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[ I 12 FRIDAY, MARCH 15 - MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette said the tropical-looking birds mean it wasn't there." being seen in other unusual plac- typically frequent open country She said there were three re- es, so apparently they do roam." where it is arid and warm. "Lo- portsofcrestedcaracarasinNew When she first saw the bird cals in the area said they have Jersey in the past few months, feeding on the dead deer last been seeing the bird since before "No one's sure whether they Friday, the snow was flying hori- hunting season, which started were all the same bird or might zontal and the setting was totally last fall. That's surprising since be related to this bird."out of character for a caracara. there was a pretty thorough bird Birds seen in places not usually "It's very exciting," she said. count in that area during the an- expected are called accidentals "The whole area is full of bird- nual Christmas bird count and it or vagrants, said Lynn. "There ers." wasn't noticed. But that doesn't have been records of these birds Believed tobe first-ever sighting of colorful scavenger in Delaware By Dennis Forney country, where it often is seen at carrion with vultures." Lynn said her boyfriend is not The first crested caracara a birder but is becoming one by ever seen in Delaware has the osmosis. "He and his partner Delaware birdwatching scene were working on a Schell Broth- buzzing. Slraron Lynn of Re- ers job near Ellis Point [north of hoboth Beach notified Delmarva Millville] when he saw a strange Ornithological Society officials bird eating on a deer carcass. He last Friday after she saw the bird thought it was a fancy chicken, and took definitive photographs but I've trained him to call me near the Bay Forest community when he sees an unusual bird in southeastern Sussex County. and take a photograph. He called The sighting is under review as me at 8 a.m. and I immediately a possible first for the Delaware drove down there hoping to take record books, a look. I was excited and crazed "I've seen plenty of these when I saw it and called a friend birds in Texas, Mexico and to post it on the Delaware bird- South America," said Lynn, an irig site. People started coming avid birder. "But never before in quickly and the bird was very Delaware. I think it's a first state cooperative. Plenty of people record, but that's being checked have seen it. The last sighting on now." was yesterday." The Cornell Lab of Or- Lynn said crested caracaras nithology says of the crested are large birds and feed on carri- caracara: 'A tropical falcon ver- on. She said there were plenty of sion of a vulture, the Crested dead animals in the area where Caracara reaches the United it has been seen. "I even pho- States only in Arizona, Texas, tographed it eating on what I and Florida. It is a bird of open think was a groundhog." She And Be Kind to the Environment Your next carpet could actually help the environment. Mohawk® SmartStrand® made with DupontTM Sorona® renewably sourced polymer contains 37% renewably sourced ingredients and it's still soft to the touch! • Permanent Stain Protection • Revolutionary Cleanability : Excellent Color Clarity • Incredible Softness • Exceptional Durability Stop in today for special Pot O" Gold Savings on our best selling styles of SmartStrand® carpet with built-in stain protection. @ Style for Today ~ Quality for Tomorrow • Sales • Service • Installation Carpet • Vinyl • Tile • Cork Laminates • Wood Expert Steam Cleaning All Types of Repairs ~ Visit our showroom at Wescoats Corner & Savannah Rd. (behind Walgreens) • Open Mon. - Fri. 10-5, Sat. 10-2,302-644-8772 -0 ® DOWNTOWN REHOBOTH BEACH CHOCOLATES FUDGE ICE CREAM DELAWARE'S FIRST crested caracara perches atop Millville in southeastern Sussex County. SHARON LYNN PHOTOS a dead tree north of The crested cara- cara feeds on what is believed to be a dead groundhog in a southeastern Sussex woods. SPRING Ice Cream Sunday,Monday $1 OFF All Ice Cream Sweet eP Perfect Thursday-Friday BUY 1 GET 1 FREE: • Hand Craftdd Fudge • The Perfect Caramel Apple 140 REHOBOTH AVE,' 302.227.3611 Open: Thursday,Monday. Call for store hours