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Checklist S19005343

 
Location
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Kent County, Delaware, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
5 hour(s)
Distance:
5.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Marcy Stutzman , Worthing West List
Species
58 species (+3 other taxa) total
25
Canada Goose
1
Wood Duck
6
Mallard
4
Northern Bobwhite

One was calling from the entrance road in the barbed-wire natural area about 200 yards before the gates, 2 were calling from the field across from the visitor center, and one from the field next to the visitor center. It was great hearing so many "Bob Whites".

10
Mourning Dove
5
Clapper Rail

Many Clappers heard, 3 seen on mudflats

6
Black-necked Stilt
1
Pectoral Sandpiper

1 found in amongst Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Western Sandpipers at east end of Shearness Pool

100
Semipalmated Sandpiper
2
Western Sandpiper

2 found in amongst Semipalmated Sandpipers and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper at east end of Shearness Pool

200
Short-billed Dowitcher
2
Spotted Sandpiper
30
Greater Yellowlegs
50
Willet
20
Lesser Yellowlegs
10
Laughing Gull
1
Ring-billed Gull
10
Forster's Tern
10
Great Blue Heron
30
Great Egret
20
Snowy Egret
3
Black-crowned Night-Heron

3 adults in the roost area at Bear Swamp

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 3
20
Glossy Ibis
2
Turkey Vulture
3
Bald Eagle
2
Buteo sp.

A male and female buteo flying over being harrassed by smaller birds amongst a flock of Glossy Ibis. Probably Red-tailed Hawks (no windows, short tail)

1
Red-bellied Woodpecker
1
Downy Woodpecker
5
Eastern Wood-Pewee
3
Great Crested Flycatcher
5
Eastern Kingbird
1
Red-eyed Vireo
3
Fish Crow
1
Ammomanes sp.

Ammodramus sp. A sparrow that sounded like a Nelson's Sparrow was singing at east end of Shearness Pool, but across the road on the tidal marsh side. I heard the song, immediately listened to a recording of the Nelson's Song as as well as recordings of the Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows songs. It was a perfect match for the Nelson's Song. We did not focus on looking for the Nelson's as we did not think at the time it would be unusual for it to be there. Instead we were focusing on the Western and Pectoral Sandpipers across the road. Before the eBird reviewers have a heart attack. I changed Nelson's Sparrow to Ammodramus sp. because "it was almost certainly a Saltmarsh Sparrow since Nelson's would be potentially unprecedented in DE this time of year; the closest breeding pops are in mid-coast ME and north of Lake Erie in ON. Saltmarsh on the other hand are year round residents and low density breeders in the area." And because an eBird reviewer asked if it was a Seaside Sparrow. I've listened to recordings in Macaulay Library to try to find one where a Seaside or Saltmarsh sounds like a Nelson's (at least like the iBird PRO app we were listening to on Saturday) without luck. No telling what Hurricane Arthur might have blown in. Hope the reviewers can sleep easier now.

50
Purple Martin
20
Tree Swallow
20
Barn Swallow
1
Carolina Chickadee
1
House Wren
10
Marsh Wren
2
Carolina Wren
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5
Eastern Bluebird
5
Gray Catbird
2
Northern Mockingbird
2
American Goldfinch
1
Chipping Sparrow
2
Field Sparrow
1
Ammospiza sp.

Ammodramus sp. A sparrow that sounded like a Nelson's Sparrow was singing at east end of Shearness Pool, but across the road on the tidal marsh side. I heard the song, immediately listened to a recording of the Nelson's Song as as well as recordings of the Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows songs. It was a perfect match for the Nelson's Song. We did not focus on looking for the Nelson's as we did not think at the time it would be unusual for it to be there. Instead we were focusing on the Western and Pectoral Sandpipers across the road. Before the eBird reviewers have a heart attack. I changed Nelson's Sparrow to Ammodramus sp. because "it was almost certainly a Saltmarsh Sparrow since Nelson's would be potentially unprecedented in DE this time of year; the closest breeding pops are in mid-coast ME and north of Lake Erie in ON. Saltmarsh on the other hand are year round residents and low density breeders in the area." And because an eBird reviewer asked if it was a Seaside Sparrow. I've listened to recordings in Macaulay Library to try to find one where a Seaside or Saltmarsh sounds like a Nelson's (at least like the app we were listening to on Saturday) without luck. No telling what Hurricane Arthur might have blown in. Hope the reviewers can sleep easier now.

1
Song Sparrow
2
Eastern Towhee
5
Orchard Oriole
30
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Brown-headed Cowbird
10
Common Grackle
10
Common Yellowthroat
2
Scarlet Tanager
2
Northern Cardinal
2
Blue Grosbeak
10
Indigo Bunting
2
House Sparrow
Additional species seen by Worthing West:
1
Nelson's Sparrow (Atlantic Coast)
 

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