----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 2-Red-tailed Hawk, and
numerous Black (2) and Turkey Vultures (6).
----Mississippi Kite ages: Sub adult-0; adult-1
----“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!
-“When you receive this it will be WHIMBREL DAY!”---
“The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is “encapsulate.” Play along with
me…how would you define it? Let’s see how close you are. I finally
settled upon it meaning… well, the way I write!?!? No??? I say this word
does not exist! “One-Look” - my source for all my words - says it means to
express the essential features of something SUCCINCTLY. Yah, like I
said…like me! This verb has Latin roots. [of course the Latins are
succinct…it’s a dead language] How close were you to the exact phrasing of
the definition? 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.
This long-winded Blogster [so called] rejects this word and “resents” its
suggestion - SANDY!!! What do you mean!?!? It joins the garbage pile of
other made up, fake, non-existent words like concise, brevity and succinct.
Please people, we here at “The Blod” like to deal with REAL words….like
May 21 – Today began with heavy rain. More rain! This is horrible, but
still I’m here. I will get something. Thankfully, I have a pavilion to
get under and oh so soon, some field brew to warm my raw & dreary spirits…
An adult MISSISSIPPI KITE chose to warm it though – at 2:10!!!! VERY
CLOSE!!! I had chosen to ride out a particularly strong spell of rain in
the “Early Bird van,” while still watching the skies. It had just let up
when this went down. This Kite stayed in sight for about 15 minutes
feeding low over woods to our NE, before drifting west, very low, looking
very well like he’ll be back. I have always thought this species to be a
“fair weather bird,” but my 2 birds thus far this season have both been in
bad weather. Do I have to readjust my thoughts? I mean, about the Kites,
smart guy. (LOL) Seriously though, need I group this species in with the
likes of inland Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-necked Grebes, Phalaropes,
and the like, as birds more often seen during stormy weather? No, I think
not, but they are DEFINITELY ok to see in bad weather, and often at low
heights! Blue Grosbeaks were here, as always during this season.
Redstarts and Blackpolls sang from the woods. Sabrena and Sara both
arrived to a Green Heron flying overhead. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo called to
our east. Kathleen arrived in time for… a search for the Chat, singing
infrequently today. Kelley was here to…. hear the Chat. 1 Common
Nighthawk darted over the Red Clay Creek valley.
And just how on earth does anyone hear “Yani?” I don’t hear Yani [nor
want to] there or playing any instrument, really… I prefer those hearing
the “Laurels,” anyway! I love those laurels. I can’t even make myself
hear “Yani!” [If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I will seem more
nuts than usual. Google this current cultural, if not physical phenomenon]
I received a report of 6 WHIMBRELS down on the mud at Chambers Lake [DD] on
5/21 – an extremely rare event! Also, a report of a MOURNING WARBLER at a
property neighboring Bucktoe for the same day [JS]. It’s been great here
at Bucktoe this spring!
My thanks to Clyde, Dave, Diane, Kathleen, Sandy, Arild & Kay for your
comments about “the BLOG” – this blogster appreciates it.
1 new species today for this year’s watch, bringing our total to 81:
----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: none today.
1-Green Heron, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1-COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 3-Willow
Flycatcher, 2-American Redstarts, 3-Blackpoll Warblers, 1-Yellow-breasted
Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (0). Dragonflies (0). Reptiles &
Amphibians (0). Mammals (2): Eastern Cottontail, Red Fox.
----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: 5.98; Steps: 14,096; Floors: 9.
----“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: 59; this season: 81
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (1):” Belted
Tomorrow’s flight [Wednesday] looks like it could be great
The Kites – winds a bit wrong, but skies are good
As for the shorebirds… light winds and clear for evening flight
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.