Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (1): Just me again, with 3 days of rain! When will it all end?
They say tomorrow....
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: Turkey Vultures (3).
----“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:’ “The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is a timely one -
“kite.” Play along with me…how would you define it? Let’s see how close
you are. Of course we know the noun as the species of birds, as well as
the flying toy. The verb is a way of motion to race, leap, sprint, dash,
rush, speed, to streak; the manner of flight often employed by Kites (the
birds) and what they are named for. Interestingly, the toy was named after
the bird, not the other way around. How close were you to the exact
phrasing of the definition? I’ll bet you knew this one! We love words…do
you? Choose the right one, use it in the right way and it can say so much
for you. While certainly if you don’t, it can cause so much harm. Feel
free to suggest your favorite.
May 19 – A Green Heron greeting me on arrival this stormy day; the third
such day in a row….but this, the most miserable of all. Blue Grosbeaks
were at the pavilion, brightening it up a tad. However, I could barely see
the tops of the trees. It was not good for anything flying over. Nick,
Tom’s [the property owner] brother emailed me from Puerto Rico to say he
was glad I was back on site at Bucktoe. It was nice to chat with him.
He’s a biology professor down there. I hope conditions are improving in
that hurricane-ravished country. Meanwhile, I got my first shorebird
species for this year’s watch – the lowly Killdeer, heard calling in the
fog-enveloped skies above the watch. A Yellow-breasted Chat went thru its
amusing song in the thicket down the hill to our east.
With all the rain today, it was also no day for vultures to be soaring
around looking for food. That did not prevent one intrepid vulture from
dropping down to our Eagle/Vulture carrion feeder to “feast’ on the old
remnant bones from last year? Perhaps it was using a rib as a “beak-pick?”
I’m sure with 3 days of rain; there are some hungry vultures hereabouts.
With all this rain, one of my readers reported the Octorara Creek had
flooded 7-9 feet and covered the Commons flood plain. As the water started
to receded, it revealed hordes of fish which had become trapped in pools -
consisting mostly of carp and some trout roiling in the diminishing water.
The birds moved in to take advantage- eagles, hawks, vultures, crows,
herons and even an egret. They are still at it today as she wrote me this
----My thanks to Delaware Nature Society, and especially, to the Brokaws,
for their incredible support and gracious generosity in opening their
property to the public for this watch, and oh, so very much more!
----ADDITIONAL BIRD HIGHLIGHTS: Shorebirds: 1-Killdeer.
1-Green Heron, 1-Willow Flycatcher, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (1): Green Frog. Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, White-tailed
----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: 5.59; Steps: 13,113; 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
Kites and migrating shorebirds, must remain our primary focus) for totals
of each species seen for “The Watch” year.
TOTAL SPECIES – Identified from watch site: today: 50; this season: 68
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (5):” Carolina
Chickadee, Mallard, Fish Crow, Pileated Woodpecker, Killdeer.
Tomorrow’s flight looks not perfect, but very much better with partly sunny
The Kites – Winds are wrong, but there will be thermals.
As for the shorebirds… Might get our first flocks...
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
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 Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve is sponsored by
Delaware Nature Society (DNS) and the Brokaw family. 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.