Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 20:00:00
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter: Larry Lewis
DELAWARE NATURE SOCIETY’S SOUTHERN CHESTER COUNTY KITE & SHOREBIRD WATCH AT
BUCKTOE CREEK PRESERVE
Visitors (8): Eric Witmer, Bruce Karl, Mike Defina, Ken Reynolds, Sue
McLaughlin, Mike & Corinne Schall.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 5-Red-tailed Hawk,
_-American Kestrel, and numerous Black (21) 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:’ “Yani? Laurel? Hell, I hear ‘Free Beer!’”
May 26 – Old friends Eric and Bruce from further afield were here first
today. It was a beautiful sky for seeing migrants and a kite, should one
venture our way. Winds are right, too. There were thunderstorms with bold
lightning bolts hereabout, but passing just to our north. Each storm was,
however, closer than the last. It was quite a show! Mike showed up
bearing gifts of a cold “hoppy” beer – a fine Southern Tier IPA, Indian
Pale Ale. Is it too soon to mention that gifts of food and drink here at
Bucktoe are not only welcomed, but are to be encouraged? I don’t think so,
All the conditions were great for shorebird movement tonight; winds from
SW, high tide at the staging areas to our south, quality birders here were
focused on our objective, background clouds were present. But there was
Mike, also… Deal with it we tried. The result? There were no shorebird
flocks. Mike trumped the quality conditions. [You’ve been ‘blogged,’
Mike!] Mike tried the Yani, Laurel test sweeping the nation, hearing
neither. Rather, he hears, “FREE BEER!”
Notable among our 53 species were Yellow-breasted Chat, Blue Grosbeak, and
They are still getting record numbers of Whimbrel in Ontario, which means
that some of these birds are still flying over us in the northeastern
states. There might well be more Whimbrel, and certainly the other
shorebirds, yet to come.
Thanks to Hiroshi for her pictures of birds from her customer and to Arild
- for their comments about “the blog.”
----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.
1-Great Egret, 2-Willow Flycatcher, 1-Yellow-breasted Chat, 1-Blue
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (4): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Red Admiral. Dragonflies (2): Green Darner,
Black Saddlebags. Reptiles & Amphibians (0). Mammals (0).
----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: 6.84; Steps: 16,044; 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: 53; this season: 84
NEW SPECIES ADDED TODAY TO THIS YEAR’S “WATCH SPECIES LIST (0):” none.
Tomorrow’s flight looks OK and better than predicted, but there is a chance
The Kites – if the rain holds off - ok
As for the shorebirds… we are so overdue for another push
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.