Date: 5/30/18 7:50 am
From: Hawkcount.Org Reports <reports...>
Subject: Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve (29 May 2018) Raptors
Del. Nature Society's Kite & Shorebird Watch at Bucktoe Creek Preserve
Avondale, Pennsylvania, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: May 29, 2018

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
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Black Vulture 0 0 0
Turkey Vulture 0 0 0
Osprey 0 1 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 0
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 0
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 0
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Mississippi Kite 0 2 2
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 0 3 3

Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 19:30:00
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter: Larry Lewis

Observers: Barry Blust, Kathleen Pileggi, Kelley Nunn

Visitors (4): Barry Blust, Kelley Nunn, Kathleen Pileggi.
Thanks everyone, for coming to beautiful Bucktoe Creek Preserve Kite &
Shorebird Watch!

Cloudy - Partly Sunny (100-30% cloud cover), Ceiling - 5,500-30,000 ft.,
Visibility - 10 miles, Temps 82 - 76F, Winds W-SW @ 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
----“Raptors” seen, but deemed not to be migrating: 1-Cooper's Hawk,
2-Red-shouldered Hawk, 3-Red-tailed Hawk, and numerous Black (15) and
Turkey Vultures (50).

Non-raptor Observations:
----“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:’ ---“Birds? Now they would have made the Day PERFECT!”---
“The Early Bird Blog’s” daily word is “pileated.” Play along with me…how
would you define it? Let’s see how close you are. I had no idea what it
means, just the bird. “One-Look” - my source for all my words - says it
means in an entomology sense, capped, like a mushroom. For a bird, it is
capped with a crest on the top of the head covering the pileum – the bill
to the nape. This adjective has Latin roots. 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.
Incidentally, BOTH common ways of pronunciation are “acceptable,” although
the “pie-leated” ‘officially’ a little more so than the “pill-eated.” [I
didn’t know how to type the standard pronunciation symbols!!]
May 29 – I feel good about today, but if one thing has become evident to me
– you just never know with “these guys.” The weather improved to darn-near
perfect conditions to observe Kites and shorebird movement; hot, winds
shifted to light from the SW, and a nice set of background clouds.
PERFECT! Still, we saw little today, despite intense scanning. At 8:20
Kelley did spot a distant flock of about 100 unidentified shorebirds. We
are SO DUE!!
Better birds among our 62 species were: Great Egret, Red-shouldered Hawks,
American Redstart, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet
Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, and a flock of shorebirds, too distant to ID.
Thanks Jerry, for getting back to me about personality changes, etc. and to
Dorothy for relaying her own family’s history of TBI and especially in
regards to the senses of smell and taste that her family member had. They
were much like my own. Thanks for reaching out, Dorothy.
Speaking of “reaching out;” A Fish Crow flew by with, at first, an adult
Baltimore Oriole harassing it, diving and scolding. As the crow moved on,
2 more Baltimore Orioles, “reached out” to make contact with the crow, a
known nest robber. They were joined by an Eastern Kingbird.
On the way to Bucktoe today, a quick stop at a known breeding spot for the
species on Greenlawn Road, produced Grasshopper Sparrows [my FOY] and
----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: 100-Unidentified (@ 8:20pm).
3-Great Blue Heron, 1-Great Egret, 1-Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2-Willow
Flycatcher, 2-Yellow-breasted Chat, 2-Blue Grosbeak.
----OTHER WILDLIFE NOTED: Butterflies (6): Cabbage White, Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail, Eastern Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Black Swallowtail,
Little Wood Satyr. Dragonflies (1): Green Darner. Reptiles & Amphibians
(0). Mammals (1): Eastern Cottontail.
----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: 6.96; Steps: 16,333; 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: 62; this season: 85

Tomorrow’s flight looks not the best, may be a brief shower or two. Not a
The Kites – if here, it'll be low.
As for the shorebirds - we are so due for a nice 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...>)

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Site Description:
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.
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