----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Red-shouldered Hawk,
4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (40) and Turkey Vultures (60).
----Bald Eagle ages: 1 yr.-1; 2 yr.-0; 3 yr.-0; 4 yr.-0; adult-2
----“BUCKTOE BIRD BLOG” (BBB) - (Comments on the events & “feel” of the day
– read on, if you dare) We see birds, many of them hawks; encounter other
wildlife; discuss plants; while striving to laugh and have FUN with it all!
Notes on the raptors will be here, other birds and wildlife we notice or
discuss, and humorous (I hope) stories and anecdotes. This isn’t brain
surgery. Trust me, I know about that. I’ve already been “dead” once (it’s
overrated). So, you WILL have to forgive me, but I AM going to have the
ultimate fun with what remains of this life!
TODAY’S ‘BBB:’ ---“And I Loved Thunderstorms?”---
I’m back and it has begun again, FOLKS! Hawks and Nighthawk watching!
Ahh…nights. Nights at Bucktoe are often serene and peaceful experiences.
Low light pollution, the quiet backdrop of the Red Clay Creek Valley, and
the soft sounds of the meadow all add to its appeal. Transportation and
timing issues made it a necessity for me to stay at beautiful Bucktoe
overnight, this night. It had to be THIS NIGHT!? This has happened before
and will happen again. When you stay somewhere for 3-1/2 months
straight…every day… life will happen. Well, life happened in the form of a
still disabled van and a night of severe thunderstorms. No sleep or dry
clothes, but the first 2 Nighthawks of the season cruised by at 7:22pm, 3
Blue Grosbeaks were seen, and 3 Bald Eagles – so, I got a “solid eight” in
---- Thanks to Delaware Nature Society for their support, and especially,
to the Brokaws, for not only their support, but gracious generosity in
opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
_-Double-crested Cormorant, 1-Great Blue Heron, 1-Screech Owl, 2-COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 4-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (9): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Orange Sulphur, Buckeye, Wild Indigo Duskywing. Dragonflies (2):
Green Darner, Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (1): American Toad.
Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----EBNT’s “Walk with Nature” ™ Program Daily Tally with our Fitbits:
This is a stationary watch, but if I stay stationary too long, I might tend
to “bulk up.” Besides, I am ever so fortunate to be walking unaided, at
all! Therefore, I keep moving (if you’ve been here, then you know that I
pace endlessly….) - my Fitbit thanks me and its part of my “Walk with
Nature” program. So, below are MY results at the watch for the day. Your
totals could all be zero, if you choose to sit and relax. You are
certainly welcome to take it easy….I simply choose not to, affording me a
panoramic view of our entire sky and a bit of exercise. So come join our
“Walk with Nature!” ™ Anyway, just for fun, here are my numbers at the site
for today (join me, if you wish): Miles: 9.29; Steps: 21,801; Floors:
----“SEASON’S BIRD SPECIES LIST” – we at Bucktoe are not just a Kite &
Shorebird watch, but conduct a migration tally from the site. We include
it here, from time to time (about once a week), to let you know what else
we’re seeing here at the Bucktoe Watch. Our tally board, on site, will
feature an approximation (very rough, best “guestimate,” – searching for
Hawks & Nighthawks, must remain our primary focus) for totals of each
species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 52; this season: 52
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (52):” It was
our first day!
Tomorrow’s flight looks potential great for early migrating hawks and
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru Sept. 3, 5pm thru 8:00pm.
And from Sept. 1 thru Nov. 30, every day 9am thru 3pm. Rain or shine.
This report is being sent individually to participants and people deemed to
be interested parties. If you wish off the list, kindly notify me and you
will be removed. However, this one mailing list is how I notify everyone
of our events, our walk schedule, tours and rare birds.
The Nighthawk Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by Delaware
Nature Society. Please contact us at <earlybirdtours...> with
questions or comments.
Report submitted by Larry Lewis (<earlybirdtours...>)
High open meadow near Red Clay Creek
Directions to site:
From Kennett Square, PA (in southern Chester County):
Take Union Street south out of town. This becomes Kaolin Road. Make a right
onto Hillendale Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to Sharp Road and make a
left. At the second hilltop on Sharp Road, the entrance is on the left
across from Candlewyck development. (432 Sharp Rd.) Upon entering driveway,
make a right on gravel road opposite first driveway you see on left. Follow
gravel road (and the "Hawk Watch" signs for about 1/2 mile to the pavilion
on the left and the parking area in the grass to the right.