREBE continue be seen at Hoope's Reservoir near Greenville. BARRED OWL was seen at the Hillside Mill Cove.

A female BALTIMORE ORIOLE continues to be seen at the Village of Linden Parkland off Milltown Road between Newark in Wilmington. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was reported this week in Brandywine Hundred along Grubb Road. BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were reported this week at Shipley Road near Weldin Rd., Center Mill Road near Yorklyn, and Bay Pointe, south of Glasgow. A female PURPLE FINCH was also reported at Bay Pointe.

Thanks to those that contributed this week, including, Jason Wood, Jean-Marie Gauthier, Bob Edelen, Armas Hill, Judy Montgomery, Duane Kornbau, Andy McGann, John Long, Chris Bennett, Mike Moore, , Rod Murray, Jim Lenhard, Sean O'Connor, Gwen Moore, Christine Anderson, Kitt Heckscher, Joel Martin, Amy and Jim White, Joe Sebastiani, Sally O'Byrne, Chris Rowe, Gerry Teig, Jerald and Aaron Reb, Ken Wat, Alissa Kegelman, John Skibicki, Lynn Smith, Sharon Lynn, Sue Gruver, Joe Russell, totally Hochhausler and Rachel Shapiro. 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.