----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Osprey, 2-Cooper's
Hawk, 6-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (25) and Turkey Vultures (50).
----“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:’ ---“Oh, Courtney!”---
“The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is “umpteenth.” Play along with me…how
would you define it? Let’s see how close you are. I finally settled upon
it meaning numerous. Actually, I figured it wasn’t a real word, yet was
surprised it is, although “informal.” But how close was I? “One-Look” - my
source for all my words - says it’s a word used to emphasize that something
has happened on many other occasions; slightly derogatory. This adjective
has uncertain origins. How close were you to the exact phrasing of the
definition? Were you surprised, as I, that it is a word? 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 25 – Today began with Blue Grosbeak call notes, amid spectacular
conditions for Kites to show up. Southwest winds and warm; a few
background clouds, but could use more. Two Yellow-breasted Chats were
heard singing. An Osprey soaring high overhead and heading directly north,
still appeared to be a late migrant. Two seemingly unrelated events became
suddenly conjoined in what happened next. I had taken the initiative to
request information on auto insurance rates this week, and my new ‘best
friend’ Courtney, from State Farm, has been calling constantly, despite my
pleading with her that I’m busy and will get back to her. Suddenly, I saw
a bird I felt very likely was a Kite. It appeared in the Red Clay Creek
valley. I ran to the scope, as the bird disappeared below the tree line.
Would it be visible? It was then that the phone rang. I feel I need to
answer these, as someone might be lost trying to get here. I answered
quickly – you guessed it. It was my new “bestest buddy,” Courtney. My
blood pressure rose as I’m certain the kite did! I “dispatched” precious
Courtney AGAIN, and the would-be Kite was never seen AGAIN. Oh well – note
to self: Don’t answer the phone when on a potential kite!
Saving the day, Dennis saw a flock of shorebirds at 7:15, receiving
full-partial credit for his efforts. They were a flock of 300+ Dunlin
migrating over Bucktoe. Kelley returned, this time with Hannah just a bit
too late to see the large flock. Hannah enjoyed “an adult beverage,” her
“drinking problem” evident when she hadn’t the means to open it. Barry
came to the rescue with a bottle opener. Good job, Barry! Now Hannah can
demonstrate phase II of her drinking problem. [Gotcha, Hannah!] Phase III
of her drinking problem was evident later, when Hannah texted me saying she
had forgotten her camera at the site. The adventure continues…
Others among the 59 species seen/heard today were Wood Ducks, Cooper’s
Hawks, another Osprey, 2 Great Egrets, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Scarlet
Rhoda brought a delicious sliced up apple and Dennis had fashioned some
homemade pseudo-Reece’s peanut butter cups spurring me first to give
thanks, and then to offer this reminder: That gifts of food and drink are
not only welcome, but are to be encouraged here at Bucktoe Creek Preserve!
You know, in case you forgot!
And I forgot to mention that my friend Steve was here the other day and he
looked great. Well, good at least. Fair? Not too bad? I may be
overstating this. [Got you, my friend! Seriously, thrilled you’re doing so
----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: 300+-Dunlin (@ 7:26pm).
2-Great Egret, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (2): Eastern Tiger Swallowtail,
Clouded Sulphur. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (1): Little Brown Bat.
----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: 7.43; Steps: 17,435; 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: 59; this season: 84
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (2):” Cooper's
Tomorrow’s flight looks good with SW winds and clouds for background,
possible showers, though
The Kites – winds good
As for the shorebirds - we are due!
Come join us, folks! We’re here every day thru June 6, 3pm thru 8:30pm.
Rain or shine.
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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
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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.