Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 12 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
Observers: Janny Sterrett, Kathleen Pileggi, Rodger Bovenkerk,
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S NIGHTHAWK WATCH AT BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (17): Kristi Given, Elaine Kirk, Ellen Scavia, Carl Mease,
Jean-Marie Gauthier, Lana Glass, Kathleen Pileggi, Mike Gardner, Josh Auld,
Susan Huffington, Sheila Martin, Sebrina Boekell, Tim & Janny Sterrett,
Rodger Bovenkirk, Tom Brokaw.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 4-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (50) and
Turkey Vultures (45).
----“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:’ ---“Great Warblers? Calls for Great Soup!”---
The regular walk was first this fine morning. It began well with a
splendid Redstart cavorting with two Phoebes, while Pileated Woodpeckers
echoed responses to each other. The night flight must have been great, as
nine of us were on the walk finding warblers everywhere. Many migrants
remained unseen in the lush foliage, but of those we were able to glimpse
were Chestnut-sided, Prairie, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, Northern Parula,
Tennessee, Cape May, American Redstart, Magnolia, and Canadas. Several
Blue Grosbeaks and Bobolinks were seen and heard. A calling White-eyed
Vireo and an obliging Yellow-billed Cuckoo were encountered. Then on the
way back, a great bird not often found…an Olive-sided Flycatcher atop a
close snag. Bucktoe is a great spot to find this species, since we leave
and even plant the dead trees it favors as hunting perches.
Serendipitously, lunch was supplied by the mushroom foraging class held by
TLC – and right at the Hawk Watch Pavilion, featuring soup made of
harvested mushrooms and a homemade salad. Thanks Kristi! It was
fantastic! A nice group turned out tonight, so naturally the Nighthawk
turnout was unspectacular. Just 9 birds, all but one at a substantial
distance. A surprise was a Screech Owl calling well before dark.
---- Thanks to Delaware Nature Society for their support, and especially,
to the Brokaws, for not only their incredible support, but gracious
generosity in opening their property to the public for this watch, and oh,
so very much more!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS:
1-Screech Owl, 9-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 1-OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, 1-Brown
Thrasher, 1-Northern Parula, 2-Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1-Prairie Warbler,
1-Blackpoll Warbler, 2-Black-and-white Warbler, 3-American Redstart,
1-Canada Warbler, 3-Blue Grosbeak, 5-Bobolink.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (14): Monarch - 20, Cabbage White,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Pearl
Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Orange Sulphur, Common Checkered Skipper,
Buckeye, Red-spotted Purple, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Red Admiral, American
Lady. Dragonflies (4): Green Darner, Black Saddlebags, Halloween Pennant,
Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Reptiles & Amphibians (0): Mammals (3): Eastern
Cottontail, Eastern Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer.
----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: 9.09; Steps: 21,334; 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: 59; this season: 71
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (10):”
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler,
Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, American Redstart, Canada Warbler,
Mallard, Feral Pigeon, Brown Thrasher.
Tomorrow’s flight looks great with a nice background of clouds developing
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 every one
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.